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Thomas Gift
Dr Thomas Gift, CUSP Director

Associate Professor in Political Science

Thomas’s research and teaching interests include US politics, public policy, and applications of survey and experimental methods.


Julie Norman
Dr Julie Norman, CUSP Co-Director

Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Julie’s research and teaching interests include international relations, US foreign policy, security, political violence, and political protest.

 

 


Gareth Davies
Professor Gareth Davies

Professor in American History

Gareth's research has focussed variously on the history of the US welfare state, the political legacy of the 1960s, and on attempting to explain governmental growth in a persistently anti-statist political culture.  

 


Jared Finnegan
Dr Jared Finnegan

Lecturer in Public Policy

Jared's research investigates how governments, voters, and business understand and address long-term societal challenges, particularly climate change.

 


Kate
Dr Katie Gaddini

Lecturer (Teaching) in Sociology

Katie's current research investigates the race-religion-nationalism nexus in the United States.


Melanie Garson
Dr Melanie Garson

Senior Teaching Fellow in International Conflict Resolution & Security

Melanie's research and teaching interests include international negotiation and mediation, emerging technologies and the future of conflict in a digital age, cyberwarfare, and US foreign policy.


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Dr Nadia Hilliard

Lecturer in US Politics

Nadia’s research focuses on the themes of accountability and state building in the American political development (APD) tradition.


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Dr Jeffrey Howard

Associate Professor in Political Theory

Jeffrey writes and teaches about a variety of topics in contemporary political and legal philosophy, especially concerning crime and punishment, freedom of expression, and counter-terrorism.


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Dr Brian Klaas

Associate Professor in Global Politics 

Brian is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections.

 

 

 


Keith
Reverend Professor Keith Magee

Senior Fellow in Culture and Justice

Keith's research and teaching interests include social justice, civil rights, and voting rights and the intersection of US race, religion, and politics.

 


Jon
Dr Jonathan Monten

Associate Professor in Political Science

Jonathan's research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations, international security, and US foreign policy.


Michael
Dr Michael Plouffe

Lecturer in International Political Economy

Michael's work on the US focuses on trade policy, both in the politics behind its formation and its effects across the economy. 


Colin Provost
Dr Colin Provost

Associate Professor in Public Policy

Colin’s research focuses on regulation through litigation in the American states, specifically on the role of state attorneys general in enforcing state and federal laws in consumer protection, competition (antitrust), and finance.

 

 


Dr Mitch Robertson
Dr Mitch Robertson

Associate Lecturer in US History 

Mitch's research focuses on modern political history of the United States, with a particular emphasis on the role played by non-elected actors in the US political system.


Visiting Research Fellows


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Dr Andrew M. Bell

Visiting Research Fellow at CUSP

Andrew's current research examines the effect of international humanitarian law and norms of restraint on combatant conduct toward civilians during war. 

 


Bahar Karimi
Bahar Karimi

Visiting Research Fellow at CUSP

Bahar’s research focuses on US foreign policy, with a particular interest in US – Iran relations.

 

 


Carlos
Dr Carlos X. Lastra-Anadon

Visiting Research Fellow at CUSP 

Carlos's work is concerned with understanding what sustains and enhances robust human capital formation, especially in the US. 

 


Tom Packer
Dr Tom Packer

Research Fellow at Institute of the Americas

Tom's research and teaching interests include US politics, elections, US Conservatism, and US history broadly defined.