Current Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Students – 2016 Entering Cohort

Our Ph.D. students in public policy engage closely with our LBJ School faculty members as well as research centers within LBJ and the university at large.

Diana Bolsinger

Diana Bolsinger's current research examines the U.S. foreign policy community’s perceptions of and responses to religious and ideological movements in the Muslim World. Before coming to UT, she served in a variety of analytical and policy support positions in the U.S. Federal Government, including assignments with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC; Islamabad, Pakistan; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Seoul, Korea. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, an M.Ed. from Marymount University, and an M.A. in Government from New Mexico State University.


Regina M. Buono

Regina M. Buono's research interests are broadly focused on water policy, including questions of water governance, the water and energy nexus, and payment for ecosystem services. Regina is a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies (CES) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, she served as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at CES and practiced legislative and environmental law in Austin. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Arkansas, a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and an M.Sc. in Water Science and Governance from King’s College London. In her limited spare time, Regina enjoys running, traveling and serving on the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.


Mark Clayton Hand

Mark Clayton Hand's research areas of interest include U.S. immigration policy, state-level legislative decision-making and network analysis. Prior to his Ph.D., Mark taught Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford's Saïd Business School and UT Austin. He has been an impact investor, making, managing and supporting investments in over 40 ventures through his work with Gray Ghost Ventures, Oxford Seed Fund, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and UnLtd USA. He worked for four years in community development, including founding Manna Project International's site in Ecuador.


Eun Young Kim

Eun Young Kim is from Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests encompass areas of program evaluation, international development and economic growth. Before coming to the LBJ School, she worked as a researcher at the Center for International Development Evaluation at Seoul National University, where she developed her interest in evaluation methods and international development issues while participating in various research projects. Eun Young holds a MPP as well as bachelor's degrees in economics and in political science (international relations), from Seoul National University.


Jiameng Zheng

Jiameng Zheng (Tracy) has research interests in areas including the economics of water resource management, water and energy nexus, and the health impacts of water contamination. She specializes in water policy under the supervision of Professor Sheila Olmstead. Before joining LBJ, she was a Ph.D. student in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Wuhan University, China, and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park.