Graduate Students


Muhammad Omar Afzaal
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Curriculum Vitae
Omar is a second-year graduate student studying international relations. His research interests engage civil-military relations vis-à-vis security institutional design and interstate conflict, especially after a state acquires nuclear weapons. His focus on political psychology and strategic behavior maps how nuclear proliferation shapes 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. His professional endeavors include research projects for Oxford University, Harvard University, Brown University, and the United Nations University (UNU - Maastricht). 
Alberto Alcaraz Escarcega
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Alberto is a first-year graduate student specializing in political theory. His research focuses on how discourses and regimes of knowledge constitute our various identities and subjectivities, and how discursive struggles over identity - such as gender-, race-, and class-based struggles - mediate political action. Alberto received his BA degree with honours in political science from the University of British Columbia (UBC). His undergraduate thesis explored the politics of language and identity in hip-hop and the notion of hip-hop as a vehicle for emancipatory self-identities. Alberto also holds a Masters of Arts degree in political science from UBC. His Masters' thesis investigated the role that Mexican primary school history textbooks had in constituting and sedimenting the state-sponsored, hegemonic Mexican national identity.  
Hannah Baron
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Hannah is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics. Her research focuses on collective action in communities under the threat of criminal and political violence in Mexico and Latin America more broadly. She holds a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, magna cum laude, from Harvard.  

Isabella Bellezza-Smull
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Isabella is a first-year graduate student studying International Relations and Comparative Politics. She holds a B.A. in political science conferred with Highest Honors from Swarthmore College. To date, she has worked in Brazil, Cuba, and the U.S. southern border region at the intersection of transnational organized crime, drug war politics, and migration. She is more broadly interested in international security studies and U.S. foreign policy analysis, with a particular interest in the U.S. national security establishment's recent pivot towards great power competition. 

Cyril Bennouna
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Curriculum Vitae
Cyril is a second-year PhD student studying comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on efforts to improve the wellbeing of populations affected by armed conflict and displacement. His interests include interventions aimed at preventing political, community, and family violence, integration of migrants, and strengthening local governance. Cyril has previously held senior research positions at Columbia University’s Program on Forced Migration and Health, 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 completed projects for a variety of partners, including the World Bank, USAID, DFAT, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. 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. 
Aimee Bourassa 
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Aimee is a seventh-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
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Megean is a fourth-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 Carrigg
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Daniel is a eighth-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
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Kaustav is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate from India. His interests lie in understanding political authority during civil wars in the context of South Asia. Why do some armed groups resolve quotidian disputes among members of society and curtail the authority of the state while others do not? To answer this question, Kaustav has carried out fieldwork in India's Northeast, a collection of hill states wedged between Myanmar and Bangladesh. His research is supported by the Watson Institute's Graduate Program in Development and the Center for Contemporary South Asia. Prior to joining Brown, he worked at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation, where he studied state response to insurgency in India and Pakistan. Kaustav 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.          
Kendall Clark
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Kendall is a first-year graduate student in American politics. She holds a B.A. from St. John's University where she double majored in Public Administration & Public Service and Sociology. Her research focus is centered on Black politics, urban politics, and social welfare systems, with a regional emphasis on the United States. Her undergraduate thesis explored the connection between gentrification in majority-minority cities and changing voting patterns in these affected areas. 
Isaac Effner
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Isaac 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 include labor studies, American political development, critical theory and 20th century political theory.
Ryan Emenaker
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Curriculum Vitae
Ryan is a sixth-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
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Kristen is a second-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.
Jessica Falk
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Jessica Falk is a first-year graduate student specializing in Political Theory. She is primarily interested in political art and propaganda, and the role that political art plays in human rights discourse and the relationship between civil society and oppressive states. She hopes to study and compare the theory, ideology, and messaging underpinning propaganda and rights-based artistic expression across the world. She previously worked for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee in the US Senate. 
Jeffrey Feldman
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Jeff is a fourth-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. 

Christopher Garrity
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Chris is a second-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. 

