Jessica Reif is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Management + Organizations area at Fuqua. Her research explores social networks and social influence at work, as well as the role of technology in shaping the future of work. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Jess was the Director of Research & Development for a consulting firm in Washington, DC.
Jacob Little is a Ph.D. candidate in Duke’s Political Science department with a specialization in political theory. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston. He studies the history of political thought broadly, with particular interest in ancient, early modern, and American political thought. His dissertation is on how regimes can manage the promise and the peril of political ambition.
Ivy Flessen is in her third year in the Political Science Ph.D. program. She is a budding political theorist whose work lies at the intersection of the history of political thought and moral psychology. She writes primarily on ancient Greek and early modern political thought, with a focus on the political mechanization of “sub-rational” passions. She has many working papers at the submission stage, including a piece on the rhetoric of Plato’s Republic, co-authored with Michael Gillespie and Mike Hawley. While, administratively, she is spending this year leading a funded Franklin Humanities reading group and running the Duke Political Theory Graduate Conference, she is also developing her dissertation topic. Her project will explore the political value of indignation in the history of political thought.
Evan Pebesma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University. His research interests include U.S. literature, American studies, political theory, and comedy studies. He is currently serving as the Academic Affairs Intern at The Graduate School. Evan specializes in literature and language arts education, with an emphasis on teaching writing skills. He has undertaken extensive pedagogical training through the Certificate in Teaching Writing in the Disciplines, the Certificate in College Teaching, and the Humanities Teaching as Leadership Training Workshop.
Eric is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studies constructive and political theologies. His dissertation offers a constructive account of Christian eschatology that is attentive to political and ethical concerns. Elsewhere, his work focuses on democratic organizing, responses to historic injustice, apocalyptic theology, and doctrines of God.
|Claire Rostov is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Religion. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of religion, consumption, media, and waste in the context of the United States. Claire considers teaching to be her top priority. In the classroom, she encourages students to consider how religion operates outside of religious institutions and is often found in unexpected places. Towards this end, she draws from a host of interdisciplinary theories and methods, including anthropology, visual and material culture, and history. Claire holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Carleton College.