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New Books in Political Science Podcast by Marshall Poe

New Books in Political Science Podcast

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Phil Gurski, “Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


Phil Gurski‘s Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) is his second recent monograph on terrorism, and another useful resource for practitioners and non-specialists alike. Written in an approachable, grounded style, Western

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John Hudak, “Marijuana: A Short History” (Brookings, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 15, 2017


John Hudak‘s book Marijuana: A Short History (Brookings Institutions Press, 2016) is an accessible and informative dive into marijuana on a number of levels and from a variety of perspectives. Hudak unpacks and explains the historical place of marijuana…

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Brandon Kendhammer, “Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy and Law in Northern Nigeria” (U. Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 04, 2017


Brandon Kendhammer takes a fresh approach to the juxtaposition of Islam and democracy in his latest book, Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy and Law in Northern Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Rather than employing a top-down approach to…

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Serhat Unaldi, “Working Towards the Monarchy: The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok” (U. of Hawaii Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 28, 2017


In Working Towards the Monarchy: The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok (University of Hawaii Press, 2016), Serhat Unaldi offers a provocative and original interpretation of the relationship between space, architecture and power in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest and…

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Anuradha Chakravarty, “Investing in Authoritarian Rule: Punishment and Patronage in Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts for Genocide Crimes,” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 28, 2017


In my time doing this podcast, I’ve covered a number of books about transitional justice. All have been insightful and interesting. But few of them focused carefully on the trials themselves. Anuradha Chakravarty seeks to remedy this. Her book Investing

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Edward J. Balleisen, “Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


This week’s podcast is a fraud or at least about a fraud. Edward J. Balleisen has written Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017). Balleisen is associate professor of history and public policy and vice…

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Robert Jervis, “How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


Robert Jervis is the author of How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2017). Jervis is the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University. Drawing on the increasing attention researchers in the field…

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Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams, “Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America” (Sourcebooks, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


In Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America (Sourcebooks, 2015), authors Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams explore the relationship between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton over the course of three distinct periods where their personal and philosophical collaboration…

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Veronica Herrera, “Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico” (U. Michigan Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Veronica Herrera has written Water & Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017). Herrera is assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. What happens to the basic services of government after democratic…

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Anastasia Piliavsky, ed., “Patronage as Politics in South Asia” (?Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 02, 2017


Does patronage always imply a corruption of democratic political processes? Across sixteen essays by historians, political scientists and anthropologists Patronage as Politics in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2014), edited by Anastasia Piliavsky, explores this question and many more…

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Ryan Muldoon, “Social Contract Theory for a Diverse World: Beyond Tolerance” (Routledge, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


The idea that a political order derives its authority, legitimacy, and justification from some kind of initial agreement or contract, whether hypothetical or tacit, has been a mainstay of political philosophy, at least since Hobbes. Today, the leading approach to…

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Kathleen Dolan, “When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Does sex play a determinative role in political contests? Recognising the dual political realities of voters holding gender stereotypes and female candidates achieving electoral success, Kathleen Dolan’s innovative book When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American

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Harris Beider, “White Working-Class Voices: Multiculturalism, Community-Building, and Change” (Policy Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


Harris Beider is the author of White Working-Class Voices: Multiculturalism, Community-Building, and Change (Policy Press, 2015). Beider is chair in Community Cohesion at the Center for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK, and visiting professor at Columbia University,…

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Anna Law, “The Immigration Battle in American Courts” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


With public debate about immigration law and policy at a peak, Anna Law is on the podcast this week to discuss her book The Immigration Battle in American Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2014) which came out in paperback in 2014.…

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Carol Hardy-Fanta and Dianne Pinderhughes, “Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


This week on the podcast, I speak with Carol Hardy-Fanta and Dianne Pinderhughes, the co-authors (along with Pei-te Lien and Christine Marie Sierra) of Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Hardy-Fanta

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Meghan Elizabeth Kallman and Terry Nichols Clark, “The Third Sector: Community Organizations, NGOs, and Nonprofits” (U. Illinois Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


Meghan Elizabeth Kallman and Terry Nichols Clark are the authors of The Third Sector: Community Organizations, NGOs, and Nonprofits (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Kallman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University.…

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K. Sabeel Rahman, “Democracy Against Domination” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


Sabeel Rahman is the author of Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, 2016). Rahman is assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. Combining perspectives from legal studies, political theory, and political science, Democracy Against Domination reinterprets Progressive Era economic…

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Matt Grossman and David A. Hopkins, “Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins are the authors of Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2016). Grossmann is director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social research and associate professor of political science…

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Dave Karpf, “Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


For the start of 2017, Dave Karpf is back on the podcast with his new book, Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2016). Karpf is associate professor of media and public affairs at The…

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“Best New Books in Political Science 2016: International Politics Edition”

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


Last week featured a year-end-round up of books in American politics. This week I looked back to the past year on the podcast in other subfields. I start with an interview I enjoyed with Prerna Singh. Her book examines sub-nationalism…

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“Best New Books in Political Science 2016: American Politics Edition”

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


We are nearing the end of the year and have for you a best-of-2016 podcast featuring an array of American politics books. Some of these books were featured on the podcast this year, but most are just new and really…

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Marc Sageman, “Misunderstanding Terrorism” (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


In Misunderstanding Terrorism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) Marc Sageman provides an important reassessment of the global neojihadi threat to the West. He argues that inaccurate evaluations of the threat and overreactions to a limited threat have transformed U.S. society.…

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Robert Lacey, “Pragmatic Conservatism: Edmund Burke and His American Heirs” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


With Republicans in control of Washington, many suspect that conservatism is on the ascent. Others are wondering what conservatism even means in 2016. In which version of conservatism does President-Elect Donald J. Trump believe? How would Trump answer the question…

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Regis Darques, “Mapping Versatile Boundaries: Understanding the Balkans” (Springer, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Dec 11, 2016


Regis DarquesMapping Versatile Boundaries: Understanding the Balkans (Springer, 2016) offers the unique mapping perspectives on the Balkan region. By exploring a range of topics such as borderlands, contacts between the empires, transportation networks, changing geographies of borders, ghost…

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Sarah Jaffe, “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt” (Nation Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Sarah Jaffe has written Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt (Nation Books, 2016). Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist. Over the last few years, several authors on the podcast have discussed the growth of the Tea Party,…

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Heath Brown, “Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change” (Cornell UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


Why do nonprofits representing immigrants participate (or choose not to participate) in electoral politics, and what forms does their participation take? In his new book, Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change (Cornell University Press,…

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Corey D. Fields, “Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans” (U. of California Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


The 2016 election cycle will be remembered as one for the history books. Many people are left asking questions as to what happened to lead to such an expected outcome, while still others are left wondering after such a tumultuous…

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Leon Wildes, “John Lennon vs The U.S.A.: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History” (Ankerwycke, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


Leon Wildes is the author of John Lennon vs The U.S.A.: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History (Ankerwycke 2016). Wildes is an immigration attorney and the founder partner of…

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Patrick Jory, “Thailand’s Theory of Monarchy: The Vessantara Jataka and the Idea of the Perfect Man” (SUNY Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 20, 2016


In Thailand’s Theory of Monarchy: The Vessantara Jataka and the Idea of the Perfect Man (SUNY Press, 2016; in paperback from 2017), Patrick Jory offers a compelling reinterpretation of religious text as political theory. The Vessantara Jataka is one of…

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Carrie Booth Walling, “All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention” (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Nov 19, 2016


Why does the UN intervene in some cases of mass violence and not others? Why and how have public attitudes toward humanitarian intervention changed over the past decades? And how do the stories we tell each other about cases of…

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Tevi Troy, “Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office” (Lyons Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


What happens during a presidential transition should a disaster occur? Who is in charge of addressing the 3am phone call, the outgoing or incoming administration? Tevi Troy is the author of Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster

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Christopher Faricy, “Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Nov 12, 2016


Christopher Faricy makes a return visit to New Books Network for Part II of a conversation about Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the ways in which the…

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J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht, “Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


On the eve of the 2016 election, it is worth reflecting on the history of women’s voting. Up to this weighty task is a new book by J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht. They are the authors of Counting

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A. John Simmons, “Boundaries of Authority” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Political states claim the moral right to rule the persons living within their jurisdiction; they claim the authority to make and enforce laws, establish policies, and allocate benefits and burdens of various kinds. But states also claim rights over their…

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James D. Boys, “Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona, and Policies of a New American Dynasty” (Biteback Publishing, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


