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Max Kagan

PhD Student in Political Science
Personal Statement

Max Kagan is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on political economy. His main research interests is in corporate governance, and how multinational corporations and financial firms interact with international and national politics.

Prior to his graduate studies, Max worked for several years as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm, where he was based in Dubai and New York. Max also worked as an early-stage private equity investor for a New York-based firm, focusing on investments in business services and financial technology. He also worked for the Good Jobs Institute (GJI), a Cambridge, Massachusetts non-profit based upon the work of Dr. Zeynep Ton of MIT. GJI works with companies in retail, elder care, and other service industries to create good jobs that improve the lives of workers while fostering operational excellence.

Max holds a B.A. summa cum laude with highest honors in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont. He speaks Arabic and Turkish.

Primary Subfield
International Relations
Academic Advisors
Ryan Brutger