Mentoring Reception at Annual Conference

MPSA invites individuals from the following groups registered for this year's conference to meet faculty mentors for a small group mentoring reception on Friday, April 7, 2017 6:30 - 7:30pm at the Palmer House Hilton:

  • Graduate Students
  • Junior Faculty
  • Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
  • Contingent Faculty
  • PhD in Non-Academic Position
Each mentor will connect with groups of no more than four attendees to discuss current research and professional aspirations. Your contact information and questions will be shared with your mentor and fellow participants in your small groups. Please confirm your conference schedule prior to selecting your preferred mentor/mentoring reception session.  
 
Application deadline was March 17, 2017. Notifications will be sent the week of March 20, 2017.

Note: Mentors are available on a first-come first-served basis. Mentor names will be removed from the list of available mentors when they have reached their maximum response. 

Still looking for a mentor? Please consider applying for the 2017-2018 Academic Year Mentoring Program.




Albertson, Bethany  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at University of Texas, Austin
My work explores political attitudes and persuasion. I am particularly interested in emotion, religion in American politics and experimental methods.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching

 

Anguelov, Nick  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth 
My research is on international trade and the policies that shape it.  My publications are on economic sanctions, global environmental sourcing and the politics of multinational corporations.  The latest projects are on corporate taxes, global diplomacy and soft power.

Teaching and Research Interests: International Relations, Public Policy, Statistics and Research Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: International, LGBT
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Teaching Research Intensive Courses Online

 

Bobic, Michael
Assistant Professor at Alferson Broadfus University
I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee, specializing in public administration management, Senate voting and procedures, and teaching theory.  I am working on a book looking at presidential foreign policy decision making, modifying Grsham Allison's theory.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Institutions, Methods, Public Administration, Pedagogy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Disabled Individuals, Military Veteran
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advancement to Full Professor, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Bowler, Shaun  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Professor at UC Riverside 
I am interested in the relationship between institutions and political behavior among voters (so electoral systems, direct democracy, strategic voting)

Teaching and Research Interests: Institutions, behaviour
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Academic Administration, Advancement to Full Professor, Tenure and Promotion

 

Bryan, Amanda  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago
My primary research focuses on the influence of external constraints on judicial decision-making. Specifically, I am interested how changes in public opinion affect the Court’s policy outputs, justices’ decision to grant certiorari, and their treatment of past Court precedent. I am also interested in the Court and the separation of powers, the agenda-setting process, and how the Court ensures broad or narrow compliance with its decisions on the lower courts.

Teaching and Research Interests: Judicial
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: Women,
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Bullock, Justin  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University
Justin B. Bullock is an assistant professor in the Public Service and Administration department and a research fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Bullock earned his PhD in public administration and policy with a specialization in public management and public policy from the University of Georgia in 2014, as well as a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in business administration, also from the University of Georgia.  Bullock is a co-author of the first virtual issue of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART). He also co-authored “How (Not) to Solve the Problem: An Evaluation of Scholarly Responses to Common Source Bias” published in JPART and “Attitudes about Hard Work: A Global Perspective on the Beliefs of Government Employees” in the International Public Management Journal. Bullock has presented at conferences of numerous national and international organizations, including the Public Management Research Association, Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the European Group on Public Administration, the Academy of Management, and the International Health Economics Association.

Teaching and Research Interests: Public Administration, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Asian Pacific American, International, Latino/a, LGBT, Military Veteran, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Service Responsibilities, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Carroll, Royce  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Reader at University of Essex
I am a Reader in Comparative Politics at the University of Essex. My research focuses on democratic institutions and the role of representation in the policy-making process, particularly legislative politics and the politics of coalitions within and between political parties. My current research focuses on political parties, the distribution of legislative power and on the spatial analysis of political choices, such as legislative voting and survey data, in the measurement of preferences and ideology.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Comparative, Institutions
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, International Job Market

 

