G-POLI-PHD - Political Science - PhD

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The Department of Political Science offers graduate work leading to the MA and PhD in political science.

Instruction is designed to prepare the student primarily for teaching and research. Instruction is currently offered in the following fields: political economy; behavior and identity; security, peace, and conflict; political methodology; normative political theory and political philosophy; and political institutions.

Further details on the graduate Program in Political Science, the departmental facilities, the staff, and available financial aid may be obtained from the director of graduate studies, Department of Political Science.

Joint PhD Programs

Evidence-based public policy that relies on scientific analysis is increasingly in demand. Many solutions require a new type of scholarship - one that combines the depth of disciplinary science with the breadth and balance of public policy analysis. Because of this, we now offer the opportunity to earn joint degree with either Sociology, Psychology & Neuroscience, or Political Science. 

There are important advantages to gaining a deep understanding of public policy along with knowledge of a specific discipline. Most complex social issues have competing policy solutions based on different mechanisms stressed by different disciplines. The costs, benefits, and feasibility of potential policies must be considered when weighing options of how to engineer a comprehensive solution.

In addition, focusing too narrowly on a policy can lead to partial success but with unintended consequences.

Policy analysis has a long history of advancing both methods and theories within disciplines. At times this comes from importing ideas from one field to another; at other times this comes from entirely new theories or methods developed to solve a specific applied problem but generating an insight that these novel developments have general implications.

This degree will ensure that you have the complete background to compete for jobs in disciplinary programs as well as public policy markets.

Want to take advantage of the benefits of studying public policy along with another discipline in a coordinated program? This program is for you! Students will be required to meet requirements of both the Sanford School and the discipline in a five-year or six-year period.

Your primary research advisor will be a faculty member -- either from Sanford or the disciplinary department. (Co-advising is possible and encouraged.)

The ideal candidate will have the academic background and record to be admitted to the disciplinary department but the interest in using research in the service of society.

Ideal candidates are question-driven researchers willing to master the canon of a discipline and to understand its value, but also willing to adapt theory and methods from other disciplines to a specific research context.

Graduates of the joint program are expected to become world class scholars and produce applied research capable of informing public policy and the public debate. You might do this from positions within traditional disciplinary departments or you might conduct such research within policy think-tanks or governmental agencies.

Because of the emphasis on research that has societal impact, the ideal candidate would be able to write clearly to a diversity of audiences and to argue persuasively the scientific basis of policy solutions.

How to Apply

Applicants may apply to either Sanford School's Public Policy PhD program or to the PhD program of the discipline. Simply respond “yes” to the question “would you like to apply to the joint program?”

Your home department will be the department that you apply through first. Both the home department and the joint department will evaluate the application.  

PLEASE NOTE: an extra essay is required to apply to the joint program.

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Kerry L. Haynie

Kerry L. Haynie

Kerry L. Haynie is Professor and Chair of Political Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, and a former Chair of Duke’s Academic Council (Faculty Senate), 2019-21. He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Duke in 2003, Haynie was a member of the faculty at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Pennsylvania.    

Haynie’s research examines how the underlying theory, structures, and practices of American political institutions affect African Americans’ and women’s efforts to organize and exert influence on the political system. In 2012, he and his co-author Beth Reingold were the co-winners of the American Political Science Association’s Women and Politics Research Section’s Best Paper Award. In addition to articles in various academic journals, his publications include,  Race, Gender, and Legislative Representation: Toward a More Intersectional Approach  (with Beth Reingold and Kirsten Widner, Oxford University Press) winner of the 2021 Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize from the American Political Science Association for the best book in legislative studies.

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Four Trinity Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Short Biography:

Bahar Leventoglu joined the Political Science Department at Duke University in the Fall of 2006. She taught at Stonybrook University, New York, before coming to Duke. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Rochester. Her work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Economic Theory, Economics and Politics.

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Major paper published by NIH-sponsored osteoarthritis biomarker researchers in Science Advances

Virginia Kraus and Yi-Ju Li

A group of DMPI scientists (Virginia Byers Kraus, MD, PhD, pictured to the right in the photo, and Yi-Ju Li, PhD, pictured on the left in the photo) and collaborators developed a blood test that successfully predicts knee osteoarthritis at least eight years before tell-tale signs of the disease appears on x-rays. Two landmark papers in Science Advances (see paper links below) validate the accuracy of a biomarker panel that identifies key biomarkers of osteoarthritis that predict knee osteoarthritis x-ray progression and risk of x-ray changes of knee osteoarthritis years prior to the onset of symptoms or x-ray changes. Among all 24 protein biomarkers predicting risk of knee osteoarthritis, the majority (58%) also predicted knee OA progression, revealing the existence of a pathophysiological “OA continuum” based on considerable similarity in the molecular pathophysiology of the progression to incident OA, and the progression of established OA. These results identify a prolonged molecular derangement of joint tissue before the onset of x-ray abnormalities consistent with an unresolved acute phase response playing a major role in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis.  Because osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, afflicting an estimated 35 million adults in the U.S. and causing significant economic and societal impacts, the ability to identify it early through a blood test such as this could lay the foundation for a new treatment paradigm of treating early to prevent irreversible joint structural abnormalities.  

In addition to Kraus and Li, study authors included Shuming Sun, Alexander Reed, Erik J. Soderblom, M Arthur Moseley, Kaile Zhou, Vaibhav Jain, and Nigel Arden.

The study received funding support from National Institutes of Health (R01-AR071450 and P30-AG028716).





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Nick Opoku LLM ’24 selected for Duke Law’s Farrin Fellowship

Opoku is the first international law student to receive the award.

By Hayley Foran


Nick Opoku LLM ‘24 has been selected to receive Duke Law School’s Farrin Fellowship , a one-year paid fellowship awarded to a graduating student who has displayed a strong focus on public interest work throughout their studies and professional learning experiences.

The first LLM graduate to receive the fellowship, Opoku will join Common Cause, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on voting rights and good governance, where he will work within the redistricting and representation policy team.

“We are thrilled Nick is the inaugural LLM fellow for the Farrin Fellowship,” said Assistant Dean for International Studies Jabrina Robinson. “He is excited to embark on his year-long work on democracy issues with Common Cause, where his litigation and advocacy skills will support historically marginalized groups in North Carolina and throughout the U.S.”

Prior to attending Duke Law, Opoku worked for a top corporate firm in Ghana where he advised local and international clients, including a major oil corporation and the fourth largest U.S. bank, on a variety of commercial transactions and regulatory compliance issues.

He also has a strong background in constitutional, legislative, and policy reform. As a law student, he worked as a legal and governance policy analyst for the Centre for Democratic Development in Ghana, assisting the Centre on a number of constitutional cases in Ghana’s Supreme Court.

He saw that work reflected in the mission of Common Cause, where he said he will be working “to ensure that the drawing of voting maps is more transparent, less partisan, and centered on the needs of communities.”

“We are witnessing a period of considerable democratic erosion in the U.S. and around the world,” Opoku said. “In the recent past, some state legislatures have instituted laws intended to politicize election administration and foreclose electoral competition via extreme gerrymandering. As lawyers, there are many ways in which we can channel our skills and talents to addressing some of these issues. Working to support the efforts of pro-democracy institutions like Common Cause is one of them.”

Ghana, Opoku says, has roughly the same governance problems as the U.S. when it comes to redistricting processes and Common Cause gets to the root of the issues through strategic litigation, ballot initiatives, and public education.

“I have seen the impact [manipulation of redistricting processes] has on inclusive development and people’s abilities to equally participate in the democratic process. It’s a privilege to be a part of that effort as a fellow. My plan is to get involved and see how much I can contribute to the team at Common Cause, leveraging my skills and experience as a lawyer, and what I have learned at Duke Law,” said Opoku.

While at Duke Law, Opoku worked on civic education initiatives as a research assistant for the Bolch Judicial Institute, he joined the Law School’s Criminal Record Expunction Clinic, and served as the LLM representative for the Law School’s Black Law Students Association.

He also served as a research assistant to Duke Law professors Jim Cox and H. Timothy Lovelace, a notable historian of the civil rights movement, under whose guidance Opoku researched and critiqued Supreme Court decisions and also explored the key issues that undermine judicial accountability, and how corporate political spending impacts multi-racial democracy in the U.S. today.

“Nick is a hardworking student who wrote a series of strong memos analyzing the majority and concurring opinions in [Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard]. His deep commitment to civil rights makes me certain of his success as the Farrin Fellow,” said Lovelace, Duke Law’s John Hope Franklin Research Scholar.

The Farrin Fellowship was established in 2021 by James Farrin ’90 and his wife, Robin Farrin. It is one of three year-long paid fellowships offered by the Law School.

