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Aaron Boesenecker

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

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    Undergraduate Research Coordinator
  • Dr. Aaron P. Boesenecker joined the SIS faculty in the fall of 2009 and is an Assistant Professor in the International Politics Program.  His research interests include European politics, comparative political economy, religion and politics, and qualitative methods.  His current research focuses on social policy development and reform in Europe and the United States.  He is also engaged in an ongoing collaborative research project concerning the role of religion in post-conflict societies.  Dr. Boesenecker has received funding for his research from the American Consortium for European Union Studies, the Max-Planck Society (Germany), and Georgetown University.  Prior to coming to AU, Dr. Boesenecker taught at Georgetown University.  Prior to returning to academic life, he worked in the field of community planning and development for a mid-sized Midwestern town.
  • Book Currently Reading:

    "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" -- Nathaniel Philbrick

    Languages Spoken:

    German
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Teaching

  • Spring 2014

    • SIS-750 Res/Prof Meth in Int'l Affairs: Qual Methods & Methodology
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  • Fall 2014

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: EU and Global Governance
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Boesenecker’s research interests include European politics and European integration, comparative political economy, social policy, qualitative methods, transitional justice and postconflict resolution, and the intersection of culture, religion and politics.

Selected Publications

  • Lost in Translation?  Civil Society, Faith-Based Organizations and the Negotiation of International Norms," (with Leslie Vinjamuri) International Journal of Transitional Justice 5 (2011).  
  • “Religious Actors in Transitional Justice,” (with Leslie Vinjamuri), in The New Religious Pluralism, ed. Tom Banchoff, Oxford University Press, 2008.   
  • Review of Social Enterprise: At the Crossroads of Market, Public Policy, and Civil Society, ed. by Marthe Nyssens, London: Routledge, 2006, in Democracy & Society 4, no. 2 (Spring 2007).   
  • "Peace Agreements and Accountability Since 1980," (with Leslie Vinjamuri) Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva, Switzerland, 2007.   
  • “The Power of Defining Work,” Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University, Working Paper C-02-0708, 2007.   
  • Review of Solidarity in Europe: The History of an Idea, Steinar Stjernø, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, in German Politics and Society 24, no. 2 (Summer 2006).   
  • “Learning to Work Together: The Impact of the European Employment Strategy on European Integration,” Council for European Studies Working Paper, 2006.

Professional Presentations

  • “A Crisis Wasted: Explaining the Return to National Patterns of Socio-Economic Governance in Europe," 18th International Conference of Europeanists, Barcelona, 2011.   
  • “A Collaborative Teaching Strategy in Undergraduate Research Methods,” (w/ Elizabeth Cohn), APSA Teaching and Learning Conference 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico   
  • “Academic Research and Writing Across Disciplines,” 22nd Annual Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, American University, 2011.   
  • “Germany and the Financial Crisis: Constructing a Success Story,” Workshop “What’s Up with Germany?” 2010, Georgetown University.   
  • “Mapping the Actors in Transitional Justice” (w/ Leslie Vinjamuri), Workshop for Restorative Justice, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding Project, University of Notre Dame, 2010.   
  • The Road Less Taken?  A Discourse-Theoretic Analysis of the European Response to the 2008 Economic Crisis,” “Diskurse im Institutionellen Wandel,” Otto-Friedrichs Universität, 2010, Bamberg, Germany.   
  • “Religious and Secular Actors: The ‘Doers’ of Transitional Justice,” (w/ Leslie Vinjamuri), ISA 2009, New York.   
  • “The Power of Defining Work: Politics and Discourse in European Welfare State Reform,” ECPR 2008, Barcelona, Spain.   
  • “The Power of Defining Work and Welfare: Politics and Discourse in European Welfare State Reform,” Council for European Studies, 2008, Chicago.   
  • “Religious Actors and Transitional Justice,” (w/ Leslie Vinjamuri), APSA 2007, Chicago, IL.  
  • “Learning to Work Together: The Impact of the European Employment Strategy on European Integration and Capitalism,” CES 2006, Chicago, IL.   
  • “New Modes of European Union Policymaking: Local Cooperation and Cross-border Learning within the Open Method of Coordination,” ECPR 2005, Granada, Spain.

Media Appearances

       
  • Panelist, “The Wall,” documentary produced by Deutsche Welle, recorded at the Newseum, Washington DC, August 10, 2008.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Alumni Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University (2010)  
  • Jill Hopper Memorial Fellowship, Department of Government, Georgetown University (2008)   
  • Northeast Political Science Association, Best Paper Award (2007)   
  • Distinction awarded on Ph.D. Major Field Comprehensive Exam (Comparative Government) (2005)   
  • Distinction awarded on Ph.D. Minor Field Comprehensive Exam (German and European Studies) (2004)   
  • Best Paper in Comparative Government, Department of Government, Georgetown University (2004)   
  • Presidential Scholar Award, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University (1999)   
  • Western Michigan University Rhodes Scholarship nominee (1999)   
  • Steckelberg German Award, Western Michigan University (1999)   
  • D.C. Schilling Award in Political Science, Western Michigan University (1998)

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES) Curriculum Development Grant, Summer 2011   
  • American University, Online Learning / Distance Education Curriculum Development Grant, Spring 2011   
  • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Visiting Doctoral Fellow, August 2006-August 2007   
  • American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES) Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Summer 2005

Professional Certifications

  • Qualitative Methods, Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM), Arizona State University, January 2006.