Faculty activity 2017
Alan Arwine is teaching courses in International Relations and Comparative politics while he is writing a book that explores the determinants of social and political tolerance in Western democracies.
Nazli Avdan is finalizing a book manuscript for U Penn Press. The book, Keeping them Out, explains how states manage economic and security interests in crafting border and migration policies. She is also working on a number of co-authored articles. Two of them, with Professor Webb, explore public perceptions of transnational terrorist events, and more specifically, how personal and physical proximity of audiences to victims explain threat perceptions. Another piece, with Gary Uzonyi, examines the strategic interdependence between governments' and pro-government militias' tactics in civil wars.
Christina Bejarano has spent the academic year attending four political science conferences and further developing three research projects on minority women in electoral politics. She was recently named the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Women’s Caucus President-Elect and the Women and Politics Section Co-chair for the 2018 APSA conference. Follow on Twitter @CEBejarano
Hannah Britton’s research focuses on gender and African politics, and she is currently finishing a book manuscript on state-society partnerships to end gender-based violence in South Africa. She continues to lead the Center for the Study of Injustice at the Institute for Policy & Social Research (http://ipsr.ku.edu/CSI/ ). In this role, she directs the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative (http://ipsr.ku.edu/ASHTI/), two qualitative methods working groups, and a working group on gender-based violence. She also co-directs the Food Research Group with Dietrich Earnhart in the Department of Economics.
Brittnee Carter joined the department in August 2017. Her research lies at the intersection of state and global security and causes of and responses to war and political violence broadly speaking. Her May 2017 publication with Professor Omelicheva in Political Science Quarterly examines the efficiency of U.S. military and security assistance programs aimed at promoting international civilian and human rights, finding some programs to be more successful than are others.
Don Haider-Markel is chairing the department and published several co-authored articles on LGBT politics, gun politics (https://gunpolitics.blog/ ), and the politics of attributions (https://kups.ku.edu/working-group-attributions-and-politics). He has two book projects underway, with one on the rise of transgender rights, appearing in early 2018; follow on twitter @dhmarkel
Carolyn Johnson is teaching law courses in the department, including the ever popular course on constitutional law.
Paul Johnson is serving Director of the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis (CRIMDA) where he has been working on a number of projects with teams from around the University. You can follow CRIMDA activities on their blog at: http://crmda.dept.ku.edu/timeline.
Mark Joslyn is serving as Graduate Director and recently expanded his research to include political attitudes and behavior of gun owners. This group, while often the subject of much debate and speculation, is relatively unknown (https://gunpolitics.blog/ ). This year Professor Joslyn and Professor Haider-Markel edited a special issue of Social Science Quarterly on gun politics and gun owner political behavior (for his work on attributions, politics, and policy see https://kups.ku.edu/working-group-attributions-and-politics ).
John Kennedy is serving as Undergraduate Director and is currently working on project examining the "missing girls" in China. While many scholars suggest there are over 20 million girls absent in Chinese society due to the draconian single child policy and traditional son preference, he and his colleague find that over 10 million of the "missing girls" are ‘hidden’ from national statistics. They demonstrate how street level bureaucrats at the grassroots level resolve the contradiction between local interests (villagers desire to have more children) and national policy by allowing rural parents to have additional illegal or unregistered births. He is also working with the college on a China Initiative to increase cross department China related research and events. One of the current programs is a KU internship at a non-government organization and policy research center in central China that works on rural education and health policies.
Burdett Loomis is officially retired but is (happily for us) continuing to serve as an instructor to oversee the DC and Topeka intern programs.
Patrick Miller has published several journal articles with co-authors in the last year on topics such as political discussion in social networks, attitudes toward voter identification laws, and attitudes toward transgender rights. He continues to teach courses in political behavior, and has been quoted in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio.He tweets about politics and political science @pmiller1693
Mariya Omelicheva has been working on The Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus: Mapping Security Threats and State Responses in Central Asia (with Lawrence Markowitz), which is under contract with Columbia University Press. She published an article on the impact of religion on political participation with former PhD student Ranya Ahmed in Religion, State & Society and published an article on the role of national holidays in Russia's politics to a special issue on centennials in international relations in Australian Journal of Politics and History.
Gary Reich is continuing his research on state policies related to immigrant populations differ across the United States. His article "Immigrant Legislation, Across and Within the United States" will appear in the forthcoming issue of Research and Poiltics. He also co-authored the article, "Planting in Fertile Soil: The National Rifle Association and State Firearms Legislation," in Social Science Quarterly. His teaching acumen was recognized this year when he was named the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Robert Rohrschneider, together with Jacques Thomassen (University of Twente), is editing a book for Oxford University Press which assesses the quality of political representation in western democracies. He also continues his long-standing collaboration with Stephen Whitefield (Oxford University) on a new expert survey on representation in Europe (2018), funded by the British Academy.
Clayton Webb was married in May to Sarah Statham. He has a forthcoming article on economic sanctions in International Interactions and a forthcoming article using experimental methods with Professor Avdan in the Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. He was awarded a Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Grant to work with Professors in Political Science and Statistics at Iowa State in spring 2018.
Michael Wuthrich joined the department in August 2017. He has been studying patterns of Populist Party rule in countries where they have achieved power through fair elections, particularly in Turkey, Hungary and Poland. He is also conducting research on the strategic placement of women as party candidates for parliament in Turkey’s closed-list parliamentary electoral system.