Profiles of Current PhD Students

Ermira Babamusta

Ermira Babamusta will receive her PhD in Political Science. Her dissertation examines the effect of international norms in human rights and rule of law in Kosovo. She has completed two M.A. degrees, two advanced programs in UN Diplomacy from LIU and National Security & Intelligence Studies from Harvard University. Her work experience includes the UN, US Congress and the Obama administration. She is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award and the Humanitarian Award by US Congress.

Lindsay Jouben

Lindsay’s dissertation considers Microfinance in Latin America. It focuses on how local social and political conditions impact microfinance programs’ effectiveness. Her research areas of interest are gender and politics, comparative politics, and international relations. She is a member of Phi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta. Currently, she works as a GRA for the WVU Advance Program.

Vaida Lilionyte-Manthos

Vaida Lilionyte-Manthos is a doctoral candidate with interests in environment, energy, and social policies in the US and abroad. In her dissertation she focuses on policy approaches to unconventional shale gas extraction in the EU and new EU member states. Vaida lives in Charles Town, WV where she and her husband operate an environmental research and communications consultancy.

Coty Martin

Coty Martin studies comparative politics and international relations at WVU, having previously completed Bachelors (The Ohio State University) and Masters (East Carolina University) programs in International Studies with a focus on Security Studies. Coty is interested in Sub-Saharan African politics, contentious politics in general, and issues associated with terrorism at the state and international levels in particular. Coty’s research currently focuses upon militant Islamist terrorist organizations in Africa including Boko Haram, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and al-Shabaab. 

Fadi Mugheirbi

Fadi earned his first Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Benghazi (Garyounis) in 2004 and his second Master’s degree from the Department of Political Science at West Virginia University in 2012. His doctoral dissertation is about the Rulemaking process and its outputs regarding the oil policy network, applying the Social Network Analysis and the Exponential Random Graph Models. He is currently interested in areas of American politics and policy, law and judicial politics, public policy, political economy, and oil policy.

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Kyle Rogers

Kyle’s major areas of study are international relations and comparative politics with a focus on African and Latin American politics. His current research focuses on protest behavior and other forms of contentious politics in Africa.

Ibtihal Shahoumi

Ibtihal holds a Bachelors degree in Law and Political Science from MVU / Rabat-Morocco, an MA in International Relations from the Benghazi University/ Libya, and an MA from WVU, where she is currently a PhD student. Her two main fields are Public Policy and Comparative Politics.  She is generally interested in the Arab Region and Middle East studies. Her more specific interests focus on Law and Politics, Contentious Politics and Social Movements, Human Rights and Transitional Justice. Other interests include Environmental Policy.