Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Current PhD Students

First Year Students

  • Tommy Callan is from Chicago, IL, and his area of interest is China’s emerging role as a great power.
  • Elisa D’Amico is from Galena, IL, and her areas of interest are immigration and asylum policy, refugee integration, and xenophobia.

Second Year Students

  • Adam Hii is from Chicago, IL and his area of interest is international healthcare policy.

Third Year Students

  • Nellie Bohac is from Minnetonka, Minnesota, and her areas of interest are international organizations and development.
  • Samantha Costas is from Valparaiso, Indiana, and her area of interest is international relations, with a focus on US-Cuba relations.
  • Jorge Guzman (Fulbright Scholar) is from Bogota, Colombia and his areas of interest are comparative politics, with an emphasis on inequality.
  • Eugene Schelfaut is from Chicago, Illinois and his interests include nuclear deterrence, the evolution of sovereignty, and globalization and interdependence.

Fourth Year Students:

  • Taghreed Alsabeh is from Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and her area of interest is international relations, with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Fifth Year Students

  • Muhammet Asil is from Istanbul, Turkey, and his areas of interest are refugees and the ethics of forced displacement.
  • Paul Olander is from Canton, Ohio and his area of interest is international relations, with a focus on soft power.
  • Mamy Randriamanantena is from Antananarivo, Madagascar and his area of interest is international relations, particularly the role of the Vatican as a third-party mediator.
  • Michael Schumacher (PhD Candidate, Teaching Fellow), is from Chicago, IL, is interested in comparative politics, political violence and terrorism, democratization and political development, and foreign policy analysis, with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. His dissertation is titled “Dying to Fight: The Individual and Social Processes of the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon.”

Sixth Year Students

  • Kirstie Dobbs (PhD Candidate, Schmitt Fellow) is from Carmel, Indiana, and is interested in comparative politics, with a specialization in revolutions and political behavior. Her dissertation title is "Active on the Street, but Apathetic at the Ballot Box? Evolving Political Behavior of Tunisian Youth during the Post-Revolutionary Era (2011 - Present)"
  • Ratri Istania (PhD Candidate) is from Jakarta, Indonesia, her areas of interest are comparative politics, ethnopolitics and nationalism, and territorial and non-territorial autonomy. The title of her dissertation is “Administrative Unit Proliferation and Ethnic Group Conflict: Does the Prospect of a New Province Mitigate Ethnic Group Conflict?”