The School of Politics and Global Studies holds frequent lectures featuring faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars. The workshop is run by a faculty member and is an Internal Speaker Series meant to help graduate students.

Colloquium Chair: Tim Peterson, Timothy.M.Peterson@asu.edu

School Workshops: José Kaire at kaire@asu.edu

W. Miller Jr. Faculty Colloq.: Margaret Hanson, margaret.c.hanson@asu.edu

If you want to present at the School Workshop, please contact the coordinator.

Watch past lectures on our YouTube channel

Listed below are upcoming lectures within the School of Politics and Global Studies. Key: Center on the Future of War (CFW), Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research (CLAPR), and Workshop (WS)

Fall 2021

"Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Combat Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France"

Date: August 27

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Pauline Grosjean

(Political Economy Seminar)

Pauline Grosjean, Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, will give the first Political Economy Working Group seminar of this semester, as previously scheduled.

Freedom and Democracy Since 9/11: Freedom and Democracy at Home (CSRC and CFW)

Date: September 8

Time: 11:00am

Location: Zoom

Recording on YouTube

Speaker: Anand Gopal, Craig Calhoun, and Rozina Ali; moderated by John Carlson

( Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with the Center on the Future of War)

Perhaps no other event in the last twenty years has had more enduring and global repercussions than the attacks of 9/11. In response, the United States restructured the federal government, passed the USA Patriot Act, and launched the global war on terror that extended to Afghanistan, Iraq and countless other countries. “Freedom” and “democracy” served as the rallying cries of such efforts, especially in response to terrorists portrayed as enemies who “hate our freedoms.” Twenty years later, America’s—and Americans’—commitments to freedom and democracy, both at home and abroad, warrant renewed reflection and deeper scrutiny.

On the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with the Center on the Future of War, is sponsoring a two-part conversation on the legacy and lessons of 9/11. These panels will give particular attention to how the forces of nationalism, populism, isolationism, and nativism have shaped—and are shaping—Americans’ lives and the nation’s engagement in the world. Throughout, religion has occupied a central yet always varied place in the reaction to, and analysis of, these pivotal events and influential forces.


The first panel will consider whether and how the promise and pursuit of freedom and democracy in the United States has changed since 9/11. What do Americans mean by these terms and did U.S. responses to 9/11 undermine commitments to freedom and democracy, and if so, how? Is there a connection between the way we conceived freedom and democracy post-9/11 and the way these ideals are used today? Given the threats we face today—the Covid pandemic, the January 6 insurrection, restrictions against voting rights, and the rise of extremist hate groups—what does the future of freedom and democracy in the US look like ? What is the role religion has played—and will play—as the struggle for religion and democracy evolves.

Join John Carlson, interim director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, as he explores these topics with award-winning journalist and research professor Anand Gopal, University Professor of Social Sciences Craig Calhoun, and New York Times Magazine contributing writer Rozina Ali.

Freedom and Democracy Since 9/11: Freedom, Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy (CSRC and CFW)

Date: September 9

Time: 11:00am

Location: Zoom

Recording on YouTube

Speaker: Anand Gopal, Paul Miller, Heather Hurlburt, and Daniel Rothenberg; moderated by John Carlson

( Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with the Center on the Future of War)

Perhaps no other event in the last twenty years has had more enduring and global repercussions than the attacks of 9/11. In response, the United States restructured the federal government, passed the USA Patriot Act, and launched the global war on terror that extended to Afghanistan, Iraq and countless other countries. “Freedom” and “democracy” served as the rallying cries of such efforts, especially in response to terrorists portrayed as enemies who “hate our freedoms.” Twenty years later, America’s—and Americans’—commitments to freedom and democracy, both at home and abroad, warrant renewed reflection and deeper scrutiny.

On the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with the Center on the Future of War, is sponsoring a two-part conversation on the legacy and lessons of 9/11. These panels will give particular attention to how the forces of nationalism, populism, isolationism, and nativism have shaped—and are shaping—Americans’ lives and the nation’s engagement in the world. Throughout, religion has occupied a central yet always varied place in the reaction to, and analysis of, these pivotal events and influential forces.

The second panel will consider how U.S. foreign policy has embraced or forsaken commitments to freedom and democracy so deeply aroused by the September 11 attacks. The recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan is front and center in this conversation. Yet, other US interventions over the last two decades—in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere—invite reconsideration of whether and how the United States has been a friend of or foil to freedom, self-determination, and human rights for other peoples. What is the relation of the global war on terror and related efforts to “counter violent extremism” to rising forms of populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism? What do the lessons of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other wars suggest about the future of freedom, democracy, and human rights in the world? Twenty years on from 9/11, what role is religion likely to play in international politics and the struggle for self-determination.

This panel features Paul Miller, professor of practice at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Heather Hurlbut, director of New Models for Policy Change at New America, Daniel Rothenberg, co-director of the Center on the Future of War, and Anand Gopal, author of "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes." The panel will be moderated by John Carlson, interim director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.

The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden (CFW)

Date: October 7

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Recording on YouTube

Speaker: Peter Bergen, Co-Director of the Center on the Future of War and Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies

(Center on the Future of War)

Peter Bergen is the author of seven books, three of which were named New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post. Bergen is a Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, Co-Director of the Center on the Future of War, Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America, and a CNN national security analyst.

In The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen provides the first reevaluation of the man responsible for precipitating America’s long wars with al-Qaeda and its descendants, capturing bin Laden in all the dimensions of his life: as a family man, as a terrorist leader, and as a fugitive. The book sheds light on his many contradictions: he was the son of a billionaire, yet insisted his family live like paupers. He adored his wives and children, yet he brought ruin to his family. And while he inflicted the most lethal act of mass murder in United States history, he failed to achieve any of his strategic goals.

Gendered Violence and Intersectionality (GHR Hub)

Date: October 7

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Ramona Perez, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, San Diego
State University

(This talk is co-sponsored by ASU's Global Human Rights Hub, the School of Politics and Global Studies, and the program on Social Justice and Human Rights.)

Gendered Violence and Intersectionality: How it needs to be understood Violence against others is historic, cultural, structural, and real. Dr. Ramona Perez will demonstrate how current legislation that focuses on physical or emotional/mental violence limits the realities of how these forms of violence are the manifestations of much deeper and more integrated areas of everyday life that need to be addressed in our research.

Ramona L. Pérez is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. She also is graduate faculty in the joint doctoral program in Global Health and for the Department of Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on food, nutrition, and health among marginalized populations; adolescent and youth identity and empowerment among transnational, Mexican, and Central American migrant youth; gendered and ethnic marginalization and the state; rural to urban community growth; the political economy of tourism in Oaxaca; and the gendered and moral nature of community economies in Mexico.

Her current work spans the US/Mexico border, southern Mexico, Nicaragua, and Brazil. She conducts a summer qualitative research field school, directs internship opportunities for graduate students in the border region and throughout Latin America, and coordinates the Mixtec and Zapotec language programs at SDSU.

Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump (CFW)

Date: October 19

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, an International Studies Fellow at New America, and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Greenberg specializes in the intersection between national security policy, the rule of law and human rights. Greenberg is the author and editor of numerous books including: "Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State", "The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days", "Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink", and "The Torture Papers: the Road to Abu Ghraib". Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the Atlantic and other major news outlets.

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Emerging Technology and Security

Date: October 21

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Peter W. Singer, LtGen (Ret) Robert Schmidle, and Anika Binnendijk

Recording on YouTube

Covered by ASU News

(Center on the Future of War)

This event from the Center on the Future of War was a roundtable discussion on Emerging Technology and Security with faculty from the ASU Online M.A. in Global Security (MAGS) at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies.

Peter W. Singer - is a futurist and strategist, ASU MAGS Professor of Practice and Senior Fellow at New America. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List. He is the author of several books on the topic of emerging technology and security including Like War, Ghost Fleet, and Burn In.

LtGen(Ret) Robert Schmidle, USMC - is the University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies, MAGS Professor of Practice and a Senior Fellow in the Center on the Future of War at ASU. While on active duty Dr Schmidle served as the first Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command, responsible for standing up the command while concurrently executing full spectrum cyber operations.

Anika Binnendijk - is an ASU MAGS Professor of Practice and political scientist at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, Binnendijk leads research and analysis on a range of topics including emerging defense technologies including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, and human-machine teaming. She has served in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning, on the NSC staff as Director for Russia and in the DoD as a policy advisor.

More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You... and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise

Date: October 25

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Cecilia Muñoz

Recording on YouTube

(This event is co-sponsored with the Center on the Future of War, the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research, and the School of Politics and Global Studies. )

Cecilia Muñoz discusses her award-winning book, which shares insights from her career as well as the careers of other notable women of color.

She is the author of “More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You... and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise.”⁠

Cecilia Muñoz is a national leader in public policy and public interest technology with nearly three decades of experience in the non-profit sector and 8 years of service on President Obama’s senior team. She joined New America in 2017 as a Vice President, leading local initiatives and building a team on public interest technology. She returned to New America as a Senior Advisor in early 2021 after taking leave to lead the domestic and economic policy team at the Biden/Harris Transition.

