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Postdoctoral Fellows


MASON MOSELEY received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2014, and his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008. His research examines the role of institutional characteristics and processes in shaping individual level political attitudes and behaviors, particularly in the Latin American context. His work has been published in Electoral Studies and Journal of Politics, and has been funded by a dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation.

His dissertation, From Ballots to Blockades: The Normalization of Protest in Latin American Democracies, asks why mass protest has become a normal, almost routine component of the participatory “repertoire” in certain democratic systems, but not others. Drawing on cross-national surveys from Latin America and qualitative and quantitative sub-national data from Argentina, he finds that this often-sharp variation is the result of differences in political institutions and trends in citizen engagement across nascent democracies. Specifically, ineffective institutions coupled with highly engaged democratic citizenries precipitate more radical modes of political participation, as governments’ ability to deliver on citizens’ expectations for democracy fails to match the capacity for mobilization of politically active democrats.


ANTJE SCHWENNICKE received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and holds a Masters Degree from the Free University of Berlin.  Her research interests focus on social policy in advanced industrial societies, comparative public opinion, and the interplay between public opinion and political parties in Western Europe.  Antje has also written on political communication and media framing – in particular with regard to the framing and perception of Muslim welfare recipients in Western European societies.

Her dissertation, entitled "Social Policy Position Change in Advanced Industrial Societies: A Comparative Study of Constrained Party Choices," seeks to explain changes in the position-taking of major parties in advanced industrial societies. She finds that major political parties are constrained in their social policy positions by voter group demand and economic context in 1987-2005.

Antje is excited to begin work with the DCC Undergraduate Grant recipients, and will be offering a course on social policy and citizenship in advanced industrial societies in the spring semester.


JAIME LLUCH received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and also has a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a comparativist who works on the politics of accommodation in multinational democracies, comparative federalism and comparative constitutionalism, models of multilevel governance and citizenship, European politics, and also migration and global governance.

He has a forthcoming book entitled Visions of Sovereignty: Varieties of Minority Nationalism in Multinational Democracies (University of Pennsylvania Press, in the Series edited by Prof. Brendan O’Leary), and an edited book with Palgrave Macmillan entitled The Politics of Accommodation in Multinational Democracies, which is forthcoming in 2013. He has articles published in Publius: the Journal of Federalism, European Political Science Review, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and Nationalities Papers. He has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute (Florence), St. Antony’s College (Oxford), and Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin). He has also been Visiting Professor of Law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). During 2011-12, he had a Visiting Fellowship in Italian Studies in Turin and Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, doing research on “The Italian Federal Political System and Devolutionary Autonomies in Northern Italy.”


ROSALIE GENOVA .received her PhD in History in 2010 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the role of corporations in democratic society, narrative and perception in politics, contemporary business and capital markets, and financial crises in historical perspective. Genova’s dissertation, “Big Business, Democracy, and the American Way: Narratives of the Enron Scandal in 2000s Political Culture,” argued that political uses of narrative shaped the federal reforms intended to prevent “another Enron”—particularly relating to corporate financial statements and private money in election campaigns. The current book project more broadly considers business developments of the late twentieth century giving way to the “New Economy” and, following Enron, the financial crisis of 2008 and its own political ramifications. She has also written on the equities market “Flash Crash” of May 2010 and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law in comparison with New Deal regulatory initiatives. While at Penn she is teaching a course on corporations in US politics from the topic’s earliest history to the present.


NATALIE JOY received her PhD in history from UCLA in September 2008. Her research interests include Native American history and the history of antislavery, two fields of inquiry rarely considered concurrently. She is currently working on a book manuscript, “‘The Wronged Red Man’: Indian Removal and the Problem of Slavery,” which examines the intersection of the antislavery and antiremoval movements in the antebellum United States. Antislavery support for the antiremoval cause was complicated by the fact that some Native Americans were slaveholders, and Natalie’s research considers how the alliance of antislavery and antiremoval interests persisted in light of this inconvenient fact. An article she wrote on this topic was recently published in the July 2010 issue of Common-place. Natalie is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College.


ARJUN CHOWDHURY received his PhD in political science from the University of Minnesota in August 2009. His research interests lie in international security, political development, and contemporary political theory. His dissertation, Expectations of Order: State Failure in Historical Context, analyzes the phenomenon of weak and failed states – states that are unable to control their own borders and provide goods to their population – and asks why there are so many such states. He argues that changes at the level of the international system, specifically the reaction to European colonialism and the development of nuclear weapons, make state weakness more likely. At the same time, these changes paradoxically make states more important for international order, to control nuclear proliferation, for example. Arjun has authored and co-authored scholarly articles published or forthcoming in the journals Security Dialogue, Security Studies, and borderlands e-journal. At Penn, Arjun worked on two projects. The first examines how potentially violent democratic contestation in non-Western states can help to consolidate state power, despite creating short- and medium-term instability. The second examines how foreign intervention aiming at modernizing social practices and institutions often creates opposite effects – namely the strengthening of traditional, and sometimes regressive, institutions and practices. While at Penn, he taught a Freshman seminar titled “Political Violence and the Modern World.” Arjun now teaches in the Political Science department at the University of British Columbia.


GEORGIA KERNELL successfully defended her PhD dissertation in political science at Columbia University in September 2008. Her research interests include political parties, methodology, behavior and comparative institutions. Her dissertation, "Political Party Organizations and Representation: Intraparty Institutions and Competition in Established Democracies," examines how a party's organization-- especially its decentralization with respect to candidate selection, resource allocation, and recruitment of delegates to the national party convention-- shapes its electoral appeal and constituent support. The thesis uses an original data set of party institutions, party statutes, and interviews for 66 partiesi n 20 mature parliamentary democracies. At Penn Georgia worked on several projects that examine the institutions that regulate party diversity; the normative implications of party organizations for representation; and the information strategies that affect consumers' economic forecasts. While at Penn she also taught a freshman seminar on "Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems." Georgia is now an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.


KAROLINA SZMAGALSKA-FOLLIS received her doctorate in anthropology from New School University. Dr. Szmagalska-Follis is currently completing a book manuscript, Rebordering Europe, based on her dissertation, and she now teaches in the Anthropology Department at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in Dublin.