Faculty Activity

Faculty activity 2016.

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 has a coauthored forthcoming article that explores the effectiveness of border fences against transnational terrorism in International Studies Quarterly. She is also working on a book monograph on the impact of terrorism and trade on states' short-term migration control policies.

Christina Bejarano published two book chapters in edited volumes: "New Directions at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender" and "New Expectations for Latina State Legislative Representation."  She is currently on fall sabbatical working on her research project on Latina Candidate Emergence and serving as a guest gender expert during the 2016 Election for Presidential Gender Watch.

Hannah Britton has been conducting research on human trafficking in the Midwest with graduate students by completing interviews and surveys of service providers (http://ipsr.ku.edu/ASHTI/). She is also is serving as the Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice (http://ipsr.ku.edu/CSI/ ) and finishing a book.

Gail Buttorff In addition to ongoing work on contentious elections in electoral authoritarian regimes, Buttorff has been working with colleagues at Smith College and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman to develop a set of papers that examine the political economy of women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa, with a specific focus on the oil rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Alesha Doan is working a three-year $750,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health to develop and implement policies and prevention programs addressing the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. She has also continued to collaborate on two larger research projects examining abortion politics and policies, and the integration of women into combat roles in the military, which has recently been accepted in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.

Don Haider-Markel is chairing the department and published a Policy Studies Journal article with a student, an SSQ article, and has three new or forthcoming book chapters on LGBT politics. He has two book projects underway and continues to present new research gun politics, LGBT politics, and attributions and politics (see https://kups.ku.edu/working-group-attributions-and-politics ); 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 projects concerning environmental air quality in Kansas, educational testing and diagnostic reports for children with special educational needs in 18 states, and the impact of changes in state laws on poverty and participation in social services. You can follow CRIMDA activities on their blog at: http://crmda.dept.ku.edu/timeline.

Ben Jones completed his PhD at Yale and has been contributing to the internship program and is teaching courses through spring 2017.

Mark Joslyn is serving as Graduate Director and working on projects related to political attitudes and behavior of gun owners. His research finds substantial differences between gun owners and non-gun owners on a host of important political behaviors including vote choice and turnout, and these differences are increasing over time. He has a new article in Social Science Quarterly and is also collaborating on several projects on attributions, politics, and policy (see https://kups.ku.edu/working-group-attributions-and-politics ).

John Kennedy has an article coming out in December in the China Quarterly and is in the middle of a book length project on the widespread notion that millions of girls are missing from the Chinese population. Using 35 years of population data and local interviews his team finds that most of the missing girls are due to late (birth) registration; they believe they have identified close to 25 million additional females in the population. 

Burdett Loomis is preparing for retirement by focusing on institutionalizing the DC and Topeka intern programs. He continues to work on a revised Kansas book, now covering 1960-2016, in cooperation with several other Kansas scholars and is completing a revision of The Contemporary Congress (for a 7th edition).

Patrick Miller has been pursuing research on public opinion, partisanship, and civic engagement, with several research articles being accepted for publication or published in academic journals. He has also made numerous appearances in local, national, and international media talking about the 2016 election. He tweets about politics and political science @pmiller1693

Mariya Omelicheva published four articles in 2016, two on Russian foreign policy (in International Politics and New Perspectives), one on Islam and power (in Contemporary Politics) and one on teaching critical thinking to the military (in Geoforum). She has been active writing policy memos and offering interviews on democracy promotion in Central Asia and Russia’s foreign policy.

Gary Reich is currently conducting research on the political factors that inform variations in in immigration policies among the US states. He also recently completed a paper on changes in state gun policies during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Robert Rohrschneider is on a sabbatical semester at the University of Vienna in the fall of 2016. He has recently completed a special issue of German Politics examining the 2013 German Federal election; another special issue of Electoral Studies analyzing the 2014 European parliamentary elections. A comparative study of party democracy has just been accepted by the British Journal of Political Science.

Paul Schumaker As retirement approaches, Professor Schumaker continues to plug away on a book length manuscript called Ethical Pluralism: The Role of Justice and Ethical Principles in Community Politics

Jiso Yoon spent the 2015-2016 academic year researching women's representation in Japanese local politics. The project was sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In addition, she published her book Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea: How the Legacy of State and Society Relationships Shapes Contemporary Public Policy (SUNY Press) in October 2016.

Clayton Webb is conducting research in several areas, including economic sanctions, terrorism, time series analysis, and public opinion. He published an article on time-series analysis in Political Analysis.


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