The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of politics and government, domestically and abroad. This includes the study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts, and administrative agencies; political organizations through which individuals and groups seek to reshape the political landscape, including parties, interest groups, and social movements; public policies that reflect governmental efforts to regulate the actions of individuals and corporations, including civil rights, immigration, and environmental policy; and the interactions between and among nation-states and transnational organizations that shape patterns of trade and development, conflict and cooperation, war and peace.

This page contains all publications submitted to SURFACE written by students, faculty, and staff in the department.

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2021

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Judicial Deference To Administrative Statutory Interpretation In The Modern American Administrative State, Rachel Marie Macmaster

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As A Matter De Facto: State Capacity Dynamics And Their Role In Shaping Sovereignty For Unrecognized States, Angely Martinez

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Conflict, Consensus And Modernizing Trajectories In Sub-saharan Africa, Charles Themba Tuthill

2020

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The Diffusion of Cyber Forces: Military Innovation and the Dynamic Implementation of Cyber Force Structure, Jason Blessing

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Gendered Civil Society Context, Local Party Strength, and Candidate Emergence: Explaining Female Representation across the US State Legislatures, Colleen Dougherty Burton

China's Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations, Sunghee Cho

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RURAL POLITICAL AGENCY AND LOCAL POLITICS IN GLOBALIZED MARKET, Ranitya Kusumadewi

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The Strategic Balance between the Public and Allies: A Theory of Authoritarian Distribution in China, Dongshu Liu

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The Affective Politics of Democratic Erosion: Explaining Mass Support for Executive Aggrandizement, Aykut Ozturk

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Security After War: A Theory of Security Assistance and Governance in Post-Conflict States, Elise Marguerite Roberts

2019

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Beyond the Rubicon: Command and Control in Regional Nuclear Powers, Giles David Arceneaux

State Identities and Foreign Policy Change: the Logic and Political Dynamics of Iran's Nuclear Policy-Making, 2002-2015, Abolghasem Bayyenat

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The Minzu Debate: Policy Subsystem, Knowledge Community, and Academic Discourse in Post-Mao China’s Ethnic Policy-Making, Sinan Chu

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What’s to Blame and Whose Voices are Heard: How The New York Times Covers School Shootings, Lindsay Jensen Finman

PARTY COMPETITION AND ELECTORAL REFORMS IN PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACIES, Esra Issever Ekinci

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Imitation Game: Military Institutions and Westernization in Indonesia and Japan, Evan Abelard Laksmana

Research On Youth Government Organizations, Daniel McMurray

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Neoliberalism: A Populist Crisis of Conscience, Ryan Mullins

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The Power of Protest Messages: An Information Model on Protest Participation in China}, Li Shao

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How will the restoration of ex-felons’ voting rights in Florida affect their citizenship?, Rebecca Spraggins

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Gender and Legitimacy in United Nations Mediation, Catriona Standfield

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The Effects of Gender and Apology on Evaluations of Political Misconduct, Julia Trainor

2018

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Right to Sell: Politics of Informal Retail in the Neoliberal Era., Anirban Acharya

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The US-Japan Alliance and China's Rise: Alliance Strategy and Reassurance, Deterrence, and Compellence, Erik David French

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Local Bureaucrats and Climate Change Adaptation, Bridget K. Kelley

Politicians at Arms: Civilian Recruitment of Soldiers for Middle East Coups, Drew Holland Kinney

2017

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All Politics is Local: How the South Became Republican, Alexander Amico

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Proxy Conflict Turned Civil Crisis: Understanding Syrian Political Movements to United States Foreign Policy, Katherine Barymow

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Enabling Justice: State Cooperation with the International Criminal Court, Franziska Boehme

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Politics of Exclusion: An Analysis of the Intersections of Marginalized Identities and the Olympic Industry, Emily Bonzagni

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The Rise of Panarchy, Connor Hakan

Secularism: Conventional or Contextual? Theory and Practice of Religious Politics in Iran and Turkey, Ebrahim Khalifeh Soltani