“I am humbled to be the first LLM student selected for the prestigious Farrin Fellowship. I am grateful to James Farrin ’90 and his law firm for this opportunity that allows Duke Law graduates to support individuals and groups who have historically faced discrimination. Serving as a fellow at Common Cause is a fantastic opportunity that directly serves the purpose of this fellowship,” said Opoku.

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Congratulations to our gsf 2024 graduating class, may 3, 2024.

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GENDER, SEXUALITY & FEMINIST STUDIES FIRST MAJORS Lauren Elisabeth Elias Jennifer Lissette Gobaira (2nd Major in Theater Studies) Katie Rose Margolis Isabel Florence Siebrecht (1st Major in Global Health) GLOBAL GENDER STUDIES MAJOR Jessica Blumenthal (UNC dual Major) GENDER, SEXUALITY & FEMINIST STUDIES MINORS Tess Olivia Roesch DiMenna (Major in Psychology) Paige M Knudsen (Major in Computer Science) Kay Yanily Maldonado (Major in Political Science) Isabella Perle Mellody (Major in Theater Studies) Jillian Ashley Miller (Major in International Comparative Studies) Maya Kaelan Regal (Majors in Computer Science & Linguistics)  

Sexuality studies minor mackenzie elizabeth culp (majors in sociology and spanish) rujia xie (majors in public policy & global health)  , graduate students completing the certificate in feminist studies jacqueline mercier allain (phd, history) natalie gasparowicz (phd, history) dana victoria hogan (phd, art & art history) saehim park (phd, art & art history) tania rispoli (phd, romance studies), graduate certificate dissertations.

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Dissertation Title: "The Science of Family Planning: Mexico’s “Demographic Explosion,” Contraceptive Technologies, and the Power of Expert Knowledge"

This dissertation delves into the history of contraception in twentieth-century Mexico by analyzing the technoscientific activities of local professionals who sought to promote fertility control at a time in which the state maintained a pronatalist policy. By examining the roles of doctors, eugenicists, economists, chemists, and demographers between the 1930s and 1970s, this dissertation argues that these experts contributed to the government’s shift in population policy in the 1970s. Drawing on various archival sources, including clinical reports, institutional records, correspondence, and published materials authored by doctors and social scientists, this study demonstrates how local professionals forged alliances with international donors and fostered interdisciplinary collaborations. All these initiatives allowed these experts to smuggle contraceptives, establish family planning clinics, and even conduct human trials with the birth control pill in Mexico. “The Science of Family Planning,” thus, underscores the complex interplay between state policies, expert interventions, and individual agency, contributing to broader discussions on reproductive justice, public health, and governance in Latin America. 

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Dissertation Title: "Contests over Contraception in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico"

Contests over Contraception in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico follows how the birth control pill became immoral and centers Mexican Catholics in this history. From the early 1960s to the 1970s, Mexican Catholic bishops, priests, and married couples debated the morality of the pill. Because the pill was primarily a hormonal invention, as opposed to a barrier method, it inspired debates about the purpose of sex. In the 1960s, the Church was reevaluating its doctrine—including its approach to sex and marriage—amidst modernization, social change, and cultural upheaval. Instead of assuming a monolithic Mexican Church, Contests over Contraception centers on the diversity of Catholic actors and their ideas. I argue that at the heart of these pluralistic debates about the morality of the pill was the contested place of nonprocreative sex in marriage, otherwise known as conjugality, marital intimacy, and pleasure. Centering the question of marital intimacy unsettles narratives about the Mexican Church, as either a critic of economic oppression or a defender of family values. Indeed, economic circumstances led Mexicans to consider family size. Still, this concern was not mutually exclusive with marital intimacy, as often inadvertently assumed. The fear of couples resorting to abortion was powerful enough to reconcile varying concerns and push Mexican Catholics to consider approving the pill.

This dissertation demonstrates that this history is much more than one of Catholic dissent or obedience in response to the Pope's prohibition of the pill in 1968. When we turn to Mexico, we see that these debates were about how couples, not individuals, decided their reproductive and sexual lives. And so, marital intimacy—when and why couples should have sex and whether the pill could facilitate this process—was an important one. Concerns over economic circumstances only raised the stakes.

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Dissertation Title:  "Expanding Worlds: Italian Women Artists and Cross-Cultural Encounters in Early Modernity"


Bridging the disciplines of art history and cross-cultural studies using a feminist interpretive lens, this dissertation challenges historical narratives of exceptionalism and Eurocentrism through analysis of patterns in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women’s engagement with expanding worlds through their networks and visual representations. A data-driven methodology is used to analyze European women’s access to cross-cultural encounters with world-traveling people and imported objects from Asia, Africa, and the Americas through a database of 249 artists. Then, visual analysis is conducted to understand the relationship between women’s worldly encounters and their subsequent creative choices in depicting artistic subjects that came to be considered exotic, thus positioning the artist as cultural mediator. This research challenges persistent narratives that frame women artists’ access to the world as unavoidably limited by gendered social norms, and offers a new narrative centered on cross-cultural exchange that moves beyond the limits imposed by traditional accounts that focus exclusively on male artists or treat women artists as anomalies. Women artists actively participated in the history of cross-cultural circulation, rather than existing outside it; by restoring their rightful places in this history, we gain the opportunity to assess whether women artists challenged pre-existing imagery and attitudes of cultural imperialism. Although the artists’ choices conform to some biased conventions, they also open the possibility of collaboration with foreign individuals; pay homage to the production of artists from different continents; and create expansive roles for imaginary characters represented as Black. This analysis contributes to our understanding of women’s complex intersectional positions and to the debate on their roles as producers of knowledge and culture.

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Dissertation Title: "Imaging ‘Comfort Women’: Girl Statue of Peace (2011) in the Expanded Field"

The Statue of Peace (2011), known as the Girl Statue in Korean, memorializes the “comfort women,” victims of military sexual violence in the colonial and occupied territories under the Japanese Empire (c.1931-1945). Created by artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung, the Girl Statue is a life-size, bronze, freestanding sculpture of an empty chair next to a seated girl, confronting the site of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Since its installation in 2011, the Girl Statue image has proliferated across media, scale, form, and function by artists and the public. The Girl Statue has been reproduced as replicas, watercolor paintings, logo images, gigantic balloons, plastic miniatures, coinage, soft dolls, bracelets, 3D toys, wooden DIY models, LEGO, performances, AR Challenge on social media, and even tattoos. This dissertation explores the expansion of the Girl Statue over the ten years (2011-2021). Despite its aim to raise awareness of the “comfort women” issue and foster solidarity, the Girl Statue has served the desires and motivations of its makers, consumers, and participants. The multiplication of the Girl Statues symbolically compensated for the dwindling numbers of “comfort women” victims. The narrative of vanishing victims is exemplified by novels and films that underscore the decreasing numbers of the last “comfort women” as an endangered group in need of rescue. The immediacy and intimacy of collectible souvenirs grants a sense of satisfaction that one is contributing to an important cause for justice. Through a close analysis of site visits, conversations, newspapers, television, social media, archives, and symposia, this research explores how our engagement with the Girl Statue shapes and reflects our values regarding humanity. The uncomfortable burden persists for the “comfort women,” who, in becoming images, continue to comfort the present.

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Dissertation Title: "The Politics of Care: Feminist Infrastructures of Love and Labor"

In recent years, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges posed by climate change, political theorists and organizers have directed their attention towards the “crisis of care.” The crisis of care refers to a generalized yet unevenly distributed breakdown in the ability to maintain social, ecological, and political systems. The consequences of this crises are multifarious, harming underrepresented minorities and workers, health and education services, the natural environment, and the institutions of liberal democracy. Feminist care theorists have analyzed these interlocking crises of care from a variety of perspectives, criticizing the way care is distributed in a capitalist society, and even postulating the need to care for human and non-human entities that are interconnected through relations of interdependence. Nevertheless, the question of how to enact a politics of care remains open from theoretical and practical perspectives.

“The Politics of Care: Feminist Infrastructures of Love and Labor” addresses this question by examining how a politics of care is produced as an effect of the interdependence between Global South and Global North, nature and culture, human and non-human. To do so, this dissertation critically reexamines the archives of two prominent strands of feminist thought: posthumanism (including decolonial critiques from Central and South America) and Marxist feminism (including critical race theories). It uses the methods of feminist political theory, film, and literary studies in Italian, Spanish and English. The results of the research are threefold. First, I argue for the inseparability of the strategies of love and labor, of regenerative politics and conflictual politics in organizing struggles over care. Second, I track the feminist function (how visions of gender and race emerge) within those struggles and theoretical archives. Third, I argue for the need for feminist infrastructures, and for a transnational understanding of care that is open to influences and practices from the Global North and Global South. Working across the divide between regions of the world, human and non-human, natural and technical, love and labor, “The Politics of Care” offers a complex view of interdependence conceived as infrastructure as a tool for organizing the politics of care.

