Alan Arwine teaches classes in American government, comparative politics and international politics. He is writing two books: the first examines political tolerance in advanced industrialized countries and the second explores determinants of human rights
Nazli Avdan is working on a number of projects that explore the connection between organized crime and non-state violence, one looking at the effects of visa and migration policies on the drug-terrorism nexus, one coauthored with Dr. Omelicheva, examining human trafficking patterns by insurgent groups, and another project on narcotrafficking and terrorism. At the same time, she is working on a set of experimental studies with Dr. Webb on public attitudes toward terrorism
Christina Bejarano helped chair/organize the Women and Politics Research Section for the 2018 American Political Science Association Conference. She is serving as the President for the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, which is a national organization whose mission is to upgrade the status of women in the profession of political science. She is also serving as an expert contributor for Gender Watch 2018, which includes allows her to share my research and track the gender/racial dynamics of the 2018 midterm election through blog posts online (see https://www.genderwatch2018.org/ ). Follow on Twitter @CEBejarano
David Brichoux has been focused on the urgency of climate change; he has tried to steer the efforts of his students into finding solutions to the political stalemate on climate change, making this a major component of his Congress and environmental politics and policy courses. He has also been conducting research with Professor Joslyn on the problem of how values and beliefs interact to produce policy attitudes; he presented a related paper at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in Chicago in April (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Brichoux ).
Hannah Britton continues to lead the Center for the Study of Injustice at the Institute for Policy & Social Research (http://ipsr.ku.edu/CSI/ ). In this role, she directs the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative (http://ipsr.ku.edu/ASHTI/), two qualitative methods working groups, and a working group on gender-based violence. She also co-directs the Food Research Group.
Brittnee Carter received a grant from the DIA's Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Intelligence to work with KU POLS students on research regarding religious terrorism. She continues to publish in the areas of interstate conflict and terrorism (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brittnee_Carter ).
Don Haider-Markel is chairing the department and published several co-authored articles on LGBT politics, gun politics, and the politics of attributions (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Donald_Haider-Markel). He co-authored The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights (University of Michigan Press), and has three other book projects underway; 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 is supervising research projects with KU and K State. This year, he has two new packages on the R worldwide network. First, "stationery" demonstrates methods for creation of reproducible research documents which weld together the process of data analysis with the production of reports. Second, "kutils" offers a transparent data management framework that links together principal investigators, researchers, and research consumers. These are new wave techniques proposed for the reduction of fraud and errors in research. You can follow CRIMDA activities on their blog at: http://crmda.dept.ku.edu/timeline.
Mark Joslyn is serving as Graduate Director and continues to publish in the area of gun politics and mass shootings. His articles explore people’s emotional reactions to gun violence and political attitudes and behaviors of gun owners. He also examines the relationship between misinformation and education across a host of political issues (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Joslyn ).
John Kennedy has completed Local Leaders, Families and the ‘Missing Girls’ in Rural China a book manuscript for Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019. He also published an article in Politics and Governance with doctoral student Haruka Nagao and published an article with his former student in the Journal of Contemporary China (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Kennedy49 ). This summer he agreed to be named as the Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and successfully obtained $1.8 million in Title VI and Foreign Language and Areas Studies grants.
Burdett Loomis is officially retired but is (happily for us) continuing to serve as an instructor to oversee the DC and Topeka intern programs (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Burdett_Loomis ).
Patrick Miller has been continuing his research on the effects of partisan social identity and the psychological factors underlying attitudes toward transgender rights policies. He has also regularly appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and the Kansas City Star commenting on politics. He tweets about politics and political science @pmiller1693
Kevin Mullinix joined the department as an Assistant Professor in August 2018. He researches the effects of wrongful convictions – and media attention to miscarriages of justice – for attitudes toward the death penalty, police reform, and trust in the justice system. He continues to publish studies on the extent to which elected officials shape public opinion, the dynamics that impact attitudes toward law enforcement, and the validity and generalizability of experiments in the social sciences. (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kevin_Mullinix )
Mariya Omelicheva has been working on The Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus: Mapping Security Threats and State Responses in Central Asia (with Lawrence Markowitz), and published two articles. She is on leave this academic year and teaching at the National War College (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mariya_Omelicheva ).
Marie Staniforth secured a book contract entitled “Agonistic Democracy: Rethinking Political Institutions in Pluralist Times” (expected 2019) and published a co-authored article in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. She also presented at GPPSA, co-presented with a student at the GKC Peacebuilding and Nonviolence Conference, and joined Humanities Kansas as a community speaker on the topic of "A New Approach to Democracy."
Gary Reich’s recent research focuses on immigration politics and policy at the state level in the United States. Over the past year, he has published peer reviewed articles in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Research and Politics, and Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming) (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gary_Reich ).
Robert Rohrschneider has completed a book on the 2013 Federal election in Germany published by Routledge in 2018. His interest on the rise of nationalism in Europe led to an APSA-affiliated workshop in Boston which was funded by the European Studies Association. He is now completing a Handbook of Political Representation for Oxford University Press, and several papers on European integration and party competition in Europe (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Rohrschneider ).
Clayton Webb has been conducting research in political methodology that focuses on issues related to specification of dynamic models. He recently developed a hypothesis testing procedure that uses critical value bounds to accommodate uncertainty about the univariate properties of time series variables. His recent research in international relations focuses on public opinion and foreign policy, with projects examining public perceptions of terrorist attacks and economic sanction disputes (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Clayton_Webb ).
Michael Wuthrich is working on a collaborative book project on state-society relations, religious outlooks, and political preferences in the Middle East. Along with other projects on attitudes toward immigrants in Turkey, he is also working on an extended project and dataset addressing the factors behind the drastic increase of women in national politics and parliament in the country (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/F_Wuthrich ).
Rami Zeedan joined KU in fall 2018 as part of POLS and Jewish Studies. In the previous academic year, he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. His recent articles focus on modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rami_Zeedan ).