HIRE A STONY BROOK PH.D
The Political Science Department at Stony Brook has a long tradition of placing students in positions at the finest research and liberal arts schools in the country. For a list of jobs our former students now hold, go to Job Placements. This year's candidates are no exception to the legacy of excellence political scientists have come to expect from Stony Brook. Here are the 2017-2018 candidates:
- Dissertation Commitee: Yanna Krupnikov (chair), Peter DeScioli and Jennifer Jerit
- Dissertation Papers: (1) The Social Dimension of Political Values, (2) Distinguishing Between Social Influence and Media Influence in Political Polarization, (3) Principles and Politics: How Social Influence Constrains Candidates' Value Rhetoric
- Website: http://www.elizabethchaseconnors.com
- Background: Broadly speaking, my research interests are in political behavior, political communication, and political psychology in American politics. Specifically, my research focuses on the following question: do people’s social surroundings influence their political values, opinions, and behaviors? My dissertation consists of three papers which each consider the nature of social influence in different political contexts and through a variety of methodologically approaches. My work suggests that people’s values, much like their opinions and behaviors, are not immutable, but rather a function of social cues. The findings from my research reinforce the idea that people are not practicing politics in a vacuum—their social context has an important influence on their politics.
- Committee: Peter DeScioli (chair), Jason Barabas, Andrew Delton, Reuben Kline
- Dissertation: Experiments on Economic, Moral, and Political Decisions in Hard Times
- Website: you.stonybrook.edu/alessandro
Background: My research investigates the behavioral political economy of climate disasters,
economic crises, and the politics of identity.
In my dissertation, I develop online economic games to study how people spend, save,
and cope with shared financial risk in the face of economic crises. I also use theories
and methods from moral psychology to study the conditions under which citizens support
a government's default on its international debt.
Another line of research explores the role of national and partisan identity as a stabilizing force against populist parties in the European Union. My research has appeared or is forthcoming in outlets such as the Journal of Politics, International Advances in Economic Research, and Oxford University Press. In September 2018, I have been awarded the Milton Lodge Award for Graduate Student with Outstanding Potential by the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. My work has been supported by numerous institutions including the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, George Mason University, the Macau Institute for European Studies, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings on Economic Sciences, and more.
- Committee: Stanley Feldman (chair), Leonie Huddy, Matthew Lebo
- Dissertation: Affective Polarization in a Group-Competition Framework
- Website: https://bjtmarshall.wordpress.com/
- Background: Brandon’s research focuses on how partisan identities function within the competitive nature of electoral politics. More broadly, he is interested in topics such as political parties, social movements, and ideology. A piece he co-authored with Michael Peress titled “Dynamic Estimation of Ideal Points for the US Congress” was recently published in Public Choice.