PhD Job Candidates


Jennifer Cassidy
Curriculum Vitae
Jennifer Caitlin Cassidy defended her dissertation in October 2014 and will receive her doctorate  in May 2015. She is 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
Jennie Ikuta received her PhD in May 2014. She specializes 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
Curriculum Vitae
Minh Ly received his PhD with distinction in May 2014. He is currently the Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School. His research in political theory focuses on democratic theory, global justice, ethics and public policy, human rights, and the justice of international finance. He is turning his dissertation into a book manuscript, Global Deliberation: A Human Right to Deliberative Democracy. The manuscript develops intrinsic and instrumental arguments for a human right to deliberative democracy, and applies that right to the state's relation to its citizens, to its impact on non-citizens, and to international organizations. Two chapters have been accepted as panel papers 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. Before coming to Brown, Ly earned his A.B. in social studies from Harvard University, and worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Domingo Morel
Curriculum Vitae
Domingo Morel received his PhD in May 2014. He is 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.

Kaitlin Sidorsky
Curriculum Vitae
Kaitlin Sidorsky is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate from Rocky Point, NY. She received her B.A. in Politics and Law from Bryant University and a M.A. from Brown University. Her primary field is American politics with her dissertation focusing on women in appointed and elected positions at the state level. She is particularly interested in the political choices women face when considering whether or not to enter into politics. Her other research interests include the intersections of gender with other identities, and the opinions of women who identify with the Republican Party. 

Jazmin Sierra
Curriculum Vitae
Jazmin Sierra is a Ph.D. candidate with specializations in comparative and international political economy and a regional focus in Latin America. Her research interests include the political economy of global production and innovation, state-business relations, rising economic powers and Brazilian politics. Her dissertation, which explores the role of the state in the emergence of developing country multinational corporations, has received funding from the Social Science Research Council (IDRF-SSRC). She is currently a co-managing editor at Studies for Comparative International Development. She earned her M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a B.A. in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. For further information, you may visit her website: