Faculty Research


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Chattopadhyay, Jacqueline, “Are Press Depictions of Affordable Care Act Beneficiaries Favorable to Policy Durability?” Politics and the Life Sciences 34, 2 (2015): 7-43.
  2. Conrad, Justin and Kevin Greene (note: a POLS undergrad). “Differentiation and the Severity of Terrorist Attacks.” Journal of Politics 77, 2 (2015): 546-561.
  3. Douglas, James W., Ringa Raudla, and Roger E. Hartley, “Shifting Constellations of Actors and their Influence on Policy Diffusion: A Study of the Diffusion of Drug Courts.” Policy Studies Journal 43, 4 (2015): 484-511.
  4. Raudla, Ringa, James W. Douglas, Tiina Randma-Liiv, and Riin Savi, “The Impact of Fiscal Crisis on Decision-Making Processes in European Governments: Dynamics of a Centralization Cascade,” Public Administration Review 75, 6: 842-852.
  5. Raudla, Ringa, James W. Douglas, Kulli Taro, and Cherlin Agu. “The Impact of Performance Audit on Public Sector Organizations: The Case of Estonia.” Public Organization Review published online March 7, 2015.
  6. Bottia, M., Jason Giersch, R.A. Mickelson, E. Stearns, and S. Moller, “Distributive Justice Antecedents of Race and Gender Disparities in First-Year College Performance,” forthcoming in Social Justice Research
  7. Giersch, Jason, “New Trends in Academic Achivement Among Teachers,” Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research 1, 1 (2015)
  8. Whitaker, Beth and Jason Giersch, “Political Competition and Attitudes Toward Immigration: Evidence from Africa,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41, 10 (2015): 1536-1557.
  9. Read, D. and Suzanne Leland, “A Gendered Perspective on Local Economic Development: Differences in the Perceived Importance of Public Service in the Business Recruitment Process,” forthcoming in Administration and Society
  10. Smirnova, O.V., Suzanne Leland and W. Yousef, “Managing for Performance Measurement and Monitoring of Contracts in the Transit Industry,” forthcoming in Journal of Procurement.
  11. Mohr, Zachary. “Performance Measurement and Cost Accounting: Are They Competing or Complementary Systems of Control?” forthcoming at Public Administration Review
  12. Piatak, Jaclyn S. “Public Service Motivation, Prosocial Behaviors, and Career Ambitions,” forthcoming at International Journal of Manpower
  13. Piatak, Jaclyn S., “Understanding the Implementation of Medicaid and Medicare: Social Construction and Historical Context,” forthcoming at Administration & Society.
  14. Szmer, John, Donald R. Songer, and Jennifer Barnes Bowie. “Party Capability and the U.S. Court of Appeals: Understanding Why the ‘Haves’ Win.” Forthcoming in Journal of Law & Courts.
  15. Walsh, James Igoe. “Autonomous Weapons and Political Accountability,” forthcoming at Research and Politics.
  16. Whitaker, Beth Elise and Salma Inyangi, “Diaspora Voting and Ethnic Politics in Kenya,” forthcoming in Afrique Contemporaine.
  17. Whitaker, Beth Elise, “Playing the Immigration Card: The Politics of Exclusion in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana,” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 53, 3 (2015): 274-293.
  18. Weeks, Gregory, “Fighting to Close the School of the Americas: Unintended Consequences of Successful Activism,” forthcoming in Journal of Human Rights

Book Chapters

  1. Leland, Suzanne and O.V. Smirnova, “Contracting Decisions.” In R. Schick (ed.). Government Contracting: A Public Solutions Handbook (New York: Routledge, 2015).
  2. Maestas, Cherie D. and Travis Braidwood. 2015. “Running with Uncertainty: Candidate Emergence after Florida Redistricting.” In ed. Seth McKee Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.

Other Peer-Reviewed

  1. Walsh, James Igoe and Marcus Schulzke, The Ethics of Drone Strikes: Does Reducing the Cost of Conflict Encourage War? Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College.

Funded External Grant Proposed in 2015

  1. Suzanne Leland, “MPA Fellowship,” City of Charlotte/Chamber of Commerce $20,689
  2. Suzanne Leland, “Public Service Fellowship,” Charlotte Works $20,689
  3. Jim Walsh, “Natural Resources Crime and Armed Conflict,” DoD Army Research Office $7,313



