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2021

Kendall Bailey

Dissertation: “Nationalization of Gubernatorial Elections: The Impact of National and State Factors on Gubernatorial Vote Choice”
Dissertation Chair: Costas Panagopoulos

Zeynep Balcioglu

Dissertation: “Stretching the Limits of Authority: Why Do Local Governments Provide for Refugees?”
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Aldrich

Dylan Maguire

Dissertation: “Militia-State Partnerships in the Middle East: A Program of Action Approach”
Dissertation Chair: John Portz and Dov Waxman

Maria Robson

Dissertation: “Beyond Borders: How Public and Private Actors Institutionalize Intelligence Cooperation”
Dissertation Chair: Mai’a Cross


2020

Ioana Panaitiu

Dissertation: “Of Monsters and Men: The Political Implications of Dehumanization.”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Ulrika Bonnier

Dissertation: “The Link Between Trafficking in Persons and Corruption: Connecting the Dots
Between Public Officials and Organized Crime”
Dissertation Chair: Mai’a Cross
Current Position: Director of Programs at TRACE

Jaclyn Northrup

Dissertation: “U.S. Senatorial Campaigns and Legislative Promise Keeping on LGBTQ and Women’s Issues”
Dissertation Chair: Michael Tolley


2019


Juheon Lee

Dissertation: “Social Capital In The Face Of Natural Hazards: Community Resilience, Post-Disaster Trust, And Disaster Preparedness In East Asian Societies “
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Aldrich
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Midwestern State University

Courtney Page-Tan

Dissertation: “Building community resilience in public spaces: How online social media platforms and built structures for community activity are investments into our future”
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Aldrich
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Human Resilience in the Department of Security and Emergency Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Aeshna Badruzzaman

Dissertation: “The Weight of the State: Balancing Acts of NGOs in Bangladesh”
Dissertation Chair: Liza Weinstein
Current Position: Assistant Editor, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Katharine Petrich

Dissertation: “The Resilient Terrorist: How Criminal Diversification Alters Group Longevity and Durability”
Dissertation Chair: Max Abrahms
Current Position: Visiting Researcher at the Center for Policy Research at the University of Albany


2018


Joseph Mroszczyk

Dissertation: “Dying for a Reason: An Empirical Assessment of the Tactical Utility of Suicide Operations”
Dissertation Chair: Max Abrahms
Current Position: Adjunct Instructor, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Southern New Hampshire University

Matthew Cohen

Dissertation: “Beyond Theory: Applying Empirical Evidence to Cyberspace Theories”
Dissertation Chair: Denise Garcia
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Practice, Merrimack College

Sidita Kushi

Dissertation: “Saving our Western Neighbors: How Regional Institutions and Conflict Perceptions Drive Humanitarian Military Interventions”
Dissertation Chair: Mai’a Cross
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bridgewater State University

Andrew McPherson

Dissertation: “Electronic Surveillance as a Counterterrorism Tool: Is Technology A Viable Strategy?”
Dissertation Chair: Stephen Flynn
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire, Manchester

Benjamin Larsen

Dissertation: “Cities Take the Lead: LGBT Nondiscrimination Policy Adoption by Local Governments”
Dissertation Chair: Thomas Vicino
Current Position: Research Associate, Idaho Policy Institute, Boise State University


2017


Elizabeth Moore

Dissertation: “Transnational Actors and New Venture Growth: Examining Formal and Informal Entrepreneurship from an Inter-Disciplinary Perspective”
Dissertation Chair: Thomas Vicino
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, International Business and Strategy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University


2016


James Sutherland

Dissertation: “Municipal Institutions, Electoral System Designs, and Voter Turnout in Large American Cities”
Dissertation Chair: William Mayer
Current Position: Director of Policy and Research, 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
Current Position: Program Director, McNair Scholars Program, Suffolk University

Dennis Dallaire

Dissertation: “Party Registration and Party Vote: The Relationship between Registration and Results in Massachusetts Elections”
Dissertation Chair: Bill Mayer
Current Position: Part Time Faculty, Bridgewater State University

Claudia Larson

Dissertation: “Party Registration and Party Vote: The Relationship between Registration and Results in Massachusetts Elections”
Dissertation Chair: Ron Hedlund
Current Position: Senior Director, Governmental Relations, National Milk Producers Federation


2015


Veronica Czastkiewicz

Dissertation: “Victims, Villains, Heroes: Melodrama and the Narrative of Charter School Policy Making”
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort

Mladen Mrdalj

Dissertation: “Stasis Among Powers: Yugoslav Destruction After the Cold War”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies, Webster University

Julie M. Garey

Dissertation: “Understanding The U.S. – NATO Relationship In The Post-Cold War Era”
Dissertation Chair: David Schmitt
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University

