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Graduate students on the job market: Public Policy

Kirk HarrisKirk Harris
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Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative Politics; African Politics; Race and Ethnicity; Democratic Representation; Clientelism; Public Policy; Political Economy; Multi-Method Research

Dissertation Title:Pathways to Accountability: Ethnicity and Allocation in Kenya's Constituency Development Fund

Dissertation Committee: Lauren M. MacLean (Chair); Michael D. McGinnis; Timothy Hellwig; Jennifer N. Brass (IU SPEA)

Luke Shimek

Luke Shimek
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Research and teaching Interests: Substantive: Bureaucracy, Corruption, Economic Development, Institutional Analysis and Development, Latin American Politics, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Political Development, Political Economy, Public Administration, and the Public Policy Process; with an emphasis in the comparative aspect of each of these fields.
Methods: Categorical Data Analysis, Causal Inference, Experimental, Exploratory Data Analysis, Formal/Game Theory, Introduction to Statistics/Quantitative Methods, Social Network Analysis

Dissertation Title: "Escape from Patronage: A Multi-Method Exploration of Federalism and Party Competition as Causes of Bureaucratic Insulation" 

Dissertation Committee: Regina Smyth (Chair), Claudia Avellaneda, William Bianco, Sean Nicholson-Crotty