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Presidential Instability in a Developing Country: Reassessing South Korean Politics from a State-Society Relations Perspective, Kyung-hwa Kim

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A Content Analysis of the 2014 Immigration Crisis Media Coverage: An Intergroup Threat Theory Approach on the Age of Immigrants, Carolee Lantigua

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Social Security under Decentralized Authoritarianism: Politics of The Public Pension Program in China, Jing Lin

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The Roberts Court Constitution of Freedom of Speech: Preferences, Principles, and the Study of Supreme Court Decision-making, Brandon Metroka

The Origins of American Counterterrorism, Michael E. Newell

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The Influence of Values and Recipient Groups on Social Welfare Policy Opinion, Christopher Pulliam

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Contentious Politics in the Arab Middle East: Jordanian Salafism and the Social Appropriation of Tradition, Massimo Ramaioli

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Political Ideology and Feelings Towards Feminism: Why Young People Reject the Feminist Label, Raychel Renna

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"Why Girls?": A Content Analysis of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement and the Transnational Significance of the Chibok Girls, Halima Shehu

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Impact: The Supreme Court in American Politics, Logan Ray Strother

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The Preemptive Paradox: The Rise of Great Powers & Management of the International System, Jeffrey Treistman

2016

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THE DYNAMICS OF CONFLICT: TRANSFORMING NORTHERN IRELAND, Ronit Berger

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Hate Speech and Double Standards, Thomas M. Keck

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Welcoming the Stranger: African Refugees and Israel’s Asylum Regime, David Kimelman

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The Israeli Vagabond: An Analysis of Israel's Hilltop Youth Movement, Laura Singer

2015

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Recommendations, Rhetoric, and Reporting: State and NGO Behavior in the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, Michael Joseph Beckstrand

Does One Size Fit All? The Relationship Between A Country's Political Context And Its Rulers, Hanneke Derksen

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Afghan Narcoterrorism: The Problem, its Origins, and Why International Law Enforcement Should Fight It, Steven Fantigrossi

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Partisanship Has a Price: Citizens United and Political Partisanship in the US House of Representatives, Sean Kennedy

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Operation Judicial Review: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of the Judiciary in Domestic and Foreign Detention and Material Support Cases During the War on Terror, Tyler Mitchell

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Beyond State Boundaries: A Comparative Analysis between States on Domestic Violence, Ashlee Newman

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First Ladies in the Press: Analysis of New York Times coverage of Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, Siddra Shah

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Which Jobs for Which Boys? Party Financing, Patronage and State Capacity in African Democracies, Rachel Sigman

Commercial Capital and the Political Economy of Agricultural Overproduction, Dean Snyder

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“Chinese Chess” – A Proposed United States Policy to Denuclearize The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Jolene Sproviero

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Personal Wealth and Legislator Voting Ideology, Bo Stewart

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The Fire This Time: Assessing the Scalability of Supportive Service Programs for Young Men of Color, a case study, Ronald James-Terry Taylor

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Water Politics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Path Forward?, Zachary Zeliff

2014

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The Presidency Effect, Doreen K. Allerkamp

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PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING: NONCOMBATANT MOBILIZATION FOR PEACE IN AFRICA, Bertha Kadenyi Amisi

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Textbook Alternatives: Faculty Approaches to Reducing Student Costs for Required Course Materials, Ashley Klair Burke

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Relocation & Realignment: How the Great Migration Changed the Face of the Democratic Party, Keneshia Grant

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Drivers of Change: Explaining IMF Low Income Country Reform in the Post Washington Consensus, Mark Rittenhouse Hibben

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Visualizing the "Hermit Kingdom" Graphing, Mapping, and Analyzing the 2008 North Korean Census, Molly Linhorst

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Wing-Nut: A Mobile Political Magazine for Millennials, Eric Lyons

Domestic Instability and Legislative Development: Understanding the Sources of Parliamentary Weakness in Jordan, Michael A. Makara

