Government

Samuel J. Abrams

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2010.
Professor of Politics and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College.
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Christopher Adolph

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2005.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Washington.

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan (2008-2009).

Book by Christopher Adolph

Christopher Adolph's first book, Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: the Myth of Neutrality has been published by Cambridge University Press, 2013. 

Winner of the 2014 Charles Levine Memorial Prize for Best Book in Comparative Public Policy and Administration.

Christopher Adolph's dissertation, "The Dilemma of Discretion: Career Ambitions and the Politics of Central Banking," has won the 2005 Mancur Olson Award for best dissertation in political economy, given the by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association.

Samuel Barrows

Ph.D. in Government, 2014.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Garrett

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2013.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar


Amanda Garrett's Ph.D. dissertation, When Cities Fight Back: Minorities, Local Politics and Conflict, received the 2014 Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in European politics from the American Political Science Association's European Politics and Society Section.

Garrett's current book project, based on her dissertation work, continues to examine the conditions under which religious or ethnic minorities engage in violent conflict as a means of political expression in France, the UK, Netherlands and the United States.

Noam Gidron

Noam Gidron

Ph.D. in Government, 2016.
Research Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

Daniel Hopkins

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2007.
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Daniel Hopkins is a co-winner of the 2014 Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Political Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes the top scholar in the field who is within 10 years of his or her Ph.D.

Daniel Hopkins has been awarded American Political Science Association’s E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American Government (2008).

Katerina Linos

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006.
Ph.D. in Political Science, 2007.
Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law.


The Democratic Foundations of Policy DiffusionKaterina Linos's first book, 
The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion (Oxford University Press, 2013), examines how health, family, and employment laws spread across countries.

  • Winner of the 2014 APSA Giovanni Sartori Prize for best book on qualitative methods.

  • Winner of the 2014 ISA Chadwick Alger Prize for best book on international organization and multilateralism.

  • Winner of the 2014 Peter Katzenstein Prize  for outstanding first book in international relations or comparative politics.

  • Selected among the Best Books of 2013 on Western Europe by Foreign Affairs.

Katerina Linos is the recipient of the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship (2011).

Linos's dissertation, "Diffusion of Social Policies Across OECD Countries," has won the Harvard University Senator Charles M Sumner Prize for the best dissertation “from the legal, political, historical, economic, social, or ethnic approach, dealing with any means or measures tending toward the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace” (2007).

John  Marshall

John Marshall

Ph.D. in Government, 2016.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.

Viridiana Rios

Ph.D. in Government, 2013.
CEO of México ¿Cómo vamos?
Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center (2015-2016)


Viridiana Rios is CEO of México ¿Cómo vamos?, a Mexican think tank that studies economic development.

Viridiana Rios is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Leonard D. White Award, honoring the best dissertation in the field of public administration (2014). Her dissertation is titled, "How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico's Drug War."

Thad Williamson

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2004.
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, University of Richmond.

Thad Williamson served as the first director of the City of Richmond's Office of Community Wealth Building while on leave from the University during the 2014-16 academic years. The Office is charged with implementing a comprehensive poverty reduction initiative encompassing education, employment, housing, and transportation, aligned with the recommendations of the Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission.

Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship

Thad Williamson's book, Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life, has been published by Oxford University Press (2010).

Winner of the American Political Science Association's Harold D. Lasswell Award for the best dissertation in the field of public policy (2005).