The Department of Political Science Faculty
Stephanie R. Golob
Department Chair and Associate Professor, BA, Yale University MA, PhD, Harvard University
Phone: (646) 312-4423
Location: VC 5-281
Stephanie R. Golob (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, and the founding Director of ISLA, the Initiative for the Study of Latin America, based at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Golob teaches courses in both International Relations (IR) (The United States in an Age of Globalization, POL 2001) and Comparative Politics (Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems, POL 3364, Politics of the Third World, POL 3104). Similarly, her major research interest – the transformation of state sovereignty under globalization, with a specialization in the Western Hemisphere and Spain – occupies the intersection of these two subfields.
She has published widely on both regional economic integration in the NAFTA Triad (Canada-U.S.-Mexico), and the globalization of justice, transitional justice, and the politics of memory. The recipient of a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, her scholarship has been awarded the Eugene M. Lang Junior Faculty Research Fellowship at Baruch College, the Andrew W. Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Frank Cass Prize from the journal Democratization. She is currently a member of an international research team, based at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), studying the legal and political impact of post-atrocity mass grave exhumations in comparative perspective (http://politicasdelamemoria.org).
Professor Golob has also earned recognition for her dedication to teaching. She has been a recipient of the Mrs Giles Whiting Foundation Teaching Award, and a nominee for the Presidential Excellence Award in Distinguished Teaching. Professor Golob is also proud to have advised many successful Honors Theses, including one which was awarded the Kanner Prize and several which have been presented at the International Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
Professor Golob is also Faculty in the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she has previously served as the Associate Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.
Professor Golob is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, and the proud daughter of a Baruch graduate from the Class of 1959.
The United States in an Age of Globalization (POL 2001)
Politics of the Third World (POL 3014, formerly POL 2101)
Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems (POL 3364)
2003. “Beyond the Policy Frontier: Canada, Mexico, and the Ideological Origins of NAFTA.” World Politics 55(3): 361-398.
2002. “‘Forced to Be Free’: Globalized Justice, Pacted Democracy, and the Pinochet Case.” Democratization 9(2): 21-42.
2002. “The Pinochet Case: ‘Forced to Be Free’ Abroad and at Home.” Democratization 9(4): 25-57.
Phone: (646) 312-4421
Location: VC 5-271
Professor Carolyn Abott specializes in American state and local politics and public policy. She is particularly interested in the politics of public finance. Much of her work focuses on the political causes and consequences of fiscal decisions and the link between democratic accountability and financial sustainability. Professor Abott’s research interests are directly tied to a concern for the material well-being of those in the United States who are most vulnerable to economic distress, and the impact that differences in governmental resources can have on various types of inequality. Professor Abott’s research has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, and Public Administration Review. She received her Ph.D. in politics and social policy from Princeton University.
Phone: (646) 312-4419
Location: VC 5-279
Professor Mitchell Cohen specializes in 19th and 20th century political theory and contemporary European and Middle Eastern politics, and teaches courses on political thought, American Government, comparative government, and politics and literature.
His recent book, The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart (Princeton, 2017) received the Prose Award for Music from the Association of American Publishers. It was named one of the best books of the year in the London Evening Standard and received the Presidential Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarship of Baruch College.
Professor Cohen won the prestigious 2010-11 Writing Fellowship of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center and was CUNY Writing Fellow. In recent years he has lectured at Stanford, University of Wisconsin (Madison) and he also gave the Gold Endowment Distinguished Lecture on “Anti-Semitism” at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
He has also been National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a visiting professor at Stanford, and has guest lectured at numerous European universities and intellectual institutions, including in France, Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. He has been named Editor Emeritus of Dissent, one of the country’s most prestigious political journals. He co-edited it for 18 years and continues to serve on its editorial board. In 1989, he travelled to Eastern Europe to cover the collapse of communism for its pages. In 2014 he was a principle panelist the international conference in Bratislava on the anniversary of the 1989 revolutions. Professor Cohen is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.
