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Meet the MA in Political Science Class of 2017

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Christopher Abbott

Prior Degrees: Graduated from the University of Toronto's Political Science specialist program (HBA) in 2016

Research Interests: Methodology, comparative capitalism, Latin American politics, and wealth distribution

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Korin Abdelsayed

Prior Degrees: HBA in Political Studies, Minors in French and German, completed in 2010 from McMaster University

Research Interests: Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Institutions and authority hubs, Comparative Politics, Economics of Trade Policy, Democratic Institutions, Transparency and the role of elected officials, Meritocracy in Policy-making

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Petras Augustinavicius

Prior degrees: Bilingual Honours BA in Political Science, completed in 2016 from Glendon College, York University

Research Interests: Canadian and American comparative Constitutional Law

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Philip Charbonneau

Prior degrees: Double Honours in Political Science and Global Studies with a Minor in Canadian Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests: Peace and Conflict, International Security, Federalism, Canadian Politics, Nationalism, Ethnic Minority Rights and the Relationship with the State

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Amar Chauhan

Prior degrees: Graduate course work in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and M.S. in Human Resource and Employment Relations, completed in 2014 from the Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: Political Economy, Political Institutions, Canadian Politics

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Julia De Paola Almeida Carvalho

Prior Degrees: BA in International Relations from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil) and Bachelor of Laws from Faculdade de Direito de Franca (Brazil). Graduate Certificate in Contracts from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brazil)

Research Interests: Political Economy, Sustainable Development of Private Companies and Public Policies, International Economic Institutions, Legal and Economic Impacts of Environmental Factors

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Brett Hockley

Prior Degree: BA Honours in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario

Research Interests: Canadian National Security, Counter-Terrorism, International Security, Radicalisation and recruitment tactics of terrorist organisations

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Sarah Howard

Prior degrees: BA in Political Science, completed in 2012 from Lakehead University

Research Interests: Canadian Public Policy, Policy Development and Decision Making, Social and Justice Policies

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Nima Karimi

Prior Degrees: BA in History, completed in 2016 from the University of British Columbia

Research Interests: International and National Security; Religion and International Relations; Religious Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; Islamism and Islamist Terrorism

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Alexandra Mochid

Prior Degrees: Honours Political Science at MacEwan University

Research Interests: International Monetary and Financial Relations, International Political Economy, Global and Private Governance

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Zahra Rizvi

Prior Degrees: Honours Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Political Science, Socio-legal Studies, and with a minor in Sociology at the University of Toronto

Research Interests: International Politics, Comparative Studies, American Politics, Public Policy, Security and Terrorism, and Politics of Islam/Middle East

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Blaine Skender

Prior Degrees: BA in Political Science, completed in 2016 from Simon Fraser University

Research Interests: Political Economy, Political & Economic Institutions, Canadian Politics, Power, Justice and Global Governance

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Michelle Vello

Prior Degrees: BA in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from the University of British Columbia

Research Interests: Public Finance, Fiscal Federalism, Natural Resource and Extraction Policy

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Jamie Vinken

Prior Degrees: Bachelor of Knowledge Integration with Minor in Psychology and Language Certificate in Dutch from the University of Waterloo

Research Interests: National Security, Gender and Politics, Feminist Theory, Political Economy, Power and Justice

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Yong Wang

Prior Degrees: Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo

Research Interests: Chinese political economy, conflict and conflict resolution in Asia Pacific, and comparative politics in democratic and authoritarian governments

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Lifang Wang

Prior Degrees: PhD specializing in Sociology of Education completed in 2015 from Syracuse University in the US, MS in Sociology of Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies both completed in 2007 from Syracuse University

Research Interests: Political economy, public policy in Canada, immigration, education, China studies and its relationship with the world, women and gender studies