James D. Boys is the author of Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona, and Policies of a New American Dynasty (Biteback Publishing, 2016). Boys is an associate professor of international political studies at Richmond University. Just in time for the election,…

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Matthew Dallek, “Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


Matthew Dallek is the author of Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2016). Dallek is associate professor of political management at The George Washington University. In Defenseless Under the Night

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Matthew MacWilliams, “The Rise of Trump: America’s Authoritarian Spring” (Amherst College Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Oct 22, 2016


NB: Because Amherst College Press is open-access, this book is available free for download here. Just when I thought I had a pretty good handle on the ways and means of American politics, Donald Trump “happened.” I watched with…

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James Kloppenberg, “Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


James Kloppenberg is the Charles Warren Professor of American history at Harvard University. Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought (Oxford University Press, 2016) offers a detailed and sweeping intellectual history of the ideas that are…

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Caroline Winterer, “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason” (Yale UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Caroline Winterer is the Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (Yale University Press, 2016) gives us a glimpse into how eighteenth-century Americans, as the “first prophets…

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Patricia Strach, “Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate Influence, and Breast Cancer Policymaking” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hear from Patricia Strach, the author of Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate Influence, and Breast Cancer Policymaking (Oxford University Press, 2016). Strach holds a dual appointment in the Departments of…

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Lucas Graves, “Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism” (Columbia UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


In a fragmented media world where anyone can speak, professional journalists are no longer the “gatekeepers” who decide what the public will see and hear. Instead, citizens are barraged with claims, assertions and innuendo that have not been subjected to…

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Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore, “Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism” (U. of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 11, 2016


How do new policies move from one city or country to another, and is there something distinct about how those transfers work in our perpetually accelerating and ever-more interconnected world? Join us as Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in…

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Frances Lee, “Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign” (U. of Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


Frances Lee is the author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Lee is professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. For much of the 20th century, Democrats…

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Daniel Amsterdam, “Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen’s Campaign for a Civic Welfare State” (Penn Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


On the podcast this week is Daniel Amsterdam, author of Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen’s Campaign for a Civic Welfare State (Penn Press, 2016). He is assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology. Many…

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Monika McDermott, “Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


With the 2016 presidential election in full swing and rhetoric surrounding each candidate becoming more polarized, how does gender impact the way that people behave politically? Monika McDermott in her new book Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior (Oxford University…

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James E. Campbell, “Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


James E. Campbell has written Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America (PrincetonUniversity Press, 2016). Campbell is UB Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Are we a polarized nation or polarizing?…

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James Waller, “Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Today is the third of our occasional series on the question of how to respond to mass atrocities. Earlier this summer I talked with Scott Straus and Bridget Conley-Zilkic. Later in September I’ll talk with Carrie Booth Walling. I’m teaching…

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Megan Tompkins Stange, “Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence” (Harvard Education Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


Megan Tompkins-Stange is the author of Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence (Harvard Education Press, 2016). She is assistant professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Who hasn’t applied…

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Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth, “America Abroad: The United States’ Role in the 21st Century” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


A decade and a half of exhausting wars, punishing economic setbacks, and fast-rising rivals has called into question America’s fundamental position and purpose in world politics. Will the US continue to be the only superpower in the international system? Should…

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Mary Hawkesworth, “Embodied Power: Demystifying Disembodied Politics” (Routledge, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


How can we explain the “occlusion of embodied power” and “lack of attention to race, gender, and sexuality” in the discipline of political science, a field “that claims power as a central analytical concept” (17)? In her new book, Embodied

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Holly Allen, “Forgotten Men and Fallen Women: The Cultural Politics of New Deal Narratives” (Cornell UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


In Forgotten Men and Fallen Women: The Cultural Politics of New Deal Narratives (Cornell University Press, 2015), Holly Allen offers a fascinating analysis of how notions of race, gender, sexuality and citizenship were challenged and defined during the Great Depression…

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Jessica Greenberg , “After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia” (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


Jessica Greenberg’s After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia (Stanford University Press, 2014) explores a dual tension at work in Serbia in the early 2000s. She reveals young people’s disappointment in what they saw as…

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Donald Kettl, “Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America’s Lost Competence” (Brookings Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


Donald Kettl is the author of Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America’s Lost Competence (Brookings Press, 2016). Kettl is professor of public policy in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a nonresident fellow at…

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Matt Dawson “Social Theory for Alternative Societies” (Palgrave, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


What can social theory offer to visions of an alternative society? In his new book, Social Theory for Alternative Societies (Palgrave, 2016), Dr Matt Dawson, a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, explores how classical and…

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Prerna Singh, “How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 07, 2016


Prerna Singh has written How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Singh is the Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University and faculty fellow at the…

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Daniel Kreiss, “Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


Daniel Kreiss is back on the podcast with his new book Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2016). Kreiss is associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North…

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Bridget Conley-Zilkic, ed. “How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


If you want to know how to bring future mass atrocities to an end, the best place to start is to examine how past mass atrocities have ended. This simple piece of logic is at the heart of Bridget Conley-Zilkic’s

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Joel K. Goldstein, “The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden” (U. of Kansas Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


Joel K. Goldstein has written The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden (University Press of Kansas, 2016). Goldstein is the Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law. Since the vice…

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Jason Stahl, “Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945” (U. of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


Jason Stahl is the author of Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Stahl is an historian and lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Policy Development at…

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Marie Lall, “Understanding Reform in Myanmar: People and Society in the Wake of Military Rule” (Hurst, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


A lot has been going on in Myanmar in the last few years, and even people who are deeply familiar with the country have had trouble following and interpreting the many changes. Fortunately, Marie Lall’s new book, Understanding Reform in

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Zachary Roth, “The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy” (Crown, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 10, 2016


This week we feature two new books on the podcast, both about corporate power. First, Zachary Roth has written The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy (Crown, 2016). Roth is a national reporter for…

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Dov Waxman, “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


In Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), Dov Waxman, professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University, explores how Israel has become a source of tension within…

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Jack Jacobs, “The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 02, 2016


In The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Jack Jacobs, Professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center, investigates how the Jewish backgrounds of major Critical Theorists, and the ways…

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Eric Schickler, “Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


Eric Schickler is the author of Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965 (Princeton University Press, 2016). Schickler is the Jeffrey and Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Much scholarship on the racial…

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Scott Straus, “Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention” (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


This podcast is the first of a new occasional series of interviews addressing the question of responding to mass atrocities and genocide. Later in the summer I’ll interview Bridget Conley-Zilkic, James Waller and Carrie Booth Walling. First up, however, is…

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John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor, eds. “Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration” (Cornell UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 27, 2016


John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor are the editors of Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration (Cornell University Press, 2016). Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research…

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Seth Masket, “The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 18, 2016


Seth Masket has written The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy (Oxford UP, 2016). Masket is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Denver. In a…

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Robert Boatright, ed. “The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws” (U. of Michigan Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


Robert Boatright, associate professor of political science at Clark University, is the editor of The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Campaign finance reform has been a salient topic during…

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William Resh, “Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 04, 2016


William Resh is the author of Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Resh is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price…

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Ugur Umit Ungor, “Genocide: New Perspectives on its Causes, Courses and Consequences” (Amsterdam University Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


I remember working on my master’s thesis while at Ohio State. Hour after hour after hour I labored-writing, rewriting, formatting. Then the day of the defense arrived. Ninety minutes later, I exited the room with my degree assured. And no…

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Susan Turner Haynes, “Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Buildup and Modernization” (Potomac Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


While the world’s attention is focused on the nuclearization of North Korea and Iran and the nuclear brinkmanship between India and Pakistan, China is believed to have doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal, making it the forgotten nuclear power,…

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Lance deHaven-Smith, “Conspiracy Theory in America” (U of Texas Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Lance deHaven-Smith‘s Conspiracy Theory in America (University of Texas Press, 2014) investigates how the Founders’ hard-nosed realism about the likelihood of elite political misconduct articulated in the Declaration of Independence has been replaced by today’s blanket condemnation of conspiracy…

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Elizabeth Hurd, “Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Among the most frequent demands made of Islam and Muslims today is to become more moderate. But what counts as moderate and who will decide so are questions with less than obvious answers. In her timely and politically urgent new…

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Josh King, “Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide” (St. Martin’s, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Who plans the hundreds of political rallies and events each year? Josh King’s new book, Off Script: An Advance Mans Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide (St. Martins Press, 2016) offers an answer. King is a…

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Michael Barnett, “The Star and the Stripes” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


In The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews (Princeton University Press, 2016), Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University, explores the tension American Jews…

