Hire a GW PhD

In recent years, George Washington University has made a large investment in the Political Science Department and its commitment to training graduate students for research and teaching careers. Our recent graduates reflect this commitment, with many having published in leading journals, presented papers at professional meetings, and secured a variety of fellowships and awards. We are confident that these ABDs and recent PhDs have bright political science futures. We hope you will consider hiring one of them.

Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Yonatan Lupu, director of graduate placement, or any faculty member with questions about candidates.


Sultan Alamer

  • Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (CP), Political Theory
  • Dissertation: Minorities without Majorities: the Territorial States and the Politics of Nation-Building in the Middle East
  • Committee: Nathan Brown (Chair), Henry Hale, Harris Mylonas
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Colin Emrich

  • Fields of Study: American Politics (Major), Quantitative Methods (Minor)
  • Dissertation: Essays on Rules and Institutions affecting State Policy Outcomes
  • Committee: Sarah Binder (Chair), Eric Lawrence, Christopher Warshaw
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

 Elizabeth M.F. Grasmeder 

  • Fields of Study: International Relations, Research Methods
  •  Dissertation: Brothers in Arms: Foreign Legions, National Armies, and Re-examining Citizenship and Military Service
  •   Committee: Alexander Downes (chair), Yonatan Lupu, Harris Mylonas
  • Curriculum Vitae (by request)

Samuel P. Frantz

  • Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (CP), Research Methods
  • Dissertation: Buying Markets: The Origins and Consequences of Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility in India
  • Committee: Emmanuel Teitelbaum (Chair), Eric Kramon, David Szakonyi
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Jangai Jap

  • Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (CP), Research Methods
  • Dissertation: Winning Hearts and Minds: Street-level Bureaucracy and Ethnic Minorities' Attachment to the State in Myanmar
  • Committee: Henry Hale (Chair), Eric Kramon, John Sides 
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Alexander Kirss

  • Fields of Study: International Relations, Research Method
  • Dissertation: Why Businesses Oppose War
  • Committee: Charles Glaser (co-chair), Yonatan Lupu (co-chair), Adam Dean 
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Kendrick Kuo

  • Fields of Study: International Relations (IR), Comparative Politics
  • Dissertation: Military Magic: The Promise and Peril of Military Innovation
  • Committee: Alexander Downes (co-chair), Caitlin Talmadge (co-chair), Martha Finnemore, Stephen Biddle
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Shannon McQueen

  • Fields of Study: American Policy (AP), Public Policy 
  • Dissertation: Women’s Organizations and The Partisan Gender Gap
  • Committee: Danny Hayes (Chair) Sarah Binder, and John Sides
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Cory Maks-Solomon

  • Fields of Study: American Policy (AP), Public Policy, Research Methods
  • Dissertation: Corporate Social Justice Warriors? The Causes and Consequences of Corporate Political Activity on Social Issues
  • Committee: Sarah Binder (Chair), Eric Lawrence, Elizabeth Rigby
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Aparna Ravi

  • Fields of Study: International Relations
  • Dissertation: Rising Multinationals: The Political Economy of South-North Investment Flows
  • Committee: Stephen Kaplan(Co-chair:), Nathan Jensen (Co-chair),  Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Member: David Szakonyi)
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Steven Schaaf

  • Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (CP), Research Methods
  • Dissertation: Litigating the Authoritarian State: Legal Mobilization and Judicial Politics in the Middle East
  • Committee: Nathan Brown (Chair), Celeste Arrington, Yonatan Lupu, Paul Wahlbeck
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Accessibility Note: If you would like to request an accessible version of any of the documents listed, please send us an email.