Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974
polsci@gwu.edu


Awards

Our graduate students are actively engaged in all professional aspects of the field, publishing in top journals and winning prestigious awards and grants that fund both pre-dissertation and dissertation research. Recent awards won by our graduate students include:

  • Michelle Jurkovich will be be joining the Watson Institute at Brown University in Fall 2014 for a two year postdoctoral fellowship. 
  • Alex Reisenbichler has been awarded a one-year dissertation fellowship at the Free University Berlin - the Berlin Fellowship for Advanced German and European Studies (2014-2015).
  • Julia MacDonald was accepted to the German Marshall Fund's Young Strategists Forum in Japan.  
  • Jackie Schneider won third place in the National Intelligence Writing Contest for her essay "Remotely Piloted Aircraft and the Pivot Towards Asia: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Intelligence Collection"
  • Jackie Schneider won the Alexander George Award for best graduate student paper, Foreign Policy Analysis Section International Studies Association for her essay "Presidential Decisions for War: Is Intelligence to Blame? Case Studies of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush."
  • Alyx Mark received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research, "Accessing Assistance and Citizen Engagement."
  • Allison Quatrini received 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • Scott Weiner received a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • Jackson Woods received a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • Rachel Whitlark has been awarded the Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program predoctoral research fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.
  • Jessica Anderson has received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council for the 2013 fellowship year.
  • Julia Macdonald was awarded George Washington University's Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. 
  • Chris Mitchell's paper "Saving the Market From Itself: The Politics of Financial Intervention" won the Top Paper prize at the Old Dominion University Graduate Research Conference.
  • Lisel Hintz received a Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund Award to support her continued study of Turkish. Lisel also received a Hoffman Full-Semester Dissertation Fellowship to fund her field work in Turkey during the Spring 2013 term.
  • Alanna Van Antwerp has been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship for the summer 2013.
  • Jake Haselswerdt received a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant from the National Science Foundation for his project "Policy Tools and Public Opinion." His dissertation advisor, and the principal investigator on the grant, is Professor Sarah Binder.
  • Bret Barrowman has been awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship from the American Councils Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program for research and language training in Georgia and the Ukraine.
  • Tristan Volpe has been named a Lawrence Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
  • Ryan Krog has received a Prestage-Cook Travel Award from the Southern Political Science Association.
  • Shannon Powers has been selected to serve as an NGO delegate to the 11th Session of the Assembly of States-Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She is being supported by travel grants through the Council of American Students in International Negotiations, IERES, IGIS, and University Professor Funds.  
  • Dina Bishara was awarded a fellowship beginning in fall 2013 with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
  • Brett Heiney was awarded a Boren Fellowship to China for 2012-13.
  • Madeleine Wells Goldburt received a Boren Fellowship to do language training and dissertation research in Jordan and Kuwait.
  • Shannon Powers was awarded a travel grant by Women in International Security Canada to attend their annual workshop in May 2012.
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded a dissertation research grant from the Loughran Foundation to conduct research at Oxford University during summer 2012.
  • Dawn Murphy was accepted into the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Postdoctoral program at Princeton.
  • Kelly Bauer was selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to Chile.
  • Lisel Hintz was awarded the Hoffman Full-Semester Dissertation Fellowship to fund her field research in Turkey for the fall 2012 semester.
  • Jake Haselswerdt won the Best Poster on Public Policy Award from the American Political Science Association for his paper, "Procedures and Policy in the Hidden Welfare State: A Comparison of the Survival Rates of Tax Expenditures and Direct Spending Programs."
  • Kerry Crawford was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies.
  • Daniel Nerenberg was awarded a Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award, honoring him as one of the three best GTAs at GW.
  • Rachel Whitlark was awarded a Stanton Nuclear Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 2012-2013.
  • Hyun-jin Song was awarded a Sigur Center for Asian Studies Grant for Field Research for summer 2012.
  • Lisel Hintz was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to study Turkish in Turkey during summer 2012.
  • Ajay Verghese was selected for a Shorenstein Fellowship in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University.
  • Amir Stepak was awarded a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for his project titled Redefining Strategic Interests: From Domestic Crisis to Foreign Policy Change.
  • Thomas Hill was awarded a Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship.
