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Presenting the 2019-2020 Job Market Candidates

The University of Michigan's graduate program in Political Science is tremendously proud to present our 2019-2020 job market candidates. Please contact the candidates, their advisors, or Mark Dincecco, Placement Director, for further information.  

Chinbo Chong: American Politics

Dissertation Title: 

"The impact of pan-ethnic appeals of Asian American and Latino political behavior"


Committee:

Ted Brader (co-chair); Vincent Hutchings (co-chair); Matt Barreto (UCLA); Jane Junn (USC); Silvia Pedraza (University of Michigan – Sociology)


Summary:

Chinbo specializes in American political behavior and public opinion, with particular interests in the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration. Her dissertation project explores whether and to what extent pan-ethnic identity appeals (e.g., Latino/Hispanic, Asian American) mobilize Latinos and Asian Americans to take political action when a significant portion of them prefer their national origin identities (e.g., Chinese American; Mexican American). In response to this phenomenon, Chinbo builds a theoretical argument that connects these varying identity appeals to key markers of the immigrant socialization process, including: length of residence in the U.S., immigrant generational status and language proficiency. By leveraging a series of randomized survey experiments, Chinbo finds responsiveness to national origin appeals among Latinos and Asian Americans to largely depend on nativity status. Among Asian Americans, however, she finds U.S. born individuals to respond adversely to the pan-ethnic appeal on vote choice. These differential factors across Latinos and Asian Americans of pan-ethnic and national origin appeals speak to the unique paths to politicization of these two groups.

In 2018-2019, she will be at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration through the Vice Provost’s Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellowship where she plans to build on her dissertation work.

In other on-going work, Chinbo is invested in intra- and inter-group political behavior. To highlight a few projects, Chinbo has investigated the tenuous partisan attachments in the Asian American community. Specifically, Chinbo and her collaborators find evidence for the abandonment of the Republican partisanship among Vietnamese Americans in Orange County, California. In her other collaborative work, Chinbo and her co-authors examine the racial disparities in mobilization by formal institutions like political parties and argue that contacts by community-based organizations might have important participatory outcomes for non-white voters. Using the 2008 Collaborative Multi-racial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) they find that while contact by political party or campaign has an overall positive effect on political participation for all voters, contact by one’s community-based group is substantively more important for Latino and Asian American voter mobilization.

Chinbo can teach courses focused on American politics; politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration; political behavior; public opinion; identity politics; and research design. For more information on her work please visit www.chinbochong.com.
 

Jason Davis: International Relations, Formal/Quantitative Methods

Dissertation Title: 

"The Political Economy of Inefficient Trade Policy"

Committee:

Robert J. Franzese (co-chair), James D. Morrow (co-chair), Alan Deardorff, Iain Osgood

Summary:

For information on my research and teaching interests, please visit my website at http://umich.edu/~jasonsd

Diogo Ferrari: Political Methodology, Comparative Politics

Dissertation Title:

"Essays on the Micro-Foundations of Welfare Attitudes and Polarization of Policy Preferences"

Committee:

Robert Franzese (co-chair), Walter Mebane (co-chair), Kevin Quinn and Long Nguyen (statistics)

Summary:

Diogo Ferrari is a political methodologist and comparativist. His research lies on the intersection of political methodology, machine learning, computational social sciences, and political economy. He combines political economy and political sociology to investigates how socioeconomic conditions and inequality affect people's perception of their socioeconomic environment and their political behavior. His work is published at leading journals, including Political Analysis and Publius.

For more information, please visit his website at http://diogoferrari.com/.

Alexander (Zander) Furnas: American Politics (Institutions), Methods (minor)

Dissertation Title:

"Outsourced Congress: How Congress Relies on Outside Organizational Policy Information"

Committee:

Committee: Rick Hall (co-chair), Chuck Shipan (co-chair), Brendan Nyhan, Skip Lupia, Michael Heaney

Summary:

 

Nadiya Kostyuk: World Politics, Public Policy, Methodology

Dissertation Title:

"Causes and Consequences of Cyber Institutions"

Committee:

James Morrow (co-chair), Yuri Zhukov (co-chair), John Ciorciari, Tamar Mitts, Susan Landau

Summary: 

For more information on Nadiya’s research and teaching interests, please visit: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nadiya/index.html.

