Department News

September 27, 2019

In their article, TIME for Kids to Learn Gender Stereotypes: Analysis of Gender and Political Leadership in a Common Social Studies Resource for Children, Jill Greenlee and her co-authors evaluate the presence of women political leaders in the children's magazine TIME for kids and rate whether the leaders are described as possessing gender-stereotypic traits. Their results show that although TIME for Kids covers women leaders in greater proportion than their overall representation in politics, the content of the coverage contains gendered messages that portray politics as a stereotypically masculine field. Portrayals of women political leaders in stereotype-congruent ways is problematic because early messages influence children's views of gender roles.

July 23, 2019

Amber Spry is quoted in The Boston Globe.

July 18, 2019

The Department of Politics at Brandeis University invites applications for a full-time tenure track or tenured position in Comparative Politics at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor.  The successful candidate’s term will begin in the Fall of 2020.
We are especially, but not solely, interested in candidates with regional expertise in Russia, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, or South Asia and with substantive interest in issues of ethnic politics, conflict and conflict mitigation,  democratization and de-democratization, political economy, political institutions, parties, and/or elections.
Candidates must demonstrate teaching and research excellence.
Duties include the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Politics (with courses cross-listed in the International Global Studies program, as appropriate), graduate student advising, doctoral dissertation supervision,   undergraduate thesis advising, and university and departmental service.
The course load is 2/2.

Candidates applying at the rank of assistant professor should have a PhD in Political Science in hand by August 2020.  Candidates applying at the rank of associate professor should have a proven publication record appropriate to this rank.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests that includes potential course offerings and syllabi and student evaluations where available,  a chapter or article-length writing sample, and three letters of reference.  Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty scholarship, teaching, and service.  Applicants are encouraged to address these goals in their cover letter or in their teaching and research statement.  These materials can be submitted electronically at:

First consideration will be given to applications received by September 20,  2019.  Questions about the position can be directed to: Eva Bellin (, Chair, Search Committee on Comparative Politics.

This position is subject to budget approval.

At Brandeis we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions.  Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been under represented in higher education.  The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, will build on Brandeis’ reputation for academic excellence and prepare its students for creative engagement in a pluralistic society.

July 2, 2019

by Shai Feldman in the latest issue of The National Interest.

June 16, 2019

Jill Greenlee is quoted in The New York Times.

June 6, 2019

by Jytte Klausen in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs.

May 20, 2019

Jill Greenlee is quoted in NBC News article.

Politics Majors Renee Korgood ('20) and Sagie Tvizer ('19) receive "Heroes" award from the Waltham Democratic City Committee

April 3, 2019

The Waltham Democratic City Committee (WDCC) has recognized Sagie Tvizer and Renee Korgood with their "Heroes" award for their dedicated efforts and involvement with the "Yes On 3" phone bank.  Last November, Massachusetts became the first state to uphold transgender protections at the ballot box.  This victory for human rights was due in no small part to volunteers across the state, exemplified by students such as Sagie and Renee, who gave so much of their limited time to educate the public and ensure people got out to the polls to send a strong message against discrimination. 

Scott O'Neil, Chair of the Waltham Democratic City Committee praised the efforts of these two Brandeis students: "The membership of the WDCC was impressed with Renee and Sagie's consistent efforts to grow the phonebank and make it a real community so that people would want to come back week after week. The number of volunteers grew each time, forcing them to move from two small rooms the first few weeks to two large ones (and spillover into the hallways) the last few phonebanks."

February 4, 2019

In American Politics Research, Jill Greenlee and co-authors examine the limits of paternal identity on congressional behavior in the era of polarization.

February 1, 2019

Eva Bellin and co-author David Pion-Berlin examine the political crisis in Venezuela in The Washington Post's "Monkey Cage."

January 31, 2019

Jeffrey G. Karam (PhD '16) is an assistant professor of political science at the Lebanese American University and is an associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative. His news analysis on Lebanon's new government appeared in The Washington Post's "Monkey Cage."

January 25, 2019

Amber Spry reviews Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics in Science (26 Oct 2018).

January 20, 2019

Amber Spry is quoted in Business Insider article.
Politics Major Jonathan Goldman receives a Karpf & Hahn Peace Grant, sponsored by the PAX Program.

