Graduate Student Affiliates


Aycan KititasAycan Katitas My research interests center on the international political economy and quantitative methodology, with a specific focus on foreign direct investment. I am most interested in the issues related to the relations between multinational corporations and host country government policies as well as how the public opinion on multinational corporations shapes the policy outcomes. Currently, my specific research interest mostly involves the rise of restrictive foreign direct investment policies in the USA due to increasing Chinese MNC takeovers of American companies.


Chelsea GoforthChelsea Goforth





Thomas GrayThomas Gray





Geoff GordonGeoff Gordon





Carl HuangCarl Pi-Cheng Huang is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. In the field of International Relations, his research explores the time-varying dynamics of territorial disputes. In political methodology, he is interested in applying psychometric models to measure latent concepts in world politics such as soft power and diplomatic appeals.



Robert KubinecRobert Kubinec is a PhD Candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. His research explores the role of businesspeople during critical moments of countries undergoing transitions from dictatorship to democracy. During 2016, he undertook field research in Egypt and Tunisia, meeting with a range of businesses, parliamentarians, policy wonks, journalists, and civil society regarding the tumultuous political changes of the last five years.




leyden_photoBen Leyden is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Virginia. His fields of research are industrial organization and applied microeconomics, focusing on the effects of digitization on competition. In particular, his current work is centered on how the digitization of consumer goods is affecting how firms both monetize and innovate their products.
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Cailin SlatteryCailin Slattery is a Ph.D. student in Economics with an interest in public finance and empirical industrial organization. She studies how state governments compete to attract firms and jobs to their regions. Her research concerns both the effect of tax credits and subsidies on firm location decisions and the state government decision of which firms to target and how much money to offer.

Nate PattisonNathaniel Pattison is a Ph.D. student with an interest in applied microeconomics, public economics, labor economics, and household finance. His research focuses on bankruptcy, debt collection, and consumer credit markets.



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Colin ArnoldColin ArnoldĀ Colin is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, and spends his time researching the broad topics of political and economic sociology with an emphasis on political parties, social/labor movements, and global political economy. More specifically, his current work focuses on the relationships between political parties and movements, as well as how parties actively shape, reproduce, and negotiate the conditions of global capitalism. Colin has also worked outside of academia as an campaign and labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).



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