The Emerging Scholars Program is being discontinued at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. The Department instead plans to participate in the University's Predoctoral Fellowship Initiative starting with the Fall 2021 Ph.D. application cycle for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants should indicate their interest in the Predoctoral Fellowship Initiative when applying to the Politics PhD program.

Updated 1/6/2021

The ESPS program strongly encourages applicants from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to:

  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

For more information please contact Prof. Kris Ramsay, ESPS director, or Amanda Kastern, senior manager of finance and administration.

Current Participants

Chinemelu Okafor joined the ESPS program in August 2019 and plans to apply to Ph.D. programs in Fall 2020 with the hope of starting her Ph.D. in Fall 2021. Chinemelu came to ESPS with a bachelor's degree in economics and international studies from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in applied economics from the George Washington University. Her research interests are in comparative politics and political economy and she conducts research under Prof. LaFleur Stephens-Dougan.

Past Participants

Jeffery Bush, Jr. (2018-2020). Jeffrey served in the military (U.S. Naval Reserves) and came to ESPS with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. Jeffery’s research interests are in international relations and security studies and he conducted research under Prof. Jacob Shapiro.

Earvin Chavez (2017-2018). Earvin's research interests are in political philosophy and he conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Stephen Macedo. In Fall 2018 he began his doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in the philosophy department at Stanford University.

Camille DeJarnett (2017-2019). Camille's research interests are in comparative politics and political methodology and she conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Marc Ratkovic. In Fall 2019 she began her doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in political science at Stanford University.

Kiara Hernandez (2018-2020). Kiara's research interests are in American political behavior and she conducted research under Prof. Ali Valenzuela. In Fall 2020 she began her doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in government at Harvard.

Paige Hill (2018-2019). Paige's research interests are in international relations and she conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Helen Milner. Paige completed one year in the ESPS program and is now working in the non-profit sector.

Brandon Johnson (2016-2017). Brandon's research interests are in American politics and he conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Nolan McCarty. In Fall 2017 he began his doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in political science at UCLA.

Nnaemeka Ofodire (2016-2018). Nnaemeka's research interests are in comparative politics and he conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Amaney Jamal. After completing the ESPS program he found employment in the private sector.

Maria Pachon (2016-2018). Maria's research interests are in international relations and she conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Helen Milner. In Fall 2019 she began her doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in government at Georgetown University. 

Zara Riaz (2016-2018). Zara's research interests are in comparative politics and political economy and she conducted research under the mentorship of Profs. Leonard Wantchekon and Jacob Shapiro. In Fall 2018 she began her doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student in political science at Columbia University.

Talia Sharpp (2018-2020). Talia's research interests are in political theory and she conducted research under Prof. Melissa Lane. In Fall 2020 she began her doctoral studies as a Ph.D. student at UC Davis.