Political Science Dissertations by Graduation Date

Political Science Dissertations by Graduation Date


May 2023    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
BIERY, Piper Miller Sovereign Citizens: What One Extremist Group Can Teach Us about Democratic States & Sovereignty (May 2023)
HOFFMAN, Jonathan Mandaville Islam and Statecraft: Religious Soft Power in the Contemporary Middle East  (May 2023)
SWIECKI, Joseph Dueck A Study on Presidential Approval and the Use of Force  (May 2023)


August 2022    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
BLEDSOE, Andrew Scott Mayer Belief or Belonging? Untangling Evangelical Religiosity and its Impact on Behavioral Polarization (August 2022)
FAY, Matthew Hunzeker Commanding Military Adaptation: Explaining Operational-Tactical Change in Combined Arms Warfare (August 2022)
KAYSER, Courtney Butt The Enemy of My Enemy: Rebel Group Strategies at the Onset of Civil Conflicts (August 2022)
May 2022    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
BERNBAUM, Adam McGrath Nationalism, Legitimacy, and Violence: American Response to Mob Violence (May 2022)
PETRUCELLI II, Joseph Anthony Rhodes Operationalizing Sea Power: The Evolution of Navy Doctrine, 1946–2016 (May 2022)
ROBERTS, Lee Habib Hunzeker Bang for the Buck: Understanding Disparities in Conventional Strategic Signaling Capacity Acquisition among Arms-Importing States (May 2022)


December 2021    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
NOZIMOVA, Shahnoza McGlinchey Imagined Women: Engendering Nation and Islam in Tajikistan (December 2021)
STUVLAND, Aaron Lopez-Santana  Talking Like a Populist? Exploring Populism in Six Western Democracies (December 2021)
August 2021    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
ARMSTRONG, Andrew Thrall Certainly Biased: Truth and Confidence in the Digital Age (August 2021)
BUEHLMANN, Michelle Conlan Party Time? A Temporal and Partisan Examination of Changes in American Lawmaking (August 2021)
HOFEMAN, Austin Daigle The Campaigns Characteristics Make: Television Advertising and Changes in Presidential Campaign Perceptions (August 2021)
May 2021    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
HEATH, Timothy R. Wan Political Requirements for Economic Upgrade in Single-Party Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Analysis (May 2021)


August 2020
Students Chair Dissertation Title
COLBURN II, Jay C. Mandaville Spatial Dynamics of Contentious Politics: Mass Mobilization in the Arab Uprising (August 2020)
LIM, Ji Hye Wan On the Heels of Developmental State: Diverging Paths of Joining Bilateral Investment Treaties between Japan and South Korea (August 2020)
May 2020    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
BORSHCHEVSKAYA, Anna Katz Putin’s Syria Intervention: How Russia Avoided a Quagmire (May 2020)
HARPER, Jerad Dueck A Tug of War for Effectiveness: US Efforts to Build the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (1955-1973) (May 2020)
WRIGHTEN, Jatia McGrath Who Runs the World? An Examination of Black Women and Leadership in State Legislatures (May 2020)


December 2019    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
ATHERLEY, Scott McGrath Control Avoision: Proactive Discretion in the US Federal Bureaucracy (December 2019)
August 2019    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
WOOD, Leet Dueck Securing the Sky: Negotiating Space Security Institutions for the 21st Century (August 2019)
May 2019    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
AKIYAMA, Hiromi Wan Who Rebuilds? Comparative Civil Society Involvement in Post-Disaster Recovery of China and Japan (May 2019)
DODGE, Michaela Dueck US Missile Defense Cooperation with the Czech Republic: Alliance Politics in Action (May 2019)
LOLLAR, Rebecca Dueck Dominican, Mexican, and Nicaraguan Compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act: The Role of Instrumental Incentives (May 2019)
MESINA, Dennis O. Edner Learning in Complex Systems (May 2019)


December 2018    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
KIM, Albert Wan North Korea: Kim Family’s Use of Legitimacy for Regime Maintenance (December 2018)
May 2018    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
CASCIATO, Michelle Listokin Bringing the State Back In: Statutory Mandates and Incremental Change in Local Government Budgeting (May 2018)


August 2017
Students Chair Dissertation Title
SWEET, Diana L. McGlinchey The Art of Winning Hearts and Minds: Explaining Success and Failure of Confucius Institutes in the US (August 2017)
WHYTE, Christopher E. Thrall Out of the Shadows: Subversion and Counterculture in the Digital Age (August 2017)
December 2017    
Students Chair Dissertation Title
FITZGERALD, Gerald T. Mandaville The European State and Minority Religious Groups: Exploring Patterns of Engagement and Access (December 2017)
 IBRAHIM, Ayah  Mandaville American Muslim Organizations' Platform and Strategies: Understanding Changes in Interest Group Identity (December 2017)
May 2017
Students Chair Dissertation Title
KRYLOVA, Yulia Shelley “Grease” Payments in the Relations Between Regulatory Agencies and Individual Entrepreneurs: The Case of Russia


December 2016
Students Chair Dissertation Title
DOYLE, Brett Posner Beyond Ad Hoc: The Role of Inter-Organizational Collaboration in U.S. Stabilization Efforts
POTTS, Richard Burt Salt, Light, and Cocaine: Religious Civil Society and Narco-Violence in Mexico's Border Region
RYU, Shin Kue Posner Where is the Safe Water? Capturing the Missing Explanation in Inter-Country Variation in Access
May 2016
Students Chair Dissertation Title
ERSOY, Meltem Mandaville Political Crisis and Party Transformation: The Case of AKP in Turkey
ROYCE, Mark R. Lopez-Santana The Political Theology of European Integration


December 2015
Students Chair Dissertation Title
MAYE, Diane L. Katz Switching Sides: Political Power, Alignments, and Alliances in Post-Saddam Iraq
August 2015
Students Chair Dissertation Title
ALEXANDER, Brian Victor Partisan Ends: The Utilization of Conference Committees in a Polarized Congress
SHAHAN, Asif M. Posner From Autonomy to Relevance: The Evolution of the Government Accountability Office


December 2014
Students Chair Dissertation Title
HAYNES, Susan Katz Behind the Buildup Explaining Chinese Motivations for Nuclear Modernization (December 2014)
LITWIN, Oren Miller Who May Fight Just Wars? Right Authority for States and Non-States


December 2013
Students Chair Dissertation
OSAE-KWAPONG, John Wilsford What the State Does, Why Does It and The Consequences: A Comparative Analysis of State Policy Choices in the Cocoa, Timber and Gold Mining Sectors in Ghana (December 2013)
May 2013
Students Chair Dissertation
HUDSON, Gabriel Miller Christodemocracy: The Alternation Democratic Theory of America’s Christian Right (May 2013)
THORNBURG, Matthew McDonald The Causes and Consequences of Registering with a Political Party (May 2013)


May 2012
KURZE, Arnaud Burt Justice Beyond Borders? The Politics to Democratize Human Rights in the Postconflict Balkans (May 2012)