End Notes

  • Spring 2018
End Notes
SPRING 2018 : précis
May 8, 2018


PhD candidate Marsin Alshamary presented “Iraqi Youth: Between Rising Unemployment and Declining Educational Standards” at a conference on Youth in Iraq: Developing Capacities for Active Citizenship co-hosted by PRIO, ​The Kalima Center for Dialogue and Cooperation and the Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East from February 2-4th in Kyrenia, Cyprus. Alshamary also presented “Authoritarian Nostalgia in Post-Baathist Iraq” at a symposium on Growing up in Contemporary Iraq hosted by CMES at Harvard University on March 23rd. She will be presenting her paper “Religious Capital: Pilgrimages and the Development of Civil Society in Post-Baathist Iraq” at the Project on Middle East Political Science’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 24-25th. Alshamary also received a POMEPS travel research engagement grant to support her fieldwork in Iraq.

PhD Student Ben Chang received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship grant.

SSP Senior Adviser Jeanne Guillemin was quoted by NBC in an article “Despite delay, experts say any evidence in suspected Syria chemical attack likely remains” on April 22nd.

Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa Evan Lieberman presented joint research with PhD candidates Phil Martin and Nina McMurry, “Do Party Elites Impede Accountability? Evidence from South African Local Government Elections,” at NYU Abu Dhabi on March 28th and at the University of Michigan on April 25th. Professor Lieberman also presented joint research with PhD candidate Andrew Miller, “Explaining Quotidian Ethnic Hostility in a Divided Society: Categorization and Online Expressions of Animus in Nigeria,” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 27th.

PhD candidate Philip Martin received a Predoctoral Research Fellowship from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for 2018-2019. Martin also presented “The Politics of Rebel Authority in Postwar States: Theory and Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire,” at the 2018 International Studies Association Conference in San Francisco (with Jeremy Speight and Giulia Piccolino).

PhD Candidate Andrew Miller received a CIS summer study grant.

PhD candidate Kacie Miura presented “Biting the Hand that Feeds: Foreign Economic Partners as Diversionary Targets in Subnational China” at the 2018 International Studies Association conference, for which she received a CIS Starr Student Travel Fellowship.

PhD candidate Cullen Nutt was awarded a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund, a Charles Koch Foundation dissertation grant, and a CIS Summer Research Grant. In April, he presented “Inside Source: Intelligence Infiltration in Civil Wars” and, with PhD candidate Reid Pauly, “Covering Up for Cain: The Strategic Logic of Obfuscation in Coercive Bargaining” at the 2018 International Studies Association conference in San Francisco. 

PhD candidate Rachel Esplin Odell was awarded a World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship by the Smith Richardson Foundation to fund her dissertation field research in India and China this upcoming fall 2018. In addition, at the annual International Studies Association conference in April, Odell was awarded the Alexander George Award for Best Graduate Student Paper by ISA’s Foreign Policy Analysis Section. At the same conference, she presented “Freedom of Navigation in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: A Case Study of Japan’s Maritime Jurisdictional Claims” in a Junior Scholar Symposium.

PhD Candidate Reid Pauly presented “Elite Aversion to the Use of Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Wargames” and “Stop or I'll Shoot, Comply and I Won’t: Coercive Assurance in International Politics” at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also won a Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control from the Simons Foundation. 

PhD candidates Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott have co-created and organized the inaugural conference (“The Future of Force”) for the Future Strategy Forum which will take place in Washington, D.C. on May 18th with support from Smart Women Smart Power Initiative, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

PhD student Mina Pollmann received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship grant.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider presented “Contention, Coalitions, and Consultation in the Politics of Education Reform in Latin America,” at CIDE in Mexico City in January 2018 and at Harvard University in April 2018.

Associate Professor of Political Science David Singer presented “Attitudes toward Internal and Foreign Migration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in China” at invited talks at the University of Zurich and Johns Hopkins SAIS in April 2018.

PhD Candidate Meicen Sun has received a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for her dissertation research on Internet policy and great power relations.

Ford Professor of Political Science Kathy Thelen will be receiving an honorary degree from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in May.

PhD candidate Marika Landau-Wells was a panelist at “Climate Science in a Time of Political Disruption,” a workshop hosted by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School on April 6th.  On April 27th, she spoke at “Accelerating Nuclear Threat in the Midst of a Diplomacy Vacuum,” an event hosted by PopTech, Beyond Conflict and N Square Collaborative, where SSP Senior Research Associate Jim Walsh delivered the opening address.  

Professor of History Elizabeth A. Wood received the 2018 Levitan Teaching Award. She also received a grant from MIT-Skoltech for “Collaborative Russian-U.S. Science Projects: An Analysis of Best Practices.” Professor Wood presented on “Mobilizing, Silencing, and Exploiting Women after the Russian Revolution:  Ambivalence about Gender Difference,” at Barnard College on January 31st; “U.S.-Russian Relations: Beyond Reciprocity” at Boston College Law School panel on March 14th; “Masculinism as a Political Strategy of Governance: Order and Chaos in the 21st Century Turkey and Russia” at a conference at Northeastern University on “Gender and the Global Right” on March 23rd; “Putin, Erdogan and Politicized Masculinity in a Global Context,” at UMass-Boston’s Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights on March 27th; and she presented “The Russian Politics of Insecurity in the Presidential Campaign Cycle of 2018,” at the Consuls General Briefing at the Center for International Studies at MIT on April 10th.

PhD Candidate Ketian Zhang received and accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2018-2019). She also received and declined the Chauncey Postdoctoral fellowship from the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and International Security Studies at Yale University as well as a postdoctoral fellowship from the Notre Dame International Security Center at Notre Dame University. 


Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow James E Baker (with Laura Dickinson) “The Future of the US Military Commissions: Legal and Policy Issues” Just Security (May 8th, 2018).

Associate Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel, “Shifts in Warfare and Party Unity: Explaining Changes in China’s Military Strategy,” International Security, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Winter 2017/2018).

Principle Research Scientist Eric Heginbotham and Ford International Professor of Political Science Richard Samuels, “With friends like these: Japan-ROK cooperation and US policy,” The ASAN Forum  (March 1st, 2018).

___________ “Active Denial: Redesigning Japan's Response to China's Military Challenge.” International Security, Vol. 42, No. 04, pp. 128–169 (Spring 2018).

Elizabeth Nueffer Fellow Audrey Jiajia Li, ’Fire and Fury’ shows Trump’s shifts on China,” The Boston Globe (January 19, 2018).

PhD Candidate Philip Martin (with Dan De Kadt and Evan Lieberman) “South Africa’s Healthy Democracy: Why Zuma’s Resignation is a Good SignForeign Affairs (February 20th, 2018).

___________ “Le conséquence d’une gouvernance rebelle: enquête au nord de la Côte d’Ivoire.” Bulletin FrancoPaix, Vol. 3, no. 1 (January 2018), pp. 1-7. (with Jeremy Speight and Giulia Piccolino).

Associate Professor of Political Science Vipin Narang (with Nicholas Miller), “North Korea Defied the Theoretical Odds: What Can We Learn from its Successful Nuclearization?Texas National Security Review (February 12th, 2018).

___________ (with Ankit Panda) “Trump thinks his North Korea strategy will work on Iran. He’s wrong on both.The Diplomat (March 15th, 2018).

___________ (with Colin H. Kahl) “The Trump-Kim Summit and the Truth About North Korean DenuclearizationThe Washington Post (May 4th, 2018).

Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science Roger Petersen and PhD student Matthew Cancian, “Between Two Caesars: The Christians of Northern Iraq,” Providence, Winter, 2018.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen, “The Rise of Illiberal Hegemony,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 2 (March/April 2018), pp. 20-27.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider Politics, Institutions, and Diversified Business Groups:  Comparisons across Developed Countries.”  In Asli Colpan and Takashi Hikino, eds., Business Groups in the West Origins, Evolution and Resilience.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2018.  (with Asli Colpan and Weihuang Wong).

CIS Executive Director and Principle Research Scientist John Tirman, “An Adolescent’s Foreign Policy,” The Helsinki Times (February 6th 2018).

Senior Research Associate Jim Walsh, “Why North Korea and Iran get accused of nuclear collusion,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (February 12th 2018).

Elizabeth A. Wood published “February 23 and March 8: Two Holidays that Upstaged the February Revolution, 1917-1923,” Slavic Review 76, 3 (fall 2017)