Gradventure Turkey – Part 1

Field work is easily my favorite part about being an academic. Even though academia has slowly moved away from the good old fashioned field work for the most part (while focusing on data analysis and building data sets), those of us studying Comparative Politics and International Relations are still expected to do field work. Fortunately for my dissertation project, I am relying on heavy field work spread across three countries to prove my hypothesis about the influence of bureaucracy on democratization efforts. My cases are Turkey, Pakistan, and Taiwan. Currently, I am working on Turkey and Pakistan. As a Taiwan Fellow for 2017, I will begin work on Taiwan in Fall 2017 after I move there as part of the fellowship for a semester. Continue reading Gradventure Turkey – Part 1

The GOP’s Primary Method To The Madness

5440002785_f802ecea99_oThe GOP Primary race this election cycle has been interesting to say the least. From comparing every incidence to Nazis (Dr. Carson does that on a regular basis) to actually appropriating Nazi ideas into policy i.e. database and ID cards for Muslim Americans (Mr. Trump believes that is a great idea). To the outside world this seems insanity and makes no sense but to anyone who is a political observer of the primary process and the American politics, this makes complete sense. Continue reading The GOP’s Primary Method To The Madness

Building a Super PAC – My Most Audacious Idea Yet

PAC NANRecently I have been working on a paper that deals with the impact of Political Action Committees (PAC) on politics in Washington DC. Through the course of writing this paper and talking to professionals, I have realized that most people have no idea what a PAC actually does. Continue reading Building a Super PAC – My Most Audacious Idea Yet

Book Review: Theories of International Politics and Zombies

IMG_20140503_024656This is a variation of the book review I wrote for my Graduate Course in International Politics. The work I submitted is similar to this but is way more formal. I originally wrote this to submit but then realized it may back fire big times.  So, instead of getting rid of this, I am posting it here for all of you to enjoy. 

* The book is available online at Princeton University Press and at Amazon*

 Every now and then there is a book that plays on fantasy to makes you question reality. Daniel Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies is that book. Easily one of the most creative books written on politics in the recent past, IP & Zombies takes serious theories and mixes them with pop culture references to build an argument that is fun to read and easy to understand. Taking on the recent obsession with everything undead, Drezner makes zombies the basis for an intriguing discussion on political theories in the times of the undead. Continue reading Book Review: Theories of International Politics and Zombies