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Placement Candidates

department of political science

The Department of Political Science at the Boston College is delighted to announce its current candidates for academic appointments. Most have their Ph.D. in hand or will have completed their degree by August of this academic year.


Political Philosophy

Kimberley Burns

Classical and Modern Political Philosophy; American and Canadian Political Thought

Allison D'Orazio 

Classical Political Thought; Foundations of Modern Liberalism; American Founding; American Political Thought and Development; International Politics

Kazutaka Kondo

Classical Political Philosophy; History of Political Thought; Contemporary Political Theory; American Political Thought

Dustin Sebell

Classical, Early Modern, Modern, and Late Modern Political Philosophy; American Political Thought

Nicholas C. Starr

Religion and Politics in Modern Political Philosophy; Spirit of Modern Republicanism; Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Justice; American Political Thought

Brenna R. Strauss

Ancient and Early Modern Political Thought; Women in Political Thought; American Political Development and Political Thought


American Politics

Annette M. McDermott, S.S.J.

American Political Institutions; Religion and Politics; Democratization; Public Policy; International Politics and Ethics


Comparative Politics

Elitsa Molles

Immigration; Immigrant Integration, Exclusion, and Inclusion; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; European Union; Democratization; Human Rights; International Politics


International Politics

Kerem Öge

Introduction to International Relations; International Organizations; International Political Economy; Politics of Energy; Turkish Politics; European Integration


Allison D'Orazio (ABD)

Dissertation: "Athenian Imperialism in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War" (working title)

Subfields: American Politics, International Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College Teaching Fellowship, Earhart Fellowship, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Grant, Ernest Fortin Memorial Foundation Grant for Summer Study

Teaching Interests: Classical Political Thought; Foundations of Modern Liberalism; American Founding; American Political Thought and Development; International Politics

Committee: Robert Bartlett, Robert Faulkner, Christopher Kelly

D'Orazio's Curriculum Vitae


Kazutaka Kondo, Ph.D.

Dissertation: "Socrates' Understanding of His Trial: The Political Presentation of Philosophy"

Subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Summa Cum Laude (Masters degree, Waseda University, Tokyo), Japanese Government Support for Long-term Study Abroad (declined), Ernest Fortin Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Teaching Interests: Classical Political Philosophy; History of Political Thought; Contemporary Political Theory; American Political Thought

Committee: Robert Bartlett, Christopher Kelly, Robert Faulkner, Charles Ahern


Dustin Sebell (PH.D.)

Subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Grant, Ernest Fortin Memorial Fellowship

Teaching Interests: Classical, Early Modern, Modern, and Late Modern Political Philosophy; American Political Thought

Committee: Robert Bartlett, Nasser Behnegar, Robert Faulkner, Devin Stauffer


Nicholas C. Starr Ph.D.

Dissertation: "Educating the Passions: The Moral Imagination in Rousseau's Emile"

Subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: "The Moral Imagination in Rousseau's Emile" Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2011 Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting (decision pending), Boston College Dissertation Fellowship, Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Ernest Fortin Memorial Fellowship

Teaching Interests: Religion and Politics in Modern Political Philosophy; Spirit of Modern Republicanism; Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Justice; American Political Thought; Liberalism and its Critics

Committee: Christopher Kelly, Robert Bartlett, Susan Meld Shell

Starr's Curriculum Vitae


Kimberley Burns (ABD)

Dissertation: "Promises in the Works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau"

Subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy Graduate Fellowship, Boston College Teaching Fellowship, Fortin and Bradley foundation summer grants

Teaching Interests: Classical and Modern Political Philosophy; American and Canadian Political Thought

Committee: Christopher Kelly, Susan Meld Shell, Robert Bartlett

Burns' Curriculum Vitae


Brenna R. Strauss, Ph.D.

Dissertation: "Disharmony in the Constitution: Aristotle and Plato on the Education of Women and the Spartan Regime"

Subfields: American Politics, International Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Jack Miller Foundation-Veritas Fellowship, Ernest Fortin Memorial Fellowship, Tikvah Fund Fellowship for the Study of Biblical Hebrew

Teaching Interests: Ancient and Early Modern Political Thought; Women in Political Thought; Liberalism and Its Critics; American Political Thought; American Political Development

Committee: Robert Bartlett (2010-present), Christopher Bruell (2008-2010), Christopher Kelly, Nasser Behnegar

Strauss' Curriculum Vitae


American Politics

 

Annette M. McDermott, S.S.J. (ABD)

Dissertation: "The Public Square and American Catholic Sisters since Vatican II"

Subfields: International Politics, Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Thomas P. O'Neill Fellowship, Cushwa Center Research and Travel Grant, Siemens Research Grant

Teaching Interests: American Political Institutions; Religion and Politics; Democratization; Public Policy; International Politics and Ethics

Committee: Alan Wolfe, David Hollenbach, Shep Melnick

 


Comparative Politics

 

Elitsa Molles (ABD)

Dissertation: "Identity Politics in Local Markets: Exclusion and Inclusion in the 'New' Europe"

Subfields: International Politics, American Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Bucerius Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Migration Studies, Ernest Fortin Memorial Foundation Summer Grant, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Summer Grant, Distinction in Comprehensive Examinations, Phi Beta Kappa (Trinity College), W.H. Russell Fellowship for Graduate Study (Trinity College), President's Fellow in the Department of Political Science (Trinity College)

Teaching Interests: Immigration; Immigrant Integration, Exclusion, and Inclusion; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; European Union; Democratization; Human Rights; International Politics

Committee: Gerald Easter, Jonathan Laurence, Peter Skerry

Molles' Curriculum Vitae


International Politics

 

Kerem Öge (PH.D.)

Dissertation: "External and Domestic Remedies to the Resource Curse: Promotion of Good Governance in the Caspian"

Subfields: Comparative Politics, American Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy Research Grant, Visiting Fellow at ICAMES (McGill University), Boston College Dissertation Fellowship, Fortin and Bradley foundations research fellowship, Jean Monnet Scholarship

Teaching Interests: Introduction to International Relations; International Organizations; International Political Economy; Politics of Energy; Turkish Politics; European Integration

Committee: David A.Deese, Gerald M. Easter, Timothy Crawford, Jonathan Laurence

Öge's Curriculum Vitae


 

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