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Elise Carlson-Rainer plans to research effective modes of international interventions improving human rights in the Middle East and South Asia. Her primary foundational field of interest is Law, Rights and Governance (LRG). She received her Master's in International Relations and Peace and Conflict studies from Uppsala University in Sweden. Prior to her admittance in the Jackson School's Ph.D. program, Elise worked with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for seven years, focusing mainly on North Africa and Jordan. She currently drafts and edits the U.S. Department of State’s human rights reports for Algeria, Jordan, Oman, and Qatar. Elise began her career with the U.S. Government as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and later at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Rome. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden, studying Kurdish women's political participation in Swedish society and the Kurdish Diaspora. Elise is married with two children and lives in Seattle.
Indra Ekmanis received her Master of Arts in International Studies from the Jackson School in 2013, and is excited to continue her graduate work at the University of Washington. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Peace, Violence, and Security (PVS) foundational field of the Jackson School PhD program and also the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (REECAS). Indra’s master’s thesis focused on civic and linguistic integration of Russian speakers in Latvia, and she will continue her research on integration in regional and cultural issue areas in her doctoral work. Prior to studying at the University of Washington, Indra graduated summa cum laude from the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and also interned in Riga at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Greg Guedel grew up in Snohomish, Washington, courtesy of his Mother’s miraculous escape from the KGB in post-WWII Latvia. He received his B.S. in Business from USC, J.D. from UW, and Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics. In his legal practice, Greg represents Native American Tribes and he works closely with professors in the UW’s Native American Law Center. His research is primarily based in the States, Markets, Societies (SMS) foundational field and the REECAS area studies program, and centers on U.S. external development models for nations in transition. Greg served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 8 years, which provided helpful training for his current role as Co-Director of the UW’s CHID Study Abroad Program in Munich – which is also where he obtained that splendid hat.
Afsaneh J Haddadian is interested in democratic theory and citizens’ political participation. Her primary foundational field of interest is States, Markets, and Societies (SMS), within which she is interested in a comparative study of government institutions, and their intersection with state building, political participation, and democracy. As a secondary field, she is going to pursue the Law, Rights, and Governance (LRG) track. Her proposed research envisions examining local democratic governance in the Middle East, through incorporating deliberative processes. Prior to joining the Jackson school Ph.D. cohort, Afsaneh was doing research with the Kettering Foundation on democratic thought and process, different public policy issues, and collective decision-making. She holds an MA in International and Comparative Politics from Wright State University, and a BA in French Language and Literature from Ferdowsi University in her home country of Iran.
Gregory Shtraks Greg Shtraks was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in the equally exotic suburban New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate studies in International Affairs and History at the George Washington University and received his BA in 2005. After college, he spent two years in Shenzhen, China where he studied Mandarin Chinese at Shenzhen University and taught English for the CTLC program. Returning to George Washington in 2007, Greg received his Master’s degree in Asian Studies at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. While in Grad school, Greg held internships at the National Endowment for Democracy, Jamestown Foundation, Foreign Policy Magazine and, after graduating in 2009, spent a year working as a contractor at the Department of State. Since 2010 Greg has been working as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University’s Department of Political Science and has taught classes in International Affairs, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and American Government. Greg speaks fluent Russian and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. In his free time Greg enjoys playing “Diplomacy”, shooting hoops, and traveling with his wife Sara. Greg has also been honored as the recipient of the competitive Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation to annually support promising incoming doctoral students. Upon completing his Doctorate, Greg hopes to pursue a career in academia or to join the Foreign Service.
Major Steve Smith received his commission as an Air Force officer in 1999 after graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Asian Studies and minors in Aerospace Studies and Chinese Language and Literature. Steve completed a variety of operational and staff assignments before earning an MA in International Politics with an emphasis on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy while studying as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After a painfully short three-year assignment in Hawaii as a China Regional Affairs Strategist, he earned a second M.A. in Military Operational Art and Science while a resident student at the Air Command and Staff College. Most recently, Steve earned an M.Phil. in Military Strategy, at the Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. The Air Force, having somehow determined that Steve still doesn't have enough education, is sponsoring his Ph.D. studies at JSIS in the Peace, Violence, and Security (PVS) foundational field with a focus on East Asian and Chinese international relations and security issues. Steve has also been honored as the recipient of the competitive Richard B. Wesley Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship at the Jackson School, which is given to students to work specifically in the foundational fields of PVS and/or SMS in combination with one or more of the major powers of Asia.
Stephen R Thompson is returning to the Jackson School of International Studies two years after earning his Masters of Arts in International Studies, with a focus on Comparative Religion. His research, which was published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, argued that the origins of neoconservative grand strategy lie in the Social Gospel Christianity of the early 20th century. His next project will focus on the role of religious actors in promoting free trade and privatization as guiding principles for U.S. foreign policy. During his time away from the Jackson School, he co-authored a book and teacher's guide for Facing the Future, a Seattle-based curriculum developer focusing on on global studies and sustainability, then joined the faculty of Edmonds Community College, where he continues to develop and teach courses in International Studies.
Joshua Williams is interested in better understanding Japanese political economy and political institutions through the context of the States, Markets, and Societies (SMS) foundational field and the Statistical Concentration. In his research, he would like to investigate how local Japanese governments function and change over time. He is also interested in studying how elections shape societies. His fascination with and knowledge of Japan has come largely through living, studying, and working in the country for over six years. Joshua holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Boston University and a Master’s in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
|JSIS Ph.D. Program|
|Seattle, WA 98195|
|Director, Ph.D. Program|
|Saadia M. Pekkanen|
|Ph.D. Program Administrator|
|Ph.D. Program Committee|
|Gary Hamilton (ex officio)|
|Resat Kasaba (ex officio)|
|Christian Lee Novetzke|