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Past Dissertation Titles

  • Previous dissertation titles provide a sense of the diversity of the projects completed by doctoral students in the Politics Department. The list of titles below includes primary fields of recent graduates along with the composition of dissertation committees.

    2017

    Julia Patricia Carrillo Lerma
    Main Field: Comparative Politics, History
    Advisors: Federico Finchelstein (chair), Olivier Dabene (Sciences Po), Riva Kastoryano (Sciences Po), Mai Ngai (Columbia), Jessica Pisano, Fernando Urrea (Universidad del Valle)
    Dissertation: A Columbian Diaspora: From Living and Leaving a Conflict to Engaging in Peace-building and the Rewriting of Social Memories of Violence

    Paul Citrinn
    Main Field
    : American Politics
    Advisors: David Plotke (chair), Julia Ott, Jeremy Varon
    Dissertation: Ending the Cold War on the Cheap: The George H.S. Bush Administration and the Issue of Western Financial Aid to Perestroika, 1989-1991   

    Luis Alberto Herran Avila
    Main Fields: Comparative Politics, History
    Advisors: Federico Finchelstein (chair), Banu Bargu, Carlos Forment, Pablo Piccato (Columbia), Eric Zolov (Stonybrook)
    DissertationTransnational Anticommunism: The Extreme Right and the Politics of Enmity in Argentina, Columbia, and Mexico, 1946-1972

    Carmen Ilzarbe
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Andreas Kalyvas, Federico Finchelstein, Carlos Forment
    DissertationDeepening Democracy? The Democratic Imaginary and the Reconfiguration of the Public Sphere in Peru, 1997 – 2006   

    Blair Taylor
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Nancy Fraser (chair), James Miller, Jeremy Varon
    Dissertation: From After Globalization to Occupy Wall Street: Neoanarchist Movements and the New Spirit of Capitalism   

    Howell Williams
    Main Field: American Politics
    Advisors: Victoria Hattam (chair), Julia Ott, Ann Snitow, Deva Woodly
    Dissertation: Re-Focus on the Family: The Development of a Liberal Family Politics 1980-2015

    2016

    Maria Kaneti
    Main Fields: Comparative Politics, American Politics
    Advisers: Victoria Hattam (chair), Andreas Kalyvas
    Dissertation: Migrants, Rights, Politics: Political Agency in Times of Exclusion

    Samuel Müller
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Nancy Fraser (chair), Banu Bargu, Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook University), Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
    Dissertation: Undercurrents and Back Doors: Reconstructing Religion in Jürgen Habermas’s Critical Social Theory

    2015

    Nathan Angelo
    Main Field: American Politics
    Advisors: Victoria Hattam (chair), David Plotke, Deva Woodly
    DissertationRace and Ethnicity in Presidential Campaign Rhetoric, 1964-2004

    Laura Balbuena Gonzalez
    Main Fields: Political Theory, Comparative Politics
    Advisors: James Miller, David Plotke, Jo-Marie Burt (George Mason University)
    Dissertation: When Terror has a Female Face: Gender and the Shining Path

    Amando Basurto
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Andreas Kalyvas (chair), Richard Bernstein, James Miller
    Dissertation: Thinking along with Hannah Arendt: A Comprehensive Study of the Concept of Thinking in Arendt's Political Thought   

    Hadas Cohen
    Main Fields: Political Theory, Comparative Politics
    Advisors: James Miller (chair), Oz Frankel, Orly Lubin
    Dissertation: Between Subversion and Treason: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict Through the Story of an Alleged Israeli Traitress

    Yoav Fromer
    Main Fields: American Politics, Political Theory
    Advisors: James Miller (chair), Robert Boyers, Oz Frankel, David Plotke
    Dissertation: Man in the Middle: The Political Imagination of John Updike and the Decline of Postwar Liberalism

    Maria Cristina Gonzalez de Withrington
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Nancy Fraser (chair), Banu Bargu, Andreas Kalyvas
    DissertationTransnational Publicity in Theory and Practice: The World Social Forum between Deliberation and Agonism