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Ayten Gundogdu, “Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


How does one “rethink and revise the key concepts of Hannah Arendt’s political theory in light of the struggles of asylum seekers, refugees, and undocumented immigrants” (207)? In her new book Rightlessness in An Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and

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Scott Meinke, “Leadership Organizations in the House of Representatives: Party Participation and Partisan Politics” (U of Michigan Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


Scott Meinke has just published Leadership Organizations in the House of Representatives: Party Participation and Partisan Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2016). He is associate professor of political science at Bucknell University. How have Congressional organizations changed over time? How…

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Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman, “The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada” (Fernwood, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


Two Canadian political science professors contend that the grotesque inequities of the capitalist system feed hatred, nourish misogyny, promote chronic dispossession and wreak havoc on the environment. In their new book, The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada,…

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Marc Lynch, “The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East” (PublicAffairs, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


Marc Lynch is the author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East (Public Affairs, 2016). Lynch is a professor of political science at George Washington University and blogs at the Monkey Cage. From Tunisia…

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Meredith Conroy, “Masculinity, Media, and the American Presidency” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


Meredith Conroy is the author of Masculinity, Media, and the American Presidency (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). Conroy is assistant professor of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino. Joining the conversation is Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carrol…

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Daniel E. Dawes, “150 Years of ObamaCare” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 30, 2016


Daniel E. Dawes has written 150 Years of ObamaCare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Dawes is the executive director of health policy and external affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine and a lecturer within Morehouse’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and…

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Cass Sunstein, “The World According to Star Wars” (Harper Collins, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 28, 2016


Cass Sunstein‘s son, Declan, got dad hooked on Star Wars. And dad, a Harvard Law professor, ended up writing a book about it. “If you’d told me a year ago that I’d write a book about Star Wars,” Sunstein…

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Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, “Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century” (U of Virginia Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 23, 2016


Betina Cutaia Wilkinson is the author of Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century (University of Virginia Press 2015). Wilkinson is assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. In…

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Valerie Sperling, “Sex, Politics and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 23, 2016


The prevalence of media that reinforces a traditional masculine image of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, is at the core of Valerie Sperling‘s analysis of gender norms and sexualization as a means of political legitimacy. Not surprisingly, the cover of…

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Sahana Udupa, “Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, May 19, 2016


What role does Bangalore’s private news culture play in shaping the southern Indian metropolis’ ongoing urban transformation? Sahana Udupa‘s new book Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2015) answers this question through a fascinating…

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Nicholas Vrousalis, “The Political Philosophy of G.A. Cohen: Back to Socialist Basics” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 17, 2016


In his book The Political Philosophy of G.A. Cohen: Back to Socialist Basics (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden University) provides a thorough and complex reconstruction of G.A. Cohen’s political philosophical project. Understanding Cohen to be engaged in “secular egalitarian…

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Lester K. Spence, “Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics” (Punctum Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 16, 2016


Lester K. Spence is the author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics (Punctum Books, 2016). Spence is associate professor of political science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In Knocking the Hustle, Spence…

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Lincoln A. Mitchell, “The Democracy Promotion Paradox” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 13, 2016


In book his new book The Democracy Promotion Paradox (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Lincoln A. Mitchell (Political Correspondent for the New York Observer) raises difficult but critically important issues by probing the numerous inconsistencies and paradoxes that lie at…

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Timothy Stewart-Winter, “Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics” (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 13, 2016


Timothy Stewart-Winter is an assistant professor of history and women and gender studies at Rutgers University. Newark. His book Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) traces the rise of gay urban politics…

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Katherine J. Cramer, “The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker” (U of Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 07, 2016


Katherine J. Cramer is the author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Cramer is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of…

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Peter K. Enns, “Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 02, 2016


Peter K. Enns is the author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper…

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John Bew, “Realpolitik: A History” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 30, 2016


Since its coinage in mid-19th century Germany, Realpolitik has proven both elusive and protean. To some, it represents the best approach to meaningful change and political stability in a world buffeted by uncertainty and rapid transformation. To others, it encapsulates…

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Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King, “Fed Power: How Finance Wins” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King are the authors of Fed Power: How Finance Wins (Oxford UP, 2016). Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and…

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Keenanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” (Haymarket Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 20, 2016


Few social justice struggles have captivated recent political history like the broad Black Lives Matter movement. From the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore to campaign rally interruptions of leading politicians, we have seen people speak up in outrage about injustices…

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Tran Ngoc Angie, “Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam’s Labor Resistance” (Cornell UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Labour consciousness is not just class-based; it also emerges out of cultural identities, as Tran Ngoc Angie argues powerfully in Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam’s Labor Resistance (Cornell University Press, 2013). Vietnamese workers habitually form…

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Thomas G. Weiss, “Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action” (Polity Press, 2016 )

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


How are humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect changing in the current international political scene? In Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action (3rd ed., Polity Press, 2016), Thomas G. Weiss (The Graduate Center, CUNY) explores the past, present, and future…

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Jefferson Cowie, “The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Jefferson Cowie is the James G. Stahlman professor of history at Vanderbilt University. His book The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2016) interprets the New Deal as a massive but unstable…

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Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, “Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy” (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman are the authors of Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy (Bloomsbury, 2016). Potter is a former health insurance executive, is the author of Deadly Spin, and is a regular contributor for…

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Sangay Mishra, “Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans” (U of Minnesota Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Sangay Mishra is the author of Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Mishra is an assistant professor of political science at Drew University. While the number of South Asian Americans living in…

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Nayanika Mathur, “Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India” (U of Cambridge Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


A village terrorized by a man eating tiger and a state struggling to implement possibly the largest social security program in the world coalesce in this wonderful ethnography of bureaucracy by Nayanika Mathur. Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the

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Heather Boushey, “Finding Time: The Economies of Work-Life Conflict” (Harvard UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


Heather Boushey has written Finding Time: The Economies of Work-Life Conflict (Harvard University Press, 2016). Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. How should policy-makers respond to the fact that women now make…

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Alexander Wolff, “The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama” (Temple UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Alexander Wolff is the author of The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama (Temple University Press, 2015). Wolff is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. On the eve of the college basketball championship, The Audacity of

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Steve Phillips, “Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority” (The New Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 21, 2016


Steve Phillips is the author of Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (The New Press, 2016). Phillips is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Several weeks ago, Matt…

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Brian Epstein, “The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 15, 2016


The social sciences are about social entities – things like corporations and traffic jams, mobs and money, parents and war criminals. What is a social entity? What makes something a social entity? Traditional views hold that these things can be…

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Fowler, Franz, and Ridout, “Political Advertising in the United States” (Westview Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael M. Franz, and Travis N. Ridout are the co-authors of Political Advertising in the United States (Westview Press 2016). Fowler is assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, Franz is associate professor of government…

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Lori Flores, “Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants and the California Farmworker Movement” (Yale UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


In Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2015), Lori A. Flores illuminates a neglected part of Salinas Valley’s past “to show how this agricultural empire was continually a center, a microcosm,…

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Samara Klar and Yanna Krupnikov, “Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 07, 2016


Samara Klar and Yanna Krupnikov are the authors of Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Klar is assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona; Krupnikov is assistant professor…

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Matt Lewis, “Too Dumb Too Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections” (Hachette, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Matt Lewis is the author of Too Dumb Too Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How it Can Reclaim its Conservative Roots) (Hachette Books, 2016). Matt Lewis is a Senior Contributor at The Daily…

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Adam Seth Levine, “American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Adam Seth Levine has written American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction (Princeton University Press, 2015). Levine teaches in the Department of Government at Cornell University. If we have learned anything about American politics over the last…

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Tasneem Khalil, “Jallad: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia” (Pluto Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


State executioners in their various guises are explored in all their horrific detail by Tasneem Khalil, in his new book Jallad: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia (Pluto, 2016). From the Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh to…

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Richard L. Hasen, “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections” (Yale UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Richard L. Hasen has written Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections (Yale University Press, 2016). Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. In the midst…

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Shana Kushner Gadarian and Bethany Albertson, “Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


Shana Kushner Gadarian and Bethany Albertson are the authors of Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World (Cambridge UP, 2015). Gadarian is assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University; Albertson is assistant professor of government at the University…

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Marc Simon Rodriguez, “Rethinking the Chicano Movement” (Routledge, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


In Rethinking the Chicano Movement (Routledge, 2015), Marc Simon Rodriguez surveys some of the most recent scholarship on the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement, situating the struggle within the broader context of the 1960s and 1970s, and assessing its ethos and…

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Adam Sheingate, “Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Adam Sheingate has written Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2016). Sheingate is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. Who is spending all this…

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Deepa Iyer, “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future” (The New Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 26, 2016


Deepa Iyer is the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press, 2015). Iyer is Senior Fellow at Center for Social Inclusion and was Executive Director of South…

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Christopher Faricy, “Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States” (Cambridge UP 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 18, 2016


Christopher Faricy has written Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Faricy is an assistant professor of political science and public policy at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public…

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Luke Nichter and Douglas Brinkley, “The Nixon Tapes: 1973” (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


Luke Nichter and Douglas Brinkley are the editors of The Nixon Tapes: 1973 (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2015). Nichter is associate professor of history at Texas A&M University and Brinkley is professor of history at Rice University. For students of the…

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Carla Freeman, “Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class” (Duke University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 05, 2016


This marvelous ethnography traces one of the surprising outcomes of shifting neoliberal regimes in Barbados. As women find themselves leading entrepreneurial lives, they also find themselves engaging in a new range of emotions, both at work and at home. Carla

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Anthony Maniscalco, “Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution: Shopping Malls and the First Amendment” (SUNY Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 04, 2016


Anthony Maniscalco is the author of Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution: Shopping Malls and the First Amendment (SUNY Press, 2015). Maniscalco is the director of the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs at the City…

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Sujey Vega, “Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest” (NYU Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 30, 2015


In Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest (New York University Press, 2015), Sujey Vega Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, traces the way Latina/o Hoosiers established community and belonging in Central Indiana…

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John Casey, “The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector” (Kumarian Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 21, 2015


The nonprofit sector is growing, not just in the United States, but globally. In The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector (Kumarian Press, 2015), John Casey demonstrates the extent to which nonprofits, what are sometimes…

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Guntis Smidchens, “The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution” (University of Washington Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


In the late 1980s, the Baltic Soviet Social Republics seemed to explode into song as Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian national movements challenged Soviet rule. The leaders of each of these movements espoused nonviolent principles, but the capacity for violence was…

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Neil Roberts, “Freedom as Marronage” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


What does it mean to be free? How can paying attention to the relationship between freedom and slavery help construct a concept and practice of freedom that is “perpetual, unfinished, and rooted in acts of flight” (181)? In his book…

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Alice J. Kang, “Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy” (U of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


Alice J. Kang has written Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to…

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Mark A. Smith, “Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics” (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


Mark A. Smith is the author of Secular Faith: Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Smith is professor of political science at the University of Washington. The provocative central thesis of this book is…

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Eli Zaretsky, “Political Freud: A History” (Columbia UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 02, 2015


Back in the early 70s, Eli Zaretsky wrote for a socialist newspaper and was engaged to review a recently released book, Psychoanalysis and Feminism by Juliet Mitchell. First, he decided, he’d better read some Freud. This started a life-long engagement…

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Raymond La Raja and Brian Schaffner, “Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail” (U of Michigan Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 29, 2015


For much of the last 50 years, there has been a consensus that restrictions on political money would improve politics and government. Federal and state campaign finance reforms aimed to do just that. In their recent book Campaign Finance and

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Robert Stoker, et al., “Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Robert Stoker is the co-author (with Clarence Stone, John Betancur, Susan Clarke, Marilyn Dantico, Martin Horak, Karen Mossberger, Juliet Musso, Jeffrey Sellers, Ellen Shiau, Harold Wolman, and Donn Worgs) of Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the

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Michael Bernhard and Jan Kubik, eds., “Twenty Years After Communism” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


For people and governments in the west the revolutions of 1989 and 1991 were happy events, and as the twentieth anniversary of those events rolled around they were to be celebrated once again with historical reviews in newsmagazines and tv…

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Ilan Zvi Baron, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique” (Edinburgh UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 19, 2015


In Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), Ilan Baron, Lecturer in International Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish…

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Naser Ghobadzadeh, “Religious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


While “fundamentalism” and “authoritarian secularism” are commonly perceived as the two mutually exclusive paradigms available to Muslim majority countries Naser Ghobadzadeh‘s new book Religious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State (Oxford UP, 2014) highlights the recent political…

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Marc J. Hetherington and Thomas J. Rudolph, “Why Washington Won’t Work” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 16, 2015


Marc J. Hetherington and Thomas J. Rudolph have written the alliteratively titled Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2015) is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University; Rudolph is professor…

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Nahuel Ribke, “A Genre Approach to Celebrity Politics” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 09, 2015


From Ronald Reagan through Gilberto Gil to Donald Tramp, our media channels are filled with celebrities vying for the highest political posts. In A Genre Approach to Celebrity Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), cultural historian Nahuel Ribke explores the historical trajectory…

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Elisabeth Anker, “Orgies of Feeling: Melodramatic Politics and the Pursuit of Freedom” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


Elisabeth (Libby) Anker has recently published Orgies of Feeling: Melodramatic Politics and the Pursuit of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2014). Anker is an associate professor of American Studies and political science at The George Washington University. Joining the conversation as…

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Richard H. King, “Arendt and America” (U of Chicago, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


Richard H. King is Emeritus Professor of American and Canadian Studies at The University of Nottingham. His book Arendt and America (University of Chicago, 2015) is an intellectual biography and transnational synthesis of ideas and explores how the German-Jewish exile…

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Am Johal, “Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene” (Atropos Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


The French philosopher Alain Badiou is not best known for his engagement with ecological matters per se. Badiou’s insights regarding being, truth, and political militancy are, however, highly relevant for the consideration of “the ecological question.” Based on a…

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Eitan Hersh, “Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Eitan Hersh is the author of Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Hersh is an assistant professor of political science at Yale University. We’ve come to think of political campaigns as highly sophisticated data-processing machines,…

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Ken MacLean, “The Government of Mistrust: Illegibility and Bureaucratic Power in Socialist Vietnam” (U of Wisconsin Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


When a revolutionary party aims to take administrative control of the countryside, what kinds of devices, training and documents does it use? And what are their consequences? In The Government of Mistrust: Illegibility and Bureaucratic Power in Socialist Vietnam (University…

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Daniel Schlozman, “When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History” (Princeton University Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


Daniel Schlozman is the author of When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History (Princeton University Press, 2015). Schlozman is assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. With disarray in the Republican Party, Schlozman’s new book traces…

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Kerry Eleveld, “Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency” (Basic Books, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 22, 2015


Kerry Eleveld is the author of Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency (Basic Books, 2015). Eleveld is a writer for DailyKos and a former reporter for The Advocate.…

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James Curry, “Legislating in the Dark: Information and Power in the House of Representatives” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 13, 2015


James Curry has written Legislating in the Dark: Information and Power in the House of Representatives (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Curry is assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah. With Congress in the news, a new…

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Edwin van de Haar, “Degrees of Freedom: Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology” (Transaction Publishers, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


“What exactly is liberalism?” The independent scholar Edwin van de Haar tackles this important question in his new book Degrees of Freedom: Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology (Transaction Publishers, 2015). Setting the record straight, van de Haar explains how the…

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Douglas L. Kriner and Andrew Reeves, “The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality” (Cambridge UP, 2015).

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 05, 2015


Douglas L. Kriner and Andrew Reeves have written The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Kriner is associate professor of political science at Boston University; Reeves is assistant professor of political science at Washington…

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Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, “Using Technology, Building Democracy: Digital Campaigning and the Construction of Citizenship” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Jessica Baldwin-Philippi is the author of Using Technology, Building Democracy: Digital Campaigning and the Construction of Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of new media at Fordham University. Baldwin-Philippi’s book fits into a larger Oxford series…

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David Sehat, “The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and the Our Politics Inflexible” (Simon and Schuster, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Sep 26, 2015


David Sehat is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. His book The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and the Our Politics Inflexible (Simon and Schuster, 2015) is part narrative history, part political analysis. Beginning…

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Ronald P. Formisano, “Plutocracy in America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


Ronald P. Formisano has written Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015). Formisano is the William T. Bryan Chair of American History and professor emeritus of history at the…

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Martha Joynt Kumar, “Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Martha Joynt Kumar has recently published, Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015). She is professor of political science at Towson University. The race to become the president…

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Elizabeth Haas, Terry Chrstensen, and Peter J. Haas, “Projecting Politics: Political Messages in American Films” (Routledge, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 09, 2015


Politics has been a part of many films, since the beginning of the industry over 100 years ago. These include movies with political subjects, such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, to films with political underpinnings, such as The

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Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy, “New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India” (Oxford UPs 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Sep 08, 2015


