New York University
Carlos Felipe Balcazar is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU. His research focuses on the effects of automation, trade, climate shocks and economic agglomeration, on distributive politics and distributive conflict. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he was a Research Analyst at the World Bank, working on welfare measurement and poverty and inequality analysis.
Le Bao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government and a graduate fellow in the Center for Data Science at American University. He studies political methodology and comparative politics.
His research focuses on developing and improving the methods for studying political behavior, particularly for comparing behavior across contexts and for detecting unconventional data structures in the research of behaviors. Substantively, he is interested in comparative political behavior, emphasizing the nexus of socio-economic structures, information dynamics, and public opinion.
He has been working for the journal Political Analysis as the editorial assistant and replicator. He also served as a project assistant for several national public opinion survey projects in both the U.S. and China.
Amy Basu is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at Yale University and a visiting scholar at Freie Universität Berlin. She is interested in the effects of political influence on the bureaucracy, administrative corruption, and bureaucratic capacity in the developmental state. She also studies the adoption and efficacy of gender quotas in electoral politics. She utilizes a mixed methods approach to her work, incorporating formal modeling, qualitative evidence and quantitative analysis. Her work is currently funded by the Fox Fellowship at Yale.
University College London
Luca Bellodi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dondena Center, Bocconi, where he is working on legislative complexity, populism, and bureaucratic politics. Formally, he is still a PhD candidate in the UCL Department of Political Science (2017-2021). He is broadly interested in political institutions, bureaucratic politics, and political economy. Currently, he is studying bureaucratic reputation, accountability, and how bureaucracies interact with other political actors in the legislative arena.
Annie Benn is a PhD candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on American political institutions, particularly separation of powers and policymaking in the executive branch. Her dissertation project investigates the role of discretion and principal-agent dynamics in presidential unilateral action, using both game theoretic and empirical approaches. Annie graduated with Honors from Swarthmore College and holds an MPA from New York University. Prior to coming to Berkeley she spent three years at the energy and climate nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute.
Ohio State University
Catherine Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University. With specializations in statistics and economics, she studies the design and impacts of energy policies. Part of her dissertation project uses survey experiments to investigate how various aspects of information provision affect household energy-efficiency behaviors and how energy poverty comes into play. She also studies the dynamics between state-level policymaking and media discourse on energy development issues. She is a part of an NSF-funded research team that investigates policy conflicts surrounding hydraulic fracturing.
Rebecca Dudley is a Ph.D. Candidate at Duke University, with specializations in security, peace, and conflict and methodology. Her research focuses on conflict management and foreign policy, emphasizing the role of third parties in the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution. Her dissertation examines the decision of third-party states to become involved in a conflict resolution process, with an emphasis on U.S. diplomatic foreign policy.
Rebecca is the Graduate Fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and a pre-doctoral fellow with the America in the World Consortium at Duke University. She is also a 2021-2022 Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center.
(Zoe) Xincheng Ge
New York University
Zoe Xincheng Ge is a Ph.D. student at NYU. She studies international political economy with a focus on why some forms of international cooperations are possible, while others break down. Her current projects examine state compliance to disease outbreak reporting at the WHO and how global supply chains can substitute for international treaties.
Daniel Goldstein is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University with a focus on comparative political economy and formal theory. His primary research interest is in studying norms and their impact on state capacity and democratic institutions. He holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSc from the London School of Economics, both in political economy, and an MA in Economics as well as an MPhil in Political Science from Yale University.
Pablo Hernández Borges
Texas Tech University.
Pablo Hernández Borges is a PhD student in Political Science at Texas Tech University. He earned his BS in Computer Engineering from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela and a Master in Political Science Texas Tech University. His research interests are Comparative Politics, Political Communication, Democratization and Political Institutions focused in Latin America and Venezuela. His main focus is the ongoing democratic backsliding in Venezuela, women participation in an autocratic regimes, and international and sub-national influence on the democratic quality of a country.
Kathy Ingram is interested in formal models of conflict, political violence and insurgent strategies, and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa. Her research explores the influence of external support on civil war outcomes.
University of Houston
Shiladitya Kumar is a 3rd Year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston. His research interests primarily lie in studying formal models of electoral competition, with a specific focus on cheap-talk communication and its effect on candidate reputation and voting behavior. He also has allied interests in political psychology, gender politics, experimental design, and causal inference. He has a B.Sc. and M.A. in Economics, along with an M.Phil. in Development Studies and Economics from India.
University of Virginia
Hsuan-Yu (Shane) Lin is currently a Pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Fairbank Center at Harvard University (2021-2022) and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.
His research focuses on the influence of social media on public opinion about foreign policy, with a focus on the United States and Taiwan. Substantively, he utilizes survey experiments to explore how political elites can take advantage of elite cues to compete with, even “manipulate”, peer cues in order to shape public opinion about foreign policy in their favor on social media.
