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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. 

Colton Heffington

Colton Heffington
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     I am currently an Academic Year Lecturer at Santa Clara University. My research examines questions related to political violence, with an emphasis on the overlap between civil and international conflict. In much of my work I combine an emphasis on security and conflict issues between states with a focus on the importance of violent sub-state actors. Additional complementary work on human rights, sanctions, and public opinion bolsters my research agenda.  

Michael Hendricks Michael Hendricks--HIRED: Illnois State University (Fall 2019)
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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. 
Aaron Kushner Aaron Kushner
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     I am a Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy Fellow and PhD Candidate in political science with an emphasis on American Politics and Public Policy. I am primarily interested in citizenship, both as a legal distinction and as a concept. My dissertation focuses on the development of citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. My other research interests include religion, identity, and ambition and how they influence political behavior."
 
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
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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
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     I am a Gus T. Ridgel Fellow and doctoral candidate in Political Science with emphasis on Comparative Politics and International Relations. I am primarily interested in the relationship between colonial exclusionary policies and indigenous populations, on state capacity in post-colonial states. My other research interests include the effect of globalization on local mediation of natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia, the mediation of riparian interstate disputes by IGOs, and the importance of administrative capacity for varying levels of police brutality and state violence in light of the new wave of social activism in the United States.

 

Emir Yazici Emir Yazici
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     I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, specializing in international conflict, third-party conflict management, and human rights. More specifically, I study the role of transborder identities in international and domestic violence.    

T. Murat Yildirim T. Murat Yildirim
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Comparative Politics, Policy & Administration