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AMERICAN POLITICS

Raul Guerrero -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion 2024).
  • 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

Josh Montgomery -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion 2024). Currently a visiting assistant professor at University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Areas of Interest: American Politics, Media and Politics, Political Theory, Judicial Politics
  • Dissertation: "Partisan Bias in Broadcast and Cable News: Testing Three Theories of News Generation in the First Trump Impeachment"
  • Committee: Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (Chair), Regina Branton, Alexander Duff, and Ashley English
  • Email: joshuamontgomery2@my.unt.edu

Stephanie Wise -- Vita

  • Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion: 2024).
  • Areas of Interest: American Politics: Presidential Rhetoric, Institutional Legitimacy, Inter-Branch Power Dynamics, American Political Development; Political Theory: Rhetoric, American Political Thought, Classical Political Thought.
  • Dissertation: "Context and Consequences of Presidential Legitimacy Rhetoric"
  • Committee: Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (Chair), Philip Paolino, Ashley English, and Richard Ruderman
  • Email: stephaniewise@my.unt.edu

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Michael Mahdi Amiri -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2023).
  • 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 (co-chair), Marijke Breuning (co-chair), John Ishiyama,and Alexander Duff
  • Email: MichaelAmiri@my.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), David Mason, Jacqueline DeMeritt, and Ko Maeda.
  • Email: PostBasnet@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

DeAnne Roark -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2023). Currently a post-doc at Cornell University.
  • Areas of Interest: International Relations, Gender and Security, Human Rights, Transitional Justice, Conflict Studies, Peace & Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict Political Behavior
  • Dissertation: "Protecting Women?: Causes and Effects of Gender-Informed Transitional Justice"
  • Committee: Jacqueline DeMeritt (Co-Chair), Michael Greig (Co-Chair), Regina Branton, Ashley English, and Kimi King
  • Email: pollyroark@my.unt.edu

POLITICAL THEORY

Michael Mahdi Amiri -- Vita

  • Ph.D. (2023).
  • 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 Baylor University.
  • 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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