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Dissertations Completed for Doctor of Philosophy, 2023–2024

Below you will find the dissertation titles, departments, and advisers for 2022–2023 Ph.D. graduates, separated by graduation date. If you notice information that needs to be updated, please email Scott Behm at [email protected]

Mohammed Syed Ali “Knowledge and Conversion in the Making of Western History, a Philosophical Investigation.” History Prasenjit Duara, Advisor(s).

Jacqueline Mercier Allain ““Make Me Live Long Enough to See Such Things”:  Citizenship, Labor, and Population Politics in the Nineteenth-Century French Caribbean.” History Laurent Dubois and Barry Gaspar, Advisor(s).

Chunjing Bao “The Mast Cell-Neuronal Axis in Anaphylaxis.” Pathology Soman Abraham, Advisor(s).

Alina Jade Barnett “Interpretable Machine Learning with Medical Applications.” Computer Science Cynthia Rudin, Advisor(s).

Lysle Thomas Boller “Essays on International Tax and Firm Behavior.” Economics Allan Collard-Wexler, Advisor(s).

Isabel Louise Bradley “Mapping Manioc: Grounded Relations in the Caribbean.” Romance Studies Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson, Advisor(s).

Samuel Mark Brotkin “Describing Working Alliance Longitudinally in a Peer Support Intervention for Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Illness.” Psychology and Neuroscience Melanie J. Bonner, Advisor(s).

David Anthony Buch “Bayesian Nonparametric Methods for Epidemiology and Clustering.” Statistical Science David Dunson, Advisor(s).

Gregory Patrick Burke “Information Intermediation in Opaque Markets: Evidence from Equity Crowdfunding Analyst Reports.” Business Administration William Mayhew, Advisor(s).

Sasha Burwell “Synaptic Control of Dopamine as a Driver of Reward Learning.” Neurobiology Michael Tadross and Rich Mooney, Advisor(s).

Erin E. Campbell “The Influence of Early Sensory and Linguistic Experience on Lexical Development.” Psychology and Neuroscience Elika Bergelson, Advisor(s).

Shounak Chattopadhyay “Incorporating Scalability and Structural Constraints in Bayesian Modeling.” Statistical Science David Dunson, Advisor(s).

Ruoyu Chen “A Combined Experimental and Modeling Approach Unraveling the Mechanics Behind Drying-induced Fractures in Soils.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Manolis Veveakis, Advisor(s).

Jie Cheng “Structural Investigation of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Host Immune Response.” Biochemistry Pei Zhou, Advisor(s).

Brandie Quarles Chidyagwai “Demographic Consequences of Dispersal Through Space and Time.” Biology Kathleen Donohue, Advisor(s).

Colleen Skyler Cochrane “Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) of Novel Antibiotics Targeting LpxH and LpxC in Lipid A Biosynthesis.” Chemistry Pei Zhou, Advisor(s).

Jessica Nicole Coleman “Development and Piloting of a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Undergoing Pelvic Exams.” Psychology and Neuroscience Rebecca Shelby and Eve Puffer, Advisor(s).

James Avery Coppock “Development of Imaging-Based Models for Analyzing the Spatiotemporal Function of Intervertebral Discs.” Biomedical Engineering Louis DeFrate, Advisor(s).

Riley Joseph Deutsch “A Multiplexed, Multi-scale Optical Imaging Platform to Quantify Tumor Metabolic Heterogeneity.” Biomedical Engineering Nimmi Ramanujam, Advisor(s).

Pritam Dey “Some Advances in Statistical Modeling of Brain Structural Connectomes.” Statistical Science David Dunson, Advisor(s).

Gianluca Di Muro “Innovations in Decompression Sickness Prediction and Adaptive Ascent Algorithms.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Laurens Howle, Advisor(s).

Enmao Diao “Efficient and Collaborative Methods for Distributed Machine Learning.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Vahid Tarokh, Advisor(s).

Stephen Lee Downing “Abstract Music for an Imaginary Film: Nos. 1-9 for Two Pianos and Two Percussion, and Composing Memory: Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered.” Music John Supko, Advisor(s).

Rebecca Ellen Dudley “The Use of U.S. Diplomatic Foreign Policy for Conflict Resolution.” Political Science Kyle Beardsley, Advisor(s).

Aaron Christopher Ebert “The Second Sin: A Study of the Vice of Envy in the Thought of St. Augustine.” Religion J. Warren Smith, Advisor(s).

Amanda Fusa Ennis “I. Development of Sulfonyl Piperazine LpxH Inhibitors Against Multi-Drug Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria II. Exploration Towards New TRPM8 Agonists for Dry Eye Disease.” Chemistry Jiyong Hong, Advisor(s).

Savannah Ruth Erwin “Developing a Sustainable Model of Text-Delivered Peer Support for Undergraduate Mental Health.” Psychology and Neuroscience Nancy L. Zucker, Advisor(s).

Yu  Feng “Robust Information Storage and Consolidation in Attractor Neural Networks.” Physics Nicolas Brunel, Advisor(s).

August Hope Frechette “Pore-Scale Flow Mechanisms and the Hydrodynamic Porosity of Porous Media in Surface Water Treatment and Groundwater Remediation.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Nico Hotz and Zbigniew Kabala, Advisor(s).

Anna Louise Gilpin “Self-Healing Hyaluronic Acid as a Viscosupplement and Biomolecule Carrier to Mitigate Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis.” Biomedical Engineering Shyni Varghese, Advisor(s).

Nikos Gkiokas “The Afterlives of Archaic Greek Kouroi: An Archaeology of a Greek Sculptural Type.” Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Sheila Dillon, Advisor(s).

Daniela Goya Tocchetto “Racial Hierarchy-based Discrimination in a Multiracial Power Structure.” Business Administration Aaron Kay, Advisor(s).

Jesse Nelson Granger “Behavioral and Geophysical Factors Influencing Success in Long Distance Navigation.” Biology Sonke Johnsen, Advisor(s).

Catherine Aspden Grodensky “A Study of Plea Bargaining, Political Power, and Case Outcomes in Local Criminal Courts.” Public Policy Kristin Goss, Advisor(s).

Xiaoshu Gui “Compliance Under Pressure: Strategic Bureaucratic Control and Policy Implementation in China.” Political Science Melanie Manion, Advisor(s).

Kristen Elizabeth Hagan “Advancing Compact, Multiplexed, and Wavefront-Controlled Designs for Coherent Optical Systems.” Biomedical Engineering Joseph Izatt, Advisor(s).

Xu Han “Electrical and Optical Control of Bacterial Membrane Potential and Growth.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Christine Payne, Advisor(s).

Aili Hao “Structural Studies of Bacterial Cell Wall Synthesis and Remodeling.” Biochemistry Seok-Yong Lee, Advisor(s).

Kendrick Dewayne Hardison “Essays on the Application of Game Theory in International Relations and Law.” Political Science Bahar Leventoglu, Advisor(s).

Daniel Clark Hlavaty “Exploring the Canonical and Non-Canonical Functions of Desmosomes.” Cell Biology Terry Lechler, Advisor(s).

Karn Imwattana “Introgression, Population Structure, and Systematics of the Sphagnum capillifolium Complex.” Biology A. Jonathan Shaw, Advisor(s).

Lindsay Taylor Ives “Understanding Psychosocial Treatment Non-Response in Children with Functional Abdominal Pain.” Psychology and Neuroscience Nancy L. Zucker, Advisor(s).

Jayanth Jawahar “Genetic Analysis of Fitness Determinants in Phocaeicola vulgatus.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology John Rawls, Advisor(s).

Nicholas David Jones “Revolution and the City: Marxist Anthropologies in the Interwar Realist Novel.” Carolina Duke Program in German Studies Richard Langston, Advisor(s).

Alexander Edward Karsten “The Theognidea in Reperformance: A Rhetorical Rereading.” Classical Studies José González, Advisor(s).

Cecelia Kelly “Interactions Between the Microbiota and Host Transcription Factor HNF4A in the Intestinal Epithelium Regulate Intestinal Inflammation Throughout the Lifespan.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology John Rawls, Advisor(s).

Christopher Lewis Kilner “The Impacts of Disruptive Environmental Change on Vital Microbial Ecosystems.” Ecology Jean Gibert, Advisor(s).

Dillon Elizabeth King “Sex Differences in Mitochondrial Function and Susceptibility: Mechanisms of Establishment and Evolutionary Origins.” Environment Joel Meyer and Susan Murphy, Advisor(s).

Sinja Küppers “Marginalized Voices and Nontraditional Pathways in Higher Education in the Late Roman Empire.” Classical Studies William Johnson, Advisor(s).