New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India (Oxford University Press, 2015), edited by Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy, is a wonderfully rich and theoretically coherent collection of texts that critically assess the legacies of Subaltern…

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Cass Sunstein, “Choosing Not to Choose: Understanding the Value of Choice” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


The political tradition of liberalism tends to associate political liberty with the individual’s freedom of choice. The thought is that political freedom is intrinsically tied to the individual’s ability to select one’s own path in life – to choose one’s…

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Thomas Holyoke, “The Ethical Lobbyist: Reforming Washington’s Influence Industry” (Georgetown UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 31, 2015


Thomas Holyoke is the author of The Ethical Lobbyist: Reforming Washington’s Influence Industry (Georgetown UP, 2015). Holyoke is associate professor of political science at California State University, Fresno. Can one of the most reviled professions in the country be expected…

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Zachariah Mampilly and Adam Branch, “Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change” (Zed Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


Zachariah Mampilly is the author along with Adam Branch of Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (Zed Press, 2015). Mampilly is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africana Studies at Vassar College; Branch is assistant professor of…

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Leah Wright Rigueur, “The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Aug 16, 2015


Leah Wright Rigueur is an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her book The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (Princeton University Press, 2015) examines how the Grand…

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Kristin Soltis Anderson, “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)” (Broadside, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 04, 2015


With over a dozen Republican candidates in the summer news, what will it take for one to emerge from the pack? Kristen Soltis Anderson‘s new book, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep

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James Gelvin, “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Professor James Gelvin joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the Arab Uprisings, democratization in the Middle-East and Northern Africa, ISIS, al-Qaeda, terrorism, and America’s role imposing neo-liberal economic policies in the Middle East that have strongly shaped the political economy…

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David George Surdham, “The Big Leagues Go to Washington: Congress and Sports Antitrust, 1951-1989” (U of Illinois Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


David George Surdham is the author of The Big Leagues Go to Washington: Congress and Sports Antitrust, 1951-1989 (University of Illinois Press, 2015). Surdham is Associate Professor of Economics at Northern Iowa University. Just back from the Major League Baseball…

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Jeffery Witsoe, “Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 17, 2015


Jeffery Witsoe‘s book Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India (University of Chicago Press, 2013) takes the reader to urban and rural Bihar and into the world of so called lower caste politics. Here we…

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Sarah S. Bush, “The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jul 12, 2015


Sarah S. Bush is the author of The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dunn is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Temple University. Bush’s book examines…

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Nancy Fraser, “Transnationalizing the Public Sphere” (Polity, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 08, 2015


How is “the public sphere” best conceptualized on a transnational scale? Nancy Fraser (The New School for Social Research) explores this pressing question in her book Transnationalizing the Public Sphere (Polity, 2014). Opening with Fraser’s foundational essay, “Transnationalizing the Public…

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Kevin Vallier, “Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation” (Routledge, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 01, 2015


In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning…

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Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox, “Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned off to Politics” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 28, 2015


Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox are the authors of Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned off to Politics (Oxford UP,2015). Lawless is a Professor of Government and the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at…

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Philip A. Wallach, “To The Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis” (Brookings, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 22, 2015


Philip A. Wallach is the author of To The Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). Wallach is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. There has been a lot…

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Denis Dragovic, “Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Jun 20, 2015


The subject of statebuilding has only become a more visible issue since the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the 1990s, the world has continued to deal with a host of problems related to…

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Kyle Mattes and David Redlawsk, “The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning” (U of Chicago Press 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


Kyle Mattes and David Redlawsk are the authors of The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Mattes is assistant professor of political science at Florida International University; Redlawsk is professor of political science at the Eagleton…

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Scott Straus, “Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa” (Cornell University Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Who, in the field of genocide studies, hasn’t at least once used the phrase “The century of genocide?” ? Books carry the title, journalists quote it in interviews and undergrads adopt it. There’s nothing wrong with the phrase, as far as…

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Michael G. Miller, “Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How it Can Work in the Future” (Cornell UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


With a 2016 presidential election likely to cost several billions dollars, is there any way to prevent money from completely overwhelming US politics? Public financing of campaigns has offered one solution and is the focus of Michael G. Miller‘s…

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Sophia Z. Lee, “The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Americans believe they have a number of protections on the job, which are common in other democracies (free speech and privacy, defense against capricious firing, etc.). They are wrong. And in her? fascinating new book? The Workplace Constitution from the

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Brett Sheehan, “Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision” (Harvard UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 02, 2015


Brett Sheehan‘s new book traces the interwoven histories of capitalism and the Song family under a series of five authoritarian governments in North China. Based on a wide range of sources a range of sources including family papers, missionary…

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Michael Gould-Wartofsky, “The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. There has been a lot written about the Occupy Wall…

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James D. Boys, “Clinton’s Grand Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World” (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 25, 2015


How should we look back at President Bill Clinton’s foreign policy legacy? As muddled? Visionary? Or simply uninspired? To answer these questions, James D. Boys has just written Clinton’s Grand Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World (Bloomsbury…

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Lawrence Jacobs, “Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation” (U Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 18, 2015


Lawrence Jacobs is the author (with James Druckman) of Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs…

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Asaad al-Saleh, “Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions” (Columbia UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 16, 2015


Asaad al-Saleh is assistant professor of Arabic, comparative literature, and cultural studies in the Department of Languages and Literature and the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. His research focuses on issues related to autobiography and displacement in…

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Lee Drutman, “The Business of America is Lobbying” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 12, 2015


Lee Drutman is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Oxford UP 2015). Drutman is a senior fellow at New America. How do corporations seek influence in Washington? And…

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Robin Grier and Jerry F. Hough, “The Long Process of Development” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 11, 2015


According to a popular saying, “Nothing succeeds like success.” As concernswhat economists and political scientists call “development”–that is, progress towards libertyand prosperity–the saying seems to be true. As a general rule, the countries that were relatively free and relatively prosperous…

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Peter Hanson, “Too Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power and Appropriations in the U.S. Senate” (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 05, 2015


Just a few weeks ago, we heard Matthew Green discuss the minority in the House. Green explained that the minority party may not be as powerless as we typically think. In? Too Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power and Appropriations

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Amy Kittelstrom, “The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition” (Penguin Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 05, 2015


Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University. In her book The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition (Penguin Press, 2015), Kittelstrom gives us profiles of seven individual and their circle. They…

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Jason Stanley, “How Propaganda Works” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 01, 2015


Propaganda names a familiar collection of phenomena, and examples of propaganda are easy to identify, especially when one examines the output of totalitarian states. In those cases, language and imagery are employed for the purpose of shaping mass opinion, forming…

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Ananya Vajpeyi, “Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India” (Harvard UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Apr 30, 2015


Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India (Harvard University Press, 2012) by Ananya Vajpeyi is a rethinking of the self in self-rule, as understood in the ideas generated and reworked by five leading figures of the Indian independence movement.…

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Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent, “American Conspiracy Theories” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 27, 2015


“Conspiracy theories are neither the vile excrescence of puny minds nor the telltale symptom of a sick society. They are the ineradicable stuff of politics.”That’s a quotation from American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford UP, 2014), by Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph

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Torild Skard, “Women of Power” (Policy Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Apr 26, 2015


Torild Skard is the author of Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide (Policy Press, 2015). Skard is a senior researcher in women’s studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo and…

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Jennifer Delton, “Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal” (Cambridge UP, 2014

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Apr 23, 2015


Conventional wisdom among historians and the public says anticommunism and the Cold War were barriers to reform during their height in the 1950s. In this view, the strong hand of a conservative anticommunism and Cold War priorities thwarted liberal and…

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Todd Wolfson, “Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left” (U Illinois Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Todd Wolfson’s book, Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left (University of Illinois Press, 2014) examines the impact of new media and communication technologies on the spatial, strategic, and organizational fabric of social movements. Wolfson explores how aspects of…

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Matthew Green, “Underdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives” (Yale UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Matthew Green has just written Underdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives (Yale University Press, 2015). Green is associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy…

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Louis DeSipio and Rodolfo de la Garza, “U.S. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century” (Westview Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Apr 12, 2015


In this week’s podcast, we hear from an author and an editor. First, Louis DeSipio and Rodolfo de la Garza are authors of U.S. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century: Making Americans, Remaking America (Westview Press, 2015). DeSipio is professor of…

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Kathryn Cramer Brownell, “Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 10, 2015


