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Featured Students

Our graduate students have pursued intimate research of various topics that fall within the realm of political science. Read about the research intitiatives that our students have undertaken.

Portrait of Holly Seo-Nyeong Jo

#MeToo in the South Korean Judiciary

Does a judge’s gender affect the outcome of sexual assault trials? This question guides first-generation graduate and sixth-year PhD candidate Holly Seo-Nyeong Jo’s research. Seo-Nyeong Jo, who’s received multiple awards and grants for her research, studies the #MeToo movement and how the gender composition of judiciary panels affects outcomes in court.
Bridget Marchesi

Bridget Marchesi

Marchesi’s dissertation research continues to explore explanations for the adoption and spread of restorative justice mechanisms, such as reparations and truth commissions, and evaluate their impacts on state, group and individual-level human rights and peace-related outcomes.
Ore Koren sitting on steps outside of a house

Ore Koren

A current PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Koren examines how local environmental and socioeconomic factors shape violence within the state by focusing on the crucial role of fighters, perpetrators, and even innocent civilians.