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PhD Alumni

2017

Elizabeth Moore

Dissertation: "Transnational Actors and New Venture Growth: Examining Formal and Informal Entrepreneurship from an Inter-Disciplinary Perspective"
Dissertation Chair: Thomas Vicino

2016

James Sutherland

Dissertation: "Municipal Institutions, Electoral System Designs, and Voter Turnout in Large American Cities"
Dissertation Chair: William Mayer
Current Position: Government Relations Coordinator for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Jarvis Chen

Dissertation: "Charter Schools and Accountability: A Study of Market and Compliance Accountability by Charter Authorizers"
Dissertation Chair: John Portz

Dennis Dallaire

Dissertation: "Party Registration and Party Vote: The Relationship between Registration and Results in Massachusetts Elections"
Dissertation Chair: Professor Bill Mayer

Claudia Larson

Dissertation: "Party Registration and Party Vote: The Relationship between Registration and Results in Massachusetts Elections"
Dissertation Chair: Professor Bill Mayer

2015

Veronica Czastkiewicz

Dissertation: “Victims, Villains, Heroes: Melodrama and the Narrative of Charter School Policy Making”
Dissertation Chair: Professor David Rochefort
Current Position: Instructor at Colorado Community College

Mladen Mrdalj

Dissertation: “Stasis Among Powers: Yugoslav Destruction After the Cold War”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amílcar Barreto
Current Position: Project Manager at the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development

Julie M. Garey

Dissertation: “Understanding The U.S. - NATO Relationship In The Post-Cold War Era”
Dissertation Chair: Professor David Schmitt
Current Position: Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University

Panagoula "Youly" Diamanti-Karanou

Dissertation: “The Relationship Between Homeland and Diaspora: The Case of Greece and Greek-American Community”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amílcar Barreto

Alison Uzdella

Dissertation: “Changing Structures, Changing Identities: A Rational Choice Examination of Basque National Identity”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amílcar Barreto

2014

Lacey Bradley-Storey

Dissertation: “Institutional Change and Social Instability in China”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Suzanne Ogden

Guy Bellino

Dissertation: “Fuel Efficiency Regulation in the United States”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Christopher Bosso
Current Position: Instructor, Salem State

Florencia I. Gabriele

Dissertation: “Where Do Delegative Democracies Go Wrong: The Case of Argentina”
Dissertation Chair: Professor William Crotty

Yipin Wu

Dissertation: “They Dynamics of Policy Change in China: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting and Actors”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Suzanne Ogden Current Position: Professor at Zhejiang Business University

2013

Chris Chanyasulkit

Dissertation: “An Examination of the Influences on Massachusetts Legislators’ Level of Awareness regarding Health Disparities: Implications for Public Health Policymaking”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Ronald Hedlund
Current Position: Human Services Specialist Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations at Town of Brookline

Christopher Cunningham

Dissertation: “Diasporas, Ethnic Conflict and Traumatic Events”
Dissertation Chair: Professor David Schmitt
Current Position: Analyst

Robert A. Deleo

Dissertation: “Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why it is so Hard”
Dissertation Chair: Professor David Rochefort
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Bentley University

Johannes Eijmberts

Dissertation: “Government Support of Emerging Technologies: A Comparative View of Nanotechnology in the Netherlands and the United States of America”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Christopher Bosso
Current Position: Lecturer at Bentley College

David Smith

Dissertation: “Perceived Threats and the Integration of National Minorities: A Comparative Study of the United States and the United Kingdom”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amilcar Barreto
Current Position: Sr. Financial Analyst at Quest Diagnostics

2012

Heather Browne

Dissertation: “Education Reform in Egypt: Sources of Resistance in State and Society”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Denis Sullivan
Current Position: Senior Instructor at Northeastern University

Mary Cardaras

Dissertation: “America’s Missteps: How Fear, Power, and Politics Led the United States Into Iraq”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Robert Gilbert
Current Position: Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay
Publications: Fear, Power, and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11, Lexington

David Green

Dissertation: “Local Autonomy in face of Central Domination: an Examination of Japanese Immigration Policy”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Suzanne Ogden
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nagoya University

Sheila Kohanteb

Dissertation: “Decision Making Under Threat: Israeli and Palestinian Public Opinions”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amilcar Barreto

Marian Simion

Dissertation: “Religion in Political Conflict: A Constructivist Theoretical Model for Public Policy Analysis, Design and Implementation”
Dissertation Chair: Professor W.D. Kay
Current Position: Assistant Director, Boston Theological Institute and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University.
Book Publications: Just Peace: Orthodox Perspectives. 2012 Geneva: WCC Publications (co-edited with Semegnish Asfaw and Alexios Chehahdeh).

2011

Alison Dickson

Dissertation: “The First Steps on the Ladder to College Success: Understanding the Secondary School Factors that Determine the College Enrollment and Retention Outcomes of High School Graduates in Massachusetts”
Dissertation Chair: Professor John Portz
Current Position: Research Analyst, Consortium on Financing Higher Education at MIT

Kimberly Jones

Dissertation: “Constructing the Nation in Opposition: Human Rights as Strategic Building Blocks- A Comparative Analysis of Sinn Fein and the IRA, the Egyptian Brotherhood, and Hamas”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amilcar Barreto
Current Position: Assistant Academic Specialist, Northeastern University

Peter W. Richardson

Dissertation: “Russian Relations with Japan from 2000-2010: Enduring Obstacles, Limited Opportunities”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Emeritus Milton Goldman
Current Position: Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University

2010

Marwa Abdel Samei

Dissertation: “Public Diplomacy in the Age of Regional Media: Winning the War of Hearts and Minds in the Middle East- Al- Jazeera and Al-Hurra”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Amilcar Barreto
Current Position: Assistant professor, faculty of economics and political science; Cairo University, Egypt.

