|Muhammad Omar Afzaal
Muhammad Omar Afzaal is a first year graduate student interested in international relations. His research interests engage civil-military relations vis-à-vis security institutional design and interstate disputes, especially after a state acquires nuclear weapons. His focus on political psychology and strategic behavior maps how nuclear proliferation affects bluffing and signaling in crisis bargaining. His added interests encompass the legal axioms in civil-military tussles to determine where national security takes precedence over democracy for a nuclear state. Omar received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Grinnell College, with capstone projects on Indo-Pakistan hydropolitics and foreign aid's role in developing countries. He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Brown University, specializing in civil-military diplomacy and nuclear strategy from Harvard University through the Brown-Harvard program.
Hannah Baron is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics. Her research focuses on the domestic and international politics of diverse Latin American countries. She is interested in questions of inequality, informal and formal institutions, and development, particularly the rights of women, indigenous peoples, and other historically excluded groups. She holds a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, magna cum laude, from Harvard.
Cyril is a first-year graduate student from New York studying comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on efforts to improve the wellbeing of populations affected by armed conflict. His interests include interventions aimed at preventing political, community, and family violence, strengthening civil society and local governance, and integrating forced migrants. He has previously worked for the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University, the CPC Learning Network, the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, and the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at the University of Indonesia. He has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan.
Puneet Bhasin defended his dissertation in August 2018. He works on the political economy of global finance, labor politics, and corporate governance. His current research addresses critical intersections between these areas by examining why financial modes of accumulation exacerbate income and wealth inequality, varyingly, across industrially advanced nation-states. In this regard, his doctoral dissertation—supported by Brown University, the Social Science Research Council, and the Tobin Project—analyzes the variance in equities-centered 'financialization' of the American and German economies from 1980 to 2005. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University and a postdoctoral research associate at the Rhodes Center for International Economics & Finance at the Watson Institute, Brown University. Puneet also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Brown, an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Aimee Bourassa is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate from Canada studying comparative politics. She holds a B.Sc. in International Studies from the University of Montreal and a M.A. in Political Science from McGill University, both with a concentration in development studies. Her research interests include comparative federalism and decentralization, social policy (in particular social housing), and state-society relations, with a regional emphasis on Latin America.
Megean Bourgeois is a third year Ph.D. candidate from Rumford, Maine specializing in political theory. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine with minors in history and biology. Her research interests include identity politics, democratic theory and the political thought of Hannah Arendt, particularly her distinction between public and private life.
Daniel T. Carrigg is a seventh year Ph.D. candidate in American Politics. He earned a B.A. in German and both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to attending Brown, Dan worked as a public servant in the State of Rhode Island, where he was Deputy Director at the Office of Attorney General, Chief of Program Development at the Office of Energy Resources, and Project Administrator at the NSF-funded Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. His interest is in public policy and consistency across multiple levels of the American system of federalism.
Kaustav Chakrabarti is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate from India. His primary interest lies in the comparative politics of civil war, especially on state response to insurgency. Prior to joining Brown, he worked at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi based think-tank. There he studied how the interaction of coercive and non-coercive repertoires of counterinsurgency - elections, goods delivery, collective punishment, etc - informs India's strategy. Kaustav has also researched on Pakistan's Taliban insurgency and counterterrorism policy, and the role of international competition in state-making in Afghanistan. He has published in Foreign Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and The Hindu. He holds an MA in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton, and a BS in Computer Science from Pune University.
Poulomi Chakrabarti specializes in comparative politics and political theory. She will defend soon and join the faculty at the Department of Political Studies in Queen's University. Her research brings together major debates in the fields of political economy of development and identity politics. Specifically, she is motivated by two overarching questions: one, "what is the relationship between identity politics and development in multiethnic democracies?", and two, "how does the nature of class politics transform in rapidly urbanizing societies?". Her research has received support from the International Growth Center, American Institute of India Studies, Smith Richardson Foundation, Tobin Project, Oxford University, Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, IDS Sussex, the Library of Congress, and various centers at Brown University. Poulomi also holds a masters degree in international development from MIT and an undergraduate degree in urban planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Isaac Effner is a first year graduate student interested in political theory. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado. His interests inclue labor studies, American political development, critical theory and 20th century political theory.