Jieun Lee: World Politics, American Politics, Public Policy

Dissertation Title:

"Foreign Direct Investment in Political Influence"

Committee:

Iain Osgood & Alan Deardorff (co-chairs); James Morrow, Richard Hall

Summary: 

I am a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where I specialize in International Political Economy and American Politics. I am particularly interested in the political influence of multinational firms in a modern, democratic context. The centerpiece of that research is my dissertation, which investigates how foreign firms engage in US politics through their domestic subsidiaries. I collect original data identifying the political activities of foreign-owned firms in American politics. In doing so, I find that the subsidiaries of foreign firms participate at much greater rates than would be expected given the size of their US operations. I argue that this outsized political participation is driven by the foreign parents' desire to gain political influence in the US. My research provides new insights into an understudied avenue of foreign influence in US politics. This work has been generously supported by the Rackham Graduate School and the Ford School of Public Policy.

I also write about how domestic firms, especially domestic multinationals, mobilize politically to defend economic globalization. Examples include “Exports, Jobs, Growth! Congressional Hearings on US Trade Agreements," published in Economics & Politics, and a working paper, “The Politics of Reshoring.” I have also written a series of legal analyses on US trade remedy practices against China that have been published in the Journal of World Trade and the Journal of International Economic Law.

With respect to teaching, I have served as the primary instructor for discussion sections in an upper level course on International Economic Relations in the Political Science Department and taught introductory level Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses in the Economics Department. I am passionate about teaching and prepared to teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including: International Economic Relations, World Politics, and Research Design. I am also interested in teaching seminars on Corporations and the Global Economy, Corporate Political Activity in the US, and US-China Trade Relationships.

For more information, please visit my website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/jieun-lee/

Todd Lehmann: World Politics, Methods, Comparative Politics

Dissertation Title:

"Adaptability as Military Power in Modern Conflict"

Committee:

Jim Morrow (co-chair), Yuri Zhukov (co-chair), Robert Axelrod, John Ciorciari (Public Policy)

Summary: 

Todd Lehmann is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Michigan. He specializes in international relations, primarily in the areas of militarized conflict and international security. He is also interested in the study of complex systems, especially with regard to adaptive interaction, diffusion, and emergent behavior. Methodologically, much of his work uses statistical analysis, formal modeling, agent-based modeling, and social network analysis. His research has been published in International Organization, Social Networks, and other interdisciplinary journals. As part of his graduate studies, he has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Complex Systems from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Todd's dissertation explores various ways that adaptability—the capacity to successfully change in response to new or unpredictable situations—affects military power, in order to better understand both wartime and peacetime outcomes. In the first part of his project, he develops a theoretical model to explain military doctrinal adaptability, which highlights important tradeoffs between diversity and lower-level initiative, on the one hand, and both speed and effectiveness of organizational-wide doctrinal change, on the other. He then evaluates his explanation in several historical case studies of counterinsurgency operations from the 20th and 21st centuries. The second part of his project considers how political leaders can attempt to force adaptability during wartime by removing or replacing commanding officers. Using new battle-level and individual-level data on military commanders, he explores the causes and consequences of military commander replacement during militarized conflicts, which has important implications both for understanding individual battle and overall war outcomes, as well as for broader issues of civil-military relations and military effectiveness during wartime. Finally, the third part of his project turns to the international security environment to explain the consequences of increased threat-response adaptability for the way states view alliances, security partnerships, and international crises. As part of this project, he develops a new index of state-level force projection capacity from 1970 to 2018. He uses this index to evaluate how states’ troop deployment trends have changed over time and explore the implications these changes have for alliance commitments and other force projection behavior.

For more information on his research and teaching interests, please visit his website: www.toddclehmann.com.

