James Lebovic, professor of political science and international affairs, examines the United States’ failed efforts to intervene in wars around the globe since World War II. Lebovic traces the pattern of doomed interventions through Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Henry Farrell, professor of political science and international affairs, investigates how the United States and the European Union have navigated their differing approaches to freedom and security in the face of issues like global terrorism and growing data networks. Abraham Newman co-authors.
Cynthia McClintock, professor of political science and international affairs, provides a rigorous assessment of the implications of runoff rules in presidential elections throughout many Latin America nations. She compares them to plurality rules and demonstrates that, in contrast to early scholarly skepticism about runoffs, they have been positive for democracy in the region.
Samuel Goldman, assistant professor of political science, combines original research with insights from the work of historians of American religion to craft a provocative narrative that chronicles Americans' attachment to the State of Israel. He looks at the controversial special relationship between the two nations through the story of Christian Zionism in American political and religious thought from the Puritans to 9/11.
Eric Grynaviski, associate professor of political science and international affairs, examines how and why the U.S. government has formed alliances with militias, tribes and rebels. Sometimes, these alliances have been successful. But they have also risked creating larger wars in regions where the United States has no real interest. By developing broader views about political agency—how people come to make a difference in world politics—he brings into focus new histories of world politics.
Eric Kramon, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, looks at examples of politicians distributing money to voters during campaigns in low-income democracies and develops an alternative theory of electoral clientelism beyond “vote buying.” Instead, he emphasizes the role of monetary handouts in conveying information to voters, helping politicians enhance the credibility of their promises to deliver development resources and particularistic benefits to their constituents.
Danny Hayes, associate professor of political science, co-authored this book which offers a unified argument for understanding the role that gender plays in contemporary congressional elections. The book argues that the declining novelty of women in politics, coupled with the polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties, has left little space for the sex of a candidate to influence modern campaigns.
Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs, illuminates how the hope-filled Arab uprisings morphed into a dystopia of resurgent dictators, failed states and civil wars. He details the costs of the poor choices made by regional actors, delivers a scathing analysis of Western misreadings of the conflict and condemns international interference that has stoked the violence.
Michael N. Barnett, professor of international affairs and political science, examines how American Jews envision their role in the world. As Jews, he argues, they are committed to their people's survival. As Americans, they identify with, and believe their survival depends on, the American principles of liberalism, religious freedom and pluralism.
Celeste L. Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, examines the politics of redress to understand why victims of government wrongdoing are not equally effective at obtaining redress. She compares the Japanese and South Korean movements of victims of harsh leprosy control policies, blood products tainted by hepatitis C and North Korean abductions.
David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs, examines whether China will implement a new wave of transformational reforms that could make it the world's leading superpower, or whether its leaders will shy away from drastic changes. He argues China’s future path depends on key decisions yet to be made by its leaders, pressures from within Chinese society and actions by other nations.
Robert P. Stoker, professor of political science, co-edited this collection of studies by distinguished political scientists and urban planning scholars offering a rich analysis of shifts in North American cities, showing how politicians and philanthropic organizations now see economic growth and neighborhood improvement as complementary goals.
Eric Grynaviski, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, argues that when nations mistakenly believe they share a mutual understanding, international cooperation is more likely and more productive than if they had a genuine understanding of each other's position. Grynaviski shows how such constructive misunderstandings allowed for cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union between 1972 and 1979.
Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science, argues that American politics is often influenced by melodrama narratives from cinema and literature. This book focuses on the role of melodrama in the news media and presidential speeches after 9/11.
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Harris Mylonas explores the factors that drive states to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude groups within its territory in his leading work on the influence of international politics on nation-building. This book explains how the politics of ethnicity at the international level determine how different ethnic groups fare in the politics of their home states.
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen Kaplan explores whether markets and democracy are compatible with a focus on the developing nations in Latin America. By combining statistical tests and extensive field research, Kaplan examines the effect of financial globalization on economic policymaking, and challenges the conventional wisdom that political business cycles are prevalent in newly democratizing regions.
Deeply informed by inside access to the Obama administration’s decision-making process and first-hand interviews with protestors, politicians, diplomats, and journalists, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Marc Lynch highlights the new fault lines forming between forces of revolution and counter-revolution, and how it can affect American policy. The result is an indispensable guide to the changing lay of the land in the Middle East and North Africa.
Throughout the Arab community, Islamic political movements are becoming a part of the electoral process, evoking both enthusiastic and alarmed reactions from observers. Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Nathan J. Brown analyzes the Islamic political movements in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Palestine, examining their evolving structure and ideological values and how their growing involvement in the electoral process might impact the Islamic political system.