Faculty Books

  

Book cover of "Planning to Fail: The US Wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan" by James H. Lebovic

Planning to Fail: The U.S. Wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

April 11, 2019

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.

Book cover of "Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security" by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman.

Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security

April 01, 2019

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.

Book cover of "Developments in Russian Politics 9," edited by Henry E. Hale, Richard Sakwa, and Stephen White

Developments in Russian Politics 9

March 01, 2019

Henry E. Hale, professor of political science and international affairs, contributes to this collection of essays from international experts discussing contemporary politics in the world’s largest state. Hale also co-edited the volume.

Book cover of "Electoral Rules and Democracy" by Cynthia McClintock

Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America

April 26, 2018

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.

Book cover of "God's Country: Christian Zionism in America" by Samuel Goldman

God's Country: Christian Zionism in America

March 20, 2018

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.

Book cover of "America's Middlemen: Power at the Edge of Empire" by Eric Grynaviski

America's Middlemen: Power at the Edge of Empire

March 01, 2018

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.

Book cover of "Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa" by Eric Kramon

Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa

October 01, 2017

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.

Book cover of "Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era" by Danny Hayes

Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era

May 01, 2016

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.

Book cover of "The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East" by Marc Lynch

The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East

April 26, 2016

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.

Book cover of "The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews" by Michael N. Barnett

The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews

March 15, 2016

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.

Book cover "Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea" by Celeste Arrington

Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea

March 01, 2016

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.

Book cover of "China's Future" by David Shambaugh

China's Future

March 01, 2016

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.

Book cover of "Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City" by Robert Stoker

Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City

September 01, 2015

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.

Book cover of "Constructive Illusions: Misperceiving the Origins of International Cooperation" by Eric Grynaviski

Constructive Illusions

August 21, 2014

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.

Book cover of "Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom" by Elizabeth R. Anker

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

August 05, 2014

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.

Book cover of "The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities" by Harris Mylonas

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities

February 18, 2013

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.

Book cover of "Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America" by Stephen B. Kaplan

Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America

January 28, 2013

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.

Book cover of "The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East" by Marc Lynch

The Arab Uprising

January 08, 2013

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.

Book cover of "When Victory Is Not An Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics" by Nathan J. Brown

When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics

March 15, 2012

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.