Professor Kerry Ratigan has an article forthcoming in World Development (October issue) entitled, Disaggregating the Developing Welfare State:  Provincial Social Policy Regimes in China, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X17301730.  She has also been awarded a research grant from the Chian Ching-ku Foundation for a survey of popular attitudes towards social policy in China.  The survey will be conducted in the fall of 2017.

 

Professor Eleonora Mattiacci’s research on social media as a tool of rebels’ public diplomacy in civil wars has been published in the British Journal of Political Science and can be accessed here:  https://goo.gl/cnfwTD.  With the assistance of several Amherst College students, she is conducting original research on the causes and implications of the attempts on the part of foreign governments and rebel groups to lobby Congress and to influence the US public.  Her research on the implications of climate change for civil unrest in Africa has been published in the Journal of Peach Research and covered by news outlets such as Reuters.  It can be accessed here:  https://goo.gl/gMq6zA.

 

Visiting Faculty for Fall Semester 2017

Professor Chipo Dendere, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science in African Politics

Professor Chipo Dendere is joining Amherst College from Gettysburg College and before that Georgia State University where she completed her Ph.D. in 2015.  Dr. Dendere’s primary research is on the survival of liberation parties and democratization in Africa.  Her Ph.D. thesis was on the impact of emigration on the survival of ZANU PF arguing that voter exit sustains incumbent regimes and weakens opposition parties.  Her recent research includes studying the impact of social media on democratization in Africa as well as the role of money in politics.  She is teaching POSC 233 Introduction to Contemporary African Politics and POSC 234 Democracy, Elections and Voting Behavior in the Developing World (Africa).

 

Professor Dipankar Gupta, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science

Professor Dipankar Gupta has taught at the Jawaharalal Nehru University, (1980-2009) and as distinguished professor at Shiv Nadar University (2009-2016) in New Delhi.  He has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (on a Fulbright), University of Toronto, University of Strasbourg, University of Jull, Queens University and Belfast University.  He was a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Politics (Sciences-Po) in Paris and Lille and the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C.  He has written/edited twenty books on contemporary Indian politics and society and social theory.  His recent publications include, QED:  India Tests Social Theory, (New Delhi:  Oxford University Press, 2017), From People to Citizens:  Democracy’s Must Take Road, New Delhi:  (Social Science Press, 2017), Revolution from Above:  India’s Future and the Citizen Elite, (Rupa, Rainlight, New Delhi, 2013) and The Caged Phoenix:  Can India Fly? (Stanford University Press, 2010).  He will be teaching POSC 328 Theory and Practice of Citizenship in India.

 

Professor Manuela Picq, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

Professor Manuela Picq will be Teaching POSC/SWAGS 160 Sexualities in International Relations and POSC 421 Indigenous World Politics.

 

Professor Constantine Pleshakov, Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Constantine Pleshakov will be teachingPOSC 380 Kremlin Rising.

 

New Political Science Courses Offered for Fall 2017

FYSE 126, Political Identities, Amrita Basu

POSC 205, Fascism, Thomas Dumm

POSC 233, Introduction to Contemporary African Politics, Chipo Dendere

POSC 234, Democracy, Elections and Voting Behavior in the Developing World (Africa), Chipo Dendere

POSC 325, Anarchisms, Andrew Poe

POSC 328, Theory and Practice of Citizenship in India, Dipankar Gupta

POSC 414, Popular Protest and the Politics of Resistance, Kerry Ratigan

 

International Relations Certificate Courses in Political Science Offered for Fall 2017

POSC 170, Building Nation-States, Markets and Democracy in Europe, Ruxandra Paul

POSC 208/ASLC208, Power and Politics in Contemporary China, Kerry Ratigan

POSC 214/HIST 215, Geopolitics and American Foreign Policy, P. Machala, G. Levin

POSC 233, Introduction to Contemporary African Politics, Chipo Dendere

POSC 234, Democracy, Elections and Voting Behavior in the Developing World (Africa), Chipo Dendere

POSC 325, Anarchisms, Andrew Poe

POSC 328, Theory and Practice of Citizenship in India, Dipankar Gupta

POSC 414, Popular Protest and the Politics of Resistance, Kerry Ratigan

POSC 421, Indigenous World Politics, Manuela Picq