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Alex AntonyAlex Antony
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Research Interests: Interstate conflict and peace processes, economic causes of war and peace, international security, regional economic and political development, network analysis, spatial econometrics, time-series cross-sectional

Teaching Interests: Introduction to International Relations, Political Science Research Methods/Statistics, Causes of War and Peace, US Foreign Policy

Dissertation Title: "Piecing Together the Peaces: Industrialization and the Rise of Zones of Peace"

Dissertation Description: My dissertation project focuses on explaining regional variation in conflict and peace. In particular, I uncover the specific combination of factors that drive some regions to evolve into "zones of peace", while others remain embroiled in conflict. Using new methods in spatial econometrics, I first find that the geographic diffusion of industrialization tends to drive regional patterns of democratization, border settlement, and economic interdependence. I then show that these common factors associated with peace play differential roles in movement "up the peace ladder". Finally, I show that "zones of peace" tend to evolve from dyadic positive peace relationships to dense webs of ties through such network factors as preferential attachment and triadic closure. Together, these findings shed new light on the pathways through which states and regions transition from conflict to cooperation.

Dissertation Committee: William R. Thompson (chair), Karen Rasler, William K. Winecoff, Weihua An (Emory University)

Alex BadasAlex Badas
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Research Interests: Judicial politics; public opinion; decision-making in institutions; political psychology

Teaching Interests: Constitutional Law and Politics; Judicial Politics; Public Opinion; Political Institutions; Political Psychology; Research Design; Survey Design

Dissertation Title: "The Public’s Motivated Response to Supreme Court Decision-Making"

Dissertation Committee: Eileen Braman (chair), Edward Carmines, Matthew Hayes, Mary Murphy (Department of Psychology)

Peer Reviewed Articles: Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. Forthcoming. “Someone like Me: Descriptive Representation and Support for Supreme Court Nominees.” Political Research Quarterly.

Badas, Alex. 2017. “The Public’s Motivated Response to Supreme Court Decision-Making.” Justice System Journal. 37(4) 318-330.

Additional Training: The Summer Institute in Political Psychology, Stanford University. 2013

Laura BucciLaura Bucci
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Bucci, Laura C. Forthcoming. "Organized Labor's Check on Rising Economic Inequality in the U.S. States" State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Research and teaching interests: State and Local Politics; Inequality; Political Behavior; Representation; Elections and Voting; Interest Groups; Parties and Partisanship; Quantitative and Experimental Methodology

Dissertation Title: "Union Decline and Its Consequences for Political Voice: A Look at the American States"

This dissertation examines the consequences of declining state level unionization to the political and economic voice of economically disadvantaged citizens. In three papers based on the theme of lessened voice, I argue that in states with stronger unionization there is greater individual participation, less economic inequality, and more government responsiveness.

Dissertation Committee: Gerald C. Wright (Chair), Christopher DeSante, Bernard L. Fraga, Marjorie R. Hershey, Joseph Varga (Labor Studies)

Matthew FowlerMatthew Fowler
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Research and teaching interests: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Public Opinion; Ideology, Partisanship, and Polarization; Southern Politics; Quantitative and Experimental Methodology

Dissertation Title: “White Group Consciousness and Dwindling Dominance: The Meaning of Linked Fate Among White Americans in a Changing Demographic Landscape”

Dissertation Committee: Edward Carmines (chair), Christopher DeSante, Matthew Hayes, Bernard Fraga, Stephen Benard (Sociology)

Kirk HarrisKirk Harris
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Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative Politics; African Politics; Race and Ethnicity; Democratic Representation; Clientelism; Public Policy; Political Economy; Multi-Method Research

Dissertation Title:Pathways to Accountability: Ethnicity and Allocation in Kenya's Constituency Development Fund

Dissertation Committee: Lauren M. MacLean (Chair); Michael D. McGinnis; Timothy Hellwig; Jennifer N. Brass (IU SPEA)

Prashant HosurPrashant Hosur Suhas
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Research Interests: International Security, Conflict Escalation, Rivalry Maintenance, Asymmetric Conflicts, Multilateralism, Emerging Powers.

Teaching Interests: Foreign Policy Analysis, War and International Conflicts, International Relations, Grand Strategy, Security topics in Asia.