Ryan is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in American politics and political theory with a focus on American political development and public law. Ryan is currently on leave from his faculty position at College of the Redwoods—a small community college in northern California—in order to further his education. He holds a M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Best Thesis in the area of Legal Studies. He also has an M.A. in social science and a B.A. in political science from Humboldt State University. Ryan has attended numerous sessions of the Supreme Court while serving as the Supreme Court analyst for several NBC affiliates. SCOTUSblog, the premier news and research site on the Supreme Court, has featured his research on Court-Congress relations and also published his article on why the Supreme Court should uphold the Voting Rights Act. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Legal Metrics, PS: Political Science, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. He has upcoming articles in the Journal of Political Science Education and the Encyclopedia of American Governance.
Kristen Essel is a first year graduate student studying in American politics. She holds a B.A in Government & Politics and History from the University of Maryland. Prior to attending Brown, Kristen was a corps member with Teach For America, teaching social studies to middle and high school students in Title I schools. She has also worked with the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship to analyze the role of the Tea Party within state legislatures. Kristen’s research interests include urban politics, community development, and American political development.
Jeff Feldman is a third year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College. His interests include the relationships between language, the economic, and the political. Previously, he served as Junior Fellow in the Energy and Climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Chris Garrity is a first-year graduate student in International Relations. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. He is interested in the effects that international treaty laws have on the use of the arctic and space.
Nick is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate studying political theory. His primary research interest concerns the requirements of justice for persons at the boundaries of social cooperation: the disabled, future people, and beneficiaries of emerging technologies for biomedical enhancement. He also has interests in collective action, collective responsibility, normative political economy, and early modern political thought.
Rob Grace is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate with a focus on international relations. Specific research interests include governmental engagement in the development and application of international laws and norms in relation to armed conflicts and internal disturbances, international fact-finding, and the politics of humanitarian action. His professional experience includes serving as Senior Associate at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he has led a multi-year research project on monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding; co-hosted and produced monthly webcasts on humanitarian action; and developed e-learning modules for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. His writing has been published by the Journal of Conflict & Security Law, the European Society of International Law, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Foreign Policy Association, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action, and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection. He has an MA in Politics from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.
|Paul M. B. Gutierrez
Paul is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate. His research and teaching lie at the intersections of Political Theory; Legal and Constitutional Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; and American Political Development. He is currently working on a project on the corporate form in America that draws on these interests. Paul holds a B.A. magna cum laude from the College of William & Mary, where he majored in government and economics, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he focused on participatory governance and deliberative democracy. Paul has previously worked on labor policy in the Philippines and Nepal with the International Labour Organization (ILO). He has also undertaken field studies on participatory budgeting in Cambodia with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Paul is a NSF/IGERT Fellow and a Ford Foundation Fellow.
|David J. Herrera
David J. Herrera is a first-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. His research interests include Latin American Politics, the Political Economy of Development and Natural Resources, Decentralization, and Environmental Politics. David would like to study contemporary problems of informal and formal resource extraction, environmental sustainability, and public goods provision to identify where local governance can address these issues effectively. Prior to attending Brown, David worked as an Executive Operations Specialist for the Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, California. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley.
Rehan Rafay Jamil is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate studying comparative politics. His research interests include political economy of development, distributive politics and citizenship in South Asia, His dissertation explores the political origins and citizenship impacts of Pakistan's largest cash transfer program: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). He was a fellow at the Watson Institute's Graduate Program in Development (2016-17). Rehan has a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in History and Politics with High Honors from Oberlin College. Prior to coming to Brown, Rehan worked with the World Bank's Social Protection and Labor practice in Washington Dc, focusing on social safety nets in South Asia.
Bhanu Joshi is a second year graduate student in comparative politics. Bhanu is interested in the political economy of India, local governance particularly that of the cities in India, and electoral behaviour. Previously, Bhanu was an Associate with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. He has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi.
Rajeev Kadambi is a seventh year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. His research focusses on the indistinction of the ethico-political and the spiritual. He is completing his dissertation that studies the idea of revolution in anticolonial thinking. While the dissertation explores a plurality of ethical approaches, it centrally examines the transformative potential of nonviolent disobedience as a redescription of self and subjectivity. In the fall term, he is offering an interdisciplinary seminar course, "Introduction to Modern South Asia," SAST 0700. The course examines the construction of the "modern" in South Asia in terms of its ethical and intellectual traditions.
