Hire a UCR Ph.D.

Here is a brief description of our PhD students on the market, followed by a more comprehensive list of their research interests and publications.

Christina Gregory (detailed profile)
Christina Gregory’s work focuses on post-conflict military reconstruction with a concentration on the Middle East and Africa. Her dissertation examines the condition necessary to successfully rebuild multi-ethnic militaries that serve all in the state after an ethnic conflict.

Whitney Mannies (detailed profile)
Whitney Mannies is a PhD candidate whose research concentrates on modern political thought (particularly the French Enlightenment), feminist theory, and the intersection of political theory and literature. Her dissertation looks at the consequences of the style and form of texts for political and philosophical knowledge.

David McCahon (detailed profile)
David McCahon’s work focuses on state and local politics in the United States, and public policy specifically as it relates to criminal justice.  His dissertation examines the legacies of felony and misdemeanor convictions on the civic participation of those who were formerly incarcerated.  He has won fellowships from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation and the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.

Kevin Pham (detailed profile)

Kevin Pham explores how political ideas cross cultures. His dissertation/book manuscript is the first to demonstrate the relevance of Vietnamese political thought to debates in political theory, Western and non-Western. He analyzes Vietnamese and French primary source writings from the 1920s to show how Vietnamese intellectuals of the French colonial period interpreted, challenged, and reworked Western political concepts for their own ends.

Christina Gregory (web site)

Field of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations

Research Interests: civil-military relations, security and civil wars, ethnic and gender politics, environmental politics.

Dissertation: “Peace in the Barracks: Military Reconstruction After Ethnic Civil Wars.” (David Pion-Berlin, Marissa Brookes, Ajay Verghese)


Grittersova, Jana, Indridi H. Indridason, Christina C. Gregory, and Ricardo Crespo. 2016. “Austerity and Niche Parties: the Electoral Consequences of Fiscal Reforms.” Electoral Studies, 42(2016) 276-289.

Ricardo Crespo and Christina C. Gregory. Forthcoming. “The Doctrine of Mercy, Moral Authority, and the Foreign Policy of Pope Francis.” International Politics.

Papers under review:

“The Sudanese Experiment: Military Reconstruction in Sudan 1972-1983.”

Working Papers:

“Negotiated Spaces: Defining the Boundaries Between Secularism and Religion in America.”

“Women Matter in Wartime and AfterWARd: Gender Integration’s post-Civil War Role.” co-authored with Lewis Luartz

“Adapting to the Climate: Climate Change and Gender Roles in Uganda.” Co-authored with Kendralyn Webber and Sierra Graves.


Dissertation Year Fellowship, Winter 2019

Center for Ideas and Society’s Humanities Graduate Student Research Award 2017 ($1350)

Center for Ideas and Society’s Humanities Graduate Student Research Award 2016 ($1400)

Department of Political Science Research Grant 2018 ($800)

Department of Political Science Research Grant 2017 ($400)

Department of Political Science Research Grant 2016 ($1400)

Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2015-2016

Field Work Sites:

Northern Uganda January 2019

Khartoum Sudan September 2017

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Whitney Mannies (web site)

Field of Study: Political Theory, Feminist Theory

Research Interests: modern political thought (particularly the French Enlightenment), feminist theory, and the intersection of political theory and literature.

Dissertation: “The Style and Form of Political Theory” (John Christian Laursen, Georgia Warnke, John Medearis)

Select Publications:

“The Style of Materialist Skepticism: Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste,” Philosophy and Literature, forthcoming.

“Denis Diderot on War and Peace: Nature and Morality,” co-authored with John Christian Laursen, Araucaria: Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Política, y Humanidades, 16: 32 (2014), pp. 155-171.

“Elements of Style: Openness and Dispositions,” in Inheriting Gadamer, ed. Georgia Warnke, University of Edinburgh Press, forthcoming 2016.

“Diderot and Diez: complicating the Radical Enlightenment,” co-authored with John Christian Laursen, ed. Marta García Alonso, Lumières radicales et politique, Paris, Champion, 2016.

“Diderot and the Politics of a Skeptical Materialism,” in Skepticism and Political Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, eds. J. C. Laursen and Gianni Paganini (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), pp. 177-202.

“Towards a Radical Femininst Historiography,” in The Invention of Female Biography, Vol. 1. Ed. Gina Luria Walker. Pickering & Chatto. Forthcoming 2016

Working Papers:

“Rousseau’s Second Discourse through a Feminist Materialist Lens” A consideration of the origin of gender roles in Rousseau and the ways in which feminist theorists have interpreted, critiqued, and appropriated Rousseau’s views on gender.

“Persia in the Encyclopédie,” an investigation of images and uses of Persia in the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert.


Dissertation Year Fellowship, Winter and Spring 2016. Awarded by the University of California to provide financial support to PhD candidates in the final year of dissertation writing.

Barricelli Memorial Grant for Graduate Research, Winter 2014.

Chercheur invité, Le Centre International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs, at the École Normale Supèrieure, Paris, France, Winter and Spring, 2014.

Graduate Research Mentorship Program Fellowship, Winter and Spring Quarters, 2014.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, 2012.

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David S. McCahon (web site)

Field of Study: American Politics

Research Interests: American Politics, State and Local Politics, Public Policy and Criminal Justice

Dissertation: A Legacy of Exclusion: How Punishment Affects Patterns of Civic Engagement in Ex-Criminal Offenders (Johnson, Chair; Bowler; Esterling)

Working Papers:

McCahon, David. (2014). “What’s In a Name? Comparing the Impact of Felony Versus Misdemeanor Convictions on Voter Turnout” under review in Politics, Groups, and Identities

McCahon, David. (2014). “Combating Misinformation in the Ex-Felon Population: The Role Probation and Parole Agencies Can Play in Facilitating Civic Reintegration” under review in The Probation Journal


Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, Los Angeles, California (2014-15)

Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship, University of California Riverside (winter and spring, 2014)

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Kevin Pham (web site)

Field of Study: Political Theory

Research Interests: Comparative political theory, Asian and Vietnamese political thought, cross-cultural borrowings, Montaigne.

Dissertation: “Vietnam and the Self: Learning from Western Political Thought?”

Select Publications:

“Nguyen An Ninh’s Anti-colonialism: A New Account of National Shame,” Polity, forthcoming.

“Phan Chu Trinh’s Democratic Confucianism.” (2019). The Review of Politics, 81 (4): 597-620.

“Montaigne in American Political Theory: Two Generations.” (2019). Montaigne Studies 31: 97-110. Co-authored with John Christian Laursen.

“Empires for Peace: Denis Veiras’s Borrowings from Garcilaso de la Vega.” (2017). The European Legacy 22: 427-442. Co-authored with John Christian Laursen.

Book review, Ideologies of experience: Trauma, failure, deprivation, and the abandonment of the self, by Matthew Bowker. (2017). Contemporary Political Theory 16 (4)=: 557-560

Working Papers:

“Justice as Convenance: Francophone Vietnamese Confucianism”


Grand Prize, Grad Slam Competition, UC Riverside, 2019

Graduate Student Mentorship Program Fellowship, Fall 2017, Winter, and Spring 2018. Awarded by the University of California to provide financial support to PhD candidates in dissertation research.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International, 2011.

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