Dr. Ida Bastiaens’s latest book, Democracies in Peril: Redistribution and Taxation in Globalizing Economies (Cambridge University Press, 2018) explores the challenges poor democracies face with tax revenue mobilization in our current age of trade interdependence. One reviewer calls it “a sobering but insightful description of how politics shape state capacity to provide public goods that advance human welfare and development – a terrific and important book” (Kenneth Scheve, Stanford University).
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen has written The President on Capitol Hill: A Theory of Institutional Influence (Columbia University Press 2019). Dr. Cohen asks if presidents influence whether Congress enacts their agenda. Most research on presidential-congressional relations suggests that presidents have little if any influence on Congress. Instead, structural factors like party control largely determine the fate of the president’s legislative agenda. Dr. Cohen challenges this conventional view, arguing that existing research has underestimated the president’s power to sway Congress and developing a new theory of presidential influence.
Dr. Anjali Dayal's recent work is appearing in the prestigious journal International Organization. Her article, "The Use of Force in Peacekeeping," examines why it is that, even though UN peacekeeping was not designed to wield force, since 1999 the UN Security Council has authorized all UN multidimensional peacekeeping operations under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to use force. Dr. Dayal draws on insights from small-group psychology to advance a novel theoretical proposition: the repetition of force mandates is the result of “group-preserving” dynamics. The P-5 members strive to maintain their individual and collective status and legitimacy by issuing decisions on the use of force.
Dr. Christina Greer has published Black Politics in Transition: Immigration, Suburbanization, and Gentrification (Routledge 2018), which considers the impact of three transformative forces—immigration, suburbanization, and gentrification—on Black Politics today. Dr. Greer was recently named an NYU McSilver Fellow, and received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Social Sciences at Fordham University. She hosts The Aftermath with Christina Greer and is also the co-host of the FAQ-NYC podcast. Dr. Greer is also a frequent commentator on WNYC, NY1, and MSNBC.
Dr. Boris Heersink's research is appearing in the leading journal, Studies in American Political Development. His article, "Party Brands and the Democratic and Republican National Committees, 1952–1976," shows that the traditional view of national party organizations as being powerless in American politics has missed a crucial role the DNC and RNC play: in promoting the party they try to help shape the perception voters have of the national party. In doing so, Heersink shows that both national committees have often been in the center of major intra-party conflicts. Dr. Heersink's book, Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968, is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Robert Hume's book, Ethics and Accountability on the US Supreme Court: An Analysis of Recusal Practices (SUNY Press, 2017) examines the causes and consequences of recusal behavior on the US Supreme Court. Ryan C. Black in the Law and Politics Book Review writes, “Hume’s efforts are overwhelmingly successful and the result is a compact and accessible text that significantly enhances our understanding of an aspect of decision making that lands in the scholarly sweet spot of being really important but woefully understudied.” Dr. Hume’s textbook, Judicial Behavior and Policymaking: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield 2018), is also now available.
Dr. Sarah Lockhart is the author of Migration Crises and the Structure of International Cooperation (University of Georgia Press 2019), which is part of the respected series, Studies in Security and International Affairs. Dr. Lockhart asks under what conditions international cooperation on migration arises, and what shape it takes. These questions are important because migrants are often vulnerable to human rights abuses during their journeys as well as in the country of destination, and international cooperation represents one mechanism for reducing this vulnerability.
Dr. Zein Murib was awarded the 2019 Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award, for a paper titled "Identities Under Surveillance: Politics of Gender, Race, and Ability at the Airport and in Survey Research." The award was presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association.
Dr. Olena Nikolayenko's latest book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, October 2017), examines the development of nonviolent youth movements and state countermoves during national elections in five post-communist societies: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Dr. Nikolayenko has recently discussed her research on women’s activism during the 2013-2014 anti-government protests in Ukraine in a Harvard University’s podcast program The Eurasian Enigma. As a visiting scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University in spring 2017, Dr. Nikolayenko also received the 2017 Davis Center Prize for Best GIS Project in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.
Dr. Nicholas Tampio's incisive critique of the Common Core (Johns Hopkis 2018) sparked a national conversation about education standards. His most recent volume, Learning versus the Common Core (Minnesota 2019), furthers the debate. Dr. Tampio explains how standards-based education reform is transforming nearly every aspect of public education by looking closely at the standards, the agenda of people pushing standards-based reform, and how these fit within a global pattern of education reform. With a nod to the philosophy of John Dewey, Dr. Tampio concludes with a vision of what democratic education can look like today—and how people can form rhizomatic alliances across different political and ethical backgrounds to fight the Common Core. Dr. Tampio also regularly writes about education and politics for outlets such as Aeon, the Conversation, Phi Delta Kappan, and US News & World Report.