Job Placements and Candidates

2017-2018 Job Market Candidates

American Politics

Matthew Zarit

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My research interests include American politics, executive branch politics, public management, government contracting, political behavior, and interaction between branches of government. I approach these areas in a variety of ways, including gathering government data to create unique datasets, qualitative research, and experimental methodology. My dissertation looks at how organizational hierarchy limits executive control over federal agencies through the lens of government contract awards and campaign contributions by vendors to the president.  

Committee: George Krause (Chair), Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Jon Woon, and Jon Rogowski (Harvard)

Comparative Politics

Sofia B. Vera Rojas

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Sofia’s research interests include comparative politics, political institutions, representation, public opinion, political behavior, corruption, and comparative political economy. Her research examines how institutions and mass attitudes interact to shape representation and political accountability. Her dissertation focuses on political accountability for corruption and the institutional and contextual factors that influence citizen responses to political elite’s exposed corruption. She uses a mixed-methods approach in her research, working with experimental, quantitative, and qualitative data.

Committee: Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (chair), Scott Morgenstern (co-chair), Steven Finkel, Victoria Shineman, and Steven Levitsky (Harvard)

Yu Xiao

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Yu Xiao studies the political causes of economic decentralization, with a regional focus on China and Latin America. In her dissertation, she proposes a game-theoretical model to explain why certain authoritarian regimes pursue economic decentralization even without strong bottom-up pressure. She theorizes that high levels of political centralization facilitate economic decentralization policies when economic decentralization is a top-down process. In addition to comparative political economy, she is also interested in China-Latin American relations and has coauthored three book chapters on this topic.

Prior Placements


Michael Neureiter, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Shane Redman, Data Project Manager at ICPSR, University of Michigan

Alejandro Trelles, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University


Yasemin Irepoglu Carreras, Assistant Professor of Teaching, University of California - Riverside

Jarrod Kelly, Assistant Professor, North Carolina Wesleyan College


Sarah Cormack-Patton, Postdoctoral Scholar, Europe Center at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Eric Loepp, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Reynaldo Rojo Mendoza, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

Cassie Schwartz, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London


Aaron Abbarno, Democracy Fellow in Comparative Politics and Democratization, Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Miguel Carreras, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside

Scott Cook, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

John Polga-Hecimovich, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University

Yen-Pin Su, Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University


Kristen Coopie Allen, Assistant Professor, Wright State University

Néstor Castañeda-Angarita, Lecturer, University of Southampton

William T. Daniel, Assistant Professor, Francis Marion University

Padi Hallam Joseph, Project Director, YouGov

Shawna Metzger, Lecturer, National University of Singapore


Brian Phillips, Assistant Professor, CIDE (Mexico)

Amy Erica Smith, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Dan Tirone, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University


Basak Yavcan Ural, Tenure track position at OBB University Ankara, Turkey

Amy Erica Smith, Research Coordinator for LA Public Opinion project, Vanderbilt University

Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia


Maria Andrea Castagnola, Adjunct Professor, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico/Political Science Department

Ana Carolina Garriga, Assistant Professor, CIDE, Mexico City)/Political Science Department

Agustin Grijalva, Professor, Universidad Andina, Quito-Ecuador Law School

Ekaterina Rashkova, Post Doctoral Fellow, Leiden University, Netherlands

Laura Wills, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Galina Zapryanova, Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute MaxWeber


Liying Ren, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Social Science Survey/Peking University

Stacy Bondanella, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University/Political Science

Miguel García, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Andrew Lotz, Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh/Political Science

Lisa Pohlman, Polimetrix/polling firm


Luis Jimenez, Assistant Professor, UMASS-Boston

Heather Elko McKibben, Assistant Professor, University of California-Davis

Katherine Floros, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Rosario Queirolo, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay


Zeki Sarigil, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Kostas Kourtikakis, Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matthew Weinstein, IA-Office of the Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

Morgan Marietta, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs


Stephanie McLean, IPSOS-Reid Polling

Tara Stricko-Neubauer, Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State-Georgia

Nils Ringe, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Francesco Stolfi, Assistant Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy