Hire a UK Ph.D.

We have several highly qualified graduate students who are seeking academic appointments. If any of these individuals might be appropriate for your needs, I hope you will contact our Placement Director, Professor Emily Beaulieu (859-257-9677; emily.beaulieu@uky.edu).  She will be happy to respond to any inquiries or arrange to send any credentials to you.

 

American Politics

Yu Ouyang
Yu is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government & World Affairs at the University of Tampa. Previously, he was a PhD Candidate and University Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. In three essays, his dissertation examines: (1) the impact of public opinion on executive orders; (2) the inter-branch dynamics of the executive and judiciary branches in relation to executive unilateral power; and (3) the temporal and administration variations in how presidents utilize executive unilateral directives over time. In addition to his dissertation, Yu also engages in a variety of other projects, including projects in bureaucratic appointments (with David LewisRichard Waterman, and Evan Haglund), international relations, i.e., economic sanctions (with Horace Bartilow and Michael Morgan), environmental and food policies, i.e., genetically-modified foods (with Ed Jennings and Jordan Leising), and public opinion and terrorism in Israel (with Mark Peffley and Marc Hutchinson).
 
Fields:   American Politics, Research Methods        Personal webpage          Email: you222@uky.edu
 
John Poe
John is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in American Politics.  his research focuses on two aspects of public opinion: they dynamics of attitudes and the influence of public opinion on public policy.  The first aspect of his research connects work in political science and social psychology on the structure and determinants of attitues with work in political science and sociology on the influence of interaction with the broader environment.  For the second aspect of his research, he uses research on attitue strength, stability and prioritization as a foundation to show that publi opinio is actually multidimensional for individuals and for groups. He finds that factors like differential rates of salience, preference stability and issue importance have an enformous impact on the connection between public opinion and public policy. 
 
Fields:  American Politics, Research Methods, Policy   Personal webpage           Email: jdpo223@g.uky.edu
 
Austin Trantham
Austin is a Ph.D. candidate and currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University.  His major field is American politics and his research agenda studies political executives in a comparative perspective.  His dissertation examines recent presidential and gubernatorial annual addresses to understand how state executives consider and respond to presidential policy priorities in a federal system.  Other current projects include a co-authored project investigating the conditions that lead U.S. presidents to engage in foreign policy activity.
 
Fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics    Personal Website      Email: austin.trantham@uky.edu
 
 
Ryan Voris
Ryan is a graduate student majoring in American politics.  His research focuses on the impact of voter identification laws on the American political process.  Part of his work examines how these laws affect voter turnout in national elections, while other parts focus on public opinion toward these laws and parties' campaign tactics in response to the laws.  In addition to work on voter identification laws, Ryan is also working with a research team to understand how media and racial frames affect citizen attitues toward laws that disenfranchise former felons.
 
Fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics    Personal Website       Email: ryan.voris@uky.edu
 

Comparative Politics

Anup Phayal
Anup is a Ph.D. Candidate majoring in International Relations with a Minor in Comparative Politics, though his work speaks to both these sub-fields.  His primary research interests are civil wars and post-conflict peace buiding.  His dissertation investigates various aspects of post-conflict peace, focusing primarily on post-conflict elections, citizens' vote choices, and post-conflict attitudes toward violence.  He has also published work on post-conflict disarmament programs in Sudan.
 
Fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics      Personal webpage      Email:  anup.phayal@uky.edu
 
Gabriela Rangel
Gabby is a Ph.D. Candidate majoring in Comparative Politics with a strong focus on Latin America.  Her research focuses primarily on political institutions and patterns of political participation.  More specifically, her disertation investigates the effects of compulsory voting laws on political participation and the mechanisms through which voting systems impact citizens' voting behavior.  She has published work on the impact of Chile's decision to swtich from compulsory to voluntary voting on political behavior.  She has conducted fieldwork in Argentina and Peru. 
 
Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations  Personal Website  Email: g.rangel@uky.edu 
 

International Relations

 
Anup Phayal
Anup is a Ph.D. Candidate majoring in International Relations with a Minor in Comparative Politics, though his work speaks to both these sub-fields.  His primary research interests are civil wars and post-conflict peace buiding.  His dissertation investigates various aspects of post-conflict peace, focusing primarily on post-conflict elections, citizens' vote choices, and post-conflict attitudes toward violence.  He has also published work on post-conflict disarmament programs in Sudan.
 
Fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics      Personal webpage      Email:  anup.phayal@uky.edu
 
Jungmoo Woo
Jungmoo received his Ph.D. from UK in 2015.  Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Vanderbilt University.  His research focuses on civil wars, international conflict, and democratization and research methods including: network analysis, formal theory, and baysian statistics. 

Fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics    Personal Webpage  Email: jwo229@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

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