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Teaching Assistants

All teaching assistants will be available in room 426 PGH.

Antenangeli, Leonardolantenangeli@gmail.com

Leonardo Antenangeli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. His research agenda focuses on subnational determinants of corruption in Latin America, with a particular interest in the case of Brazilian municipalities. He has publications in Social Science Quarterly and Statistics, Politics, and Policy, as well as additional work currently under review. Leonardo will defend his dissertation in May 2018, and is currently on the Comparative Politics job market. More information can be found at  www.lantenangeli.com.

 

Achury, Susan susan.archury@gmail.com

Susan Achury is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Houston. Her primary research areas are comparative political institutions and judicial politics, with a regional focus on Latin American politics. In her dissertation she uses quantitative research methods to explore the extent to which formal rules shaping judicial review affect the ability of high courts to influence public policy in Latin America. Susan is a lawyer from La Universidad Nacional de Colombia and earned a M.A. in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2013.

 

Bernotas, Imantas ibernotas@uh.edu

Imantas Bernotas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He is also the Political Science Graduate Student Association President. He researches comparative and American politics, focusing on elections, electoral institutions, campaign finance, election laws, game theory, media framing, and content analysis. Imantas received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. After receiving his degree, he taught English in Columbia for a year, followed by a year working as a project manager for the Lithuanian government focusing on social policy and cyber security. After graduating at the University of Houston, Imantas intends to work in the private or public sector as a research analyst.

 

Brittain, Billy bj.brittain@yahoo.com

Billy (BJ) Brittain is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying American Politics and International Relations. Specifically, he is interested in the American Presidency, especially the international and war time powers of the president. He received a B.A. in Political Science from West Texas A&M University.

 

Cardone, Rebecca rebeccacardone@gmail.com

Rebecca Cardone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying International Relations. Specifically, she will focus on global governance, human rights, and sustainable development. She graduated from California Lutheran University with a double-major in Political Science and Global studies and a double-minor in Philosophy and Religion. She later got her Masters of Studies in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation was on eradicating gender-based violence through realms of the rule of law in a post-conflict state.

 

Fleck, CJ fleck.c@gmail.com

CJ Fleck is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying American Political Thought. Specifically, he is interested in the Federalist Papers and state and local government and politics. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Sacred Heart University, and a M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University.

 

Giray, Burak burak92giray@gmail.com

Burak Giray is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying comparative politics and international relations. He is specifically interested in Political Economy, International Organizations, and inequality. Burak speaks Turkish and Spanish as well as English. He received three B.A.’s from Cankaya University in Turkey: Translation and Interpreting Studies, Political Science, and International Relations.

 

Halley, Sarah halleysarah423@yahoo.com

Sarah Halley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying comparative politics and public policy. Specifically, she is interested in education policy in Western Europe. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Political Science from Texas A&M University, and is interested in going into academia long-term.

 

Hinkson, Kasia kasiahinkson@gmail.com

Kasia Hinkson is a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science, as well as the Political Science Graduate Student Association Vice President for the 2017-2018 year. She is studying political theory and statistical methodology. Outside of the department, she is heavily involved with the LGBTQ Resource Center on campus, working as a Mentor, speaking in panels, and leading discussion groups. While new to the department and to political science in general, Kasia is excited to begin working on bringing queer theory into conversation with political theory and quantifying it for the purpose of developing effective and efficient policy. She received a B.A. in History from Southern New Hampshire University before enrolling at the University of Houston.

 

Hofer, Scott

 

Imamverdiyeva, Ulkar uimamverdiyeva@uh.edu

Ulkar Imamverdiyeva is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying political economy and international relations. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Azerbaijan State University of Economics, and her M.A. in International Relations from Zirve University. Ulkar has presented papers at multiple conferences, such as at Texas Triangle (2017), MPSA (2017), and WOCMES (2014, Istanbul). Her working papers include Female Leaders and Interstate Conflict: Synthetic Case Approach (with Patrick Shea), Women’s Representation and Economic Voting, and Authoritarian Leaders and FDI: Incentives and Constraints.

 

Jewell, Ryan

 

Johnson, Paul paul.robert.johnson@hotmail.com

Paul Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying comparative politics. Specifically, Paul is interested in poverty and inequality, development, and Mexican politics. He received a B.A. in Politics from the University of Sussex and a MSc in Global Politics from the University of Southampton.

 

Karimov, Samad samkerim88@gmail.com

Samad Karimov is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying international relations and comparative politics. Specifically, he is interested in conflict resolution processes, peace studies, and the European Union. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Anadolu University in Turkey, and a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting from Istanbul University, also in Turkey. He received a M.A. in EU Politics and International Relations from Marmara University in Turkey.

 

Kim, Yongkwang adamk.summa@gmail.com

Yongkwang Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, Department of Political Science. His interests include political psychology, public opinion, and experimental design. His current research examines causes and consequences of misperceptions.

 

Li, Haimo hli43@uh.edu

Haimo Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying political theory. Li holds a B.A. in History from Sun Yat-sen University, an M.A. in Historical Geography from Fudan University, and an M.A. in Politics  from New York University. His academic interest lies in American Political Thought and Contemporary Democratic Theory. Haimo’s reading focuses on the writings of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. His other research interests include political representation, Constitutionalism and Modern China political and legal history.

