Past Events

October 25, 2013






Jeff Bonheim is a second-year Ph.D. student with interests in International Relations and American Politics.  His specific interest is in the influence of domestic politics on foreign policy decisions.  His current research examines domestic political influences on the selection and application of military strategy.  Bonheim received a BS in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy, and currently serves as an officer in the US Army.

October 21, 2013

Citizens unequally participate in elections and this may systematically bias policy in favor of those who vote. Many view compulsory voting as an important tool to alleviate this problem, but we still know very little about its actual policy consequences.

October 18, 2013



Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law and theory, criminal law, and the philosophy of action. He is the author of Legality (2011) and editor (with Jules Coleman) of The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (2002).

October 14, 2013


How do electoral authoritarian regimes respond to the threat of opposition protest after

disputed election results? Governments often use coercion to suppress protests that threaten the

status quo, but it remains unclear whether they seek to maximize the impact of repression by

imposing sanctions indiscriminately, stoking general terror to induce acquiescence, or by

October 11, 2013




Amanda Greene is a philosophy doctoral candidate at Stanford University, specializing in political philosophy. Greene’s dissertation examines the question of whether and why democratic governance contributes to political legitimacy.  Her research also includes legitimacy in the history of political thought, particularly in Plato, as well as contemporary problems of legitimacy in global governance.  Before pursuing graduate study, she worked as a consultant in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She holds an MPhil from Oxford University and a BA from UNC-CH, and she has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and IHEID (Geneva).

October 11, 2013



Robert Gulotty is a Ph.D. candidate with interests in International Relations and Political Methodology. His current research employs formal and quantitative methods to study the political economy of international trade and investment. The research examines whether the rise of global production poses new challenges for international cooperation including in the use of non-tariff measures, cooperation over restrictions to trade in services, and bilateral and plurilateral agreements. Other research interests include the politics of the early years of the multilateral trade system, the use of economic reasoning and evidence in international trade law, and the relationship between bureaucracy and the design of international institutions.

October 7, 2013

It is commonly assumed that the recent success of Islamic-based political parties in many Muslim-majority countries reflects a resurgence of religiosity there. And yet, empirical evidence indicates that the popularity of Islamic politics in the Turkish case is linked not to a greater number of religious voters but to more support for these parties among secular voters. To explain the appeal of Islamic parties among both religious and secular voters, I focus on the difficulties voters face in coordinating their individual votes in fractionalized multi-party systems.

October 4, 2013



Vivek Chibber is Professor of Sociology at New York University.  He was born in India and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.  He is author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India, (Princeton: 2003),  and most recently,  Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital, (Verso: 2013).