Casper, Gretchen  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Associate Professor, Penn State University
My current research focuses on democratization, authoritarianism, civil conflict, developing countries, and comparative elites.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experience in Mentoring: African American, Asian Pacific American, Latino/a, LGBT, omen
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching

 

 

Cole, Benjamin  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at Simmons College
Ben’s research interests include the theoretical and empirical study of democratic transition dynamics, state fragility and political instability, factionalism and the social science applications of complexity theory. His work involves the creation, maintenance, and analysis of large-n cross-national datasets related to governance, conflict, and state fragility.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relations, Methods, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Contingent Faculty, undergraduate students
Experienced in Mentoring: International, LGBT, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Service Responsibilities, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Curley, Cali  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Three distinct but interrelated conceptual themes animate my research:  governance, individual decision-making, and service delivery mechanisms (such as, coproduction). In the majority of my current work these concepts are investigated in the contexts of environmental and sustainability policy.  However, my planned future research will extend this investigation to the additional contexts of employment policy for disadvantaged youth and non-profit fundraising.

Teaching and Research Interests: Public Administration, Public Policy, Sustainability
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Very Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Dietrich, Bryce J.  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.  
Assistant Professor at University of Iowa 
My research uses novel quantitative, automated, and machine learning methods to analyze non-traditional data sources such as audio (or speech) data and video data. I use these to understand the causes and consequences of elite emotional expressions in a variety of institutional settings, with a particular emphasis on non-verbal cues, such as vocal pitch.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Institutions, Judicial, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advocacy and Lobbying, Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Teaching

 

DiMaggio, Anthony  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Lehigh University
I research mass media, social movements, public opinion, and the politics of inequality

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Teaching

 

Duvanova, Dinissa  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at Lehigh University
Dinissa Duvanova is an associate professor in the department of International Relations. Her research emphasizes the international political economy of the Post-Soviet and East European nations, interest group politics, and business-government interactions.  Her book, “Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia:  Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States" was awarded the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia and/or Eastern Europe. Duvanova's articles appear in British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Comparative Economics, World Development, and other journals.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Facult
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Work - Life Balance

 

Genna, Gaspare   - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso 
My research interests are in explaining the development and impacts of regional integration in both economic and political dimensions.  Work to date involves analyzing state incentives and capabilities for integration, as well as domestic public support, and the impact regional integration agreements have had on economic political and economic development.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relations,
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, International, Latino/a, LGBT, Military Veteran, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Academic Administration, Advancement to Full Professor, Job Market - Academic, Job Market - Alt-Academic/Non-Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Gerber, Elisabeth - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Professor and Associate Dean at University of Michigan
My current research focuses on regionalism and intergovernmental cooperation, urban politics, urban climate adaptation, infrastructure policy (especially transportation and water), workforce development, land use and economic development, and local political accountability.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Asian Pacific American, LGBT, Military Veteran, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Academic Administration, Advancement to Full Professor, Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

Gulati, Jeff
Professor at Bentley University
My main research interests are Congress, campaigns & elections, and political communication. My current projects are on the impact of outside spending on congressional elections, the use and impact of digital media in campaigns, and the impact of scandals on congressional elections.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Methods, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advancement to Full Professor, Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion

 

Holman, Mirya  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Tulane University
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. My research interests focus on women and politics, local politics, research methods, and environmental politics. My book, Women in Politics in the American City (Temple University Press) examines the effect of the female mayors and city council members on urban politics. I currently am researching gender and political ambition, how local politics change when cities encounter financial distresses, the role of religious beliefs in political attitudes and actions, gender and the 2016 election, and the pathways to political office, as well as a variety of other projects.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Work - Life Balance

 

Holt, Jacob
Assistant Professor at Columbus State University
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbus State University. My research focuses on legislative institutions. I have one article at The Journal of Legislative Studies, plus articles forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly and Parliamentary Affairs.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: Asian Pacific American, International, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Service Responsibilities, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Kam, Cindy D.    -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Professor at Vanderbilt University
My research areas are political psychology, public opinion, and political participation.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Asian Pacific American, International, Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advancement to Full Professor, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion

 

Kilby, Patrick    -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Senior Lecturer at Australian National University 
Dr Patrick Kilby is a senior lecturer and the Program Convenor for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, at the Australian National University. He has published widely on development policy issues focussing on gender and development, Non-government organisations, and good development practice. He is currently researching a history of foreign aid.  In 2015 he published monograph NGOs and Political Change: a history of the Australian Council for International Development with ANU Press.

