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Ph.D. Alumni since 1990 Holding Research Positions

R. Bruce Anderson     
Ph.D. 1997
Dissertation: Electoral Competition and the Structure of State Legislatures: Organizational Complexity and Party Building
Current Position: Associate Professor, Florida Southern College
Email: randerson2@flsouthern.edu

  Ph.D. 2003
Dissertation: The Federal Face of Democratic Representation: The Effects of Responsibility Attribution on Cross-level Voting Behavior and Government Responsiveness in the United States
Current Position: Associate Professor, Temple University
Email: kevin.arceneaux@temple.edu
Christy A. Aroopala

  Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation: Mobilizing Collective Identity: Frames & Rational Individuals
Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Decision Information Resources, Inc.
Email: caroopala@dir-online.com

  Ph.D. 2004
Dissertation: Non-state Actors and Political Conflict
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Email: bapat@unc.edu
Tiffany Barnes

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Gender Quotas and The Representation of Women: Empowerment, Decision-making, and Public Policy
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
Brent Boyea    Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: State Methods of Judicial Selection: An Evaluation of Career Ambition
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Arlington
Email: boyea@uta.edu
Stephanie Burchard

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Authoritatively Democratic? The Functioning of Elections in Botswana’s Dominant Party System
Current Position: Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, Africa Program
Email: smburchard@gmail.com
Lisa J. Carlson   
Ph.D. 1994
Dissertation: A Theory of Escalation: The Use of Coercive Bargaining Strategies in International Conflict
Current Position: Professor, University of Idaho
Email: lcarl@uidaho.edu
Daina Chiba

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Essays on Durations of War and Postwar Peace
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science, Duke University
Email: dc187@duke.edu
Carlos Cuellar

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Latino Descriptive Representation in Municipal Government: An Analysis of Latino Mayors
Current Position: Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University
Gavin Dillingham   Ph.D. 2007
Dissertation: Explaining Governments' Adoption and the Effectiveness of Urban Growth Management Policy
Current Position: Research Scientist, and Director of Clean Energy Application Center, Houston Advanced Research Center
Jeffrey Dixon
Ph.D. 2001
Dissertation: Intervention, Capabilities, Costs, and the Outcome of Civil Wars
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A & M University - Central Texas
Email: jdixon@tarleton.edu
Johanna Dunaway
Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: What Makes the News? The Institutional Determinants of the Political News Agenda
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
Email: jdunaway@lsu.edu
Albert Luther Ellis, III       
Ph.D. 1991
Dissertation: The Regressive Era: Progressive Era Tax Reform and the National Tax Association– Roots of the Modern American Tax Structure
Current Position: Visiting Faculty, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Email: kfale@tamuk.edu
Richard Engstrom
Ph.D. 2001
Dissertation: Electoral District Structure and Political Behavior
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
Email: engstrom@gsu.edu

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Essays on Voter and Partisan Behavior in Coalitional Democracies
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced
Email: dfortunato@ucmerced.edu
David Goodman
Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation: The Use of Statutory Control by U.S. State Legislators: One Step Closer to a More Complete Understanding of Legislative Control of Bureaucrats
Current Position: Researcher II for Edvance Research, Inc.
Email: dgoodman@edvanceresearch.com  

 Raúl González     Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation: The Legislative Politics of Party Competition:
An Analysis of Internal Organization in Eight Mexican State Congresses, 2001 – 2008

Current Position: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City
Email: raul@rice.edu  
Robert Hogan
Ph.D. 1998
Dissertation: The Role of Campaigns in State Legislative Elections
Current Position: Associate Professor, Louisiana State University
Email: rhogan1@lsu.edu
Jesse C. Johnson

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: The Cost of Security: Foreign Policy Concessions and Military Alliances
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kansas State University
Email: jcjohnson@ksu.edu
Martin Johnson
Ph.D. 2002
Dissertation: Influences of Contextual Information and Social Connectedness on Political Behavior
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of California-Riverside
Email: martin.johnson@ucr.edu
Bernadette Jungblut
Ph.D. 2002
Dissertation: International Trade and Interstate Conflict: The Influence of Domestic Political Institutions
Current Position: Assistant Director, Office of Assessment and Planning, University of Central Florida
Email: bjungblu@mail.ucf.edu
LaVonna Blair Lewis
Ph.D. 1997
Dissertation: The Allocation of Distributive Program Benefits and the Maintenance of Interest Groups
Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Email: llewis@usc.edu
Carla Martinez-Machain

