PhD Students: Ready For Hire

Tyler Girard
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Dr. Tyler Girard completed his Ph.D. in 2021 and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. His substantive research focuses on international relations and international political economy, especially topics related to financial governance and the evolution of global agendas. His work examines the creation of knowledge and authority, the mobilization of transnational coalitions, and the interaction between the two in processes of policy change and institutional reform. Having spent three summers working as a teaching assistant at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, the second theme of his research develops new approaches to conceptual measurement in global politics. For example, he has published work that offers a new strategy for measuring international norm adoption and is currently working on a project to improve the cross-national measurement of gender identity and social reproduction. His dissertation and now book project examines the origins and evolution of the global financial inclusion agenda, drawing on more than 70 interviews across Ghana, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His work is published in the American Political Science Review, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Perspectives, and Journal of International Development.  

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Kenny Ie
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Dr. Kenny William Ie is currently a lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of British Columbia. His work is on political leadership in democracies, executive politics and institutions, and prime ministerial power and communication. His recent publications include articles in Politics and Governance 8:1 (2020) and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 57:4 (2019).

Jane Kovarikova
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Jane Kovarikova has extensive policy experience in Canada and abroad. Born to political emigres from Czechoslovakia, she developed an early interest in democracy and human rights. She graduated with a BA (Hon) in Psychology at Laurentian University and a MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Presently, Kovarikova is an ABD PhD Candidate and Instructor in the Department of Political Science at Western University. Under the supervision of Dr. Radoslav Dimitrov, her research focuses on why established democracies supply international election observers. Over the last decade, Kovarikova has worked as a member of international observer missions and observed elections on behalf of both Canadian and Czech governments in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and North Macedonia. Domestically, Kovarikova is a well-known child rights advocate who founded the Child Welfare PAC Canada. This organization develops policy and legislation that supports bright futures for foster kids, and has secured university tuition wavers across the country. She serves as the Board Chair of Simcoe-Muskoka Family Connexions, a regional child protection agency, and has been appointed to the Premier's Council for Equality of Opportunity.

Nicole McMahon
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Nicole McMahon is currently an ABD Ph.D. Candidate and specializes in comparative public policy and identity politics, with specific expertise in Canadian and LGBTQ+ politics. Her dissertation project seeks to explain the timing of changes in public policy to include transgender people. Synthesizing insights from theories of domestic and international policy diffusion, she develops an original theoretical framework called policy momentum. Drawing on elite interviews and archival research, she contrasts the inclusion of transgender people in national anti-human rights legislation and in the military in both Canada and Australia. Outside of the dissertation, she has employed a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques to examine how historically marginalized groups participate in electoral politics. Her research is published or forthcoming in Party Politics, Representation, Politics, Groups, & Identities, and PS: Political Science & Politics.

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