Recent Publications

Daniel J. Levine and David M. McCourt, “Why Does Pluralism Matter when We Study Politics? A View from Contemporary International Relations.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama) & David M. McCourt (University of California, Davis) Perspectives on Politics; Volume 16 – Issue 1 – March 2018, pp. 92-109 (Published February 8th, 2018) Abstract Pluralism has become a buzzword in International Relations. It has emerged in a number of linked literatures and has drawn the support of an

Daniel J. Levine, Stefanie Fishel, Anthony Burke, Audra Mitchell, and Simon Dalby, “Defending Planet Politics: A Response to Our Critics” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama), Stefanie Fishel (University of Alabama) Anthony Burke (University of New South Wales), Audra Mitchell (Wilfrid Laurier University), Simon Dalby (Wilfrid Laurier University) Millennium (Published 12-21-2017) Abstract In response to the ‘non-manifesto’ penned by David Chandler, Stephen Hobden and Erika Cudworth, we advance five points in the coming pages. First,

Carol Cassel, “Vote misreporting and black turnout studies in the U.S.” Journal Article

Carol Cassel (University of Alabama) Politics, Groups, and Identities (Published 2017) Abstract Vote misreporting is a major concern for studies of electoral participation. Concern over nonvoters in surveys who claim to vote is especially relevant for black turnout studies in the U.S., because blacks misreport voting more than others. This research tests theories that black

Allen Linken and Gracie Smith, “Plenty of service members are likely to sympathize with #TakeAKnee .” Blog Post

Allen Linken (University of Alabama) and Gracie Smith (University of Alabama) Washington Post (Published October 6th 2017) Abstract Is kneeling during the national anthem disrespectful to the American flag, and by extension, to the U.S. military? That’s the charge President Trump recently leveled at NFL players who began “taking a knee,” to use the athletes’

Allen Linken, et al., “Haircuts and Power: Sovereignty and the Military.” Contribution to Edited Volume

Allen Linken (University of Alabama) Street-Level Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law (Published  September 2017 •978-1-4985-3503-8 • Hardback ) Abstract Street-Level Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law is a collection of scholarship that considers the experience of law that is subject to social interpretation for its meaning and importance within the constitutive legal framework of

Dana Patton and Joseph Smith, “Lawyer, Interrupted: Gender Bias in Oral Arguments at the US Supreme Court.” Journal Article

Dana Patton (University of Alabama) and Joseph Smith (University of Alabama) Journal of Law and Courts 5 (Published 2017; Pages 337-361) Abstract We examine gender bias in political institutions through a novel lens: oral arguments at the US Supreme Court. We ask whether female lawyers are afforded less speaking time during oral arguments compared to

Paulina Pospieszna and Karl DeRouen Jr., “Civil War Mediation and Rebel Use of Violence Against Civilians.” Journal Article

Paulina Pospieszna (Adam Mickiewicz University) and Karl DeRouen, Jr. (University of Alabama) Armed Forces & Society (Volume 43; 500-522 – Published 2017) Abstract Violence against civilians is portrayed as an antecedent of civil war, a cause, or both. Civil war creates opportune environments for planning and carrying out these acts that in turn can have

Karl DeRouen Jr. and Marie Olson Lounsbery, “The Viability of Civil War Peace Agreements.” Journal Article

Karl DeRouen Jr. (University of Alabama) and Marie Lounsbery (East Carolina University) Civil Wars (Volume 18; Issue 3 – Published 2016) Abstract Civil war peace agreements are prone to collapse. While some research suggests that multiple layers of power-sharing provisions lead to more viable agreements, others have suggested that negotiated settlements are not only more

Karl DeRouen and Ishita Chowdhury, “Mediation, Peacekeeping and Civil War Peace Agreements.” Journal Article

Karl DeRouen (University of Alabama) and Ishita Chowdhury (University of Alabama) Defence and Peace Economics (Published May 9, 2016) Abstract The post-civil war agreement phase is vulnerable to credible commitment problems, a lack of government capacity to implement, and/or mutual vulnerability to retribution from violating the agreement. This study’s main contribution is to demonstrate the

Nicholas Nathan Kerr and Aaron Erlich, “The local mwananchi has lost trust’: design, transition and legitimacy in Kenyan election management.” Journal Article

Nicholas Nathan Kerr (University of Alabama) and Aaron Erlich (McGill University) Journal of Modern African Studies (Published 2016, 54(4), 671-702. doi:10.1017/S0022278X16000604) Abstract Across African democracies, maintaining popular trust in electoral management bodies (EMBs) is vital to enhancing election integrity and, ultimately, regime legitimacy. However, scholars have largely sidestepped any systematic analysis of how citizens formulate