Nicholas Geiser
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Nick is a sixth-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
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Rob is a fifth-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. 
David J. Herrera
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David is a second-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. His research interests include Latin American Politics, Federalism and Decentralization, Environmental Politics and Policy, and the Political Economy of Development and Natural Resources. David is studying contemporary problems of environmental injustice, inequality, and public goods provision within and across Latin American cities. He has conducted field research in Peru. 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. 
Ayantu Israel-Megerssa
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Ayantu is a first-year graduate student in political theory. She received her B.A. in international studies from the University of Oregon in 2017. Her interests include critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, 20th century political theory, and cultural studies. 
Rehan Rafay Jamil
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Rehan is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate studying comparative politics. His research interests include political economy of development, social policy and citizenship in South Asia. His dissertation explores the political origins and citizenship impacts of Pakistan's largest social safety net program: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), one of the largest cash transfer programs targeted exclusively at women in the Global South. Rehan was a visiting researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR) in Pakistan in 2018-19. Rehan's research has also been supported by the Brown Global Mobility fellowship, the Watson Institute's Graduate Program in Development, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Pembroke Center, and the Association for Pakistan Studies. 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
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Bhanu is a third-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. 
Kristine Li
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Kristine is a sixth-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
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Jared is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate with a specialization in political theory. His research and teaching interests are in black political thought, the intersection of politics and religion, culturalist approaches to the study of capitalism, and modern and late-modern conceptions of freedom. His dissertation, titled "'W.E.B. Du Bois and the Religious Upheaval Against Racial Capitalism", explores the rise and fall of religious critiques of capitalist society in the context of early to mid-20th century U.S. racial politics. 
Ferris Lupino
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Curriculum Vitae
Ferris is a seventh-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
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Curriculum Vitae
Cory is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate specializing in American politics. His current research addresses areas including political parties, primary elections, legislative process, and descriptive representation. Cory's dissertation project explores intra-party competition in congressional primary elections and party control over nominations. His writing has appeared on Vox's Mischiefs of Faction blog, in Leadership in the U.S. Senate: Herding Cats in the Modern Era (2018), on the Princeton University Press Blog, and is forthcoming at Party Politics. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University with Magna Cum Laude honors, and his M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. Prior to attending graduate school, Cory worked as a legislative operations specialist for the Connecticut General Assembly. 
Gunnar Mokosch
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Gunnar is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate from Rostock, Germany. His research is on the politics of economic adjustment in the advanced economies. In his dissertation, Gunnar shows that Italy and Japan have foreshadowed the current predicament of low growth and lost legitimacy in many advanced economies. He explains stagnation in Italy and Japan with the inability of political elites to rebuild legitimacy given self-imposed constraints. In further projects, he compares anti-Semitic propaganda in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Gunnar holds a B.A. in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin, a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University.  

