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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Graduate Students

Graduate Students

NameTitleContact information
Joseph BoltonPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, Public Policy, Political Inequality, Economic and Social Stratification, Political Theory, and Sociological Theory
Committee:
Dr. Cornell Clayton (Chair), Dr. Travis Ridout, Dr. Michael Salamone
Johnson Tower 227
joseph.bolton@wsu.edu
Furkan CakmakPhD Student

Research interest:
Political Psychology, American Politics, Political Communication
Committee:
Dr. Travis Ridout (Chair), Dr. Thomas Preston, Dr. Martha Cottam
Johnson Tower 227
furkan.cakmak@wsu.edu
Pip CawleyPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Political Psychology, International Relations, Political Violence, Leadership Studies, Media and Politics
Committee:
Dr. Thomas Preston (Chair), Dr. Travis Ridout, Dr. Anthony Lopez
Johnton Tower 625
pipcawley@wsu.edu
Curriculum vitae
Timothy ChatburnPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Research Interests: American political behavior, Political communications as well as group and individual level information processing, Influence of political behaviors on political institutions with specific interest in the courts.
Committee:
Dr. Travis Ridout (Chair), Dr. Martha Cottam, Dr. Michael Salamone
Johnson Tower 621
timothy.chatburn@wsu.edu
Yin Ru ChenPhD Candidate

Committee:
Dr. Steven Stehr (Chair), Dr. Amy Mazur, Dr. Claudia Leeb
Johnson Tower 625
yinru.chen@wsu.edu
Curriculum vitae
Steffanie ChritzPhD Candidate

Committee:
Dr. Mark Stephan (Chair), Dr. William Kabasenche, Dr. Steven Stehr
steffanie.chritz@wsu.edu
Don CooperPhD Student

Research interest:
Political Psychology, International Relations, Identity, American Institutions, and Latin America
donald.cooper@wsu.edu
James DaltonMA Studentjames_dalton@wsu.edu
Jeffrey D. DavidPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Regional Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, Political Psychology, Identity, (Cultural) Conflict, Structural Violence, Security & Violent Extremist Organizations, International Relations, Constructivism
Committee:
Dr. Martha Cottam (Chair), Dr. Thomas Preston, Dr. Otwin Marenin
jeffrey.david@wsu.edu
Bronti DeRochePhD Student

Research Interests:
Institutions & Processes, Public Policy
Johnson Tower 226
bronti.deroche@wsu.edu
Adam EmersonPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Political psychology, propaganda and political communication, Eastern European and Eurasian politics, and experimental method
Committee:
Dr. Thomas Preston (Chair), Dr. Martha Cottam, Dr. Travis Ridout
adam.emerson@wsu.edu
Amanda FlemingPhD Student

Research Interests:
Political Theory & Global Politics
Johnson Tower 226
a.fleming@wsu.edu
Andrew FlintPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Political Theory and American Politics, Critical Theory, Political Economy, Ethics in Business & Economics, Social Theory.
Committee:
Dr. Claudia Leeb (Chair), Dr. Cornell Clayton, Dr. Matt Stichter
Johnson Tower 623
andrew.flint@wsu.edu
Brenden HigashiPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Constitutional Law, Judicial politics, class demographics, and judicial decision making
brenden.higashi@wsu.edu
Michael HighfillPhD Studentmichael.highfill@wsu.edu
Michael HouriganPhD Student

Research interest:
Judicial Politics, Judicial Elections, and State and Local Politics, Voting Behavior, and Constitutional Law
Committee:
Dr. Michael Salmone (Chair), Dr. Cornell Clayton, Dr. Travis Ridout
Johnson Tower 624
michael.hourigan@wsu.edu
Fidaa JabbouriPhD Student

Research Interests:
International relations, global politics, American foreign policy, Middle East politics, and political psychology
Johnson Tower 226
fidaa.jabbouri@wsu.edu
Abbas MammadovPhD Student

Research Interests:
International Relations, Comparative Politics, Turkish Foreign Policy, and Post-Soviet Affairs
Johnson Tower 112
abbas.mammadov@wsu.edu
Oscar MartinezPhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Constitutional law, judicial politics, public law, political polarization, and judicial decision-making
Committee:
Dr. Michael Salamone (Chair), Dr. Cornell Clayton, Dr. Amy Mazur
Johnson Tower 227
oscar.l.martinez@wsu.edu
Joel Mehic-ParkerPhD Candidate

Research interest:
Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Media and Politics
Johnson Tower 227
joel.parker@wsu.edu
Joshua MunroePhD Candidate

Research Interests:
American politics, political elites (Congress), political communications, elections, political institutions, public policy, policy communications, political psychology
Committee:
Dr. Travis Ridout (Chair), Dr. Steven Stehr, Dr. Michael Salamone, Dr. Martha Cottam
Johnson Tower 621
joshua.munroe@wsu.edu
Curriculum vitae
Joel PreuningerPhD Candidate

Research interest:
Cyber warfare, international security and political psychology
joel_preuninger@wsu.edu
Chase RiddlePhD Candidate

Research interest:
International Relations, Political Psychology, Human Rights/War Crimes, Genocides, Audio Analysis
Committee:
Dr. Martha Cottam (Chair), Dr. Thomas Preston, Dr. Raymond Sun (History)
Johnson Tower 227
chase.riddle@wsu.edu
Sebastian RuizPhD Student

Research Interests:
Inter-communal conflict, voting & political behavior, political communications, public opinion formation, political socialization, political obedience/acquiescence, colonialism, and power relations
Johnson Tower 112
sebastian.ruiz@wsu.edu
Julia SmithPhD Candidate
julia.pusateri@wsu.edu
Nate SteffenPhD Student

Research Interests:
International Relations, Political Psychology, War Crimes, International Law, Terrorism/Suicide Terrorism
Johnson Tower 112
nate.steffen@wsu.edu
Matthew J. SutherlandMA Student
matthew.sutherland@wsu.edu
Sedef Asli TopalPhD Student

Research Interests:
Political psychology, political behavior, democratic governance and comparative politics
Johnson Tower 226
sedefasli.topal@wsu.edu
Helary YakubPhD Student

Johnson Tower 226
helary.yakub@wsu.edu
Orion YoeslePhD Candidate

Research Interests:
Political communication, particularly media framing and political advertising Voting behavior, political behavior (especially among partisans), electoral policy, Political Polarization and sorting
Committee:
Dr. Travis Ridout (Chair), Dr. Michael Salamone, Dr. Steven Stehr
oayoesle@wsu.edu
Curriculum vitae