December 10, 2019 – from Washington Post | Monkey Cage
It was the fight against civil rights that brought the flag back.
November 25, 2019 – from Los Angeles Times
"As political scientists, we were intrigued by the question of whether voters hold a bias against female candidates — so we conducted some experiments. Rather than simply polling voters to ask whether they would vote for a female candidate, we recruited registered partisans, both Democrats and Republicans, to participate in a simulated election in which they would “vote” for a hypothetical candidate."
October 4, 2019 – from Journal of Comparative Politics
“Refugees’ preflight class interacts with host state policies to shape refugees’ post-displacement class trajectories. This interaction affects whether refugees of different backgrounds experience mobility over time and… disperse over space.… [H]osts that leave refugees to self-settle accentuate stratification insofar as… poor refugees lack protection from further impoverishment… ‘Interventionist engagement’ hosts lessen the gap between rich and poor both by attracting middle-class refugees and by imposing integration programs that further compress all refugees toward the middle. Demonstrating these arguments, analysis of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Germany illustrates a diaspora’s class-remaking in ways not attributable to displacement alone.”
August 7, 2019 – from The Immanent Frame
"There is a trap in the study of religion and politics. All traditions are equally susceptible to it, but as Tamir Moustafa suggests in his new book, Constituting Religion, the temptation may be especially strong when it comes to contemporary state politics surrounding Islam and Islamic law. The trap is to conflate Islam as a fluid and diverse set of traditions with specific forms of state Islam and projects of Islamization."
July 30, 2019 – from American Political Science Association
"This paper examines the ways that social movement organizations affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement use Twitter through three content analysis studies.… These findings suggest that the BLM movement is intelligible through both the resource mobilization and new social movement paradigms within social movement studies."
July 26, 2019 – from Public Choice
"American political development… is a problem-driven inquiry into the dynamics of American politics, a substantive and theoretical exploration of how American politics has changed over time.… [I]ts orientation toward causality, causes, and theory tends to differ from much of the work in the causal inference tradition.… [E]xperimental research and APD research might be brought into more fruitful intellectual exchange."
July 19, 2019 – from Legislative Studies Quarterly
"Legislators commonly blame others for gridlock. We posit that legislators may engage in this type of rhetoric to minimize the individual reputational risks associated with legislative inaction or to boost the relative standing of their party. In a series of six survey experiments, we find that blaming others for inaction undermines voters’ evaluations of individual legislators who engage in this rhetorical strategy.… However, blaming rhetoric can also enhance the standing of the blamer’s party relative to the opposing party across all groups (including out-partisans), in large part by undermining the reputations of these other actors."
July 17, 2019 – from Politics Symposium
"The Democratic Dilemma was published in 1998 by Arthur Lupia and Mathew McCubbins. The book addresses a long-standing question: Does a lack of information short-circuit democratic functioning? This is a question of relevance for multiple pathways of democratic representation: from voters to elected officials, elected officials to bureaucrats, legislators to committees, citizens to jurors, inter alia."
July 2, 2019 – from Religion and Politics
"The segregation of matters of religion from matters of national security fails to reflect the political or religious realities of the contemporary United States. It is not and has never been possible to disentangle religious and racial animus from practices of national security."
July 1, 2019 – from Politics, Groups, and Identities
The social media and microblogging site Twitter has emerged as both a vehicle for political expression and a powerful tool for political organizing within the African American community. This paper examines the extent to which members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) utilize Twitter to communicate with their constituents about racial issues. An analysis of CBC members’ tweets during the 113th Congress (2013–2014) shows that the organization’s members do talk about race and occasionally use racially distinct hashtags. Moreover, statistical analyses show that the best predictors of a CBC members’ engagement with racial issues on Twitter are being a woman legislator, the size of their margin of victory in the 2012 elections, and the percentage of whites living within the boundaries of their district.
June 25, 2019 – from WTTW
"Not only are Democratic presidential candidates calling for reparations. There’s a growing amount of scholarship around the subject that’s leading to new historical discoveries about slavery and its impact on modern-day society...We are uncovering more and more and the evidence is so overwhelming, I think it’s just hard to dismiss it, said Tillery, who also serves as director of Northwestern’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy."
June 18, 2019 – from Northwestern Now
"Tillery added that the experts identified LGBTQ issues as the area where the modern presidents have been most deficient in providing diversity and inclusion leadership. Only Obama scored above 50 points on presidential leadership on LGBTQ issues."
June 12, 2019 – from Amsterdam Center for International Law
Following Professor Alter's guest lecture on 'The Future of International Law in an Age of Nationalist Populism,' Karen J. Alter speaks to us about redundancy, regime complexity and universality in international law. She also explains how she uses heuristics and shares with us analytical tricks that help her to develop her thinking.
June 10, 2019 – from The Journal of Politics
"For more than a half century, social scientists have been trying to unravel the complicated relationships between social context, political outcomes, and public policy, and all the while those same factors have been changing America and one another faster than we can keep up. Questions asked and lessons learned in this area are more important than ever, as globalization, continued urbanization, and social friction accelerate in the United States and around the world."
June 7, 2019 – from Public Opinion Quarterly
Affective polarization—the tendency of Democrats and Republicans to dislike and distrust one another—has become an important phenomenon in American politics. Yet, despite scholarly attention to this topic, two measurement lacunae remain. First, how do the different measures of this concept relate to one another—are they interchangeable? Second, these items all ask respondents about the parties. When individuals answer them, do they think of voters, elites, or both? We demonstrate differences across items, and scholars should carefully think about which items best match their particular research question. Second, we show that when answering questions about the other party, individuals think about elites more than voters. More generally, individuals dislike voters from the other party, but they harbor even more animus toward the other party’s elites.
May 29, 2019 – from Global Environmental Politics
Although Indigenous Peoples make significant contributions to global environmental governance and were prominent actors at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, COP21, they remain largely invisible in conventional, mainstream, and academic accounts of COP21. In this article, we adopt feminist collaborative event ethnography to draw attention to often marginalized and unrecognized actors and help make visible processes that are often invisible in the study of power and influence at sites of global environmental governance.
May 20, 2019 – from New Book Network
In the post–Cold War era, states increasingly find themselves in conflicts with nonstate actors. Finding it difficult to fight these opponents directly, many governments instead target states that harbor or aid nonstate actors, using threats and punishment to coerce host states into stopping those groups.
May 7, 2019 – from Boston Review
"The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is being sued for religious discrimination. And for good reason. The government watchdog agency was created in 1998 to officially promote and protect religious freedom abroad, but it actually suppresses religious freedom, rather than supporting it. It should be shut down."
April 25, 2019 – from Tehran Times
Read the interview with Asre-Andisheh Magazine. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (2008) and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (2015), both published by Princeton, and co-editor of Politics of Religious Freedom and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age. She is co-PI, with Winnifred Sullivan, on a Luce-supported collaborative research project “Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad” (2016-2019) and co-organized the “Politics of Religious Freedom” project (2011-2014).
April 17, 2019 – from Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog
Lightfoot, much like Harold Washington, campaigned as a political outsider and reformer. She promised to take on the persistent corruption in Chicago and Illinois politics, and these positions became particularly persuasive after corruption scandals that ripped through the city’s machine organization late last year. Last week’s election was an historic first — but it was also a historic margin of victory, big enough to impress any ward boss. And Lightfoot won in every part of an often-divided city.
April 11, 2019 – from Newsy
"We should have an honest conversation about the U.S. role in enabling Israeli policies such as the settlement expansion, such as denial of Palestinian rights. It's not impossible to have an open conversation that is sensitive, but sensitive not only to the sensitivities of American Jews, but to American Muslims, to American Arabs, to people of all different faiths and backgrounds."
April 9, 2019 – from International Studies Quarterly
"Regimes are more likely to victimize civilians when they believe that they can hide their actions and thereby avoid international and domestic blowback."
April 2, 2019 – from Northwestern Now
Hurd’s project is titled “Religion on the Border” and looks at the entanglements of religion and politics through four case studies in which the religion/not religion border is central to U.S. domestic and foreign policy.
March 26, 2019 – from Newsy
"American presidents from Bill Clinton to George Bush to Barack Obama liked to talk about 'a rising tide lifts all boats,' and they liked to talk about how they were able to lower joblessness in the black community or raise incomes. But it's interesting that they never talk about raising it to parity with white people."
March 18, 2019 – from The Conversation
"Past and continuing atrocities in Syria will haunt history for generations to come. That Syrians retain any hope in a better future is not only a testament to their sheer will. It is also a sign, I believe, that the revolution they began eight years ago continues today."
March 13, 2019 – from Northwestern Institute for Policy Research
“It is important for those in higher education to recognize possible discrimination based on race and political engagement and to take steps to vitiate it.”
March 12, 2019 – from Chicago Democracy Project
“What does this tell us about election going forward? It will be a battle of self-styled progressives.”
February 26, 2019 – from New Books Network
Listen to the co-authors discuss the policies the super-rich believe vs. want based on their published findings.
February 21, 2019 – from Nature Human Behaviour
New research, tracking collaboration's evolutionary past with implications for political and economic behaviors today, from affiliate Mary McGrath & Yale's Alan Gerber.
February 19, 2019 – from Civics 101: A Podcast
"[The framers] knew that slavery was wrong, but they protected it because of a combination of their economic interests and white supremacy."
February 19, 2019 – from American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, Working Group Final Reports
Affiliate Pearlman’s report, co-authored with Ana Arjona (Northwestern) and Zachariah Mampilly (Vassar), examines the benefits, costs, and risks of adopting various forms of openness and transparency in political violence research and identifies the appropriateness and constraints of different approaches.
February 6, 2019 – from USA Today
"An upper-South state that was still holding on very much to the old Jim Crow politics," Alvin Tillery, Jr. discusses race and politics in Virginia.
February 4, 2019 – from Review of Middle East Studies
How do refugees define themselves? Wendy Pearlman offers reflections based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians in the Middle East and Europe.
January 31, 2019 – from Nature Climate Change
Despite a scientific consensus, citizens are divided when it comes to climate change — often along political lines.
January 17, 2019 – from Niskanen Center
Local and federal policy produced our unique American housing market, including pitfalls that are still with us today.
January 15, 2019 – from Northwestern Now
Tillery is recognized as a Racial Equality and Community Engaged Researcher Incubator for leading students in social sciences training in conducting community-engaged research through a racial-equity framework through a yearlong program with community-based organizations. Back to top