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Aerial Strategies and their Effect on Conflict Characteristics
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
Email: carlamm@ksu.edu
Nancy Martorano
Ph.D. 2002
Dissertation: Theories of Legislative Organization and the Development of U.S. State Legislative Committee Systems
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Dayton
Email: Nancy.Martorano@notes.udayton.edu
Michaela Mattes
Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: Falling to "Peaces": Conciliatory Agreements and the Durability of Peace
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Email: Michaela.c.mattes@vanderbilt.edu
Victor Marin
  Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation: Arms Racing and Conflict in the Third World
Current position: Department of Defense
Email: victormarin@alumni.rice.edu
Juan Pablo Micozzi   Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation: The Electoral Connection in Multi-Level Systems with Non-Static Ambition: Linking Political Careers and Legislative Performance in Argentina
Current Position: Assistant Professor, ITAM - Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Email: juanpmicozzi@gmail.com
Beth Miller
Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: Charting the Course: A Test of the Dynamic Implications of the On-Line and Memory-Based Models
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Email: millerel@umkc.edu
Renita Miller   Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation: Minority Voices: The Representational Roles of African Americans and Latinos during State Legislative Deliberations
Current Position: Post-Doc, Princeton University
email: renitaleemiller@gmail.com
Jody Neathery-Castro
Ph.D. 1998
Dissertation: Regionalizing France: Decentralization or Trompe l'Oeil?
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Email: jneathery@unomaha.edu
Allison Rinden Ownby
Ph.D. 2001
Dissertation: Cycling and Recycling: The Effects of Group Context and Member Involvement on Social Capital
Current Position: Director, Office of Educational Programs, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Email: allison.r.ownby@uth.tmc.edu
Ngoc Phan

  Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation: Anger In Action: The Role of Emotions, Competition, and Threat on Mobilization
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Mississippi
Email: Ngoc.Phan@usm.edu
Brian Posler
Ph.D. 1997
Dissertation: Reaping Gains Through the Organizational Party: Delegation to Party Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives
Current Position: Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies, University of Southern Indiana
Email: bposler@usi.edu
Andree E. Reeves
Ph.D. 1990
Dissertation: Barden to Powell to Perkins: Leadership and Evolution of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, 1951-1984
Current Position: Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Email: reevesa@uah.edu
Holly Teeters Reynolds
Ph.D. 1998
Dissertation: Institutional Change: The Mexican Chamber of Deputies
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi
Email: hreynold@olemiss.edu
Jeffrey Ryan
Ph.D. 1990
Dissertation: The Dynamics of Latin American Insurgencies: 1956-1986
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Email: jeffr@uark.edu
Burcu Savun

Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: Information, Bias, and Mediation Success: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mediation of International Conflicts
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Email: burcu@pitt.edu

Paru Shah
Ph.D. 2006
Dissertation: The Politics and Policy Implications of Latino Representation in Education
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Email: shahp@uwm.edu
Andrew Spiegelman
  Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation: Cartelization in U.S. State Legislatures
Current Position:  Presidential Management Fellow, Department of Veterans Affairs
Email: Andrew.spiegelman@va.gov
Michelle Taylor-Robinson
Ph.D. 1990
Dissertation: Bureaucratic Politics as a Cause of Government Growth: The Case of Costa Rica
Current Position: Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Email: E339MT@polisci.tamu.edu
Stacy Ulbig
Ph.D. 2002
Dissertation: Subnational Contextual Influences on Political Trust
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
Email: SGU001@shsu.edu
Greg Vonnahme
Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation: Helping America Vote? The Institutional Design of Elections and Recent Reforms
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Email: gvonnahme@ua.edu
Garry Young
Ph.D. 1994
Dissertation: Legislative Decision Making Under Multiple Referral
Current Position: Research Scientist and Associate Director of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Email: youngg@gwu.edu
Harriet Hopkins Young
Ph.D. 1990
Dissertation: The Effect of Increased Incumbency Margins Upon Partisanship in the Congress
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Northern Arizona University
Email: Harriet.Young@nau.edu