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Job Candidates

David Collier (chair), Leonardo Arriola, Ron Hassner, Heather Haveman
Comparative Politics / International Relations
Political Methodology
Academic Subfields: 
Comparative Politics
Personal Statement: 

Hi! I'm Sherry Zaks. I'm a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Travers Department of Political Science. My dissertation and book project asks the following question: why are some rebel groups able to seamlessly transition into political parties on the heels of war while others die trying? “Resilience Beyond Rebellion: How Wartime Organizational Structures Affect Rebel-to-Party Transformation,” represents a major shift in modeling rebel-to-party transition by placing the insurgent organization at the center of the analysis. I argue that the answer lies in the surprising diversity of rebel organizations. I draw on organizational sociology to develop a theory of rebel-to-party transition that identifies the locus of change in insurgent organizational structures. I also work on developing integrative tools of multi-method research.  Please feel free to contact me or visit my website – – if you have additional questions about my work. 



Graduate Students

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
David Collier
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Secondary Subfield: 
Methodology & Formal Theory