December 5, 2018

Jonathan, along with Victoria St. Jean, founded The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII) which assists immigrants to navigate legal issues through consultation, workshops, and legal representation. The Karpf & Hahn Peace Grant will enable them to continue to grow their outreach efforts and services.

November 13, 2018

Research by Alejandro Trelles referenced in the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage"
Karim Elkady (PhD '15) is awarded the Smith Richardson Strategy and Policy Fellowship

November 2, 2018

This fellowship will support his current book project, Alliances that Matter: Why America Succeeds in Rebuilding States after Military Intervention.

June 8, 2017

Catherine Worsnop ('16) has published "Provoking Barriers: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak and Unintended Consequences of WHO’s Power to Declare a Public Health Emergency" in a special issue of the journal Global Health Governance titled "Reform of the World Health Organization"

January 20, 2017

In an interview with GSAS, Ryan LaRochelle analyzes President Trump's Inauguration speech.

January 18, 2017

Writing in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, Ryan LaRochelle explains why the GOP-led efforts to turn Medicaid into a block grant could result in funding reductions and program atrophy.

January 8, 2017

Jeffrey G. Karam (PhD '16) publishes article, "Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958," in the journal Intelligence and National Security

This article asks the question, "Why were American officials caught by surprise with the military coup and later revolution in Iraq on 14 July 1958?" And argues, drawing on American intelligence and diplomatic records as well as multilingual sources, that the US intelligence failure is the product of two factors: the collection of information from too few and too similar human sources of intelligence in Iraq’s ruling regime, and the unreceptivity of US officials to assessing new information and their unwillingness to update assessments of local Iraqi developments. It revisits America’s intelligence failure in Iraq and suggests important lessons for the study of intelligence.

Jeffrey Karam is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, and a Lecturer as the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.

December 14, 2016

Ellie Driscoll '16 received the Doris Brewer Cohen Award in Justice and Public Life for her senior thesis in politics titled, "Locked Out: How a Criminal Record Restricts Employment Opportunities for African-Americans." 

Ellie's thesis was selected from among nominations received from all of the Social Sciences departments and includes a monetary prize of $2,500.  This campus-wide award is highly prestigious and the politics department, along with her thesis committee (her adviser Professor Dan Kryder, Professor Kerry Chase, and Interim President Lisa Lynch) congratulates Ellie for this well-deserved honor!  
Ryan LaRochelle receives Experiential Teaching and Learning grant

November 16, 2016

Ryan LaRochelle (Visiting Lecturer in Politics) has received an Experiential Learning and Teaching grant to integrate an exit poll assignment in his fall 2016 course: POL105a – Elections in America.  The assignment requires students to write a set of clearly-worded survey questions, devise a sampling strategy informed by the scholarship on survey research, collect responses at precincts in Waltham on Election Day, and analyze and present the results of their poll in class.  The grant, provided by the Experiential Learning and Teaching office at Brandeis, will help pay for student transportation to the polls as well as materials and supplies necessary to complete the assignment.

October 17, 2016

Professor Marty Levin's original paintings are on display as part of the JustArts Faculty/Staff exhibition.  The exhibition, located in the Dreitzer Gallery inside the Spingold Theater ran through November 13, 2016.   A review and slideshow can be found in the BrandeisNow article.

September 30, 2016

Professor Jill Greenlee and co-authors Grace Deason and Carrie Langer wrote the chapter, "The Impact of Motherhood and Maternal Messages on Political Candidates" which appears in the edited volume, The Political Psychology of Women in U.S. Politics. (Routledge). 

September 29, 2016

Adam Smith has a terrific piece entitled, "'Getting things done': It's overrated," in the September 29, 2016 issue of Times Higher Education.

Kerry Chase presents paper at the Annual APSA Conference

September 1, 2016

Professor Kerry Chase presented a paper at the annual American Political Science Association (ASPA) conference held in Philadelphia on September 1-4, 2016.  An abstract to the paper titled, "Globalized Entertainment and Trade Conflicts in the World Trade Organization," is below:

Conflicts over trade and culture are among the oldest and most contentious in the trading system.  Although these conflicts have not ceased, several states in the Doha Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations have grown more open to placing entertainment and culture under binding trade rules.  "Globalized Entertainment and Trade Conflicts in the WTO" analyzes changes in the positions states have taken on this issue in the past 25 years and proposes an explanation for these political shifts -- lower entry barriers into entertainment production and resultant export growth in certain countries in the digital age.