Teaching and Research Interests: International Relations, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advocacy and Lobbying, Job Market - Academic, Teaching


King-Meadows, Tyson D.  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County
My primary research interests concern political behavior and attitudes, identity politics, race and representation, African American politics, Congress, and voting rights.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Public Policy, Political Behavior and Attitudes
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Research Funding and Grants, Teaching, Service Responsiblities

 

Lamothe, Scott   -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at University of Oklahoma 
My research focus is on local government service delivery arrangements.  I am currently working on projects that deal with data reliability in this area, how data limitations impact theorization and model building, and better understanding how public managers conceive of service provision and the array of governance options that are employed.  I am also interested in policy studies, specifically innovation and diffusion, but also theories of the policy process more generally.

Teaching and Research Interests: Public Administration, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Military Veteran
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion

 

Levendusky, Matt    -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at UPenn
I work on issues of public opinion and political communication. In particular, much of my work focuses on questions of polarization and partisan media.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: I've mentored individuals from most of these groups.
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching

 

Levy, Naomi  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at Santa Clara University
Naomi Levy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. She specializes in post-conflict statebuilding, and is particularly interested in the relationship between ordinary citizens and the state. Her work asks how individuals' understandings of their various political identities are shaped by the state's delivery of public services, and, in turn, how these understandings affect inter-group dynamics and state legitimacy.    Dr. Levy is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Minerva Initiative that examines public service provision as peacebuilding in Cambodia, Laos and Uganda.  In prior work, she investigated public education and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  She has received funding for her work from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Minerva Initiative.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Makara, Michael  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at University of Central Missouri
Dr. Michael Makara is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Michael's research focuses on politics in authoritarian regimes and civil-military relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Michael lived in Jordan for two years as a research fellow with both Fulbright and the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR).  He is happy to provide advice on the academic job market, teaching, and applying for grants.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relations
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, International, Latino/a, LGBT, Military Veteran, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Teaching

 

Marcus, George E . - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Professor at Williams College
The role of emotions in political behavior and political judgment. Largely drawing on neuroscientific research.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Methods, Political Psychology
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, International, Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advancement to Full Professor, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Tenure and Promotion, Work - Life Balance

 

Michelson, Melissa R.   -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Professor at Menlo College
Melissa R. Michelson is co-author of four books and has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles. Current research projects explore voter registration and mobilization in minority communities, and persuasive communication on contentious issues such as marriage equality, transgender bathroom access, and other LGBT rights.

Teaching and Research Interests: American,
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Asian Pacific American, Disabled Individuals, Latino/a, LGBT, Native American, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Advancement to Full Professor, Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Newman, Brian   - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.  
Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University
I have two primary research programs within American politics.  First, I have worked with John Griffin on several projects examining who gets what they want from American government.  We have examined this question with regard to racial/ethnic, gender, and class groups.  Second, I study public evaluations of the president--when and why people view presidential behavior positively and negatively.  I have also written a little on religion and politics.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance I would be especially interested to talk with graduate students who are interested in careers at institutions that focus more on teaching than research.

 

Ooi, Su-Mei  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at Butler University
My research interests are in the areas of comparative democratization, US-China relations, peace & conflict and human rights.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relations
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

Pacheco-Vega, Raul  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Assistant Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) 
Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is an Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Division of the Center for Economic Teaching and Research (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, CIDE) in Mexico. He is a specialist in comparative public policy and focuses on North American environmental politics, primarily sanitation and water governance, solid waste management, neoinstitutional theory, transnational environmental social movements and experimental methods in public policy. His current research programme focuses on the spatial, political and human dimensions of public service delivery. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS).

