Melissa Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. Her research interests bridge the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, and include the international causes and consequences of state weakness; statebuilding; conflict and security; and underdevelopment. Her dissertation asks why some developing states leave parts of their territory ungoverned, and argues that state weakness near state borders is a function of hostile regional neighborhoods. Specifically, she argues that neighboring states can subvert or deter the exercise of state authority, resulting in the emergence or persistence of ungoverned space.
Carrie Lee Lindsay is a PhD Candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her dissertation evaluates the effect of domestic politics on military operations at war, specifically asking how politicians in democratic states alter the timing and objectives of military missions in the lead-up to an election. She uses both qualitative and quantitative evidence from multiple countries during World War II, Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to argue that domestic political incentives alter the way military doctrine is implemented on the battlefield as politicians campaign for reelection.
Mackenzie Israel-Trummel is a PhD candidate in American Politics whose research interests include race, gender, political identity and behavior. Her dissertation project uses intersectionality as an analytical framework to understand three puzzles related to political attitudes and behavior. Her first paper examines how candidates' race and gender operate individually and jointly to influence voter support, and in particular how Black women candidates fare under conditions of racial threat. Her second project explores how gender conditions linked fate for Black Americans, and finds that beliefs about gender discrimination affect Black women's sense of racial linked fate.
Kara is a PhD candidate with interests in comparative politics, international relations, and research methodology. Her current projects focus on ethnic and sub-ethnic identity, authoritarian institutions, democratization, and foreign aid, with particular emphasis on Central Asia and the former Soviet Union.
Rachel Gillum received her PhD in political science at Stanford University in August 2014. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) and is the principal investigator of the Muslim-American National Opinion Survey (MANOS).
Rachel’s research examines the effects of the post-9/11 security environment on Muslim Americans’ behavior and attitudes towards the government using large-n surveys, experimental methods, and ethnographic interviews of Muslim communities and elites around the United States. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation’s EDGE-SBE Program, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE).
Jonathan Chu is a PhD candidate specializing in international relations and comparative politics. His research interests include authoritarian governments, human rights, and the laws of war/wartime conduct.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, Jonathan will be a teaching assistant for the courses International Security in a Changing World (PS 114S/314S - Winter) and War and Peace in American Foreign Policy (PS 110D/Y - Spring).
Michael Tomz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Tomz has published in the fields of international relations, American politics, comparative politics, and statistical methods. He is the author of Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries and numerous articles in political science and economics journals.
Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. He also serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Global Nuclear Future Initiative. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 1984 to 1985, he served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Sagan has also served as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense and at the Sandia National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.