His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Public Choice.
His work focuses on mathematical methods, especially computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines individual decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress and presidency, bargaining in legislatures, interstate conflict, and voting behavior. He has been an external fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and the National Defense University and is currently a principal investigator for NSF’s EITM program.
At Duke, he is the founder (and sometimes director) of the Modeling Economic and Political Systems Focus program (MESS) and the Decision Science program. He is also a faculty member of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI).
He received his B.A. and B.S. in computer science and history from Wake Forest University (1990, Cum laude and with Honors), and his M.A. (1993, degree waived) and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in political science.
Gloria Ayee received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke. Her research interests include political reconciliation, political communication, political participation of immigrant populations, and race and civil rights policy. Her dissertation research focused on the institutional structure and role of truth and reconciliation commissions in the democratic transformation of countries with a history of civil conflict and human rights abuses. Ayee has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dordt College, and Master’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Political Science from Duke University. She previously worked as a Research Associate with the Center for Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness (CGGC) at Duke University.
Jessica D. Johnson Carew is a native of Henrico, Virginia. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University. Previously, Carew served two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. She attended Yale University where she earned a B.A. in political science in 2004, and she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 2008 and 2012, respectively.
Carew has co-authored the following works: “Group Membership, Group Identity, and Group Consciousness: Measures of Racial Identity in American Politics?” in Annual Review of Political Science and “Intergroup Relations in Three Southern Cities: Black and White Americans’ and Latino Immigrants’ Attitudes” in Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States.
While studying at Duke, she served as a Graduate Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences and was awarded a Duke Endowment Fellowship for Incoming Graduate Students at Duke University. She received an Honorable Mention for her 2006 proposal for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2012, Carew was awarded The JoAnn Gibson Robinson Dissertation Writing Award by the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics.
Victoria Dounoucos, Head Graduate Teaching Assistant for Statistical Analysis
After graduating from Virginia Tech in the Spring of 2013, Victoria began her PhD studies in the Poltical Science program at Duke, and is now entering her 4th year. Victoria’s primary field of study is Behavior and Identities with a secondary field of Methods. Her research interests include campaigns and elections, political persusaion, and the intersectionality of race and gender.
Nura Sediqe, Teaching Assistant for Race and Politics
Nura Sediqe is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in political science, specializing in race & ethnic politics within the behavior & identities field. Her key interests revolve around perceptions of group-identity and gender and the racialization of new minority groups.
Nura attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with concentrations in political science, communications & Near East studies. She earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has also worked professionally in various capacities in the civil rights field.
Kaitlyn Webster, Teaching Assistant for Statistical Analysis
Katie Webster is a third-year Ph.D. student in political science at Duke. Her subfields are security, peace, and conflict and methods. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, where she majored in international relations and minored in Spanish. Her research focuses on the onset and dynamics of substate conflict.
Doris Cross, Staff Assistant to the Director for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
Doris was born and raised in Rose Hill, NC (Duplin County). She received her AAS Degree in Executive Secretarial Sciences in 1979 from Durham College, Durham, NC. She joined the Department of Political Science in 1987 and serves as a Staff Assistant in the department providing support for several faculty members. She also serves as Departmental Accountant, and is the Assistant to the Director for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. She has been involved with the RBSI since 2001, working closely with Dr. McClain, personnel, and scholars.
Gloria Ayee, Staff Assistant
Gloria Ayee received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke. Her research interests include political reconciliation, political communication, political participation of immigrant populations, and race and civil rights policy.
I. Augustus Durham, Staff Assistant
Israel Durham is a rising fifth-year doctoral candidate in English at Duke University. His work focuses on black studies from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, interrogating the construction of melancholy in his objects of interest, and how that melancholy catalyzes forms of genius, or performances of excellence. He has published articles in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International and Journal of Religion and Health.