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

Eric Cheng
Research Summary

Eric Cheng is a fifth year PhD candidate in political science, specializing in political theory. His general research interests concern the problems and possibilities of liberal democracy.

Libby Jenke
Research Summary

I am a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Duke University. I am also a member of Scott Huettel's neuroscience laboratory in Duke's Psychology and Neuroscience department (https://sites.duke.edu/huettellab/). My current research is focused on two areas. First, I study political preferences and choices. My work examines how voters employ heterogeneous models when choosing a candidate.

Chris Kennedy
Research Summary

Chris Kennedy is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in political theory. He is interested the political significance of the advent of the internet, especially with respect to controversies over the use or abuse of information technology. His dissertation examines three political conflicts over the use of the internet in a liberal democratic society.

Howard Liu
Research Summary

Howard Liu is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Security, Peace, and Conflict and Political Methodology. Substantively, his research focuses on protest and repression dynamics, the geography of rebel insurgencies in civil war, and networks in interstate conflicts. Methodologically, he is particularly interested in network analysis, automated event data, text as data, and computational modeling.

Antong Liu
Research Summary

Antong Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory. He is also specialized in Religion and Politics and takes interest in the study of comparative political thought. He works on the modern history of political thought, with a focus on political passion and ethics.

Fengming Lu
Research Summary

Fengming Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. In AY 2018-2020, he will be a postdoctoral fellow of the Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (PPPP). His research interests include authoritarian politics, behavioral politics, the role of information in politics, and the political economy of China. His research utilizes historical and observational data, original survey data, Bayesian statistics, and a series of (quasi-)experimental designs.

Jeremy Spater
Research Summary

Jeremy Spater is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Economy with a secondary focus in Methodology. His dissertation examines the relationship between collective identities and preferences for public goods, with applications to South Asia, Europe, and North America. He also studies international political economy, including the relationship between trade balance and protectionist preferences. His research utilizes formal theory, causal inference, network analysis, and geospatial methods.

Juan Tellez
Research Summary

Juan Tellez is a PhD Candidate in Security, Peace and Conflict with a secondary focus in Methodology. His dissertation examines the relationship between the design of negotiated settlements and public support for conflict-termination. He also studies international relations, including sources of order in the international system. His research uses quasi-experimental designs, survey experiments, and network analysis.

Jan Vogler
Research Summary

Jan Vogler is a Ph.D. candidate with a specialization in political economy and political methodology. His research covers a wide range of topics, including the organization of public bureaucracies, various forms of political and economic competition (in domestic and international settings), the legacies of imperial rule, and structures and perceptions of the European Union. In his dissertation, he analyzes the determinants of cross-national and cross-regional variation in the institutions of public administration by considering the impact of historical events.

Webster
Research Summary

Katie Webster is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Security, Peace, and Conflict (international relations) and political methodology. Her primary research agenda focuses on questions about intrastate conflict onset and intensity, which she investigates using both theoretical and empirical models.

Ündes Wen
Research Summary

Tusi (Ündes) Wen is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. He specializes in the field of political economy and quantitative methodology, with a regional specialization in China and Inner Asia. His primary research interests include authoritarian institutions, collective action, and comparative democratization. He also researches the Inner Asian influences on China, such as the political economic legacies of the Qing Dynasty.