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  • Alumni and Student News

    Students and alumni are welcome to provide the Politics Department with updates on achievements, including promotions, new jobs, publications, conference talks, and more. Below you can read news from students and alumni, organized by graduation year. News about current students and ABD alumni can be found at the bottom of the page. To provide the Politics Department with updates, please feel free to contact The New School for Social Research at


    Luis Herran Avila (PhD) is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Carleton College in Minnesota, beginning in fall 2017.

    Howell Williams (PhD) became Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut, in January 2017.


    Marina Kaneti (PhD) was a former Student Advisor in Politics and made significant contributions to the civic and intellectual life of the department while she was at The New School for Social Research. Beginning in fall 2017, she is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. 

    Claudia Sampson (MA) became the NYC Department of Finance’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer in late 2016.


    Nathan Angelo (PhD) is Assistant Professor at Worcester State University (Massachusetts) as of fall 2016. His book Race and Ethnicity in Presidential Campaign Rhetoric, 1964-2004 has been accepted for publication by SUNY Press and will be published soon.

    Amando Basurto (PhD) is ​a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the National University of Mexico. He has recently published an article in Teoria Politica entitled “Hannah Arendt’s Kantian Socrates: Moral and Political Judging."

    Yoav Fromer (PhD) teaches politics and history at Tel Aviv University and is a frequent contributor to Tablet .

    Marcos Soler (PhD/MA Milano School) has been Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) for the City of New York since 2016. In that position, he helps to direct a large research organization dealing with criminal justice, public policy, and urban politics.

    Sarah Taylor(PhD) is a researcher in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she publishes frequently. A list of her recent work, including recent pieces on Honduras, El Salvador, and Burma, is at her HRW profile.


    Paul Clement (PhD) has been promoted to Professor of Social Sciences at the Fashion Institute of Technology (CUNY) as of August 2017. In July, he delivered a lecture at Oxford University entitled "The Politics of Regional Integration in the Developing World: The Case of the Caribbean Community (Caricom)."

    Raphael Neves (PhD) is Professor of Rights, Constitution and Citizenship at the Department of Law of the School of Politics, Economics and Business of the Federal University of São Paulo, Osasco, Brazil, as of 2017.


    Lisa Bjorkman (PhD) became Assistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville in 2015. That year, she published  Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai (Duke). She is now doing field research in Naples, Italy.

    Ben Nienass (PhD) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University as of Fall 2017.

    Ruhiya Kristine Seward is a PhD graduate of NSSR Politics (2012). She is now Senior Program Officer at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. She recently published “ Openness as Social Praxis” with Matthew Longshore Smith in First Monday.


    Brian Milstein (PhD) published Commercium: Critical Theory from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2015. The book received sterling editorial reviews from faculty at Indiana University and Goethe Universität.


    Michal Aharony (PhD) is now Deputy Editor of  Dapim Journal: Studies on the Holocaust , published by the Strochlitz Institute of Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. She recently edited a special volume of Dapim entitled "Holocaust Commemoration: New Trends in Museums and Memorials." She is the author of ​ Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination: The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance (Routledge), published in 2015.

    Jessica Blatt (PhD) is now Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair, Department of Politics and Human Rights, at Marymount Manhattan College. Her book Race and the Making of American Political Science will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018.

    Rodrigo Chacon (PhD) is now Assistant Professor of International Relations at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónamo de México) in Mexico City

    Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her new book is Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico (University of Texas).

    Edmund Fong (PhD) is now Associate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. His book,  American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms  (Routledge) was published in paperback in 2016.

    Boris Heersink (MA) entered the PhD program at the University of Virginia upon completion of his MA in Politics at NSSR. He has received his PhD from the University of Virginia and is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University beginning in fall 2017.

    Shelley Hurt (PhD) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her most recent book is the edited volume (with Ronnie D. Lipschutz) Hybrid Rule and State Formation: Public-Private Power in the 21st Century (Routledge).


    Daniel Kato (PhD) is a Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary University London. His book, Liberalizing Lynching: Building a New Racialized State (Oxford) won the 2016 Charles Taylor Book Award. He recently published “Carceral State 2.0?: From Enclosure to Control and Punishment to Surveillance” in New Political Science.

    Olivia Newman (PhD) became Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rider University (New Jersey) in 2015. That year, she also published  Liberalism in Practice: The Psychology and Pedagogy of Public Reason (MIT). The MIT website also features an interview, “ Five Minutes with Olivia Newman.” In 2016, she published an article, "The Paradox of Big Love in the Liberal State," which can be found through the Amazon listing for Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities (Lexington), the collection in which the article appears.


