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Spring 2018

Donald Klein, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies (1973-1996), passed away at the age of 88 last month. For more than two decades, Professor Klein was an "influential voice for understanding contemporary China and who artfully interpreted power shifts in Communist leadership for students, scholars, and the general public" and he will be greatly missed (Tufts Now). Read more about his career and achievements >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, and Jim Glaser, Professor and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, wrote an article for the Political Science Quarterly on "Compromising Positions: Why Republican Partisans Are More Rigid than Democrats." Our Professors found was that "what our research does show, by applying prospect theory for the first time to an understanding of political compromise, is that the best strategy for reaching compromise may be to avoid negotiated outcomes that generate a sense of loss by one or more parties. Perhaps it is possible to frame issues so that inveterate opponents to compromise see a tableau that is not centered on trading with the enemy but instead leads them to believe that they are protecting what is good and right." Read more >

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor and Director of the International Relations Program, co-authored a piece in Science Magazine describing how "the rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age". In "The Science of Fake News", Greenhill and co-authors state: "We must redesign our information ecosystem in the 21st century. This effort must be global in scope, as many countries, some of which have never developed a robust news ecosystem, face challenges around fake and real news that are more acute than in the United States." Read more >

David Art, Professor of Comparative Politics, wrote a perspective for the March issue of Current History on "The Radical Right's Gains in the Heart of Europe." Addressing the rise of "the radical right in the German-speaking world," Professor Art asks, "is the radical right more powerful now than it ever has been in the post-World War II era? And perhaps most importantly, has one of the most significant features of postwar German democracy, the political irrelevance of the radical right, now come to an end?" Read more >

Nimah Mazaheri, Associate Professor of Comparative Political Economics, was featured in a Tufts Now article endorsing his free webinar on "The Perils and Promise of Oil Wealth," through the Tufts Alumni Association: "The solution is for oil-producing countries to develop economic diversification and entrepreneurship plans, said Mazaheri. Countries that are successfully beginning to overcome the paradox of oil wealth have begun investing in manufacturing, agriculture, and services." Read more >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Department Chair, co-wrote a report in the most recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences investigating "how different immigration policies influence the social attitudes of immigrant and native-born individuals in the United States." By using “a 2016 telephone survey of nearly 2,000 individuals in Arizona and New Mexico,” Professor Schildkraut and her colleagues found that "hearing and thinking about welcoming immigration policies led to greater feelings of unity not only for Latino immigrants themselves, but also for most whites surveyed." Read more >

Eitan Hersh, Associate Professor of American Politics, was featured in TuftsNow for his work on uncovering the discriminatory intent of Texas's 2011 voter ID legislation: "Using an algorithm, and delving into millions of publicly available records, [Professor Hersh] determined that while fewer registered voters lacked the necessary ID than had been thought, the effect of the law was clearly discriminatory, disproportionately affecting minorities." Read more >

Vickie Sullivan, Professor of Political Theory, wrote an article on Montesquieu's cautioning of the "the fragility of enlightened government" against despotism that was republished on TuftsNow to address the present concern "that there is no final victory over despotism, and that the West too remains susceptible. It is, in fact, an ever-present threat in the human condition." Read the full article >


Fall 2017

A new representative survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted in early September, 2017, explores how the public views the role of women's rights in US foreign policy. Substantial majorities think the pursuit of global gender equality is an important goal of foreign policy, and large majorities endorse a variety of policy tools for pursuing that objective. In addition, the survey explores support for increased spending on global gender initiatives, and a small but important percentage says that their votes in the 2018 midterm election will be influenced by candidates' positions on global gender issues. The survey team was led by Professor Richard Eichenberg in the Political Science Department and Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, who is Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Read the full report: The Pursuit of Gender Equality in American Foreign Policy: A Survey of American Public Opinion >

Dennis Rasmussen, Associate Professor of Political Theory, has a new book, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought (Princeton University Press) and it was just named Book of the Week by Times Higher Education! Learn more about Professor Rasmussen's amazing new book and read an interview with the author.

