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Peter Siavelis

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Expertise
  • Latin American politics
  • Political recruitment and candidate selection
  • U.S. Immigration
Teaching
  • Government and Politics of Latin America
  • International Political Economy
  • Interamerican Relations
  • Democratic Institutional Design
Education
  • BA., Bradley University
  • MA., Georgetown University
  • PhD., Georgetown University
Selected Publications
  • Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know (Dulles, VA:  Potomac Books, 2009) co-edited with David Coates.
  • Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America, edited volume, with Scott Morgenstern.  (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008), 440 pages.
  • “Endogenizing Legislative Candidate Selection Procedures in Nascent Democracies: Evidence from Spain and Chile,” Democratization, 18:3 (2011):  797-822, with Bonnie Field.
  • “Did Success Spoil the Concertación?” Americas Quarterly, 4:2 (Spring 2010): 28-32.
  • “Elite-Mass Congruence, Partidocracia and the Quality of Chilean Democracy,” Journal of Politics in Latin America, 1:3 (2009): 3-31.

Peter Siavelis is an expert in electoral, legislative and presidential politics in Latin America with a particular focus on Chile and Argentina. He also specializes in Latino immigration to the United States. Continue reading »

Tom Brister

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Expertise
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Globalization
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Religious Groups
Teaching
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Politics, Global Media, and Culture
  • Globalization
  • Intelligence and International Politics
Education
  • Ph.D., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • B.S., Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Selected Publications
  • “Terrorism” and “Philanthropy”, David Coates, ed., The Oxford Companion to American Politics.
  • “Battering Down Chinese Walls? Globalization and Democratization in the People’s Republic of China,” Al Ahram Democracy Review, October 2007.
  • “Swadeshi’s in Competition: Enron and India’s Anti-Globalization Movement”, Contemporary Politics, December 2007.

Tom Brister is an expert in terrorism, globalization and intelligence trends. His current research focus involves comparative studies of the world’s intelligence agencies, and in particular studying how the world’s great powers utilize these organizations to affect international affairs. In addition, he has examined the rise of India and China and their effect on globalization and climate change. Continue reading »

John Dinan

John Dinan

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Expertise
  • State Politics & Constitutionalism
  • Federalism
  • American political development
Teaching
  • American Government and Politics
  • Congress & Policymaking
  • Political Parties, Voters & Elections
  • State Politics
Education
  • BA, MA, PhD, University of Virginia

An expert on state politics, John Dinan can analyze North Carolina politics and elections. He closely follows North Carolina political races and can comment on state elections as well as congressional races. Why did North Carolina voters for many years split their ticket, giving Democrats control of the state legislature but voting for Republican presidential candidates? And why did this recently change, such that in 2008 North Carolina’s electoral votes went to the Democratic ticket for the first time in over three decades and in 2010 Republicans gained majorities in both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in well over a century? Continue reading »

David Coates

David Coates

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Expertise
  • U.S. Public Policy
  • Progressive Politics
  • UK Politics
Current Research
  • The Obama administration record on financial regulation, foreclosure assistance and job creation
  • The U.S. and UK financial crisis
  • The case for a green economy
  • The case for managed trade
  • The danger of U.S. economic and global decline
Teaching
  • United Kingdom: Politics in a Global Age
  • The Comparative Politics of Welfare States
  • State, Economy and International Competitiveness
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Debating Capitalism
Education
  • BA, University of York, United Kingdom
  • D Phil, University of Oxford

Whether he’s going head to head against a conservative talk radio host or providing instant analysis of breaking news, David Coates is not afraid to voice his opinion. Well-versed on key policy issues, Coates has been interviewed by the PBS News Hour, Investors Daily and Newsweek, to name a few.

He is also author of two new books, Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments, which provides conservative views and a point-by-point progressive response to eight key policy issues now in contention between the parties, and Making the Progressive Case: Towards a Stronger U.S. Economy, which lays out and refutes conservative arguments on market deregulation, green issues, foreign trade and the current strength of the economy. Continue reading »

Melissa Rogers

Melissa Rogers

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Expertise
  • Separation of Church and State
  • Religious Freedom
  • Religion and Politics
  • President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Teaching
  • Church-State Relations
  • Christianity and Public Policy
Education
  • BA, Baylor University
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania

In 2009, President Obama appointed Melissa Rogers to serve as chair of his Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She also spearheaded the publication of a landmark 2010 joint statement on the role of religion in public life. The national spotlight has been so bright that she has even been called a member of President Barack Obama’s “spiritual cabinet,” but that’s a label she politely declines. Continue reading »

Allan Louden

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Expertise
  • Political Debate
  • Political Communication
  • Political Campaigns
  • Political Advertising
  • Negative Advertising
  • Campaign Rhetoric
Teaching
  • Political Communication
  • Presidential Rhetoric
  • Negative Campaigning
Education
  • BA, Montana State University
  • MA, University of Montana
  • PhD, University of Southern California

From presidential debates to political advertising, Allan Louden has provided expert commentary and  analysis for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek and a wide range of other media outlets. He analyzes political debates and wrote presidential debate commentaries for the Charlotte Observer during the 2008 election. He follows political advertising and candidates’ debates in presidential, Senate, gubernatorial and high-profile House races.
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Katy Harriger

Katy Harriger

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Expertise
  • American Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers
  • Government Ethics
  • Independent Counsel/Special Prosecutors
  • Supreme Court
  • Women and Politics
  • Political participation and college-aged individuals
Current Research
  • Harriger is researching Supreme Court decision-making in cases dealing with school desegregation. Her focus is on the breakdown of consensus on the Court over the meaning of Brown v. Board of Education.
Teaching
  • American Government and Politics
  • Citizen and Community
  • American Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers and Federal Government
  • American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
  • Politics, Law and Court
  • Women and Politics
Selected Publications
  • American Constitutional Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)
  • Speaking of Politics: Preparing College Students for Democratic Citizenship through Deliberative Dialogue (Kettering Foundation Press, 2008)
  • Separation of Powers: Commentary and Documents (Editor, Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003)
  • The Special Prosecutor in American Politics, 2nd ed. (University Press of Kansas, 2000)
Education
  • BA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, PhD, University of Connecticut

Women now make up one third of the Supreme Court, and Harriger, whose research includes how the composition of the highest court in the U.S. may affect the nation’s laws, has much to offer on this issue. She is also an expert on political participation and voting among college-age people with substantial research to show that college students who participate in public deliberation feel more empowered to become active citizens. Continue reading »