Sean Monahan
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Curriculum Vitae
Sean Monahan is a seventh-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. He specializes in the history of political thought, particularly American political thought, liberalism, socialism, labor, and political economy. His work engages contemporary debates over labor, inequality, and social welfare through the lens of nineteenth and early twentieth century American political thought. It reconstructs the conceptual history of the "right to work" in the United States from the works of Thomas Paine through the New Deal, and reflects on how and why we might turn to state employment as a cure for joblessness and economic insecurity today. 
Manuel Moscoso Rojas
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Manuel is a first-year graduate student interested in comparative politics and political economy. He received his BSc in Economics with an emphasis on economic theory and his MSc in Economics from Javeriana University, Colombia. He is primarily interested in quantitative social science methodology, and the design of quantitative field research and field experiments. In particular, he has been working on security sector governance and reform, and prevention of crime in post-conflict regions. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC), and more recently as an advisor of the Direction of Justice, Security and Government at the National Planning Department (DNP). Manuel is a Fulbright scholar and was awarded by the Colombian government with the Colciencias–Fulbright scholarship. 
Rachel Nusbaum
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Rachel Nusbaum is a third-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
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Shishav Parajuli is a sixth-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
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Curriculum Vitae
Erik is a sixth-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
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Beenish is a second-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
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Daniel is a second-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 19th year of naval service. He is interested in international security studies, conflict, organizational structures, decision-making, foreign policy analysis, and has a particular interest in nuclear deterrence and other nuclear security issues.   
Columbus Pruitt
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Columbus is a second-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
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Eva is a second-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. 
Precious Robinson
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Precious is a first-year graduate student in political theory. Her research interests are centered in Black political thought around questions of power and domination. Using queer Black feminist theory, she explores how normativity constructs power through the categories of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She received her A.B. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. 
Michelle Rose
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Curriculum Vitae
Michelle is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory and currently an Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University. Her dissertation entitled, "The Art of Democratic Living: Recovering Alain Locke's Politics of Aesthetics," combines intellectual history and contemporary political thought in order to open new discussions about the relationship between aesthetics and politics, and democracy in particular. Her research interests include American political thought, democratic theory, black political thought, aesthetics and politics, affect theory, cosmopolitanism, and political psychology. Michelle holds a MA in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles, an 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
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Curriculum Vitae
Noga is a seventh-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
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Selim is a fourth-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
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Marie is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in American Politics. Her research interests include civic engagement, political socialization, descriptive representation, and quantitative methods. Her dissertation explores how everyday political discussions shape political identity, with a particular emphasis on various forms of online communication. In addition to the Ph.D. she is pursuing a masters in data science through Brown's Open Graduate Education Program. Prior to coming to Brown, she spent several years as a paralegal and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She holds a B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Smith College and a M.A. in Political Science from Brown.  
Daniel Schulte Daniel Schulte
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Daniel is a third-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 Schultz
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Jason is a third-year Ph.D. candidate 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). 
Fred Shaia
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Fred is a first-year graduate student specializing in International Relations. His research interests include the international politics of climate change, the geopolitics of energy, and U.S. foreign policy. Before Brown, Fred earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard and spent several years working for international organizations. 

Siraj Ahmed Sindhu
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Siraj is a second-year graduate student focused on political theory and history of philosophy. He is interested especially in dialectical materialism's distinctive conceptualizations of freedom & alienation; the mutual interplay of ecological attunement and the organization of democratic life; and the relation between religion, spirit, and the political. He received his B.A. in 2017 from Amherst College. 
Connor Staggs
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Connor is a first-year graduate student specializing in comparative politics. His research interests include politics in South Asia, voter behavior, and the politics of globalization and international trade. He holds a B.A. with Honors in Politics from Princeton University. Prior to attending Brown, Connor served as a Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation. 
Aaron Stern
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Aaron is a fourth-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
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Jan is a fifth-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
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Curriculum Vitae
Nicolás is a second-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. His research interests include democratization processes and electoral behavior, and state-building and socio-economic development in post-conflict areas, with a regional focus on Latin America. Before coming to Brown, he received his M.A. in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and his B.A. from Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina).
Sanne Verschuren
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Sanne is a fifth-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 different types of weapon capabilities. More specifically, she seeks to understand the politics behind the development and operationalization of air power (1920s-1930s), aircraft carriers (1950s-1960s), and missile defense (1990s-2000s) in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and India. Sanne's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Sanne holds a LL.B. and LL.M. Magna Cum Laude from Ghent University and received a M.Sc. 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. 
Gauri Wagle
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Gauri Wagle is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. Her research focuses on the role of imagination in building and sustaining political communities. Her dissertation explores the importance of the imagination as a resource and a danger, focusing on the racial hierarchy in the US. Gauri received her B.A. in from Johns Hopkins University and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

 

Joshua Weitz
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Joshua is a third-year graduate student in international relations. His interests largely fall within the subfields of international and comparative political economy, with a particular focus on state-business relations, the politics of ideas, complex systems, strategy, and institutional change. Prior to coming to Brown he worked as a research associate at the Academic-Industry Research Network. He holds a B.A. in sociology from the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an A.M. in political science from Brown University. 
Kenneth White
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K.R. is a fourth-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. 

Zhe Zhang
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Zhe is a fifth-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.