We are all aware how important professional movie makers are to modern campaigns. Many trace this importance to John F. Kennedy’s presidential victory in 1960. Yet, as Kathryn Cramer Brownell shows in her new book Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American

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George Sher, “Equality for Inegalitarians” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


Buy this Book There’s a longstanding debate in political philosophy regarding the fundamental point or aim of justice. According to one prominent view, the point of justice is to neutralize the influence of luck over individuals’ shares of basic social…

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Aristotle Tziampiris, “The Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation” (Springer, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 30, 2015


Aristotle Tziampiris is The Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation (Springer, 2015). Tziampiris is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International and European Affairs at the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus.…

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Trygve Throntveit, “William James and the Quest for an Ethical Republic” (Palgrave, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 27, 2015


William James (1842-1910) is one of the United States’ most far-reaching thinkers. His impact on philosophy, psychology, and religious studies is well documented, yet few scholars have considered James’ impact on the area of ethics and political thought. Trygve Throntveit

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Abdelwahab El-Affendi, “Genocidal Nightmares” (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Genocide studies is one of the few academic fields with which I’m acquainted which is truly interdisciplinary in approach and composition. Today’s guest Abdelwahab El-Affendi, and the book he has edited, Genocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Logic

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Mukulika Banerjee, “Why India Votes?” (Routledge, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


Why India Votes? (Routledge, 2014) is the latest book by Mukulika Banerjee and is a deep, engaging and continually surprising account of elections in India. Weaving together ethnographic research in field sites across the country, the book privileges the voice…

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Kaeten Mistry, “The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


In the annals of cold war history Italy is rarely seen as a crucial locale.?  In his stimulating new book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Kaeten Mistry reveals…

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Graham Steele, “What I Learned About Politics” (Nimbus, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 10, 2015


Political debate in western democracies such as in Canada, the U.S. and Britain has become empty theatre, full of rhetorical flourishes with little meaning for citizens, according to a new book by a former minister of finance in the Canadian…

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Akwugo Emejulu, “Community Development as Micropolitics: Comparing Theories, Policies, and Politics in America and Britain” (Policy Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


Akwugo Emejulu has written Community Development as Micropolitics: Comparing Theories, Policies, and Politics in America and Britain (Policy Press, 2015). Emejulu is a lecturer at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, and co-director of the Center for…

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David Bullock, “Coal Wars” (Washington State University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


David Bullock is the author of Coal Wars: Unions, Strikes, and Violence in Depression-Era Central Washington (Washington State University Press, 2014). Bullock is professor and is the chair of the Communications and Languages Department at Walla Walla University. Coal Wars

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Deana A. Rohlinger, “Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 16, 2015


Deana A. Rohlinger has just written Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Rohlinger is associate professor of sociology at Florida State University. In the last several weeks, the podcast has featured a variety…

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Daniel DiSalvo, “Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Daniel DiSalvo is the author ofGovernment against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford University Press, 2015). DiSalvo is associate professor of political science at the City College of New York, CUNY, and a senior fellow at the…

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Donald P. Haider-Markel and Jami K. Taylor, “Transgender Rights and Politics” (University of Michigan UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


Donald P. Haider-Markel and Jami K. Taylor are the editors of Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing and Policy Adoption (University of Michigan UP, 2014). Haider-Markel is professor of political science and chair at the University of Kansas, Taylor…

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Elena Conis, “Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization” (University of Chicago, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


The 1960s marked a “new era of vaccination,” when Americans eagerly exposed their arms and hind ends for shots that would prevent a range of everyday illnesses–not only prevent the lurking killers, like polio. Medical historian Elena Conis shows that…

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Carol Gould, “Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 01, 2015


Contemporary advances in technology have in many ways made the world smaller.?  It is now possible for vast numbers of geographically disparate people to interact, communicate, coordinate, and plan.?  These advances potentially bring considerable benefits to democracy, such as greater…

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Thomas F. Schaller, “The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House” (Yale UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 29, 2015


Thomas F. Schaller is the author of The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House (Yale University Press, 2015). Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. With a new Congress up…

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Keith Wailoo, “Pain: A Political History” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 20, 2015


Is pain real? Is pain relief a right? Who decides? In Pain: A Political History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014),Keith Wailoo investigates how people have interpreted and judged the suffering of others in the US from the mid-1940s to…

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Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones, “The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America ( U Chicago Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 19, 2015


Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones are the authors of The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Baumgartner is the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political…

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Michael Heaney and Fabio Rojas, “Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 07, 2015


Michael Heaney and Fabio Rojas are the authors of Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press 2015). Heaney is assistant professor organizational studies and political science at the University of Michigan,…

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Carl H. Nightingale, “Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities” (U of Chicago Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jan 02, 2015


We often think of South Africa or America when we hear the word ‘segregation.’ Or — a popular view — that social groups have always chosen to live apart.But as Carl H. Nightingale shows in his new book, Segregation: A

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Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, “Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood” (UNC Press 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 29, 2014


Sarah Mayorga-Gallo is the author of Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood (UNC Press 2014). She is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. We are joined by a guest podcaster, Candis…

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Jeff Smith, “Ferguson in Black and White” (Kindle Single, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Jeff Smith is the author of Ferguson in Black and White (Kindle Single, 2014). Smith is assistant professor of political science at The New School’s Milano Graduate School. Smith writes this book from a position of academic and personal expertise.…

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Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan, “Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan are the authors of Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.…

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Jothie Rajah, “Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


In Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Jothie Rajah tells a compelling story of the rule of law as discourse and praxis serving illiberal ends. Through a series of case studies on…

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Steven Fielding, “A State of Play” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 12, 2014


To understand contemporary politics we must understand how it is represented in fiction. This is the main argument in A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It (Bloomsbury Academic,…

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Cathy L. Schneider, “Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 08, 2014


Cathy L. Schneider is the author of Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). She is associate professor in the School of International Service at American University. Timeliness is not…

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Claudio Lopez-Guerra, “Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 01, 2014


Modern democracy is build around a collection of moral and political commitments.?  Among the most familiar and central of these concern voting. ? It is commonly held that legitimate government requires a system of universal suffrage. Yet, democrats tend to hold…

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Janet K. Shim, “Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease” (NYU Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 27, 2014


Janet K. Shim‘s new book juxtaposes the accounts of epidemiologists and lay people to consider the roles of race, class, and gender (among other things) in health and illness. Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease (New…

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Loraine Kennedy, “The Politics of Economic Restructuring in India” (Routledge, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Nov 26, 2014


Loraine Kennedy‘s The Politics of Economic Restructuring in India: Economic Governance and State Spatial Rescaling (Routledge, 2014) is a timely and important intervention into the debate on how economic liberalisation is transforming the Indian state. The book’s central argument…

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Candis Watts Smith, “Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity” (NYU Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 18, 2014


Candis Watts Smith is the author of Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity (NYU Press, 2014). Watts Smith is assistant professor of political science at Williams College. How do Black immigrants in the US view their racial and…

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Dan Slater, “Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia” (Cambridge UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


Few books on Southeast Asia cover as much geographic, historical and theoretical ground as Dan Slater’s Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Working across seven case studies, the book argues that existing…

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Mike O’Connor, “A Commercial Republic: America’s Enduring Debate over Democratic Capitalism” (University Press of Kansas 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 10, 2014


Mike O’Connor is the author of A Commercial Republic: America’s Enduring Debate over Democratic Capitalism (University Press of Kansas 2014). He has also published articles in Contemporary Pragmatism and The Sixties. O’Connor teaches at Georgia State University in Atlanta,…

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Alon Peled, “Traversing Digital Babel: Information, E-Government, and Exchange” (MIT Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 07, 2014


Failure by government agencies to share information has had disastrous results globally. From the inability to prevent terrorist attacks, like the 9-11 attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, to the ill-equipped and ill-fated responses to disasters like…

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Brian Arbour, “Candidate-Centered Campaigns: Political Messages, Winning Personalities, and Personal Appeals” (Palgrave-MacMillan 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


As campaign season ends, what can we make of all those ads? Brian Arbour is the author of Candidate-Centered Campaigns: Political Messages, Winning Personalities, and Personal Appeals (Palgrave-MacMillan 2014). Arbour is assistant professor of political science at John Jay College,…

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Terry Golway, “Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics” (Liveright, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 31, 2014


For most Americans, Tammany Hall is a symbol of all that was dishonest, corrupt, illiberal, and venal about urban government and the political machines that ran it in the past, a shorthand for larceny on a grand scale. Not so,…

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Darrell M. West, “Billionaires: Reflection on the Upper Crust” (Brookings Institution Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 20, 2014


