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This Post Won’t Matter…

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear I watched this documentary last night. Like most documentaries most of the information is true but framed in a way which persuades viewers to come to a certain conclusion. The documentary’s thesis (if you want to call it that) argues that for the last 60 or […]