Shane Markowitz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations and European Studies. He previously received a Master in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami, including a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. His dissertation research theoretically draws on social constructivism and new materialism, with a focus on developing a syncretic sociotechnical coalition framework for the examination of policy debates. Empirically, his research explores the debate over genetically modified food and crops in the European Union, interrogating the interconnections between technical and social processes in the scientific laboratory, the materiality of farms, the technical nature of lobbying, the socioeconomic structures of Europe and the globe, and public contestation over the issue. His broader research interests include: international relations theory (including a particular orientation toward critical approaches), critical security studies, European Studies, and governance of science, technology, and environmental issues.