Professor Cohen is the author of The Wager of Lucien Goldmann (1994), a study of a prominent French political thinker, and Zion and State (1987; French translation, 1990; new French edition with new “Afterword,” 2014), which won Baruch College’s Presidential Scholarship Achievement Award. He has also edited Princeton Readings in Political Thought (2018, 1995) and Rebels and Reactionaries: An Anthology of Great Political Stories (1992). In addition to American scholarly journals, he has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement (London), Musik und Asthetik, Les Temps Modernes (Paris), Reset (Rome), MicroMega(Rome), Aesthetik and Kommunikation (Berlin), Etcetera(Mexico City), Nexus (the Netherlands), and Davar (Tel Aviv). He is former “American Correspondent” of Raisons Politiques (Paris Institute of Politics) and is a member of the editorial board of Jewish Social Studies. Professor Cohen, a native New Yorker, lives in Manhattan.
American Government (POL 1101)
Contemporary Political Ideologies (POL 3337)
Early Political Thought (POL 3335)
Modern Political Thought (POL 3336)
Topics in Politics and Literature (POL 3201)
The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)
See his interview for Baruch students on his book here
Princeton Reading in Political Thought (as co-editor) (Princeton University Press, 1996).
The Wager of Lucien Goldmann (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994).
Zion and State (Columbia University Press, 1992 [First edition: Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987; French trans. Paris: Editions la Devouverte, 1990]).
Rebels and Reactionaries: An Anthology of Political Short Stories from Hawthorne through Today, Edited with an introduction by Mitchell Cohen (New York: Dell Books, 1992).
Journal Articles and Other Publications:
“Going Under with Klinghoffer,” in the Jewish Review of Books, March 2014.
“France: The Right Rumbles, The Left Wobbles,” in Dissent (on Line, February 19, 2014).
“L’Etranger,” in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 27, 2014.
“Verdi, Wagner, Politique et Opera: Ruminations bicentenaires,” in L’homme et la societe, Spring 2014.
“The Values of Dissent,” in Dissent 60th anniversary issue, Winter 2014.
“Ghosts of the American Past?,” in Dutch in Nexus (The Nexus Institute and the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands), Fall 2012.
“T.H. Marshall on ‘Citizenship and Social Class: A Reconsideration,” (London: Policy-Network on Line/Series on Classics in Social Democratic Thought, Summer 2010; in Dissent, Fall 2010.
“Life and Fetters: Chereau, Janacek, Dostoevsky,” in Dissent, Summer 2010.
“A Nation Not Quite Like Others,” in Times Literary Supplement, London, February 26, 2010.
“Should We Trust Intellectuals?”, in Common Knowledge (Duke University Press), Winter 2010, pp. 7-21.
“What is to be Learned?: Thinking about 1989,” in Dissent, Fall 2009.
“To the Dresden Barricades: The Genesis of Richard Wagner’s Political Ideas,” in T. S. Grey, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Wagner (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 47-63.
“Socialist Zionism” (published in Hebrew), in Yimiyahu Yovel and Menachem Brinker, eds., New Jewish Time: The Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in the Secular Age, Vol. 2 (Tel Aviv: Keter, 2007).
“France: Red Rose, Blue Grip,” Dissent, Fall 2007, pp. 19-26.
“’A Roasted Cat will never make a Hare-pie’: Thoughts on Political Opera,” Published in German: “Aus einer gebratener Katze wird doch kein Hasenpastete”: Überlegungen zum politschen oper,” Musik und Asthetik, July 2006, pp. 51-66; in French as “Réflexions sur l’opéra politique,” Raisons Politiques, May 2004, pp. 41-58.
“In the Murk of It: Iraq Reconsidered,” in Thomas Cushman, ed., A Matter of Principle (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005), pp. 76-92.
“A Thought Experiment for the Left,” Dissent, Summer 2004, Vol. 51 Issue 3, pp. 52-60.
“Auto-Emancipation and Antisemitism,” Jewish Social Studies, Fall 2003, Vol. 10 Issue 1, pp. 69-77.
“An Empire of Cant,” Dissent, Summer 2002, Vol. 49 Issue 3, pp. 17.
Phone: (646) 312-4414
Location: VC 5-268
Professor Gerald De Maio teaches courses on American Government, American Political Thought, American Conservatism, and Religion and Politics. He has published in Public Interest, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, American Politics Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and the Western Political Quarterly, among others. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, Religion, Politics, and American Identity, and From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic.