Bill Kring is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science whose subfields are international relations and comparative politics. His research interests lie at the nexus of international political economy, comparative politics, and development. He received a B.A. in International Relations (2011) from Boston University with magna cum laude honors and an M.A. in International Affairs (2013). He was the recipient of the International Relations Department's award for Excellence in International Relations (2013). In examining Basel III, Bill's Master's thesis (Banking on Regulatory Failure: An Integrative Revision of International Financial Regime Change) provides a powerful account of how various parties to the negotiations deployed coercive, informational, and ideational power and proposes a synthesis of realist and constructivist theories of international regime change. Bill also has extensive work experience in Hong Kong and China writing economic forecasts and risk assessments for a logistics company expanding into emerging markets.
Kristine Li is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics. Her research interests include comparative political economy with a focus on state-business relations, as well as comparative state building in the modern time. She is also interested in comparative historical analysis in political science, especially how institutions evolve and change over time. Kristine received her M.A from Harvard University.
Jared Loggins is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate with a specialization in political theory. His research interests are in black political and intellectual thought and culture (19th and 20th centuries), race and capitalism, late modern approaches to freedom, and radical democratic thought and practice. His dissertation project explores the extent to which market sensibilities under the umbrella of racialized capitalism transformed self-understandings of freedom in black political life and culture over the course of the long civil rights movement in the 20th century. Jared received his B.A. in political science from Morehouse College.
Ferris Lupino is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. His project explores the reception of the classical tradition in American political thought and the uses of that reception in debates about racial exclusion and subordination. More broadly, he specializes in democratic theory, ancient political thought, the Black radical tradition, and classical reception studies. Prior to graduate school, Ferris received his B.A. in political science at the University of Washington where he studied Hannah Arendt's reading of Tocqueville.
Cory Manento is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate specializing in American Politics. His research interests include political parties, elections and campaigns, public opinion, and legislative process. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University with Magna Cum Laude honors. Prior to attending graduate school, Cory worked as a Legislative Operations Specialist for the Connecticut General Assembly.
Jerome Marston is a sixth-year Ph.D. Candidate in comparative politics and international relations. Broadly, Jerome's expertise covers state capacity and its limitations, violence and organized crime at the urban margins, civil wars, and human rights. Supported by a Fulbright-Hays, his dissertation "Forced to Flee: Violent Displacement in Colombian Cities" sheds light on the processes - criminal and ideological - that provoke forced migration in the peripheral neighborhoods of Colombian cities, as well as the connections between individuals that sometimes prevent such flight. Jerome earned an MA in Political Science from Boston College and a BA (magna cum laude) from Colorado State University in Political Science, with minors in Spanish and German. Before undertaking the PhD, Jerome consulted for Physicians for Human Rights, in the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program and the Development Department.
|Rebecca Bell Martin
Rebecca Bell Martin is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate studying Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her current research sheds light on the political consequences of violence in democracies. More broadly, her expertise includes: political behavior and non-voting forms of political participation in the Global South; political violence and violent non-state actors; public security in the Global South; and the sociocultural manifestations of power and violence. Her methodological expertise includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches and her research program includes statistical analysis, experiments, surveys, open-ended interviews, ethnography, and intensive fieldwork. Rebecca earned her M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School and earned her B.A. with honors from Whittier College, where she triple-majored in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, and Spanish Language.
Rachel Meade is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and American politics. Her dissertation investigates the processes by which citizens connect with populist political parties, groups, and leaders, and form their conceptions of "us" and "them". Her primary methods are participant observation and interviews with members of local political groups in the U.S. and Argentina, as well as surveys and survey experiments to reveal how people process political news and populist discourse. Other research interests include political identity, emotion in politics, nationalism, and party-society linkages. She was an NSF-IGERT fellow at the Watson Institute (2014-2016). She has a B.A. in history and Latin American Studies from Bard College.
Gunnar Mokosch is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate from Rostock, Germany. He holds a BA in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In his research, Gunnar focuses on political economy, with emphasis on Europe and East Asia.
Sean Monahan is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in political theory from Philadelphia, PA. Sean has a BA in International Relations from the College of Wooster and a MA in Political Science from Temple University. His interests lie in democratic theory, particularly Marxist conceptions of freedom and the social and political requirements of human emancipation. He is also interested in the historical development of socialist critiques of capitalism that emerged out of liberal and republican political traditions.
Rachel Nusbaum is a second year graduate student in political theory. She holds a B.A. from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Masters in Public Policy from American University. She has previously worked for HIAS, a refugee protection nonprofit, as well as for the ACLU and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Shishav Parajuli is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate from Kathmandu, Nepal. Shishav completed his BA in the Great Books program from St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, and recently received his MA in Politics from Villanova University, PA. His research interests are violence and ideology as state apparatus, the process of institutionalizing social norms, the particular instances of cultural legitimization of structural violence to form a hegemonic condition, and the process by which multi-agential social movements /actors are capable of presenting a common resistance. He is also interested in the broad arrays of Marxist and critical theories, Greek tragedies, Russian Literature and history of Maths and Sciences.
