Most graduates from UC Irvine’s Department of Political Science doctoral program have proceeded to work at research universities and liberal arts colleges, while others have pursued non-academic careers in government, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.

Below is a complete list of our Ph.D. graduates and their placements since the 2007-08 academic year.

  Name   Dissertation    Placement (in most cases, initial placement after leaving UCI only) Degree awarded
  Dirk Horn   Two Paths: A Comparative Analysis of the Narco-economics and Drug Control Policies in Latin America--The Case of Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Uruguay   Cal State Bakersfield
Visiting Assistant Professor
2018
  Pernilla Johansson   External Actors in International Peacebuilding   Kvinna till Kvinnor (Woman to Woman) Foundation, Sweden
Deputy Director
2018
  Marcos Scauso   Indianismo: Debating Conditions of Possibility for Multi-relational Coexistence     2018
  Peter Beattie   Crooked Timber and the Broken Branch: The Invisible Hand in the Marketplace of Ideas   The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Assistant Professor
2017
  Graham Odell   From the Ashes Shall Rise: Determinants of State Reconstitution in Republican China and Sengoku Japan     2017
  Kelsey Norman   Reluctant Reception: Understanding Host State Migration and Refugee Policies in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey   University of British Colombia
Postdoctoral Fellow
2017
  Tiffany Williams   With the Best of Intentions: Normative Dilemmas of the Responsibility to Protect     2017
  Ryan Sauchelli   Normativity in Law after Positivism   University of California, Irvine
Lecturer
2017
  Katelyn Finley   Inequality Across Transition Counties: The Demand for and Supply of Income Redistribution   University of California, Irvine 2017
  Joshua Malnight   Economic Coercion and the Logics of Global Business   University of California, Irvine
Lecturer
2017
  Jennifer Jones   Talk "Like a Man:" Feminine Style in the Pursuit of Political Power   Loyola Marymount University
Assistant Professor
2017
  Kenneth Chaiprasert   The Political Incorporation of Children of Refugees: The Experience of Central Americans and Southeast Asians in the U.S.   East Los Angeles College
Assistant Professor
2016
  Heather Cox   Essays of Foreign Direct Investment, Financial Development, and Economic Institutions   U.S. International Trade Commission
International Economist
2016
  John Cuffe   Marginals, Mavericks, and Majorities: Elements of Legislative Behavior, Politics, and Elections   U.S. Census Bureau
Statistician
2016
  Jennifer Garcia   From Protest to Policymaking: African American Legislative Behavior in the Post-War Era   Oberlin College
Assistant Professor
2016
  Lev Marder   Economies of Ignorance: Genealogical Study of Political Ignorance in Late Modernity   SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow 2016
  Robert Nyenhuis   The Prevalence of Populism in Latin America: Contenders, Citizens, and Campaigns   Cal Poly Pomona
Assistant Professor
2016
  Tanya Schwarz   Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics   Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Postdoctoral Fellow
2016
  Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi   Speaking Law to War: International Law, Legal Advisers, and Bureaucratic Contestation in U.S. Defense Policy   University of South Florida
Assistant Professor
2015
  Johanna Solomon   Identity Change in Jewish-Muslim Inter-Group Contact: A Longitudinal Study of Two Inter-Group Dialogue Programs   Grinnell College
Postdoctoral Fellow
2015
  John Altick   Radical Democracy: A Principled Disruption   The Citadel
Visiting Assistant Professor
2015
  Mark Berlin       Marquette University
Assistant Professor
2015
  Alfredo Carlos   Economic Democracy: From Continual Crisis to a People Oriented Economy     2015
  Leah Hemze   Antinomy as Critique: Popular Sovereignty as Practice and Theory   Director of Research, Department of Child Services, State of Indiana 2015
  Tom Le       Pomona College
Assistant Professor
2015
  Bryan Nelle   Finding the Political: The Ethical Consumer and Neoliberalism   Chadwick International School, Songdo, South Korea 2015
  Sierra Powell   The Political Potential of Americans with Disabilities: A Study of Political
Engagement and Preferences
  Mt. San Antonio College
Professor
2015
  Jason Vick   A Twenty-First Century Defense of Participatory Democracy     2015
  Josh Gellers   Global Norms and Green Constitutions: Explaining the Emergence of Constitutional Environmental Rights   University of North Florida
Assistant Professor
2014
  Kris Coulter   The Personal is Juridical: Explaining the Variation in the Legal Treatment of Women and Men in the United States Supreme Court   University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Assistant Professor 2014
  Heidi Haddad   Advocates, Institution Builders, and Gatekeepers: NGOs and International Human Rights Justice   Pomona College
Assistant Professor
2014
  Ryan Shirah   Institutional Legacy and the Stability of New Democracies: The Lasting Effects of Competitive Authoritarianism   University of Tennessee
Institutional Research Analyst
2014
  Bron Tamulis   Louis Althusser, Leo Strauss, and the Theoretical Turn in Political Leadership     2014
  Wilfred Wan   Institutional Change and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime   United Nations University
Postdoctoral Fellow
2014
  Amy Grubb   The microdynamics of violence and order : variations in community security processes   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Assistant Professor
2014
  Neil Chaturvedi   Hiding and Hedging: Surviving the Ideological Center in the United States Senate   Seattle University
Assistant Professor
2013
  Nathan Jones   The State Reaction: A Theory of Illicit Network Resilience   Sam Houston State University
Assistant Professor
2013
  Victoria Wilson   Deconstructing race and gender in the 2008 presidential election   Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Research Analyst
