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Torild SkardWomen of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide

April 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 is a former member of parliament and the first woman president of the Norwegian Upper […]

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Jennifer DeltonRethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal

April 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 leftist reforms, political dissent and dreams of social democracy. Jennifer Delton is a professor of […]

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Matthew GreenUnderdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives

April 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 Research and Catholic Studies. Everyone roots for the underdog, yet nobody seems to like Congress. […]

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Louis DeSipio and Rodolfo de la GarzaU.S. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century: Making Americans, Remaking America

April 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 political science and Chicano/Latino studies at University of California, Irvine; de la Garza is Eaton […]

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Caroline Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward Walker, eds.Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemma of the New Public Participation

April 6, 2015

Caroline Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward Walker are the editors of Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemma of the New Public Participation (NYU Press 2015). Lee is associate professor of sociology at Lafayette College, McQuarrie is associate professor of sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science, and Walker is associate professor of sociology at the University […]

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Aristotle TziampirisThe Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation

March 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. The recent fiscal debt crisis in Greece has drawn world attention to the country’s position […]

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Trygve ThrontveitWilliam James and the Quest for an Ethical Republic

March 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’s new book William James and the Quest for an Ethical Republic (Palgrave, 2014) is a […]

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Abdelwahab El-AffendiGenocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Logic of Mass Atrocities

March 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 of Mass Atrocities (Bloomsbury Academic 2014), is an excellent example of how this works out in […]

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Robert PutnamOur Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

March 23, 2015

Robert Putnam is the author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (Simon and Schuster, 2015). Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He has written fourteen books including the best-seller, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Few political scientists command attention like Robert […]

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Mukulika Banerjee



Why India Votes?

March 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 fieldsites across the country, the book privileges the voice of ordinary voters as they experience the campaign, play with language and enter the polling booth. […]

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