Faculty Research

Klasnja’s new study on political corruption

Professor Marko Klasnja published a new article on “corruption traps.” The study links “politician, voter, and entrant behavior” to demonstrate that changing expectations among one set of actors is unlikely to eliminate corruption traps.

Christine Fair

Professor Fair releases new research on conceptions of Shari`a in Pakistan

Professor Christine Fair published new research on the relationship between support for Islamism and support for democracy. Using carefully assembled survey data from Pakistan, Fair’s team concludes that “formalizing an Islamic government as one that implements Shari`a by providing services and security for its citizens is positively associated with support for democratic values, whereas conceptualizing it as one that implements Shari`a by imposing hudud punishments and restricting women’s public roles is positively associated with support for militancy.”

Anna Maria Mayda

Anna Maria Mayda’s Research on how low-skilled immigration boosts Republican Support

SFS professor Anna Maria Mayda has co-authored a working paper analyzing the relationship between immigration and voter preferences. “We find that an increase in low-skilled immigrants affects the vote of U.S. counties in different ways, but in general tends to push voters towards the Republican Party. Non-urban, low-skill counties with high local public spending strongly increased their Republican vote share in response to low-skilled immigration.”

Victor Cha, CSIS Colleagues on Looming North Korean Health Crisis

Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, co-authored a report on the state of public health inside North Korea. The report explains how NK’s neglect of public health has potentially destabilizing consequences for the peninsula.

Professor Mohamed Zayani Publishes Book on Digital Middle East

SFSQ Professor Mohamed Zayani has published a new book titled Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age. Published by Oxford University Press and Hurst, the book sheds a critical light on continuing changes that are closely associated with the adoption of information and communication technologies in the Middle East region.

Sarah Stewart Johnson Publishes Article on Detecting Life Beyond Earth

Sarah Stewart Johnson, astrobiologist and Science, Technology, and International Affairs professor, published an article in Astrobiology about a new strategy for non-terran life detection. With a genome sequencer, “fingerprints” of life on other planets and moons could be identified.

Kathleen McNamara

MCNAMARA RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD

SFS Professor Kate McNamara has been awarded the International Studies Association’s 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award in International Political Economy. McNamara, who also teaches at the Department of Government, is an expert on markets, culture, and politics in the European Union and the United States.

Angela Stent

Angela Stent on U.S. Options for Engaging Russia

SFS Professor Angela Stent features in a Brookings expert discussion report entitled “Restoring equilibrium: U.S. policy options for countering and engaging Russia.” According to Stent “the main point is that Russia does not have a positive agenda. We are constantly trying to prevent Russia from
being more of a spoiler than it is.”

Oriana Skylar Mastro on China’s Air Base Strike Threat

SFS Professor Mastro co-authored a report with Ian Easton on “China’s Emerging Air Base Strike Threat” for the Project 2049 Institute. The report “seeks to provide an overview of the evolving airpower challenge that the United States faces in the Western Pacific and beyond.”

Theodore Moran

Theodore Moran on FDI as a tool for export diversification and growth

SFS Professor Theodore Moran wrote a working paper on the effect of foreign investment on growth and welfare gains in developing countries. By focusing on supply chain creation in horticulture in particular, Moran analyzes why some developing countries have become better exporters than others.

Mohamed Zayani Awarded an ASA Book Prize

SFSQ Professor Mohamed Zayani’s book, Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford UP, 2015), has been awarded the 2017 “Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Book Award” from the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Arabic words on printing press

Education in the Arab World

Professor Adely discusses how flawed quality measures often shape our understanding of education in the Middle East and what a closer look at these measures can tell us.

Text written on tapestry: "You can destroy My books My shop My street You cannot destroy My thoughts My ideas My story"

The Crisis of Higher Education for Syrian Refugees

Meeting the educational needs of refugees and displaced people, particularly the need for higher education, is considered one of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing the international community in its response to the Syrian crisis.

Oriana Skylar Mastro on China’s Evolving North Korea Strategy

Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro published new research surrounding nuanced but significant changes in China’s North Korea strategy. She discusses the new Chinese thinking as well as implications for U.S. policy in a Peace Brief for the United States Institute of Peace.

Katharine Donato on US-Mexico Immigration

The Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service published research on immigration between Mexico and the US, including immigration of children.