Milena Ang

Milena Ang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. Her dissertation uses a mixed-methods approach to study the trajectory of politicians that have been involved in corruption scandals in Mexico, India, and Indonesia. In particular, she analyzes how a variety of actors and democratic institutions (elections, political parties, and the judicial system) fail or succeed at holding them accountable. Other research interests include transparency, federalism and subnational politics, democratic practices and institutions, and representation in contemporary democracies. Milena enjoys building and analyzing large-N datasets, particularly if the data structure is well suited for hierarchical modeling, and is currently learning web scraping and content analysis. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE (Mexico City, 2008). Before coming to the University of Chicago, she worked as a research assistant for a public opinion firm in Mexico. Milena's office is located at 5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 403.

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Chad Levinson

Chad Levinson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in International Security, American Political Development, and US Foreign Policy. His research examines the role of interest groups in US national security politics. He focuses on the mutually beneficial relationship between the executive branch and particular extra-governmental organizations, and the public relations collaboration between these two sets of political actors. This partnership allows the government to bypass statutory restrictions on domestically-targeted propaganda, and provides outside groups with access to the national security apparatus. Chad employs a methodologically pluralist approach to research design, using large-n statistical analysis, laboratory experiments, and archival research to demonstrate the centrality of third-party organizations in the growth of the state's political capacity in the domain of national security during the twentieth century. This research agenda touches on various topics, including presidential politics, public opinion, security studies, international political economy, congressional oversight (or the lack thereof), the military-industrial complex, campaign finance, lobbying, and political communication, to name a few. Chad also worked as a software developer, database programmer, and general technology consultant before embarking on an academic career. Chad's office is located at 5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 403.

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Kevin Weng

Kevin Weng is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His more expicit research interests focus on civil-military relations, state-formation, security studies, and crisis policy-making. Kevin’s existing research uses a combination of Chinese and English-language archival sources to illustrate how the politics of state-building can impact military battlefield behavior through causal pathways that circumvent traditional civil-military mechanisms. By employing comparative case studies and process-tracing to analyze the dueling state-building projects of the Chinese Communist and Nationalist Parties from 1937-1948, he argues that variations in modes of resource mobilization can facilitate or constrain the logistical capabilities of military organizations and their resulting operational strategies. Additional research looks at crisis manipulation among great powers and weak states operating in asymmetrical alliances. Kevin currently holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida and an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Kevin's office is located at 5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 403.