Recent Graduates

Politics & International Affairs offers many graduate programs: PhD, MA, and MPA.

Where are they now?

Locate graduates from Politics & International affairs using our map of graduates.

What did they study?

Find out what graduates from Politics & International Affairs studied during their time in the program, their dissertation/thesis titles, and what they are doing today:



Kira Bauer, PhD

  • Instructor, School of Communications, Northern Arizona University
  • "The Inclusion of Non-Monetary Values into Water Management"
Jim Buthman, PhD
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stetson University
  • "Empowered: Renewable Energy, Western States, and the Bureau of Land Management"
Heather Farley, PhD
  • Instructor, Political Science, College of Coastal Georgia 
  • "Interpreting Sustainability: An Analysis of Sustainable Development Narratives among Developed Nations"

Daniel Ogbaharya, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
  • "Change and Continuity in Natural Resources Management in Ethiopia and Namibia: A Historical Institutional Analysis"
Jane Whitmore, PhD
  • Senior Researcher at RCI Surveys, Inc.
  • "The Yavapai County Water Dispute: A Power and Politics Analysis"

Justin Ervin, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Gateway Community & Technical College
  • "Beef as Unequal Ecological Exchange: Case Studies in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina"

Ben Jones, PhD

  • "The Paradox of Indigenous Sovereignty and American Democracy: Discourse Exclusion in Navajo Water Rights"

John Sagala, PhD

  • "Public Law 108-25, US Foreign Policy, and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Daniel Suhr, PhD
  • Director of Research and Development, inXol, in Phoenix, AZ.
  • "Globalization and the Community: A Case Study of NAFTA's Impact on Nogales, Sonora, Mexico"

T. Mark Montoya, PhD 

  • Lecturer, Ethnic Studies Program, Northern Arizona University
  • "Borderdom: Citizenship in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands"

Anna Nalwood, PhD

  • "The Meaning of Sovereignty to the Diné: A Study of Urban Phoenix Navajo"
Naomi Pinion, PhD
  • Lecturer, Northern Arizona University
  • "The National Security Imaginary: The Challenge of Same-Sex Marriage in the US"
Sara Rinfret Rose, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Hartwick College
  • "Changing the Rules: Interest Groups and Federal Environmental Rulemaking"

Rob Breen, SFO, PhD

  • Environmental Policy Analyst, New York Department of State
  • "Determining the Level of Ecosystem Management within the Forest Plans of the US Forest Service"
Karen Jarratt-Snider, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Applied Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University
  • "Meaningful Participation in Environmental Justice: Policy Designs and Implications for Re-envisioning, reinstating, and reinforcing tribal sovereignty"
Aaron Mason, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • "The Evolving Nature of Federalism: The Tribal-State Relationship"
Marda Mustapha, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, The College of Saint Rose
  • "International Political Economy of HIV/AIDS Prevention: Lessons from Sierra Leone and Uganda"
Isa Ponce-Jiminez, PhD
  • "Wayuu Women: Indigenous Responses to Neoliberal Adjustments and Constitutional Reforms in Columbia"
Edythe Weeks, PhD
  • Adjunct Faculty, Northern Arizona University
  • "The Politics of Space Law in the Post Cold War Era: Understanding Regime Change"

Kurt Fenske, PhD

  • Instructor, Public Agency Management, Northern Arizona University
  • "Privitization in Developing Countries from a Populist Perspective: A Case Study of Malawi"

Amy Gould, PhD

  • Evergreen State College
  • "Social Differences and Management Styles: A Study of Conformity"
Osaro Ighodaro, PhD
  • Vice President of Student Affairs, South Mountain Community College
  • "The Political Economy of the Oil and the Niger Delta Crisis"

Eva Barraza, PhD

  • Part Time Faculty, Coconino Community College
  • "Central American Immigrants and the Democratization of Los Angeles: La Cadena de Opresion y la Resistencia" 

Runa Das, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • "Encountering Hindutva: Reading Security, and Engendering a Hindu Masculinity in India's Nuclear Policies, Late 1990s"

Julie Smith (formerly Atkins), PhD

  • Electricity Policy Analyst, Department of Energy
  • "The Endocrine Disruptor Hypothesis: Scientists, Values, and Agenda-Setting in Environmental Policy Making"

Michael Sanchez, PhD

  • Program Coordinator, San Antonio College
  • "Democracy in Puerto Rico: A Cultural Interpretive Approach"