His research is published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science. Mr. Lin was a Fulbright Scholar and a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Democratic Statecraft Lab at the University of Virginia. He received his M.A. and B.A. from the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.
University of Michigan
Anil Menon is a Political Science PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at The Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University and a Rackham Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan.
His research engages with topics in comparative political behavior, historical political economy, and health politics. Substantively, his dissertation research examines the influence of violence on attitudes, behaviors, and institutions. He also studies issues at the intersection of health and politics, including how health vulnerability affects voting behavior and how political trust affects willingness to follow health directives. His work is published in the American Political Science Review and the International Journal of Public Health.
Joseph Ruggiero is a PhD candidate in Politics at Princeton University and a fellow in the Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (QAPS). Joe uses formal theory and empirical methods to study international politics and political economy. He’s broadly interested in applied game theory and structural estimation methods, with his dissertation focusing on dynamic models of conflict. Some of his other work includes models of strategic information transmission and games on networks.
(Yuhsien) Yu-Hsien Sung
University of South Carolina
Yu-Hsien Sung is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of South Carolina, with a master's degree in applied statistics at UofSC. She is a predoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica and Fulbright alumni. Her research focuses on law and politics. Her dissertation, Prosecutorial Policies: District Attorneys, Public Opinion, and Localized Rule of Law, focuses on discretionary decisions and variations in local legal practices. Specifically, the dissertation examines how US prosecutors exercise policy-oriented discretion to generate support from political elites and voters in ways that vary across prosecutorial selection methods. Her dissertation is supported by NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics by American Political Science Association.
University of Michigan
Roya Talibova is a Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Scientific Computing (Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering), with a dual M.S. degree in Statistics at the University of Michigan. She studies international relations and quantitative methods with a secondary focus on comparative politics.
Her research and teaching address a variety of topics related to political violence and its long-run effects on political economy and development, with a special emphasis on the broader Eurasian region. In her dissertation work, she draws on original large-scale datasets collected by extensive archival research and machine learning algorithms and combines formal, statistical, and computational methods of inquiry.
Her research has been supported by the Carnegie Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Institute for Social Research, Center for the Education of Women, and several other centers at the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan
Fabricio Vasselai is a Dual PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan, in Scientific Computing and in Political Science. His research focuses on developing new computational tools to study electoral behavior, to investigate modern menaces to election integrity and to measure democratization. His work includes projects that use Machine Learning, Computational Game Theory, Geospatial Analysis, Multi-Agent Systems, Bayesian Estimation, String Matching Algorithms, among other tools.At the University of Michigan, he is also a Researcher at the Center for Complex Systems and at Center for Political Studies, where he is in charge of the GeoReferenced Electoral Districts Datasets. Currently recipient of the Joshua Feigenbaum award and of the Irving Louis Howard award, prior to going to Michigan he has been also a visiting researcher at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, with an award from the European Union Coimbra Group of Universities, and also a visiting researcher at the Juan March Foundation, Spain, with an award from the Fundación Carolina.
Santiago Mateo Villamizar Chaparro
Mateo Villamizar Chaparro is currently a PhD candidate in Duke University’s department of Political Science focusing on political economy. Previously, he completed a master’s in International Affairs (UC- San Diego) and another in Political Science (Universidad de los Andes). He is a research associate at DevLab@Duke and one of the organizers of the Duke/UNC Latin American Working Group. His research interests include analyzing the politics of public goods distribution, migration, political participation, and violence in developing countries with special emphasis in Latin America.
University College London
Sigrid Weber is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University College London. Her research focuses on forced displacement, local conflict dynamics and territorial control in civil wars, using a range of quantitative methods such as spatial statistics and machine learning. Sigrid also uses (survey) experiments to understand civilian choices in (post-)conflict settings. Sigrid’s research has been published in International Studies Quarterly and the Journal ofConflict Resolution. She is supporting the work of the World Bank – UNHCR Joint DataCenter on Forced Displacement as part-time consultant.
Pei-Yu Wei is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at Duke University. Her primary subfield is in Security, Peace, and Conflict, with a secondary specialization in Methodology (Game Theory track). Her research interests lie in international political economy, particularly sanctions and the determinants of sanction usage by governments, and the micro-level effects of economic statecraft. Her dissertation focuses on exploring the effects that third-party actors, both states and firms, have on the coerciveness of economic sanctions and the decision-making process of the sanctioning state.
Jennifer Wu is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University. Her research interests lie broadly in American politics and political behavior. Her dissertation in particular focuses on Asian American political behavior and examines the conditions and context in which the pan-Asian identity is politically unifying, despite great variation in national origin backgrounds.