Aycan 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.
Carl 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 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.
Nathaniel 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.
Maria Tackett is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Statistics. Her research interests include Bayesian inference of object-oriented data, life course data, and sequence analysis. She is currently working on a project that applies Bayesian inference to a well known dataset of historical English dance sequences.