Prashant’s dissertation examines three questions pertaining to inter-state rivalry behavior. First, it examines why rivalries persist, particularly between states with asymmetric power capabilities? Relative power parity has been assumed to be required for states to acknowledge each other has rivals and for rivalries to persist. However, the world is observing many rivalries between states that are unequal in war-making capabilities. This poses a challenge to current scholarship and the dissertation provides a systematic explanation for why such rivalries persist. To address these questions the dissertation tackles the problem of defining asymmetry and whether it can be understood in a way that helps us understand cases of prolonged conflicts and rivalries across the world. Therefore, how we understand asymmetry and the level of asymmetry between different countries proves to be a very important context that can explain conflicts and rivalries. I reconceptualise asymmetry whereby I privilege high-tech armies over low-tech armies since technologically superior armies have historically excelled on the battlefield.
Second, the dissertation examines, why are some rivalries more conflictual than others? While much of the Middle East and Asian rivalries experience hostile conflicts, the same is not the case in Latin America. Finally, when rivalries do terminate, why do some end peacefully while others do not? Is peaceful termination a function of growing power disparity or do external factors like other rivalries and alliances make peaceful termination more or less likely? The dissertation develops an argument centered on the capability offsets mechanism to explain the maintenance, escalation and termination of rivalries because explanations at the dyad level do not explain how weaker states in a rivalry manage to mobilize resources to resist stronger foes. The dissertation also utilizes extensive archival resources on the India-Pakistan conflict to lend context to the empirical analysis.

Dissertation Title: “When David Fights Goliath: The Persistence of Asymmetric Strategic Rivalries.”

Dissertation Committee: William Thompson (Chair), Karen Rasler, Timothy Hellwig and Patricia McManus (Sociology).

Shelli IsraelsenShelli Israelsen
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Research and teaching interests: Gender and conflict, international security, African politics, international law, U.S. foreign policy, research methods

Dissertation Title: Gender in Conflict: A Dynamic Theory of Ethno-Nationalist Organizations’ Recruitment of Women

Dissertation Committee: Karen Rasler (chair), William Thompson, Diana O’Brien, Susan Williams (Maurer School of Law)

Rafael KhachaturianRafael Khachaturian
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Research & Teaching Interests: Modern and Contemporary Political Thought; Democratic Theory; Marxism and Critical Theory; History of the Social Sciences; American Political Thought and Development; Historical Sociology

Dissertation Title: "Discipline, Knowledge, and Critique: Marxist Theory and the Revival of the State in American Political Science, 1968-1989"

This dissertation is a study of the revival of interest in the concept of the state between the 1960s-1980s, after it had initially faded from prominence in the mid-twentieth century. I reconstruct this moment by focusing on how contemporary European neo-Marxist debates about the capitalist state were received and incorporated into the American social scientific context. I argue that through the influence of these discussions a renewed interest in the state provided a unique theoretical standpoint from which to critique the prevailing normative assumptions and practices within the field. I trace this influence by focusing on two research initiatives: the Social Science Research Council's "Committee on States and Social Structures," and the Woodrow Wilson Center's research project "Transitions from Authoritarian Rule." Through this critical genealogy, I suggest that discourses of the state can act as key vantage points for understanding the intersection of disciplinary identity, political power, and knowledge-producing practices in liberal democratic societies. 

Dissertation Committee: Jeffrey Isaac (Chair), William Scheuerman, Russell Hanson, William Rasch (Germanic Studies) (Defended August 2017)

Mitchell KrummMitchell Krumm
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My book project “Secession: When Should Self-Determination Mean Breaking Apart?” is currently under review at a major university press.  I am now turning to consider the conflation of individuals and groups as “persons” in recent Supreme Court rulings and American Constitutional Law.  I am also working on a project that investigates the different group understandings used by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists when they cited Montesquieu.  

I have taught a wide range of courses in American Politics (Introduction to American Politics, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, Elections 2016, American Public Policy, Religion and Politics), Political Theory (American Political Ideologies, Modern Political Thought, Revolutions and Political Development), and Law (Introduction to Law and I am slated to teach American Constitutional Law).  My courses routinely receive outstanding evaluations form students and faculty. 

Matthew KuchemMatthew Kuchem
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Research Interests: Liberalism and its dilemmas, federalism and polycentrism, democratic theory, public discourse, American political thought, religion in the public square, representation, American political institutions.

My current research revolves around the nexus of liberalism, pluralism, and polycentric self-governance, especially in the U.S context. My dissertation is concerned with the tension between liberty and social-political cohesiveness. I posit that a properly configured polycentric political system with multiple centers of decision-making authority is ideally suited for a complex, pluralistic society because it effectively organizes overlapping communities in a way that responsibly maximizes self-governance.

Teaching Interests: Ancient and modern political thought, contemporary political theory, American political thought, religion and politics in the United States, American political institutions.

I have taught a variety of courses in political theory and American politics as the instructor of record. These courses include Modern Political Thought, Classical Political Thought, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, and Intro to American Politics

Dissertation Title: “Retrieving Liberalism: Complex Pluralism and the Architecture of Goods and Communities”

Dissertation Committee: Russell Hanson (chair), Aurelian Craiutu, William Scheuerman, and
Susan Williams (Law)

Navruz NekbakhtshoevNavruz Nekbakhtshoev
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Research and Teaching Interests: Politics of Property Rights Reform; Politics in Authoritarian Regimes; Non-State Provision and Government Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Societies; Comparative Politics; Theories of Political Contention; Theories of International Relations; Conflict Resolution; Post-Soviet Politics.

