We are a department committed to intellectual rigor and believe that when theory and careful empirical analysis are joined together in an environment of purposeful interrogation significant insights for the discipline, our communities, and the world emerge. Our faculty has wide-ranging interests and they approach their work from varying interdisciplinary, theoretical and empirical perspectives. We are not committed to a discipline but instead to the unyielding pursuit of new paradigms for understanding the world. Here are some of the most recent books by our faculty.

Albertus, Michael. Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Cohen, Cathy. Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American PoliticsOxford University Press, 2010.

Dawson, Michael. Blacks In and Out of the Left: Past, Present, and FutureHarvard University Press, 2013.

Dawson, Michael. Not in Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black PoliticsUniversity of Chicago Press, 2011.

Herrigel, Gary. Manufacturing Possibilities: Creative Action and Industrial Recomposition in the US, Germany and Japan. Oxford University Press, 2010. 

Howell, William. Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency. Basic Books, 2016.

Howell, William. Thinking about the American PresidencyPrinceton University Press, 2013.

Howell, William. The Wartime President (with Jackman and Rogowski). University of Chicago Press, 2013.

McCormick, John. Weimar Thought: A Contested LegacyPrinceton University Press, 2013.

McCormick, John. Machiavellian DemocracyCambridge University Press, 2011.

Mearsheimer, John J. Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International PoliticsOxford University Press, 2011.

Nalepa, Monika. Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist EuropeCambridge University Press, 2010.

Oliver, Eric. Local Elections and the Politics of Small Scale DemocracyPrinceton University Press, 2012.

Oliver, Eric. The Paradoxes of Integration: Race, Neighborhood, and Civic Life in Multi-Ethnic AmericaUniversity of Chicago Press, 2010.

Padgett, John. The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (with Woody Powell). Princeton University Press, 2012.

Pape, Robert. Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It (with James Feldman)University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Patty, John. Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (with Elizabeth Maggie Penn). Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Patty, John. Learning While Governing (with Sean Gialmard). University of Chicago Press, 2012. 

Penn, Elizabeth Maggie. Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (with John Patty). Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Slater, Dan. Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Staniland, Paul. Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse. Cornell University Press, 2014.

Zerilli, Linda. A Democratic Theory of Judgment. University of Chicago Press, 2016.