  • Inwook Kim was awarded a Fellowship at Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) for its Young Leaders Program (YLP).
  • Ajay Verghese won a CLS Alumni Development Award from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
  • Chris Mitchell received a research grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his project "Saving the Market from Itself: The Politics of Financial Intervention."
  • Dana Yasur-Landau awarded the Israeli Scholar Award from the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
  • Colm Fox won the Indonesia and East Timor Studies Committee award for best graduate paper, which he presented at the Asian Association Society conference.
  • Joseph O'Mahoney received a predoctoral fellowship from the DeKarman Fellowship Trust.
  • Michelle Jurkovich received an American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) Research Grant for her project "Food as a Right: The Construction and Evolution of Hunger as a Global Problem."
  • Alanna Van Antwerp was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in Egypt for 2011-2012.
  • Inwook Kim received a Policy Research Grant for Young Scholars by the Korean Ministry of Unification to study political orientation and influence of think-tanks in DC regarding Korean peninsula issues.
  • Allison Quatrini won a fellowship from the State Department's Program for Research and Training in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to study Uzbek.
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded the Millar Student Summer Travel Fellowship (2011) for dissertation research at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome, Italy.
  • Charles Sullivan received a Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year from the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.
  • Lance Noble received an award from the China-Canada Scholars' Exchange.
  • Dawn Murphy received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to travel to South Africa where she will examine "China's Relations with the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa in the post-Cold War Era."
  • Varun Piplani received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to carry out fieldwork in India where he will look at "Rethinking Economic Reforms: Power and Development in the Indian Countryside."
  • Ajay Verghese received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to conduct a study in India on "The Historical Roots of Caste and Tribal Conflict in Contemporary India."
  • Seung Joon Paik was awarded a Chinese Language Grant by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for Language Study in Taiwan.
  • Chris Mitchell received a research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.
  • Shannon Powers won the Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award.
  • Medlir Mema won a Belgian American Educational Foundation fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Diogo De Castilho Penha de Lemos received a Doctoral Degree Grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.
  • Jake Haselswerdt received an award to travel to Boston to attend the Social Science History Association Fiscal Sociology Workshop (travel funding provided by the National Science Foundation).
  • Lisel Hintz received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department for Turkish language studies.
  • Dan Green received a Soref fellowship from the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.
  • Davy Banks received the Loughran Foundation Fund for Oxford Scholarship for research at Oxford University in 2011.
  • Michelle Jurkovich received an award from the State Department and Institute of International Education to travel to Prague to participate in the 2010 Young Leaders Conference on transatlantic security concerns.
  • Ajay Verghese was awarded a grant from the Matsushita International Foundation for his project "The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in Contemporary India."
  • Dawn Murphy was awarded an East Asia Field Research Grant from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
  • David An received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Language Fellowship in 2010 from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies for for Chinese language studies.
  • Brett Heiney received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies for for Chinese language studies.
  • Robert Frenkel received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies for Arabic language studies.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre received support from the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility for "Doing the Right Thing: How Ethical Frameworks Shape the Content of Global Corporate Social Responsibility Standards" for 2010.
  • Medlir Mema received a Guest Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies at the Swedish Institute for 2010-2011.
  • Enze Han was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, for 2010-2011.
  • Craig M. Kauffman was awarded the Inter-American Foundations Grassroots Development Fellowship, 2010-2011, for his research on the role of transnational actors in promoting local governance reforms regarding environmental management in Ecuador.
  • Medlir Mema received an American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES)/EU Center of Excellence Pre-PhD Dissertation Award to study the International Criminal Court.
  • Daniel Nerenberg received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies to study Arabic in Syria.
  • Lisel Hintz received the Davis and Isham Summer Language Study Fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for Turkish language studies.
  • Lisel Hintz received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies for Turkish language studies.
  • Craig Kauffman in 2009-2010 was awarded a position as Visiting Research Professor at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO-Ecuador) to support his dissertation research on local watershed management reforms in Ecuador.
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded the 2010 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching (Honorable Mention).
  • Daniel Nerenberg was awarded the 2010 Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace to study Arabic at the Middlebury College summer intensive program.
