Herbert Kitschelt is George V. Allen Professor of International
Relations in the Department of Political Science at
University. He has
conducted research on parties and party competition in established
Western democracies, Postcommunist Eastern Europe, and
Latin America, documented in numerous books and articles.
Email Address: h3738@.duke.edu
Personal website at Duke University
Rep. of Korea
Sejung is a first-year graduate student from the Republic of Korea. She
is interested in welfare state politics.
Country: Republic of Korea
Cristina is a fourth-year PhD student in Political
Science at Duke. She is originally from Romania where she was trained in
economics and international political economy. Her research interests
include democratic consolidation, state capacity, political economy of
developing countries and interest mobilization under different regime
Countries: Belgium, France, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Senegal
Marco Fernandez is a PhD candidate. Before going to graduate school he worked in the Mexican senate
and as guest lecturer at ITAM in Mexico City.
He is currently working on his dissertation in which he focuses
on the political determinants of education spending and its allocation
among the different education levels in
During the last year he worked in the Policy Analysis Unit of the
Mexican Presidency. You can
contact him at
Countries: Spain and Philippines
Kent comes from Alberta, Canada and is currently in his second year in
the political science PhD program. He has substantive interests in
Chinese politics and the political economy of developing countries.
Kiril Kolev is a third-year graduate student at the Political Science
Department at Duke. He is originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He holds a
Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from Whittier College in Whittier,
CA. His research interests focus on the effect of multinational
organizations on domestic politics. In this project, he is responsible
for website design, data management and online support, in addition to
being a country manager.
Countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, New Zealand, Sweden, United
Dan is a 7th year graduate student with
specializations in comparative politics and formal theoretic
methodology. His dissertation addresses patterns of political party
competition in Turkey and the broader Middle East.
Damon Palmer is originally from New Mexico in the southwestern United
States, but has had a peripatetic background, living at different points
of his life in Bangladesh, California, London, and New York city. He is
currently a sixth-year student in the Phd program and is interested in
the political economy of liberalization and globalization and in
political parties and party systems.
Countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Jan is a first-year graduate student. His fields of Interest include
Comparative and International Political Economy and Methods.
Sinziana Popa is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political
Science at Duke University. She has received a M.A. in Economics at Duke
University and a B.A. degree from the American University in Bulgaria.
Her dissertation research analyzes national policies governing the
operations of foreign companies in transition economies. You can contact
her at Sinziana.Popa@duke.edu.
Countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Kenya.
Philipp Rehm is a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department at
Duke University. He holds a Master's degree from the University of
Tuebingen in Germany. His research interests include political economy
and political behavior. Philipp's dissertation explores the determinants
of social policy preference and the interaction of citizen preferences
and social policymaking. For more details, see his website at
Countries: Austria, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Switzerland.
Gustavo was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. He majored in Economics and
worked in strategy and product development for two U.S. companies
conducting business in Latin America before earning an MBA and an MA in
International Relations at Yale University. In the last five years prior
to coming to Duke, he was on Wall Street where he worked at the New York
Stock Exchange in the International Department, developing sales pitches
to non-U.S. companies that were seeking to “go public” on the world’s
largest stock market. In this position, he worked primarily with Latin American corporations. These transactions
led to a deeper interest in the joint politics of democratization and
privatization in developing countries, as well as the mechanics of
market-based reform and international trade agreements. Gustavo’s home
region of Central America is undergoing just one such variety of
commercial and political reorganization under the CAFTA (Central
American Free Trade Agreement), which he is researching now. At Duke he
is a student of the comparative political economy of development and
Arturas is a graduate student at Duke University, interested in
comparative politics and political methodology.
Countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Thailand, and
Matthew Singer (PhD, Duke) is an assistant professor of political
science at the University of Connecticut. His work primarily focuses on
electoral behavior and public opinion with an emphasis on questions of
electoral accountability and economic voting. He has done fieldwork in
Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru and his work has been published in
Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, and the Development
Countries: Denmark and Norway, Latin America (supporting Juan Luna and
Lenka is originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, where she was
trained in political sociology. After that, she lived and studied in
Budapest, Chicago and Boston before coming to Duke. She is interested in
democratic consolidation in formerly communist countries. She is writing
a dissertation about radical right parties and populism in Eastern
Europe. Her web page is:
Countries: Albania, Czech Rep., Israel, Mozambique, Poland, Slovakia,
Yi-ting is a first year graduate student from Taiwan. She is primarily
interested in political participation and political culture.
Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Taiwan.