The faculty of the Department of Political Science includes thirty-eight full time members, as well as distinguished visiting faculty from other universities in the United States and Europe. Members of the faculty have published dozens of books and hundreds of articles that have appeared in every major political science journal. Various members of the faculty edit or serve on the editorial boards of major professional journals of the discipline. Our faculty have won national competitions, grants and fellowships from around the world.
Additionally, our department is recognized for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Teaching honors attest to the importance we give to instruction. Faculty members have received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching, Research and Graduate Mentoring, and two have been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor.
This section gives but a few highlights of the research and publications from our department.
Research Publications 2013
- Matthew Fuhrmann and Jeffrey Berejikian, “Disaggregating Noncompliance: Abstention versus Predation in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty,” Journal of Conflict Resolution (2013).
- Cary J. Nederman, “Civil Religion – Metaphysical, Not Political: Nature, Faith, and Communal Order in European Thought, c.1150-c.1550” Journal of the History of Ideas 73 (2013).
- Michell M. Taylor-Robinson and Joseph D. Ura. 2013. “Public Opinion and Conflict in the Separation of Powers: Understanding the Honduran Coup of 2009,” Journal of Theoretical Politics 25, no. I: 105-27
- Manzano, Sylvia and Joseph D. Ura. 2013. “Desperately Seeking Sonia? Latino Heterogeneity and Geographic Variation in Web Searches for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.” Political Communication.
- Taehee Wang, Elena V. McLean, and Douglas W. Kuberski, “Information, Coercion, and the Success of Sanction Threats,” American Journal of Political Science 57 (2013):65-81
Research Publications 2012
- Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Claudia Avellanda, and Felipe Botero, “Policymaking in Parochial Legislatures: What Laws Pass the Colombian Legislature?” The Latin Americanist (2012)
- Matthew Fuhrmann, “Splitting Atoms: Why Do Countries Build Nuclear Power Plants?” International Interactions 38 (No. 1, 2012): 1-28.
- Sarah A. Fulton, “Running Backwards and in High Heels: The Gendered Quality Gap and Incumbent Electoral Success,” Political Research Quarterly (2012).
- Robert Harmel and Alexander C. Tan, “One-Party Rule or Multi-Party Competition? Chinese Attitudes toward Party System Alternatives,” Party Politics Journal 18 (May 2012).
- Paul M. Kellstedt, Peter K. Enns, and Gregory E. McAvoy, “The Consequences of Partisanship in Economic Perceptions,” Public Opinion Quarterly (2012)
- Quan Li and Andreea Mihalache-O’Keef, “Modernization vs. Dependency Revisited: Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Food Security in Less Developed Countries,” International Studies Quarterly 56 (2012).
- _____, Matthew Fuhrmann, Bryan Early, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2012. “Preferences, Knowledge, and Citizen Probability Assessments of the Terrorism Risk of Nuclear Power,” Review of Policy Research (forthcoming 2012).
- Elena V. McLean and Randall W. Stone, “The Kyoto Protocol: Two-Level Bargaining and European Integration,” International Studies Quarterly 56 (No. 1, 2012):99-113.
- Elena V. Mclean and Randall W. Stone, “Donors’ Preferences and Agent Choice: Delegation of European Development Aid,” International Studies Quarterly 56 (forthcoming 2012)
- Kenneth J. Meier and Rhys Andrews, George Boyne, Laurence O’Toole, and Richard Walker, “Vertical Strategic Alignment and Public Service Performance,” Public Administration 90 (No1, 03. 2012).
- Cary J. Nederman and Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, “The Polybian Moment: The Transformation of Republican Thought from Ptolemy of Lucca to Machiavelli” The European Legacy:Toward New Paradigms 17 (No. 7, 2012).
- Joseph D. Ura and Christopher R. Ellis. “Partisan Moods: Polarization and Party Preference Dynamics,” Journal of Politics 74 (February 2012):277-291.
- Diego A. von Vacano, “Las Casas and the Birth of Race,” History of Political Thought 33 (No. 3, Autumn 2012)
Research Publications 2011
- Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Ashley D. Ross, “The price of personalizing politics: Political Distrust and Economic Performance in Latin America, 1996-2006,” Electoral Studies 30 (September 2011):406-416.
