Comparative Politics Placement Candidates
I am a PhD candidate in American politics in the political science department at the University of Notre Dame. My research centers on political identity and activism as expressed through party politics in the electorate, and in party and governmental institutions. I investigate how individual’s political and social identities impact participation in party politics as well as the effect of that participation on the structure of political parties. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the role of party activists and the impact of issue constraint and party issue adoption. I was born and raised Denver, CO and completed my BA in political science at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to my interest in party politics, I concentrate on religion and politics, political polarization, immigration, and public opinion.
Sam is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation, which utilizes paired cases and extensive historical research to investigate the formation of major political parties, is titled “Strategic Cadre-Building in American Party Formation” and was completed at the University of Notre Dame in June 2018. He completed his B.A. in English Literature at Knox College in 2011. His ongoing research focuses on elite behavior, party politics, American political development, and political polarization. Sam has been teaching independently on American political institutions and political polarization since Spring 2018.
Emily Maiden is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In the discipline of political science, her primary field is Comparative Politics, with a focus on African politics, gender and politics, and politics of development. Her second field is International Relations. As a scholar of peace studies, she focuses on understanding structural violence and cycles of conflict, particularly as it affects politically marginalized groups like women and children. Her work has been published in such journals as World Development, Journal of International Peacekeeping, and Regional Environmental Change.
Her dissertation uses over twelve months of fieldwork in Malawi—including 121 chief interviews, 50 additional interviews, and focus groups with over 200 people—to examine the ways in which chiefs can be mobilized as policy change agents to combat cultural issues like child marriage. She finds that chiefs use their traditional forms of power to promote democratic principles and human rights in ways that the democratically elected government is unable or unwilling to do. Her research has received financial support from Fulbright, USAID, the Kroc Institute, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA).
In addition to a MA in Political Science (2016) from Notre Dame, Emily holds an MA in Political Science (2014) and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy (2011) from the University of Louisville, as well as a Diploma in Asian Studies (2010) from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.