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    • 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.

      2020

      Jong Wan Baik
      Dissertation: Politics of Dualism: A Study of Active Labor Market Policies in South Korea

      Yunjeong Choi
      Dissertation: The Boundary Problem of the People: A Democratic Theory of Constituent Power

      Nicholas George Fiori
      Dissertation: The Dynamics of Whiteness: Race and the Science of Energy from the Plantation to Cybernetics

      Jordanco Jovanoski
      Dissertation: A Study of Dramatization in the Critical Thought of Machiavelli and Marx

      Andrew John Gilardi Kuech
      Dissertation: Imagining “America” in Communist and Nationalist China, 1949–1965

      Michelle Day Weitzel
      Dissertation: Drones, Sirens, and Prayer Calls: Unheard Consequences of a Politics of Sound

      2019

      Camila Cordeiro Andrade Gripp
      Dissertation: New Dogs, Old Tricks: The Inner Workings of an Attempt at Police Reform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Christopher Guy Crews
      Dissertation: Social Movements and Earthbound People: Towards a New Politics of the Earth in the Anthropocene

      Antonia Marie Cucchiara
      Dissertation: Civis Americanus Sum: Luigi Antonini, the Italian-American Labor Council and the Movement to Reclassify Italian Alien Enemies During World War II

      Geeti Das
      Dissertation: From Mental Disorder to Emotional Data: The Changing Terrain of Sexual Politics

      Christopher Paul Harris
      Dissertation: Political Acts, Generational Minds: Race, Culture, and the Politics of the Wake

      Bilal Ali Kotil
      Dissertation: Humanity and Its Others: Antislavery, Islam and Humanitarianism in the Nineteenth Century

      Adam B. Kozicharow
      Dissertation: A Casualty of War: The End of the Draft and the Professionalization of America’s Military

      Mario Marcello Pasco Dalla Porta
      Dissertation: The Coercion/Dialogue Paradox in Contentious Dynamics: A Comparative Analysis of Mining-Related Conflicts in Latin American Countries

      Mariana Prandini Fraga Assis
      Dissertation: Women’s Human Rights as a Legal Category: Boundaries, Scales and Binaries in the Transnational Legal Sphere

      John Ricky Price
      Dissertation: Containing HIV/AIDS: The Viral Transformation of U.S. Public Health Policy

      Veronica Alicia Zebadua Yanez
      Dissertation: Projects of Freedom: Biography and Political Theory in Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir

      2018

      Kalaya Chareonying
      Dissertation: The Political Construction of the Housing Finance Market from the “Great Society” to the “Ownership Society,” 1968-2008 

      Jan Piotr Dutkiewicz
      Dissertation: Capitalist Pigs: The Making of the Corporate Meat Animal

      Chelsea R. R. Ebin
      Dissertation: Remaking the American Right: Conservative Catholic and Protestant Political Coalition Building, 1968-1981

      Peter Janos Galambos
      Dissertation: The Method of Utopia: Critical Urbanism and the Ideal City

      Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi
      Dissertation: State-Islam Relations in Germany and in the U.S.: How Muslim Immigration Increases Secularization

      Julian Honkasalo
      Dissertation: Superfluous Lives: An Arendtian Critique of Biopolitics 

      Brandon Koenig
      Dissertation: The New Politics of Labor

      Joseph D. Lombardo
      Dissertation: In the Kingdom of Dams: Water, Governance, and the Keban Project in Eastern Anatolia, 1961-1974

      William Reed Payne
      Dissertation: Why We Can’t Wait: An Identity Account of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

      Scott Benjamin Ritner
      Dissertation: The Critical Spirit: The Pessimistic Heterodoxy of Simone Weil

      Jacqueline Vimo
      Dissertation: The State of Immigrant Rights: Subfederal Immigrant Politics in the United States, 1994-2016

      Amanda Leigh Zadorian
      Dissertation: Competing for Legitimacy: Oil Industry Governance in Russia and Brazil 

      2017

      Julia Patricia Carrillo Lerma
      Main Field: Comparative Politics, History
      Advisors: Riva Kastoryano (Sciences Po) (co-chair), Federico Finchelstein (co-chair), Olivier Dabene (Sciences Po), Mai Ngai (Columbia), Jessica Pisano, Fernando Urrea (Universidad del Valle)
      Dissertation: A Colombian 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. W. 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, Colombia, 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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