Recent Publications

Daniel J. Levine, “After Tragedy: Melodrama and the Rhetoric of Realism.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama) Journal of International Political Theory (Published: August 14, 2018 ) Abstract Responding to renewed interest in political rhetoric among contemporary International Relations (IR)–realists, this article advances three main claims. First, it suggests that tragedy—the dominant aesthetic-narrative mode to which these realists have turned in their rhetorical considerations—is ill-suited to

Christopher Hale, “Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions, and Public Goods Provision” Book

Christopher Hale (University of Alabama), Carolyn M. Warner (Arizona State University), Ramazan Kilinç (University of Nebraska at Omaha), and Adam B. Cohen (Arizona State University) Abstract Using an innovative methodological approach combining field experiments, case studies, and statistical analyses, this book explores how the religious beliefs and institutions of Catholics and Muslims prompt them to be

Richard Fording, et al., “Do work requirements for federal assistance help people escape poverty? No. Here’s what really happens. ” Blog Article

Richard Fording (University of Alabama) Washington Post (Monkey Cage) (Published:August 13th, 2018 ) Abstract Last month, the Trump administration reopened its effort to allow Kentucky to require low-income citizens to work in exchange for health-care coverage — part of its larger goal of imposing work requirements nationwide for all kinds of benefits, including assistance buying

George Hawley, et al., “The Demography of the Alt-Right ” Report

George Hawley (University of Alabama) Institute for Family Studies (Published: August 9th, 2018 ) Abstract This paper analyzes the demographic attributes of people with views indicating support for explicit white identity politics, finding that there is a strong correlation between these attitudes and income and education levels.

Daniel J. Levine, “Threat inflation as political melodrama: ISIS and the politics of late modern fear.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama) Critical Studies on Security; Published March 16th 2018 Abstract Fearful talk surrounding ISIS discloses two ‘public secrets’ that collectively define the dilemma of late modern politics. The first is a transition from politics that is experienced and narrated chiefly as tragedy to one that is experienced chiefly as melodrama.

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