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School of Politics and Global Studies Ph.D.s have been accepted to positions at prominent universities all over the world. Others have gone on to pursue careers in government work or other non-academic positions. We encourage those looking to fill positions to contact our students directly about potential job opportunities!

Our current PhD students 

Nathan Tarr

Nathan Tarr completed his PhD in Political Science at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University in May 2022. He specializes in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Quantitative Methodologies with a specific focus in religious and ethnic conflict, and civil wars. Nathan’s dissertation explores how religion and ethnicity affect the duration of peace through a reconceptualization of how we study identity in a conflict setting. In doing so, he uses an extension of the Cox Proportional Hazard Model to allow for the study of recurrent events. Nathan’s teaching has included courses on international relations, comparative politics, religion and politics, and research methods. He has been the instructor of the annual Math Camp for incoming PhD students in the School of Politics and Global Studies, has served as the teaching assistant to the department’s graduate methods sequence for four years, and was appointed as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan’s ICPSR Summer Program. He currently works as a Research Analyst with EdPlus at Arizona State University providing data support and teaching experience to assist the development of innovative new ways to promote student success.

Trudy Horsting

Trudy Horsting is a PhD candidate in political science at Arizona State University. She holds a MA from the same department as well as a BA in political science and a BA in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication from James Madison University. Her research interests include political communication, public opinion, civic education, and women in politics. While at ASU, she has served as the SPGS Experimental Lab Coordinator, administering experiments, surveys, and focus groups for 1,500 students each year. Trudy has a variety of qualitative and quantitative research experience and has utilized Qualtrics, Stata, Dedoose, MAXQDA, iMotions, Postman, and other software for analysis. Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant for multiple grant funded projects (NSF, Russell Sage Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education). Throughout her time in academia, she has become particularly passionate about research which can lead to meaningful societal change. Trudy’s dissertation uses API to scrape 25,000 tweets from politicians and healthcare organizations in 2020. She codes all tweets by hand using MAXQDA and uses this data to quantitatively explore how various rhetorical choices influenced policy decisions and outcomes across states during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cagla Kilic

Cagla Kilic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Bilkent University, Turkey. She further pursued her academic journey by completing both a Master of Arts and a Master of Science degree in International Relations simultaneously at the International Relations Departments of Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University in 2018. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Political Science within the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where she has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Stephen Walker Fellowship in support of her research endeavors.

Her research interests are Foreign Policy Analysis, Political Psychology, Grand Strategies, and Public Opinion Research. Her dissertation proposes a novel role theoretical framework augmented by Operational code analysis to study the change in Grand Strategies.She applies this framework to examine the grand strategies of China, the United States and Russia.She employs a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methods to gain comprehensive insights into complex political phenomena.

She also had internships at European Parliament Information Office in Riga, Latvia; Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, Turkey; and European Union Ministry of Turkey in Ankara, Turkey. Cagla has been involved in multiple research projects as well, serving as the managing research assistant for projects funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council in Turkey (TUBITAK) and the National Science Foundation (RAPID) in the USA. She also had internship in several think-tanks and have her analysis published in Anadolu Agency (a prominent international news agency based in Turkey) and Feniks Politik. She taught Comparative Politics class at ASU. She contributed to three book chapters. Her academic articles have been published in All Azimuth and the Journal of Global Security Studies.

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Camila Paez-Bernal

Camila Paez-Bernal is a PhD candidate in political science at Arizona State University, recognized as a Fulbright scholar. Her research focuses on the intricate relationship between women's contentious politics and policy in Colombia and Mexico. Through a comprehensive mixed-methods approach encompassing ethnography, interviews, text analysis, and OLS analysis, she delves into the realms of political violence, transitional justice, and women's participation in social movements.

Camila's expertise extends beyond research, as she has actively contributed to advancing women’s rights through project implementation. She has designed, implemented, and executed research and social projects at both governmental institutions and NGOs. Her proficiency in conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, honed through her collaborations with various organizations, enables her to apply a diverse range of research methods, feminist theories, and comparative approaches.

Before her current pursuit, Camila served as an assistant professor at the esteemed Universidad Externado de Colombia, where she engaged in interdisciplinary programs, fostering deep theoretical knowledge. With her well-rounded academic background, she is poised to complete her PhD in the Spring of 2024. 

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Anntiana Maral Sabeti

Anntiana Maral Sabeti is a PhD candidate within the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. She researches Conflict and specializes in the field of women and conflict. Specifically, she considers how women influence peace processes and what explains their persistent exclusion from both peace-making and peace-keeping despite organizational commitments to gender inclusivity.

Prior engaging in her PhD, Maral completed an M.A in International Relations at the Institut de hautesétudes internationales et du développement (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland and an M.A in Development at the Universidad de Valencia in Spain. Her undergraduate work is in International Economics, as well as Spanish Language and Literature, completed at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Professionally, Maral has worked in both the fields of international cooperation and finance. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in interest rate derivatives and later moved to equities at the Capital Group. In Spain, she worked with Devstat, to provide consulting services to national statistical bodies on improving their census systems. In Geneva, Maral worked with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, advising on IOM, UNDP and OSCE projects. She also provided risk analysis services to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Maral is still an active member of the Geneva International Rotary club and served as the President of Geneva Rotaract International. She speaks English, Spanish and Farsi at a native level (C2), as well as French (C1).

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Alexandra McGarry Williams

Alexandra McGarry Williams graduated Arizona State University in 2023, with her Ph.D. in political science. She also holds a BA in History from Rutgers University (New Brunswick). Her main research interests include feminism and gender and politics, but she is also broadly interested in racial/ethnic politics, electoral behavior, and public opinion. Alexandra also worked in the School of Politics and Global Studies Experimental Research Lab, where she served as Lab Coordinator for two years, and a lab assistant and volunteer for three years. During this time, she both assisted in creating surveys and experiments as well as oversaw their launch to over 1,000 ASU undergraduates. She is both very interested and well-versed in experimental methodologies and survey research.

Alexandra’s dissertation, titled: “Running as a Feminist: How Voters Respond to Feminist Candidates” utilized multiple methodologies, including focus groups, an online student survey, and an online survey experiment of a national sample. Primarily, her experiment varied how candidate gender, party identification, and feminist status influenced voters’ opinions on political candidates.

While at SPGS, Alexandra also had the opportunity to teach three of her own courses: American National Government, as well as Women and Politics, which she has taught twice. Each of these classes had over 60 students enrolled. 

She is proficient in STATA, Qualtrics, and iMotions.

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