Oluwadamilola Oluwatoyin Lawal “Uncovering the Role of Astrocyte-Secreted Thrombospondins and Their Neuronal Receptor α2δ-1 in Goal-Directed Actions.” Neurobiology Cagla Eroglu, Advisor(s).

Gabriella Anne Levy “Variation in Individuals' Responses to Violence Against Civilians.” Political Science Kyle Beardsley and Livia Schubiger, Advisor(s).

Undraa Lhamsuren “The Colors of My Skin. The Making of Black German Identity.” Carolina Duke Program in German Studies Priscilla Layne, Advisor(s).

Jennifer Ying Li “Synaptic Mechanisms Underlying Sensory Processing in Visual Cortex.” Neurobiology Lindsey Glickfeld, Advisor(s).

Mochi Liao “Toward Optimal Rainfall – Hydrologic Correction of Precipitation to Close the Water Budget in Headwater Basins.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Ana Barros, Advisor(s).

Chen-An Lin “Wait-Time Based Pricing for Queueing Systems: Optimality, Mechanism Design, and Strategic Delay.” Business Administration Kevin Shang and Peng Sun, Advisor(s).

Zoe Nathania Loh “Nuclear PTEN Regulates Thymidylate Biosynthesis and Cellular Sensitivity to Antifolate Treatment.” Pathology Ming Chen, Advisor(s).

Amanda Caroline Lohmann “Ecosystem Impacts of Variable Recruitment in Antarctic Krill Investigated with Long-term Monitoring and Archived ADCP Backscatter Data.” Ecology Douglas Nowacek, Advisor(s).

Vladimir Lukin “Soviet Computers, Communist Robots: Cultural Epistemologies of Digital Media.” Literature Mark Hansen, Advisor(s).

Yu Ma “Essays on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” Environmental Policy Christopher Timmins, Advisor(s).

Marayna Elisabeth Banea Martinez “Three Papers on Public Schools and Political Participation Among Americans of Color.” Public Policy Nicholas Carnes and D. Sunshine Hillygus, Advisor(s).

Kaitlin Kiernan McConnell “Metabolic Mechanisms of Nutritionally Regulated Hormone Signaling on T Helper Cell Function.” Immunology Nancie J. MacIver, Advisor(s).

Ariana Mihai “E Protein Regulation of the T Cell Receptor Alpha – T Cell Receptor Delta Locus.” Immunology Michael Krangel, Advisor(s).

Charles Eli Nathan “The Good Old Days: The Concept of the Golden Age in Greek Political Thought.” Political Science Michael Gillespie, Advisor(s).

Mark William Nemecek “Transfer Learning in Value-based Methods with Successor Features.” Computer Science Ronald Parr, Advisor(s).

Hunter Newman “Adenosine Delivery to Mitigate Bone Disorders.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Shyni Varghese, Advisor(s).

Thai Son Nguyen “Effective Field Theory Studies of Few-nucleon Systems: Fundamental Symmetry Violation, Electromagnetic Interactions, and Direct Detection of Dark Matter.” Physics Roxanne Springer, Advisor(s).

Songkhun Nillasithanukroh “The Demand for Businessperson Politicians: How Do Businesspeople Win Electoral Nominations and Votes?.” Political Science Edmund Malesky, Advisor(s).

Claire Elaine Otero “The Role of Maternal Antibodies in Prevention of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection.” Pathology Sallie Permar and Herman Staats, Advisor(s).

Caitlin Elizabeth Gorse Paisley “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Retinal Astrocyte Death During Development.” Neurobiology Jeremy Kay, Advisor(s).

Kay Palopoli-Trojani “Quantifying Biomarkers for Brain Disease State Monitoring and Intervention.” Biomedical Engineering Warren Grill, Advisor(s).

Divya Pande “Advanced Metamaterials for Beamforming and Physical Layer Processing.” Electrical and Computer Engineering David Smith, Advisor(s).

Ekta Jayantilal Patel “Managing (Unconventional) Water: Essays on Expert Knowledge, Media Framings, and Stakeholder Debates.” Environmental Policy Erika Weinthal, Advisor(s).

Shweta Jayant Patwa “Synthesizing Linked Data and Detecting Per-Query Gaps Under Differential Privacy.” Computer Science Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Advisor(s).

Angela Marie Pisoni “Evaluating State-Based Network Dynamics in Anhedonia.” Psychology and Neuroscience Moira J. Smoski, Advisor(s).

Karsten Mikhail Poulsen “Characterizing and Predicting the Interaction of Proteins with Nanoparticles.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Christine Payne, Advisor(s).

Vijyendra Ramesh “Postmitotic Dynamics in Chromatin Modification and Regulatory Topology Underlie Cerebellar Granule Maturation.” Molecular Cancer Biology Anne West, Advisor(s).

Yinhao Ren “Read Like a Radiologist: Cancer Detection Using Multi-view Correspondence in Digital Breast Tomosynthesis.” Biomedical Engineering Joseph Lo, Advisor(s).

Griffin Steven Riddler “Rulers and Producers: How State Interventions Shape the Political Economy of Production.” Political Science Melanie Manion and Edmund Malesky, Advisor(s).

Daniel L. Rodriguez “A Multilevel High-throughput Sequencing Approach for Identifying Microbial Community Interactions and Informing Precision Microbiome Engineering.” Biomedical Engineering Claudia Gunsch, Advisor(s).

Amanda Noelle Rossillo “A 3D Geometric Morphometric Investigation of Relatedness in the Modern Human, Chimpanzee, and Homo naledi Postcranial Skeleton.” Evolutionary Anthropology Steven Churchill, Advisor(s).

Viola Luolan Rothschild “Refocusing on Repression: Institutions of Everyday Social Control in China.” Political Science Melanie Manion, Advisor(s).

Sayan  Roychowdhury “Investigating the Influence of Red Blood Cell Interactions on Large-Scale Cancer Cell Transport: Bridging the Gap through Advances in Computational Techniques.” Biomedical Engineering Amanda Randles, Advisor(s).

Catherine Lane Scher “The Effects of Global Change on Avian Biodiversity.” Ecology James Clark, Advisor(s).

Elizabeth Brooke Schrader Polczer ““Those Who Love Me Will Keep My Word”: Narrative Variants in New Testament Gospel Stories.” Religion Jennifer Knust, Advisor(s).

Stephanie Alexandra Pahl Schuette “Identifying Modifiable Factors Associated with Psychological Health in Women Experiencing Infertility.” Psychology and Neuroscience Moira J. Smoski, Advisor(s).

Kavinayan Pillaiar Sivakumar “Adaptive Planning in Changing Policies and Environments.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Michael Zavlanos, Advisor(s).

Nathan L. Smith “The Structure of Aesthetic Experience.” Literature Fredric Jameson, Advisor(s).

Nicholas Mark Smolenski “Sounding Reconstruction at St Paul's Cathedral, 1660–1714.” Music Roseen Giles, Advisor(s).

Xirui Song “RNA Aptamers that Internalize into Cancer Cells for Drug Delivery.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Bruce Sullenger, Advisor(s).

Brian Daniel Spisiak “Isaiah Berlin's Liberal Humanism.” Political Science Michael Gillespie, Advisor(s).

Lyla June Stanland “EBV-Associated Gastric Cancer: From Initial Infection to Unique Therapeutic Approaches.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Micah Luftig, Advisor(s).

Alexander John Steiger “Algorithms for Rectangular Robot Motion Planning.” Computer Science Pankaj Agarwal, Advisor(s).

Tao Tang “Three Essays of Bayesian Inference on Dynamical System, Continuous Time Markov Chain, and Low Dimensional Structure.” Mathematics David Dunson, Advisor(s).

Yuqi Tang “Multi-spectral Deep Tissue Quantitative Photoacoustic Imaging.” Biomedical Engineering Junjie Yao, Advisor(s).

Erin C. Taylor “Algorithms for Clustering, Partitioning, and Planning.” Computer Science Pankaj Agarwal, Advisor(s).

Audrey Nicole Thellman “Seasons in the Stream: River Ecosystem Phenology in a Changing Climate.” Ecology Emily Bernhardt, Advisor(s).

Priscilla Teresa Torres “Community Dispute Resolution and International Peacebuilding: Competitors or Complementary Actors? Evidence from Liberia.” Political Science Kyle Beardsley, Advisor(s).

Austin Jacob Wadle “Microbe-Mineral Interactions: Mercury Homogenization, Bacterial Colloid Surface Acidity, and Protocol Transfeminism..” Civil and Environmental Engineering Heileen Hsu-Kim, Advisor(s).

Chenghong Wang “Encrypted Data Management Systems with Tunable Privacy.” Computer Science Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Kartik Nayak, Advisor(s).

