Current Faculty Research Projects

Prof. Julia Azari is currently working several projects. One is an article manuscript on mandates and landslide presidential elections. The second is an article on divisive primary elections. The third is an article on the vice presidential selection process. The final is a book manuscript on presidential rhetoric.

Prof. Lowell Barrington is currently working on two projects. The first examines the lessons from the integration policies in Estonia and Latvia over the last decade. The second is an article manuscript about the relationship between nation building and state building.

Prof. Mark Berlin is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how and why countries around the globe since WWII have incorporated international legal prohibitions against war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity into their domestic legal systems. His other projects examine the design of human rights treaties and state compliance with international criminal tribunals. 


Prof. Noelle Brigden is currently working on a new project that focuses on the im/mobilities produced by the boundaries between gang territories in urban El Salvador. The project juxtaposes the lived experience of crossing the formal borders of the state to the lived experience of crossing informal borders set by transnational street gangs, seeking to understand the implications of these experiences for citizenship.


Prof. Darrell Dobbs is currently studying the classical trivium and quadrivium in search of an even more foundational art of learning, which provides the root of the revolutionary conception of a philosophical soul with which Socrates’ replaces the politicized, three-part soul that is familiar to us from standard histories of philosophy. His next essay will document the gestational phases of this new conception of the human soul, as they are presented in Plato’s Republic.

Prof. H. Richard Friman is currently working on two book projects exploring the ways in which alien criminality arguments have influenced historical and current immigration control policies in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Other research projects underway include investigating the political processes through which "name and shame" strategies have influenced patterns of state cooperation with global prohibition regimes. Prof. Friman also has contributed chapters on the illegal migration industry for two edited volumes, one in press and the other under review.

Prof. Susan Giaimo recently published a cross-national study analyzing current health care challenges and reform efforts in industrialized democracies and the Global South. The case studies comprise the US, Germany, and South Africa.  She is currently exploring the intersection of public policy and the social determinants of health.


Prof. Ryan Hanley is currently finishing two projects: a monograph on the political philosophy of Fénelon, and a volume of translations of Fénelon’s moral and political writings.  On their completion he will turn to his next project, a volume on the Enlightenment, under contract with Princeton University Press.

Prof. Karen Hoffman is currently working on an examination of public opinion expression and measurement in the digital age, and will argue that public opinion is now more interactive, requiring a reevaluation of the meaning of public opinion as well as the best way to measure it. She is also writing a chapter for the volume, Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Obama (Praeger), focusing on George Washington's critics.

Prof. Barrett McCormick is currently working on several projects, including a book manuscript titled Media Markets and the Transformation of China's Public Sphere, a book chapter comparing the development of media markets in China with other countries, and an early-stage project on the consequences of China's growing role in Africa.

Prof. Paul Nolette is currently working on several projects. One project, which he has presented at the APSA and Law & Society Association annual meetings, explores how the organized bar has shaped American political development. Another project examines the emergence of executive federalism in contemporary American politics. Additionally, he is working with Prof. Dongwook Kim on an article manuscript examining the global spread of constitutional courts.


Prof. Jerry Prout's research interests include the late nineteenth century transition from populism to progressivism, and domestic (US) unrest during the 1960s. He is currently working on a new book, The Six and the Sixties: Contesting the American Spirit.


Prof. Duane Swank is currently collaborating with Olaf van Vliet (Economics, University of Leiden) to study the European Union’s impact on domestic social and labor market policies across European political economies. He is also working on extensions of past work of the convergence of national tax policies and the political economic determinants of income redistribution in postindustrial democracies. In addition, Professor Swank is writing a new book on how domestic institutions shape the ability of developed democracies to cope with post industrialization.


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