As members of our School, we strive to continue assisting our students once they graduate and move into their field of interest. Each year, we have a selection of excellent graduate students entering the job market and as a School, we seek to assist these graduates in establishing their career in an area of interest. Please see the list of graduating students for this year below. If you would like to contact them, please follow the links to their ASU profile or call the School of Politics and Global Studies at (480) 965-8563 for contact information.

Recent PhDs:

Chris Hale | Curriculum Vitae  


Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (major)
                          International Relations (minor)

Dissertation title: Religion and Political Activism in Mexico

Graduated: August 2013

Chris's research interests include religion and politics, collective action and cooperation, agent-based modeling, and Latin American politics. His dissertation assesses the conditions under which religious institutions can be expected to positively impact political activism. He theorizes that where religious institutions are marked by non-centralized local lay management, individuals develop patterns of reciprocal exchange that contribute to the development of political activism. The mechanisms of the theory are developed through an agent-based model. Qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses in Mexico support his primary hypothesis.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics in August of 2013 and is currently serving as an Instructor at Northern Arizona University. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Arizona State University's Graduate and Professional Student Association. He has spent a total of 9 months performing qualitative field research in Mexico.

Chris is also the co-winner of the 2013 Sage Award for Best Paper Developing or Applying Qualitative Methods and was also awarded an Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation from the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity. Furthermore, he was the recipient of an Arizona State University dissertation fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic school year as well as the School of Politics and Global Studies' Teaching Assistant of the Year award in 2012. 

Dissertation committee members: Dr. Carolyn Warner (chair), Dr. Michael Hechter, Dr. Magda Hinojosa, and Dr. David Siroky.

  David Muchlinski | Curriculum Vitae


  Fields of Study: Comparative Politics (major)
                              International Relations (minor)
                              Political Methods (minor)

  Dissertation Title: Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Rebel Governance in Mandate Palestine 1920-1948 

  Graduated: Spring 2013

David Muchlinski, Ph.D. is currently an adjunct professor of Political Science at University of Nebraska, Omaha where he also holds a dual appointment with the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.

David's research is centered around issues of civil, ethnic, and religious conflict.  His dissertation and current research agenda examines how violent non state actors develop systems of political authority in areas of contested and limited statehood. To examine this issue David conducted field research from 2011-2012 in Israel at the Central Zionist Archives and the Yad Tabenkin Archives where he examined the settlement of various Jewish agricultural settlements in British Mandate Palestine.

David has a secondary research agenda in the field of political methodology where he specializes in the analysis of high-dimensional datasets using machine learning algorithms.  David is lead author on a project coauthored with David Siroky and Matthew Kocher that uses machine learning methods to develop highly accurate predictive models of civil war onset. This article is currently under review at the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

David's research has been published in the journal Politics and Religion as well as by Ashgate press.  His teaching interests include Israeli and Middle Eastern politics, conflict studies, and political methods. He is proficient in Hebrew and his language skills are improving.

You can see David's professional website at  He can be reached through his personal email at

Dissertation committee members: Dr. Carolyn Warner (chair), Dr. Michael Hechter, Dr. David Siroky, Dr. Tomomi Tanaka