    Michael Gretz
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: James Miller (chair), Banu Bargu, Eli Zaretsky
    Dissertation: The Danger of Recuperation and the Lure of Antipolitics: The Political Theory of Left Communism   

    Angel Jaramillo Torres
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: James Miller, Andreas Kalyvas, Bernard Flynn (Philosophy)
    Dissertation: Leo Strauss on Nietzsche’s Thrasymachean-Dionysian Socrates

    Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Nancy Fraser (chair), Andreas Kalyvas, McKenzie Wark
    Dissertation: Whose Property? Intellectual Property and the Challenge of Political Community in a Post-Industrial Age

    Gerasimos Karavitis
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisors: Andreas Kalyvas (chair), Banu Bargu, Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia), Bruno Bosteels (Cornell)
    Dissertation: A Theory of Democracy: With Badiou and Castoriadis beyond Heteronomy 

    Marcos Soler
    Main Field: American Politics
    Advisors: David Plotke (chair), Federico Finchelstein, Julia Ott, Andrew Arato
    DissertationAmerican Conservatism and the Idea of Democracy, 1930-1980   

    Sarah Taylor
    Main Field: Comparative Politics
    Advisors: Mala Htun (University of New Mexico) (chair), Anne Marie Goetz (NYU), Victoria Hattam
    DissertationA Better Peace? Including Women in Conflict Negotiations

    2014

    Paul Clement
    Main Field
    : Comparative Politics
    Advisors: Sanjay Ruparelia (chair), Victoria Hattam, Christopher Mitchell (NYU)
    Dissertation: The Politics of Regional Integration in the Developing World: The Case of the Caribbean Community (Caricom)

    Cristina Dragomir
    Main Field: American Politics
    Advisors: David Plotke (chair), Timothy Pachirat, Terry Williams (Sociology), Aristide Zolberg
    DissertationMaking Immigrant Soldiers

    Raphael Neves
    Main Field
    : Political Theory
    Advisors: Nancy Fraser (chair), Andreas Kalyvas, Max Pensky (Binghamton)
    Dissertation: Healing the Past or Causing More Evil? Amnesty and Accountability During Transitions

    Lauren Paremoer
    Main Field: Comparative Politics
    Advisors: Courtney Jung (chair - Toronto), Mala Htun (New Mexico), David Plotke
    Dissertation: Recognizing Social Rights at the Cost of Social Citizenship? A Critical Analysis of the Discourses about Equality, Social Rights and Democratic Citizenship that were used to Secure the Right to HAART in South Africa

    Christos Rialas
    Main Field: American Politics
    Advisers: David Plotke, Howard Berliner, Andreas Kalyvas
    Dissertation: Rationality and Ideology in American Political Culture: The 1997 Enactment of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

    Adrienne Stafford
    Main Field: Political Theory
    Advisers: David Plotke (chair), Will Milberg (Economics), Andreas Kalyvas
    Dissertation: Representations of Economy in Critical Social Theory

    Jennifer Terrell
    Main Field: Comparative Politics
    Advisors: Mala Htun (chair – New Mexico), Courtney Jung (Toronto)
    Dissertation: The Reality of Rights in the Postcolonial State: Interrogating Equality, Recognition, and Land in South Africa

    Meron Tesfamichael
    Main Field: Comparative Politics
    Advisors: Ronald Kassimir (chair – SSRC), Victoria Hattam, Rafi Youatt
    Dissertation: Wiping the State Clean: The Dynamics of Diffusing Anti-Corruption Norms in Kenya

    Solongo Wandan
    Main Field: Comparative Politics
    Advisors: David Plotke (chair), Andrew Arato (Sociology), Gabriel Negretto (CIDE, Mexico City), Wiktor Osiatynskyi, Hans Vorlaender (TUD, Germany)
    Dissertation: Making New Rights: Constitutional Agenda-Setting in the Transitions of Poland (1989-1997) and South Africa (1990-1994 (1996)) 

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