  • Daniel Nerenberg received a grant from Fonds de recherche sur la socit et la culture (FQRSC) for applied doctoral research assessing the intersection of international and domestic politics in the Middle East (2009-2012).
  • Colm Fox was awarded a 2009 Fulbright Language Grant to study Advanced Indonesian in Salatiga, Indonesia.
  • Colm Fox was awarded a Matsushita International Foundation grant for research on the impact of decentralization in Indonesia.
  • Jeffrey Hornung was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State University for 2009-2010.
  • Enze Han was awarded a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2009-10 to complete his work on the politics of separatism in the People's Republic of China.
  • Brian Karlsson was the recipient of a 2008-09 American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) Research Grant.
  • Brian Karlsson was awarded the 2009 Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies fellowship at Free University Berlin for field research in Germany.
  • Jennie Schulze won the 2009 Association for the Study of Nationalities Best Doctoral Student Paper on Central Europe Award for her paper "Integration and Nation-building in Estonia and Latvia: Elite Discourses after EU Accession".
  • Ajay Verghese was awarded a 2009 Cosmos Scholars Grant for field research in India.
  • Michael MacLeod was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Arts and Sciences at Bentley University for 2008-2009.
  • Maiko Ichihara received a 2008 Matsushita International Foundation Grant for field research in Japan, France, and Sweden.
  • Kaz Obayashi received a 2008 Matsushita International Foundation Grant for field research in Sri Lanka and Uganda.
  • Yangmo Ku and Jennie Schulze were awarded Hoffman Dissertation Awards for 2008-2009 from the Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at the George Washington Univeristy.
  • Colm Fox was awarded a 2008 Indonesia Society Intensive Studies Program Fellowship to study in Indonesia.
  • Ajay Verghese received a 2008 Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State to study Hindi in India.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the George Washington University.
  • Yangmo Ku was awarded a 2008 Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research.
  • Gonzalo Paz was awarded a 2008 Smith Richardson Foundation's World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship.
  • Jennie Schulze was awarded a 2008 dissertation grant by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.
  • Jeffrey Becker was awarded a David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship to support him while researching and writing his dissertation.
  • James Reilly was awarded a 2007-2008 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support research in China.
  • Michael MacLeod was awarded a 2007 Oikos PhD Fellowship at the Oikos Foundation for Economy and Ecology Summer Academy, University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Jennie Schulze has been awarded a three-year Early Stage Researcher fellowship, funded by a European Union Marie Curie grant, at Tallinn University in Estonia.
  • Injoo Sohn, 2006-2007 Visiting Research Fellow with Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies, and postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Princeton China and the World Program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre was given an Emerging Scholar Award by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action at its meeting in 2006.
  • Phillip Stalley, 2006-2007 Visiting Research Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Jessica Lieberman, a Diplomacy Fellowship for 2006-2007 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, a Graduate Student Research Award from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Graduate Studies.
  • Craig Kauffman, 2005 2nd Runner-Up in the graduate student competition at the International Studies Association-South annual Conference in Miami. The title of the paper was "Transitional Justice in Guatemala: Linking the Past and the Future."
  • Craig Kauffman, 2006 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for intensive language study in Ecuador, January-July 2006.
  • Peter McSharry, 2005-2006 David L. Boren-National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellowship.
  • Jeffrey Hornung, 2005-2006 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Japan.
  • Lee Ann Fujii, 2005-2006 Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellowship. This special award, given to only two students in the college, "allow[s] our very best students a year without duties in which to complete their Ph.D. dissertations."
  • Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, 2005 "runner-up" for the Juan Linz Dissertation Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association. Her dissertation was entitled "The Dynamics of Postcommunist Transformations: Varieties of Authoritarian Regimes and Paradoxes of Crony Capitalism in Russia's Regions," and her committee was Peter Reddaway (chair), Nathan Brown, and Harvey Feigenbaum.
  • Jeffrey Hornung, 2005 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Language Fellowship for intensive study in Japanese.
  • Peter McSharry, 2005 FLAS Summer Language Fellowship for intensive study in Chinese.
  • Stephanie McNulty, 2004-2005 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for dissertation research in Peru.
  • Gonzalo Paz, 2003-2005 Fulbright Fellowship.