Alumni and current students published in PS journal

"Symposium: Fieldwork in Political Science: Encountering Challenges and Crafting Solutions" published in the April 2014 (47.2) issue of PS: Political Science and Politics.


Christopher Chambers-Ju is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the electoral participation of teachers’ unions in developing democracies; how the teaching profession can become politicized, and how it is politically represented. He can be reached at . Roselyn Hsueh is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Temple University. Her research and publications examine the politics of market reform and variation in global economic integration and institutional development, particularly in China and India. She has conducted extensive fieldwork gathering data and interviewing a multiplicity of economic and political actors across localities, industrial sectors, and at the company level. She can be reached at Francesca Refsum Jensenius is a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her areas of specialization are comparative politics, political economy, South Asian politics, and research methods. As part of her dissertation work on the effects of quotas for the Scheduled Castes in India she conducted more than 12 months of fieldwork across India, interviewing politicians, civil servants, activists, and voters and collecting data for quantitative analysis. She can be reached at . Jody LaPorte is a departmental lecturer in politics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the politics of nondemocratic regimes, including issues of regime stability, institutional variation, and foreign policy with a regional focus on post-Soviet Eurasia. In 2008–2009, she conducted 14 months of field research in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine. She can be reached at Akasemi Newsome is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on comparative political economy; the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration; and institutional change. From 2009 to 2012, she spent 16 months collecting interview, observational, and archival data for her dissertation on the role of immigrant agency in institutional change in European labor unions. She can be reached at Suzanne E. Scoggins is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Focusing on reform-era politics in contemporary China, her research interests include local policing, bureaucratic fragmentation, authoritarian resilience, rights consciousness, and contentious politics. Her dissertation explores the relationship between local state stability and China’s public security bureau, with a special focus on street-level police. Between 2010 and 2013, she spent 23 months interviewing police officers in mainland China and conducting archival research on the police bureaucracy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She can be reached by email at Vasundhara Sirnate is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the Chief Coordinator of Research at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy in India. Her work explores variation in state strategy to fight insurgency in northeast and central India. She can be reached at vasundhara.sirnate@

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