Candidates for Placement

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

Matthew Berry

Dissertation: "Law, Justice, and Equity in Aristotle’s Ethics" 

Subfields: Ancient Political Philosophy; Early and Late Modern Political Philosophy, American Political Thought

Awards and Fellowships: Jack Miller Center Summer Institute Fellow (2016); Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award (2015); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar (Summer 2014): Four-week seminar on Medieval Political Philosophy at Gonzaga University

Teaching Interests: Democratic Citizenship; Constitutional Theory; Liberalism and its Critics; Religion and Politics; Classical Political Philosophy

Committee: Dr. Robert C. Bartlett (Chair), Dr. Robert Faulkner, Dr. Christopher Kelly


Timothy Lehmann, Ph.D.

Dissertation: “Montesquieu and Rousseau on the Passions and Politics”

Subfields: Political Theory; Minor fields: American Politics and Comparative Politics

Awards and Fellowships: Participant, Jack Miller Center Summer Institute (2017); Postdoctoral Fellowship, George Washington Forum, Ohio University (2016-17); Bradley Foundation Summer Grant (2013); Fortin Memorial Foundation Summer Grant (2013)

Teaching Interests: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Modern Political Philosophy

Committee: Christopher Kelly (chair), Susan Shell, and Robert Bartlett

Curriculum Vitae


Comparative Politics

Elitsa Molles, Ph.D.

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 (chair), Jonathan Laurence, David Deese

Curriculum Vitae


International Politics