Ph.D. Alumni

Below is a comprehensive list of all students who earned a Ph.D. in political science at Rice since 1990. While the most common path for our graduates is an academic career, we also have a number of alums who have pursued successful careers in the government, non-profit, and private sectors.

Name
Year
Dissertation
Current Position
Jessica Edry
2020
Domestic Politics, NGO Activism, and Global Cooperation
Applied Data Scientist, Civis Analytics
Matt Lamb 2020 Disparities in Democracy: The Causes and Consequences of Polling Place Practices and Conditions Assistant Professor, Austin Community College
Cem Birol
2019
Publicly-Conducted Missile Tests in International Politics
Temp Research Associate, Baker Institute for Public Policy
Agustina Haime
2019
The Importance of Political Parties for Voters in Latin America
Researcher, Airbnb
Jonathan Kurt Simmons
2019
The Intervention Nexus: Peacekeeping and Foreign Aid in Conflict-Affected States
Assistant Chief of Staff (Civil Affairs), United States Army South
Andrew Menger
2018
Measuring the Costs of Voting and Their Impacts
Post-doctoral Researcher, Washington University in St. Louis
Philip Santoso
2018
Partisan Bias in Economic Perceptions: How Political and Economic Contexts Condition the Strength of the Partisan Screen
Assistant Professor, Duke Kunshan University
Santiago Sosa
2018
An Economic Theory of Pro-Government Militias
Profesor Auxiliar, Universidad EAFIT
Carolina Tchintian
2018
Ballots, Vote Casting Procedures and Electoral Outcomes
Director of Political Institutions Research at CIPPEC (an Argentine think-tank)
Agustin Vallejo
2018
The Gendered Effect of Losing an Election and Its Consequences on Descriptive Representation
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston
Andrew Wood
2018
Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Refugee Movements
Data Scientist, Workplace Analytics
Ahra Wu
2018
Alliance Choices and Their Effects on Interstate Disputes: Adopting a New Methodological Approach to Address Endogenous Treatment and Sample Selection Bias
Data Science Research Librarian, Hamilton College
Santiago Alles
2017
Parties, Incumbents and the Reform of Electoral Rules in Latin American Democracies
Post-doctoral Researcher, Universidad del Rosario in Colombia
James Hedrick
2017
Immigration Policy in the American States: Attitudes, Adoption, and Outcomes
Senior Financial Analyst, Federal Housing Finance Agency
Matthias Tromborg
2017
Voter Demands and Representative Behavior
Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
Hiroki Kubo
2016
Organizing Legislative Parties: How Elections and Policy Positions Shape Intraparty Politics
Associate Professor, Meiji Gakuin University
Fanglu Sun
2016
Divide and Concede: Territorial Autonomy and Ethnic Rebellion
Assistant Professor, Fudan University
Iliya Atanasov
2015
Delegation, Agency and Competitive Representation
Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz
2015
Genetic Links Among Ideology, Cognitive Style, Big Five Personality, and Executive Functions
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seonghui Lee
2015
What Makes Politics Interesting? How Political Contexts Shape Political Interest and Knowledge Across the World
Lecturer, University of Essex
Nick C.N. Lin
2015
The Electoral Cost of Coalition Governance and Elites' Behavior in Parliamentary Democracies
Assistant Research Fellow, Academia Sinica
Naoko Matsumura
2015
The Effects of Foreign Audiences in International Dispute Settlements
Associate Professor, Kobe University
Marvin McNeese
2015
Win the Battleground to Win the Battle: Essays on Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and Interest Group Venue Shopping
Professor, College of Biblical Studies
Jaewook Chung
2014
The Power Distribution Between Allies, Alliance Politics and Alliance Duration
Assistant Professor, Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University
Jinhyeok Jang
2014
Dimensions of Politics: How Institutions Shape East Asian Legislatures
Assistant Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University
Jaclyn Kettler
2014
The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success
Assistant Professor, Boise State University
Matthew Loftis
2014
Strategic Obfuscation: How Governments Use Bureaucratic Delegation
Associate Professor, Aarhus University
Carlos Cuellar
2013
Latino Descriptive Representation in Municipal Government: An Analysis of Latino Mayors
Director of Institutional Assessment, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Jason Eichorst
2013
Conditioning Descriptive Representation: Institutional Moderation of Unique Group Perspectives in Legislative Debates
Decision Scientist, USAA
Tobias Heinrich
2013
Strategic Choices in Foreign Aid
Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Yoshiharu Kobayashi
2013
Implementation of Economic Sanctions
Associate Professor, University of Leeds
Renita Miller
2013
Minority Voices: The Representational Roles of African American and Latino Legislators During State Legislative Deliberations
Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion, Princeton Graduate School
Tiffany Barnes
2012
Gender Quotas and The Representation of Women: Empowerment, Decision-making, and Public Policy
Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
Daina Chiba
2012
Essays on Durations of War and Postwar Peace
Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex
David Fortunato
2012
Essays on Voter and Partisan Behavior in Coalitional Democracies
Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego
Jesse C. Johnson
2012
The Cost of Security: Foreign Policy Concessions and Military Alliances
Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
Carla Martinez-Machain
2012
Aerial Strategies and Their Effect on Conflict Characteristics
Associate Professor, Kansas State University
Akitaka Matsuo
2012
The Electoral Strategy of Legislative Politics: Balancing Party and Member Reputation in Japan and Taiwan
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS), University of Essex
Ngoc Phan
2012
Anger In Action: The Role of Emotions, Competition, and Threat on Mobilization
Assistant Professor, Hawaii Pacific University
Stephanie Burchard
2011
Authoritatively Democratic? The Functioning of Elections in Botswana’s Dominant Party System
Researcher, Institute for Defense Analyses Africa Program
Andrew Spiegelman
2010
Cartelization in U.S. State Legislatures
Chief Data Scientist, ERPi
Christy Aroopala
2009
Mobilizing Collective Identity: Frames & Rational Individuals
Associate Director, Customer Analytics & Insights, AIG
Raul Gonzalez
2009
The Legislative Politics of Party Competition: An Analysis of Internal Organization in Eight Mexican State Congresses, 2001-2008
Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Arizona
David Goodman
2009
The Use of Statutory Control by U.S. State legislators: One Step Closer to a More Complete Understanding of Legislative Control of Bureaucrats
Head of Data Trusts, BrightHive
Victor Marin
2009
Arms racing and conflict in the Third World: 1970-2000
Researcher, United States Government
Juan Pablo Micozzi
2009
The Electoral Connection in Multi-Level Systems with Non-Static Ambition: Linking Political Careers and Legislative Performance in Argentina
Associate Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Jonathan Robinson
2009
Measuring Political Clientelism: The Systematic Qualitative Method
Gavin Dillingham
2008
Urban Sprawl and Economic Competition: Explaining Governments' Adoption and the Effectiveness of Urban Growth Management Policy
Director, Clean Energy at Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
Greg Vonnahme
2008
Helping America Vote? The Institutional Design of Elections and Recent Reforms
Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Sezi Anac
2007
The Broader-Deeper Trade Off and Regional Trade Agreements
Counsellor, Embassy of Turkey
Valentin Krustev
2007
Bargaining and economic coercion: The use and effectiveness of sanctions
Senior Manager, KPMG
Brent Boyea
2006
State Methods of Judicial Selection: An Evaluation of Career Ambition
Associate Professor, University of Texas-Arlington
Johanna Dunaway
2006
What Makes the News? The Institutional Determinants of the Political News Agenda
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Michaela Mattes
2006
Falling to "Peaces": Conciliatory Agreements and the Durability of Peace
Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Beth Miller Vonnahme
2006
Charting the Course: A Test of the Dynamic Implications of the On-Line and Memory-Based Models
Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Rosa Eugenia Sandoval Bustos
2006
Explaining the commercial peace: Costs, information, and signaling
Coordinador de Administración y Finanzas en PRIME en Centro Clear, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Burcu Savun
2006
Information, Bias, and Mediation Success: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mediation of International Conflicts
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Paru Shah
2006
The Politics and Policy Implications of Latino Representation in Education
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Michael Reichert
2005
Legislating for Europe: The Dynamics of MEP Voting Behavior
Data Analyst, Title V ¡Finish! Grant and Institutional Effectiveness, Operations, Central Washington University
Navin A. Bapat
2004
Non-state Actors and Political Conflict
Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Kellie Butler
2004
Agenda-setting in the States: An institutional Analysis
Dean of Student Services at Los Rios Community College District, Folsom Lake College; Sacramento CA
Laura Delgado
2004
Legislative Organization in the American States: The Role of Executive Reorganizations
Freelance Writer, edhelper.com
Kevin Arceneaux
2003
The Federal Face of Democratic Representation: The Effects of Responsibility Attribution on Cross-level Voting Behavior and Government Responsiveness in the United States
Thomas J. Freaney, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Temple University
