People - Alumni

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hunter College

Erin Adam is an assistant professor of Political Science at Hunter College. She received her M.A and Ph.D. at the Political Science Department as well as her J.D. from the Law School. She was a Comparative Law and Social Studies (CLASS) and Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and... Read more


Hind Ahmed Zak is a PhD Graduate in the Department of political science at the University of Washington.  She holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a B.A in Political Science from Cairo University.  She is a Comparative Law and Social Studies (CLASS)... Read more

Alumnus Graduate Student 2017

John is a PhD Graduate, Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His fields of study are comparative politics, international relations and Southeast Asia. He is also a University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) Graduate Fellow. He is currently... Read more

Tim Burgess -- Distingiushed Alumni
2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Tim Burgess served 10 years at Seattle City Hall as a member of the City Council and as the city’s 55th Mayor. He was first elected city-wide in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. Tim focused his work on issues related to improving the lives of Seattle’s children. Under his leadership,... Read more

Elizabeth Chrun
Alumna Graduate Student

Elizabeth Chrun’s research explores the issues of institutional failure and how new institutions can be established to mitigate them. Her dissertation looks at these failures in the context of corruption in democracies. More specifically, she examines 1) the conditions under which anti-... Read more

Alumna Graduate Student

Sarah K. Dreier studies comparative politics, law, and religion. Her research focuses on religion and political governance in post-colonial contexts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She incorporates comparative politics scholarship, qualitative and quantitative methods, colonial/postcolonial... Read more

Gary Duck - Distinguished Alumni
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Gary received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1973. His early work was with the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as an associate research analyst to assess the effectiveness of K-12 public education programs throughout the U.S. Gary then worked as... Read more

Bob Ferguson
2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Bob Ferguson is the Attorney General of Washington State.  He graduated from UW in 1989 with a major in political science and attended law school at New York University.  After working as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington and... Read more

Assistant Professor, Government and Latino Studies, Cornell University

Research Interests: My area of study is in the field of Latino/a politics with emphasis in Latino identity, political participation, assimilation, border issues and border research, and the politics of Mexico.

Bryon Gray
Ph.D Student, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Stanford University

Byron Gray is a triple threat, with three social sciences majors (plus a minor in Hindi) that inform his study of India, a country that first sparked his interest during a freshman year course. He has studied in India twice and crafted an honors project examining the politics of family law... Read more

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Pace University

I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, but enjoyed living in both Portland (OR) and Philadelphia for a number of years before returning to Seattle for the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Washington. I hold an M.A. in Theological Studies from George Fox University, an M.A.... Read more

Alumna Graduate Student 2017

Carolina Johnson received her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2017, and is currently working on a combination of program evaluation work for King County and freelance projects.   Her work examines the design and community-level impact of participatory budgeting initiatives in... Read more

Assistant Professor of political science, University of Toronto

Filiz Kahraman is an Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Prior to her current position, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. She received her PhD in political science from... Read more

Alumnus Graduate Student 2013

Dissertation title:The Politics of the Extinction Predicament – Democracy, Futurity, and Responsibility

Committee: Christine Di Stefano (Chair), Jamie Mayerfeld, Karen Litfin, Steve Herbert (GSR)

Fields: Political Theory, Global... Read more

Alumna Graduate Student 2016
Professor, Political Science, University of North Florida

Alumnus Graduate Student (2017)
Assistant Professor, Peking University (Beijing)


Tania Melo is a PhD Candidate. She is a Comparative Law and Society Studies and a Center for American Politics and Public Policy Fellow. Her areas of specialization are labor and employment law administrative law and legal mobilization. Her dissertation looks at the construction of state... Read more

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Seattle Pacific University

Mr. Murg is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Development Studies at Seattle Pacific University. His primary research interests include the political economy ofdevelopment; legal reform;... Read more

Alumna Graduate Student 2017

Jennifer Noveck’s work focuses on the comparative political economy of regulation, developing countries.  Her doctoral dissertation examines firm strategies for securing property rights in Mainland China using the burgeoning craft beer industry as the primary case study. During her time at the... Read more

Research Fellow/Program Director at Pacific Forum CSIS
Caterina Rost
Alumna Graduate Student 2017

Caterina Rost is a Ph.D. Graduate, Political Science Department at the University of Washington. From 2012 to 2016, she was a graduate fellow at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE) for which she has also been a program... Read more

Alumnus Graduate Student
Alumna Graduate Student

Consultant at Matisia Consultants

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, PluriCourts Centre of Excellence, University of Oslo, Norway

Dissertation title: European Law and the Politics of Domestic Internalization: Civil Society and Mobilization of European Anti-discrimination Law

Committee: Rachel Cichowski (Chair), James Caporaso, Michael McCann

Fields: ... Read more

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia State University

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University. I am originally from a small town near Montreal, Quebec, where I received an M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from Concordia University. My... Read more