PhD Job Candidates
Maria Angelica Bautista
Maria Angélica Bautista is a seventh year PhD candidate from Bogota, Colombia. She has a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Her sub-fields are comparative politics and political economy. In her dissertation project she investigates the political, social and economic consequences of state-led repression for the case of the Chilean military dictatorship (1973-1990). To achieve this she collected a unique micro dataset in Chile in 2012 where she surveyed subjects who experienced repression and built a matching group of subjects with very similar socio-economic characteristics that did not experience repression. She also surveyed one of the children of the repressed and non-repressed subjects in order to look at the intergenerational effects of repression. She is also engaged in a parallel research project (joint with Juan Galán and James Robinson at Harvard University) where they use the experience of the Colombian paramilitary groups as a natural experiment of state formation. Some of the questions they are looking at are: why did states develop in one place and not another? Why do some states provide much more public goods than others? When are states able to establish a legitimate monopoly of violence? More details can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/brown.edu/maria-angelica-bautista/maria-angelica-bautista-1
Elizabeth Bennett is a sixth year PhD candidate in international relations and comparative politics, and a research associate at the Center for Fair and Alternative Trade at Colorado State University. Her dissertation examines multi-stakeholder engagement in international development INGOs, and is supported by the American Council on Germany, the German Academic Exchange, the Tinker Foundation, the Stephen Robert Foundation, and the Watson Institute for International Studies. Elizabeth is a co-author of The Civic Imagination (Paradigm Press, 2013), a collaborative, interdisciplinary ethnography of political engagement in America. She has also published several book chapters, and her work appears in The American Journal of Sociology, Globalizations, and The Journal for International Policy Studies. Elizabeth’s research interests include international development, social enterprise, North-South inequality, ethical certifications, and civic engagement. Before coming to Brown, Elizabeth earned a MALD in political economy and international development at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, interned at USAID in Washington DC, taught public high school in NYC, worked for a Mexican NGO, and taught at Tufts University. More information can be found on her website at www.ElizabethAnneBennett.com.
Yelena Biberman is a sixth year PhD candidate from Albany, NY – originally from Babruysk, Belarus. She is specializing in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Yelena earned an M.A. in Regional Studies at Harvard University in 2006, and a B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in International Relations at Wellesley College. Her authored research has appeared in Political Science Quarterly and Problems of Post-Communism, for which she earned the 2011 Millar Prize. Her previous awards include the Fulbright Fellowship, National Science Foundation Award for the Integration of Research and Education, and a recent FLAS grant to study Urdu at the South Asia Summer Language Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yelena’s dissertation, supported by the USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Fellowship, American Institute of Pakistan Studies Junior Fellowship, Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Research Grant (Special Recognition - John L. Stanley Award), compares Pakistan and India’s security repertoires, and explores the endogenous relationship between states and violent nonstate actors.
Jennifer Caitlin Cassidy is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. Jenn’s research resides primarily in the field of women in American politics with relevant intersections to political theory. Her dissertation focuses on gender theories of representation with special focus on the position of women within the American bureaucracy (including both appointments and the Civil Service), policy and public opinion. Additionally, Jenn has broader interests in education policy, quantitative methodology, critical elections, political parties, and theories of deliberative democracy. Her most recent project, co-authored with Domingo Morel (Brown University), is titled “Do Weak Local Institutions Invite Federal Attention? Prospects for Education Reform” (2011, forthcoming).
Jennie Ikuta is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate specializing in political theory. Originally from San Diego, California and raised in Yokohama, Japan, she comes to Brown by way of the University of Chicago, where she received her B.A. in political science. Broadly speaking, she is interested in the relationship between politics and ethics, or the relationship between our collective commitments and conceptions of what it means to be fully human. She is currently writing a dissertation that employs the political and philosophical thought of John Stuart Mill and Friedrich Nietzsche as interpretive lenses by which to investigate how our democratic commitments inform and complicate our conceptions of human flourishing. Other research interests include religion and politics, agency, virtue, Aristotle, Augustine, and Arendt.
Minh Ly is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate. Before coming to Brown, Ly earned his A.B. in social studies from Harvard University, and worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His research in political theory focuses on global justice, democratic theory, ethics and public policy, human rights, and the justice of international finance. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled "Global Deliberation: A Human Right to Deliberative Democracy” (Corey Brettschneider, chair; Mark Blyth; Sharon Krause; John Tomasi; and Dennis F. Thompson). It argues that a distinct form of deliberation, called "deliberative public justification," can make states and international organizations more democratically accountable for respecting human rights. Deliberative public justification gives the affected people the right to critically question and call into account institutional leaders who are responsible for policies that can violate human rights. A chapter from the dissertation has been presented as a panel paper at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. As part of his work on global governance institutions and international political economy, Ly has published an article, "Special Drawing Rights, the Dollar, and the Institutionalist Approach to Reserve Currency Status" in the Review of International Political Economy, and a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Global Economic Governance is forthcoming this November.
Domingo Morel is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate from Providence, RI. His research interests are in the fields of American politics and political theory with a focus on race and ethnic, urban and education politics. His dissertation, “The (Dis)Empowering State: State Intervention and Its Effect on Black and Latino Political Empowerment” examines how state involvement helps or impedes the process of political empowerment among racial minorities. Domingo is co-founder and co-chair of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Africana Studies Department at the University of Rhode Island. He received his B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rhode Island College.