Hire a Duke Ph.D.

Our graduates have gone on to outstanding careers in higher education, public service, and the private sector. Again this year, we are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. Brief sketches of our placement candidates are available below. We also include their contact information. Some students maintain their own page with more detailed information regarding their preparation and strengths. If you have questions about graduate student placement, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator Kathy Ivanov (kathy.ivanov@duke.edu). If you have any questions about our Ph.D. program in general, contact Director of Graduate Studies Kyle Beardsley (kyle.beardsley@duke.edu).

Job Candidates

Research Summary

Samuel Bagg is a PhD candidate in political theory. His dissertation develops a normative framework for thinking about democracy which is compatible with our best empirical understandings of actually existing democratic systems and the human agents who compose them. Rather than resting on unsustainable conceptions of individual freedom and/or popular sovereignty, it adopts the dispersion of power as its motivating ideal.

Research Summary

Michael Hawley is a Ph.D. candidate, specializing in political theory with a minor focus on religion and politics. His work has been published in the European Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy and Theology. His dissertation focuses on the political thought of Cicero, its role in shaping the subsequent development of liberal republicanism, and the conceptual resources it offers to contemporary theory.

Research Summary

Sophie Lee is a PhD candidate in the field of Security, Peace and Conflict, with expertise in international relations, comparative politics and political methodology. Her primary research interests include strategic differences and dynamics of violent and nonviolent political resistance around the world. She also researches statistical applications in political science, such as text analysis in data building and probabilistic solutions for the missing data problem.

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Alexandra Oprea is a 5th year PhD student in Political Science from Ploiesti, Romania. Her main field is Political Theory with a secondary specialization in Political Economy. Her research primarily addresses the place of children within liberal and democratic political theory. Her dissertation traces the history of two conceptions of children’s political status in European liberal political thought from the 17th century through the 19th and their effects on liberal theorizing of education.

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Dissertation: The Politics of Latina/o Faith: Exploring Religion as a Potential Political Cleavage among Latinas/os