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Adriana Boersner Adriana Boersner
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     I am a PhD candidate in Political Science. My primary research interests include foreign policy analysis, the comparative study of authoritarian regimes, and political psychology. My dissertation focuses on foreign policy decisions in personal dictatorships and the choice of military intervention in civil wars. My work also extends to the study of the role of Latin American elites in world politics, voting behavior in Latin America, and the effects of international investments in developing economies. Before coming to the University of Missouri as a Fulbright Scholar, I worked as an Assistant Professor in Venezuela. 

     

Zachary Bowersox

Zack Bowersox
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     I am currently a Lecturer of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. My active research agenda is focused on human trafficking and migration as well as other key areas of human rights in which I have multiple projects involving students.  I have taught a wide selection of international relations courses that include human rights, human trafficking, and American foreign policy courses at the introductory and advanced levels. 

Edward Goldring

Edward Goldring
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     I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Missouri, and for academic year 2019-20 a US-Asia Grand Strategy Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California and a Korea Foundation Fellow. I study how non-democratic leaders maintain power. My dissertation examines the causes of elite purges in dictatorships at the cross-national and individual-levels. A dictator’s threat environment structures their incentives and opportunities to engage in elite purges. However, dictators respond to threats differently at the national and individual-levels. I test various hypotheses with a range of original quantitative and qualitative data, including individual-level quantitative data on elite purges in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea. My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Party Politics, Democratization, and Research & Politics.

Michael Hendricks Michael Hendricks--HIRED: Illnois State University
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     My primary research examines protests and social movements related to natural resource extraction in Latin America and Africa. I explore what enables these protests and social movements to be sustainable over time, and explain variation in their success. I have additional research interests related to international relations, specifically on variation in peacekeeping effectiveness. This includes analyzing how geographical and climate-related factors affect peacekeepers’ capabilities. I also explore how these factors affect peacekeeping deployment decisions by international organizations. 
Myunghee Lee Myunghee Lee
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    I am a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at University of Missouri. My research focuses on contentious politics and protest movements in both authoritarian and democratic countries. I am also interested in authoritarian regimes, democratization, repression, human rights, and NGOs. With my language proficiency of both Korean and Mandarin Chinese, my geographic focus is East/Southeast Asia, South/North Korea, and China. My dissertation, Authoritarian Successor Parties and Political Protest in Asia, examines Asian third wave democracies and how authoritarian legacy shapes post-democratization mobilization environment. Recently, I finished my field research in South Korea for my dissertation. This trip was funded by a field research grant awarded by University of Missouri. My research relies on both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Particularly, I am highly trained for quantitative methodology. Bayesian modeling, multilevel modeling, GIS, and data visualization approaches are frequently employed in my research.

 

Theodore Masthay

Theodore Masthay
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     I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wabash College where I teach courses on Congress, the presidency, elections, and the intersection of sports and politics in addition to directing several undergraduate research projects. My research largely focuses on legislative careers in the United States. More specifically, it focuses on how partisan identification affects the decisions legislators make about career advancement opportunities. My research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and has been featured numerous times on the London School of Economics American Politics and Policy Blog.

Brandon Beomseob Park

Brandon Beomseob Park
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     I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at The College of New Jersey, where I teach International Relations, Politics and Society of Developing Countries, and East Asian Politics. My research focuses on how international factors such as economic sanctions and trade agreements affect domestic politics (i.e. incumbent electoral performance, human rights etc.). I also examine the role of the economy in voting behavior, public opinion and party competition. My publications appear in Political Research Quarterly, Party Politics, International Political Science Review, West European Politics, and Conflict Management and Peace Science

Kate Perry Kate Perry--HIRED: Georgia Southern University
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     I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. My research agenda focuses on Gender and Security issues addressed primarily through feminist political economy and feminist security lenses. I am specifically interested in the macroeconomic and political forces that drive negative outcomes for women in the world within the topics of human trafficking, foreign policy, conflict, and sexual violence. Concurrently, I examine how gender roles form and inform human experiences within these research areas. I have experience teaching a range of courses in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, and American politics.

 

Clint Swift

Clint Swift
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     I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Sewanee: The University of the South where I teach courses in American political behavior, political parties, state politics, and research methodology. My research focuses primarily on how institutions condition elite behavior in American state legislatures. I am interested in how characteristics like political experience, ideology, race, and gender condition legislative collaboration in different institutional contexts. I also study opinion, perception and attitude formation in mass publics. Specifically, I focus on economic voting across the American state as well as the influence of local factors on economic evaluations and perceptions. My work has been published in Political Science Research and Methods and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 

Tiffanesha Williams

Tiffanesha Williams--HIRED: American University
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     I am a recent PhD with an emphasis in Comparative Politics and International Relations. During the 2019-2020 AY, I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at American University. In terms of research, I am primarily interested in the relationship between colonial education policies and state building and capacity in post-colonial states. My other research interests include comparative bureaucracy, and water politics and conflict. I have experience developing and teaching the following courses: Comparative Political Systems; Introduction to International Relations; East and Southeast Asian Politics; and Regional Security Issues: The Asia Pacific.

 

Emir Yazici Emir Yazici
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     I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. I have earned my doctoral degree from the University of Missouri. My research focuses on international conflict, political violence, nationalism, and ethnic politics. More specifically, I study the role of transborder identities in international and domestic violence. 

T. Murat Yildirim T. Murat Yildirim--HIRED: University of Stavanger, Norway
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