Graduate Students

Presently there are approximately 50 students in residence in Syracuse, in addition to approximately a dozen doing dissertation research or teaching while finishing up their dissertations. Many of our graduate students have come to the Maxwell School directly from undergraduate programs, but others arrived with a master's degree or with work experiences ranging from an attorney, to military service, to a Foreign Service Officer.

Approximately 58% of our PhD students are women. Upwards of 40% of our doctoral students are international, with home countries including: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Among the American graduate students, nearly 25% are students of color. In addition, the department is home to many first generation graduate students (and faculty).

Zafar Ali

Zafar Ali (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy


Ugur Altundal

Uğur Altundal (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Methods

Interests:  Contemporary Political Philosophy, Democracy, Citizenship, Immigration and Open Borders


Andre Anselmo

Andre Anselmo (Ph.D. Student)


Erika Arias

Erika Arias (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Comparative Politics

Interests:  Social movements, political conflict and violence, public opinion, political behavior


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Gurel Barlas Aydin (MA Student)


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Rachael Beattie (Ph.D. Student)


Farrah Brown

Farrah Brown (Ph.D. Student)


Vinessa Buckland

Vinessa Buckland (Ph.D. Student)


Lindsay Burt

Lindsay Burt (Ph.D. Candidate)


Samantha Call

Samantha Call (Ph.D. Student)


Nathan Carrington 2

Nathan Carrington (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Law and Courts

Interests:  Political Psychology, United States Supreme Court, Freedom of Expression, and Judicial Legitimacy


Eduardo Cobian Aguayo

Eduardo Cobian Aguayo (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Populism, Nationalism, Latin American Politics


Ananda Collins

Ananda Collins (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics


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Sara Cummings (MA Student)


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Elizabeth Davis (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Refugee policy, migration studies, MENA politics, pedagogy


Michael Dedmon

J. Michael Dedmon (Ph.D. Candidate)


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Aysenur Deger Yanik (Ph.D. Student)


Robert Demgenski

Robert M. Demgenski (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  International security and strategic studies 


Emma Dreher

Emma Dreher (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Health Policy/Economics, Policy Feedback, Policy Threat, Political Behavior, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)


Nneke Eke

Nneka Eke (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  African Politics with a focus on oil multinational corporations and indigenous rights in Nigeria; African diaspora communities; Feminism in International relations.


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Timothy Ekpone (MA Student)


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Amr El Afifi (Ph.D. Student)


Colin French

Colin French (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Comparative Politics

Interests:  Public Opinion, Rational Irrationality, Political Ignorance, Experimental Methods, Unorthodox Ideologies, Risk Orientation.


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Julius Gill (MA Student)


Falak Hadi

Falak Hadi (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations


Xiaoxia Huang

Xiaoxia Huang (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations


Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations


Laura Jenkins

Laura Jenkins (Ph.D. Candidate)


Ana Jones

Ana Jones (Ph.D. Student)


Kayli Jones

Kayli Jones (MA Student)


Havva Karakas Keles

Havva Karakas Keles (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  Foreign Policy Analysis, European Politics and Government, Middle East Politics, Parliamentary Political Systems, Political Leadership and Decision Making, Politics and Government in Turkey, Germany, United Kingdom and Israel.


Joel Kersting

Joel Kersting (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Comparative Politics

Interests:  Political Parties; Representation; Public Opinion; LGBTQ Politics; Race and Politics.


Kaia Kirk

Kaia Kirk (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Black politics, Political behavior, Public opinion, Social movements, Media and politics


Aaron Lattanzi

Aaron Lattanzi (Ph.D. Student)


Gunyeop Lee

Gunyeop Lee (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  International Relations


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Justine Legg (MA Student)


Tae Hyun Lim

Tae Hyun Lim (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Demographic Aging, East Asia, Political Development, Political Economy, Public Opinion, Public Policy, and Welfare State


Rachel McMaster

Rachel MacMaster (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Law and Courts

Interests:  American political development, American constitutional law; civil rights and liberties; public law; constitutional development; race and gender politics; executive-judicial relations; law and society.


