Event Date and Time
1101 Parren J. Mitchell ASY Bldg

About the Speakers

Joe Braun

Joe recieved his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He also obtained an MA at Nebraska, specializing in the study of human rights. After coming to Washington, DC where he worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Joe joined the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland to work on a PhD in 2012.

Areas of Interest:
  • Joe's research interests include identifying practical ways to build individual and social commitments to human rights. Other research interests include political psychology, political philosophy, political communication, and bargaining theory.

Felipe Westhelle

Felipe Westhelle is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Department of Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations.  He received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois in 2010 and his M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 2014.  Shortly after he moved to Chicago where he worked on Human Rights in the the non-profit sector.  He moved to Maryland to pursue his academic goals in 2012.  His current research focuses on the civil conflicts, public health crises, and political psychology.  Additional research interests include international conflict and cooperation, public health, political psychology, bargaining models, and quantitative methods.

Areas of Interest:
  • International conflict and cooperation, bargaining models, public health, political psychology, and quantitative methods.
Braun and Westhelle