Jessica Urban, PhD 

  • Assistant Professor, Women's Studies and Multicultural Queer Studies Program, Humbolt State University
  • "The Politics of Blame: Nation, Immigration, and Environmental Security in International Relations"

Peter Jacques, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Florida
  • "A Green Peace? Connections Between Environmental Policy and Foreign Policy"
Grenetta (Fink) Thomassey, PhD
  • Policy Analyst, Tipp of the Mitt Watershed Council
  • "A Comparative Analysis of United States Groundwater Managements Regimes: Testing an Ideal Type"

Secody Hubbard, PhD

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • "The Discourses of Federal Indian Policy: Intergovernmental Policy Management, Structures and Conflict Resolution"

Natalina Monteiro, PhD

  • Associate Professor Santa Monica College
  • "The Political Economy of Informal Markets; Restructuring Economies, Gender and Women's Lives in Maputo, Mozambique"
Jerald Mast, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Carthage College
  • "Clarifying Ambiguity: Public Policy, Contingent Valuation and the Consideration of Environmental Values"
Elaine Rodriquez, PhD
  • Visiting Assistant Profess, History and Political Science, New Mexico Highlands University

Janet Carey, PhD

  • Contract teaching assignments with Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Colorado Freelance Paralegal Network
  • "Continuing Cultural Viability via Cultural Tourism as an Economic Survival Project for Pueblo Indian People"
Patrick Holman, PhD
  • Senior Program Analyst, Office of Nuclear Energy at the United States Department of Energy
  • "Institutional Theory and Institutional Change: Ecosystem Management and the United States Forest Service"
Philip Pappas, PhD
  • Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial
  • "Tourism, the Impacts of Power, and the Development of Policy: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach"
John Seyb, PhD
  • Coconino County Department of Health Services
  • "Enhancing Public Participation in Discussion of Waste Facility Siting through Risk Communication"

Joely Proudfit (formerly DeLaTorre), PhD

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Native Studies at California State University
  • "Interpreting Power: The Power and Politics of Tribal Gaming in Southern California"

Ahmed Ismail, PhD

  • Instructor, College of the Siskiyous
  • "Challenging Regionalism, Trade Integration and Globalization: Development Integration Theory and the Southern Africa Development Community"
Jianqiang Li, PhD
  • Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Social Sciences Department, University of Houston-Downtown
  • "State and Opposition: A Study of State Capacity and Loyal Dissent in Mao's China"




Diana L. Bartlett
Thomas Brown
Dustin Kuluris


Tariq Ali
Rod Loehr, Jr.
Huibing Luan
Molly Schiffer
Michelle Thomas
Mohammad M. Uddin


Sara Pena-Lee
Petrika Peters


Candi Corral
Heather Farley
Keith Sherman
Ken Silvestri
Patrika Peters


Kira Bauer
Hanna Dahlstrom
Whitney Orndorff
Sahar Razavi
Katrina Taylor
Benning Tieke


Matthew Foley
Alexandria Frawley
Jason Roybal


Benjamin Jones
Stefanie Kunze


Jim Buthman
Christopher Lane
Penny Mills
Adria Mooney


Yin Kyi
Michael Vogler
Baohua Yan


Daniel Foster
Danny Robicheau
Lawrence Zamora


Leslie Cutting
Felicia Caviezel
Xueli Zhang

Kurt Fenske
Robert L. Jones
Joshua Poisel
Grenetta Thomassey
Paul Vaughn
Robin Woods


Jeffrey Stone
Rebecca Thomas


Tobi Bennington
Jonathan Jemming
Rebecca Thomas
John Wilmer, Sr. 


Joely DeLaTorre-Proudfit, PhD




Sarah Langley


Diana L. Bartlett

Michael McGill

Patricia Nelson

Cynthia Nemeth-Briehn

Jennifer Requadt

Earlene Smith


Amanda Birkett

Mark Christian

Joanne Keene

Matthew Morris

Daniel Musselman

Stephanie Smith


Alison Ahlgrim

Stacey Calvert


Jaina Moan

Sara Morley

Daniel Stamps


Stacey Hamburg


Michelle Goodman

Teresa Slater


Jonathan Nez


Kurt Braatz

Zhen Wang


Thomas Eberly

Jordan Price


Carol Henderson-Dahms

Karen Jarratt-Snider

Ron Lee

Daniel Shearer, Jr.


Jimmy Banally

Normalinda Zuniga


Edward Dee

Peter Jacques, PhD

Jennifer Reichelt

Warren Sanford

Cecily Smith