- Matthew Fuhrmann and Sarah E. Kreps, “Attacking the Atom: Does Bombing Nuclear Facilities Affect Proliferation?” Journal of Strategic Studies 34 (No. 2, 2011): 161-187.
- Nehemia Geva, Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Rhonda Struminger, and Pablo Paras, “What Should Congress Members Do? Using Survey Embedded Experiments to Study Citizens’ Clientelistic Expectations in Mexico,” Revista Latinoamericana de Opinion Publica (No. 1, 2011): 147-184
- ____, Cigdem V. Sirin and José D. Villalobos, “Political Information and Emotions in Ethnic Conflict Interventions,” International Journal of Conflict Management 22 (No. 1, 2011): 35-59.
- Paul M. Kellstedt and Raymond M. Duch, “The Heterogeneity of Consumer Sentiment in an Increasingly Homogenous Global Economy.” Electoral Studies (forthcoming 2011)
- Michael T. Koch and Sarah A. Fulton, “In the Defense of Women: Gender, Representation and National Security Policy,” Journal of Politics 73 (January 2011): 1-16.
- _____, “Casualties and Incumbents: Do the Casualties from Interstate Conflicts Affect Incumbent Party Vote Share?” British Journal of Political Science 41 (October 2011).
- Quan Li and Rafael Reuveny, “Does Trade Prevent or Promote Interstate Conflict Initiation?” Journal of Peace Research 48 (No. 4, 2011): 437-453.
- Christine S. Lipsmeyer and Heather N. Pierce, “The Eyes that Bind: Junior Ministers as Oversight Mechanisms in Coalition Governments,” Journal of Politics (2011)
- ____. “Booms and Busts: How Parliamentary Governments and Economic Context Influence Welfare Policy,” International Studies Quarterly (2011).
- ____, and Ling Zhu, “Immigration, Globalization, and Unemployment Benefits in Developed EU States,” American Journal of Political Science 55 (July 2011): 647-664.
- Kenneth J. Meier, Rhys Andrews, George Boyne, Laurence O’Toole, and Richard Walker, “Managing Migration: How Some Councils Cope Better than Others,” Public Policy Research 17 (February 2011): 207-213.
- _____ and Laurence J. O’Toole, “Comparing Public and Private Management: Theoretical Expectations,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21 (Supplement 3, July 2011): 283-301.
- _____, Rhys Andrews, George Boyne, Laurence O’Toole, and Richard Walker, “Environmental and Organizational Determinants of External Networking,” American Review of Public Administration 41 (July 2011): 355-374.
- Cary J. Nederman, “Toleration in a New Key: Historical and Global Perspectives,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (June 2011): 349-361.
- _____ and Karen Bollerman, “The Extravagance of the Senses’: Epicureanism, Priestly Tyranny, and the Becket Problem in John of Salisbury’s Policraticus” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 3rd series, 8 (2011): 1-25.
- _____ and Takashi Shogimen, “The Best Medicine? Medical Education, Practice and Metaphor in John of Salisbury’s Policraticus and Metalogicon,” Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 42 (Spring 2011): 55-74.
- Alexander C. Pacek, Patrick Flavin, and Benjamin Radcliff, “State Intervention and Subjective Well-Being in Advanced Industrial Democracies,” Politics and Policy 39 (No2, 2011): 251-270.
- Ahmer Tarar and Branislav Slantchev, “Mutual Optimism as a Rationalist Explanation of War,” American Journal of Political Science 55 (January 2011): 135-148.
- Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson and Ashley Ross, “Can Formal Rules of Order be Used as an Accurate Proxy for Behavior Internal to a Legislature? Evidence from Costa Rica?” Journal of Legislative Studies 17 (4, 2011).
- Guy D. Whitten and Harvey D. Palmer, “Through Thick and Thin? The Dynamics of Government Support Across Income Groups During Economic Crises,” Electoral Studies (forthcoming 2011).
- _____ and Laron K. Williams, “Buttery Guns and Welfare Hawks: The Politics of Defense Spending in Advanced Industrial Democracies,” American Journal of Political Science 55 (January 2011): 117-134.
Research Publications 2010
- Kenneth J. Meier Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Laurence J. O’Toole Jr., and Richard M. Walker, an Rhys Andrews. 2010. “Alignment and Results: Testing the Interaction Effects of Strategy, Structure and Environment from Miles and Snow,” Administration & Society 42, no. 2: 160-92