Ryan Kennedy is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Houston and the founding director of the UH Center for International and Comparative Politics. His research spans a number of areas in comparative politics, international relations and American politics, including: democratization, computational social science, deliberation, energy and environment, post-Communist politics, and prediction models.
Josh Alley is a graduate student in Political Science at Texas A&M. His major field is International Relations and Minor is in methodology. His research focuses on the political economy of armed conflict.
Leslie Johns received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Politics at New York University. She also holds a B.F.A. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses upon the use of international organizations to resolve interstate disputes. Her work has appeared in journals such as International Organization and Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Prof. Johns is also the author of Strengthening International Courts: The Hidden Costs of Legalization (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2015).
Dr. Isabella Alcañiz (Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University) is the Dr. Horace V. and Wilma E. Harrison Distinguished Professor in Environmental Politics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include the study of the State, and networks in gender and environmental politics in Latin America and the rest of the Developing World. She has published in World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science (BJPS), the Latin American Research Review (LARR), Latin American Perspectives (LAP), Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P), Water Policy, and la Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile). Her book Environmental and Nuclear Networks in the Global South: How Skills Shape International Cooperation is forthcoming with the Structural Analysis in the Social Science series of Cambridge University Press.
Hyeran Jo studies international institutions, international law, and international political economy. Her research deals with the working of international organizations, the design of international rules and agreements, and the question of compliance with international law by non-state actors. She teaches courses in international relations and research design
Dr. Fortunato’s interests are varied but focus on the role of institutions in shaping political-economic processes and outcomes including legislative organization and behavior, mass political behavior, and public spending and credit risk.
Prior to joining Texas A&M, Fortunato was an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced and a research fellow at Universität Mannheim. He earned his PhD at Rice University and BA at the University of Miami. Fortunato is a proud native of the state of Connecticut.
Molly Berkemeier is a doctoral student in the department of political science at Texas A & M University. Her main research interests are international security, nuclear nonproliferation, and the role of trust in international relations.
The Political Economy and Political Violence (PEPV) program seeks to foster theoretically innovative and empirically rigorous research on conflict and political economy.
Katja Kleinberg’s research focuses on the dynamics of international conflict. Her main interest lies in the role of economic interests in coercive bargaining and the international use of force.
Current research projects focus on refinements of the concept of economic interdependence, the implications of a globalized market for economic coercion, and the impact of individual- level economic preferences on attitudes toward hostile foreign policies and on foreign policy making. Her work has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution and is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Professor Kleinberg joined the Binghamton faculty in 2009. She teaches courses on international conflict and cooperation, as well as international political economy.