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Our graduate program emphasizes rigorous and pluralistic methodological training along with a solid education in every branch of political inquiry.

Find out more information about students who are ready to be hired below:

Christina Gregory 

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 multiethnic militaries that serve all in the state after an ethnic conflict.

Website: Christina Gregory

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Email: cgreg001@ucr.edu

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.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • 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

Fieldwork Sites:

  • Northern Uganda January 2019
  • Khartoum Sudan September 2017

Michelangelo Landgrave

Michelangelo Landgrave’s primary research areas are state and local politics, legislative studies and race and ethnic politics. His dissertation examines the conditions under which state legislatures successfully coordinate to pass legislation. His research has appeared in Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and other top journals. He has raised over $200,000 in external funding from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology, the American Political Science Association, and other sources.
Website: www.michelangelo.mx

Email: michelangelolandgrave@gmail.com

Field of Study: American Politics; Political Behavior

Research Interests: State and Local Politics, Legislative Studies, Race and Ethnic Politics

Dissertation: “Coordination Games in State Legislatures.” (Nicholas Weller, chair; Jenn Merolla; Shaun Bowler)


  • Michelangelo Landgrave and Nicholas Weller. "Do Name-based Treatments Violate Information Equivalence? Evidence from a Correspondence Audit Experiment." Forthcoming in Political Analysis (2020).
  • Michelangelo Landgrave. "Can We Reduce Deception in Elite Field Experiments? Evidence from a Field Experiment with State Legislative Offices." State Politics & Policy Quarterly (2020).
  • Michelangelo Landgrave. "Do Politicians Ethnically Discriminate Against Hispanics? Evidence from a Field Experiment with State Legislative Offices." Legislative Studies Quarterly (2020).
  • Michelangelo Landgrave and Nicholas Weller. "Do more professionalized legislatures discriminate less? The role of staffers in constituency service." American Politics Research (2020).
  • Michelangelo Landgrave. "How Can We Improve Graduate Training for Undocumented Students? Ethnic and Nativity-based Inequities in Political Science Graduate Education." Forthcoming in PS: Political Science & Politics (2020).
  • Nicholas R. Jenkins, Michelangelo Landgrave, and Gabriel E. Martinez. "Do campaign contributions facilitate access to government information? Evidence from a FOIA compliance field experiment with US municipalities." Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2020).
  • Andrew C. Forrester, Benjamin Powell, Alex Nowrasteh and Michelangelo Landgrave. "Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2019).

Select Fellowships/Awards:

  • UC MEXUS – CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship ($200,000)
  • UC MEXUS Small Grant ($1,228)
  • APSA Tom Carsey Scholar Award ($300)
  • APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship ($500)
  • APSA Minority Fellowship ($2,000)
  • APSA First generation Scholar Travel Grant ($250)
  • Center for Growth and Opportunity Research Grant ($6,000)


Whitney Mannies 

Whitney Mannies is a Ph.D. 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.

Website: Whitney Mannies

CV: Whitney Mannies

Email: whitneymannies@gmail.com

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.