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Robert Barlow

PhD Candidate

See Robert's poster for Value Pluralism and the Practice of Normative Prescription at the APSA Annual Meeting. 

Brian Coyne

PhD Candidate

Brian Coyne is a PhD candidate studying political theory. His dissertation, currently in progress, addresses how the liberal principle of legitimacy can be revised to take into account the involvement of non-state actors, such as NGOs and corporations, in governance around the world. 

Rachel Gillum

PhD Candidate

Rachel Gillum is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University, where she specializes in American Politics and International Relations.  Her dissertation examines Muslim American political and social integration using large-n survey and experimental methods, as well as ethnographic interviews of Muslim communities and elites around the United States. Rachel also has written several papers on public opinion in the Islamic world, focusing in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Since early 2010, Rachel has served as the Chief Editor and lead research assistant for Dr. Martha Crenshaw's "Mapping Militant Organizations" project, which traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop between them over time.


Robert Gulotty

PhD Candidate

Robert Gulotty is a PhD candidate with interests in International Relations and Political Methodology. His current research employs formal and quantitative methods to study the political economy of international trade and investment. The research examines whether the rise of global production poses new challenges for international cooperation including in the use of non-tariff measures, cooperation over restrictions to trade in services, and bilateral and plurilateral agreements. Other research interests include the politics of the early years of the multilateral trade system, the use of economic reasoning and evidence in international trade law, and the relationship between bureaucracy and the design of international institutions.

Sangick Jeon

PhD Candidate

Sangick Jeon is a PhD candidate and a pre-doctoral fellow in the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). Sangick's research addresses puzzles in the study of ethnic conflict, political institutions, and international development, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His primary research program aims to identify public policies and interventions that can enable multiethnic societies to minimize the potential costs of diversity (e.g., discrimination, reduced cohesion) while simultaneously realizing its benefits (e.g., in productivity, innovation).

Alexander Lee

PhD Graduate

Alexander Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, specializing in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on the historical factors governing the success or failure of political institutions, particularly in South Asia and other areas of the developing world. His dissertation examined the ways in which colonialism changed the distribution of wealth in Indian society, and the ways in which these changes affected the development of caste identities. Additional research areas include the study of colonialism and European expansion in a cross national perspective, and the causes of political violence, especially terrorism.

Avital Livny

PhD Candidate

Avital Livny is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics (degree expected in 2014). Her dissertation evaluates Islam’s remarkable success in supporting political mobilization and economic cooperation in much of the Muslim World. Using survey and observational data, along with experimental methods, she shows that religious references made by Islamic groups are successful at mobilizing individuals both politically and economically because they leverage feelings of trust among those with a shared religious identity, trust which compensates for high levels of generalized distrust found in many Muslim-majority countries.

Arjun Wilkins

PhD Candidate

Arjun Wilkins is a PhD candidate (degree expected June 2014), whose areas of interest include congressional elections, political partisanship, and quantitative methodology. His dissertation examines how changing party identification and political institutions have contributed to heightened competition for congressional majorities and how the electoral connection between members of Congress and their constituents has changed in the present era of rising polarization. His research makes use of extensive datasets he has assembled on congressional elections and individual level survey responses from the Gallup organization.

Nan Zhang

PhD Candidate

Nan Zhang is a PhD candidate specializing in Comparative Politics and International Relations.  He studies corruption, social norms, political culture and governance in developing countries. 

His dissertation examines why people often participate in corrupt transactions even though they themselves regard such behavior as morally dubious, as well as why individuals often tolerate corrupt behavior on the part of others.  Zhang’s work particularly focuses on the differences in the social and normative underpinnings of corrupt behavior in high corruption versus low corruption environments, with application to the design of anti-corruption policies.