Richard Eichenberg, Associate Professor of Foreign Policy, wrote for the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs about the demographics in the US that support a feminist foreign policy for the country: "his seems all the more relevant given news reports that President Trump's budget proposes to eliminate the office that administers global women's issues. As Congress deliberates on that budget, it is important to know both the overall level of popular support for advancing global gender rights and who is more skeptical."
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Summer 2017

Music composer Katherine Balch named Vickie Sullivan, Professor of Political Theory, as one of her mentors, equally as important as her music teachers. In a feature for 'New Music Box', Balch wrote: "Sullivan, in her own pedagogical artfulness, acted as an intermediary between me and Plato, so that I could find personal significance in the texts she taught." Read More >


Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, co-authored the 2017 Common Reading Book for all incoming Tufts students, "The Outrage Industry." Read a Tisch-provided online copy >



Spring 2017

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science and recipient of the 2017 NEH Fellowship, talk to Tufts Now about the threat fake news in the media: "We need to ask more hard questions – and demand proof – when merchants of menace start spreading rumors of danger. When proof is absent, we need to be careful to refute the suspect claims without repeating them. Because Extra-Factual Information-based appeals may be grounded partly or even totally in fiction, but their power is a brute fact." Read the interview here >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, talked to NBC Boston about how "the country's polarization may have growing consequences": "'We now, more than ever, I think, live in two divided camps – left vs. right,' [Professor] Berry said." Watch the segment here >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, "joined Morning Edition to imagine the influence some of our local politicos could have on the next presidential race," at WBUR. Listen to the segment >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, wrote a feature in Tufts Now on the past and present nature of exclusion in America:
"Today, only a bare majority opposes President Trump's executive order. That level of support is arguably higher than many readers would hope and seems to indicate one area where our break from the past is not as large. But consider this: the support for the order has been accompanied by one of the most dramatic outbreaks of spontaneous protests advocating an incorporationist and inclusive view of national identity that this country has ever witnessed."
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Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of American Politics, was featured in Tufts Now for her Fall '16 course, Mapping Politics, which had students perform on-the-ground research using a survey app they created to gain insight into voting patterns, "'The most important lesson for me to get across was a greater appreciation for the observational dimension of social science,' said Masuoka, a scholar known for her work on the intersection of race and ethnicity with American politics. 'I wanted to communicate the importance of looking—that walking around in the world, in and of itself, is important when you're conducting research.'" Read More >

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science and recipient of the 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, was featured in the Tufts Daily for her accomplishment and upcoming book Extra-Factual Sources of Threat Conception and Proliferation in International Politics: "I have long been interested in both threat inflation and manipulation and the politics of information …" Greenhill said. "[My current book] represents a marriage of long-standing interests and a natural extension and expansion of my previous research." Read More >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, was quoted discussing Jetpac's push for Muslim American candidacy amidst the political unrest following Trump's immigration ban in the Associated Press: "'The timing is very smart,' Schildkraut said. 'With all the marches and protests we've been having, there's this question about how to turn this into something of consequence. It's about harnessing that energy and striking while the iron is hot.'" Read More >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discusses deepening political divide in US after Trump inauguration in an article from Reuters: "'The ideology of congressmen in the Democratic party is to the left of rank-and-file Democrats and the same is true on the Republican side, they are to the right,' said Jeffrey Berry, a professor of political science at Tufts University outside Boston." Read More >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, looks at the history and business of fake news in the US in a blog posting for the Oxford University Press: "Anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection can be in the news business (such as the rise of "citizen journalists"). Quality, of course, is another matter but when it comes to fake news, it is sensationalism and 'clickability' that is most critical." Read More >


Fall 2016

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, has been award the 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to, as the TuftsNow press release states, "further her research on how rumors, conspiracy theories, myths, propaganda, and entertainment media influence the beliefs and decision-making of individuals and governments." Our Department congratulates Professor Greenhill on this honor and we look forward to learning more about "the often significant impact of what she calls 'extra-factual information' on how individuals and governments perceive and respond to security-related threats." Read More >

Kelly M. Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, was interviewed about her writings on mass migration and human trafficking by the International Affairs Forum: Professor Greenhill states, in response to a question about her book Sex, Drugs and Body Counts, "Another key takeaway—and a key impetus for the book—was that many trafficking initiatives had become politicized in ways that were understandable from the perspective of bureaucratic politics and organizational interests, but counterproductive from the perspective of protecting victims and combating trafficking." Read More >

From July 2016, and increasingly relevant:
Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, wrote about the prevalence of racial profiling and Trump's
"promise to suspend immigration from parts of the world tied to terrorism against the United States, he also charged that Muslim Americans were complicit"; presenting her study’s findings in the Scholars Strategy Network: "Overall, my study revealed broad support – from 66% of respondents – for increased searches of people who are Arab and Middle Eastern. In addition, in 2004 roughly one third of Americans supported placing such people in camps until their innocence could be determined. Specifically, 34% supported interning Arab and Middle Eastern immigrants, while almost as many respondents, some 29.5%, supported interning U.S. citizens from Arab or Middle Eastern backgrounds." Read More >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, was quoted in an article about Trump’s victory shaping the Democratic Party in an article in The Christian Science Monitor: "'The tea party movement brought in a whole lot of new faces into Congress [for the Republicans],' she tells the Monitor. 'If Democrats are going to move in a more progressive direction, they're going to need new people' to win primaries." Read More >

Jeff Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Governor Charlie Baker's lack of accomplishments in an article in summarizing a radio interview with WBUR: "'I think what happens though is he doesn't have a lot of concrete accomplishments. He's been very focused on controlling the budget and making sure that the state management system operates well. Those aren't things that really score a lot of points with voters,' Berry said." Read More >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, was quoted in an article about voting in her first presidential election in the Santa Fe New Mexican: "Deborah Schildkraut, professor and department chairwoman of political science at Tufts University in Massachusetts, remembers the first time she voted in the presidential election of 1992. At the time, Schildkraut was registered to vote in New York but attended college in Massachusetts and thus had to vote absentee. 'I can remember the room I was living in at the time and the bed I was sitting on when I filled out the absentee ballot. It doesn’t have the same pomp and circumstance as going to a polling place, but it was still pretty cool,' Schildkraut said."
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Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, was quoted in an article about the trickiness of staying neutral when teaching about Trump in higher education, in The Chronicle: "Over all, 'the notion that we should abandon objectivity is definitely not pervasive.'" Read Article >

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, wrote about using forced displacement and mass migration as a weapon in foreign policy in the Military Review Nov-Dec 2016 issue: "The exploitation of refugees and migrants, which we might politely refer to as foreign policy bargaining chips—and less politely, as coercive weapons— is neither new nor novel. Moreover, neither is target state vulnerability to this unconventional brand of nonmilitary coercion." Read Article >

2016 Belfer and Elliott award winner, Kumar Ramanathan, was selected a winner of the Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarships from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.


Summer 2016

2016 Belfer and Elliott award winner, William Freeman, was one of two runners up for the 2016 Best Paper Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. His paper was titled "Explaining the Emergence of Populism: Political Parties, the State, and the Crises of Representation in Venezuela and Chile."

2016 Belfer award winner, Sophie Laing, was selected as a runner-up for the 2016 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Her thesis was titled "Flip-Flopping Politicians: How Voters Punish and Reward Changing Opinion."

Dennis Rasmussen, Associate Professor of Political Science, wrote about Adam Smith and inequality in The Atlantic: "Given his reputation, it is striking that Smith had more profound and original things to say in opposition to inequality than in its defense" Read Article >

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, wrote about the European migrant crisis in the European Law Journal: "During 2015, more than one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe, about half of whom were fleeing the civil war in Syria and about one third of whom were seeking political asylum. The question of who should bear responsibility for the new arrivals and how those responsibilities should be shared generated very different, sometimes schizophrenic, policy responses among European Union (EU) member states, with many states prioritizing national interests over European solidarity." Read Article >

Jeff Taliaferro, Associate Professor of political science, was a visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway in May and June 2016. He presented a paper on "Neoclassical Realism, Nonproliferation, and the limits of US Hegemony" at the Nobel Institute Symposium in Bergen, Norway (14-17 June 2016). He also presented invited talks on his recent book Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen and at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).