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faculty research people

Professor Cameron with Princeton professor Jonathan Kastellec, will be investigating the operation, dynamics, and trajectory of America’s separation‐of‐powers system by conducting an in‐depth examination of historical changes in the politics of Supreme Court nominations. They will examine nominations from 1930‐2017, addressing such questions as what types of nominees presidents select and what the consequences of appointments are for the long‐run trajectory of the Court’s decisions. The overarching goal of the project is to produce the first integrated account of Supreme Court nomination and confirmation politics that simultaneously place changes in the nomination process within the larger context of the dramatic evolution of American Politics over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. In doing so, they hope to contribute to the normative debate over whether the United States’ separation‐of‐power system can cope with the dramatic changes in the American constitutional order and the current era of intense partisan polarization.

Why do some governments fail to use existing state resources? Conventional wisdom suggests that governments are spendthrift. Yet, in much of the developing world, local governments underspend their budgets. Professor Holland’s book project explores the puzzle of fallow states, or the underuse of existing state resources. Through a statistical analysis of subnational spending and peri-urban land use patters across the developing world and in-depth case studies of Latin American countries with varying resource use across time and space, this project seeks to shed new light on what states do, and fail to do, for their citizens.

Gary Bass will use his Bobst research support for his work investigating the Tokyo war crimes tribunal, studying that event as a lens through which to understand how the historical legacy of World War II has introduced risk in the regional order in East Asia.

Faisal Ahmed will use his Bobst Award to continue his examination of how major powers affect state fragility, and his exploration of how the causes and consequences associated with fragile states is related to international concerns over civil conflict, refugees, terrorism, repression, poverty, bad governance, and epidemics.

Keren Yarhi-Milo has received a Bobst Award to support her completion of two national representative survey experiments in the United States and one in Israel, designed to examine issues and attitudes toward the use of covert military force between separate democracies.

Rory Truex will be using his Bobst Award for his research in to citizen attitudes toward government leaders in Egypt.

Professor Omar Wasow has received a Bobst Award to investigate how media cues about subordinate group protests can influence dominant group identity, attitudes and behavior.

Professor Kris Ramsay received Bobst funding for his project entitled, “Markets for Small Arms and the International Political Economy of Civil War,” a study of the political economy of small arms transfers.

Professor Pop-Eleches has won the support of the Bobst Center in 2015 for his project, “Revolution, Ethnic Conflict, and Ukrainian National Identity.”

Ali Valenzuela is conducting research for his first book project, Competing for Latinos: How Political Geography and Close Elections Shape Identity Politics in America. In addition to using GIS and existing polls to analyze the political geography of Latino identity and campaign targeting of Latino voters in 2010-2014, Valenzuela is fielding a new survey in states with overlapping media markets, an approach that will provide a new window into the effects of campaign targeting on identity group unity in American politics.