A Take on Political Discourse Post-2016

I have been thinking about the current political environment in the United States over the last few weeks. I have also been trying to engage in discussions about Trump’s recent election to the Presidency. I – as many scholars – think that Donald Trump was an abnormal candidate who has proposed some policy ideas that […]

2018 Midterm Elections Preview

It is mid-October and the 2018 Midterm elections arrive in just a few weeks on November 6, 2018. The GOP and the Trump Administration need to retain control of Congress to continue to enact their agenda, while the Democrats are desperate to flip either Chamber and start blocking Republican efforts.  The entire Political Science Department […]

Nordic Capitalism and the Varieties of Capitalism (VofC) Literature

On November 1, 2018 I gave a presentation for the MSSU Nordic Semester. It was on the Varieties of Capitalism literature, specifically differentiating the Nordic Model from other Liberal Market Economies (LMEs) and Coordinated Market Economies (CMEs). I am happy to be a part of the International Semesters at MSSU! You can check out the […]

MSSU Beamer Template

I took some time to design a nice looking Beamer template for my university – Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). The slideshow template includes our school colors, primary logo, and the lantern logo on all slides. I also built in an APA reference style for scholarly presentations. The .zip file also includes a .bib file […]

Trump and the New Anti-Globalism

The recent U.S. election has beeen puzzling for many people. The prediction modelers clearly got it wrong, but many of the national polls had the election within the margin of error. The exit polls are showing something that has been slowly happening for years – white, uneducated, unskilled, men have turned against the Democratic party […]

The UK’s Rocky Relationship with the EU – Brexit Talk

In late October I presented a discussion of the Brexit vote for the Missouri Southern State University themed semester on the U.K.  I present an original analysis of the Wave 7 British Election Study, attempting to disentangle who voted to leave the EU and why. It is clear from the data that, like the recent […]

The Bright Side of Brexit

Brexit is Real As many interested Americans, I stayed awake through the night watching (rather reading live blogs because U.S. coverage was minimal until the vote ended – they were too focussed on Trump and Hillary bickering to notice) what was happening with the British referendum on whether to leave the European Union (EU). The […]

Survey Monkey and Mechanical Turk – The Verification Code

Survey Monkey and Mechanical Turk Mechanical Turk (MTurk) has become an important data collection tool for social scientists – especially experimental political science research. For a very low cost, one can collect thousands of responses and there is a growing literature regarding the representativeness of the samples collected from MTurk (see this 2011 article by […]

Interview With KGCS-TV

This month was a very interesting time for Middle Eastern politics and American Foreign Policy. The Missouri Southern State University television channel KGCS-TV interviewed Dr. Conrad Gubera and myself for their Newsmakers television program. We tackle recent issues on the Syrian diplomatic effort currently underway in the United Nations, Middle Eastern politics, and American Foreign policy. This […]

LaTeX Dissertation Template for the University at Buffalo, SUNY

$\LaTeX$ Template for UB Thesis/Dissertation As I was preparing to consolidate what I have written into the first draft of my dissertation I began looking for a $\LaTeX$ template that already contained UB’s guidelines. This search was to no avail (unless someone knows otherwise?), so I began to look at other schools. I looked over a bunch and Penn […]