Rui Wang “Efficient Low-Resource Training with Pre-Trained Deep Neural Networks.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Ricardo Henao, Advisor(s).

Tianlin Wang “Structure and Electronic Properties of Quaternary Chalcogenide Semiconductors from First Principles.” Materials Science and Engineering Volker Blum, Advisor(s).

Pei-Yu Wei “Strategic Third-Party Actors in Economic Sanctions.” Political Science David Siegel, Advisor(s).

Janai R. Williams-Doria “The Neuroprotective Effects of Exercise Against Menopause Induced Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease Neuropathogenesis.” Psychology and Neuroscience Christina Williams and Staci Bilbo, Advisor(s).

Nathaniel Curran Wilson “Plasmonics for On-Chip Photodetectors and Light Sources.” Physics Maiken Mikkelsen, Advisor(s).

Dana Louise Wright “Insights Into the Migratory Patterns and Seasonal Distribution of One of the World’s Rarest Whales, the North Pacific Right Whale.” Marine Science and Conservation Andrew Read, Advisor(s).

Shiqi Xu “Computational Bio-Optical Imaging with Novel Sensor Arrays.” Biomedical Engineering Roarke Horstmeyer, Advisor(s).

Tian Yang “Reprogramming Enzyme Specificity through Multi-substrate Co-evolution.” Biomedical Engineering Michael Lynch, Advisor(s).

Xiaoxuan Yang “Improving the Efficiency and Robustness of In-Memory Computing in Emerging Technologies.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Hai Li and Yiran Chen, Advisor(s).

Yunqi Yang “Programmable Synthesis and Supramolecular Self-assembly of Stable DNA Nanoparticles.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Stefan Zauscher, Advisor(s).

Boyang Zhang “Control through Constraint.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Henri Gavin, Advisor(s).

Chen Zhang “Improved Localization Precision in 3D Single-Particle Localization Microscopy via Off-Center Sampling and Its Applications in Living Systems.” Chemistry Kevin Welsher, Advisor(s).

Haoran Zhang “Development of Novel Optical Instrumentations and Algorithms for Early Cancer Detection.” Biomedical Engineering Adam Wax, Advisor(s).

Qiru Zhang “Municipal Bond Credit Rating Access and Retail Investors’ Transaction Costs.” Business Administration Bill Mayew and Kathrine Schipper, Advisor(s).

Xiao Zhang “Proactive and Passive Performance Optimization of IP Anycast.” Computer Science Bruce Maggs and Xiaowei Yang, Advisor(s).

Xiaolong Zhang “Understanding and Predicting the Dynamics of Scalar Turbulence Using Multiscale Analysis, Computational Simulations, and Stochastic Models.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrew Bragg, Advisor(s).

Zhendian Zhang “Charge Transfer and Chiral Imprinting on Nanoparticles.” Chemistry David Beratan, Advisor(s).

Mingyuan Zheng “Self-assembly of Frustrated and Disordered Systems --  Equilibrium Microphases and Out-of-Equilibrium Active Matter.” Chemistry Patrick Charbonneau, Advisor(s).

Alessandro Zito “Ecological Modeling via Bayesian Nonparametric Species Sampling Priors.” Statistical Science David Dunson, Advisor(s).

Taylor Jane Abele “Apoptotic Signaling Clears Engineered Salmonella in an Organ-Specific Manner.” Immunology Edward Miao, Advisor(s).

Daniel Roberto Adrianzen Alvarez “Mathematical Modeling of Topical Drug Delivery in Women’s Health.” Biomedical Engineering David Katz, Advisor(s).

Tanouir Aloui “Mass Spectrometry Technologies for Spaceflight Applications.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Jeffrey T. Glass and Jason J. Amsden, Advisor(s).

Alexa Rae Anderson “Engineering the Microstructure and Spatial Bioactivity of Granular Biomaterials to Guide Vascular Patterning.” Biomedical Engineering Tatiana Segura, Advisor(s).

Dimitra Apostolidou “Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Tandem Repeats of Highly-Bioluminescent Protein NanoLuc.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Piotr Marszalek, Advisor(s).

Casey Michelle Baker “Neural Network Approaches for Cortical Circuit Dissection and Calcium Imaging Data Analysis.” Biomedical Engineering Yiyang Gong, Advisor(s).

Clayton James Becker “JNK Signaling Mediates Glial Proliferation in the Regenerating Zebrafish Spinal Cord.” Cell Biology Kenneth Poss, Advisor(s).

Julia Anastasia Bingham “Knowledge and Power through Pluralisms and Relationality in the Governance of Salmon on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.” Marine Science and Conservation Grant Murray, Advisor(s).

Baran Bodur “Measurement of Atmospheric Flux-Weighted Charged-Current νₑ - ¹⁶O Cross Section with the Super-Kamiokande Experiment.” Physics Kate Scholberg, Advisor(s).

Mary Rose Branch “Defining MAP4K3-mediated Signaling Pathways that Regulate mTORC1 Activation and Beyond.” Neurobiology Albert La Spada, Advisor(s).

Zhengguo Cai “Discovery of RNA-Targeted Small Molecules by Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) Study and Machine Learning.” Chemistry Amanda Hargrove, Advisor(s).

Danwei Cai “Speaker Representation Learning under Self-supervised and Knowledge Transfer Setting.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Ming Li and Xin Li, Advisor(s).

Zexin Cai “Advancing Deep-Generated Speech and Defending against Its Misuse.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Ming Li and Xin Li, Advisor(s).

Shiwei Cao “Design and Inference Methods for Randomized Clinical Trials.” Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Sin-Ho Jung, Advisor(s).

Boning Chen “Molecular Mechanisms of Replication-Coupled Chromatin Assembly and Maturation.” Molecular Cancer Biology David MacAlpine, Advisor(s).

Ouyang Chen “Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of miRNA-induced Pain and Itch.” Cell Biology Ru-Rong Ji, Advisor(s).

Lucy  Chikwetu “Toward Real-time, High-performance, and Generalizable Eating Episode Detection and Postprandial Carbohydrate Content Classification Using Non-invasive Wearables.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Rabih Younes, Advisor(s).

Danielle Nicole Clark “The Role of IFN-γ and STAT1 Signaling in Neuronal Excitability and Behavior.” Immunology Anthony Filiano and Mari Shinohara, Advisor(s).

Kip D. Coonley “Dynamics of Electrostatic Systems for Energy Conversion Applications.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Brian Mann, Advisor(s).

Joshua Alexander Crittenden “Joint Bacterial-Fungal Consortia for the In-Situ Bioremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Estuarine Sediments.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Claudia Gunsch, Advisor(s).

Elizabeth Jean Curvino “Engaging Natural Antibody Responses with Nanomaterials for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Biomedical Engineering Joel Collier, Advisor(s).

Kaitlyn Camilla Daly “Refining Messaging Strategies to Increase Efficacy of Healthy Eating Interventions Among U.S. Black Christians.” Nursing Isaac Lipkus and Tolu Oyesanya, Advisor(s).

Marcello Thomas DeLuca “Modeling DNA Origami Self Assembly and Organization at Long Length and Time Scales.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Gaurav Arya, Advisor(s).

Erin Elizabeth Denison “Essays on the Economics of Education.” Economics Peter Arcidiacono, Advisor(s).

Europe Bailey DiCillo “Patterns of Autoantibody Expression in Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Revealed Through the Development of an Autoantigen Discovery Technology.” Immunology David Pisetsky, Advisor(s).

Bernardo Alessandro Dionisi “Essays on the Direction of Technical Change.” Business Administration Ashish Arora, Advisor(s).

Emma Leigh Dolan “Breast Cancer Cells Exhibit a Non-Linear Proliferative Dose Response to Progestins.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Donald McDonnell and Susan Murphy, Advisor(s).

Maya Nicole Evanitsky “Spatiotemporal Dynamics in Zebrafish Skin Development.” Genetics and Genomics Stefano Di Talia, Advisor(s).

Brooks Jeffrey Frederickson “Quilt for Yarn/Wire and Instrumental Objects, a Three-Episode Podcast Series About the Creative Practice of Matmos.” Music John Supko, Advisor(s).

Qi Gao “Develop Novel Statistical and Computational Methods for Omics Data Analysis.” Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Jichun Xie, Advisor(s).

Jiannan Gao “Nonlinear Light-Matter Interactions Enabled by Subwavelength Nanostructures.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Natalia Litchinitser, Advisor(s).

Nina Marie Geronimo Garcia “Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms that Lead to Tumor Recurrence and Acquired Therapy Resistance in Cancer.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology James Alvarez and David MacAlpine, Advisor(s).

Behzad Golshaei “Finite Element Modeling of Biological Systems.” Biomedical Engineering Christoph Schmidt and Daniel Kiehart, Advisor(s).

