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Law, Politics, and Perception: How Policy Preferences Influence Legal ReasoningAt the recent annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C., Professor of Political Science Eileen Braman’s  Law Politics, & Perception: How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning (University of Virginia Press, 2009) won the 2010 C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts published by a political scientist in the previous year.  Eileen was honored by the Law and Courts Section of the Association.

Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American StatesAt the same meeting, the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association gave the 2010 Philip E. Converse Book Award for an outstanding book published five or more years ago to Political Science Professor Gerald C. Wright and his coauthors Robert S. Erikson and John P. McIver for Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Life Lessons through Storytelling: Children's Exploration of EthicsDonna Eder, Sociology, recently published a new book with Regina Holyan, Life Lessons Through Storytelling: Children’s Exploration of Ethics published by Indiana University Press.
“New books about the Uyghur people from China's northwest region of Xinjiang are hard to come by. Books that accurately and objectively document the Uyghur political landscape in the face of rapid change are even harder. Gardner Bovingdon's book is therefore a welcome addition to the literature on a complex, but increasingly important subject.” So opens a recent review of The Uyghurs: Strangers in the Own Land.  Bovingdon, a professor of Central Eurasian Studies

Terror, Religion, and Liberal ThoughtReligious violence may trigger feelings of repulsion and indignation, especially in a society that encourages toleration and respect, but rejection contradicts the principles of inclusion that define a democracy and its core moral values. How can we think ethically about religious violence and terrorism, especially in the wake of such atrocities as 9/11?  Richard Miller, professor of Religious Studies and director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, examines these issues in a new book Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought (Columbia University Press) published in September.

The Good War in American Memory Professor of History John Bodnar’s book, The “Good War” in American Memory was published in September by Johns Hopkins University Press.


More Publications

  • Carl Ipsen, History, published “Chapter 6: Life Cycle” in Colin Heywood, ed., A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Empire. Berg, 2010.
  • Michael T. Martin Director, Black Film Center/Archive and professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, published two recent pieces:
    • “’I Do Exist”: From ‘Black Insurgent’ to Negotiating the Hollywood Divide—A Conversation with Julie Dash,” Cinema Journal, 49 (2) 2010: 1-16.
    • “Documenting Modern-Day Slavery in the Dominican Republic: An Interview with Amy Serrano,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, 25 (2) 2010: 161-171.
  • Ostrom, Elinor. 2010. “Nested Externalities and Polycentric Institutions: Must We Wait for Global Solutions to Climate Change before Taking Actions at Other Scales?” Economic Theory, OnlineFirst, August 6, 2010,
  • Ahn, T. K., Elinor Ostrom, and James Walker. 2010. “A Common-Pool Resource Experiment with Postgraduate Subjects from 41 Countries.” Ecological Economics, doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.08.007 .    
  • Ostrom, Elinor. 2010. “Institutional Analysis and Development: Elements of the Framework in Historical Perspective.” In Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology, ed. Charles Crothers, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers. Online encyclopedia.
  • Ostrom, Elinor, and Xavier Basurto. 2010. “Crafting Analytical Tools to Study Institutional Change.” Journal of Institutional Economics, Online First, August 16, 2010,
  • Sumit Ganguly, “Does India Want Stable Pakistan?”  The Diplomat, September 14, 2010, and “Peace with Pakistan: New Delhi’s Hopeless Endeavour?” Opinion Asia, October 8, 2010.
  • Timothy Hellwig, Anna Mikulska, and Burcu Gezgor. 2010. “Perceptions of Policy Choice in Contemporary Democracies.” European Journal of Political Research 49(5): 705-730.
  • Maria Bucur’s “How to Tell the Story of your Grandparents?  Ethical Dilemmas of Postmemory” was just published in Robert Pyrah and Marius Turda, eds, Re-Contextualising East Central European History.  Nation, Culture, and Minority Groups (London:  LEGENDA, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2010).
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