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The Americas

Governance in fragile settings, paramilitaries, agrobiodiversity conservation, and emerging financial markets represent the diversity of research and issue areas that our scholars pursue in the Americas. Whether it is examining trade agreements and policies or analyzing collective civil action in pursuit of greater government transparency, scholarly research in the region transcends disciplinary boundaries. Our scholars possess a unique and nuanced understanding of specific countries which include Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.

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Expertise

  • Post-war peace-building
  • Human rights
  • Justice reform
  • South & Central America
  • West Africa
  • the Balkans

Selected Publications

  • Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence. Georgetown University Press, 2012.
  • "Beyond the 'Failed State': Toward Conceptual Alternatives," European Journal of International Relations, 17, 2 (June 2011, online April 2010).
  • "The Fallacy of the Failed State," Third World Quarterly 29,8 (December 2008).

Expertise

  • Environment
  • Peace-building
  • Global environmental governance
  • Environmental politics & policy
  • United Nations
  • Latin America
  • Multilateral organization

Selected Publications

  • The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability (London: Routledge, 2008).
  • Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006).
  • Manufacturing Insecurity: The Rise and Fall of Brazil's Military-Industrial Complex (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1997).

EXPERTISE

  • Health inequalities
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Health promotion
  • Health outcomes
  • Community health workers
  • Global health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Under-served populations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • De Jesus, M. (2012). Promoting Culturally Responsive Health Communication. Intercultural Management Quarterly, 13(2): 9-11.
  • De Jesus, M. & Lykes, M. B. (2004). Racism and 'Whiteness' in transitions to peace: Indigenous peoples, human rights, and the struggle for justice. In M. Fine, L. Weis, L. P. Pruitt, & A. Burns (Eds.), Off White: Readings on power, privilege, and resistance. New York: Routledge Farmer, pp.331-344.

EXPERTISE

  • Afghanistan / Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Latin America
  • Global health
  • Local governance
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Aid effectiveness / Agenda-setting
  • United Nations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," accepted for publication and forthcoming in Urban Studies, 2013.
  •  "Tracing Poverty and Inequality in International Development Discourses: An Algorithmic and Visual Analysis of Agencies’ Annual Reports and Occasional White Papers, 1978-2010" (with B. J. Williams), accepted for publication and forthcoming in Journal of Social Policy, 2013.
  • "Comparable and Yet Context-Sensitive? Improving Evaluation in Violently Divided Societies Through Methodology" (with E. E. VanderKamp), Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 8(2), pp. 42-56, 2013


Expertise 

  • Transparency & accountability
  • Democratization
  • Governance & participation
  • Social & environmental policy
  • Transnational civil society
  • Immigration & youth civic/political engagement
  • Latin America

Selected Publications

  • Co-editor, Oaxacalifornian Reporting Team, Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, 2013.
  • "State Power and Clientelism: Eight Propositions for Discussion,” in Tina Hilgers, ed., Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics, Palgrave, 2012.
  • Co-author, “Proporcionar transparencia ¿Hasta qué punto responde el gobierno mexicano a las solicitudes de información pública?” Gestión y política pública, 20(1), 2011.

Expertise

  • Guerrilla & paramilitary violence
  • Domestic right-wing extremism
  • Mexico

Selected Publications

  • After the Peace: Loyalist Paramilitaries in Post-accord Northern Ireland, Cornell University Press, 2007.
  • "The Role of Protestant Missionaries in Mexico's Indigenous Awakening." Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2007.
  • "The Geography of Loyalist Paramilitary Feuding in Belfast." Space and Polity, 2006, with Peter Shirlow.

Expertise

  • Subnational institutions
  • Federalism
  • Argentina
  • Mexico

Selected Publications

  • "Varieties of Subnational Undemocratic Regimes: Evidence from Argentina and Mexico." Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 48, Issue 1 (2013), 51-80.
  • "Conceptualizing State Strength. Moving Beyond Strong and Weak States". Revista de Ciencia Política. Vol. 32, No. 3, (2012), 599–611.
  • "La política territorial de la democracia subnacional." Journal of Democracy en Español, Vol 3 (Julio) (2011), 42-57.