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The Dynamics of Violent Escalation and De-escalation: Explaining Change in Islamist Strategies in Egypt and Indonesia, Ioana Emilia Matesan

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Unpacking Coalitions: Explaining International Commitment in European Governments, Sibel Oktay Karagul

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Leaders' Accounts: A Study of Transnational NGOs Leadership Views on Accountability, Paloma Raggo

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Chilean Media and Public Opinion (1973-2013), Tara Schoenborn

America's New Internationalists?: Evangelical Transnational Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy, Chan Woong Shin

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The Singapore Opposition: “Credibility” – The Primary Impediment to Coalition Building, Brian Steinberg

ENDURING TERRITORIAL DISPUTE OVER THE NORTHERN LIMIT LINE(NLL) BETWEEN THE TWO KOREAS IN THE WEST SEA OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA, Jihoon Yu

2013

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State 194: Assessing the Institutional Capacity of the Palestinian Authority as the Foundation for an Independent State, Amanda Lynna Claypool

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In-Group Bias—Coloring Public Opinion and Spurring Public Backlash: A Comparative Analysis of Affirmative Action and Title IX, Samuel Joseph Knehans

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Modern Libertarian: Philosophy An Uncertain Lineage, Ian Ludd

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Why American Voters Decide to Vote for Third Parties in Presidential Elections, Harmen Rockler

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Experiencing Citizenship in a Globalizing World: The Impact of Off-Campus Programs, Ryan Owen Williams

2012

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The Egyptian Revolution Goes Viral: Reading Categories of Tweets in the Twitter-created Networked Public Sphere, Alexander Craig Benson Fay

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The "Troubles:" Northern Irish Political Contention from Sunningdale to the Good Friday Agreement, Daniel J. Foley

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Collaborating to Build Futures The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Creating Education Opportunities for Migrant Workers’ Children in China, Emerson A. Gale

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Message from the State: Uncovering Effects of Public Policy on Women's Movements in Chile and the Czech Republic, Petra Hejnova

Victim, Aggressor, and Leader: Hierarchy, War Memory, and Foreign Policy of Postwar Japan, Jooyoun Lee

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Don’t Fear the Reaper An Analysis of the United States’ Drones, Logan Christopher O'Brien

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Cultivating Reform: Richard Nixon's Illicit Substance Control Legacy, Medical Marijuana Social Movement Organizations, And Venue Shopping, Jason Scott Plume

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Lawyers Need Law: A Study of Constitutional Arguments Made to State Supreme Courts, Richard S. Price

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The Risks of Outsourcing Security: Foreign Security Forces in United States National Security Policy, Eric Rittinger

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Social Media and its Potential Effects on Civic Engagement, Kathleen Elizabeth Walpole

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Foundations of Euroskepticism in the United Kingdom: Declining Support for the European Union, Kayla Walsh

2011

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The Effects of Settlement Policy on Refugee Political Activism: Sudanese Refugees in Australia and the US, Hannah Allerdice

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Taxes, Welfare and Democratic Discourse: Mainstream Media Coverage and the Rise of the American New Right, Matt Guardino

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Leadership Style And Diversionary Theory Of Foreign Policy: The Use Of Diversionary Strategies By Middle Eastern Leaders During And In The Immediate Aftermath Of The Gulf War, Kilic Bugra Kanat

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Treatment as a Common Good: Adopting HIV/AIDS Policy in Russia and South Africa, 1999-2008, Vladislav Kravtsov

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Micropolitical Opportunity Structure in Burma, Nicole Loring

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Transnational NGOs: A US Perspective, George E. Mitchell

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A More Global Court? Judicial Transnationalism and the U.S. Supreme Court, Angela G. Narasimhan

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Does Deliberation Make Better Citizens? Examining the Case of Community Conflict Mediation, Heather Pincock

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Presidential Leadership Styles and Forms of Authoritarianism in Post-Soviet Central Asia, Azamat Sakiev