"Network Dynamics and the Effectiveness of Coercion" (WS)

Date: October 27

Time: 11:50am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Weining Ai

(Workshop)

Abstract: Why do states resist against coercion in some cases but concede in others? Target states face a dilemma of concession or resistance in their responses to coercion, as both strategies generate domestic and international costs and benefits. The crux of this puzzle is that targets suffer from an information problem of how coercers would react to the targets’ resistances and concessions. This article develops a network explanation for how states respond to coercion in the face of this information problem. By regarding resistances and concessions as network ties, it argues that past coercion outcomes endogenously influence target states’ current responses and coercion outcomes. Specifically, states are more likely to concede to coercers who have been successful in gaining others’ full compliance, who have successfully resisted the states’ coercion, and who have gained concessions from the targets that have gained concessions from these states. The causal mechanism is an information mechanism through which past network ties (resistances and concessions) and structures (coercion outcomes) reveal coercers’ information of resolve and reputation, which helps targets’ decision-making. The Threats and Imposition of Economic Sanctions (TIES) dataset and inferential network statistical models can provide empirical observations and tools for further analysis.

100 Years Later: What Does Justice for the Tulsa Riot Look Like? (CFW)

Date: November 2

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Caleb Gayle, CEO of the National Conference on Citizenship

(Center on the Future of War)

Caleb Gayle is the CEO of the National Conference on Citizenship and a New Arizona Fellow at New America. He is also the recipient of the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award and the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship. His writing has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Threepenny Review, and other major publications. Gayle’s forthcoming book from Riverhead Books examines the true story of the Black people who were once considered citizens of the Creek Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Oxford University, as well as Harvard Business School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Introduction by Sybil Francis, CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona and Teniqua Broughton, Executive Director, The State of Black Arizona.


Co-sponsored with the Center for the Future of Arizona and The State of Black Arizona

Exporting Borders: The Administrative Architecture of U.S. International Migration Control (WS)

Date: November 3

Time: 11:50am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Angie Bautista-Chavez, SPGS Assistant Professor

(Workshop)

Right-wing Mobilization and Voting in Present-Day Germany

Date: November 4

Time: 11:00am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Alexander De Juan, Professor, University of Osnabrück

(School of Politics and Global Studies, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and the School of International Letters and Cultures)

ASU is hosting Alexander De Juan from the University of Osnabrück for a talk on "Right-wing Mobilization and Voting in Present-Day Germany”. This event is part of the @GermanyinUSA lecture series assisted by the German Embassy in Washington D.C.

Alexander De Juan is a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. His current research focusses on the relationship between violent conflict, state-building and development. He also studies the long-term legacies of political institutions and collective violence. His previous work has been published in World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies or the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Researching the Role Social Media Played in the Storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6

Date: November 4

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Join the Center on the Future of War for an event with Candace Rondeaux to discuss her research on the role social media played in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. This is part of a series of events featuring faculty from the ASU Online M.A. in Global Security (MAGS) at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies.

Candace Rondeaux is a professor of practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies and a senior fellow with the Center on the Future of War. A veteran analyst of the conflict in South Asia and expert on U.S. and international security affairs, she has served as a strategic advisor to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and senior program officer at U.S. Institute of Peace where she launched the RESOLVE Network, a global research consortium on violent extremism. An expert on security sector reform, governance, and electoral politics in conflict settings, she spent five years living and working in South Asia where she served as South Asia bureau chief for The Washington Post and as senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Her research interests include the dynamics of sectarian violence, governance and political Islam in modern Muslim majority states, Soviet and post-Soviet affairs and post-conflict reconstruction.

Sex Trafficking in the LGBTQ+ Community (GHR Hub)

Date: November 8

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Kimberly Hogan, Social Work PhD Candidate, University of Southern Mississippi

(This talk is co-sponsored by ASU's Global Human Rights Hub, the School of Politics and Global Studies, the program on Social Justice and Human Rights, and the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research)

Kimberly Hogan, MSW, MA is the previous research project director in the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) at Arizona State University, and a social work PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Kimberly's research focus is on the intersectionality between LGBTQ youth and young adults and sex trafficking. She also has a focus on prostitution and the therapeutic needs for exiting. Kimberly works very closely with community groups including the Catholic Charities DIGNITY programs and the City of Phoenix and Las Vegas Metropolitan VICE Units. Her research work spans the prevention, detection, identification, and treatment of sex trafficking victims.

Recent research documents include the Youth Experiences Survey (YES): Exploring the Sex Trafficking Experiences of Homeless Young Adults in Arizona, Incidence of identified sex trafficking victims in Arizona: 2015 and 2016, A Six-Year Analysis of Sex Trafficking of Minors: Exploring  Characteristics and Sex Trafficking Patterns, Sex Trafficking Matrix: A Tool to Detect Minors in Online Ads, Analysis of the 2014 Sex Trafficking Cases at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Sex Trafficking in United States Courts.

Women and War: Are They Incompatible? (CFW)

Date: November 10

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: G.L.A. Harris is Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Professor at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management

(Center on the Future of War, co-sponsored with the Thunderbird School of Global Management)

G.L.A. Harris is Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Professor at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. Previously she was a professor at Portland State University as well as a Senior Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Dr. Harris's research focuses on gender equity, civil rights and women in the military and in armed conflict. She is the author of Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place, Living Legends and Full Agency: Implications of Repealing the Combat Exclusion Policy, and co-author of Women Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility and Blacks in the Military and Beyond. Her research has led to the creation of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in Oregon and her work has helped establish prototype legislation to create VRCs at higher education institutions across the U.S. Dr. Harris has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s junior, intermediate and senior officer schools, including Air War College.

America's New Civil War (CFW)

Date: November 12

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, Yale Law School Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International

(Center on the Future of War)

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice White in the United States Supreme Court from 1980-1982. Before coming to Yale Law School in 1985, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., during which time he was on the legal team representing Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, international law, cultural theory and philosophy. He is the author of thirteen books, including most recently, Testimony and Origins of Order: Project and System in the American Legal Imagination. His newest book, Democracy in America 2020, will be out this spring.

Current Challenges in Peacebuilding in the Americas: Central America and the Andes (CFW)

Date: Dec 2

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

(Center on the Future of War)

Keith Mines is director of the Latin America program at USIP. Mines joined USIP after a career at the State Department where he was most recently director for Andean and Venezuelan affairs. In 28 years of diplomatic service he has worked on governance and institution building in Central America and Colombia; Middle East peace in Israel and the West Bank; post-conflict stabilization in Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan; global financial stability and the environment in Brazil; security sector reform in Hungary; famine relief and tribal reconciliation in Darfur and Somalia; and creating a culture of lawfulness as the first director of the Merida Initiative in Mexico City. Mines is a former Special Forces Officer with service in Central America and Grenada. His book, “Why Nation Building Matters: Political Consolidation, Building Security Forces, and Economic Development in Failed and Fragile States,” was published in 2020. Mines has a bachelor’s in history from Brigham Young University and a master’s in foreign service from Georgetown University.

Book talk: Reimagining the Judiciary: Women’s Representation on High Courts Worldwide (GFL)

Date: December 3

Time: 10am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Valerie Hoekstra, Miki Kittilson, Maria Escobar-Lemmon (Texas A&M), and Alice Kang (University of Nebraska)

(College of Global Futures)

Join four renowned political scientists for the launch of their book, Reimagining the Judiciary. This work examines the factors that facilitate the inclusion of women on high courts, while recognizing that many courts have a long way to go before reaching gender parity.

The authors built the first cross-national and longitudinal dataset on the appointment of women and men to high courts and showcased five in-depth case studies on the selection of justices to high courts in Canada, Colombia, Ireland, South Africa, and the US.

Keynote Remarks
Sandie Okoro(Keynote): Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel

Introductory remarks by Tea Trumbic, Program Manager, Women Business and the Law, Global Indicators Group, World Bank. Moderated by Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Asia Pacific, ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation.

Discussants
J. Jarpa Dawuni: Associate Professor and Director, Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership, Howard University
Valerie Hudson: University Distinguished Professor and Director, Program on Women, Peace, and Security, Texas A&M
Susan Sterett: Professor, U Maryland Baltimore County

Spring 2021

Brexit from the ground up: Ethnographic perspectives from the Northern Ireland borderzone

Date: January 13

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University

Recording on YouTube

The School of Politics and Global Studies and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations are co-hosting Dr. Thomas M. Wilson for a virtual talk over Zoom.

Wilson is Professor of Anthropology in Binghamton University, State University of New York. A Visiting Professor in Queens University, Belfast, 2018–2020, in 2019 he was also a Visiting Professor in the University of Eastern Finland and Lund University. He has conducted ethnographic research in Ireland, the UK, Hungary, Canada and the USA, in matters related to European integration, local and national politics and government, alcohol and identity, and international borders. His publications include Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012).

Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium (PRIEC) Conference 2021

Date: January 22

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research

Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective: Recent Trends and Research Frontiers

Date: January 25

Time: 11:00am

Location: Zoom

The Lowe Family Research Workshop

The Utility of Special Operations: Facing Challenges of Great Power Competition and Compound Security (CFW)

Date: Feb 3

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Ike Wilson

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)


Col. (ret) Isaiah Wilson, III, President of Joint Special Operations University and a Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU. Wilson is a master strategist and a leading advocate of change in America’s approaches to security and defense policy as well as a decorated combat veteran with multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and was a Professor and academic program director at West Point, where he created the West Point Grand Strategy Program. Wilson’s research focuses on US strategy, military planning, and special operations. He is the author of  Thinking beyond War: Civil Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace.

Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States (CLAPR)

Date: February 5

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Allan Colbern and Karthick Ramakrishnan

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research)


Allan Colbern and Karthick Ramakrishnan present their newly released book, Citizenship Reimagined , where they develop a precise framework for understanding and measuring citizenship as expansive, multi-dimensional, and federated - broader than legal status and firmly grounded in the provision of rights. Placing today's immigration battles in historical context, they show that today's progressive state citizenship is not unprecedented: US states have been leaders in rights expansion since America's founding, including over the fight for black citizenship and women's suffrage. Their book invites readers to rethink how American federalism relates to minority rights and how state laws regulating undocumented residents can coexist with federal exclusivity over immigration law.

CareerTalk: Human Rights Watch (CFW and Global Human Rights Hub)

Date: Feb 10

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Sarah Holewinski

(Center on the Future of War and Global Human Rights Hub)

Sarah Holewinski is the Washington Director at Human Rights Watch, and leads the organization’s engagement with the United States government on global human rights issues, with a particular focus on national security and foreign policy. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she was the first senior advisor on human rights in the Chairman’s Office at The Joint Staff of the U.S. Department of Defense and, prior, served as deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under Ambassador Samantha Power. For nearly a decade Sarah was executive director of Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), leading efforts to advise warring parties on civilian protection and responsible use of force. In that role, she worked extensively with the U.S. military and its allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, CAR, Burma and elsewhere. Sarah was named in Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction by Action on Armed Violence and received the Truman National Security Project’s award for Extraordinary Impact. She holds degrees from Georgetown and Columbia Universities, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow at New America, a board director at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a professor of practice at Arizona State University.

Roundtable: The Rise in Anti-Democratic Violence in the U.S.: Perspectives on the Capitol Insurrection

Date: Feb 11

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Recording on YouTube

Speaker: Lenka Bustikova, Jennet Kirkpatrick, Fabian Neuner and Candace Rondeaux

The United States has been shaken by a rise in extremism and anti-democratic violence that culminated in efforts to reverse the results of the presidential election during the deadly insurrection at the Capitol in early January. Join experts from Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies for a roundtable discussion on the causes and consequences of the Capitol insurrection and the rise of anti-democratic violence in the U.S.

Inside the Walled Garden: Understanding the Chinese Internet (CFW)

Date: Feb 11

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Yi-Ling Liu

(Center on the Future of War)

Yi-Ling Liu, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America, award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Economist, The New Yorker, and elsewhere

The Challenge of Black Patriotism (CFW)

Date: Feb 17

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Ted Johnson

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)


Theodore (Ted) R. Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. His research and writing focus on black voting behavior and electoral politics, as well as the role of national solidarity in addressing racial inequality. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Dr. Johnson was a national fellow at the New America, and he is a retired Commander in the United States Navy.

His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and several other national publications. His forthcoming book When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America will be published by Grove Atlantic in June.

Becoming the State: (Im)migration Control and the Weaponization of Brown Bodies (CLAPR)

Date: Feb 19

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: David Cortez

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

The face of immigration law enforcement has changed significantly in the last quarter-century — with Latinxs, today, comprising nearly thirty-percent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and fifty-percent of Border Patrol. Where scholars have devoted attention to this demographic shift and its implications, research has focused primarily on how Latinx agents negotiate the space between ‘who they are’ as Latinxs and ‘what they do’ as immigration agents. Key to this line of inquiry has been a single, overriding question: do Latinx agents’ ethnic identities matter ? Undoubtedly a question of great import, the resulting debate has centered solely around ‘identity as psychological self-categorization’ — obscuring the role played by the physical bodies of Latinx agents. This research represents a substantive departure from this trajectory. In this talk, I discuss how the state weaponizes Latinx immigration agents’ brown bodies (‘identity as physical, descent-based attributes’) against Latinx (im)migrants. Drawing on thirteen-months of extensive fieldwork, including interviews with one-hundred ICE agents across Arizona, California, and Texas, I demonstrate how the state, embodied in Latinxs, not only gains access to, but disarms the communities it wishes to expel.

More on our speaker:

David Cortez is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latinx Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Cortez’s research centers on ethnic and racial identity with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience. His current book project explores the emergence of a disproportionately-Latinx immigration law enforcement workforce as a metaphor for the minority experience in the United States. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, including interviews with and observations of more than one-hundred Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across Texas, Arizona, and California, his research engages questions of belonging, obligation, and liminality. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and published in the Annual Review of Sociology and Political Research Quarterly.

When Does Resistance Become Insurrection? Free Speech and the Defense of the Republic (CFW)

Date: Feb 23

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Noah Feldman

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)


Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, author of multiple books, including Cool War: The Future of Global Competition and Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It.

Black History Month Distinguished Lecture: Lewis Gordon, Freedom, Justice and Decolonization

Date: Feb 24

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Lewis Gordon,University of Connecticut

Recording on YouTube

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut at Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa; Chairperson of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy; and Chairperson of the Awards Committee and Global Collaborations for the Caribbean Philosophical Association, of which he was the organization’s first president. His books published by Routledge include Fanon and the Crisis of European Man, Existence in Black, Existentia Africana, Disciplinary Decadence, and, with Jane Anna Gordon, Not Only the Master’s Tools and Of Divine Warning.

Book description: The eminent scholar Lewis R. Gordon offers a probing meditation on freedom, justice, and decolonization. What is there to be understood and done when it is evident that the search for justice, which dominates social and political philosophy of the North, is an insufficient approach for the achievements of dignity, freedom, liberation, and revolution? Gordon takes the reader on a journey as he interrogates a trail from colonized philosophy to re-imagining liberation and revolution to critical challenges raised by Afropessimism, theodicy, and looming catastrophe. He offers not forecast and foreclosure but instead an urgent call for dignifying and urgent acts of political commitment. Such movements take the form of examining what philosophy means in Africana philosophy, liberation in decolonial thought, and the decolonization of justice and normative life. Gordon issues a critique of the obstacles to cultivating emancipatory politics, challenging reductionist forms of thought that proffer harm and suffering as conditions of political appearance and the valorization of nonhuman beings. He asserts instead emancipatory considerations for occluded forms of life and the irreplaceability of existence in the face of catastrophe and ruin, and he concludes, through a discussion with the Circassian philosopher and decolonial theorist, Madina Tlostanova, with the project of shifting the geography of reason.

This event is sponsored by:
School of Social Transformation;
Philosophy and the Anti-Racism Committee,
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies;
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts;
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy;
School of Politics and Global Studies;
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Who is Worthy? Immigrants in a Time of Uncertainty (CLAPR)

Date: March 5

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Maricruz Osorio

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

Maricruz Osorio will examine the puzzle of public opinion support of immigrants and refugees, with focus on competing identities and threat perceptions. Osorio uses the ANES 2016 Pilot Study to investigate how support for US entry of Syrian refugees changes, according to perceptions of the viability of local terrorist threat and other identities. Moreover, she compares support of legal migration and refugee migration to understand if Americans differentiate who is more worthy of US entry. She finds that as respondents believe that a terrorist attack in their area is possible, support for refugees decreases to a greater degree than support for legal immigration. Osorio will further analyze if some refugees have greater support for entry than others. For this, she will use a survey experiment in the 2018 CCES and find that Muslim refugees have less support for entry.

Maricruz Ariana Osorio is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Broadly, her work looks at the political engagement and behavior of marginalized groups, with an emphasis on women and immigrants. She has published in this work academically and has contributed to other forms of publicly available scholarship, including policy reports, blogs, and encyclopedia entries. Her dissertation investigates the role of gender in forming risk assessments, whether risks are perceived to be risks themselves or risks are believed to be risks to their community at large. She analyzes how those risk assessments contribute to the political participation, in all its different forms, of marginalized immigrant communities. Her dissertation looks at how agency might manifest differently by citizenship status and hopes to add to our understanding of political participation.

Transnational Feminist Movements (CFW)

Date: March 8

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Pardis Mahdavi and Mi-Ai Parrish

(Center on the Future of War)

2020 was the year that women emerged indisputably as the world’s most successful leaders, from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s COVID responses to German Chancellor Angela Merkel saving the eurozone and minimizing damage from Brexit. But perhaps more important was the growing success of transnational feminist movements. For more than a decade, networks of women have been sharing resources, media know-how, and strategies across mass movements. Now this transnational work is producing policy breakthroughs and societal shifts, including greater protections for survivors of sexual violence in Guatemala, more reproductive rights and legalized abortion in Chile and Argentina, the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, a crackdown on sexual harassment in South Korea, and the Greta Thunberg-inspired youth movement for stronger climate response everywhere. What is next for these movements, especially in many Middle Eastern and African countries, where progress for women has been incremental? What setbacks have the pandemic and authoritarianism caused for women and social movements?

Pardis Mahdavi, dean of social sciences in Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mi-Ai Parrish, managing director of ASU Media Enterprise, visit Zócalo on International Women’s Day to discuss the most promising opportunities right now for transnational women’s movements to save our world.

Introduction by Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America.

Co-sponsored with the ASU Global Human Rights Hub.

Renewal and Remaking of Democracy (CFW)

Date: March 11

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Craig Calhoun

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

On March 11th, the Center on the Future of War hosted a discussion with Craig Calhoun, ASU University Professor of Social Sciences, former director and president of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), author of many books including the forthcoming Degenerations of Democracy

Extremism, Anti-democratic Violence, and the Second Impeachment Trial: A Conversation with Senator Jeff Flake

Date: March 15

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Senator Jeff Flake

Recording on YouTube

The School of Politics and Global Studies hosted a conversation with former United States Senator Jeff Flake who will speak on the recent rise in anti-democratic violence in the U.S., the Capitol insurrection, and the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Senator Flake will be interviewed by SPGS Senior Lecturer and American government expert Dr. Gina Woodall followed by audience Q & A.

