Graduate Students


Muhammad Omar Afzaal
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Curriculum Vitae
Omar is a third-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 second-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.  
Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky
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Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky is a first-year graduate student interested in comparative politics, political psychology, and international relations. Prior to Brown, Lee-Or worked for eight years in international conflict resolution and conducted research on the cognitive aspects of violent intergroup conflict. He has a B.A in Government from Dartmouth College. 
Tyler-Joseph Ballard
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Tyler is a first-year graduate student with interests in both American Politics and Political Philosophy. He holds a B.A. in political science from Castleton University, graduating with the Highest Honors as the top scholar in his department. He has recently worked for the gubernatorial campaign of John Klar in and serves as an officer in multiple local political committees. He is interested in American political institutions, campaigns and elections, theories of justice and the law, and congress and the presidency.  
Hannah Baron
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Hannah is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics. Her research examines policing, vigilantism, and justice attitudes in contexts of high crime and weak rule of law, with a focus on Latin America. Her collaborative work on these topics includes in-depth qualitative interviews, a lab-in-the-field experiment, and an original dataset, in progress, on contemporary lynchings in Mexico. She co-coordinates the Democratic Erosion consortium with Professor Rob Blair, which spans over 50 universities on multiple continents and combines research, teaching and civic engagement related to democratic backsliding and resilience. She earned a BA in Romance Languages & Literatures and Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality from Harvard College, magna cum laude. 

Isabella Bellezza-Smull
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Isabella is a second-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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Cyril is a third-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 an eighth-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 fifth-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. 
Damali Britton
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Damali is a first-year graduate student in political theory who received her B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College. Her research interests are centered on understanding how institutions shape human relations and imagining communities where everyone can thrive, which for her necessarily involves dismantling oppressive systems. Drawing on a variety of influences including Afro-Caribbean and feminist thought, her current project explores the implications of embracing an ethos of care within the western-hemisphere. Prior to attending Brown, she worked as a community organizer in Nebraska and later conducted research in Jamaica on the development and socializing intent of Jamaica's post-abolition schools, as a 2019-2020 Fulbright grant recipient. 
Kaustav Chakrabarti
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Kaustav is a sixth-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 second-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. 
Alejandro Contreras
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Alejandro is a first-year graduate student studying American Politics. His current research interests include issues surrounding federal government responsiveness, policy implementation by elected/non-elected officials, and the politics of U.S. social welfare system. Alejandro holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. His Masters capstone project investigated policies in community colleges that support students struggling with basic needs such as food insecurity, housing insecurity and homelessness.
Débora Duque
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Débora is a first-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. Her research interests focus on political behavior and clientelism. In particular, the role of oligarchies and dynastic groups on electoral dynamics in Latin America. She also has done research on party regulation and electoral reforms. Prior to attending Brown, she obtained a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. She has also covered politics for newspapers in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco and worked as the head of the Communications Department at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology. | Twitter: @deboraduque 
Isaac Effner
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Isaac is a second-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.
Kristen Essel
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Kristen is a third-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 second-year graduate student in Political Theory and International Relations. She is interested in political art and propaganda, including the role that image, language, and narrative play in rights discourse, relationships between states, and between oppressive states and their civil societies. She focuses on the intersection of art and propaganda with war, violence, and liberation in comparative theoretical perspective, particularly in Latin America and the US. She has worked for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee in the US Senate, the House of Representatives, the United Nations Population Fund, and Let's Get Ready, an educational nonprofit. She received a BA magna cum laude with departmental and honors program distinction in Political Science and a minor in Literature and Psychology from Trinity College, CT. 
Jeffrey Feldman
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Jeff is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. His dissertation considers the relationship between the categories of the "social", the "ethical", and the "political" by way of 20th-century discussions of the revolutionary general strike in critical theory and in the Black radical tradition. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and was previously a Junior Fellow in the Energy and Climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 
Max Foley-Keene
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Max Foley-Keene is a first year graduate student studying political theory. His research focuses on the history of political ecological thought, especially the concept of "degrowth." He's interested in 19th century Romanticism, Marxist social theory, political theology, and contemporary eco-fascist thought. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in political science. 