Kevin McAlister: Political Methodology, American Politics

Dissertation Title:

"Roll Call Scaling in the U.S. Congress: Addressing the Deficiencies"

Committee:

Walter Mebane (co-chair), Kevin Quinn (co-chair), Christopher Fariss, Yuki Shiraito

Summary: 

Kevin McAlister is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Statistics at the University of Michigan. His research uses tools from Bayesian statistics, machine learning, and formal theory to explore the interaction between dimensionality, groups, and strategy in American political institutions. His dissertation examines common methods of roll call scaling and shows how these approaches provide misleading conclusions about legislative behavior in the U.S. Congress. He proposes novel corrections to the estimation procedures and underlying formal models that provide new insights into issue-level voting, polarization, and party control.

For more information on his research and teaching interests, please visit: http://kevinmcalister.org.

Steven Moore: American Politics, Methods

Dissertation Title:

"Road to Hell: Racialized Paternalism and Political Behavior"

Committee:

Vince Hutchings (chair); Robert Mickey, Mara Ostfeld, Josh Pasek (Communications), Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth University)

Summary: 

Steven Moore is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan. He was born and raised Columbia, SC and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 2014. He is interested broadly in racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, media, and political psychology. More specifically, he's interested in the organization of racial attitudes in the mass public and how they shape and are shaped by various political phenomenon. He is completing a dissertation examining the relationship between race and paternalism in the mass public. Findings suggest that many Whites exhibit a racialized paternalism: though they do not harbor animosity toward out-groups, they still endorse discrimination against these groups. Experimental evidence confirms that those highest in this disposition are more likely to support a takeover of a black local school board than a white local school board. He is also keenly interested in how other racial attitudes such as dehumanization can impact voting and support for policy and the way that media depictions of African Americans can alter this relationship. He's also interested in the way race shapes political attitudes and participation among marginalized groups.

Marzia Oceno: American Politics, Methodology

Dissertation Title:

"Explaining Heterogeneity in Women’s Support for Female Candidates"

Committee:

Nick Valentino (chair), Nancy Burns, Elizabeth R. Cole (Psychology), Donald R. Kinder, and Arthur Lupia

Summary:
 

Albana Shehaj: Comparative Politics, Methodology

Dissertation Title:

"Essays on the Political Economy of Distributive Politics"

Committee:

Allen Hicken (Co-Chair), Brian Min (Co-Chair), Anna Grzymala-Busse (Stanford University), Scott Page

Summary:

Albana Shehaj is a Research Scholar at Harvard University's Center for European Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to her doctoral education, she acquired an M.A. in Political Science and Methodology and a B.A in Political Science (with high distinction) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Shehaj's former background includes Computer Science & Engineering. Her research and teaching interests span the scope of comparative and international political economy. Within these dimensions, her research interests include democratization, distributive politics, corruption, International Organizations, migration policy, and formal and empirical methods. Her recent research examines the impact that fiscal policies of International Organizations - including the EU, IMF, and the World Bank - have on patterns of corruption, migration, democratic performance, and authoritarian relapsing in recipient states.

For more information on her research and teaching interests, please visit Dr. Shehaj's website at: www.albanashehaj.com.

Logan Woods: American Politics, Methodology

Dissertation Title:

"How do Voters Respond When They Can't Vote How They Want?"

Committee:

Walter Mebane, Jr. (chair), Nick Valentino, Jowei Chen, Stuart Soroka

Summary:

My three-paper dissertation focuses on how voters react when parties and elections fail at being tools for representation in two scenarios: uncontested elections, and problems voting on Election Day. The first two papers from my dissertation focus on a theory of negative congressional coattails stemming from uncontested races: I propose that candidates down-ballot from uncontested races will suffer electorally from those uncontested races.

The first paper of my dissertation uses survey data and an original survey experiment to assess how voters react when they do not have a co-partisan candidate for Congress for whom to vote. Using the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, I find evidence that Republican voters in districts uncontested by their party are less likely to vote down-ballot, and are less likely to vote for their own party when they do but the same Democratic voters do not seem to exhibit the same patterns. I show that individuals in uncontested congressional districts are less likely to report having been contacted by a political campaign in 2016, and report voting less often than individuals in contested congressional districts.

