Political Science Department

***2021 Political Science Celebration Program***

Congratulations Ceremony Video.  Enjoy!

A special congratulations video to our seniors from the political science professors.


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Political Science Honors Students
presented their thesis on
April 15th.
Congratulations to all.

Honors Program

KASEN P. ABOITIZ: An Investigation of the Causes, Consequences  and Nature of the United States’ Involvement in the Huk Conflict (1950-1953) 

First Thesis Advisor: Stephen A. Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: John Tomasi, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology, Professor of Political Science and Director  of the Political Theory Project

AIDAN J. BRICE: How Varying Methods of Policy Implementation  Influence Public Opinion: An Examination of Federal Anti- Poverty Programs Implemented as Tax-Based Transfers

First Thesis Advisor: Robert Blair, Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: Richard Arenberg, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

JASON C. CARROLL: From Apartheid to AIDS: The Role of the Congressional Black Caucus in Shaping American Foreign Policy with South Africa

First Thesis Advisor: Marion Orr, Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

Second Thesis Advisor: Gauri Wagle, PhD Candidate Department of Political Science

JENNA E. ISRAEL: Red God, Blue God A Comparative Analysis of Religious Political Rhetoric on the American Right and Left

First Thesis Advisor: Richard Arenberg, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: Ross Cheit, Professor of Political Science, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Political Science Honors Program

MOLLY K. LAVIN: Hidden Wounds That Cannot Be Healed: The Effectiveness of Retributive and Restorative Justice in Kosovo

First Thesis Advisor: Nina Tannenwald, Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Second Thesis Advisor: Robert Blair, Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

HANCI LEI: No Free Market for Oil: Examining the Effects of State Ownership in the Oil Industry Through Analyzing the Financial Internationalization of Chinese National Oil Companies

First Thesis Advisor: Edward Steinfeld, Dean’s Professor of China Studies, Professor of Political Science, Director of China Initiative, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Professor of International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: Cary Krosinsky, Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management

CATHERINE R. MCCLENAHAN: Borders, Ballots, and Bombs: The Effects of Political Violence on Civilian Political Ideology in Northern Ireland

First Thesis Advisor: Professor Rose McDermott, David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

SAMANTHA R. MESSING: Build It, and She Will Soar: Title IX and Athletics as a Road to Social Equity

First Thesis Advisor: Wendy Schiller, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Chair of Political Science

Second Thesis Advisor: Richard Arenberg, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

KELLY A. RAYMOND: Decarbonization in U.S. States: Forming Political Coalitions in Unlikely Settings

First Thesis Advisor: Jeff Colgan, Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Second Thesis Advisor: Kurt Teichert, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society

OSCAR M. ROUSSEAU: Rebel Developers? Micro-Development Under Rebel Governance

First Thesis Advisor: Andrew Schrank, Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Second Thesis Advisor: Robert Blair, Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

BENJI TORUNO: Analyzing the Impact of Rio’s Pacifying Police Units on Violence in Favela Neighborhoods

First Thesis Advisor: Richard Snyder, Professor of Political Science

Second Thesis Advisor: Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science

MAEVE A. WIESEN: Red and Blue States: How Legislation in “Safe” States Complicates the Landscape of Abortion Politics

First Thesis Advisor: Wendy Schiller, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Chair of Political Science

Second Thesis Advisor: Kristen Essel, PhD Candidate Department of Political Science

 


 

 

Defending the FilibusterDefending the Filibuster

 

'Defending the Filibuster' by Richard Arenberg 'should be required reading for the Senate' says then VP Biden in 2012

 

 


Scholars in the Public Arena

African American Political ThoughtAfrican American Political ThoughtAfrican American Political Thought 

Melvin Rogers

‘Rogers and Turner have masterfully curated a collection of essays that will guide the field of African American political thought for generations. The study of American political thought will never be the same.’

-Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Princeton University 

 

 

 Winner: "Outstanding Book Award" from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

The Puzzle of Prison OrderThe Puzzle of Prison OrderThe Puzzle of Prison Order 

David Skarbek

‘Skarbek's rigorous analysis of governance structures across varying prison regimes makes this a major theoretical breakthrough in law and society research generally, one that should be read by all who care about the nature of public order in institutions of control.’

-Jonathan Simon, University of California Berkeley 

Shell ShockedShell ShockedShell Shocked: Feminist Criticism after Trump

Bonnie Honig

“Shell-Shocked is a must-read for anyone recovering from the disorientation and desensitization of the Trump years. Honig’s feminist lens permits us to see past an overwhelming barrage of words, images, and video outtakes, to reveal how patriarchy remains the foundation of so much of what ails us. Honig brings keen observation and wry humor to dazzling readings of literature, cinema, and cable news, as well as to the everyday moments that have troubled and confounded us. Her insights not only make us smarter; they promise to equip us for the work toward justice that lies ahead.”

-Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

2021 Lionel Gelber Prize Finalist 

Killer HighKiller HighKiller High: A History of War on Six Drugs

Peter Andreas

"Ingeniously plotted, briskly written, and strikingly illustrated, Killer High delivers a kaleidoscopic trip through the history of drugs and war. Peter Andreas looks at the drug-war relationship from every angle: how combatants and noncombatants used drugs; how wars were fought through, for, or against drugs; and how wars shaped the fates of drugs, often speeding their rise as global commodities."

-David Courtwright, author of Forces of Habit and The Age of Addiction

Peacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of LawPeacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of LawPeacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of Law after Civil War

Rob Blair

‘Provides both a realistic and a hopeful assessment of how UN peace operations can bolster the rule of law in the aftermath of civil war.’

-Kyle Beardsley - Professor of Political Science

Duke University

On the Impeachment of the PresidencyOn the Impeachment of the PresidencyOn Impeachment The

Presidency on Trial 

Corey Brettschneider 

‘a solid resource’
- Kirkus

 

Black and Indigenous Resistance in the AmericasBlack and Indigenous Resistance in the AmericasBlack and Indigenous Resistance in the Americas 

Juliet Hooker

‘Provides illuminating case studies of how to combat structural racism and the recent resurgence of racist thought and action in the Americas.’

-George Reid Andrews, University of Pittsburgh

 

Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government

Eric Patashnik and Wendy Schiller

‘With topics ranging from tribal politics in the age of Trump to states taking a greater role in governance to citizens self-sorting on social media, this volume offers valuable insights and potential paths forward for American democracy.’

-Craig Volden, codirector of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Who Gets WhatWho Gets WhatWho Gets What?

Margaret Weir

The mission of the Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects series is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and scholars about the effectiveness of select policy approaches, reforms, and experiments in addressing the key social and economic problems facing today’s cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas.

 

Race and Democracy in America
This panel discussion features Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Melvin L. Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Andre C. Willis, Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Moderator: Bonnie H. Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science. With opening remarks by Richard M. Locke, Provost. This event is curated by Brown University's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America in partnership with the Office of the Provost. 

 

Juliet Hooker awarded the 2020 Presidential Faculty Award
Professor Hooker's lecture was on "Between Fact and Affect: Ida B. Wells and Harriet Jacobs on Black Loss." She addressed the ways in which two Black women thinkers made visible and grieved the losses suffered by Black communities in two different historical eras - and outlined what lessons they might offer contemporary activists. The Presidential Faculty Award was established to recognice members of Brown's distinguished faculty who are conducting especially important and innovative scholarship.
Read the full article in News from Brown

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The political science department at Brown University is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.

Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International & Public AffairsMasters in Public Affairs Program, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in AmericaMiddle East StudiesDevelopment Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world. 

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