Cait Elizabeth Hamele Greene “Single-Cell Technologies and Single-Cycle Viruses as Tools to Understand and Prevent Severe Influenza Disease.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Nicholas Heaton, Advisor(s).

Nathan Guerin “New Computational Methods to Predict Cancer Resistance Mutations and Design D-Peptide Therapeutics.” Computer Science Bruce Donald, Advisor(s).

Rylee Kathryn Hackley “Comparative Analysis of Transcriptional Response to Stress and Carbohydrate Availability in Haloarchaea.” Genetics and Genomics Amy Schmid and Gregory Wray, Advisor(s).

Richard Arlen Hall “Feasibility and Stability Results for Systems with Externally Triggered Switching.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Leila J. Bridgeman, Advisor(s).

Edward Thor Hanson “Dynamic Deep Learning Acceleration with Co-Designed Hardware Architecture.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Yiran Chen, Advisor(s).

Ali Hasan “Representation Learning for High Dimensional Stochastic Processes and Rare Events.” Biomedical Engineering Sina Farsiu and Vahid Tarokh, Advisor(s).

Amanda Taylor Heimbrook “Optimizing Surface Topographies for 3D Printed Metallic Orthopedic Implants.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Kenneth Gall, Advisor(s).

Bonnie Marie Jones Hepler “Exploring Birthing Parent Needs During the Early Postpartum Period with Emphasis on Sleep and Interactions between Healthcare Team Members, Infants and Birthing Parents.” Nursing Sharron Docherty, Advisor(s).

Minghao Hu “Sampling Strategies and Neural Processing for Array Cameras.” Electrical and Computer Engineering David Brady and Michael Gehm, Advisor(s).

Qinwen Huang “Deep Learning Algorithms for Automating and Accelerating the Cryo-EM Data Processing Pipeline.” Computer Science Alberto Bartesaghi, Advisor(s).

Ouwen Huang “Deep Learning Image Enhancement for Point of Care Ultrasound.” Biomedical Engineering Mark Palmeri, Advisor(s).

Anjing Huang “Unraveling In-Cloud Lightning Development Through Ground-Based and Space-Borne Observations.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Steven Cummer, Advisor(s).

Ellery Jensen Jones “Atherosclerotic Risk of Branched Chain Amino Acids in a Tissue Engineered Blood Vessel Model.” Biomedical Engineering George Truskey, Advisor(s).

Kamillah Jena Kassam “Investigating the Structure:Dynamics:Function Relationship of the MALAT1 Triple Helix.” Chemistry Amanda Hargrove, Advisor(s).

Aaron Michael Keeler “Biochemical Characterization of an Atypical Polyketide Synthase (PKS) from the Apicomplexan Parasite Toxoplasma gondii.” Chemistry Emily Derbyshire, Advisor(s).

David Stanley Kinnamon “A Vertically Oriented Passive Microfluidic Device for Automated Point-Of-Care Testing Directly from Complex Samples.” Biomedical Engineering Ashutosh Chilkoti, Advisor(s).

JohnCarlo Louis Kristofich “Redefining Criteria for RNA-Binding Activity Through Signal-to-Noise (S:N)-Based Analysis of RNA-Bound Proteomes.” Cell Biology Christopher Nicchitta, Advisor(s).

Evan Michael Kurt “Hydrogel-Mediated Gene Delivery from Granular Scaffolds for Applications in Biologics Manufacturing and Regenerative Medicine.” Biomedical Engineering Tatiana Segura, Advisor(s).

Brandon Minh Lê “The Omic Modifiers of Morbidity and Mortality in Sickle Cell Disease.” Genetics and Genomics Allison Ashley-Koch, Advisor(s).

Yaosi Liang “Identification the Role of BCAT1 and SLC6A14/15 in Cellular Senescence and Aging.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Xiao-Fan Wang, Advisor(s).

Anqi Lin “Data-Driven Study of Polymer-Based Nanocomposites (PNC) – FAIR Online Data Resource Development and ML-Facilitated Material Design.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science L. Catherine Brinson, Advisor(s).

Ian Charles Lock “Identifying Novel Mechanisms of Tp53-Mediated Tumor Suppression.” Molecular Cancer Biology David G. Kirsch and Chang-Lung Lee, Advisor(s).

Helena Rochelle Ma “Quantitative Analysis of the Population Dynamics of Antibiotic Responses.” Biomedical Engineering Lingchong You, Advisor(s).

Guangshen Ma “3D Tissue Modelling: Laser-based Multi-modal Surface Reconstruction, Crater Shape Prediction and Pathological Mapping in Robotic Surgery.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Patrick Codd, Advisor(s).

André Macieira Braga Costa “Towards Accurate and Robust Modeling of Fluid-Driven Fracture.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science John Dolbow, Advisor(s).

Juilee Nitin Malavade “Elucidation of the Role of the Vinculin-Actin Catch Bond in Fibroblast-Mechanical Microenvironment Feedback.” Biomedical Engineering Brenton Hoffman, Advisor(s).

Emily Kathleen Maloney “Three Papers on the Relationship Between Identity and Status Processes: Occupational Status, Occupational Identity and Emotion, and the Transgender Identity.” Sociology Lynn Smith-Lovin, Advisor(s).

Riley Joseph Mangan “Divergence, Mutation, Function, Selection: The Evolution of the Human Genome.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Craig B. Lowe, Advisor(s).

Katherine Jane McAuliffe “Investigations of Tetrathiomolybdate for Antifungal Applications.” Chemistry Katherine Franz, Advisor(s).

Keeran Robert Murphy “Labor, Idleness, and Colonial Modern Fiction: Reading Claude McKay, Yi Sang, and Samuel Beckett in Relation.” English Aarthi Vadde and Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Advisor(s).

Muhammad Abdullah Naeem “From Spectral Theorem to Spectral Statistics of Large Random Matrices with Spatio-Temporal Dependencies.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Miroslav Pajic, Advisor(s).

Everette Snyder Newton “Harnessing Multi-Domain and Multi-Disciplinary Robotics Methods to Strengthen Scientific Research and Inform Policy and Management.” Marine Science and Conservation David Johnston, Advisor(s).

Yuting Ng “Modeling Archimedean, Extreme-Value and Archimax Copulas with Neural Networks.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Vahid Tarokh, Advisor(s).

Phuc Hong Nguyen “Advances in Bayesian Hierarchical Models for Complex Health Data.” Statistical Science Amy Herring, Advisor(s).

Pablo  Ortiz Escovar “Robotically Aligned and Automatically Controlled Systems for Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging.” Biomedical Engineering Joseph Izatt, Advisor(s).

Utsav Mukesh Patel “Search for Light Fermiophobic Charged Higgs Bosons From Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 13 TeV Using the ATLAS Detector.” Physics Mark Kruse, Advisor(s).

Xixi Qin “Impact of Dynamics and Disorder on Structure and Electronic Levels of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites.” Materials Science and Engineering Volker Blum, Advisor(s).

Swarna Kamlam Ravindran “Leveraging Data Augmentation in Limited-Label Scenarios for Improved Generalization.” Computer Science Carlo Tomasi, Advisor(s).

Martin Daniel Requena “Aptamers as Reversible Sorting Ligands in Dual FACS and MACS: Antisense and Nuclease-Mediated Approaches.” Genetics and Genomics Bruce Sullenger, Advisor(s).

Angela Marie Rivera “Developing Novel Antifungal Compounds for Use as Single-Agent and in Multi-Drug Combination Therapies for Treating Invasive Fungal Infections.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Joseph Heitman, Advisor(s).

Corrina Ghe Lou Lanore Robertson “Mating and Marital Fidelity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Daniel Lew, Advisor(s).

Amy Elizabeth Stewart “Investigating Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Complex II Dependence in Cancer.” Molecular Cancer Biology Kris Wood, Advisor(s).

Nicholas Alexander Strash “Roles of MAPK Signaling Pathway in Cardiomyocyte Proliferation and Function in Engineered Cardiac Tissues.” Cell Biology Nenad Bursac, Advisor(s).

Joshua R. Strayhorn “Somewhere to Lay My Head: Black Mobility, Migration, and Landownership in Eastern North Carolina, 1861-1900.” History Adriane Lentz-Smith, Advisor(s).

Michael A Sun “Developing Strategies to Target Glioblastoma Stemness and Immunosuppression.” Pathology Yiping He, Advisor(s).

Cole D. Swanson “Material Ends: Hauntology, Anachrony, and Traces of the Analog in Digital Cinema.” Music Jacqueline Waeber, Advisor(s).

Margaret Elizabeth Swift “The Impacts of Climate Change and Veterinary Fencing on Savanna Ungulate Populations, Communities, and Behaviors.” Environment James S. Clark and Susan C. Alberts, Advisor(s).

