Recent Publications

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

Nicholas Nathan Kerr and Eric Chang, “An Insider–Outsider Theory of Popular Tolerance for Corrupt Politicians .” Journal Article

Nicholas Nathan Kerr (University of Alabama) and Eric Chang (Michigan State University) Governance (Published 2017, 30: 67–84. doi:10.1111/gove.12193 ) Abstract This article addresses the puzzle of electoral support for corrupt politicians in emerging democracies by examining citizens’ varying attitudes toward political corruption. We make an important theoretical distinction between perceptions of and tolerance for corruption,

Christopher W. Hale, “Religious Institutions and Collective Action: The Catholic Church and Political Activism in Indigenous Chiapas and Yucatán.” Journal Article

Christopher W. Hale (University of Alabama) Politics and Religion (June 27, 2017) Abstract Why do religious organizations facilitate secular political activism in some settings but not others? I contend that where religious institutions are characterized by decentralized local governance, they are more likely to facilitate political activism. Drawing on nine months of field research and

Christopher Hale and David Siroky, “Inside Irredentism: A Global Empirical Analysis.” Journal Article

Christopher Hale (University of Alabama) and David Siroky (Arizona State University) American Journal of Political Science (Volume 61; Number 1. Pages 117-128. 2017) Abstract Although many countries have ethnic kin on the “wrong side” of their borders, few seek to annex foreign territories on the basis of ethnicity. This article examines why some states pursue irredentism,