Current Faculty Research Projects

Prof. Julia Azari is currently working several projects. One is an article manuscript on mandates and landslide presidential elections. The second is an article on divisive primary elections. The third is an article on the vice presidential selection process. The final is a book manuscript on presidential rhetoric.

Prof. Lowell Barrington is currently working on two projects. The first examines the lessons from the integration policies in Estonia and Latvia over the last decade. The second is an article manuscript about the relationship between nation building and state building.

Prof. Darrell Dobbs is currently studying the classical trivium and quadrivium in search of an even more foundational art of learning, which provides the root of the revolutionary conception of a philosophical soul with which Socrates’ replaces the politicized, three-part soul that is familiar to us from standard histories of philosophy. His next essay will document the gestational phases of this new conception of the human soul, as they are presented in Plato’s Republic.

Prof. Jeffrey Drope continues his work at the nexus of global health and economic policymaking.  The National Institutes of Health-funded team – from Marquette, the University of Zambia, Malawi’s Centre for Agricultural Research and Development, PICO-East Africa, the University of Ottawa and McGill University – is in the midst of one of the largest cross-country surveys of tobacco farmers ever. The research is currently seeking to examine empirically the livelihoods of tobacco farmers in low- and middle-income countries. This line of inquiry addresses directly the worn but ubiquitous argument that we can’t have strong tobacco control laws because farmers depend on tobacco – an argument that the tobacco industry continues to employ to undermine public health efforts worldwide. Prof. Drope is also working on a related project with teams from Action for Economic Reforms in the Philippines and the Centro de Estudos sobre Tabaco e Saúde (CETAB) at the National Public Health School in Brazil, which is funded by Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prof. H. Richard Friman is currently working on two book projects exploring the ways in which alien criminality arguments have influenced historical and current immigration control policies in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Other research projects underway include investigating the political processes through which "name and shame" strategies have influenced patterns of state cooperation with global prohibition regimes. Prof. Friman also has contributed chapters on the illegal migration industry for two edited volumes, one in press and the other under review.

Prof. Ryan Hanley is currently preparing to send to press his monograph on love and wisdom in the Enlightenment (under contract with Cambridge University Press).  He will be a visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in winter quarter 2015, and will spend the remainder of the term on leave, supported by an Earhart Research Fellowship and Marquette's 2015-17 Way Klingler Humanities Fellowship, preparing his monograph on the political philosophy of Fénelon.

Prof. Karen Hoffman is currently working on a systematic examination of speech in online comment forums, as well as an article on Obama's rhetorical strategies for dealing with political opposition.  Her essay "Comment Forum Speech in the 2012 Presidential Election: A Mirror of Mainstream Discourse" is forthcoming in Controllng the Message: Campaigning in an Information-Rich Environment," University of Michigan Press.

Prof. Barrett McCormick is currently working on several projects, including a book manuscript titled Media Markets and the Transformation of China's Public Sphere, a book chapter comparing the development of media markets in China with other countries, and an early-stage project on the consequences of China's growing role in Africa.

Prof. Paul Nolette is currently working on a project exploring how the organized bar has shaped American political development. He is also working with Prof. Dongwook Kim on an article manuscript examining the global spread of constitutional courts.

Prof. Duane Swank is currently collaborating with Olaf van Vliet (Economics, University of Leiden) to study the European Union’s impact on domestic social and labor market policies across European political economies. He is also working on extensions of past work of the convergence of national tax policies and the political economic determinants of income redistribution in postindustrial democracies. In addition, Professor Swank is writing a new book on how domestic institutions shape the ability of developed democracies to cope with post industrialization.


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