Alumni and Student News

Majors past and present bring us up to date

Undergraduate Alumni News

Steven Shepard (Government, 2001) clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court, working for Associate Justice Kennedy.

Brian Marrs (Foreign Affairs, 2005) recently held a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship and would be happy to help any Wahoo interested in applying. Brian reports, “the application process is rigorous, selective, and very ‘European,’ but the program is amazing.  I have traveled to Romania, Sweden, Poland, all expenses paid, for research, and we have incredible diplomatic access. The Foundation has connections everywhere—high-level CEOs, politicians, and NGO leaders all over Europe;  I have met Angela Merkel (twice), Frank Steinmeier, former President Bush, Henry Kissinger, and public diplomacy representatives from several European nations and Russia. Every country we visit includes a meeting with the Germany Ambassador, the German Chamber of Commerce, etc., and Bosch sets us up with professional network of 20 young Germans and 25 young Eastern Europeans. Though the fellowship has a somewhat ‘business’ focus, there is also a heavy intellectual focus concerning transatlantic relations.” Please feel free to contact him at .

Alex Welsh (Foreign Affairs, 2005) works at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he deals with Russian and East European Affairs.


Graduate Student News

Anne Peters (Ph.D., expected 2009) has accepted an assistant professorship at Wesleyan College.

Davis Brown published The Sword, the Cross, and the Eagle: The American Christian Just War Tradition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Andrew Douglas has an article in press—and “Democratic Darkness and Adorno’s Redemptive Criticism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 35 (forthcoming 2009).

Sebnem Gumuscu has written an article entitled, “Class, Status, and Party: The Changing Face of Political Islam in Turkey and Egypt,” which will be published in Comparative Political Studies, volume 43, issue 9 (September 2010).

Scott Harrop has written a review of Gina M. Bennett’s National Security Mom: Why “Going Soft” Will Make America Strong. For the web link, see:

Graduate Alumni News

Sonia Cardenas (Ph.D. 1999) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Program at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is the author of Conflict and Compliance: State Responses to International Human Rights Pressure (U Penn Press, 2007).

Rick Mayes (Ph.D., 2000) is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Richmond and Faculty Research Fellow at the Petris Center, University of California at Berkeley. His co-authored book, Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health, was published by Harvard University Press in January 2009. See the web link to the book at:

Will Walldorf (Ph.D., 2002) will move from Auburn University to Wake Forest University in 2009 where he will be an assistant professor. His first book Just Politics: Human Rights and the Foreign Policy of Great Powers (Cornell 2008) is now out.

Frank Sellin (Ph.D., 2004) is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

Spencer Bakich (Ph.D., 2006) is an assistant professor at Sweetbriar College, Virginia.

Charmaine Yost (Ph.D., 2007) is Vice President for Communications at the Family Research Council.

Gerald Meyerle (Ph. D., 2007) is on the research staff at the Center for Naval Analysis.

Fatma Yaprak Gursoy (Ph.D., 2008) is assistant professor at Sabanci University, Turkey.

Ryan Pevnik (Ph.D., 2008) has accepted the offer of an assistant professorship at New York University.

Dave Kearns (Ph.D., 2008) is an assistant professor at St. John’s University, New York City.

Ilke Civelekoglu (Ph.D.,2008) is assistant professor at Dogus University, Turkey.

Daniel Disalvo (Ph.D., 2008) is assistant professor at the City College of New York.

Jesse Rhodes (Ph.D., 2008) is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ryan Saylor (Ph.D., 2008) is assistant professor at the University of Tulsa.

Jon Shields (Ph.D., 2008) is an assistant professor at Claremont McKenna College, California.

Kelli Joseph (Ph.D., 2008) is a Consultant at Energy Systems Consulting.

Yasar Sari (Ph.D., 2008) is assistant professor at the International Ataturk Alatoo University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  

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