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School of International Service, PhD

Spring 2014 Commencement

This spring the SIS PhD program helped seven students celebrate the completion of their PhDs with homemade strawberry shortcake and coffee. Sebastian Bitar, Kia Hall, Zaw Oo, and Courtney Radsch defended their dissertations in the spring of 2014. Joshua Jones, Thomas Long, and Shanshan Mei defended in the summer of 2013.


Meet our new PhDs


Sebastian Bitar (Spring 2014)

Dissertation: "US Military Bases, Quais-Bases, and Domestic Politics in Latin America"

Committee: Patrick T. Jackson, SIS (Dissertation Chair); Arlene Tickner, SIS; and Eric Hershberg, SPA

Kia Hall (Spring 2014)

Dissertation: "Baking Ereba, Expanding Capabilities: A Study of Food, Family & Nation among the Garifuna of Honduras"

Committee: Christine B.N. Chin, SIS (Dissertation Chair); Loubna Skalli-Hanna, SIS; Rachel Watkins, CAS; Consuelo Hernandez, CAS

Zaw Oo (Spring 2014)

Dissertation: "From Grabbing Hand to Helping Hand: Political Economy of State-Building, Rent-Seeking and Economic Reform in Burma and Vietnam"  

Committee: Deborah Brautigam, SIS (Dissertation Chair); David Hirschmann, SIS; and Narendran Kumarakulasingam, SIS

Courtney Radsch (Spring 2014)

Dissertation: "Digital Dissidence & Political Change: Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt"  

Committee: Patrick T. Jackson, SIS (Dissertation Chair); Diane Singerman, SPA; and Marwan Kraidy (Univ. Pennsylvania)