Recent Faculty Achievements


The Department’s External Review

The Department was reviewed in 2006-7 by an external team of three highly distinguished political scientists: Professor Robert Erikson of Columbia University, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita of New York University, and Professor Robert Rohrschneider of Indiana University. The report indicated that the Department, despite its small number of faculty and limited resources, had established a strong record in recent years. The reviewers concluded that,

              UB’s political science department is well regarded in the discipline and by its students;

              indeed, considering the extraordinary burdens under which it operates, it is an

              overachiever that could be made into a really significant department with the right

              investments by the administration…  We see placing future resources into the

              department as money well spent.     


Faculty Achievements in 2011-12

Philip Arena published “Arms, Intelligence and War” (with Scott Wolford) in International Studies Quarterly.

James Battista published “Party Pressure in the US State Legislatures” (with Jesse Richman) in Legislative Studies Quarterly. His has three forthcoming articles. His “Common-Space Ideal Points, Committee Assignments, and Financial Interests in the State Legislatures” (with Jesse Richman and Michael Peress) as well as his “State Legislative Committees and Economic Connections: Expertise and Industry Service” are forthcoming State Politics and Policy Quarterly. “Financial Interests and Economic Diversity in State Legislatures”is forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

Michelle Benson has a forthcoming chapter entitled “Choosing Sides: UN Resolutions and Non-Neutrality in International Conflicts” (with Nil Santana) in Bercovitch and Gartner’s forthcoming International Conflict Mediation: New Approaches and Findings (Routledge Press).

Christina Boyd published “The Role of Law Clerks in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda Setting Process” (with Ryan Black) in American Politics Research. She also has three forthcoming articles. Her “Litigating Toward Settlement” (with David Hoffman) and “U.S. Supreme Court Agenda Setting and the Role of Litigant Status.”(with Ryan Black)
are forthcoming in the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. Her “Selecting the Select Few: The Discuss List and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda-Setting Process” (with Ryan Black) is forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

James Campbell published “Political Forces on the Obama Presidency: From Elections to Governing,” in Bert Rockman, Andrew Rudalevige, and Colin Campbell’s The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects (CQ Press). His “The President’s Economy: Parity in Presidential Party Performance”was published in Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Vesna Danilovic published “Reputation for Resolve, Interests, and Conflict” (with Joe Clare) in Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Dinissa Duvanova published “Bureaucratic Discretion and Regulatory Burden: Business Environment under Alternative Regulatory Regimes” in the British Journal of Political Science and “Firm Lobbying vs. Sectoral Organization: The Analysis of Business-State Relations in Post-Communist Russia” in Post-Soviet Affairs and her book Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Munroe Eagles published “A Comparative Turn in Canadian Studies?” (with Jane Koustas) in Christl Verduyn and Jane Koustas’s Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis (Fernwood Press).

Charles Lamb published “Federalism, Efficiency, and Civil Rights Enforcement” (with Eric Wilk) in Political Research Quarterly. He also published two chapters (with Nicholas R. Seabrook and Eric M. Wilk) in Silverman and Patterson’s Fair and Affordable Housing Policy in the United States: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions (Brill). The chapters were “The Federal Courts and Fair Housing Policy: A Principal-Agent Interpretation” and “Intergovernmental Enforcement of the Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Assistance Program.” His “Do Presidents Control Bureaucracy? The Federal Housing Administration during the Truman-Eisenhower Era” (with Adam Nye) is forthcoming in Political Science Quarterly and “Administrative Law Judges in Fair Housing Enforcement: Attitudes, Case Facts, and Political Control” (with Nicholas R. Seabrook and Eric M. Wilk) is forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

Harvey Palmer published “Through Thick and Thin? The Dynamics of Government Support across Income Groups during Economic Crises” (with Guy Whitten) in Electoral Studies and “Information Flows and Issue Consistency Over Time” (with Andrew Garner) in Political Behavior.

Jason Sorens published “Mineral Production, Territory, and Ethnic Rebellion” in the Journal of Peace Research. He also published a report entitled The Effect of Term Limits on Economic Personal Freedom (with W. P. Ruger) for the Goldwater Institute. His book, Secessionism: Identity, Interests, and Strategy, is forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Professor Sorens’s “Does Foreign Investment Really Reduce Repression?” (with William Ruger) is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly and his “Does Fiscal Federalism Promote Regional Inequality? An Empirical Analysis of the OECD, 1980-2005” is forthcoming in Regional Studies.

Claude Welch published “Extending Enforcement: The Coalition for the International Criminal Court” in Human Rights Quarterly and “China’s Rising Power” (with M. Monishipouri) in the Journal of Human Rights.

Frank Zagare published “Analytic Narratives, Game Theory, and Peace Science” in Manas Chatterji’s Frontiers of Peace Economics and Peace Science, Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development (Emerald Group).