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Institutions, International Relations, Methods, Political Theory, Public Administration, Public Policy,
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Latino/a, LGBT
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Work - Life Balance

 

Rivero, Gonzalo  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Senior Data Scientist at Westat
Gonzalo Rivero is the senior data scientist of the Statistics and Survey Methodology Unit of Westat. Gonzalo holds a PhD in political science from New York University. His academic research focuses on the fragility of political representation and he has published work on quantitative methods in social research, electoral behavior, attitudes towards corruption, and social media and politics. Before joining Westat, Gonzalo worked as statistician in the Scientific Research Group of YouGov.

Teaching and Research Interests: Institutions, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, PhD in Non-Academic Position
Experienced in Mentoring: Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Alt-Academic/Non-Academic

 

Rogers, Melissa  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Claremont Graduate University
Melissa Ziegler Rogers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests include comparative political economy, fiscal policy, federalism, and electoral institutions. Her recent work focuses in particular on the political implications of economic disparity between sub-national regions. Melissa is the author of The Politics of Place and the Limits to Redistribution (2016) and multiple journal articles. She is currently working on a book project with Pablo Beramendi on the development of tax capacity.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Comparative, Institutions
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Asian Pacific American, International, LGBT, Military Veteran, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Academic Administration, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Rosas, Guillermo  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity. 
Associate Professor at Washington University in St Louis
My research focuses on the economic consequences of political regimes, particularly in the realm of banking, and on the effects of political institutions on political elite behavior, especially in Latin America.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: Latino/a
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Tenure and Promotion

 

Shay, Cammy  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Professor at Houston Community College
My research interests are in the field of teaching and learning. I participated in the Carnegie Foundation's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Academy and have presented at international and national teaching and learning conferences.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Latino Politics
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Contingent Faculty, Anyone interested in community college work
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Alt-Academic/Non-Academic, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

Siegel, David A.   -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at Duke University
David A Siegel (Stanford Ph.D., 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research addresses the theoretical determinants of collective action in the contexts of political violence and terrorism, elections, and opinion and identity formation. He has published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, and is the coauthor of A Behavioral Theory of Elections and A Mathematics Course for Political and Social Research, both from Princeton University Press. Prior to coming to Duke, he was on faculty at Florida State University.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Comparative, International Relations, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Tenure and Promotion, Work - Life Balance

 

Smith, Amy Erica  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Iowa State University
I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. During the 2016-2017 academic year I am a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. In my research, I investigate how citizens in developing countries acquire political information, learn democratic attitudes and behavior, and mobilize to get democratic representatives to serve their interests. With a regional focus on Latin America and especially Brazil, I am especially interested in citizens who are typically underrepresented: women, the lower class, religious minorities, and racially disadvantaged groups. I emphasize the way political socialization occurs through everyday social encounters: informal social ties, religious organizations, and civic education programs. At present, I am working on a book manuscript entitled Crosses and Culture Wars: Evangelicals, Catholics, and Brazilian Democracy.    My work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, and it has been funded by Fulbright and by the National Science Foundation. I am proud to be a friend to (and research affiliate of) the Latin American Public Opinion Project. In September 2016, I received the Award for Early Achievement in Research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Political behavior
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Latino/a, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Work - Life Balance Work-Life Balance, Challenges Related to Parenting

 

SoRelle, Mallory   - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at Lafayette College
Mallory's research explores how the development and design of public policies and political institutions in the United States influence the political behavior of elites and ordinary Americans. She is particularly interested in when and how the “rules of the game” either mitigate or exacerbate existing social, economic, and political inequalities. Mallory’s recent work includes projects addressing social and regulatory policies, policy feedback, American political development, individual and collective mobilization, and bureaucratic politics. She embraces multiple research methods.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Institutions, Public Policy
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: LGBT, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Research Funding and Grants, Teaching

 

