Mariel Barnes – Mariel is from Sydney, and went to the University of New South Wales. She’s currently in her second year of the Committee on International Relations at UChicago.
Stephen Feagin – Stephen is an entering PhD student in the Yale Political Science Department, focusing on civil-military relations and authoritarian politics, primarily in the Middle East. His MA thesis, “The Manager on Horseback: Regime Security and Military Business in Egypt,” examined the origins of military-owned business enterprise as a form of authoritarian threat management in Sadat’s Egypt. You can follow his incredibly sporadic Twitter feed, @feaginsp.
Matt Reichert – Matt’s research examines the ways that states accumulate and exercise symbolic authority over their constituent populations. He specializes in Soviet History, especially from 1917 into the 1930s. He is also interested in the development of creative methodologies for studying ideational variables in structural change, in particular network analytic approaches and agent-based modeling techniques. Matt is currently working as an analyst and forecaster for Lustick Consulting, a defense contracting firm based in Philadelphia.
Amanda Rynes – Amanda is from Seattle, and went to the University of Washington. She’s in Idaho Falls being a nuclear baller.
Gabe Sehr – Gabe is originally from the Chicago area. His research focuses on state-sponsored terrorism, interstate conflict, and insurgency. He holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in addition to an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. He speaks German and enough Arabic to be dangerous. He spends his free time watching congressional hearings on C-SPAN because, “That’s what all the cool kids are doing these days.”