Prof. Julia Azari, Department of Political Science

Public Scholarship in the Department of Political Science


In recent years, faculty members of the Department of Political Science have played an increasingly visible role in the generation of politics-focused "public scholarship." Public scholarship works are shorter, research-based publications, whose audience includes policymakers and the general public. Unlike personal blog posts, public scholarship works are circulated by a news outlet or social media organization and go through a rigorous editorial process prior to publication.


Popular public scholarship sites on contemporary politics include and the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" site (named for an H.L. Menken statement that "Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage"). Over the past year, professors Julia Azari, Risa Brooks, Richard Friman, Susan Giaimo, Gerald Prout, Philip Rocco, and Amber Wichowsky have produced public scholarship works published by a variety of national and local outlets.


Prof. Julia Azari is the departmental leader in this effort, becoming a regular contributor to sites like and Vox. Her articles have garnered a significant number of readers, helping the Department's public scholarship works to be viewed by more than half a million people in 2017 alone.


Some of Prof. Azari's recent works include "Politics Is More Partisan Now, But It’s Not More Divisive," "This President Bucked Norms and Fought His Own Party. He Wasn’t Named Trump," "Why We Hate the State of the Union. And a Rebuttal," "Why Republicans Can’t Govern," "Trump Is A 19th-Century President Facing 21st-Century Problems," "Presidential Responses to Racial Violence Have Often Been Weak. Trump’s Is Weaker," "Trump Came In As A Weak President, And He’s Made Himself Weaker," "Why Russia Revelations Never Seem to Change Anything," "What Happens If the Election Was A Fraud? The Constitution Doesn’t Say," "Trump's Team Doesn't Understand the American Presidency," and "The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates."


Political Science faculty members also continue to publish a large number of traditional research articles and books, and they regularly participate in current events-focused interviews for local, state, and national print and electronic media outlets.


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