Recent Alumni and Student Profiles

Ji Min Kim (2016) will begin the PhD program in the Department of Government at Georgetown University in the fall of 2016, where she will study political theory.  Ji Min graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, majoring in government with a concentration in modern political theories and philosophy. Her research interests include the history of political philosophy, constitutional theory, and multiculturalism.  While at NYU, she served as a managing editor on the Journal of Political Inquiry.  

Kim Tran (2016) will begin the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University in the fall of 2016.  His research interests are in international relations with a focus on the linkages between domestic political systems and state behavior, particularly intrastate war.  His MA thesis examined the extent to which the distribution of public goods may become altered when there are changes in the level of political accountability.  Kim graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science.  Prior to starting the MA program, he worked as a legislative director in the California State Assembly and then as the policy director and research manager for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit organization.

Andrew Tripodo (2016) is now the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of public charter schools.  A graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in political science, Andrew entered the Teach for America Program.  He taught English and Law Studies at the Grace King High School is New Orleans, where he introduced his students to political philosophy.  While a student in the MA program in Politics, Andrew studied political theory and American Politics, completing a thesis examining low voter turnout among lower income Americans.  

Trisha Faulkner (2015) is a 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist.  As a fellow, she is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer working at the U.S. State Department in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues.   Trisha received her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies and European History from Northwestern University.  With a background in translation, she worked as a program manager for Google.  Trisha continued to work full-time for Google while enrolled in the MA program, where her research interests were primarily related to the causes of armed conflict and formal modeling.  Her thesis applied game theory to examine the strategic decision making process related to state vs. state cyber conflict.

Liana Eustacia Reyes-Reardon (2015) was accepted to Rice University’s PhD program in Political Science, beginning in the fall of 2016.  She will also be a visiting research fellow at National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations. Her research is focused on conflict and cooperation, with particular emphasis on armed non-state actors (alliances, territorial control, governance, strategic behavior).  During her time in the MA program and following her graduation, Liana was the research coordinator for IBI Consultants, LLC, a Washington D.C. national security consulting firm, where she managed a variety of projects including works within the Center for Strategic and International Studies and National Defense University.  She has also been named as a 2016-2017 APSA Latino Scholarship Fund Recipient.