So how many billionaires are there in the world? And what do they have to do with politics? Darrell ? M. West has answered those questions in Billionaires: Reflection on the Upper Crust (Brookings 2014). West is vice president of Governance…

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Mark Corner, “The European Union: An Introduction” (I. B. Tauris, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Some say it should be a loose collection of sovereign nation states; others say it should aspire to be a kind of super-nation state itself. Or is it, in truth, a messy but workable mixture of a number of extremes,…

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Andrea Louise Campbell, “Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle” (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 13, 2014


Andrea Louise Campbell is the author of Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Campbell is professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trapped in America’s Safety Net sheds light on…

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Gregory Weeks, “Understanding Latin American Politics” (Pearson, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Oct 08, 2014


What factors compel Central American residents to flee their home countries and head to the United States? What do national elections in Latin America mean, and why should the U.S. be concerned? Which Latin American nations are emerging international powers?…

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Ajay K. Mehrotra, “Making the Modern American Fiscal State” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Prior to the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, the United States did not have a national system of taxation–it had a regional system, a system linked to political parties, and a system that, in many instances, preserved and protected trade. ? …

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Robert J. Pekkanen et al., “Nonprofits and Advocacy” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka are the authors of Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Pekkanen is professor in the Henry M. Jackson School…

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Iqbal Sevea, “The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


The towering Indian Muslim poet and intellectual Muhammad Iqbal (d. 1938) is among the most contested figures in the intellectual and political history of modern Islam. Heralded by some as the father of Pakistan and by others as a champion…

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Philip Kretsedemas, “Migrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside” (Routledge, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 29, 2014


Philip Kretsedemas is the author of Migrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside (Routledge, 2014). Kretsedemas is associate professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts-Boston. This is the second time he has been featured on New…

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Hahrie Han, “How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century” (Oxford UP 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 22, 2014


Hahrie Han has written How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the Twenty-First? Century (Oxford UP, 2014). Han is associate professor of political science at Wellesley College. She has previously written Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed

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Shaazka Beyerle, “Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice” (Lynne Rienner, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 15, 2014


Shaazka Beyerle is the author of the new book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014). Beyerle is senior adviser at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a visiting scholar at the Center for…

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Julia Azari, “People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate” (Cornell UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 08, 2014


Julia Azari has written Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate (Cornell University Press, 2014). Azari is assistant professor of political science at Marquette University. What was President Obama’s mandate when he was elected in 2008?…

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Staci Zavattaro, “Cities for Sale: Municipalities as Public Relations and Marketing Firms” (SUNY Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 01, 2014


Staci Zavattaro is the author of the new book Cities for Sale: Municipalities as Public Relations and Marketing Firms (SUNY Press, 2013). Zavattaro is assistant professor of public administration at Mississippi State University. Cities have received renewed interest from political…

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Matt Grossmann, “Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 25, 2014


Matt Grossmann is back on the podcast with his newest book, Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014). Grossmann is associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. He is…

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Glenn Feldman, “Nation within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government” (UP of Florida, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 18, 2014


Glenn Feldman is the editor of Nation within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government (University Press of Florida, 2014). Feldman is professor of history at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is the author or editor of…

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Randall L. Schweller, “Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 11, 2014


Randall L. Schweller is? Professor of Political Science and a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow at Ohio State University.?  He has written Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium (Johns Hopkins…

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Matthew Hedstrom, “The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century” Oxford University Press, 2012

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


Expressions of religious belief through popular media are a regular occurrence in our contemporary age. But the circulation and negotiation of religious identities in public contexts has a fairly long history in American culture. Matthew Hedstrom, Professor of Religious…

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John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen, The National Origins of Policy Ideas: ” (Princeton UP 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 04, 2014


John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen are the authors of The National Origins of Policy Ideas: Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark (Princeton University Press, 2014). Campbell is the Class of 1925 Professor of Sociology…

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William E. Connolly, “The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism” (Duke UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Bill Connolly‘s new book proposes a way to think about the world as a gathering of self-organizing systems or ecologies, and from there explores the ramifications and possibilities of this notion for how we think about and practice work…

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Josh Lerner, “Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics” (MIT Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 28, 2014


Josh Lerner is the author of Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press, 2014). Lerner earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from The New School for Social Research, and is now the Executive…

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Judith Kelley, “Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails” (Princeton UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 21, 2014


Judith Kelley is the author of Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails (Princeton University ? Press, 2012). Kelley is associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Monitoring Democracy, which won…

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Darren Halpin, “The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing Advocacy” (Routledge, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


Darren Halpin is the author of The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing Advocacy (Routledge 2014). Halpin is associate professor and reader in Policy Studies, and the Head of School of Sociology, at the Research School of Social Sciences, the…

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Suzanne Mettler, “Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream” (Basic Books, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 09, 2014


From 1945 to the mid-1970s, the rate at which Americans went to and graduate from college rose steadily. Then, however, the rate of college going and completion stagnated. In 1980, a quarter of adult Americans had college degrees; today the…

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Donovan Chau, “Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania” (NIP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 07, 2014


Donovan Chau is the author of Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Naval Institute Press, 2014). Chau is an associate professor of political science at California State University. Chau examines China’s role in Algeria,…

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Ian Haney Lopez, “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 30, 2014


Ian Haney Lopez is the author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford UP 2014). He is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley,…

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Benjamin Marquez, “Democratizing Texas Politics” (University of Texas Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 23, 2014


Benjamin Marquez is the author of Democratizing Texas Politics: Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, 1945-2002 (University of Texas Press 2014). Marquez is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Democratizing Texas Politics covers 50 years…

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Olivier Zunz, “Philanthropy in America: A History” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Olivier Zunz is the author of Philanthropy in America: A History (Princeton University Press 2014). The paperback addition of the book has recently been published with a new preface from the author. Zunz is Commonwealth Professor of History at the…

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Sener Akturk, “Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jun 11, 2014


What processes must take place in order for countries to radically redefine who is a citizen? Why was Russia able to finally remove ethnicity from internal passports after failing to do so during seven decades of Soviet rule? What led…

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Emery Roe, “Making the Most of Mess” (Duke UP 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


Emery Roe is the author of Making the Most of Mess: Reliability and Policy in Today’s Management Challenges (Duke UP 2014). Roe is senior associate with the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Roe’s book…

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Hans Noel, “Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


Hans Noel is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Noel is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. He is also the co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and

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John Hudak, “Presidential Pork” (Brookings Institute Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 26, 2014


John Hudak is the author of Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants (Brookings Institute Press 2014). Hudak is a fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt…

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Brett Scott, “The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money” (Pluto Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 19, 2014


Brett Scott is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press, 2013). Scott is a journalist, urban deep ecologist, and Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. While much of Scott’s book focuses…

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Dede Feldman, “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens” (University of New Mexico Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 12, 2014


Dede Feldman is the author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Feldman retired from the New Mexico Senate in 2012 and is a former journalist and now is a political…

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Jennifer Stromer-Galley, “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 05, 2014


The Oxford University Press series on digital politics has produced several new books that we have featured on the podcast. Interviews with Dave Karpf, Dan Kreiss, and Muzammil Hussain are available in previous podcasts. One of the latest from the…

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Benjamin Radcliff, “The Political Economy of Happiness” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, May 01, 2014


Americans are very politically divided. Democrats say we need a more powerful welfare state while Republicans say we need to maintain the free market. The struggle, we are constantly informed, is one of ideas. And that it is in the…

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Betsy Leondar-Wright, “Missing Class” (Cornell UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 23, 2014


Gender and race are visible markers of identity, regularly talked about both in the news and sociology circles. There is another marker, however, that is just as important and predictive, but much less visible – social class. ? In? Missing Class:? 

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Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales, “The Promise of Participation” (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 21, 2014


Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales are the authors of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014). Altschuler is a visiting scholar at the New School for Public Engagement, while Corrales is professor of…

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Jennifer Stromer-Galley, “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 18, 2014


Digital Communications Technologies, or DCTs, like the Internet offer the infrastructure and means of forming a networked society. These technologies, now, are a mainstay of political campaigns on every level, from city, to state, to congressional, and, of course, presidential.…

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Paul-Brian McInerney, “From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market” (Stanford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 14, 2014


Paul-Brian McInerney is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the author of From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market (Stanford University Press 2014).…

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Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” (Crown Publishers, 2014).