Professor De Maio has also published in religion and public affairs periodicals such as First Things and Crisis Magazine. His previous research has included the empirical analysis and normative implications of approval voting, a profile of the talk radio voter, factors leading to the rejection of the Equal Rights Amendment, the voting behavior of African Americans, and the importance of religion and virtue to the founders of the American Republic. He is currently engaged in a project on the implications of religious fundamentalism to the American political party system. Professor De Maio lives in Brooklyn.
American Government (POL 1101)
American Conservatism(POL 3102)
American Political Thought (POL 2332)
Religion and Politics in the United States (POL 3008)
The Supreme Court and Religion (POL 4900)
Professor, BA, University of Michigan MA, Wayne State University PhD, Boston University
Phone: (646) 312-4417
Location: VC 5-277
Professor Alan DiGaetano specializes in urban politics, focusing on economic development and urban history. He has co-authored Power and City Governance: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Development (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), and his articles have appeared in the Urban Affairs Review , Journal of Urban Affairs, and Journal of Urban History. He teaches American Government, Urban Government and Urban Public Policy. Professor DiGaetano lives in New Jersey (Exit 15a).
American Government (POL 1101)
Urban Government (POl 2321)
Urban Public Policy (POL 3422)
Power and City Governance: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Development, University of Minnesota Press, 1999.
Phone: (646) 312-4424
Location: VC 5-269
Benedetto Fontana specializes in ancient, medieval and modern political theory, as well as in contemporary political and social thought. He is the author of Hegemony and Power: On the Relation Between Gramsci and Machiavelli (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), Turkish translation, Hegemonya ve Iktidar: Gramsci ve Machiavelli Arasindaki ilişki Üzerine (Istanbul: Kalkedon, 2013), and the coeditor of Talking Democracy: Historical Perspectives on Rhetoric and Democracy (Penn State University Press, 2004). He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (2009). He has published in various journals: boundary 2, Cardozo Law Review, European Journal of Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Italian Culture, Journal of Classical Sociology, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Journal of Political Power, Memoria: Revista mensual de política y cultura, The Philosophical Forum, Rivista di studi italiani, and Storia del pensiero politico. Currently he is working on Antonio Gramsci’s political thought, on Machiavelli and his Romans, and on the relation between politics and rhetoric.
American Government (POL 1101)
American Political Thought (POL 2332)
Contemporary Political Ideologies (POL 3337)
Early Political Theory (POL 3335)
Modern Political Theory (POL 3336)
Phone: (646) 312-4422
Location: VC 5-284
Els de Graauw (she/her/hers) is Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, CUNY, and Deputy Director of the International Migration Studies MA Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is an affiliate faculty of Black and Latino Studies and the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, as well as of the International Migration Studies MA Program and the Political Science MA and PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Els is interested in immigration, civil society organizations, urban politics, government bureaucracies, and public policy, with a focus on understanding how governmental and nongovernmental organizations build institutional capacity for immigrant integration and representation.
Her book Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco (Cornell University Press, 2016) analyzes the role of nonprofit organizations in advocating for immigrant integration policies in San Francisco, with a focus on immigrant language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards. Els is working on her second book, Grassroots Democracy: How Cities and States Integrate Immigrants, on the development, institutionalization, and impact of the growing number of city and state immigrant affairs offices in the United States. She has also been collaborating with Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University) on an NSF-funded study of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area, as well as a co-authored book on Advancing Immigrant Rights in Houston.
Her research appears in Law & Policy; Social Problems; Territory, Politics, Governance; Critical Sociology; Antipode; Urban Geography; Migration Studies; New Labor Forum; Journal on Migration and Human Security; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; WorkingUSA; Politics & Society; American Journal of Sociology; Annual Review of Political Science; Daedalus; Hérodote; and many edited volumes. She has also written policy reports and pieces for popular venues, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She regularly gives talks and works with community organizations and local governments in the United States and Europe to help promote immigrant integration through local action.
Her work has been supported by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY, the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the Netherland-America Foundation, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), the Centre for Urban Studies (University of Amsterdam), the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (Harvard University), the Institute for the Social Sciences (Cornell University), and the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (UC Berkeley).