Expertise

  • Political economy
  • Economies of food & agriculture
  • Agricultural biodiversity
  • Food security
  • Grassroots conservation
  • South America
  • Appalachia

Selected Publications

  • “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond,” Antipode. 2014.
  • “Seed-saving,” Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. 2014.
  • “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes,” Agriculture & Human Values. 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-013-9428-8.

Expertise

  • Global environmental politics
  • Climate change politics
  • Trade/environment politics
  • Biodiversity politics
  • International bureaucratic politics
  • US-EU bilateral trade

 

Selected Publications

  • Jinnah, Sikina and Goueun Lee. (forthcoming 2013) “Diplomacy and Environmental Policy: Endangered Species and Others at Risk (1950s-present)” in The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy, Sally Fairfax and Ed Russell (eds.) Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press.
  • Jinnah, Sikina. (forthcoming 2013) “Overlap Management in the World Trade Organization: Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics” in Institutional Aspects of International Trade Law, Tomer Broude and Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (eds.) London, UK: Ashgate.
  • Jinnah, Sikina. (2012) “Trade-Environment Politics: The Emerging Role of Regional Trade Agreements” In Handbook of Global Environmental Politics,  Peter Dauvergne (ed.) Cheltenham, UK and Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

 


Expertise

  • International race politics
  • Human rights
  • Electoral politics
  • Comparative race relations
  • Modern social movements
  • Comparative politics in Africa, the Caribbean, & Europe
  • Black political theory & political behavior
  • International drug politics
  • Jazz & international relations

Selected Publications

  • The Black History of the White House, 2011.
  • Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century, 2006.
  • Hitler's Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era, 2002.

Expertise

  • Food & agriculture politics
  • Global environmental & energy politics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Global fisheries
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Climate change

 

Selected Publications

  • "Governance and Global Environmental Issues: Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century (2000s-present)," in Sally Fairfax and Ed Russel (eds.), The Guide to US Environmental Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).
  • "Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots," in Guy Robinson et al. (eds.), The Globalisation of Agriculture (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
  • "Environmentalism: Cars, Farming, and Resource Insecurity," in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of IR Theory (2nd ed.) (Lynne Rienner, 2013).

 


Expertise

  • International economics
  • International finance
  • Emerging markets
  • Latin American economics

 

Selected Publications

  • "Borrowing and Debt: How Do Sovereigns Get Into Trouble?," in Sovereign Debt Management, 2013.
  • "Behind the Greek Default and Restructuring of 2012,” in Sovereign Debt and Debt Restructuring, 2013.
  • "Buenos Aires to Athens: The Road to Perdition," in CSIS Americas Program, April 2, 2012.
  • "Mexico's Retrogression: Implications of a Bankruptcy Reorganization Gone Wrong," CSIS Americas Program Hemisphere Focus, November 2011.

 


EXPERTISE

  • Comparative social movements
  • Urban politics
  • Political violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Race, ethnicity & immigration in Europe

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (Philadelphia: Penn Press, 2014)
  • "Violence and State Repression," in Swiss Political Science Review: Debating the Arab Spring 17 (4) Winter 2011.
  • "Police Power and Race Riots in Paris," in Politics and Society 35(4) Winter 2007.

Expertise

  • Corruption
  • Judicial politics
  • Organized crime
  • Brazil
  • Comparative politics

 

Selected Publications

  • Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability. University of Notre Dame Press Kellog Institute Series, 2011 (Co-edited with Timothy J. Power, Oxford University)
  • Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil. Stanford University Press, 2008. Recipient of the Victor Nunes Leal Prize for best book in political science and international relations, Brazilian Political Science Association.
  • "Institutional Development through Policymaking: A Case Study of the Brazilian Central Bank." World Politics, 61:3 (July 2009), 487-515.