Panagoula “Youly” Diamanti-Karanou

Dissertation: “The Relationship Between Homeland and Diaspora: The Case of Greece and Greek-American Community”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor in the International Affairs Program, Northeastern University

Alison Uzdella

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


2014


Lacey Bradley-Storey

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

Guy Bellino

Dissertation: “Fuel Efficiency Regulation in the United States”
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current Position: Visiting Lecturer, Salem State University

Florencia Gabriele

Dissertation: “Where Do Delegative Democracies Go Wrong: The Case of Argentina”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Business and Economics, Emmanuel College

Yipin Wu

Dissertation: “They Dynamics of Policy Change in China: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting and Actors”
Dissertation Chair: Suzanne Ogden


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: Ronald Hedlund
Current Position: Senior Lecturer and Course Designer in the Department of Public Health, Simmons University

Christopher Cunningham

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

Robert A. Deleo

Dissertation: “Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why it is so Hard”
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort
Current Position: Associate Professor of Public Policy, 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: Christopher Bosso
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations, and Globalization, Bentley University

David Smith

Dissertation: “Perceived Threats and the Integration of National Minorities: A Comparative Study of the United States and the United Kingdom”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto
Current Position: Senior Finance Manager, Security Technology Group, Akamai Technologies


2012


Heather Browne

Dissertation: “Education Reform in Egypt: Sources of Resistance in State and Society”
Dissertation Chair: Denis Sullivan
Current Position: Senior Instructor, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

Mary Cardaras

Dissertation: “America’s Missteps: How Fear, Power, and Politics Led the United States Into Iraq”
Dissertation Chair: Robert Gilbert
Current Position: Chair of the Communications Department, California State University – East Bay

David Green

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

Sheila Kohanteb

Dissertation: “Decision Making Under Threat: Israeli and Palestinian Public Opinions”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto
Current Position: Forum Executive Director & Executive Director of External Relations for the Pearson Institute, University of Chicago

Marian Simion

Dissertation: “Religion in Political Conflict: A Constructivist Theoretical Model for Public Policy Analysis, Design and Implementation”
Dissertation Chair: W. D. Kay
Current Position: Field Education Supervisor, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University.


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: John Portz

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: Amílcar Barreto

Peter W. Richardson

Dissertation: “Russian Relations with Japan from 2000-2010: Enduring Obstacles, Limited Opportunities”
Dissertation Chair: Milton Goldman
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies


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: Amílcar 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: Suzanne Ogden
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya

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: Adjuct Faculty, Business & Professional Studies, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Kristen Hudak

Dissertation: “Political Institutions and Grassroots Development: The Political Economy of Microfinance”
Dissertation Chair: Kirsten Rodine-Hardy
Current Position: Associate Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Emily Neal

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

Liubomir Topaloff

Dissertation: “Cuing Euroscepticism, or What Parties Make of It”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto
Current position: Associate Professor, Meiji University in Japan


2009


Joseph Coelho

Dissertation: “Building Stable and Effective States Through International Governance: The Politics of Technocratic Interventions”
Dissertation Chair: David Schmitt
Current position: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Framingham State University

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: Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Bridgewater State University

Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh

Dissertation: “Deadlock: A Political Economy Perspective on the Massachusetts Health Policy Reform Experience”.
Dissertation Chair: David Rochefort
Current Position: Senior Director of Policy and Research, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Robyn Olson

Dissertation: “The Politics of Water Fluoridation from a Problem Definition Perspective”.
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current position: Partner, 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
Current Position: Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Rachel Ellett

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

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
Current Position: Lecturer, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University

Petra Polaskova

Dissertation: “Institution-Building and Stability in Post-Conflict Societies.”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty

Itir Toksoz

Dissertation: “Security Dilemmas and Threat Perceptions: Turkey at the Crossroads.”
Dissertation Chair: Amilcar Barreto
Current position: Assistant Professor of International Relations, Istanbul- Turkey


2006


Philip D’Agati

Dissertation: “Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performances at the Modern Olympic Games”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto

Michelle Lee

Dissertation: ”The Rhetoric of Nationalism in Public Policy: Immigration and Indigenous Land Rights Policies in Australia”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar Barreto


2005


Leanne Doherty

Dissertation: “Level Playing Field for All?: Female Political Leadership and Athletics”.
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Bosso
Current position: Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations, Simmons University

Marie Ganim

Natalja Zabeida

Dissertation: “Making Space for Rape: Identity, Nationalism and Gender in the Disintegration of the former Yugoslavia”
Dissertation Chair: Amílcar 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: Consultant, 1for3

Shadrack Nasong’o

Dissertation: “Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Democratization vs. Authoritarianism in Kenya and Zambia”
Dissertation Chair: William Crotty
Current position: Professor of International Studies, 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: Associate 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: Professor of Politics, 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: CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority


2002


Rosalie Arcala-Hall

Current Position: Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas