End Notes

  • Fall 2017
End Notes
FALL 2017 : précis
November 30, 2017


PhD candidate Marsin Alshamary presented “Tilly goes to Baghdad: How the War with Daʿesh can create a Shiʿa State” at the Project on Middle East Political Science’s Shi’a Politics in a Changing Middle East workshop in October. Forthcoming paper in Project on Middle East Political Science series.

Associate Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel (with PhD candidate Fiona Cunningham) presented “Chinese Views of Nuclear Escalation” at the George Washington University in September. He also presented “Life on the Great Power Frontier” (with David Edelstein) at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in September.

SSP Senior Adviser Jeanne Guillemin’s book Hidden Atrocities: Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. On September 13, she presented her book at the New York University School of Medicine Division of Medical Ethics Colloquium. In September, she was an invited participant in Washington DC at the National Academy of Sciences Symposium of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Programs for the Next Twenty Years. On December 12th, she gave a presentation based on material from the book in a Spotlight Seminar at the National Defense University (NDU). On December 13, she gave one of four presentations on Japanese CBW during World War II and Allied post-war intelligence responses at a workshop on Chemical and Biological weapons, co-sponsored by the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center and the NDU Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

PhD candidate Phil Martin presented “Do Parties Hold Politicians Accountable (And for What?): Evidence from South African Local Government Elections” (with Evan Lieberman and Nina McMurry) at the annual American Political Science Association conference in San Francisco in September. Martin also presented “Rebel Governance and Post-Conflict Transition: Preliminary Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire” (with Jeremy Speight and Giulia Piccolino) at the Seminar at Laboratoire de Sociologie Economique et d’Anthropologie des Appartenances Symboliques (LAASSE) in Abidjan in August.

PhD candidate Andrew Miller was named a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellow. He also received a grant from J-PAL’s Crime and Violence Initiative for research on citizen-police cooperation in Lagos, Nigeria.

PhD candidate Kacie Miura was awarded a Joint PhD Research Fellowship by the China Confucius Studies Program to do research for her dissertation at Peking University’s School of International Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year.

PhD candidate Cullen Nutt won the ISA Intelligence Studies Section Best Student Paper Prize for his work, “Seek, And Ye Shall Find: The Dynamic Effects of Previous Failure on Detecting Nuclear Programs,” which he presented at the annual ISA conference in Baltimore in February. He will receive the award and a monetary prize at the next ISA conference in April 2018.

In November, PhD candidate Rachel Esplin Odell was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted research for her dissertation case study on Japan’s maritime jurisdictional claims and interpretations of the law of the sea. In October, she presented “US Freedom of Navigation Operations as Strategic Norm-Shaping: Theory Development and Preliminary Empirical Analysis,” at the annual conference jointly sponsored by ISA’s International Security Studies Section (ISSS) and APSA’s International Security and Arms Control Section (ISAC), held at American University.

PhD candidate Sara Plana presented her work “Loyalty Can’t be Bought: Explaining Military Defections during Civilian Uprisings” to faculty and graduate students from the US and Europe at the Olympia Summer Academy and graduated from the Academy’s Conflict and Political Violence course in Nafplio, Greece in July.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen spoke at the seminar on US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations at the Center for Transatlantic Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, Norway on October 9. In June, he was a panelist at “Allies, Partners and Rivals—And European Strategic Autonomy,” at the Egmont Institute in Brussels, Belgium. In November, he appeared on bigthink.com presenting “America is Preventing Nuclear Attacks in All the Wrong Ways” which can be viewed here. On August 29, he was quoted in WBUR’s Cognoscenti “On Afghanistan, Trump Should Have Gone With His Gut.” He also made an appearance on WBUR’s Radio Open Source on September 14 talking about “Mutually Assured Madness: Rethinking our Nuclear Nightmare.”

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider presented “Coalitions and Contention in the Politics of Education Reform,” at the Lemann Dialogue at the University of Illinois in November. He also presented “Politics, Institutions, and Diversified Business Groups:  Comparisons across Developed Countries,” at the Harvard Business School. In June, he presented “Productivity and the Puzzle of Education Politics,” at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Associate Professor of Political Science David Singer presented “Attitudes Toward Internal and Foreign Migration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in China” to the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in November.

Ford Professor of Political Science Kathy Thelen has been awarded an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) by the London School of Economics in December.


Associate Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel, Why India Did Not ‘Win’ the Standoff with China,” War on the Rocks, September 1, 2017.

____________“Danger at Dolam,” Indian Express, July 18, 2017.

SSP Senior Advisor Jeanne Guillemin, Hidden Atrocities: Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial (Columbia University Press, Sept 2017).

PhD candidate Phil Martin, “Rebel Networks’ Deep Roots Cause Concerns for Côte d’Ivoire Transition,” (with Giulia Piccolino and Jeremy Speight), The International Peace Institute Global Observatory, October 12, 2017.

____________“Why Zimbabwe’s Military Abandoned Mugabe: The Blood Brotherhood Sticks Together,” Foreign Affairs, November 17, 2017.

Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Nielsen, Deadly Clerics: Blocked Ambition and the Paths to Jihad Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Joint Professor of Political Science and Data Systems and Society Kenneth Oye (with Maureen O’Leary and Margaret Riley), “Revisit NIGH Biosafety Guidelines.” Science Vol 357, Issue 6352, p 627, August 2017.

PhD candidate Sara Plana,What Political Science Tells Us About the Risk of Civil War in Spain,” War on the Rocks, October 25, 2017.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen,“Civil Wars and the Structure of World Power,” Daedalus, Vol 46, No 4 (Fall 2017).

____________“Syria Showdown: Will Trump Be Pressured into Putting Turkey First, America Second?The National Interest, March 16, 2017.

____________“The Price of War With North Korea,” New York Times, December 6, 2017.

____________“It’s Time to Make Afghanistan Someone Else’s Problem,” The Atlantic, August 18, 2017.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider (with Alisha Holland), “Easy and Hard Redistribution: The Political Economy of Welfare States in Latin America,” Perspectives on Politics 15(4) December 2017, pp 988-1006.

Associate Professor of Political Science David Singer (with Mark Copelovitch), “Tipping the (Im)balance: Capital Inflows, Financial Market Structure, and Banking Crises,” Economics & Politics Vol 29, No 3, November 2017.

Ford Professor of Political Science Kathy Thelen (with Christian Lyhne Ibsen), Diverging Solidarity:  Labor Strategies in the New Knowledge Economy,” World Politics 69: 3 (June 2017), pp 409-447.