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 07, 2014


Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes are the co-authors of authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Crown Publishers 2014). Allen is White House bureau chief at Bloomberg; Parnes is White House correspondent for The Hill. This…

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Nicholas Carnes, “White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 31, 2014


Nicholas Carnes is the author of White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Carnes is an assistant professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.…

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Sarah Anzia, “Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups” (University of Chicago Press 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 24, 2014


Sarah Anzia is the author of Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Anzia is assistant professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley. Why are some elections…

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Gilbert Mireles, “Continuing La Causa: Organizing Labor in California’s Strawberry Fields” (Lynne Rienner, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 17, 2014


Gilbert Mireles is the author of Continuing La Causa: Organizing Labor in California’s Strawberry Fields (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). He is associate professor of sociology at Whitman College. Mireles applies theories from political sociology and organizational management to the question…

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Karma Chavez, “Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities” (Illinois University Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 10, 2014


Karma Chavez is the author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (Illinois University Press, 2013). Dr. Chavez is assistant professor of Communication Arts and Chicano and Latina Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also…

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Erika G. King, “Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan” (Ashgate, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 06, 2014


Erika G. King? learned a lot during research for her book,? Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan? (Ashgate, 2014),? but one item surprised her a bit more than most. “One might have thought, but…

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Will Swift, “Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage” (Threshold Editions, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 05, 2014


In America, biographies of Presidents and First Ladies are a staple of the genre, but the relationship that exists between the two receives surprisingly less exploration, as though the biographies needed to be kept as separate as the offices in…

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Daniel Lewis, “Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States” (Routledge, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 03, 2014


Daniel Lewis is the author of Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States (Routledge, 2013). Lewis is an assistant professor of Political Science at Siena College. The book is…

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John Hibbing et al., “Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences” (Routledge, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


John Hibbing, Kevin Smith, and John Alford are the authors of Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences (Routledge, 2013). Hibbing is professor of political science and psychology at the University of Nebraska, Smith is professor…

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John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi, “In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism” (Princeton UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 17, 2014


John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi are the authors of In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism (Princeton University Press, 2013). Ahlquist is associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin; Levi is professor of political science…

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Elaine Kamarck, “How Change Happens–or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy” (Lynne Rienner 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 10, 2014


Elaine Kamarck is the author of How Change Happens–or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy (Lynne Rienner, 2013). Kamarck is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School after serving in the Clinton administration. She is…

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John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, “The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election” (Princeton UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Feb 06, 2014


One of 2013’s most important new books in political science was? The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election? (Princeton UP 2013). I had the chance to interview one of the co-authors, John Sides (Associate Professor of Political…

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Ravi K. Perry, “Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics” (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 03, 2014


Do black mayors face a different governing challenge than other mayors? Ravi K. Perry explores this question in his Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Perry is assistant professor of political…

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Joseph Carens, “The Ethics of Immigration” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Feb 01, 2014


It is commonly assumed that states have a right to broad discretionary control over immigration, and that they may decide almost in any way they choose, who may stay within the territory and who must leave.?  But even supposing that…

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Kristin A. Goss, “The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice” (University of Michigan Press 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 27, 2014


Kristin A. Goss is author of The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice (University of Michigan Press 2013). She is associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Goss…

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Joshua Mitchell, “Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 20, 2014


Joshua Mitchell? is the author of? Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age? (University of Chicago Press 2013). Mitchell is professor of political science in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has written several previous books including:…

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Joshua Mitchell, “Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 20, 2014


Joshua Mitchell is the author of Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age (University of Chicago Press 2013). Mitchell is professor of political science in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has written several previous books including:…

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Christina Greer, “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 13, 2014


Christina Greer is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013). Greer is assistant professor of political science at Fordham University. In previous podcasts, authors have illuminated the immigrant experience…

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Natalie Masuoka and Jane Junn, “The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion, and Immigration” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 06, 2014


On the podcast over the last few months, we’ve heard from Phil Krestedemas, Ron Schmidt, Shannon Gleeson about various aspects of immigration and immigrants in the US. Adding to this impressive list is Natalie Masuoka and Jane Junn are authors…

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Yuval Levin, “The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left” (Basic Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Jan 04, 2014


If you went to college in the United States and took a Western Civ class, you’ve probably read at least a bit of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man (1791). The…

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Michael Huemer, “The Problem of Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 01, 2014


The philosopher Robert Nozick once claimed that the most basic question of Political Philosophy is “Why not Anarchy?” Political philosophers pose this question often with the intent of demonstrating that there is indeed a good philosophical reason why governments should…

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Jeffrey Church, “Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche” (Penn State Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 30, 2013


Jeffrey Church is the author of Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche (Penn State Press 2012). The book won the Best First Book Award from the Political Theory Section of the…

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Vincent Geoghegan, “Socialism and Religion: Roads to Common Wealth” (Routledge, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 12, 2013


“Christianity and socialism go together like fire and water,” remarked August Bebel, Germany’s leading socialist, in 1874. The anticlerical violence of revolutions in Mexico, Russia, and Spain in the early twentieth century appears to confirm his verdict. Yet, not everyone…

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William G. Howell et al., “The Wartime President” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 09, 2013


William G. Howell, Saul P. Jackman, and Jon C. Rogowski are the authors of The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Howell is professor of political science at the…

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Melissa Aronczyk, “Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 04, 2013


In Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity, Melissa Aronczyk locates the rise of nation branding as a response to the perceived need to sculpt national identity in the face of a fiercely competitive global economy. In…

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Glenn Feldman, “The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944” (University of Alabama Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 25, 2013


Glenn Feldman is the author of The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944 (Alabama UP 2013). He is professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the author of eight other books. Feldman’s…

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Tom Sorell, “Emergencies and Politics: A Sober Hobbesian Approach” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Nov 23, 2013


In Emergencies and Politics: A Sober Hobbesian Approach (Cambridge UP, 2013),? Tom Sorell argues that emergencies can justify types of action that would normally be regarded as wrong. Beginning with the ethics of emergencies facing individuals, he explores the range…

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Isaac Martin, “Rich People’s Movement: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 18, 2013


Isaac Martin is the author of Rich People’s Movement:? Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent (Oxford UP 2013). He is professor of sociology at University of California, San Diego. Martin’s deep archival research into several waves of conservative activism…

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David Bleich, “The Materiality of Language: Gender, Politics and the University” (Indiana UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 07, 2013


David Bleich‘s book The Materiality of Language: Gender, Politics and the University (Indiana University Press, 2013)? is described as a wide-ranging critique of academic practice, which is almost an understatement. From the point of view of someone working in…

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Philip Mirowski, “Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown” (Verso, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 04, 2013


Philip Mirowski is author of Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso Books 2013). Mirowski is the Carl Koch Chair of Economics and the History of Philosophy at the University of Notre…

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Helene Landemore, “Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many” (Princeton UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


We’re all familiar with the thought that democracy is merely the rule of the unwise mob. In the hands of Plato and a long line of philosophers since him, this thought has been developed into a formidable anti-democratic argument: Only…

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Benedetta Berti, “Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Benedetta Berti is the author of Armed Political Organizations: from Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Berti is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. The book…

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Eric Waltenburg and Stephen K. Medvic, “Politics, Groups, and Identities”

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 21, 2013


For this podcast, I usually interview book authors. This week, I am trying something a little different. I focus on a new political science journal and one of their upcoming book review articles. On the podcast are: Eric Waltenburg,…

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Stella M. Rouse, “Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 14, 2013


Stella M. Rouse is the author of Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Rouse is assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for American…

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Robert Horwitz, “America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party” (Polity, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 18, 2013


Robert Horwitz is the author of America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party (Polity, 2013). Horwitz is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego. Over the last few months, we’ve heard…

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Philip Kretsedemas, “The Immigration Crucible: Transforming Race, Nation, and the Limits of the Law” (Columbia UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 16, 2013


Philip Kretsedemas is the author of The Immigration Crucible: Transforming Race, Nation, and the Limits of the Law (Columbia UP 2012). He is associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The book begins with a discussion of…

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Guido Steinberg, “German Jihad: On the Internationalisation of Islamist Terrorism” (Columbia UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Sep 10, 2013


I have read quite a few books on terrorism but always from an English language perspective. This has meant that I was missing the alternative stories from other nations. Guido Steinberg has done me a favour by publishing his German…

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Michael Lind, “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” (Harper, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 09, 2013


Over the last several podcasts, authors (Stedman Jones, Buchman, and Tienken) have repeatedly evoked neoliberalism. A new book helps to place this term and its meaning in American political history into better context. Michael Lind, the author of Land

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