 

Liao, Yu-Ceng yliao6@uh.edu

Yu-Ceng (Calvin) Liao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science studying comparative politics. His research focus includes comparative legislature and legislative behavior, comparative elections, democratization, Asian politics, and public opinion. Yu-Ceng received a B.E. from the Department of Education Policy and Administration and a B.A. from the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the National Chi Nan University in Taiwan. He received a M.A. from the Department of Political Science at the National Chengchi University, also in Taiwan.

 

Mallams, Sarah sarah.mallams@gmail.com

Sarah Mallams is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying modern political philosophy, american political thought, constitutionalism, and republicanism. Her dissertation examines Senate prerogatives and presents the normative case for the special powers of the Senate, paying close attention to the “how” and “why” the Senate came to have the powers it does today.  Through historical analysis of key episodes or eras in American political development and the changes in the Senate, Sarah’s dissertation highlights the interplay between political arguments made and their underlying principles and real-world politics. She received her B.A. from University of Texas at Austin.

 

McDonald, Jack johnmcdonald11@yahoo.com

Jack McDonald is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He is a Political Theory major with a minor in American Politics. His interests include the contrast between the ancients and moderns, Existentialism and its influence on the modern world, and the Liberal-Communitarian Debate. His current research examines prominent responses to moral relativism and what these responses mean for natural rights. Originally from Natick, MA, Jack has outside interests in  corporate finance as well as linguistics. Jack graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Murdoch, Doug dmurdoch@uh.edu

Doug Murdoch is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying American politics. Specifically, he is interested in spatial models, political communication, public economics, representation, and legislative behavior. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Friends University and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.  

 

Ozer, Adam oadam925@gmail.com

Adam Ozer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying American politics and statistical methods. He is specifically interested in political behavior, political psychology, and experimental methods. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University and a M.A. in Political Science from SUNY Stonybrook.

 

Pu, Yuyang pu1y@cmich.edu

Yuyang Pu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying comparative politics and international relations. His research focus includes political institutions and political reforms, specifically in authoritarian regimes. He received his B.A. from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China. He received his M.A. from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

 

Rumgay, April

April Rumgay is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political science, studying comparative politics. Specifically, she is interested in human development, Latino politics, and women. Her current research examines human development along the U.S.-Mexico border. What she finds most interesting are the civic engagement and leadership components. April has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in Linguistics, as well as a M.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Texas at El Paso.

 

Schoen, Anna Marisa schoen.a_m@hotmail.com

Anna Marisa Schoen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying political theory. She is particularly interested in medieval thought and nationalism, studying the concept of nationhood and the nation-state relation in the history of political thought. Her other academic interests include cultural pluralism and the private-public. Anna Marisa has a B.A. in Liberal Arts (philosophy, history, literature) from the University of Tilburg (Netherlands) and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston. She hopes to remain in academia and teach.

 

Solis, Jonathan jasolis504@gmail.com

Jonathan A. Solis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dissertation Completion fellow. His research agenda focuses on comparative political communication, media freedom, and democratization with a focus on Latin America. His work has been published in Social Science Quarterly, and he currently has an additional article in the revise and resubmit stage as well as additional articles under review. Among his other projects, he has worked on the Congress 3.0 project, a collaboration among U.S. Congressional members, the Democracy Fund, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), and academics from Ohio State, UC-Riverside, Northeastern, and Harvard on improving Congress-constituent communication. Before beginning UH’s PhD program, he worked for the City of New Orleans in intergovernmental communication regarding post-Hurricane Katrina development projects. He received a BA in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Jonathan will defend his dissertation in May 2018, and is currently on the Comparative Politics and Political Communication job market. More information can be found at  www.jonathanasolis.com.

 

Sullivan, Brian sullivanbrian512@gmail.com

Brian Sullivan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying American political behavior and Political Theory. He is particularly interested in exploring the repercussions of political and societal alienation on both individuals and groups. Brian received B.A.s in Political Science and Philosophy from William Paterson University and a M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Political Psychology and Public Behavior from SUNY Stonybrook.

 

Waggoner, Philip philip.waggoner@gmail.com

Philip Waggoner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studying American legislative institutions. From interactions amongst democratic institutions to strategic decision making, Philip uses a variety of statistical techniques to address questions related to representation and those with political power. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Legislative Studies, Research & Politics, and The Social Science Journal. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, an M.P.A. from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver, and worked full time in local and state politics in Colorado for several years. He is currently on the American politics job market.

 

Ward, Matthewmmward49783@gmail.com

Matthew Ward is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science in his last year of dissertation work. His interests include democratization and political psychology (i.e. emotions, authoritarianism), political rhetoric, and the political psychology of extremism and prejudice. His dissertation work includes a lab experiment conducted in Egypt examining attitudes towards democratic institutions and tolerance. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

 

Zheng, Lilzheng3@uh.edu

Li Zheng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying international relations, comparative politics (specifically authoritarian regimes), and public policy (specifically income inequality). He received a LL. B. from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and a MA in Public Policy from Georgia State University.

 

Zhou, Hui

Hui Zhou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying comparative politics and policy. Specifically, he is interested in applying complex policy and analytic tools to Chinese policies (such as health care reform) that have been borrowed from other developed nations. He finds the ways that the market and government can differ in promoting a better life for humans fascinating, and believes Chinese policy has not been studied analytically and evaluated the way it needs to be in order to be successful. Even more interesting is the comparison of similar policies in different countries with different institutions, such as health care in China and the United States. He has received a B.A. in International Economy and Trade from the Jianghan University in China, and a M.A. in Public Administration from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.