Faculty Activity & Research


Alan Arwine teaches classes in American government 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 serving as the Graduate Director for the department and is working on several projects. One is a forthcoming article in International Interactions, which finds that migration from terror-prone states erodes the human rights regimes of recipient states. Two related papers explore 1) the effects of state capacity in cushioning the decline of human rights and 2) the effects of natural disasters on human rights regimes. A second paper explores the human trafficking activities of insurgent organizaons. A third paper examines the pursuit of chemical-biological-radiological-and nuclear (CBRN) weapons by insurgent groups. She has another paper under review that revisits the effectiveness of border fences in stemming the flow of refugees. Finally, she has a set of papers that examine the effects of natural disasters on terrorist group tactics and sexual violence in civil wars.

David Brichoux is teaching courses in American politics and political theory. He recently published a chapter “Minimum Wage” in Legislating Morality in America: Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies. This summer he attended the KU Center For Teaching Excellence Flexible Design Camp in June. For more information, see Professor Brichoux's profile.

Hannah Britton is the Director for the Center of Injustice (CSI). CSI houses the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative, the Center for Migration Research, and The Qualitative Research Working Group. Her book, Ending Gender-Based Violence: Justice and Community in South Africa was released last spring, and she continues her research on how to prevent human trafficking and extreme exploitation. She had two related articles published this year. She is also a collaborator on “Collaborative Research: Technology Education for Women in Transition,” which is building tools and curricula on digital literacy to assist women transitioning from incarceration back to the workforce and society.

Brittnee Carter is working on several projects related to religiously motivated terrorism and U.S. counterterrorism efforts. This year she published an article investigating systematic biases against Muslims in counterterrorism policies, as well as an article with 2 students about state sponsors of religiously motivated terrorism and the violence that results from that relationship. Currently, Professor Carter has a revise and resubmit manuscript with former KU undergraduate student Maya Van Nuys that differentiates the framing mechanisms for radicalization and recruitment among Salafi and Shia terrorist organizations. For more information, see Professor Carter's profile

Valery Dzutsati joined the department in the fall of 2021 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. His research interests span civil conflict, democratization, religion and politics, and collective action. His recent work has been published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Nations and Nationalism, and Small Wars & Insurgencies. Forthcoming in 2022 is his article in Ethnopolitics and a co-authored book on civilian support for insurgents in the Russian region of Dagestan in Cambridge University Press. His ongoing projects include research on violent secession, expansionism, liberalism and repression. For more information, see Professor Dzutsati’s profile.

Don Haider-Markel  published several coauthored articles and chapters on LGBT politics and gun politics. He also published an edited three volume set, The Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy, with Oxford University Press. For more information, see Professor Haider-Markel's profile and follow him on Twitter.

 Mark Joslyn just completed a book on the political behavior of gun owners, The Gun Gap (Oxford University Press). Professor Joslyn also created a blog called Consider the Politics. It offers additional material for his introductory and advanced undergraduate classes as well as a platform to expose his research and writing to a broader audience. He has a paper under review about conspiracy theorists and the psychological tendency to project attitudes and behaviors onto the public. For more information, see Professor Joslyn's profile.

John Kennedy  has chapter in a forthcoming edited book by Ronald Inglehart and an article under review with  graduate student Haruka Nagao. He is also working on a second book project examining the involuntary bachelors (bare branches) in rural China as well as an article on current state of village elections in China. For more information, see Professor Kennedy's website. .

Patrick Miller took over the DC and Topeka internship programs this year from Burdett Loomis and is continuing to work on various projects related to American political behavior. He regularly appears in state, national, and international media commenting on American politics. For more information, follow Professor Miller on Twitter

Kevin Mullinix studies the dynamics that shape people's attitudes toward public policies, civil liberties, and the criminal legal system in the United States. He has published research on how partisanship distorts the way we see the world around us, the extent of partisan divisions in society, and strategies to reduce polarization. He is writing a book on the effects of wrongful convictions for both public policy and public opinion. For more information, see Professor Mullinix's profile.  Kevin is also currently serving as the department's Undergraduate Director.

Gary Reich continued his research on immigration policy in the American states. His new book, The Politics of Immigration across the United States, is forthcoming with Routledge Press in 2021. For more information, see Professor Reich's profile.

Robert Rohrschneider completed editing a 34-chapter book entitled The Oxford Handbook of Representation in Liberal Democracies published by Oxford University Press in 2020. He also conducted a public opinion survey in Germany in order to study the influence of populism on institutional legitimacy. For more information, see Professor Rohrschneider's profile

Paul Schumaker is retired Emeritus Professor but he continues to write and conduct research. His latest book was published this year, entitled The TwentyEighth Amendment? Beyond Abolishing the Electoral College.

Sofia Vera joined the department this fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She has been conducting research on political corruption and electoral accountability. Her recent work has been published in Political Studies andLatin American Politics and Society. This year Dr. Vera presented her work at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Latin American Studies Association. For more information, see Professor Vera's profile

Clay Webb continued his methodological work on dynamic specification problems that arise with the use of time series models of political phenomena. His paper in the American Journal of Political Science develops a new hypothesis testing procedure that resolves one of the fundamental problems with applied time series analysis. His recent paper in Political Analysisdevelops a different hypothesis test that allows the analyst to arbitrate between models where the dynamics observed in the data are a function of unmeasured residual dynamics and models where these dynamics are an observed part of the causal process. In addition, he published two substantive articles, one on terrorism and the other on economic sanctions. For more information, see Professor Webb's profile.

F. Michael Wuthrich is finishing up Beyond Piety and Politics: Religion, Social Relations, and Public Preferences in the Middle East and North Africa,forthcoming with Indiana University Press. He continues to work on the dynamics of women’s political representation in Turkey along with the development of populism in Turkey and around the world. He has recent publications in these areas in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies andJournal of Democracy respectively. For more information, see Professor Wuthrich's profile.

Jiakun (Jack) Zhang established The KU Trade War Lab (TWL) in 2020 with funding from a Minerva Research Initiative Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership Grant and several campus sources. As the Director, Professor Zhang’s lab will support funded research, offer student research training, facilitate exchange with other academic centers, and enable campus outreach on the politics of trade and conflict. The current TWL team includes three KU graduate students and six KU undergraduate students and is working on a number of projects on the political economy of the U.S.- China Trade War. For more information, see Professor Zhang's website.