2013
  William Chiu   The internet, political communications research and the search for a new information paradigm     2013
  Andrea Vandom   The effect of wages on extortion     2013
  Danvy Le   Under pressure? : effects of social pressure on political participation in a vietnamese community in California   Cal State University East Bay
Assistant Professor
2013
  Colin Moore   Foreign policy and the six-party talks: the effects of regime type and state vulnerability   Sacramento City College
Adjunct Professor
2012
  Karl Kruse   Markets in regulation: the regulators, incentives, and pathways for change   Management Consultant 2012
  Adam Martin   Forgiveness in an age of terror: the political psychology of forgiving the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks   Graceland University, Iowa
Assistant Professor
2012
  Kathryn Cooper   Discrimination and participation : the effect of perceived gender discrimination on women's political activity   Federal Government 2012
  Amy Alexander   The gender gap in parliamentarians' pathways, roles, styles and policy attitudes: comparisons across parties and nations in Western Europe   Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2011
  Madeline Baer   Privatizing water: globalization, states and human rights   San Diego State University, Assistant Professor 2011
  Alix Van Sickle   Beyond electoral democracy: civil society and the construction of democratic citizenship in Latin America   Point Loma Nazarine University, Adjunct Professor 2011
  Nathan Jones   The state reaction: a theory of illicit network resilience   Rice University, Baker Institute, Postdoc 2011
  Denise Robb   The effect of instant runoff voting on democracy [electronic resource]   Pierce College (CA), Assistant Professor 2011
  Bridget Portman   Death anxiety and political ideology: a multimethod investigation   Santa Clara University, Adjunct Professor 2011
  Zahra Ahmed   Service learning in policy and practice: a study of service learning across three universities   UC Irvine, Director, Civic & Community Engagement 2010
  Thomas Doyle   Moral dilemmas: acquiring nuclear weapons in the second nuclear age   Assistant Professor, Political Science, Texas State University, San Marcos 2010
  Kathy Rim   In solidarity? the influence of racial group consciousness on Asian American political behavior   Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor 2010
  Christopher Stout   Black empowerment in the Age of Obama   Wellesley College, Assistant Professor 2010
  Armando Ibarra Salazar   Poverty in the valley of plenty: Mexican families and migrant work in California   University of Wisconsin, School for Workers, Assistant Professor 2010
  Willy Jou   Left-right orientations in new democracies [electronic resource]: cognition, contents, consequences   Waseda University, Japan, Postdoc 2010
  Reuben Kline   Essays in political economy   SUNY, Stonybrook, Assistant Professor 2010
  Christopher Balding   The political economics of international trade: the impact of institutions, governance quality, and public spending   HSBC School of Business, Beijing University, Assistant Professor 2009
  Robin Bowman   Uncovering the conditions of terrorism by armed Muslim separatist groups in the Philippines through the variable interaction analysis   Defense Department 2009
  John Ensch   Electoral systems and regional cooperation: politics and economics in Metropolitan Planning Organizations   Private Industry, Germany 2009
  P. Brian Fisher   Reframing global climate change: achieving human security for vulnerable communities   College of Charleston, Assistant Professor 2009
  Bruce Hemmer   The democratization of peacebuilding: the political engagement of peacebuilding NGOs in democratizing societies   U.S. Department of State 2009
  Nhu-Ngoc Ong   Governing music in Vietnam: from socialist to post-socialist use of nationalism   Publisher and Editor in Chief, Viet Tide Magazine, Garden Grove CA 2009
  Saba Ozyurt   Integrating Muslim immigrant women in the United States and the Netherlands: effects of religiosity and migrant religious institutions   Alliant International University, Assistant Professor 2009
  Becki Scola   Are all states created equal: the supply and demand of women state legislators   St. Joseph's University (PA), Associate Professor 2009
  Daniel Wehrenfennig   The missing link: citizen dialogue in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine   Executive Director, The Olive Tree Initiative, UC Irvine 2009
  Molly Patterson   The dynamics of deliberation: power and structuration in democratic communication   Associate Professor, Aquinas College 2008
  Ballestero Lee   Citizen support in democracies: the effects of media exposure and content on attitudes toward democracy   Moorpark College
Professor
2008
  Joe Bergeron   Social movement promotion of public policy during challenging times   University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Assistant Professor
2008
  Titus Chen   Capped socialization: how have international norms changed China, 1860-2007   National Chenchi University, Taipei, Assistant Research Fellow 2008
  Natalie Masuoka   Rethinking race and politics: mixed race and the trajectory of minority politics in the United States   Tufts University, Assistant Professor 2008
  Stephen Nuño   Messenger politics: the influence of co-ethnic partisan recruitment on Latino vote choice   Northern Arizona University
Assistant Professor
2008
  Michael Latner   Metropolitan fragmentation and electoral mobilization: a study of the impact of residential settlement patterns on voter turnout in the United States   Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Assistant Professor 2008
  Bogdan Radu   Traditional believers and democratic citizens: a contextualized analysis of the effects of religion on support for democracy in East Central Europe   Babes-Bolyai University, Bucharest, Assistant Professor 2008

 

 

 

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