Christabel Xin Tan “Adhesion-Mediated Mechanisms Underlying Cortical Astrocyte Development.” Cell Biology Çağla Eroğlu, Advisor(s).

Khanh My Vien “Conserved Atypical Cadherin, Fat2, Regulates Axon Terminal Organization in the Developing Drosophila Olfactory Sensory Neurons.” Biology Pelin Volkan, Advisor(s).

Chunxi Wang “Control and Optimization of Immune Responses Induced by Nucleic Acid Vaccines.” Biomedical Engineering Fan Yuan, Advisor(s).

Weiqing Wang “Speaker Diarization with Deep Learning: Refinement, Online Extension and ASR Integration.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Ming Li and Xin Li, Advisor(s).

Tara Jean Weese “Conceptions of Victimhood: Legal, Political, and Psychological Dimensions.” Philosophy Gopal Sreenivasan and Wayne Norman, Advisor(s).

Sebastian Allen Wellford “Immune Barriers in the Olfactory Mucosa.” Immunology Ashley Moseman, Advisor(s).

Samantha Jo Wilkison “Defining the Local Landscape of Retinal Ganglion Cell Axons.” Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Vadim Arshavsky, Advisor(s).

Katherine Arceneaux Willard “Viral and Host Factors Drive Spontaneous Reactivation of Type 1 Epstein Barr Virus.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Micah Luftig, Advisor(s).

Keru Wu “Advances in Log-concave Sampling and Domain Adaptation.” Statistical Science Yuansi Chen, Advisor(s).

Soohyun Yoon “Chinese Women Artists and New Manifestations of Guanyin, 1550–1750.” Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Stanley Abe, Advisor(s).

Shuai Yuan “Assisting Unsupervised Optical Flow Estimation with External Information.” Computer Science Carlo Tomasi, Advisor(s).

Mojtaba Zarei “Task-Targeted Pre and Post-acquisition Methodologies for Optimal Conditioning and Interpretation of Medical Images Using Virtual Imaging Trial.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Ehsan Samei and Joseph Lo, Advisor(s).

Buang Zhang “Resonant Infrared Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation: Advancing Methodology and Elucidating Mechanisms for Precise Control of Film Morphology and Composition.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Advisor(s).

Hao Zhang “Stochastic Modeling of Parametric and Model-Form Uncertainties in Computational Mechanics: Applications to Multiscale and Multimodel Predictive Frameworks.” Civil and Environmental Engineering Johann Guilleminot, Advisor(s).

Yue Zhou “Understanding Photo-physical Properties of Inorganic Pigments Using Pump-probe Microscopy.” Chemistry Warren Warren, Advisor(s).

Hanjing Zhu “Gradient Descent Methods in Modern Machine Learning Problems: Provable Guarantees.” Business Administration Jiaming Xu, Advisor(s).

Haodong Zhu “Acoustic-Based Automated Manipulation of Particles for Biological Applications.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Tony Jun Huang, Advisor(s).

Anthony James Alers “Neural Basis of Visuomotor Learning in the Frontal Eye Field: An Integrated Computational and Neurophysiological Approach.” Biomedical Engineering Marc Sommer, Advisor(s).

Saketh Aleti “Essays on High-Frequency Factors.” Economics Tim Bollerslev, Advisor(s).

Jeffrey Richard Allen “NLP7 PB1 Domain Interactions and Condensation Regulate the Plant Nitrogen Response.” Biology Lucia Strader, Advisor(s).

Ayoub Amil “Algorithms for Online Marketplaces: New Approaches to Order Fulfillment and Recommendation Systems.” Business Administration Ali Makhdoumi and Yehua Wei, Advisor(s).

Dilara Neslihan Anbarci “Rediscovering the Rete Ovarii: the Development, Role, and Function of a Secreting Auxiliary Structure to the Ovary.” Cell Biology Blanche Capel, Advisor(s).

Shreya Arya “Geometry of Stratified Spaces for the Analysis of Complex Data.” Mathematics Sayan Mukherjee and Ezra Miller, Advisor(s).

Morgan Alexander Bailey “Comparative Analysis of Stability-Based Profiling Techniques and Their Application to the Characterization of Drug Targets and Disease Phenotypes.” Chemistry Michael Fitzgerald, Advisor(s).

Melissa Rachael Baroff “Rereading Octavia and Poppaea: Unraveling the Literary Afterlives of Nero’s Wives.” Classical Studies Lauren Ginsberg, Advisor(s).

John William Barry “Essays in Corporate Finance and Governance.” Business Administration John Graham, Advisor(s).

Mason Daniel Barto “Negotiating Subjectivity: Gender, Communication, and Narrative telos in the Odyssey.” Classical Studies Micaela Janan, Advisor(s).

Christopher Fouad Bassil “Mechanistic Dissection of a Collateral Sensitivity to Drug Resistance in EGFR-Mutant Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Molecular Cancer Biology Kris C. Wood, Advisor(s).

Xinyue Bei “Essays on Inference in Non-standard Situations.” Economics Adam Rosen, Advisor(s).

Elizabeth Louise Bersson “Methodological Advances for Multi-group Data.” Statistical Science Peter Hoff, Advisor(s).

Rohan Bhattacharya “Engineering Pluripotent Stem Cells to Uncover the Mechanisms of Human Kidney Diseases.” Biomedical Engineering Musah Samira, Advisor(s).

Joel Henry Bierman “Improving the Qubit-Efficiency of Quantum Algorithms for the Electronic Structure Problem Using Orbital Optimization.” Physics Jianfeng Lu, Advisor(s).

Lexi Rose Bounds “Development of CRISPR-Based Screening Methods to Identify Cis-Regulatory Elements that Control Complex Cellular Phenotypes.” Biomedical Engineering Charles Gersbach, Advisor(s).

Alper Kamil Bozkurt “Toward Assured Autonomy with Model-Free Reinforcement Learning.” Computer Science Miroslav Pajic, Advisor(s).

Sophia Ann Campione “Understanding Systems-Level Oscillations: Comparative and Network Analysis of Dynamic Phenotypes.” Genetics and Genomics Steven Haase and Amy Schmid, Advisor(s).

Nicole Renee' Caviness-Ashe “Exploring Racial Disparities in Cancer Care Among Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia: The Double-Edged Sword.” Nursing Nancy Crego, Advisor(s).

Christian Gonzalo Cerda-Smith “Integrative PTEN Enhancer Discovery Reveals a New Model of Enhancer Organization.” Molecular Cancer Biology Kris C. Wood, Advisor(s).

Maya Parvathi Chandrasekaran “Energy Access, Time Use, and Women’s Empowerment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” Environmental Policy Marc Jeuland and Subhrendu Pattanayak, Advisor(s).

Yang Chen “Exploring Non-Visual Cues-Driven Spatial Learning in Drosophila.” Biology Chung-Hui Yang and Pelin Volkan, Advisor(s).

Peiyi Chen “On the Construction of Admissible Representations for Scientific Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification, with Various Applications in Computational Mechanics.” Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Johann Guilleminot, Advisor(s).

Tong Chen “Therapeutic Approaches and Tools for Metabolic Liver Disorders.” Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Karl-Dimiter Bissig and Matthew Scaglione, Advisor(s).

Xinlin Chen “Harnessing Recent Online Data to Enhance Brain-Computer Interface Operation.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Leslie Collins, Advisor(s).

Ying Chen “Resource-efficient and Context-aware Edge Computing-supported Extended Reality Systems.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Maria Gorlatova, Advisor(s).

Danyang Chen “Elasticity and Fracture of Polymer Networks with Entanglements and Weak Crosslinkers.” Materials Science and Engineering Michael Rubinstein, Advisor(s).

Tung Yan Gloria Cheung “Trajectories of Authoritarian Consolidation.” Political Science David Siegel and Edmund Malesky, Advisor(s).

Dongrak Choi “An Integrative Modeling Framework for Multivariate Longitudinal Clinical Data.” Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Sheng Luo, Advisor(s).

Bernard Albert Coles IV “Reconsidering Adolescent Society: Racial Differences in Stress Processing, Violence, and Health.” Sociology James Moody, Advisor(s).

Aidan Helen Combs “The Measurement and Implications of Meaning Uncertainty for Social Interaction.” Sociology Lynn Smith-Lovin, Advisor(s).

Rebecca Williams Cook “The Functional Significance of Early Homo Pelvis Morphology.” Evolutionary Anthropology Steven Churchill, Advisor(s).

Yuqing Dai “An Unbalanced Optimal Transport Problem with a Growth Constraint.” Mathematics James Nolen, Advisor(s).

Rodrigo da Silva Dias “Financial Resources and Consumer Decision Making.” Business Administration Gavan Fitzsimons and Eesha Sharma, Advisor(s).

