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Sammy Zeyad Badran’s research focuses on the contentious politics and social movements within the Middle East and North Africa. Sammy spent the 2016-2017 school year conducting field research in Morocco funded through a Fulbright Research Fellowship. He investigated the impact of the 2011 constitutional reforms, parliamentary elections, and ideological cleavages on protest levels in Morocco. He has conducted over 45 semi-structured interviews with leftist, Islamist, and independent members of civil society organizations/political parties that participated in the February 20 Movement. Sammy spent the summers of 2013 and 2014 in Morocco studying Modern Standard Arabic, funded through the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) from the Kansas African Studies Center. He has published “The Contentious Roots of the Egyptian Revolution” (2014) and two book review essays in peer-reviewed journals. Sammy has independently taught introductory courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations. He is currently teaching an upper division course concerning the Arab Spring and will teach a course concerning non-state actors in IR next semester.
Dissertation Synopsis: Bronson’s dissertation explores the connection between American politics and public policy. He does so by studying policy-relevant public opinion. One chapter examines the influence of social identities—here evangelical religious identity and gun owner identity—on attitudes towards the U.S. use of military force in conflicts in the Middle East. Another chapter takes a similar approach, but examines support for the death penalty. In both cases he theorizes that that those with particular social identities will be more likely to support the use of violence, military force or harsh penalties, to address problems or infractions. In the third chapter, he takes a look at American politics and policy from a higher-level view and employs the theory of policy diffusion to understand why some states adopt Religious Freedom Acts while other states do not. Bronson’s broader interests include American politics, public opinion, public policy, the policy process, elections, and quantitative methods.
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Donald Haider-Markel
Major Fields: American Politics and Public Policy
Minor Field: Public Administration
M.A. University of Kansas, 2017
B.A. Brigham Young University – Idaho, 2015
Bronson's Website: https://bronsonherrera.com/
Brian recently returned from conducting fieldwork in India on a Fulbright fellowship. His research focuses on the politics of under-represented groups in South Asia, contributing to our understanding of the interaction between gender and electoral institutions. He is finalizing his dissertation project to be defended in the spring of 2018 at the University of Kansas. Titled, “Engendering Representation? Linking Descriptive and Substantive Representation in India”, it is based on qualitative interviews with city councilors in Jaipur, India and explores the challenges to establishing substantive representation for women within a patriarchal society. He can teach a wide range of courses in Comparative Politics, from introductory level surveys to advanced level classes on democratic institutions, under-represented groups, and South Asian international and domestic politics. He received his MA in security studies from Georgetown University in 2011, with specialization in intelligence and Central Asia.
Brian's Website: https://brianturnbull.weebly.com/
PhD, Political Science, Univ. of Kansas, 2017 !