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

Christine Choudri, Ph.D. student
Political Theory, International Relations; global justice and ethics, global governance, cosmopolitanism, republicanism, contemporary political theory, and moral philosophy. 
cchoudri@brandeis.edu

Simon Cleary, M.A. student
Political Theory, Comparative Politics; Nationalism, Democratic Theory, political violence, critical theory.
simoncleary@brandeis.edu

Matthew Isaacs, Ph.D. student
Comparative Politics, International Relations; religious and ethnic politics; politics of religious institutions; political violence. 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

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

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

Lan Ngo, Ph.D. student
International Relations, Comparative Politics; U.S. foreign policy, U.S. grand strategy and use of force, U.S.-China relations.
ngodilan@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