Steyn Kotze, Joleen
Professor at University of the Free State
As an Y2-Rated Researcher, Joleen Steyn Kotze’s academic interests lies in substantive democratisation and citizen experiences in a post-authoritarian context.  She has published 15 articles, 7 book chapters, and has delivered numerous papers on democratisation in a non-Western context, democratic development, deepening democracy, and political culture and democratisation.  In 2009 she was awarded the International Award for Research Excellence in Interdisciplinary Social Science by Commongound Publishing and in 2014 she was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.  She is the former President of the South African Association of Political Studies (2014 – 2016) and the current editor of Politikon:  South African Journal of Political Studies

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Methods, Political Theory
Most Interested in Mentoring: Mid-Career Faculty (Tenured but not Full Professor)
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, International, LGBT, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching

 

Swearingen, Colin
Assistant Professor at John Carroll University
My research focuses on elections, particularly on how public attention impacts the different phases of the campaign cycle.  My other elections-based research projects utilize spatial analysis to determine the impact of presidential campaign field offices on voter turnout and results.  In a secondary research agenda, I look at short-term medical brigades (STMBs) and health care access in rural Honduras.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Institutions, Methods
Most Interested in Mentoring: Junior Faculty, PhD in Non-Academic Position
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

Thomson, Henry   - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford
I am a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. My research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relation
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Military Veteran
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Publishing

 

Twist, Kim  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at San Diego State University
Kim Twist's area of expertise is European politics, and in particular, in how mainstream and extreme parties interact with voters and with each other. Her book manuscript explains why mainstream parties form governments with far-right parties. Her other research interests include experimental methods, design and measurement issues, voting behavior, the European Union, and public opinion and immigration.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Research Funding and Grants, Service Responsibilities, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Wagner, Mike  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael W. Wagner is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research appears in outlets such as Journal of Communication and Annual Review of Political Science. He is editor of Political Communication’s Forum and was project director for the Center on Congress’ 2006 Election Survey. Wagner has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie-Knight Foundation. His most recent book, Political Behavior of the American Electorate (Sage/CQ Press), will be released in January 2018. Wagner earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University's Dept. of Political Science in 2006.

Teaching and Research Interests: American
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty
Experienced in Mentoring: African American, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Public/Media Engagement, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Service Responsibilities, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 

Williams, Christopher  -- Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock
I received my PhD in 2012 from the University of North Texas, and have held positions at Maastricht University, the European University Institute, Mannheim University, and I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. My interests lie at the intersection of governance, public policy, political parties, and public opinion. The underlying question driving my research is: to what extent do governments and political parties represent and respond to the public’s policy preferences? My recent work has appeared in journals including European Union Politics, the European Political Science Review, West European Politics, and Justice System Journal.

Teaching and Research Interests: American, Comparative, European Politics
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: International
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing

 

Wilson, Matthew  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at West Virginia University
I am interested in the interactions of leaders and institutions, particularly with regard to regime change and conflict outcomes.  My research covers topics traditionally found in both comparative politics and international relations and contributes to theory-building on commitment problems and institutional design in non-democracies.  My focus on regimes also hearkens to the literature on democratic transition and sources of regime instability, which is particularly important in the developing world.  The courses that I have taught include theoretical approaches to studying dictatorship, introduction to Comparative Politics, and governments in Latin America.  As a comparativist scholar, I have a special interest in the politics of Latin America and in historical development.  My profile focuses on comparative political institutions and includes advanced skills in quantitative methods and additional languages.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, Institutions
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students
Experienced in Mentoring: LGBT
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Graduate School Admission, Job Market - Academic, Publishing, Research Funding and Grants, Teaching

 

Wiltse, Evren Celik  - Mentor no longer available. Small group at capacity.
Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University
My research focuses on economic development and democratic reform and consolidation in partly free/democratic regimes.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative, International Relations
Most Interested in Mentoring: Graduate Students, Junior Faculty, women in academia
Experienced in Mentoring: International, Women
Can Provide Mentoring on These Topics: Job Market - Academic, Teaching, Work - Life Balance

 


 

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