    Lessie Branch (MA) received her PhD from the Milano School. Her book Optimism at All Costs: Black Attitudes, Activism, and Advancement in Obama’s America, will be published in 2018 by the University of Massachusetts Press.

    Fred Cocozzelli (PhD) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at St. John’s University (New York) as of fall 2017.

    Eric Goodfield(PhD) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Civilization Studies at the American University of Beirut. His 2014 book, Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory (Routledge), is out in paperback.

    Thomas Ogorzalek (MA) completed his PhD at Columbia University in 2013 and is now Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He recently published (with Logan Strother and Spencer Piston) an article in Du Bois History Review, “Pride or Prejudice? Racial Prejudice, Southern Heritage, and White Support for the Confederate Battle Flag.”

    Myra Waterbury (PhD) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University, where she is also the Director of Graduate Political Science. Myra recently published several notable articles. One is in  Europe-Asia Studies : "National Minorities and Intra-Ethnic Coordination in the European Parliament: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe" (2016). Another is “National Minorities in an Era of Externalization: Kin-State Citizenship, European Integration, and Ethnic Hungarian Minority Politics” in  Problems of Post-Communism (2016).


    Claudia Leeb's book,  Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism (Oxford), was published in May 2017. Claudia is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, at Washington State University.


    Behrooz Moazami (PhD Sociology and Historical Studies) is Associate Professor and Patrick G. O’Keefe Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he is the Founder and Director of the Middle East Peace Studies Program.


    Abu Bakarr Bah (PhD Sociology) is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University as of this fall. He is editor of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review , published by Indiana University Press.


    Zoran Kurelic (PhD) is now Professor of Political Science at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He is the editor of the 2015 book Violence, Art, and Politics, which includes his essay, "A Little Red Bird Catches a Bug and a Megaworm." Zoran recently appeared on Al Jazeera Balkans to talk about the recent UK election and Theresa May's likely downfall as Prime Minister.

    CURRENT STUDENTS (including ABD)

    Mariana Prandini Assis (ABD PhD student) is Assistant Professor of Gender and Social Movements, Political Science Department, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as of spring 2016. She recently published “ Violence against Women as a Translocal Category in the Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights” in the Brazilian journal Direito & Práxis.

    Mario Pasco Dalla Porta (ABD PhD student) is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Administration and Executive Management at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

    Jan Dutkiewicz (ABD PhD student) has won a dissertation fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year with the Center for Humanities and Social Change at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Camila Gripp (ABD PhD Student) recently published a co-authored article, “ Police and Gendered Labor Performances: Hypermasculinity and Policing as a Masculine Function,” in Vibrant, the journal of the Brazil Anthropology Association.

    Biko ​Koenig (ABD PhD Student) will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Franklin and Marshall College (Pennsylvania), in 2017-2018.

    Can Kurban(ABD PhD student) published “What is Technopolitics? A Conceptual Schema for Understanding Politics in the Digital Age,” in Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s Revista De Internet, Derecho y Política in February 2017.

    Joe Lombardo (ABD PhD student) will present a paper at the Society for the History of Technology in Philadelphia on his work on large dams in Turkey later in October. It's being co-organized with theInternational Journal of Middle East  Studies (IJMES) and the journalTechnology & Culture.

    Lucas Perello(PhD student) published “In Chile, Primaries Pave Way for November’s General Election” in Latin America Goes Global in July 2017.

    Scott Ritner(ABD PhD student) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science at Hunter College in Manhattan in 2017-2018.

    JAn smolenski(ABD PhD student) recently published an article in Political Critique, “ Autocracy Wasn’t Built in a Day,” analyzing ongoing political uncertainty in Poland.

    Michelle Weitzel(PhD student) received the 2016 Hayward R. Alker Award from the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Group at APSA. The award recognizes the paper that "best demonstrates the uses of interpretive methodologies and methods for the study of the political." This was for her conference paper " Toward a Theory of Sound: Power Relations in Israel-Palestine from an ‘Acoustemological’ Frequency."


    The following current NSSR Politics students will be presenting papers at the 2017 APSA meeting in San Francisco: Lara Golesorkhi, Christopher Harris, Biko Koenig, Christina McElderry, Michelle Weitzel, Jackie VImo, and Veronica Zebadua.

    Graduates Guadalupe Correa, Cristina Dragomir, and Daniel Kato will also be presenting.


    Sarah Koch-Schulte was a PhD student in NSSR Politics and received her MPhil from the department. She is now Director of Philanthropy at Plan International Canada.

    Ralph Mathekga, who lives and works in South Africa, was a PhD student in NSSR Politics. His book,  When Zuma Goes , was published in fall 2016. Polity produced a short video of Ralph talking about the book.