Els earned her PhD degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a researcher at Harvard University, Cornell University, the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and the European University Institute. In 2012, she co-founded the Section on Migration and Citizenship of the American Political Science Association, and she served as the Section’s elected co-president and secretary between 2012 and 2016. Els currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Els regularly teaches courses on immigration and social movements. She is happy to advise students interested in writing their Political Science or Public Affairs Honors Thesis (POL 6001-2H and PAF 6001-2H), MA capstone project in International Migration Studies or Political Science, and PhD dissertation in Political Science.
POL 1101: American Government – Practices and Values
POL 3318: Immigration and Integration in the United States
POL 4900: Political Science Capstone Seminar
POL 5000: Political Science Independent Study
POL 5030: Research Practicum in Political Science
POL 6001H/6002H: Honors Thesis in Political Science
PAF 1250: Citizenship and Public Affairs
PAF 3018: Immigrant Cities
PAF 4199: Selected Topics in Public Affairs
IDC 3001H: The Peopling of New York City
IMS 70200: Migration Policy (CUNY Graduate Center)
Phone: (646) 312-4413
Location: VC 5-278
Thomas Halper received his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, and taught at Tulane University and Coe College before coming to Baruch, where, after chairing the political science department for many years, he is now professor. He teaches constitutional law and civil liberties, where he relishes the give and take with students. Professor Halper lives in Brooklyn, around the corner from where he grew up.
Civil Liberties (POL 3314)
Constitutional Law (POL 3313)
Positive Rights in a Republic of Talk: A Survey and a Critique. Dordrecht, Netherlands, London, and Boston: Kluwer Academic, 2003.
The Misfortunes of Others: End-State Renal Disease in the United Kingdom. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Power, Politics, and American Democracy. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman, 1981.
Foreign Policy Crises: Appearance and Reality in Decision Making. Columbus: Charles E. Merrill, 1971.
Forthcoming. “Graham Greene and Bridges across Cultures,” Graham Greene Studies.
2021. “Justice Holmes and the Question of Race,” British Journal of American Legal Studies, 10:171-200.
2019. “Declaration of War: A Dead Letter or an Invitation to Struggle?” British Journal of American Legal Studies, 8:107-37 (with Doug Muzzio) “Pleasantville,” Urban Affairs Review, 37:543-74 (2002)
2014. “Trainspotters and Bullet Boys: Race and Class in British Underclass Movies, 1980-the Present.” City, Culture and Society (5): 11-20.
2007. “Hobbes in the City” (with Doug Muzzio). Journal of American Culture 30: 379-390.
1996. “Privacy and Autonomy: From Warren and Brandeis to Roe and Cruzan.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 21: 121-135.
1976. “Supreme Court Appointments: Criteria and Consequences.” New York Law Forum 21: 563-584.
1975. “The Double-Edged Sword,” Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, 58:472-99 (1980) (with Richard Hardwick) “Politics” and “Politicization,” Political Studies 23:71-79.
1975. “The Poor as Pawns: The New ‘Deserving Poor’ and the Old.” Polity 6 (Fall): 71-96.
1968. “Logic in Judicial Reasoning.” Indiana Law Journal 44 (Fall): 33-48.
2000. “Accommodating Death: Euthanasia in the Netherlands.” Pp. 81-116 in The Philosophy of Medicine. Boston: Kluwer.
1991. “Rights, Reform, and the Health Care Crisis.” Pp. 135-168 in Rights to Health Care. Boston: Kluwer.
Phone: (646) 312-4418
Location: VC 5-285
Professor Jones (MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) specializes in American politics, the U.S. Congress, and methodology. He is the author of Political Parties and Policy Gridlock in American Government (Mellen 2001) and coauthor of Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (Michigan, 2009). His research has been published in scholarly journals such as The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, PS: Political Science and Politics and Public Opinion Quarterly. Professor Jones is also a faculty member of the Political Science Program at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. During election seasons he has served as an exit poll analyst for the New York Times and for CBS News.
American Government (POL 1101)
Congress and the Legislative Process (POL 3312)
Political Analysis (POL 3500)
Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (with Monika L. McDermott) Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2009, 2010. [Perspectives review] (Popular press coverage: Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, Huffington Post)
Political Parties and Policy Gridlock in American Government. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001 . [LSS review]
Selected Journal Articles:
2015. “Partisan Polarization and the Effect of Congressional Performance Evaluations on Party Brands and American Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 68(4): 785-801. [data]
2015. “Declining Trust in Congress: Effects of Polarization and Consequences for Democracy.” The Forum 13(3): 375–394.
