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Dissertations in Progress
|Courtney Andrews||The New Paradigm of United States American Indian Policy: Tribal-Local Government Interaction.|
|Greg Basco||Market, Community, & Nature: The Politics of Ecotourism in Central America.|
|Susana Brugada||The Influence of the Political Discourse on Risk and Capital Flows.|
|The Policy Process and Contentious Social Issues: Gay and Lesbian Rights As A Socially Contentious Policy Area.|
Examining the Legacies of the Past: Values and Attitudes of Businesspeople in Russia and Hungary
|Claude Louishomme||Gambling Casinos As An Economic Development Strategy.|
|Maureen Gilbride-Mears||The Courts and Public Policy: A Cross-Institutional Examination of Group Mobilization and Agenda Change.|
|Susan Mason||A Comparison of Interstate and Intra-State Cooperation and their Effects on Employment and Training Outcomes|
|Kristi Walker||The Politics and Economics of Brownfield Redevelopment: Regional Approaches to Neighborhood Blight.|
|Will Winter||Local Characteristics of Decision-Making of the Regional St. Louis Empowerment Zone.|
Student Interest Areas
Julie Birkenmaier Areas of interest - Social welfare policy and public policy. My dissertation topic is the role of affordable credit to asset building programs for low and moderate income Americans.
Dave Boltz My area of scholarly interest is American politics and environmental policy.
David Fistein Areas of Specialization: Comparative Politics, American Politics. Areas of Interest: States, Social Movements, Social Revolutions, Regional Studies (Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe), Political Economy, Women and Politics
Philip Young P. Hong (also known as the happy hour guy) Interest Area: International Social Development; International Organizations; Globalization and Economic Restructuring; International Conflict; and Welfare State Challenges. Experiences Relevant to Area of Study: Internship at United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (1999); internship at United Nations Economic and Social Commission on Asia and the Pacific (expected in summer 2002) Conferences: Presented at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (2000) -- Symposium on "Research on Individual Development Accounts".
Krisdakorn Klinkesorn My sub-field is public policy.
Maks Kobonbaev The focus of my study mainly concentrates on international development, trade, foreign policy, the countries of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caspian. I am currently working on two projects in the field of international development and the Caspian energy resources. The second one goes along with my dissertation study which I broadly and approximately have titled as: "Oil and Gas Cooperation in the Caspian: Prospects for Subregional Integration and Security." My second project, "Does Free-Trade Improve Poverty around the Globe?" is a quantitative study exploring the effect of free-trade and liberalization of domestic economies on poverty reduction around the globe.
Bertin Kouadio I am interested in a variety of issues pertaining to politics & development of Africa, international relations of Africa and the UN systems .
Matt McLauglin My primary area is public policy in American political institutions. I am specifically interested in campaign finance on the national level as well as the state of Missouri.
Janina Mera My area of interest is International relations with an emphasis on Third World Development, especially in Latin America.
Larry Morton My areas of interests are criminal policies and social policies that effect and affect central city minorities living in poverty. More specifically, I would like to learn what policies they feel have failed them and what policies could improve their lives. I am also interested in racial disparities in criminal policies and in the juvenile justice system.
Andrea Pyatt My area of interest is international relations. In particular, I study conflict resolution and the role that international organizations play. While I have not begun my dissertation or finalized my topic, I plan to examine the role that regional organizations play in conflict resolution. My hypothesis is that these types of organizations are the most effective but relatively under used. I want to explore how they can potentially become stronger and the role they will play in the future.
Carroll Thomas My interest is in comparative politics, health policy reform, and the interaction between development and democratization, especially the impact of NAFTA, GATT and economic globalization more generally.