2014-2015 Job Market Candidates

The Political Science Department is pleased to have several highly qualified candidates on the job market for the 2014-2015 academic year. We hope that you will consider them as candidates for openings at your institutions. Please contact the Graduate Director, Prof. David Kimball (kimballd@msx.umsl.edu) or the job candidates directly if you would like further information. Listed below are brief biographical sketches of our placement candidates, primary advisors, contact information and link to their current CVs.


Todd Combs, Graduate Instructor, Department of Political Science, UMSL.

ABD. Dissertation: "Development from Abroad? Transnational Remittance & Institutionalizing Diaspora Engagement for Development in Africa." Committee members: Ruth Iyob (Chair), Jean-Germain Gros, David Kimball, Kenneth Thomas.

Teaching & Research Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Quantitative Research Methods, Development Studies, Transnational Remittances, Diaspora Engagement.

Vitae: CombsCV.pdf
E-mail: toddcombs@.umsl.edu

Jessica Gracey, Graduate Insructor, Department of Political Science, UMSL.

ABD. Dissertation: "The Role of Money and Endorsements in Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Initiatives." Committee members: David Kimball (Chair), Nancy Kinney, Brian Fogarty, Adriano Udani.

Teaching & Research Interests: : LGBT Politics, Political Behavior, State and Local Politics, Research Methods, American Political Institutions, and Women and Politics.

Vitae: GraceyCV.pdf

E-mail: jlgracey@umsl.edu

Barbara Hosto-Marti, Graduate Instructor, Department of Political Science, UMSL.

ABD. Dissertation: "Globalization and the Growth of International Nongovernmental Organizations and Global Governance." Committee members: Kenneth Thomas (Chair), Nancy Kinney, David Kimball, David Robertson.

Teaching & Research Interests: American Government, Civil Society and Public Policy, Methods, Research Design, International Political Economy, Globalization, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Resource Development for Nonprofits, Strategic Planning for Nonprofits​

Vitae: HostoMartiCV.pdf
E-mail: barbara.j.hosto-marti@.umsl.edu

Sterling Recker, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, UMSL.

ABD. Dissertation: "Agrarian Reform in Rwanda: An Analysis of Policy Implementation Under Vision 2020." Committee members: Jean-Germain Gros (Chair), Ruth Iyob, Joyce Mushaben, Kenneth Thomas.

Teaching & Research Interests: African Political Development, Comparative Politics, Rural and Political Development in Developing Countries, Food Security, Political Theory, and International Political Economy.

Vitae: sterlingreckerCV.pdf
E-mail: sterlingrecker@gmail.com

Laura Wiedlocher, Instructor, School of Social Work, UMSL.

ABD. Dissertation: "Political Fragmentation and Central City Growth and Decline 1950-2000." Committee members: Brady Baybeck and David Kimball (Chairs), Gary J. Miller, Lana Stein.

Teaching & Research Interests: American Politics, Urban Politics, Methods, Multi-Method Research Design (Spatial Analysis), Public Policy/Policy Process, Congress.

Vitae: wiedlocher_cv_june2012.pdf
E-mail: lwiedlocher@gmail.com