Chow Bing Ngeow

Dissertation: “Democratic Development in China’s Urban Communities”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Suzanne Ogden
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya Publications: Introduction to Political Science

Martin Comack

Dissertation: “Comrades and Citizens: The Effect of Militant Labor Organizations Upon the Processes of Democratization in Communist Poland and Corporate Mexico”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current Position: Lecturer, Massachusetts Bay Community College
Book Publications: Wild Socialism: Workers Councils in Revolutionary Berlin, 1918-21 (2012-Universitty Press of America). Comrades and Citizens: Militant Labor Organizations and Democratization in Communist Poland and Corporate Mexico (Forthcoming 2013 – Edwin Mellen Press).

Kristen Hudak

Dissertation: “Political Institutions and Grassroots Development: The Political Economy of Microfinance”
Dissertation Chair: Kirsten Rodine-Hardy
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University

Emily Neal

Dissertation: “Playtime Preservation: Public-Private Partnerships in Public Land Management”
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current position: Assistant Professor, St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus

Liubomir Topaloff

Dissertation: “Cuing Euroscepticism, or What Parties Make of It”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto
Current position: Senior Assistant Professor, Meiji University in Japan Publications: Political Parties and Euroscepticism

2009

Joseph Coelho

Dissertation: “Building Stable and Effective States Through International Governance: The Politics of Technocratic Interventions”
Dissertation Chair: David Schmitt
Current position: Assistant Professor, Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kevin Donnelly

Dissertation: “The Rhetoric of Reform: Examining the Role of Political Language in Rhode Island’s Health Care Debate”
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort
Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Bridgewater State University
Book Publications: Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming Healthcare, Routledge (Coauthor, with David Rochefort).

Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh

Dissertation: “Deadlock: A Political Economy Perspective on the Massachusetts Health Policy Reform Experience”.
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort
Current Position: Director of Policy and Research, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Robyn Olson

Dissertation: “The Politics of Water Fluoridation from a Problem Definition Perspective”.
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current position: Managing Consultant, Boston Benefit Partners

2008

Riham Bahi

Dissertation: “Networking for Power and Change: Muslim Women Activism and the Transformation of Muslim Public Sphere”
Dissertation Chair: Denis Sullivan

Rachel Ellett

Dissertation: “Emerging Judicial Power in Transitional Democracies: Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda”
Dissertation Chair: Michael Tolley
Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Belloit College, WI

Eugenia Hristova

Dissertation: “New Regime, Old Myths: Construction of Gender Identity and Women’s Political Participation in Egypt.”
Dissertation Chair: Eileen McDonough

2007

Milica Golubovic

Dissertation: “Assisting Democratization: Impact of International Organizations on Rule of Law Reform in Serbia.”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty

Petra Polaskova

Dissertation: “Institution-Building and Stability in Post-Conflict Societies.”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Seton Hill University

Itir Toksoz

Dissertation: “Security Dilemmas and Threat Perceptions: Turkey at the Crossroads.”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto
Current position: Assistant Professor of International Relations, Vice Dean, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences Erasmus Departmental Coordinator Dogus University, Istanbul- Turkey

2006

Philip D’Agati

Dissertation: “Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performances at the Modern Olympic Games”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto
Current position: Lecturer, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA and Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Michelle Lee

Dissertation:”The Rhetoric of Nationalism in Public Policy: Immigration and Indigenous Land Rights Policies in Australia”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto
Current position: Political Affairs Officer with the U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany
Publications: A Fair Go: Race Politics and Public Discourse in Australia, VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K., 2007

2005

Leanne Doherty

Dissertation: “Level Playing Field for All?: Female Political Leadership and Athletics”.
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current position: Associate Dean, Undergraduate Curriculum and Programs; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Simmons College, Boston MA
Book Publications: Level Playing Field for All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics. Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. August 2011.

Marie Ganim

Current position: Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director, Rhode Island State Senate; Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University

Natalja Zabeida

Dissertation: “Making Space for Rape: Identity, Nationalism and Gender in the Disintegration of the former Yugoslavia”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto

2004

Paul Beran

Dissertation: “Civil Society and Transitions to Participatory Governance: Palestinian NGOs Stuck Between Regime Control and Pragmatism”
Dissertation Chair: Denis Sullivan
Current position: Outreach Director, Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies. Cambridge, Mass.

Shadrack Nasong’o

Dissertation: “Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Democratization vs. Authoritarianism in Kenya and Zambia”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current position: Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.

Cynthia Newton

Dissertation: “Obesity as an Emerging Policy Domain, and Strategies to Combat Youth Obesity in Massachusetts”
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.

2003

Abdullah Al-Faqih

Dissertation: “The Struggle for Liberalization and Democratization in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen.”
Dissertation Chair: Denis Sullivan
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sana’a University, Yemen.

Nasser A. Qaedi

Dissertation: “The Security Motivated Cooperative Relationship and Development of the Gulf Cooperation Council”
Dissertation Chair: Denis Sullivan
Current Position: National Bank, Bahrain.

2002

Rosalie B. Arcala

Dissertation: “Democratization and the Philippine Military: A Comparison of the Approaches used by the Aquino and Ramos Administrations in Re-Imposing Civilian Supremacy.”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current Position: Associate Professor of Political Science, Division of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines, Visayas