Erik Peinert is a fifth year PhD candidate in comparative politics and international relations. His research interests include the political economy of advanced industrial states, business-state relations, institutional change, antitrust, intellectual property rights, and the politics of economic ideas. His dissertation project seeks to understand why policy in advanced industrial democracies has shifted back and forth in the long run between supporting domestic monopolies and enforcing price competition. Originally from Massachusetts, Erik has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and M.A. from Brown University.
Beenish Pervaiz is a first-year graduate student interested in international relations. She holds a Master's degree from Stanford University in International Policy Studies (with a concentration in international security) and has completed her undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences. She has most recently served as a program associate for Nuclear Threat Initiative where she implemented and coordinated NTI's efforts to reduce global biological threats and conduct CBRN threat management. She is interested in exploring how global norms around emerging technologies as well as WMD threats can be developed to mitigate risk especially in countries with vulnerable threat landscapes.
Daniel Post is a first year graduate student studying international relations. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Dan is an active duty Commander in the U.S. Navy and is in his 18th year of naval service. He is interested in national security studies, conflict, decision making, foreign policy analysis, and has a particular interest in nuclear deterrence and other nuclear security issues.
Columbus Pruitt is a first year graduate student interested in political theory and American politics. He received his B.A. in Political Science, and M.A. in Gender and Race studies from the University of Alabama. His interest includes how race and gender are used to describe social societies and political discourse in the United States, traditional democratic theory, and cultural studies.
Eva Rios is a first year graduate student in comparative politics. She holds a B.A. in statistics and international studies from Northwestern University. Her interests are in methodology, insurgency, crime, and violence with a particular focus on Latin America.
Michelle Rose is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory. Her research interests include the role of social sentiment and moral motivation in sustaining a free society, cultural pluralism, social transformation, and democratic theory. Her work draws on the traditions of Pragmatism and African American political thought. Her current project focuses on the critical pragmatism of Alain LeRoy Locke, his work on value theory, affect, and cultural pluralism, as well as the historical relationship between Locke's thought and German intellectuals from the 19th and early 20th century. Michelle holds a MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University.
Noga Rotem is a sixth year Ph.D candidate in Political Theory. Her project reads paranoia as a political affect in the work of Hannah Arendt, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Hobbes, and Richard Hofstadter. In reading these thinkers her project works to achieve two goals: to explore the political conditions/crises prone to produce paranoid subjectivities; and, to think of paranoia not only as a political diagnosis used by political thinkers, but also as a potentially "worldly" and politicizing affect. Noga received her B.A and M.A, summa cum laude, from Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva.
|Selim Can Sazak
Selim Sazak is a third year Ph.D. candidate in International Relations. His research focuses on strategy and security. His interests include the theory and practice of nuclear deterrence, dynamics of nuclear proliferation, alliance politics, civil-military relations and security policy-making, particularly in the Middle East. Selim is also a non-resident fellow at the Abu Dhabi-based think tank, Delma Institute. Previously, he was an adjunct fellow at The Century Foundation, a progressive think-tank based in New York, and held positions at the Pugwash Conferences for Science and World Affairs and NATO Center for Excellence on Defense Against Terrorism. He received an M.I.A. in International Security Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs on a Fulbright fellowship, and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bilkent University in Turkey.
Marie Schenk is a third year Ph.D. candidate in American Politics at Brown University. Her research interests include education policy, democratic engagement, and quantitative methods. Previously, she worked at an education nonprofit in Brockton, MA and as a paralegal in Washington, DC. She earned a BA in Government, cum laude, from Smith College.
Daniel Schulte is a second-year graduate student in Comparative Politics and International Relations. He is particularly focused on the politics of Turkey, Russia, and Eastern Europe. His research interests include ethnopolitics, conflict, secularism, religion in politics, and nationalism. He holds a B.A. in History and Literature (Russian) from Harvard College and a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jason is a second year graduate student in international relations. His research interests include civil war, post-conflict stability, violent non-state actors, and the effects of terrorism, crime, and corruption in international relations. Jason is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and is a member of the Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3). He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1999), a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University (2004), a MPS in Supply Chain Management from Pennsylvania State University (2013), and a MMAS in Operational Art from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College (2016).