Martin Johnson
2002
Influences of Contextual Information and Social Connectedness on Political Behavior
Dean, Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication, Louisiana State University
Bernadette Jungblut
2002
International Trade and Interstate Conflict: The Influence of Domestic Political Institutions
Associate Provost for Accreditation, Academic Planning, and Assessment at Central Washington University
Nancy Miller
2002
Theories of Legislative Organization and the Development of United States State Legislative Committee Systems
Associate Director for Research, University Honors Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Dayton
Stephanie Post
2002
Cities and Their Suburbs: "Go Along to Get Along"
Assistant Dean of Operations at School of Engineering, Rice University
Stacy Ulbig
2002
Subnational Contextual Influences on Political Trust
Professor, Sam Houston State University
Jeffrey Dixon
2001
Intervention, Capabilities, Costs, and the Outcome of Civil Wars
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Richard Engstrom
2001
Electoral District Structure and Political Behavior
Director of Professional Development, Southern Political Science Association
Allison Ownby
2001
Cycling and Recycling: The Effects of Group Context and Member Involvement on Social Capital
Assistant Dean, Office of Educational Programs, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Houston
Scott Wohlander
2001
A Theory of Third-party Intervention in Disputes in International Politics
Senior Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer at Coverent LLC
Dina Al-Sowayel
1999
Target Types and the Efficacy of Economic Sanctions
Associate Director of Womens Studies at the University of Houston
Sean Bolks
1999
Security Policy Choices: Foreign Policy Behavior as a Function of Threat, Capability and Governmental Structure
Vice President Strategic Planning and Analysis at Apex International Energy
Patrick Moriarty
1999
A Domestic Institutional Approach to the Study of Foreign Policy: Factors Affecting Dispute Behavior
Executive Director, Ernst and Young Advisory
Robert Hogan
1998
The Role of Campaigns in State Legislative Elections
R. Downs Poindexter Professor and Department Chair, Louisiana State University
Jody Neathery-Castro
1998
Regionalizing France: Decentralization or Trompe l'Oeil?
Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Holly Teeters Reynolds
1998
Institutional Change: The Mexican Chamber of Deputies
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi
Carl Rhodes
1998
Information and Leadership in Laboratory and Field
Managing Director, Ernst and Young
R. Bruce Anderson
1997
Electoral Competition and the Structure of State Legislatures: Organizational Complexity and Party Building
Dr. Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Endowed Chair in American History, Government, and Civics and Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Florida Southern College
LaVonna Blair Lewis
1997
The Allocation of Distributive Program Benefits and the Maintenance of Interest Groups
Teaching Professor, Director, Undergraduate Programs University of Southern California
Brian Posler
1997
Reaping Gains Through the Organizational Party: Delegation to Party Leaders of the United States House of Representatives
President of Lake Erie College
Peter Dawson
1996
Liberal Hegemony and Democratic Peace
Chief of Staff of Marine Corps Installations Pacific
Krittibas Ray
1995
The Political Economy of Pax Nipponica: Pacific Asia, Japanese Economic Expansion and Elite Perception
Valerie Schwebach
1995
Conflict Management and Negotiation Arithmetic: Adding Issues, Adding Parties
Freelance Data Scientist and Statistician
Lisa J. Carlson
1994
A Theory of Escalation: The Use of Coercive Bargaining Strategies in International Conflict
Professor, University of Idaho
Sara White
1994
Variations in Formal Structures of Neighborhood Organizations and Their Effects on Member Involvement
Retired from a career in city planning
Garry Young
1994
Legislative Decision Making Under Multiple Referral
Director, GW Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Adrian Clark
1991
A Comparative Examination of the Reagan and Thatcher Administrations' Approaches Toward Reforming the Welfare State
Professor of Political Science, Del Mar College
Albert Ellis
1991
The Regressive Era: Progressive Era Tax Reform and the National Tax Association--Roots of the Modern American Tax Structure. (Volumes I and II)
Passed away in February 2013. Taught political science at Texas A&M-Kingsville for more than 20 years.
Cheryl Young
1991
Bill Introduction in the United States House of Representatives, 1821-1895
Attorney
Andree E. Reeves
1990
Barden to Powell to Perkins: Leadership and Evolution of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, 1951-2004
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Michelle Taylor-Robinson
1990
Bureaucratic Politics as a Cause of Government Growth: The Case of Costa Rica
Professor, Texas A&M University