2014. “A More Responsible Two-Party System? Accountability for Majority and Minority Party Performance in a Polarized Congress.” Polity 46(3): 470-492.
2013. “Do Major Policy Enactments Affect Public Evaluations of Congress? The Case of Health Care Reform.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(2): 185-204.
2011. “The Salience of the Democratic Congress and the 2010 Elections” (with Monika L. McDermott). PS: Political Science and Politics 44(2): 297-301.
2010. “Evaluations of Congress and Voting in House Elections: Revisiting the Historical Record.” Public Opinion Quarterly 74(4): 696-710.
2010. “Partisan Polarization and Congressional Accountability in House Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 54(2): 323-337. (Popular press coverage: Washington Post, Newsweek, The Monkey Cage, Huffington Post)
2004. “The Responsible Party Government Model in House and Senate Elections” (with Monika L. McDermott). American Journal of Political Science 48(1): 1-12.
2003. “Position Taking and Position Avoidance in the U.S. Senate.” The Journal of Politics 65(3): 851-863.
2001. “Party Polarization and Legislative Gridlock.” Political Research Quarterly 54(1): 125-141.
Selected Works in Progress
“Party Brands, Elections, and Presidential-Congressional Relations.”
Phone: (646) 312-4848
Office: VC 5-275
Professor Kang was born and raised in South Korea. Before coming to the U.S. for his doctoral study, he served in the Korean Military as First Lieutenant at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for three years. He studied international relations at Seoul National University, getting both B.A. and M.A. there and then studied at the University of California, Berkeley, getting both M.A. and Ph.D. He specializes in international and comparative political economy. He has conducted research on financial crises and government’s macroeconomic policy responses, both at the cross-national and Asia-specific contexts. He has published articles on financial crises and reforms in New Political Economy, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Pacific Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Asian Survey, and others. Before joining Baruch College in 2012, he taught at Claremont McKenna College (2008-2012) in California; held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2006-2008); was affiliated to the Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of the Japanese government as a visiting scholar (2003-04) and was a visitor scholar to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey) from January to August of 2010.
Political Economy (POL 3103)
The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (POL 3346)
U.S. Foreign Policy toward Asia since WWII (POL 4900, capstone seminar)
Field Work in Government and Politics (POL 5452)
Financial Transformation in South Korea: The role of U.S.-trained technocrats. Asian Survey, 58(4), 635-659 (2018).
The Confidence Trap: Japan’s Past Bubble and China’s Recent Bubble. New Political Economy, 23(1), 1-26 (2018).
Government Responses to Financial Crises: Identifying
Patterns and Policy Origins in Developing Countries. (with Eunyoung Ha) World Development, 68, 264-281 (2015).
The Politics of Bank Bailout in Japan: A Cognitive Capture and Leadership View. The Pacific Review, 27(2), 193-215 (2014).
Creating A Capable Bureaucracy with Loyalists: The
Internal Dynamics of the Korean Developmental State, 1948-1979. (with Yong-Chool Ha) Comparative Political Studies, 44(1), 78-108 (2011).
Is Japan Facing a Public Debt Crisis? Debt Financing and the Development of the JGB Market. Asian Politics and Policy, 2(4), 557-582 (2010).
Too Fast To Adjust: The Sequence and Consequences of Bank Restructuring in South Korea. Asian Survey, 49(2), 243-267 (2009).
Office: VC 5-274
David Lindsey specializes in the study of international security affairs, diplomacy, and American foreign policy. His research focuses on the causes of international conflict, with a particular emphasis on the role of information. In ongoing projects, he is studying the role of delegation in international diplomacy and the relationship between uncertainty and the outbreak of conflict. His work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Politics. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 2016 and spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a Niehaus Fellow at Princeton University.
- Introduction to International Politics (POL 2240)
- American Foreign Policy (POL 3342)
Military Strategy, Pirvate Information, and War. International Studies Quarterly, 59 (4), 2015: 629-640.
Presidential Effort and International Outcomes: Evidence for an Executive Bottleneck (coauthored with William Hobbs). The Journal of Politics, 77(4), 2015: 1089-1102.
