The Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to announce its current job candidates.
Graduates of this department reflect UNL’s unique integration of learning, teaching, and research. The department requires a wide breadth of coursework across three subfields of political science, giving our students a broad knowledge base. Students are required to teach at least one course, and most of our students teach multiple courses during their education at UNL.
Additionally, our students frequently publish with faculty members, and many have published solo pieces by the time they are on the job market.
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Research and Teaching Interests: American and Comparative Politics: Prejudice, Dehumanization and Diversity, Identity Politics, Political Psychology, State and Local Government, Executive Politics, Public Opinion
Dissertation Title: Democratic Dehumanization: The Consequences of Dehumanizing Political Candidates with Physical Disabilities
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
Research and Teaching Interests: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Strategic Studies
Dissertation Title: Military Moves in the Middle East: Explaining the Military’s Role During the Arab Spring
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Patrice McMahon
About Me: I arrived in the USA in 2004 on a State Department Scholarship (was awarded the scholarship because I was one of the top students in my college in Syria). In 2006, I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. I also finished my master’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009 in Political Science. In 2011, I was honored to join the Political Science Department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as a Ph.D. student in International Relations. Due to my academic performance, I was awarded a research assistantship, and now I am a visiting assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. My current research focuses on identifying the causes and consequences of the recent political turmoil in the Middle East. More specifically, I am interested in understanding why the numerous democratization efforts in the Middle East have failed to produce democratic institutions. This broadens my knowledge in the areas of comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, in addition to the role of the military in the governance of the Middle East and terrorism in general. I have taught courses in a variety of areas within political science, including IR, comparative politics, Middle East politics, US foreign policy, political theory, American Government, and the United Nations.
Research and Teaching Interests: International Relations and American Politics, with special emphasis on human rights
Dissertation Title: The Impacts of Salience Hate Crimes on Societal Views Toward the LGBTQ+ Community
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht
About Me: I was raised in Nebraska, and I attended UNL as an undergrad, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy, before joining the Political Science program as a graduate student. My research interests focus primarily on human rights - specifically I study LGBTQ+ rights and the pursuit of equality by these oftentimes marginalized individuals. The research I conduct relates to the rehumanization of the LGBTQ+ community - meaning, how can issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community be talked about or brought to light in a manner that encourages positive shifts in public support for this vulnerable population. I believe that political science exists in a unique position where the results of scholarship can be implemented to have genuine, positive impacts upon peoples' lives. I plan to use the skills developed in graduate school to help me pursue a career in LGBTQ+ advocacy. As a researcher, I have been taught in the use of various statistical analysis mediums including SPSS and STATA, as well as the quantitative and qualitative methodological tools associated with their use. As an instructor of record, I have headed political theory courses, a class on state terror, a course on national security, in addition to a plethora of international relations teaching assistantship positions.