Senator Jeff Flake represented Arizona in the House of Representatives from 2001-2013 and in the U.S. Senate from 2013-2019. Senator Flake is currently a distinguished dean fellow with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Preventing Atrocity Crimes in a Violent World (CFW)

Date: March 17

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: David Schaeffer

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

David Scheffer  is Director Emeritus of the Center for International Human Rights and was the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. From 2012 to 2018 he was the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on U.N. Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. From 1997 to 2001, he was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues and led the U.S. delegation in talks establishing the International Criminal Court. Professor Scheffer received the Berlin Prize in 2013 and the Champion of Justice Award of the Center for Justice and Accountability in 2018.  Foreign Policy magazine selected him as a “Top Global Thinker of 2011.” He is Vice-President of the American Society of International Law and the Tom A. Bernstein Genocide Prevention Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Introduction by Stephanie Lindquist, Senior Vice President of Global Academic Initiatives at ASU

Co-sponsored with the ASU Global Human Rights Hub and the Martin-Springer Institute, NAU

Naturalism of freedom of opinion and speech: reflections from overview of the Kazakh customary traditions (WS)

Date: March 24

Time: 11:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Beibit Shangirbayeva

(School Workshop)

A book talk with Lauren Redniss (CFW)

Date: March 25

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Lauren Redniss, Sybil Francis, Steven Teppe

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

The Center for the Future of Arizona, New America, and the Center on the Future of War hosted a talk with Lauren Redniss, 2017 MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and New Arizona Fellow at New America, on her new book "Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West."

Redniss is the author of several works of visual non-fiction, including: “Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future,” winner of the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout,” finalist for the National Book Award. She has been a Guggenheim fellow as well as a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers.

New Arizona Fellows are members of the Fellows Program at New America, a DC-based think tank, who are supported by the Center for the Future of Arizona to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the State in the 21st century

The event opened with an introduction by Sybil Francis, Ph.D. President and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. The Q&A was moderated by Steven Tepper, Dean of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

What's Wrong with Populism?

Date: March 30

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: David Art

Recording on YouTube

The ASU School of Politics and Global Studies hosted Dr. David Art, Professor of Political Science at Tufts University for a virtual talk over Zoom.

The “rise of global populism” has become a primary metanarrative for the previous decade in advanced industrial democracies, but this talk argues it is a deeply misleading one. Nativism—not populism—is the defining feature of both radical right parties in Western Europe and of radical right politicians like Donald Trump in the United States. The tide of “left-wing populism” in Europe receded quickly, as did its promise of returning power to the people through online voting and policy deliberation. The erosion of democracy in states like Hungary has not been the result of populism, but rather of the deliberate practice of competitive authoritarianism. Calling these disparate phenomena “populist” obscures their core features and mistakenly attaches normatively redeeming qualities to nativists and authoritarians.

David Art is a Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His field is comparative politics, with a regional focus on Europe. Professor Art's research interests include extremist political parties and movements, the politics of history and memory, and comparative historical analysis in the social sciences.

He is the author of Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, German Politics and Society, Party Politics, and West European Politics.

Global Asymmetries, Digital Extractivism and the Fight for Economic Justice

Date: April 6

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Zoom

(The Human Economies working group)

'Radical Right Parties and Uncivil Society in Ukraine' (WS)

Date: April 7

Time: 11:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Lenka Bustikova

(School Workshop)

"Taming the Legislature: Pathways to Authoritarian Consolidation in Central Asia" (WS)

Date: April 12

Time: 11:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Margaret Hanson

(School Workshop)

From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

Date: April 14

Time: 11:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Kiara Boone

This was a talk with Kiara Boone on the Equal Justice Initiative’s racial justice work. This School of Politics and Global Studies event was co-sponsored by the ASU Global Human Rights Hub.

Kiara Boone is the deputy director of community education at the Equal Justice Initiative. In her role, Kiara works with EJI's racial justice projects which are aimed at changing the narrative about America’s history of racial injustice through educational reports, videos, short films, local community efforts, and two new cultural spaces - The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. With EJI’s Community Remembrance Project, Kiara helps to support community members across the country to memorialize documented victims of racial violence and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice today.

"Germany’s Approach to Countering Antisemitism Since Reunification" (WS)

Date: April 21

Time: 11:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Thomas Just

(School Workshop)

Reflection on Latinos in Arizona's University System (CLAPR)

Date: March 22

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Ernest Caldrón

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

Ernest Calderón is a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents and was Arizona’s first Harry S. Truman Scholar receiving that honor in 1977. He has served as an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University and in the Maricopa County Community College District. A native of Morenci, Arizona and a sixth generation native of what was New Mexico Territory, he is a first-generation college graduate. Ernie’s parents were a copper miner and a cook. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona College of Law and received his doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. He is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in Best Lawyers in America and is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute. Ernie clerked for U.S. District Judge Walter E. Craig and has practiced law 38 years. He served as the first Latino to be elected State Bar of Arizona president and served as president of the Arizona Board of Regents. He led the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Community Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and Valley Leadership. Ernie was the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year and Phoenix’s Man of the Year. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Ernie has four adult children who are his greatest accomplishment. He and his wife, Terri, live in Phoenix.

The mission of ASU Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research (CLAPR) is to foster and support thoughtful, objective, and innovative research on the political and policy circumstances of the nation’s Latina/o-Hispanic population, thereby creating a fuller, deeper understanding of politics and governance in the United States.  This mission entails facilitating and disseminating research that emphasizes, but is not limited to, empirical and normative theoretical perspectives, historical context, institutional dimensions, and public policy issues which are especially germane to the Latina/o-Hispanic population while also having broad significance for American society and politics.

Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance (CFW)

Date: May 11

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Jude Joffe-Block, Terry Greene Sterling, Sybil Francis

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

The Center for the Future of Arizona, New America, and the Center on the Future of War hosted a talk with Lauren Redniss, 2017 MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and New Arizona Fellow at New America, on her new book "Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the

Fall 2020

The Democratic Politics of Racist Monument Removal: Failed Proceduralism vs. Effective Rioting (CLAPR)

Date: October 2

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

Juliet Hooker is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. She is a political theorist specializing in racial justice, multiculturalism, Latin American political thought, and Black political thought. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford, 2009) and Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos
(Oxford, 2017), which was a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Ralph Bunche Book Award and the 2018 Best Book Award of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is currently working on a book project
entitled, Black Grief/White Grievance, that explores the role of loss in contemporary racial politics in the United States.

The War for Gaul: How Julius Caesar’s Ideas on Strategy Can Help Us Face Contemporary Challenges (CFW)

Date: October 6

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: James O’Donnell and Lt. Gen. (ret) Robert Schmidle

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

James O’Donnell, ASU University Librarian and former Provost and University Professor at Georgetown University, discusses his book, The War for Gaul: A New Translation (Princeton 2019). The conversation is guided by LtGen (ret) Robert Schmidle, ASU Professor of Practice, the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and a combat pilot.

Latina/os and the 2020 Elections: Local, State, and National Perspectives (CLAPR)

Date: October 8

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Eduardo Sainz, Mi Familia Vota; Lisa Magana, ASU; Lisa Sanchez, UA, Louis Desipio, UC Irvine

Recording on YouTube

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

COVID-19 as a ‘Hinge Event’ and Implications for U.S. Security (CFW)

Date: October 14

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Peter L. Bergen, Daniel Rothenberg and Souad Ali

(Center on the Future of War)

James O’Donnell, ASU University Librarian and former Provost and University Professor at Georgetown University, discusses his book, The War for Gaul: A New Translati

The Voting Rights Crisis and the 2020 Presidential Election

Date: October 21

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: David Daley

Recording on YouTube

On October 21st, 2020 the School of Politics and Global Studies is hosted David Daley, a senior fellow for FairVote, for a conversation on voter suppression.

David Daley is the author of the national bestseller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy." His work on voting rights has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic and many other publications. He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor in chief of Salon

Corruption in Context: A question of law or normativity?

Date: October 28

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Nnamdi Igbokwe

Recording on YouTube

What do we really mean by corruption? This talk will contextualize corruption by examining contestations surrounding its definitions, classifications, and typologies.

This talk is part of the "COVID and Corruption" series through Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies which will explore the political economy of corruption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic examining the rise of institutional abuses of power and the renewal of various modes of rent-seeking that have emerged.

Dr. Nnamdi Igbokwe is a political economist whose area of work sits within the tradition of International Political Economy with a focus on Modernization and Development Economics. Dr. Igbokwe’s research explores how disparate development outcomes and conditions like corruption arrive at the intersection of international politics, state institutions, and global economic policy. His regional expertise includes West Africa where he investigates themes like corruption, capitalism, clientelism, liberalism, economic development policy, wealth defense, dictatorship, foreign direct investment, and transnational capital.

Corruption’s Comparative Quagmire

Date: November 10

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Nnamdi Igbokwe

Recording on YouTube

What causes corruption? Can corruption analysis be compared? This talk will discuss extant methods, measurements, and modes of investigating corruption.

This talk is part of the "COVID and Corruption" series through the School of Politics and Global Studies which will explore the political economy of corruption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic examining the rise of institutional abuses of power and the renewal of various modes of rent-seeking that have emerged.

