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Podcasts & Talks

Dustbowl Diatribes

Laurie Johnson (Professor of Political Science), currently co-hosts a podcast alongside Spencer Hess of MORTC titled "Dustbowl Diatribes". The podcast recently ended its first season with ten episodes, discussing topics such as; Christian community and Christian anarchism, the thought and practice of Catholic Worker houses past and present, why we're stuck in cycles of futility, and possible means of transcendence.

All ten episodes of the podcast are available to listen to for free through Apple Podcasts by clicking the link here. Check out the latest episode of the podcast, "Party Like It's 1999? First Season Recap Pt. 2" below!

Party Like It's 1999? First Season Recap Pt. 2

August 18, 2022

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science), gives interview on recent book, African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers and Rebel Forces, co-authored with fellow faculty member Emizet Kisangani (Professor of Political Science). The interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher for the New Books Network podcast.

You can purchase African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers and Rebel Forces now on paperback, hardcover or eBook! See link here for details.

May 31, 2022

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science), gives talk at the Egmont Institute, the Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, Belgium. The talk, titled "Africa Meeting: Military Intervention in Africa", goes into Dr. Pickering's recent book, African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers and Rebel Forces, co-authored with fellow faculty member Emizet Kisangani (Professor of Political Science).

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September 27, 2022

Nathaniel Birkhead (Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Head), gives interview on how the topics of economy and the results of the August 2nd state-wide vote on abortion rights in Kansas could provide a close race between Governor Laura Kelly and Republican candidate Derek Schmidt, in The New York Sun article titled "Results of Kansas Abortion Vote Looms Large Over Race for Governor".

The article was written by Russell Payne of The New York Sun and also features Emporia State Univeristy's Michael Smith (Professor of Political Science). To view the article, click here.

September 26, 2022

Nathaniel Birkhead (Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Head), chimes in on news article with KWCH-DT about the upcoming Kansas midterm elections, and how litmus test conducted on August 2nd regarding abortion rights for Kansas citizens will be at the forefront of debates.

The article was written by Peter Zampa of KWCH-DT and features other interviewees alongside Dr. Birkhead. To view the article, click here.

September 23, 2022

Nathaniel Birkhead (Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Head), gives an interview regarding the recent increase of female voters across the nation due to recent legislation changes surrounding, in a U.S. & World Report News article titled "‘Pink Wave’ Poised to Upend Republican Midterm Prospects".

The article was written by Susan Milligan of the U.S.& World Report News and features other interviewees alongside Dr. Birkhead. To view this article, click here.

August 6, 2022

Nathaniel Birkhead (Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Head) gives solo analysis regarding the regional turnouts of the August 2nd state-wide vote on abortion rights in Kansas, in a Monkey Cage article titled "The Kansas Abortion Vote, In One Graph".

The article was written by Dr. Birkhead and was submitted to The Washington Post's blog spot Monkey Cage. To view the article, click here.

August 3, 2022

Brianne Heidbreder (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Graduate Studies), gives interview on the results of the August 2nd state-wide vote on abortion rights in Kansas, in a New York Times article titled "Yes, Kansas is Conservative. It's Also Complicated".

The article was written by Maggie Astor of The New York Times and features other interviewees alongside Dr. Heidbreder. To view the aricle, click here.

July 9, 2022

Nathaniel Birkhead (Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Head), gives an interview dicussing the buildup of tensions on both sides just weeks ahead of the August 2nd state-wide vote on abortion rights in Kansas, in The New York Sun article titled "Money and Accusations Fly as Kansas Abortion Amendment Vote Vote Draws Nearer".

The article was written by Stephen Prager of the The New York Sun and features other interviewees alongside Dr. Birkhead. To view the article, click here.

February 2, 2022

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), gives interview theorizing how the U.S. military's sending of 3,000 to eastern Europe could do for the developing Russia-Ukraine crisis, for The Conversation article titled "US troops head to Eastern Europe: 4 essential reads on the Ukraine crisis".

The article was written by Matt Williams of The Conversation and features a number of other interviewees alongside Dr. Flynn. To view the article, click here.

 

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), co-writes article for The Conversation about President Biden's decision to send several thousand military personnel to eastern Europe to assist NATO allies as Russian troops build up on the border of Ukraine, titled "Biden sending more troops to Eastern Europe – 3 key issues behind the decision".

The article was written by Dr. Flynn, Carla Martinez Machain (Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, New York), and Michael A. Allen (Professor of Political Science, Boise State University). To view the article, click here.

January 25, 2022

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), co-writes article for The Conversation about U.S. military presence once again increasing in Europe after a 30 year decline due to Russian provocation, titled "The US military presence in Europe has been declining for 30 years – the current crisis in Ukraine may reverse that trend".

