Research Assistants

CAPC graduate students and undergraduates participate and expand the research conducted by the CAPC faculty.

Spring 2018 Graduate Research Assistants

  • Jared McDonald - Jared is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government and Politics, focusing on American political behavior, voter persuasion, and survey methodology. His dissertation project examines the factors that make voters perceive some candidates for public office as more compassionate than others. Jared received his M.A. from the University of Maryland and his B.A. from The George Washington University.
  • Alauna Safarpour - Alauna obtained her B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2013. She obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Duke University in 2014 and a Masters in Political Science from American University in 2015. Alauna is currently a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics and her research areas of interest include racial and ethnic politics, public opinion, and participation. 
  • Simon Sheaff -Simon Phillip Thomas Sheaff is a first year PhD student at the University of Maryland from Des Moines, Iowa. His research focuses on state and local politics and political behavior under the direction of his advisor, Stella Rouse. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Economics from Baylor University in 2017. 

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Madalyn Cohee - A sophomore studying Government and Politics following the Research Methodology track with a minor in Geographical Information Science. She will be studying the effect Trump has had on Race Relations throughout our Nation.
  • Elise Johnson - A junior Government and Politics and Public Policy double major from Boston, Massachusetts. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures. Additionally, Elise is an alumna of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program. She currently serves on the School of Public Policy Dean’s Student Advisory Council, as well as the University Libraries Student Advisory Group as a representative for the School of Public Policy. Elise’s research project will be centered on citizens’ engagement with their elected officials over social media.
  • Ivana Ke - A senior majoring in Government and Politics (IR track) and minoring in Chinese. Ivana loves traveling and learning about other cultures whenever she gets the chance and spent six months studying Chinese in Shanghai. She hopes to attend graduate school to continue studying international security issues or attend law school to study international law. Ivana's research project seeks to measure Congress's committment to Taiwan versus China by evaluating the behavior of Congressmen at the individual level (e.g. voting patterns, co-sponsoring of legislation, etc.)
  • Patrick Meade - A junior pursuing a B.S. in economics with a double major in Government and Politics. Patrick's research this semester will focus on the acceptance of partisans of both controversial and non-controversial members of their respective party coalitions.
  • Caitlin Moore - A sophomore majoring in both Economics and Government with a concentration in International Relations. She has completed the FIRE (First Year Innovation and Research) program where she worked as a research assistant and conducted her own research project in the field of risk communication and resilience. Caitlin's research project focuses on the impact that Twitter has on state legislatures, with a specific focus on the awareness Twitter might or might not bring to the public. 
  • Jela Shiver - A junior from Virginia double majoring in Government and Politics and Economics. He enjoys debating and currently servs as the President of the Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society. Jela's reserch project studies Congressional voting patterns on trade policy compared to the individual members position on trade.