Dr. Nnamdi Igbokwe is a political economist whose area of work sits within the tradition of International Political Economy with a focus on Modernization and Development Economics. Dr. Igbokwe’s research explores how disparate development outcomes and conditions like corruption arrive at the intersection of international politics, state institutions, and global economic policy. His regional expertise includes West Africa where he investigates themes like corruption, capitalism, clientelism, liberalism, economic development policy, wealth defense, dictatorship, foreign direct investment, and transnational capital.

Mobilization for Democracy in East Germany, 1989 to the Present

Date: November 12

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Steve Pfaff

Recording on YouTube

The School of Politics and Global Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies are co-hosting Dr. Steven J. Pfaff, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, for a talk on opposition and repression in the German Democratic Republic. This event is part of the @GermanyinUSA lecture series assisted by the German Embassy in Washington D.C.

https://www.asugermany.com/

Pfaff's research focuses on social and political mobilization, and has won awards from the Social Science History Association and the European Academy of Sociology. He serves on the board of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture. His most recent book, The Genesis of Rebellion: Governance, Grievance and Mutiny in the Age of Sail was co-authored with SPGS Foundation Professor Michael Hechter and published this year by Cambridge University Press.

Constitutional Lobbying: Democratic Dualism and the Mobilization of Interest Groups (WS)

Date: November 18

Time: 10:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: James Strickland

Social Pandemic and Institutional Pathology

Date: November 18

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Nnamdi Igbokwe

Recording on YouTube

How has COVID impacted political and economic institutions? This talk will discuss corruption as a direct consequence of the pandemic and explore the institutional aftermath of rent-seeking and power abuse.

This talk is part of the "COVID and Corruption" series through the School of Politics and Global Studies which will explore the political economy of corruption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic examining the rise of institutional abuses of power and the renewal of various modes of rent-seeking that have emerged.

Dr. Nnamdi Igbokwe is a political economist whose area of work sits within the tradition of International Political Economy with a focus on Modernization and Development Economics. Dr. Igbokwe’s research explores how disparate development outcomes and conditions like corruption arrive at the intersection of international politics, state institutions, and global economic policy. His regional expertise includes West Africa where he investigates themes like corruption, capitalism, clientelism, liberalism, economic development policy, wealth defense, dictatorship, foreign direct investment, and transnational capital.

Diversity in National Security: How to Ensure More Women Hold Leadership Positions (CFW)

Date: November 18

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Heather Hurlburt, Jeannette Haynie and Camille Stewart

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

The event addresses current challenges with diversity in U.S. national security, outlining specific ways to ensure greater women’s representation in civilian and military leadership positions with Heather Hurlburt, Laura Kupe, and Jeannette Haynie.

Hurlburt is Director of New America’s New Models of Policy Change a former senior staffer in the White House and Department of State. Kupe is Counsel on the Committee on Homeland Security, former Special Assistant at the Department of Homeland Security and Youth Ambassador for Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation. And, Haynie is a former Marine Corps officer with a PhD in International Relations and Founder and Executive Director of the Athena Leadership Project, which seeks to elevate the stories of female veterans and conduct research into how gender-diverse teams and leadership impact national security.

Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany: Lessons for the United States

Date: November 19

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Daniel Ziblatt

Recording on YouTube

The School of Politics and Global Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies are co-hosting Dr. Daniel Ziblatt as part of the @GermanyinUSA lecture series assisted by the German Embassy in Washington D.C.

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of the Transformations of Democracy group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He specializes in the study of Europe and the history of democracy. His three books include "How Democracies Die" (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky), a New York Times best-seller and der Spiegel best-seller (Germany) and translated into twenty two languages. He is also the author of "Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy" (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an account of Europe's historical democratization, which won the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations and American Sociological Association's 2018 Barrington Moore Prize. His first book was an analysis of 19th century state building, "Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism" (Princeton, 2006).

Evaluating Social Norms and Tolerance in the Trump Era (WS)

Date: December 2

Time: 10:30am

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Fabian Neuner and Mark Ramirez

What Now? The Future of the JCPOA and the Iranian Nuclear Program (CFW)

Date: December 2

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Joe Brazda

Recording on YouTube

(Center on the Future of War)

A livestream discussion with Joe Brazda, an affiliated expert on nonproliferation at CRDF Global headquartered in Washington D.C. Mr. Brazda spent several years researching, writing and lecturing on topics such as Iran, DPRK, nuclear weapons and delivery systems at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Additionally, he has worked for the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. Brazda discussed the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Iranian nuclear program within the context of a changing Middle East, significant political uncertainty and shifting international and regional commitments.

Spring 2020

PRIEC

Date: January 24

(Center for Latina/os & American Politics Research)

Kramer Lecture: "Racial Profiling in US Traffic Stops: Assessing the Evidence"

Date: February 21

Time: 2:45pm

Location: CDN 60

Speaker: Frank Baumgartner

Event recap on ASU News

(ASU Pi Sigma Alpha Kramer Lecture)

Professor Baumgartner has written extensively on the topics of public policy, lobbying, and framing in both US and comparative perspectives. His most recent book is Suspect Citizens (Cambridge, 2018), focusing on racial differences in the outcomes of routine traffic stops. In 2019 he was recognized with the C. Herman Pritchett Best Book Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association (for Suspect Citizens), and with the Lijphart/Przeworski/ Verba Dataset Award from the APSA Section on Comparative Politics (for the Comparative Agendas Project).

"Terrorism and Democratic Backsliding: A Case Study of South Asia"

Date: February 19

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Chirasree Mukherjee

"Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender"

Date: March 6

Time: 10300pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Susan Fransechet

"Refugee Camps as Climate Traps?: Current and Future Climate Marginality at One Thousand Refugee Camps"

Date: Postponed

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 5536

Speaker: Jamon Van Den Hoek

Distinguished Alumni Talk

Date: Postponed

Time:

Location:

Speaker: Robert Bond

"Misperception, Redistribution, and Transparency: Does Transparency Increase Redistribution?"

Date: April 8

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Zoom

Speaker: Haeyong Lim

Warren Miller Jr. Colloquium

Date: Postponed

Time:

Location:

Speaker: Milan Svolik (Yale)

Fall 2019

"More Women Can Lobby: Explaining Gender Diversity Among Lobbyists in the U.S. States"

Date: September 4

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: James Strickland

"Individual Preferences on Pro-Western Foreign Policy Orientation: The Evidence from the South Caucasus"

Date: September 18

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Namig Abbasov

"Naming Evil: The Meaning, Value and Usefulness of Genocide in International Law"

Date: October 16

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Daniel Rothenberg

Corruption and Governance in Authoritarian Regimes

Date: November 6

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Margaret Hanson

Effects of Anomie and Cultural Distance on Public Attitudes toward Territorial Integrity: Evidence from the South Caucasus

Date: November 20

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6607

Speaker: Valery Dzutsati

Spring 2019

"Civil Society and the Ethnonationalist Politics of Trump and Brexit"

Date: January 10

Time: 12:00pm

Location: COOR 6761

Speaker: Michael McQuarrie, Associate Professor in Sociology London School of Economics and Political Science

Michael McQuarrie joined the LSE from the University of California, Davis. He is primarily interested in urban politics and culture, nonprofit organizations, and social movements. He received a B.A. in History from Earlham College, an M.A. in History from Duke University, and a Ph.D in Sociology from New York University. Prior to completing his graduate studies he worked as a labor organizer and a community organizer in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. He has recently been awarded a Hellman Fellowship at the University of California and a Poiesis Fellowship at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

His research is primarily concerned with the transformation of urban politics, governance, and civil society since 1973. He demonstrates this both by showing how the meaningful content of political values and practices, such as community and participation, have been transformed, but also how these changes are linked to the changing nature of governance, changing organizational populations, and the outcome of political conflicts.

"Outcomes of Democratic Transitions"

Date: January 18

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Scott Mainwaring

This talk will present some early data and preliminary ideas for a new book project on outcomes of democratic transitions worldwide since 1974—the third wave of democratization. The book will provide the first comprehensive analysis of the regime outcomes of all 91 transitions to democracy from 1974 until 2012. The third wave of democratization transformed world politics—but creating deep democracies has been an elusive goal in most of these countries. The book will have two main goals: charting different outcomes of third wave transitions to democracy and offering explanations for the variance in these out-comes. Regimes that started off with a higher level of liberal democracy, were surrounded by democracies, and experienced better rates of economic growth were less likely to break down. Regimes that started off with a lower per capita GDP and those that experienced lower economic growth were less likely to deepen democracy.

Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1983 to 2016. His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin American. His book, Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall
(with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Cambridge University Press, 2013), won best book awards from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press), was published in 2018. Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

"Representation and Accountability, the Constituent’s Perspective" (Kramer Lecture)

Date: January 22

Time: 3:00pm

Location: MU 202

Speaker: Stephen Ansolabehere, The Frank G. Thompson Professor
of Government at Harvard University

(Pi Sigma Alpha Kramer Lecture)

Stephen Ansolabehere has published extensively on elections, mass media, and representation, political economy, and public opinion, especially concerning energy and the environment. He is a Carnegie Scholar, a Hoover National Fellow, and Truman Scholar, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. He is the director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, as well as principal investigator of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

The Kramer Lecture is made possible by the endowment from alumnus Victor Kramer who studied political science at ASU from 1958 to 1961.  While at ASU, Kramer was also a member of the political science honorary fraternity Pi Sigma Alpha.