The article was written by Dr. Flynn, Carla Martinez Machain (Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, New York), and Michael A. Allen (Professor of Political Science, Boise State University). To view the article, click here.

January 5, 2022

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), co-writes article for The Conversation going into how U.S. military presence is dwindling across the globe due to opposition from both domestic and foreign critics as well as the recent pulling out of troops from Afghanistan after 20 years, titled "After Afghanistan, US military presence abroad faces domestic and foreign opposition in 2022".

The article was written by Dr. Flynn, Carla Martinez Machain (Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, New York), and Michael A. Allen (Professor of Political Science, Boise State University). To view the article, click here.

January 1, 2022

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), gives interview about President Biden's promise to end the 'Forever Wars' in Afghanistan despite 30,000 U.S. troops still being active in the Middle East, in a Newsweek article titled "Biden Seeks to End 'Forever Wars,' But Still Has Over 30,000 Troops in Middle East One Year On".

The article was written by Tom O'Connor of Newsweek and features other interviewees alongside Dr. Flynn. To view the article, click here.

September 21, 2021

Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), has his data collection featured showing U.S. military presence around the world (in places such as the Middle East, Japan and South Korea, Latin America, and Europe) as of 2020 and how it has changed since 1950, in an article for Aljazeera titled "Infographic: US military presence around the world".

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Michael Flynn (Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Security Studies), has his data collection featured in an article for The Economist titled "How America wasted its unipolar moment".

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Publications

Forthcoming

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science) and Emizet Kisangani (Professor of Political Science), author chapter titled “Diversionary Theory and Crises in World Politics", for the upcoming book A Century of International Crises: 1918-2017.

The book, written by Kyle Beardsley (Professor of Political Science, Duke University), Patrick James (Dean's Professor of International Relations and Professor of International Relations, USC Dornsife), and Jonathan Wilkenfeld (Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland), is set for publication in the year 2024 through the University of Michigan Press.

 

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science), authors chapter titled "Globalization Shocks and Foreign Military Intervention", for the upcoming book Shocks and Political Change: A Comparative Perspective on Foreign Policy Analysis.

The book, written by William R. Thompson (Editor-in-chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and Affiliated Professor, University of Washington) and Thomas J. Volgy (Professor at the School of Government & Public Policy, University of Arizona), is set for publication in the year 2023.

September 5, 2022

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science) and Emizet Kisangani (Professor of Political Science), author article titled "Foreign Military Intervention and Cabinet Government Stability", which was accepted for publication in the Political Research Quaterly jounral.

The article is currently available online (click here to view) and will run publication in 2023.

August 26, 2022

Zhiwei Zhang (Associate Professor of Political Science), co-authors an article titled "Social asset or social liability? How partisanship moderates the relationship between social capital and Covid-19 vaccination rates across United States counties", which was accepted for publication in the Social Science & Medicine journal [Volume 311].

Co-written by Dr. Zhang, Gao Liu (Associate Professor at the School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University), Bin Chen (Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Human Development, Michigan State University), and Kun Huang (Chair of Biostatistics & Health Data Science, Indiana University School of Medicine).

The article is currently available online (click here to view) and will run publication in October 2022.

May 25, 2022

Zhiwei Zhang (Associate Professor of Political Science), co-authors an article titled "Local institutions and public service outsourcing: Managerial professionalism, mayoral strength, and electoral rules", which was accepted for publication in the PAR (Public Administration Review) journal.

Co-written by Dr. Zhang, Wenchi Wei (Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China), and Kaifeng Yang (Professor and Dean at the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China).

The article is currently available online (click here to view) and will run publication soon.

November 1, 2021

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science), co-authors article titled "Disparity and Diversion: Domestic Economic Inequality and MID Initiation", which was accepted for publication in the Foreign Policy Analysis journal [Volume 18, Issue 1].

Co-written by Dr. Pickering and Stephen B. Long (Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, University of Richmond).

The article is currently available online (click here to view) and officially published on January 1, 2022.

November 2021

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science) and Emizet Kisangani (Professor of Political Science) have their book African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers and Rebel Forces published by Cambridge University Press.

The book goes into how foreign military intervention has had a profound impact on post-colonial African history and politics. Interventions that have destabilized borderlands, overthrown governments, and taken a devastating toll on populations.

You can purchase African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers and Rebel Forces now on paperback, hardcover or eBook! See link here for details.

January 18, 2021

Jeff Pickering (Professor of Political Science), co-authors an article titled "Rivalry Type and Cyber Operations: “Hot” Rivalries, “Cold” Rivalries, and Cyber Incidents, 1990–2009", which was accepted for publication in the Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy journal [Volume 27, Issue 2].

Co-written by Dr. Pickering and Jacob A. Mauslein (K-State Security Studies PhD alum & Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University).

The article is currently available for purchase or K-State Libraries, click here for more information.