Charmaine N. Willis
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May 2021 (anticipated): University at Albany (SUNY), Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy, Albany, NY
PhD- Political Science: Comparative Politics, International Relations

May 2011: American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC
M.A.- Comparative and Regional Studies: Asia

August 2007: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
B.A.- Political Science, Asian History


2018-2019: Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Conducted fieldwork in the Philippines on anti-US-military movements in February/March 2019

2015-2019: PhD Political Science Assistantship, University at Albany


2018: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in Political Science, University at Albany

2017: Outstanding Graduate Student Service to Rockefeller College, University at Albany


Democratization and Civil Society Development through the Perspectives of Gramsci and Tocqueville in South Korea and Japan.” 2019. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics.

“The Ballot or the Bomb Belt: The Roots of Female Suicide Terrorism Before and After 9/11.” 2019. Small Wars and Insurgencies (with Nakissa Jahanbani).

Gaming Levels of Analysis.” 2019. International Studies Perspectives (with Victor Asal and Inga Miller).

What We Wish We Knew: Reflections on Being a Teaching Assistant.” 2018. Journal of Political Science Education (with Nakissa Jahanbani and Donnett Lee).


Review of US Military Bases and Anti-Military Organizing: An Ethnography of An Air Force Base in Ecuador by Erin Fitz-Henry, Social Movement Studies (2019)

Review of Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India by Amitra Basu, Journal of New Political Science (2018)

Review of Protests Against U.S. Military Base Policy in Asia: Persuasion and Its Limits by Yuko Kawato, Journal of New Political Science (2017)


August 2019: Presenter, “Right Frame, Right Time? An Analysis of Global Anti-American Military Base Activism”, American Political Science Association, Washington, DC

August 2019: Presenter with Victor Asal and Nakissa Jahanbani, “If the Lords Are So Revolting, Why Are Revolutions So Rare: The Peasant Game”, American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Mini-Conference, Washington, DC

April 2019: Presenter, “Right Frame, Right Time? An Analysis of Global Anti-American Military Base Activism”, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL


“Challenging the ISK Brand in Afghanistan-Pakistan: Rivalries and Divided Loyalties”, CTC Sentinel, with Amira Jadoon and Nakissa Jahanbani (2018)


Summer 2019: Graduate Student International Research Stipends, Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany

Summer 2019: Benevolent Association Research Grant, University at Albany

Summer 2019: Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund Award, Initiatives for Women, University at Albany


Instructor for CEHC 310: Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Instructor for RPOS 362: Nationalism and Nation-Building: Fall 2019

Instructor for RPOS 102: Introduction to International Relations/Comparative Politics: Summer 2019


Intermediate proficiency in Japanese, Korean and Spanish

  • Summer 2016: Attended Ritsumeikan University Intensive Japanese Language Program
  • Summer 2018: Attended Seoul National University’s Summer Korean Language Program

My full CV can be found here: CWillis CV

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