The second paper of my dissertation evaluates whether the patterns I found at the individual level are detectable in aggregate election results. I use precinct-level election data from 2016, available from the MIT Election Science and Data Lab, to test my hypotheses, and find that state legislative candidates running in contested races down-ballot from a congressional race in which their party did not field a candidate suffer electoral consequences--they can expect anywhere from 20 to 150 fewer votes per precinct, on average depending on the race. These decreased vote totals are enough, in the aggregate, to change the outcome of close state legislative races. In other words, by not contesting congressional races parties are hurting their chances at winning down ballot races as well.

The third paper of my dissertation evaluates how voters react to problems they might face when voting in person. Specifically, I measure how the reasons for poor experiences at the polls might affect how a person votes, and if they intend to vote in the future. If a voter believes that their sub-par experience voting is due to well-meaning election administrators failing to adequately prepare for Election Day, they might become discouraged about local government and therefore less likely to vote in the future. If a voter believes that their poor experience on Election Day is due to nefarious intentions on the part of election administrators, however, it might prompt voters to be more likely to vote in the future out of anger or a desire to preserve their ability to vote. This research is generously supported by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab and its funder, the Madison Initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information, please visit Logan's website: https://sites.google.com/view/logantwoods/home
 

Nicole Yadon: American Politics

Dissertation Title:

"The Politics of Skin Color"

Committee:

Vince Hutchings (co-chair), Ted Brader (co-chair), Don Kinder, Mara Ostfeld, Al Young (Sociology)

Summary:

For information on my research and teaching interests, please visit my website: www.nicoleyadon.com

Kirill Zhirkov: American Politics, Methodology, Comparative Politics

Dissertation Title:

"Implicit and Explicit Schemas about Immigrants and Attitudes toward Immigration"

Committee:

Nicholas Valentino (co-chair), Ted Brader, Walter Mebane, Stuart Soroka

Summary:

I specialize in the fields of political psychology and public opinion with a particular focus on the fundamental aspects of human cognition in politics. My dissertation investigates one of the key issues in contemporary politics of the United States and other developed democracies: public attitudes toward immigration. Theoretical framework of the dissertation project builds upon recent work regarding the role of imagination in how ordinary citizens make sense of the political world as well as on the schematic model of human cognition. Using these theoretical insights, I argue that individual differences in perceptions (or schemas) about “who the immigrants are” can improve our understanding of anti-immigration attitudes as well as their implications for policy preferences and partisan loyalties among natives. To test this argument, I carry out a series of original survey studies both in the U.S. and internationally. Using several original measurement techniques, I find strong support for the schematic model with regard to anti-immigrant attitudes. Specifically, I demonstrate that natives tend to think of immigrants in terms of more concrete social and demographic attributes and that these schematic associations about immigrants predict anti-immigrant prejudice, attitudes toward immigration, and partisan affect. One of the dissertation chapters specifically demonstrates the importance of racialized schemas about immigrants for anti-immigration attitudes in the U.S. and in Britain.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, I worked as junior fellow at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research in St Petersburg, Russia. I also worked as a visiting scholar or carried out survey studies in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. I am also interested in applied statistical methods and pursue a dual MA degree at the Department of Statistics in addition to PhD in political science.

Apart from my dissertation, I have a number of individual and collaborative research projects in the fields of political psychology, public opinion, political behavior, and political methodology both in the U.S. and comparatively. My papers have been published or are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Party Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Post-Soviet Affairs. Several other papers are currently at different stages of the review process. Examples of the topics I explore in my research include political polarization in the United States, electoral appeal of the right-wing populist parties in Western Europe, and the impact of personality on political attitudes and behaviors. The paper “The Images in Our Heads: Race, Partisanship, and Affective Polarization” I wrote with Nicholas A. Valentino won the 2018 Best Paper in Political Behavior award by the Midwest Political Science Association.

For more information, please visit my website: kirillzhirkov.me