The following doctoral candidates are on the academic job market.
Adviser: Robert Y. Shapiro
Dissertation: "From Wagner to Taft-Hartley, Revisited"
Subfield: American politics
Research Interests: American political development, public opinion, state politics
Advisers: Justin Phillips, Shigeo Hirano, Ester Fuchs, Isabela Mares
Dissertation: "America's Mayors: How Voters Choose and How Mayors Shape Policy"
Research Interests: U.S. state and local politics, representation, urban politics, public policy, fiscal policy, elections
Patricia Kirkland studies American politics with a focus on state and local politics. Her ongoing research examines representation, public policy, and fiscal health in U.S. cities, exploring the relationship between descriptive representation and policy outcomes. Other current projects investigate vote choice in nonpartisan elections and the connection between divided government and legislative productivity in the states.
Ms. Kirkland also serves as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Political Science and as a Graduate Assistant in the Empirical Reasoning Center at Barnard College.
Advisers: Donald Green, Robert Shapiro, Robert Erikson
Dissertation: "Essays on the Motivations and Behavior of Individual Political Donors"
Research Interests: campaign finance, political psychology, electoral behavior, inequality, judicial behavior, causal inference, experiments
Michael Schwam-Baird is a Ph.D. candidate in American politics at Columbia University. His dissertation research focuses on understanding the motivations and behavior of campaign contributors using field experiments and observational approaches. His other research projects include examining judicial behavior in the presence of electoral conflicts of interest, assessing consumers’ reactions to corporate political activity, and finding new ways to measure the effects of campaign spending on electoral outcomes.
Advisers: Ira Katznelson and Michael Ting
Dissertation: "An Empirical Examination of Adjudications at the National Labor Relations Board."
Research Interests: American institutions, public law, quantitative methods, public opinion
Advisers: Donald Green and Robert Shapiro
Dissertation: "Group Identity in American Politics: A Multidimensional Approach to Study and Measurement"
Research Interests: American politics, public opinion, political behavior, race, ethnicity and identity, political psychology
Amber Spry's dissertation is titled “Group Identity in American Politics: A Multidimensional Approach to Study and Measurement,” and is grounded in theories of political psychology and public opinion, and contributes novel measurement strategies toward our understanding of group policy preferences. She explores questions relating to group identity in the United States, critically examining the relationships between racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious identities as they manifest within individuals themselves (as people think of themselves as belonging to multiple groups at once), and across social categories (as politics are often borne out along group lines).
Advisers: Shigeo Hirano, Gregory Wawro, Donald Green
Dissertation: "Three Field Experiments on Legislative Institutions, Information, and Behavior"
Research Interests: legislative behavior and institutions, state politics, capaigns and elections, media and public opinion
Adam Zelizer is a PhD candidate in American politics at Columbia University. His principal research interest lies in the effects of legislative institutions on indiviudal behavior and collective choice outcomes. Mr. Zelizer's dissertation presents three field experiments on the influence of legislative caucuses on cosponsorship, roll call voting, and bill passage. It focuses on how caucuses support policy expertise, deliberation, and bipartisanship. Caucuses illustrate how legislators depend on informal institutions - those that lack statutory powers - to make informed decisions about politics and policy and how caucuses use their informational advantages to benefit the policy proposals of their members.
Mr. Zelizer's research interests outside of his dissertation include observational studies on Congressional responsiveness and elections and experimental studies on campaign and media persuasion.
Dissertation Committee: Jack Snyder, Alfred Stepan, Michael Doyle, Timothy Frye, and James Jasper (Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center)
Dissertation: “Ritual Contention in Divided Societies: Participation in Loyalist Parades in Northern Ireland”
Subfield and Research Interests: comparative politics and international relation, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion, contentious politics and collective action, conflict and violence
Advisers: Jack Snyder, Tonya Putnam, and Michael Doyle
Dissertation: "Just Enough: The Politics of Accountability for Mass Atrocities"
Subfield and Research Interests: international relations/comparative politics, conflict and violence, human rights, international law
Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman received her Ph.D in International Relations at Columbia University. Her dissertation looked at the domestic and international politics of accountability for atrocity crimes. Before beginning the Ph.D., she practiced international law in Cambodia, New York, and The Hague.
Advisers: Christopher Blattman, V. Page Fortna, Macartan Humphreys, Jack Snyder
Dissertation: “How Terrorism Creates Foreign Fighters: A Study of the Islamic State’s Recruitment on Social Media Using Twitter Microdata”
Research Interests: international relations, comparative politics, politcal violence, conflict, civil war, terrorism, automated text analysis, machine learning
Tamar Mitts is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines how the Islamic State exploits rising anti-Muslim hostility in the wake of terrorist attacks to radicalize and recruit foreign fighters in the West. The research draws on an ongoing data collection on the online behavior of about two million users linked to ISIS on Twitter, and on qualitative accounts of individuals who attempted to travel to the Syrian civil war.