  1. Bowie, Jennifer Barnes, Donald R. Songer, and John Szmer. 2014. The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U. S. Courts of Appeals. (University of Virginia Press Constitutionalism and Democracy series).
  2. Gregory Weeks, Understanding Latin American Politics (New York: Pearson, 2014).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. S.J. Niggel and W. Brandon “Social Determinants of Health and Community Needs:  Implications for Health Legacy Foundations,” Health Affairs 33 (11; November 2014):  2072-2076. 
  2. Justin Conrad, "Going Abroad: Transnational Solicitation and Contention by Ethnopolitical Organizations" (with Victor Asal and Peter White). 2014. International Organization 68(4) 945-978.
  3. Justin Conrad, "Why Some Autocrats are Terrorized While Others are Not" (with Courtenay R. Conrad and Joseph K. Young).  2014.  International Studies Quarterly 58(3): 539-549.
  4. Justin Conrad, "International Spoiling, Cooperation and Transnational Terrorism" (with James Igoe Walsh).  2014.  International Interactions 40(4): 453-476.
  5. Eric Heberlig, “US House Incumbent Fundraising and Spending in a Post-Citizens United (and Post-McCutcheon) World.”  Political Science Quarterly. (With Bruce Larson)
  6. Kimball, Davd C. and Martha Kropf. Forthcoming. "Cumulative Voting: The Case of Port Chester, New York." Social Sciences Quarterly.
  7. Heberlig, E, Leland, S. M., & Swindell, D.  Forthcoming. The Disruption Costs of Post-9-11 Security Measures and Cities' Bids for Presidential Nominating Conventions." Journal of Urban Affairs. (1)
  8. Smirnova, O. V., & Leland, S. M. (2014). Cutback Management during the Great Recession The Case of Transit Agencies and Contracting Out. State and Local Government Review, 46(4), 272-281. (1)
  9. Smirnova, O. V., & Leland, S. M. (2014). Public Transportation and Contracting Out. Public Works Management & Policy, 19(4), 358-364.(1)
  10. Maestas, Cherie D., Matthew Buttice, and Walter J. Stone 2014. “Extracting Wisdom from Experts and Small Crowds: Strategies for Improving Informant-based Measures of Political Concepts” Political Analysis. 22 (3): 354-373
  11. Eckles, David L., Cindy D. Kam, Cherie D. Maestas, Brian K. Schaffner 2014. “Risk Attitudes and the Incumbency Advantage” Political Behavior 46(4):741
  12. Zach Mohr, “An Analysis of the Purposes of Cost Accounting in Large US Cities” Public Budgeting and Finance. Forthcoming.
  13. Zach Mohr, “Taking Stock:  Assessing and Improving Performance Budgeting Theory and Practice” (with Alfred TK Ho and Y Lu) Public Performance and Management Review.  Forthcoming.
  14. Zach Mohr, “The Effect of Rules on Job Satisfaction” 2014. (with Leisha DeHart-Davis and Randall S. Davis) Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.  Advance online publication
  15. Piatak, J.S. (Forthcoming). Altruism by Job Sector: Can Public Sector Employees Lead the Way in Rebuilding Social Capital? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, first published online April 2, 2014
  16. Szmer, John, Robert K. Christensen, and Erin B. Kaheny. Forthcoming. "Gender, Race, and Dissensus on State Supreme Courts." Social Science Quarterly.
  17. Kaheny, Erin B., John Szmer, Michael Hansen, and Kate Scheurer. Forthcoming. “High Court Recruitment of Female Clerks: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.” Justice System Journal.
  18. Szmer, John, Erin B. Kaheny, and Robert K. Christensen. Forthcoming. “Taking a Dip in the Supreme Court Clerk Pool: Gender-Based Discrepancies in Clerk Selection.” Marquette Law Review.
  19. Asal, Victor, Michael Findley, James A. Piazza, and James Igoe Walsh. Forthcoming. Oil, Political Exclusion, and Ethnic Armed Conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  20. Conrad, Courtenay, Justin Conrad, James A. Piazza, and James Igoe Walsh. Forthcoming. Who Tortures the Terrorists? Foreign Policy Analysis.
  21. Walsh, James Igoe. 2014. Big Data, Insider Threats, and International Intelligence Sharing. CTX 4:1, 49-57.
  22. Whitaker, Beth Elise and Jason Giersch. 2015. "Political Competition and Attitudes towards Immigration in Africa." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Funded External Grant Proposed in 2014

  1. Jim Walsh, “Territorial Control and Armed Conflict” Dept of Defense $123,576
  2. Beth Whitaker, “APSA Africa Workshop 2015 on Conflict and Political Violence” American Political Science Association $230,000
  3. Suzanne Leland, “MPA Graduate Student Fellowship City of Concord Budget Office” City of Concord $8,932
  4. Jim Walsh, “The Ethics of Drone Strikes Does Reducing the Cost of Conflict Encourage War” Army War College $13,593
  5. Maureen Brown and Zach Mohr, “Acquisition in a World of Joint Capabilities: Methods for Understanding Cross-Organizational Network Performance.” Dept of Defense Naval Supply Systems Command $116,389