Siraj Ahmed Sindhu is a first-year graduate student in political theory. In a scholastic sense, he is interested especially in historical materialist conceptions of freedom, domination, & alienation; the relevance of ecological thought & poetics to politics & the category of the human; and the construction of collective subjectivities during radically democratic & anarchic events. In a more political sense, he is interested in how communities cultivate the forms of life that enable subjects to collectively resist the ideologically disciplining power of institutions & norms. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 2017 from Amherst College, where he wrote his thesis on Marxian humanism's relevance to debates in animal ethics & biopolitics.
Aaron Stern is a third year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. Before attending Brown University, he worked as a college writing tutor. His research interests include the role of identity and representation in democratic theory.
Jan Stockbruegger is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in International Relations. Before joining Brown he was a research assistant at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University, UK, and at the Institute for Development and Peace, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Jan holds a M.A. in African Studies (Research) from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a B.A. in African Studies from Bayreuth University in Germany. He has worked with NGOs and International Organizations in the field of security cooperation and peace-building in Africa. Jan's research is centrally concerned with the evolution of international security orders at sea. He has studied contemporary piracy and maritime security governance in the Western Indian Ocean since 2010. His research is grounded in International Practice Theory. Jan's co-authored work has been published in Journal Articles as well as in edited volumes and working papers. Jan is also the lead editor of piracy-studies.org, a research portal for maritime security studies.
Nicolás Taccone is a first-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. He received his M.A. in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and his B.A. from Universidad de San Andrés. His substantive interests are state-building and democratization processes, with a regional focus on Latin America. He is also interested in the study of political institutions in authoritarian regimes.
Tim Turnbull is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate originally from Laguna Beach, California. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, with Highest Honors in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his A.M. in Political Science from Brown University. Tim's interests span international political economy and international security, and he is particularly interested in economic sanctions, state capitalism, realist theories of IPE, and the politics of unipolarity.
Sanne Verschuren is a fourth year Ph.D. Candidate with a focus on international relations. Her research interests include the development of weapon technology, shifts in military strategy and tactics, and the role of ideas and norms therein. Her dissertation examines why and how states decide to procure certain types of weapons. She is also interested in other security questions, such as the global arms trade and the arms control movement. Sanne holds a LL.B. and LL.M. Magna Cum Laude from Ghent University and received a MSc with Distinction in Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies, as well as M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. Prior to attending Brown, she interned with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Flemish Peace Institute.
Gauri Wagle is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate. She holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a MA from Columbia University. Her dissertation considers the role neoliberalism plays in generating exclusion, looking specifically at cases in Pakistan, France, and the US. Gauri is interested in the role financialization and international institutions play in managing the economy and the political consequences that follow.
|Jo-Shin (Amy) Wang
Amy Wang is a second year graduate student in International Relations. Her research interests include international security studies, conflict and intervention, territorial disputes, and foreign policy analysis in the Asia Pacific region. She received her B.A. in Chinese Literature with a minor in Political Science from National Taiwan University and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.
Joshua Weitz is a second year graduate student in international relations. His research concerns the political economy of corporate governance, inequality, the politics of ideas, economic development, democracy, interest groups, propaganda, and business organization and the state. Prior to coming to Brown he worked as a research associate at the Academic-Industry Research Network. He holds a BA in sociology from the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies where he graduated magna cum laude.
K.R. White is a third year Ph.D. candidate in American Politics. His research interests include American political culture, education policy, and public corruption. Outside the classroom, he has worked for a variety of institutions including the Center for American Progress, the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, and XL Catlin. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Union College.
Cadence Willse is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in American Politics. Her research focuses on issues of equity, access, and representation in interest groups politics. Her dissertation explores the changing role of civic advocacy in American politics, focusing on the rapid increase in philanthropy in public schools. In addition, she is working on two coauthored papers on on the role of governing capacity in reform durability and retrenchment, and the implications of national policy expansion and economic volatility for subnational and nongovernmental capacity. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from St. Mary 's College of Maryland, and her M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. Prior to attending Brown, Cadence worked at Summer Search Boston, a leadership development program for low-income students in the Boston Public Schools. Cadence is currently a Graduate Fellow in Community Engaged Scholarship at the Swearer Center at Brown University.
Zhe Zhang is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate studying comparative politics. He received his M.A. in political science from Columbia University, a M.A. in journalism from University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Beijing University, China. His research interests include ethnic politics, nationalism, religion and secularism studies, and China studies. Before studying in political science, Zhe worked for about 8 years as a journalist in China.