Alumni

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Graduate Students

Christiana Botticello, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations; political and economic development in post-communist states, Russian politics, international cooperation and coalition building.
cbott@brandeis.edu

Joanna Do Ph.D. student
International Relations, Comparative Politics; migration, security studies, East and Southeast Asian politics.
jdo@brandeis.edu

Karim Elkady, Ph.D. student
International Relations; U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security, the effect of lobbies and interest groups on U.S. foreign policy, U.S. policy towards the Middle East.
kkady@brandeis.edu

Jack Huguley, Ph.D. student
International Relations, Comparative Politics; security studies, grand strategy, nuclear deterrence, energy and natural resource scarcity.
jhuguley@brandeis.edu

Matthew Isaacs, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations; ethnic conflict, social mobilization, religious politics, and nationalism.
mdisaacs@brandeis.edu

Jeffrey G. Karam, Ph.D. student
International Relations, Comparative Politics; security studies, U.S. foreign policy, and Middle East politics.
jkaram@brandeis.edu

Yasser Kureshi, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, American Politics; judicial politics, democratization, comparative constitutionalism,  South Asian politics, and Middle East politics.
yasserkk@brandeis.edu 

Ryan LaRochelle, Ph.D. student
American political development; poverty, inequality, and social policy; civic engagement and participation; qualitative and historical research methods.
larochel@brandeis.edu

Jinmin Lee, Ph.D. student
Political Theory; history of political thought, fear and liberty, modernity, nationalism, the power of images, and gender studies.
jinmin@brandeis.edu

Alison Marczuk, M.A. student
International Relations; US foreign policy toward non-state actors and pariah states, secessionist movements, counterterrorism, and democratic theory.
marczuk@brandeis.edu

Victoria McGroary, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations; secession, territorial conflict and insurgency, ethnic conflict, and security studies.
mcgroary@brandeis.edu (CV)

Sean McKinley, Ph.D. student
American Politics, International Relations; campaign finance, presidential primaries, Congressional elections, voting behavior, political participation, and U.S. foreign policy.
seanpmck@brandeis.edu

Maria Smerkovich, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations, ethnic conflict, nationalism, violence and revolution, post-Soviet and Middle Eastern politics.
msmerk@brandeis.edu

Adam Smith, Ph.D. student
Political Theory; democratic theory, religion and politics, politics and literature.
asmith@brandeis.edu (CV)

Paul Spalletta, Ph.D. student
Political Theory, American Politics; totalitarianism and democracy, nationalism, Ancient and contemporary political philosophy, political history and just war theory. 
phs@brandeis.edu

Kelly Stedem, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations; contemporary Middle Eastern politics, religious politics, civil society.
kstedem@brandeis.edu

Catherine Z. Worsnop, Ph.D. student
International Relations, Comparative Politics; international organizations, global health, security studies.
czweig@brandeis.edu