Pedram Maghsoud-Nia

Pedram Maghsoud-Nia (Ph.D. Candidate)

Interests:  State and Society Relations, Political Economy of Development, Middle East Politics, Social Theory


Angely Martinez

Angely Martinez (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  De facto states, Civil war outcomes, Blackspots


Michael McCall

Michael McCall (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations


Mary McLoughlin

Mary McLoughlin (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, International Relations

Interests:  Queer and Feminist Theories, Migration, Citizenship, Human Rights


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Morgan McMinn (MA Student)


Sean Miskell

Sean Miskell (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  International Relations, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  In my academic research, I study the policy process with a focus on the dynamic interplay between policy design and organized political behavior as well as the development governance institutions and their interaction with private markets and interests. My ongoing research projects consider the politics of big data in education policy, the role of the submerged state in health policy, and the politics of 'policy drift' in US health and energy policy.In my role as a Research Fellow with the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, my work focuses on the intersection of public and private coverage programs with an emphasis on Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange and market reforms.


Brooklyn Montgomery

Brooklyn Montgomery (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  International Relations, Public Administration and Policy


Amber Morris

Amber Morris (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Criminal justice Policy; Gender and Sexuality; Immigration and Transnational Criminal Organizations 


Hanna Noh

Hanna Noh (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  International Political Economy, Trade Agreements, East Asia


Sobia Paracha

Sobia Paracha (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  Nuclear Weapons, South Asia, International Borders and Conflict


Darci Pauser

Darci Pauser (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  International Relations, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:   Transboundary water issues, natural resource policy and management, international environmental agreements, science and technology politics and policy, environmental security, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East.


Ivy Raines

Ivy Raines (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Law and Courts


Raza Raja

Raza Raja (Ph.D. Student)


Carly Rasiewicz

Carly Rasiewicz  (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  International Relations, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Security Studies; Sex and Gender-Based Violence; Gender Issues in Conflict & Post Conflict Settings


Hengel Reina

Hengel Reina (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  American political parties, political campaigns, voter mobilization, and organizational theory.


Beatriz Rey

Beatriz Rey (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Legislative Politics, Policymaking, Agenda-setting, Framing, Comparative Public Policy, Budgeting, Authoritarian Politics, Latin America.


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Myla Riley (Ph.D. Student)


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Jacob Rosen (MA Student)


Katharine Russell

Katharine Russell (Ph.D. Student)


Sefa Secen 2

Sefa Secen (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  International Relations, Political Theory and Methods

Interests:  Refugees, International Security, Human and Minority Rights, Qualitative Research Methods, Middle East, Europe


Prakhar Sharma 3

Prakhar Sharma (Ph.D. Candidate)


Claire Sigsworth

Claire Sigsworth (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Law and Courts


Nilesh Sinha

Nilesh Sinha (Ph.D. Student)


Heidi Stallman

Heidi Stallman (Ph.D. Student)


Kyungwon Suh

Kyungwon Suh (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  International Relations

Interests:  Nuclear weapons and crisis bargaining, the nuclear balance of power, extended deterrence, alliance politics


Honggang Tan

Honggang Tan (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  My research interests straddle public policy and administration and comparative politics. My area focus is East Asia and Greater China in particular. I am interested in the formation and political participation of civil society and its implications for the improvement of democratic governance and civil rights and liberties.


Brock Titlow

Brock Titlow (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  American Politics


Charles Tuthill

Charles T. Tuthill (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  Interests: State building, political economy of development, ethnic politics. Focus on the developing world with a regional interest in sub-Saharan Africa.


Eric van der Vort

Eric van der Vort (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  American Politics, Law and Courts

Interests:  American constitutional law and development; LGBT politics; public law; emotion, morality and hierarchy; politics and fiction; normative theory


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Josiah Van Egdom (Ph.D. Student)


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María Laura Veramendi Garcia (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Comparative Political Economy of Social Policies, Business Power and Social Policies, Peru, Latin America 


Lorena Vinuela

Lorena Vinuela (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Policy

Interests:  Lorena Viñuela's research interests center on comparative political economy, public administration and public policies, democratization, decentralization, and party politics with a focus on developing countries. Her primary regions of interest are the Latin American and the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation examines how changes in the distribution of resources across levels of government have impacted party systems in fiscally decentralized countries in Latin America between 1980 and 2008.


Jingding Wang

Jingding Wang (Ph.D. Student)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  International political economy


Kari Waters

Kari Waters (Ph.D. Candidate)

Sub-fields:  Comparative Politics, International Relations

Interests:  Democratic Backsliding, International Organizations, Political Economy, Eastern Europe, Latin America 


Brian Wolfel

Brian Wolfel (Ph.D. Candidate)