Advisors: Jack Snyder, Sheri Berman, Yotam Margalit
Dissertation: "Intimate Rivals or Enemies of the State: State Ethos and the Policing of Far Right Groups"
Subfield: comparative politics and international relations
Research Interests: nationalism, social movements, democratization, political violence, political narratives, right wing populism
Hadas Aron is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests lie in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. In particular, she is a scholar of nationalism, ethnic conflict, political narratives, right wing politics and populism with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, the United States and Israel. Her dissertation, titled "Intimate Rivals or Enemies of the State: The Policing of Far Right Groups" is focused on the relationship between states and radical movements, with cases studies from the U.S., Israel, and Central Europe. Ms. Aron earned an M.A. from Columbia, an M.Sc and a B.Sc from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Aron has conducted field research in Central Europe and Israel and was a visiting scholar at the Central European University and The Hungarian Academy of Science (Fall 2014). She is currently a Senior Lead Teaching Fellow at the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning.
Ms. Aron's research was supported by The Harriman Institute for Russian Eurasia and East European Studies, Academic Exchange, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.
Adviser: Timothy Frye
Dissertation: "Calculating Corruption: Political Competition and Bribery under Authoritarianism"
Subfield: comparative politics and political methodology
Noah Buckley's research interests and areas of specialization include comparative politics, corruption, authoritarianism, bureaucracy, and quantitative and experimental methodologies. His regional focus is on the post-communist states of the former Soviet Union, with particular emphasis on subnational politics in Russia. Mr. Buckley has conducted field research in Russia and Georgia, including extensive elite interviews, qualitative, and quantitative data collection. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Europe-Asia Studies.
Advisers: Isabela Mares, Vicky Murillo, and John Huber
Research Interests: comparative political economy, labor market politics, social policy and inequality, advanced democracies.
Advisers: Robert Shapiro (Chair), Kimuli Kasara, Andrew Nathan, Devesh Kapur (University of Pennsylvania)
Dissertation: "Whither the Quid Pro Quo? Party-Voter Linkages and Distributive Politics in India."
Subfields: comparative politics (Major), international relations (Minor)
Research Interests: patronage politics, elections in developing countries, party-voter linkages, survey design, intra-party organization, ethnic politics, state capacity, and the implementation of anti-poverty policies.
Dr. Mark Schneider is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. He completed his Ph.D. in comparative politics at Columbia University in 2015. Dr. Schneider's research focuses on the micro-foundations of clientelism and distributive politics in India. Drawing on behavioral and experimental measures from a unique cross-referenced survey, in which local politicians were asked directly about sampled voters in rural Rajasthan, he argues that democratic accountability is more robust at the local level than previous research suggests. Specifically, he finds that local middlemen lack the capacity to identify voters' partisan preferences, which is a requirement of the quid pro quo logic of clientelism. He also finds that these village politicians hold pro-poor distributive preferences, contrary to the expectation of research on elite capture. Future research projects will expand the study of local politicians' preferences, strategies and constraints to higher-level politicians at the state and district levels. This long-term project will culminate in a book project on party organization, party-broker interaction, and politician-voter linkages in India. A second collaborative project will address state capacity in India through a series of articles on state institutions in India beginning with the postal service.Dr. Schneider received his B.A. in Political Science with highest honors at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Advisers: David Johnston and Melissa Schwartzberg (Department of Politics, NYU).
Dissertation: “Politeiai and Reputation in Plato's Thought”
Areas of interest: Ancient Political Thought; History of Political Thought; Moral Psychology
Advisers: David Johnston and Melissa Schwartzberg (NYU)
Dissertation: "The Keystone of Democracy: Prioritizing Inclusion in the Design of Democratic Institutions "
Subfield and Research Interests: political theory and American politics
Dr. Kevin J. Elliott earned his Ph.D. in the Political Science Department at Columbia University where he worked on normative democratic theory and institutional design. Drawing on both theoretical and empirical literatures, his dissertation project investigated how to reform the participatory institutions of contemporary democracies to promote effective political inclusion, particularly in the United States. A native of California, he received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from UCLA (summa cum laude, and with departmental and collegiate honors) and an M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Jennifer M. Hudson
Advisers: Nadia Urbinati, Jean L. Cohen, and Samuel Moyn (History)
Jennifer Hudson is currently a member of the social science faculty at Bard Prison Initiative, Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at Bard College, and Associate Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities.
Ms. Hudson was a Columbia Lindt fellow for dissertation writing in 2012-2013 and a Cordier teaching fellow at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs from 2009-2011, teaching in the Master of International Affairs program. Before joining the Department of Political Science, Ms. Hudson was a Fulbright Scholar in Freiburg, Germany. She earned a master's degree in political theory and international affairs at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in political science.
Ms.Hudson has been teaching in mens and womens correctional facilities as a member of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) faculty since 2013, and two of her students were part of the BPI college debate team that recently won against the team from Harvard!
Advisers: David Johnston & Jon Elster
Adviser: Jean Cohen
Dissertation: “Natural Law and the Idea of the Secular State in Early Modern Europe”
Research Interests: Natural law theories from Aquinas to Locke, Secular-ecclesiastical conflict in medieval and early modern Europe, Liberty of conscience in contemporary democracies
Advisers: Jean Cohen and Nadia Urbinati