Carolyn Victoria Diaz “Salience Encoding in the Mouse Olfactory System.” Neurobiology Kevin M. Franks, Advisor(s).

James Edward Draney “Computable Worlds: The Novel in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” English Aarthi Vadde, Advisor(s).

Nathan Louis Drapela “Untimely Steps: The Modern Landscapes and Timescapes of Perambulatory Self-Narration.” Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies Eric Downing, Advisor(s).

Yuncheng Duan “Prioritizing Genomic Sequences Using Evolutionary Signatures in Humans and Near-Human Primates.” Biology Greg Wray and Andrew Allen, Advisor(s).

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Students walk out of Jerry Seinfeld's Duke University graduation speech

  • Jerry Seinfeld delivered the graduation speech at Duke University on Sunday.
  • A video on X showed students walking out of his speech waving Palestinian flags.
  • Seinfeld has spoken publicly in defense of Israel during its war in Gaza.

Duke University graduates walked out during Jerry Seinfeld's commencement speech on Sunday, highlighting how American universities remain a political battleground.

A 25-second video shared on X showed students standing and walking out of Wallace Wade Stadium as Seinfeld, 70, took the stage. Some of them held Palestinian flags.

In the footage, some people can be heard cheering for Seinfeld while others appear to boo him. Reuters reported that some audience members also chanted "Free Palestine."

Seinfeld has been a vocal supporter of Israel amid the war in Gaza and was among the more than 700 entertainment leaders who signed an open letter in support of Israel in October .

The university shared a video of Seinfeld's commencement speech on YouTube, but the footage doesn't show the exiting students. Seinfeld steered clear of heavy topics during the speech; instead, he poked fun at the students and offered life advice.

Seinfeld mentioned his heritage during the speech while defending privilege, saying, "Use your privilege. I grew up a Jewish boy from New York. That is a privilege if you want to be a comedian."

Seinfeld graduated from Queens College, City University of New York, but received an honorary doctorate from Duke.

"We're excited and delighted for the Class of 2024 and their families. We understand the depth of feeling in our community, and as we have all year, we respect the right of everyone at Duke to express their views peacefully, without preventing graduates and their families from celebrating their achievement," Frank Tramble, the university's vice president of marketing, communications, and public affairs, said in a statement.

Representatives for Seinfeld did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

The student walkout at Duke is the latest example of the tension roiling American college campuses.

Police arrested hundreds of people at Columbia University and the City College of New York this month during pro-Palestinian demonstrations . Columbia even canceled its main commencement ceremony this year following protests on campus.

Some billionaire donors like Leon Cooperman have criticized student protesters and threatened to stop donating to Columbia.

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Students walk out of Jerry Seinfeld's Duke University graduation speech

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Phd candidate sukrit puri:  all in the family.

New studies show that caste and ethnic identity play an outsize role in how business interacts with government in developing countries  

May 13, 2024 Leda Zimmerman MIT Political Science

PhD Candidate Sukrit Puri

“Family firms can be very insular, sticking with old practices and rewarding loyalty to co-ethnic partners,” says PhD candidate Sukrit Puri. There are barriers to outside hires who might bring innovations. “These businesses are often just not interested in taking up growth opportunities,” says Puri. “There are millions of family firms but they do not provide the kind of dynamism they should.”    

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It’s no news that companies use money to influence politics. But it may come as a surprise to learn that many family-owned firms — the most common form of business in the world — do not play by the same rules. New research by fourth-year political science graduate student Sukrit Puri reveals that “family businesses depart from the political strategy of treating campaign donations as short-term investments intended to maximize profitmaking.”

Studying thousands of such firms in India, Puri finds that when it comes to politics, an important influence on political behavior is ethnic identity. This in turn can make a big impact on economic development.

“If family businesses actually think about politics differently, and if they are the most common economic actors in an economy, then you break channels of accountability between a business and the government,” says Puri. “Elected officials may be less likely to deliver effective policies for achieving economic growth.” Puri believes his insights suggest new approaches for struggling economies in some developing countries. “I’d like to get governments to think carefully about the importance of family firms, and how to incentivize them through the right kinds of industrial policies.”

Pushing past caricatures

At the heart of Puri’s doctoral studies is a question he says has long interested him: “Why are some countries rich and other countries poor?” The son of an Indian diplomat who brought his family from Belgium and Nepal to the Middle East and New York City, Puri focused on the vast inequalities he witnessed as he grew up.

As he studied economics, political science and policy as an undergraduate at Princeton University, Puri came to believe “that firms play a very important role” in the economic development of societies.  But it was not always clear from these disciplines how businesses interacted with governments, and how that affected economic growth.

“There are two canonical ways of thinking about business in politics and they have become almost like caricatures,” says Puri. One claims government is in the pocket of corporations or that at the least they wield undue influence. The other asserts that businesses simply do governments’ bidding and are constrained by the needs of the state. “I found these two perspectives to be wanting, because neither side gets entirely what it desires,” he says. “I set out to learn more about how business actually seeks to influence, and when it is successful or not.”

So much political science literature on business and politics is “America-centric,” with publicly listed, often very large corporations acting on behalf of shareholders, notes Puri. But this is not the paradigm for many other countries. The major players in countries like South Korea and India are family firms, big and small. “There has been so little investigation of how these family businesses participate in politics,” Puri says. “I wanted to know if we could come up with a political theory of the family firm, and look into the nature of business and politics in developing economies and democracies where these firms are so central.”

Campaign donation differences To learn whether family businesses think about politics differently, Puri decided to zero in on one of the most pervasive forms of influence all over the world: campaign donations. “In the US, firms treat these donations as short-term investments, backing the incumbent and opportunistically switching parties when political actors change,” he says. “These companies have no ideology.” But family firms in India, Puri’s empirical setting, prove to operate very differently.

Puri compiled a vast dataset of all donations to Indian political parties from 2003 to 2021, identifying 7,000 unique corporate entities donating a cumulative one billion dollars to 36 parties participating in national and state-level elections. He identified which of these donations came from family firms by identifying family members sitting on boards of these companies. Puri found evidence that firms with greater family involvement on these boards overwhelmingly donate loyally to a single party of their choice, and “do not participate in politics out of opportunistic, short-term profit maximizing impulse.”

Puri believes there are sociological explanations for this unexpected behavior. Family firms are more than just economic actors, but social actors as well — embedded in community networks that then shape their values, preferences, and strategic choices. In India, communities often form around caste and religious networks.  So for instance, some economic policies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have hurt its core supporters of small and medium-sized businesses, says Puri. Yet, these businesses have not abandoned their financial support of the BJP. Similarly, Muslim-majority communities and family firms stick with their candidates, even when it is not in their short-term economic best interest. Their behavior is more like that of an individual political donor — more ideological and expressive than strategic.  

Engaged by debate

As a college freshman, Puri was uncertain of his academic direction. Then he learned of a debate playing out between two schools of economic thought on how to reduce poverty in India and other developing nations: On one side, Amartya Sen advocated for starting with welfare, and on the other, Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya argued that economic growth came first.

“I wanted to engage with this debate, because it suggested policy actions — what is feasible, what you can actually do in a country,” recalls Puri. “Economics was the tool for understanding these tradeoffs.”  

After graduation, Puri worked for a few years in investment management, specializing in emerging markets. “In my office, the conversation each day among economists was just basically political,” he says. “We were evaluating a country’s economic prospects through a kind of unsophisticated political analysis, and I decided I wanted to pursue more rigorous training in political economy.”

At MIT, Puri has finally found a way of merging his lifelong interests in economic development with policy-minded research. He believes that the behavior of family firms should be of keen concern to many governments.

“Family firms can be very insular, sticking with old practices and rewarding loyalty to co-ethnic partners,” he says. There are barriers to outside hires who might bring innovations.  “These businesses are often just not interested in taking up growth opportunities,” says Puri.  “There are millions of family firms but they do not provide the kind of dynamism they should.”  

In the next phase of his dissertation research Puri will be surveying not just the political behaviors but the investment and management practices of family firms as well. He believes larger firms more open to outside ideas are expanding at the expense of smaller and mid-size family firms. In India and other nations, governments currently make wasteful subsidies to family firms that cannot rise to the challenge of, say, starting a new microchip fabricating plant. Instead, says Puri, governments must figure out the right kind of incentives to encourage openness and entrepreneurship in businesses that make up its economy, which are instrumental to unlocking broader economic growth.

After MIT, Puri envisions an academic life for himself studying business and politics around the world, but with a focus on India. He would like to write about family firms for a more general audience — following in the footsteps of authors who got him interested in political economy in the first place. “I’ve always believed in making knowledge more accessible; it’s one of the reasons I enjoy teaching,” he says. “It is really rewarding to lecture or write and be able to introduce people to new ideas.” 


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