Dissertation Title: "Institutions and Property Rights Reform: Explaining Variation in Outcomes of Land Tenure Reform in Cotton-Producing Areas of Tajikistan."

Dissertation Committee: Regina Smyth (Chair); Jack Bielasiak; Dina Spechler; Gardner Bovingdon (Central Eurasian Studies); Don Van Atta (United States Agency for International Development)

Justin SchonJustin Schon
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Research Interests: Conflict, migration, development, information diffusion and uncertainty, spatial analysis

Teaching Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Conflict, Migration, Development, African Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Research Design, Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis

Dissertation Title: "The Relational Approach to Conflict-Induced Migration"

Dissertation Committee: Karen Rasler (chair), Lauren M. MacLean, William R. Thompson, Jennifer N. Brass (IU SPEA)

Luke Shimek

Luke Shimek
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Research and teaching Interests: Substantive: Bureaucracy, Corruption, Economic Development, Institutional Analysis and Development, Latin American Politics, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Political Development, Political Economy, Public Administration, and the Public Policy Process; with an emphasis in the comparative aspect of each of these fields.
Methods: Categorical Data Analysis, Causal Inference, Experimental, Exploratory Data Analysis, Formal/Game Theory, Introduction to Statistics/Quantitative Methods, Social Network Analysis

Dissertation Title: "Escape from Patronage: A Multi-Method Exploration of Federalism and Party Competition as Causes of Bureaucratic Insulation" 

Dissertation Committee: Regina Smyth (Chair), Claudia Avellaneda, William Bianco, Sean Nicholson-Crotty

Matthew SlabochMatthew Slaboch
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Research and Teaching Interests: Political Philosophy: The History of Political Thought; Nationalism; Modern Ideologies
Comparative Politics: East and West European Politics; Nationalism; Religion and Politics

Dissertation Title: Abandoning Hope, Questioning Change: German, Russian, and American Critics of “Progress” Compared

Dissertation Committee: Aurelian Craiutu (Chair), Patrick Deneen (The University of Notre Dame), Russell L. Hanson, William Scheuerman, Sara Stefani (Slavic)

Katelyn StuafferKatelyn Stauffer
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Research & Teaching Interests: Women and Politics, Political Behavior, Representation, Public Opinion, Race and Ethnicity Politics, Electoral Politics, Quantitative and Experimental Methods.

Dissertation Title: "Assessing the Concept of Representation: Understanding How Descriptive Considerations Influence Citizen Evaluations of Representation."

Dissertation Description: This dissertation uses original survey and experimental data to examine how Americans use information about women's collective representation (even if incorrect) to evaluate the substantive, symbolic, and formalistic representation provided by political institutions.

Dissertation Committee: Gerald Wright (chair), Diana O'Brien, Edward Carmines, Bernard Fraga, Matthew Hayes (Rice University)

Katie Stewart

Katie Stewart
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Research and teaching Interests:Nationalism, Russian and East European Politics, Authoritarianism, Contentious Politics, Identity Politics, Democratization, Legitimacy, Symbolic Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations

Dissertation Title: "Contentious Conceptions of We the People: An Analysis of Regional Variation in Russian Nation-building Strategies and Outcomes"

Dissertation Committee: Regina Smyth (Chair), Gardner Bovingdon, J. Paul Goode (University of Bath), Kathryn E. Graber, Karen Rasler

Jason StoneJason Stone
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Research and Teaching Interests: Civil Wars; Insurgency and Counterinsurgency; Civilian Victimization in War; Ethnicity and Nationalism; International Security; Authoritarian Regimes; Nuclear Proliferation; South Asian Politics; Qualitative Research Methods

Dissertation Title: “Reaching Beyond the Village: Civic Activism and Insurgent Mobilization in Deeply-Divided Societies”

Dissertation Committee: Jack Bielasiak (co-chair), Gardner Bovingdon (co-chair), Lauren MacLean, Keera Allendorf (Sociology), Arjun Guneratne (Anthropology, Macalester College)

Kevin TaberKevin Taber
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Research Interests: Migration, Ethnic/identity politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Political and economic development, Global North-South Relations, Democratization

Teaching Interests: Comparative politics, international relations, politics of the Developing World, ethnic/identity politics, African politics, development, critical thinking and research

Dissertation Title: Collective Democratic Remittances: The Transnational Politics of Ghanaian Migrant Associations

Dissertation Committee: Lauren MacLean (Chair), Timothy Hellwig, Abdulkader Sinno, Beth Buggenhagen (Anthropology)

Luke B. WoodLuke B. Wood
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Research Interests: Elite and Mass Political Behavior in Advanced Industrialized Democracies; Foreign Policies of Advanced Industrialized Democracies; Trans-Atlantic Relations

Teaching Interests: Comparative Politics, West European Politics, European Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis

Dissertation Title: “The Sources and Consequences of Anti-Intellectual Attitudes”

Dissertation Committee: Timothy Hellwig, Jacob Bielasiak, Matthew Hayes, Diana Z. O’Brien