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.

Typical Workshop Time: Wednesdays, 12-1pm

Location: SPGS, Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 6761

Coordinator: José Kaire at

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)

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

Past Workshops & Lectures

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
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