Christopher Garrity
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Chris is a third-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. 
Rob Grace
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Rob is a sixth-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 third-year graduate student in American Politics. His research interests include racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, social movements, inequality, and environmental politics and policy. Specifically, David is studying how local political participation can help improve or worsen the social and environmental conditions of historically marginalized populations. 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 and an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. 
Ayantu Israel-Megerssa
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Ayantu is a second-year graduate student studying political theory. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon with minors in Political Science and Chinese. Broadly, her research interests lie in questions of race and class in democratic theory, critical theory and the Frankfurt School, politics of hope and utopia, and ethics of care. Currently, she is interested in better understanding U.S. American conservatism and the increasing salience of far-right, reactionary politics. She is motivated by the question - how might we understand far-right politics differently, and how might this different understanding contribute to the building of a strong, multiracial left movement in the U.S.? Before attending Brown, Ayantu worked in Australia as a nanny for two lovely children. Before that, she worked as a mentor, tutor, and organizer with youth from low-income, underserved communities and of marginalized backgrounds. She is deeply committed to the idea that teaching is a form of political praxis that can either serve to recreate conditions of oppression and domination, or can be oriented towards creating new conditions for freedom and collective emancipation. 
Rehan Rafay Jamil
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Rehan is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate studying comparative politics. His research interests include the politics of poverty alleviation, social policy and citizenship in South Asia. His dissertation explores the political origins and citizenship impacts of Pakistan's largest social safety net: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), one of the largest cash transfer programs targeted exclusively at women in the Global South. Rehan is the recipient of the USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar pre-doctoral fellowship. He was a visiting researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research 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. 
Bhanu Joshi
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Bhanu is a fourth-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 seventh-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 sixth-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. 
Cory Manento
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Curriculum Vitae
Cory is a sixth-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. https://www.corymanento.com/
Karra McCray
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Karra McCray is a first-year graduate student in American Politics. Her research interests are broadly centered around race, identity, representation and electoral behavior. In 2018, Karra co-authored the 2018 Diversity Among Top U.S. House Staff report published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and served as the lead author on the six mini reports on the diversity of top staff in Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. Prior to coming to Brown, Karra worked as a Legislative Aide for the SC House of Representatives. She received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and English from the University of South Carolina and her Master's degree in Political Science from Howard University. Twitter: kwmccray
Gunnar Mokosch
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Gunnar is a sixth-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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Sean Monahan is a eighth-year Ph.D. candidate in political theory. He specializes in the political theory of work, normative political economy, the histories of capitalism, colonialism, and slavery, and the histories of republicanism, liberalism, socialism, and human rights. His dissertation, Producing the Society of Equals: Land, Freedom, and the Right to Work in the Age of Revolutions, 1763-1877, reconstructs the conceptual history of the right to work in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic political thought from the French and Haitian Revolutions of 1789 through the Revolutions of 1848 and the US Civil War and Reconstruction, and draws lessons for contemporary theorizing on human rights, property-owning democracy, basic income, job guarantees, and economic freedom. He is the author of "The American Workingmen's Parties, Universal Suffrage, and Marx's Democratic Communism," published in Modern Intellectual History. 
Manuel Moscoso Rojas
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Manuel is a second-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 fourth-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 seventh-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. 
 
Beenish Pervaiz
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Beenish is a third-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 third-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 third-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 third-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. 
Noga Rotem
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Noga is a seventh-year Ph.D candidate in Political Theory. She will be defending her dissertation in summer 2020. 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 fifth-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 fifth-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 fourth-year Ph.D. candidate 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 fourth-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 second-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 third-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 second-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 fifth-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 sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in International Relations. His research investigates the problem of order at sea. Jan's dissertation examines maritime regimes over the last 500 years and how military-economic structures shape oceanic order-building strategies. In parallel, he pursues a second project on Maritime Security. It analyzes how states and private actors govern piracy in the Gulf of Aden and other contemporary maritime threats. Both projects are located at the intersection of Security Studies and International Political Economy and contribute to broader debates on Global Governance, International Order, and International Relations Theory.  He has co-authored journal articles and book chapters on maritime security, technologies in world politics, energy and conflict, and history and international relations.  
Nicolás Taccone
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Nicolás is a third-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).
Shanuki Tillekeratne
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Shanuki is a first-year graduate student in International Relations and Political Economy. She received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Rochester in 2015 and a M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Political Economics from Boston University in 2018. Her research interests include international political economy, institutions, state capacity, growth regimes and the climate crisis. 
Sanne Verschuren
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Sanne is a sixth-year Ph.D. Candidate in international relations. She is also a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research interests include the development of military 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 within similar military domains. 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-today) 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 a M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. Twitter: @Sannecjv
Sofia Vidotto
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Sofia is a first-year graduate student in Comparative Politics. She is interested in the political incentives from governments to expand the welfare state in Latin America and the impact of constituencies' redistributive preferences on social policy design. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) in Argentina.
Gauri Wagle
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Gauri Wagle is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science on track to defend in May 2021. She works in contemporary democratic theory with a focus on political imagination in contexts of systemic inequality, specifically, racial hierarchy in the US. Her dissertation, "Imagining Together: Political Community, Domination, and Freedom," examines the role of political imagination in shaping political communities and repairing unjust democracies. Gauri has strong secondary interests in American Politics and International Political Economy. Gauri received her BA from Johns Hopkins University and her MA from Columbia University. https://gauriwagle.wixsite.com/website
Joshua Weitz
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Joshua Weitz is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics and international relations. His research interests concern political parties, organizational theory, strategy, and evolutionary theory. His dissertation specifically seeks to understand the sources of competitive advantage among anti-system parties, using the dynamics of party competition in Weimar Germany as its principal case. In addition to his independent research, Josh also has a forthcoming co-authored monograph on the impact of industrial restructuring and corporate financialization on the historical development of African-American middle class in the United States since the Civil Rights act of 1965. Josh is also a research associate at the Academic-Industry Research Network, an affiliation he has held since 2015. 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 a A.M. in political science from Brown University. 
Kenneth White
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K.R. is a fifth-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. 
Christopher Woods
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Chris is a first-year graduate student studying American politics. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College and a M.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University. His research interests include state and local politics, equity planning, and gentrification. 

Zhe Zhang
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Zhe is a sixth-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.