"Far Right Parties and Far Right Armed Voluntary Movements in Ukraine: Complements or Substitutes"

Date: January 30

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Lenka Bustikova

"Shared Identities: The Intersection of Race and Gender and Support for Political Candidates" (Distinguished Alumni)

Date: February 1

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Sarah Allen Gershon

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(Distinguished Alumni Speaker)

Dr. Sarah Allen Gershon is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, racial and ethnic minorities) into the American political system. She was also named the Outstanding Graduate Director for the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU in 2017.

While back in Tempe, Gershon gave a colloquium to faculty and students titled “Shared Identities: The Intersection of Race and Gender and Support for Political Candidates”. This project was a collaboration with three other political scientist and looks at how voters feel about candidates that share their racial, ethnic and gender identities.

"Sectarianism, and Judicial Terror: The Scottish Witch-Hunt, 1563 - 1736."

Date: February 13

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Steve Pfaff

Ratification of Human Rights Treaties in the United States

Date: February 22

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Lisa Baldez

The United States lags behind much of the world in terms of ratification of human rights treaties. It is the only country in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and is one of six countries that have not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)—putting America in the company of Iran, Palau, Somalia, Sudan and Tonga. The Senate voted down the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities despite strong bipartisan support and the presence of Republican Senator Robert Dole on the floor of the Senate in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, while the U.S. record is not exemplary, it has ratified three of the nine core U.N. human rights treaties—the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR), the Convention against Torture (CAT) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)—as well as the Genocide Convention. What explains why the United States has ratified some of the U.N. human rights treaties but not others?

Lisa Baldez is Professor of Government and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dar tmouth College. She is the author of Why Women Protest: Women’s Movements in Chile (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Defying Convention: US Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women’s (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Defying Convention won the 2015 Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics and 2015 best book on human rights, both from the American Political Science Association. She is one of the founding editors, with Karen Beckwith, of Politics & Gender, the of ficial journal of the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

"Parties, Civil Society, and the Deterrence of Democratic Defection" (Warren Miller Jr. Colloquium)

Date: February 27

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Michael Bernhard

(Warren Miller Jr. Colloquium)

Can institutions incentivize political actors to respect democracy? Theoretical arguments from both early institutional and more recent distributional work suggest that they can. Yet, the empirical evidence on institutions’ role in democratic survival is uneven. The uneven evidence for robust institutions prolonging democracy may be due to the fact that prior work has focused on institutions that do not necessarily raise the costs of democratic defection.

In this paper, we focus on an under explored set of institutions, party systems and civil society organizations, arguing that each plays an important role in increasing the costs on would-be defectors, enhancing democratic surviving and thus helping to bring these two literatures together. We test our argument with newly collected data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM) project and analyzing all episodes of democratic breakdown from 1900-2010.  We find that these organizations exert a robust and substantial effect on the survival of democracies.

"Assessing the Potential for Renegades Among Russian Millennial Lawyers"

Date: March 15

Time: 2:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Hendley

For the most part, Russian lawyers have been notable for their passivity.  With the exception of a handful of public interest lawyers who have zealously defended human rights activists and others in the Russian domestic courts and in Strasbourg, Russian lawyers have contented themselves with handling routine legal problems for their clients. My work explores whether the generation of Russian lawyers who have recently joined the profession might be different.  The analysis is grounded in a nationwide survey of Russian law students who graduated in 2016.  It focuses more specifically on those who disapproved of the verdicts in the Pussy Riot case.  This subgroup of renegade lawyers is united by a strong belief in democratic values and an equally strong skepticism of the capacity of the Putin regime to move forward on these values, especially as to the rule of law.

"Motivated Cognition on the Bench: Does Criminal Egregiousness Influence Judges’ Admissibility Decisions in Search and Seizure Cases?"

Date: March 20

Time: 11:30am

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey A. Segal

(Sponsored by Stefanie Lindquist, Deputy Provost)

Jeffrey Segal is SU NY Distinguished Professor in the Political Science Department at Stony Brook University, where he has been on the faculty since 1982. He is probably best known for being one of the leading proponents, with Harold Spaeth, of the attitudinal model of Supreme Court decision making. He has twice won the Wadsworth Award for an article or book published at least 10 years earlier that has had a lasting impact on the field of law and courts: first for “Predicting Supreme Court Decisions Probabilistically: the Search and Seizure Cases (1962-1981), 78 American Political Science Review 891 (1984), and next for The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (with Harold J. Spaeth, Cambridge University Press, 1993). He has won an ABA sponsored award for innovation in teaching law and courts. He also won, with Lee Epstein, Andrew Martin, and Kevin Quinn, Green Bag’s award for excellence in legal writing and.  He is a past Guggenheim fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as a visiting professor at Harvard during 2017-18.

“Talking Politics: Political Discussion Networks and the New American Electorate” (CLAPR)

Date: March 29

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Professor Marisa Abrajano, University of California, San Diego

(ASU Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha)

Marisa Abrajano is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are in American politics, particularly racial and ethnic politics, political participation, voting and campaigns, and the mass media. She is the author of several books, the most recent one entitled White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics (with Zoltan Hajnal), published by Princeton University Press in 2015. It was the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Ralphe Bunche Award for the best book on Race and Politics in 2015.

Fall 2018

"Institutional Challenges to Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Assessing the Military, with Evidence from U.S. Bases in Japan"

Date: August 22

Time: 12:00pm

Location: COOR 6761

Speaker: Carolyn Warner and Mia Armstrong

“Security-civil Liberties Trade-offs: International Cooperation in Extraordinary Rendition”

Date: September 5

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Becki Cordell

"Immigration and Refugee Policy in the U.S. and Europe - The Impact of Electoral Politics"

Date: October 3

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Dr. Terri E. Givens Political Scientist, Consultanty

Terri E. Givens is a Political Scientist and a consultant to educational technology companies and educational institutions. She was the Provost of Menlo College from July 2015 to June 2018. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program.  She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe.  She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

"Dictators Cry Too: War and Public Support for Authoritarian Leaders"

Date: October 17

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Milos Popovic

“The Degradation of Citizenship”

Date: October 26

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Patrick Deneen

(Political Theory Workshop)

Political Theory Workshop/ Brian Blanchard

Date: November 9

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Brian Blanchard

"Environmental Markets and the Distribution of Pollution"

Date: November 14

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Glenn Sheriff

Becki Cordell Workshop Talk

Date: November 28

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Becki Cordell

Spring 2018

Workshop on Latin American Politics

Date: January 12

Time: 12:15pm

Location: COOR 6761

Speaker: Fran Hagopian

The Political Costs of International Cooperation in Extraordinary Rendition

Date: January 17

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Becki Cordell

"When Change is Good: Estimating the Effects of Electoral Reform on Female Political Representation"

Date: January 31

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

“The ‘IR-ization’ of Asia-Pacific Security” (Distinguished Alum)

Date: February 28

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: See Seng Tan

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Dr. Tan See Seng is Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at RSIS. He is the author/editor of 15 books and monographs, and has published over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters. His latest books include Multilateral Asian Security Architecture: Non-ASEAN Stakeholders and The Making of the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Brokers and the Politics of Representation.

During his time visiting his alma mater, Tan spoke with the SPGS faculty and graduate students about some of his research and findings. Tan was also joined by his former dissertation chair, Sheldon Simon, for a joint lecture co-hosted by the Center for Asian Research. The colloquium featured each colleague covering topics relating to the origins and possible solutions of the South China Sea conflicts.

"Mass Repression and Political Loyalty: Evidence from Stalin's 'Hunger by Terror'"

Date: March 16

Time: 10:00am

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Arturas Rozenas

"Authoritarian Law: Signals from Above"

Date: March 28

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Margaret Hanson

"Why Do Civilians Support Rebels? Evidence from Endorsement Experiments in Dagestan, Russia"

Date: April 11

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Lenka Bustikova

"Dictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses and Regime Change"

Date: April 16

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Steph Haggard

(Warren E. Miller Junior Faculty Colloquium)

Inequality has emerged as a suspected barrier to democratic transitions, and a possible cause of reversions to democratic rule. Stephan Haggard’s book with Robert Kaufman (Princeton University Press 2016) challenges this assumption, looking at a set of institutional and more political determinants of regime change during the Third Wave. The argument has implications not only for the developing world, but for the United States as well. It also explores a particular method for studying rare events: the large-n qualitative design.
 
Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego. His work in comparative politics has centered on the political economy of development and transitions to and from democratic rule. He is the author of Pathways from the Periphery: The Politics of Growth in the Newly Industrializing Countries (1990) and with Robert Kaufman of The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (1995); Development, Democracy and Welfare States (2008) andDictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses and Regime Change (2016). His Developmental States (2018) has just been published in the Cambridge Elements series.

"Starting and Stopping Repressive Spells"

Date: April 25

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Professor Christian Davenport Professor of Political Science & Faculty Associate with Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan

This paper outlines a new way of thinking about as well as analyzing state repression focused around the idea of spells/campaigns.  This  conceptualization leads to new findings (i.e., what leads to onset and termination) as well as new research questions.  The work should shift how policy makers, activists and ordinary citizens think about stopping human rights violations.

Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.  He is the author of numerous books; his most recent, called the Peace Continuum, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. For more see: www.christiandavenport.com

The Rwandan Patriotic Front, the End of Genocide and Political (Il)legitimacy

Date: April 25

Time: 5:30pm

Location: MU room 202

Speaker: Professor Christian Davenport Professor of Political Science & Faculty Associate with Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan

Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.  He is the author of numerous books; his most recent, called the Peace Continuum, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
For more see: www.christiandavenport.com

Fall 2017

"Democratization, Elections and Urban Social Disorder in the Developing World, 1960-2011"

Date: September 6

Time: 12:15pm

Location: COOR 6761

Speaker: Henry Thomson

Climate Change and Human Migration in South Asia

Date: September 15

Time: 10:30am

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Dr. Clark Gray

Should we fear a rising tide of “climate refugees” who will overwhelm developing world cities and international borders? I will present new research that uses large-sample demographic data and high-resolution climate data from South Asia to directly address these concerns and to show that they are substantially (but not completely) unfounded. The findings reveal that, consistent with previous studies, riverine flooding has minimal impacts in population mobility in Bangladesh. Temperature anomalies do have incremental positive effects on mobility in India and Bangladesh (primarily to local destinations), but not Nepal. The implications of these results for the “climate refugees” debate will be discussed.

Clark Gray is a population and human-environment geographer interested in the interactions between rural livelihoods, household well-being, and environmental change in the developing world. Drawing on demographic and statistical methods, his research has investigated environmental influences on human migration around the world, indigenous livelihoods in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and human dimensions of soil degradation in rural Uganda. One research strand focuses on the consequences of environmental change for human migration, an issue that has gained considerable attention in the context of global climate change and recent large-scale natural disasters. Gray’s research on this topic confirms that environmental factors have important influences on migration, but the results are not consistent with Neo-Malthusian predictions that environmental degradation will universally displace permanent migrants over long distances. Instead, the majority of climate migrants are likely to move temporarily and/or over short distances, and some potential migrants are likely to be trapped in place.

"Seeing Blue in Black and White: Race and Perceptions of Officer-Involved Shootings"

Date: September 20

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Fabian Neuner

"Social Movements, Philanthropy and Lawyers: MALDEF and Building an Ethnic Identity" (CLAPR)

Date: September 29

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Benjamin Marquez, University of Wisconsin

(co-sponsored with the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research)

Social Movements, Philanthropy and Lawyers:  MALDEF and the Building an Ethnic Identity

Marquez’s teaching and research interests are in political sociology and American politics. He has published extensively on Latinos and American politics; his research has focused on Mexican American social movement organizations. He is currently the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin.  His latest book, Democratizing Texas Politics:  Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, 1945-2002, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2014.  His current project is a book on the Mexican American Legal Defense
and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

"Representative Budgeting: Women Mayors and the Composition of Spending in Local Governments"

Date: October 4

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Kendall Funk

"Negotiated Rights: Ratification, Accession, and Negotiating United Nations Human Rights Treaties"

Date: October 18

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Audrey Comstock

"The Human Rights Ideal, the Marginalization of Lesser Crimes, and the Politics of Establishing the New Kosovo Specialist Chambers"

Date: October 25

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 4403

Speaker: Victor Peskin

The New Precariat: The United States in Comparative Perspective (Kramer Lecture Series)

Date: October 26

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Kathleen Thelen

(Kramer Lecture Series)

Professor Kathleen Thelen is a Ford Professor of Political Science at MIT and President of the American Political Science Association. She was the featured speaker at this year’s Kramer Lecture Series. She spoke with faculty on the afternoon of October 26th on “The New Precariat: The United States in Comparative Perspective”. Her public lecture with students was later that night and was titled “Regulating Uber: The Politics of the New ‘Sharing’ Economy in Europe and the United States”.

Thelen’s work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. Her two most recent books are Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge, 2014), and Advances in Comparative Historical Analysis (with James Mahoney, Cambridge 2015). Her awards include the Barrington Moore Book Prize (2015), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the APSR (2005), the Mattei Dogan Award for Comparative Research (2006), and the Max Planck Research Award (2003). She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in 2009. She has been awarded degrees honoris causa at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (2013) and at the London School of Economics (2017).

Regulating Uber: The Politics of the New ‘Sharing’ Economy in Europe and the United States (Kramer Lecture)

Date: October 26

Time: 5:00pm

Location: SCOB 228

Speaker: Kathleen Thelen

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(Kramer Lecture Series)

Professor Kathleen Thelen is a Ford Professor of Political Science at MIT and President of the American Political Science Association. She was the featured speaker at this year’s Kramer Lecture Series. She spoke with faculty on the afternoon of October 26th on “The New Precariat: The United States in Comparative Perspective”. Her public lecture with students was later that night and was titled “Regulating Uber: The Politics of the New ‘Sharing’ Economy in Europe and the United States”.

Thelen’s work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. Her two most recent books are Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge, 2014), and Advances in Comparative Historical Analysis (with James Mahoney, Cambridge 2015). Her awards include the Barrington Moore Book Prize (2015), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the APSR (2005), the Mattei Dogan Award for Comparative Research (2006), and the Max Planck Research Award (2003). She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in 2009. She has been awarded degrees honoris causa at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (2013) and at the London School of Economics (2017).

Demographics are (Men's) Destiny: Immigrant Communities and Descriptive Representation in American State Legislatures (CLAPR)

Date: November 1

Time: 12:15pm

Location: Coor 6761

Speaker: Christian Phillips, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

(Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research)

Christian Phillips (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2017) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University. Her research in American politics is focused on the ways in which policies and political institutions shape the behavior of political elites, and voters. Her particular interest and expertise is in race, gender, and immigrant status as simultaneous, and salient, factors in American politics.
Her current research projects include an analysis of substantive representation by elected officials from immigrant communities, and the ways in which immigration policies and processes inform gender gaps among voters.

Past Workshops & Lectures

Spring 2021

Date Speaker Title Time Location
13-Jan Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University Brexit from the ground up: Ethnographic perspectives from the Northern Ireland borderzone 12:00pm Zoom
22-Jan Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium (PRIEC) Conference 2021 8:45am - 3:10pm Zoom
25-Jan The Lowe Family Research Workshop Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective: Recent Trends and Research Frontiers Zoom
3-Feb Ike Wilson The Utility of Special Operations: Facing Challenges of Great Power Competition and Compound Security (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
5-Feb Allan Colbern and Karthick Ramakrishnan Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States (CLAPR) 12:00pm Zoom
10-Feb Sarah Holewinski CareerTalk: Human Rights Watch (CFW and Global Human Rights Hub) 12:00pm Zoom
11-Feb Lenka Bustikova, Jennet Kirkpatrick, Fabian Neuner and Candace Rondeaux Roundtable: The Rise in Anti-Democratic Violence in the U.S.: Perspectives on the Capitol Insurrection 12:00pm Zoom
11-Feb Yi-Ling Liu Inside the Walled Garden: Understanding the Chinese Internet (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
17-Feb Ted Johnson The Challenge of Black Patriotism (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
19-Feb David Cortez Becoming the State: (Im)migration Control and the Weaponization of Brown Bodies (CLAPR) 1:00pm Zoom
23-Feb Noah Feldman When Does Resistance Become Insurrection? Free Speech and the Defense of the Republic (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
24-Feb Lewis Gordon,University of Connecticut Black History Month Distinguished Lecture: Lewis Gordon, Freedom, Justice and Decolonization 2:00pm Zoom
5-Mar Maricruz Osorio Who is Worthy? Immigrants in a Time of Uncertainty (CLAPR) 1:00pm Zoom
8-Mar Pardis Mahdavi and Mi-Ai Parrish Transnational Feminist Movements (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
11-Mar  Craig Calhoun Renewal and Remaking of Democracy (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
15-Mar Senator Jeff Flake Extremism, Anti-democratic Violence, and the Second Impeachment Trial: A Conversation with Senator Jeff Flake 12:00pm Zoom
17-Mar David Schaeffer Preventing Atrocity Crimes in a Violent World (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
24-Mar Beibit Shangirbayeva Naturalism of freedom of opinion and speech: reflections from overview of the Kazakh customary traditions 11:30am Zoom
25-Mar Lauren Redniss, Sybil Francis, Steven Tepper A book talk with Lauren Redniss (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
30-Mar David Art What's Wrong with Populism? 12:00pm Zoom
6-Apr The Human Economies working group Global Asymmetries, Digital Extractivism and the Fight for Economic Justice 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom
7-Apr Lenka Bustikova  'Radical Right Parties and Uncivil Society in Ukraine' (WS) 11:30am Zoom
12-Apr Margaret Hanson  "Taming the Legislature: Pathways to Authoritarian Consolidation in Central Asia" (WS) 11:30am Zoom
14-Apr Kiara Boone From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration 12:00pm Zoom
21-Apr Thomas Just "Germany’s Approach to Countering Antisemitism Since Reunification" (WS) 11:30am Zoom
22-Apr Ernest Caldrón Reflection on Latinos in Arizona's University System (CLAPR) 3:00pm Zoom
11-May Jude Joffe-Block, Terry Greene Sterling, Sybil Francis Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom

Fall 2020

Date Speaker Title Time Location
2-Oct Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Brown University The Democratic Politics of Racist Monument Removal: Failed Proceduralism vs. Effective Rioting  (CLAPR) 1:00pm Zoom
6-Oct James O’Donnell and Lt. Gen. (ret) Robert Schmidle The War for Gaul: How Julius Caesar’s Ideas on Strategy Can Help Us Face Contemporary Challenges (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom
8-Oct Eduardo Sainz, Mi Familia Vota; Lisa Magana, ASU; Lisa Sanchez, UA, Louis Desipio, UC Irvine Latina/os and the 2020 Elections: Local, State, and National Perspectives (CLAPR) 5:00pm Zoom
14-Oct Peter L. Bergen, Daniel Rothenberg and Souad Ali COVID-19 as a ‘Hinge Event’ and Implications for U.S. Security (CFW) 4:30pm Zoom
21-Oct David Daley The Voting Rights Crisis and the 2020 Presidential Election 12:00pm Zoom
28-Oct Nnamdi Igbokwe Corruption in Context: A question of
law or normativity?
4:30pm Zoom
10-Nov Nnamdi Igbokwe Corruption’s Comparative Quagmire 4:30pm Zoom
12-Nov Steve Pfaff Mobilization for Democracy in East Germany, 1989 to the Present 12:00pm Zoom
18-Nov James Strickland Constitutional Lobbying: Democratic Dualism and the Mobilization of Interest Groups 10:30am Zoom
18-Nov Nnamdi Igbokwe Social Pandemic and Institutional
Pathology
3:00pm Zoom
18-Nov Heather Hurlburt, Jeannette Haynie and Camille Stewart Diversity in National Security: How to Ensure More Women Hold Leadership Positions (CFW) 5:00pm Zoom
19-Nov Daniel Ziblatt Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany: Lessons for the United States 1:00pm Zoom
2-Dec Fabian Neuner and Mark Ramirez Evaluating Social Norms and Tolerance in the Trump Era 10:30am Zoom
2-Dec Joe Brazda What Now? The Future of the JCPOA and the Iranian Nuclear Program (CFW) 5:30pm Zoom

Spring 2020

Date Speaker Title Time Location
24-Jan PRIEC Conference  TBA TBA
21-Feb Frank Baumgartner Kramer Lecture: "Racial Profiling in US Traffic Stops: Assessing the Evidence" 2:45pm CDN 60
19-Feb Chirasree Mukherjee "Terrorism and Democratic Backsliding: A Case Study of South Asia" 12pm Coor 6607
6-Mar Susan Fransechet "Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender" 10:30am Coor 6607
Postponed Jamon Van Den Hoek "Refugee Camps as Climate Traps?: Current and Future Climate Marginality at One Thousand Refugee Camps" 12pm Coor 5536
Postponed Robert Bond Distinguished Alumni Talk  TBA TBA
Postponed Jenna Bednar TBA TBA TBA
8-Apr Haeyong Lim "Misperception, Redistribution, and Transparency: Does Transparency Increase Redistribution?" 12pm Zoom
Postponed N/A SPGS Scholarship Awards Ceremony 3pm MU 202
Postponed Milan Svolik (Yale)  Warren Miller Jr. Colloquium TBA TBA

Fall 2019

Date Speaker Title Time Location
4-Sep James Strickland "More Women Can Lobby: Explaining Gender Diversity Among Lobbyists in the U.S. States" 12:00pm COOR 6607
18-Sep Namig Abbasov "Individual Preferences on Pro-Western Foreign Policy Orientation: The Evidence from the South Caucasus" 12:00pm COOR 6607
16-Oct Daniel Rothenberg  "Naming Evil: The Meaning, Value and Usefulness of Genocide in International Law" 12:00pm COOR 6607
6-Nov Margaret Hanson Corruption and Governance in Authoritarian Regimes 12:00pm COOR 6607
20-Nov Valery Dzutsati Effects of Anomie and Cultural Distance on Public Attitudes toward Territorial Integrity: Evidence from the South Caucasus 12:00pm COOR 6607

Spring 2019

Date Speaker Title Time Location
10-Jan Michael McQuarrie  "Civil Society and the Ethnonationalist Politics of Trump and Brexit" 12:00pm COOR 6761
18-Jan Scott Mainwaring  "Outcomes of Democratic Transitions" 11:45am COOR 6761
22-Jan Stephen Ansolabehere  "Representation and Accountability, the Constituent’s Perspective" (Kramer Lecture) 3:00pm MU 202
30-Jan Lenka Bustikova "Far Right Parties and Far Right Armed Voluntary Movements in Ukraine: Complements or Substitutes" 12:00pm COOR 6761
1-Feb Sarah Allen Gershon "Shared Identities: The Intersection of Race and Gender and Support for Political Candidates" (Distinguished Alumni) 1:30pm COOR 6761
13-Feb Steve Pfaff "Sectarianism, and Judicial Terror:  The Scottish Witch-Hunt, 1563 - 1736."  12:00pm COOR 6761
22-Feb Lisa Baldez  "Ratification of Human Rights Treaties in the United States" 1:30pm COOR 6761
27-Feb Michael Bernhard "Parties, Civil Society, and the Deterrence of Democratic Defection" (Warren Miller Jr. Colloquium) 12:00pm COOR 6761
15-Mar Kathryn Hendley  "Assessing the Potential for Renegades Among Russian Millennial Lawyers" 2:30pm COOR 6761
20-Mar Jeff Segal "Motivated Cognition on the Bench: Does Criminal Egregiousness Influence Judges’ Admissibility Decisions in Search and Seizure Cases?" 11:30 AM COOR 6761
22-Mar Ben Smith University of Florida TBD TBD
29-Mar Marisa Abrajano “Talking Politics: Political Discussion Networks and the New American Electorate”  2:00pm COOR 6761
10-Apr Valerie Hoekstra Workshop TBD TBD
11-Apr SPGS Awards Ceremony TBD TBD
11-Apr SPGS Social Hour TBD TBD

Fall 2018

Date Speaker Title Time Location
22-Aug Carolyn Warner and Mia Armstrong "Institutional Challenges to Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Assessing the Military, with Evidence from U.S. Bases in Japan" 12:00pm COOR 6761
5-Sep Becki Cordell “Security-civil Liberties Trade-offs: International Cooperation in Extraordinary Rendition” 12:00pm COOR 6761
3-Oct Terri Givens "Immigration and Refugee Policy in the U.S. and Europe - The Impact of Electoral Politics" 12:00pm COOR 6761
17-Oct Milos Popovic "Dictators Cry Too: War and Public Support for Authoritarian Leaders" 12:00pm COOR 6761
26-Oct Political Theory Workshop / Patrick Deneen “The Degradation of Citizenship”  3:00pm COOR 6607
26-Oct Jennifer Cyr "Between Oligarchy and Populism: Democratic Deficiencies in Latin America" 1:00pm COOR 6761
2-Nov Kopf Conference “New Perspectives on Statebuilding”  TBD TBD
9-Nov Political Theory Workshop / Brian Blanchard Political Theory Workshop 3:00pm COOR 6607
14-Nov Glenn Sheriff "Environmental Markets and the Distribution of Pollution"  12:00pm COOR 6761
28-Nov Becki Cordell Workshop 12:00pm COOR 6761

Spring 2018

Date Speaker Title Time Location
12-Jan Fran Hagopian  Workshop on Latin American Politics 12:15pm COOR 6761
17-Jan Becki Cordell  The Political Costs of International Cooperation in Extraordinary Rendition 12:15pm COOR 6761
31-Jan Sarah Shair-Rosenfield "When Change is Good: Estimating the Effects of Electoral Reform on Female Political Representation" 12:30pm COOR 6761
28-Feb See Seng Tan “The ‘IR-ization’ of Asia-Pacific Security” 12:15pm COOR 6761
16-Mar Arturas Rozenas  "Mass Repression and Political Loyalty: Evidence from Stalin's 'Hunger by Terror'"  10:00am COOR 6761
28-Mar Margaret Hanson "Authoritarian Law: Signals from Above"  12:15pm COOR 6761
11-Apr Lenka Bustikova "Why Do Civilians Support Rebels? Evidence from Endorsement Experiments in Dagestan, Russia" 12:15pm COOR 6761
16-Apr Steph Haggard  "Dictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses and Regime Change" 1:30pm COOR 6761
25-Apr Christian Davenport "Starting and Stopping Repressive Spells" 12:15pm COOR 6761

Fall 2017

Date Speaker Title Time Location
6-Sep Henry Thomson "Democratization, Elections and Urban Social Disorder in the Developing World, 1960-2011" 12:15pm COOR 6761
15-Sep Clark Gray Climate Change and Human Migration in South Asia 10:30am COOR 6761
20-Sep Fabian Neuner "Seeing Blue in Black and White: Race and Perceptions of Officer-Involved Shootings" 12:15pm COOR 6761
29-Sep Benjamin Marquez "Social Movements, Philanthropy and Lawyers: MALDEF and Building an Ethnic Identity" 12:30pm COOR 6761
4-Oct Kendall Funk "Representative Budgeting: Women Mayors and the Composition of Spending in Local Governments" 12:15pm COOR 6761
18-Oct Audrey Comstock "Negotiated Rights: Ratification, Accession, and Negotiating United Nations Human Rights Treaties" 12:15pm COOR 6761
25-Oct Victor Peskin "The Human Rights Ideal, the Marginalization of Lesser Crimes, and the Politics of Establishing the New Kosovo Specialist Chambers" 12:15pm COOR 4403
26-Oct Kathleen Thelen The New Precariat: The United States in Comparative Perspective - Kramer Lecture Series Midday COOR 6761
1-Nov Christian Phillips Demographics are (Men's) Destiny: Immigrant Communities and Descriptive Representation in American State Legislatures 12:15pm COOR 6761