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AMERICAN POLITICS

Raul Guerrero -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion 2022).
  • Areas of Interest: American Politics: Racial and Ethnic Politics; LGBTQ+ Politics, Political Behavior; Comparative: Ethnic Conflict, Transitional Justice
  • Dissertation: "Competing Identities? The Interactions between Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation and their Impact on Political Behavior"
  • Committee: Valerie Martinez-Ebers (Chair), Dr. John Ishihyama, Dr. Jacqueline Demeritt, Dr. Regina Branton
  • Email: joseguerrero3@my.unt.edu

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Michael Mahdi Amiri -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion 2022)
  • Areas of Interest: Comparative Islamic-Western Political Thought, Political Corruption, Islamic Jurisprudence and Political Rule, Political Reformation in Islamic Thought, Middle East Politics, Iranian Intellectual History and the impacts of the West, Politics and Theology in Iran, New Technologies and Authoritarian Rule
  • Dissertation: "A Plague on the State? Political Corruption in Machiavelli and Ibn Khaldun"
  • Committee: Richard Ruderman (chair), John Ishiyama, Marijke Breuning and Alexander Duff
  • Email: MichaelAmiri@my.unt.edu

Amanda White Bennett -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2020)
  • Areas of Interest: comparative politics, international political economy, organized crime and violent non-state actors, Latin American politics
  • Dissertation: "Risky Business: A Subnational Analysis of Organized Crime and Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico"
  • Committee: Glen Biglaiser (Chair), John Ishiyama, T. David Mason, and Lee Walker
  • Email: amanda.white@unt.edu

Post Basnet -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2022)
  • Areas of interest: comparative politics, ethnic politics, political parties, civil war, South and Southeast Asian politics.
  • Dissertation: "Ethnic Parties: Their Emergence, Survival, and Impact"
  • Committee: John Ishiyama (Chair), Jacqueline DeMeritt, Ko Maeda, and David Mason.
  • Email: PostBasnet@my.unt.edu

Yen-Hsin Chen -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2017). Currently a visiting assistant professor at Trinity College.
  • Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, international relations, Chinese politics, protest
  • Dissertation: "Protests in China: Why and Which Chinese People Go to the Streets"
  • Committee: T. David Mason (co-Chair), Phil Paolino (co-Chair), Ko Maeda, and John Ishiyama.
  • Email: ychen1@trinity.edu

Gabriela Okundaye -- Vita, Website

  • Ph.D. (2022)
  • Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics; Immigration; Race and Ethnic Politics; Women and Politics; Political Violence and Conflict; Political Behavior.
  • Dissertation: "Pre-Migratory Experiences of Immigrants and the Political Effects of Suitcase Socialization"
  • Committee: John Ishiyama (Co-chair), Lee Walker (Co-chair), Valerie Martinez-Ebers, and Andrea Silva.
  • Email: GabrielaOkundaye@my.unt.edu

Michael Widmeier -- Vita, Website

  • Ph.D. (2020)
  • Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, international relations, civil war, rebel organization, causes and consequences of refugees, violence against civilians
  • Dissertation: "Where Do They Come From, and Where Do They Go? Rebel Group Origins and the Dynamics of Civil War"
  • Committee: Idean Salehyan (Chair), John Ishiyama, T. David Mason, and Jacqueline DeMeritt.
  • Email: MichaelWidmeier@my.unt.edu

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Bora Jeong -- Vita, Website

  • Ph.D. (2021). Currently a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College.
  • Areas of Interest: International Relations, Conflict Management, International Political Economy, Political Violence, and Civil Conflicts
  • Dissertation: "Foreign Direct Investment and Sustainable Peace during/after Civil Conflicts"
  • Committee: Michael Greig (Chair), Glen Biglaiser, John Ishiyama, and T. David Mason
  • Email: bjeong@macalester.edu

POLITICAL THEORY

Michael Mahdi Amiri -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion 2022)
  • Areas of Interest: Comparative Islamic-Western Political Thought, Political Corruption, Islamic Jurisprudence and Political Rule, Political Reformation in Islamic Thought, Middle East Politics, Iranian Intellectual History and the impacts of the West, Politics and Theology in Iran, New Technologies and Authoritarian Rule
  • Dissertation: "A Plague on the State? Political Corruption in Machiavelli and Ibn Khaldun"
  • Committee: Richard Ruderman (chair), John Ishiyama, Marijke Breuning and Alexander Duff
  • Email: MichaelAmiri@my.unt.edu

Sebastian R. Graham

  • Ph.D. (2022). Currently a visiting assistant professor at UT Dallas.
  • Areas of Interest: Classical Political Philosophy, Modern Political Philosophy, Politics and Literature, Political Psychology, Political Ambition, Leadership, Statesmanship, Rhetoric, Democracy, Populism.
  • Dissertation: "To Constrain or to Tame: Machiavelli and Aristotle on the issue of Popular Leadership and Demagoguery"
  • Committee: Richard Ruderman (chair), Steven Forde, Marijke Breuning, and Alexander Duff
  • Email: srg0125@unt.edu

Placement Record

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