Assistant Professor, BA, University of Puerto Rico MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
Phone: (646) 312-4416
Viviana Rivera Burgos (PhD, Columbia University, expected May 2020) specializes in American public opinion and political behavior, particularly as they relate to racial and ethnic minorities. The focus of her current research is on the responsiveness of national and state legislators to the policy preferences of their Black and Latino constituents. Other areas of academic interest include the politics of natural disasters, the role of language in public opinion, and the relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (the city in which she grew up), Professor Rivera is committed to enhancing access to higher education for students from underrepresented minority groups. She will join the faculty at Baruch in the fall of 2020.
Latino Politics in the United States
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
Xiaonan Wang studies political economy and bureaucratic politics, with a regional specialization in China. Part of his research focuses on the political control of bureaucrats, the quality of government, and state-business relations. Part of his research focuses on Chinese overseas investment, especially on how Chinese investment affects local public opinion. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park. During 2022-2023, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Columbia China and the World Program.
Selected journal articles
- Foreign Direct Investment, Unmet Expectations, and the Prospects of Political Leaders: Evidence from Chinese Investment in Africa (with Margaret Pearson and John McCauley), The Journal of Politics, 84(3), pp.1403-1419.
- Does Chinese FDI in Africa Inspire Support for a China Model of Development? (with John McCauley and Margaret Pearson), World Development, 150, p.105738.
- Too Cynical: Why the Stock Market in China Dismissed Initial Anticorruption Signals (with Yan Wang), Journal of Chinese Political Science, 27, pp.681-717
Selected work in progress
- The Politics of Appointing Insiders and Outsiders: Appointing Provincial Government Agency Heads in China
- Chinese and US FDI in Africa (with Margaret Pearson and John McCauley)
Phone: (646) 312-4166
Location: VC 5-283
Professor Till Weber specializes in comparative politics and research methodology. His work covers a variety of democratic processes, including voting behavior, party competition, legislative politics and cabinet government. Articles of his have appeared in the leading journals of political science. Trained in Italy (EUI Florence) and Germany (FU Berlin), he taught in Europe before coming to New York in 2013. Besides his appointment at Baruch, Professor Weber is also on the faculty of CUNY’s Graduate Center. His latest project is a case study of unicorn migration.
Research Skills in Political Science (POL 3000)
European Political Systems (POL 3362)
Political Science Capstone Seminar (POL 4900)
Applied Quantitative Research, I & II (Graduate Center)
2021. Voice and Balancing in US Congressional Elections. Perspectives on Politics, forthcoming.
2021. Negative Voting and Party Polarization: A Classic Tragedy. Electoral Studies 71, 102335.
2020. Discreet Inequality: How Party Agendas Embrace Privileged Interests. Comparative Political Studies 53(10-11), 1767-1797.
2019. Information Behavior and Political Preferences. British Journal of Political Science 49(2), 533-556 (with Konstantin Vössing).
2019. Restrained Change: Party Systems in Times of Economic Crisis. Journal of Politics 81(1), 233-245 (with Fernando Casal Bértoa).
2018. A Behavioral Theory of Electoral Structure. Political Behavior 40(4), 831-856 (with Mark N. Franklin).
2014. Issue Yield: A Model of Party Strategy in Multidimensional Space. American Political Science Review 108(4), 870-885 (with Lorenzo De Sio).
2012. Party Systems and Government Stability in Central and Eastern Europe. World Politics 64(4), 699-740 (with Florian Grotz).
2011. Exit, Voice, and Cyclicality: A Micro-Logic of Midterm Effects in European Parliament Elections. American Journal of Political Science 55(4), 907-922.
2011. Cross-Cutting Issues and Party Strategy in the European Union. Comparative Political Studies 44(4), 383-411 (with Craig Parsons).
Phone: (646) 312-4427
Location: VC 5-280-D
Phone: (646) 312-4429
Location: VC 5-280-E
Dr. Halbac was the winner of the 2018 Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Baruch Collge. She shares insights about her teaching methods and advice for students in this interview video.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, BA, William Peterson University PhD, Graduate Center, CUNY
Phone: (646) 312-4416
Office: VC 5-280
B.E., College of Engineering Guindy
M.S., New York University
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., Boston University
Columbia University, Columbia College, Political Science and Philosophy
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Political Science
The New School, The New School for Social Research, Politics