Research Briefs

Delve deeper into the most recent research published by Watson faculty.


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How India's Ruling Party Erodes Democracy

Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia Ashutosh Varshney recently published a paper in The Journal of Democracy titled, "How India's Ruling Party Erodes Democracy."
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Costs of War Awarded 2022 US Peace Prize

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation unanimously voted to award the 2022 US Peace Prize to Costs of War "For Crucial Research to Shed Light on The Human, Environmental, Economic, Social, and Political Costs of U.S. Wars."
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Tackling Unlit and Inefficient Gas Flaring

Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon recently co-authored an article for Science Magazine titled "Tackling Unlit and Inefficient Gas Flaring," which explains how emissions from flaring threaten the global climate and the health of local communities.
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Does Fake News Affect Voting Behaviour?

Nicolò Fraccaroli co-authored a paper titled, "Does Fake News Affect Voting Behaviour?" that will be published in the January 2023 issue of Research Policy, and is currently available online.
Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia Ashutosh Varshney recently published a 17,000-word paper on "India's Democratic Longevity and its Troubled Trajectory" in Democracy in Hard Places, edited by Scott Mainwaring and Tarek Masoud.
Eric Patashnik recently authored an essay titled, "Backlash Politics in America's Disunited and Polarized State" for the Studies in American Political Development Journal published by Cambridge University Press.
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Domestic Worldmaking by the Enslaved

Geri Augusto was featured in a virtual symposium to kickoff a longer-term project titled, "Domestic Worldmaking by the Enslaved", which focuses on a collective story-telling typology and integration of diverse work related to the agency and innovations within the domestic practices of individuals enslaved during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Costs of War project among the nominees for the 2022 US Peace Prize, which is awarded by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation to recognize and honor the most outstanding American antiwar leaders.
The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies released a research study titled, "Public Action and the Pandemic: The Role of Civil Society in Shaping State Responses" that systematically documents, evaluates, and explains the role that civil society has played in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic through an examination of five separate case studies.
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Dany Bahar Awarded a Hilton Foundation Grant

Dany Bahar was recently awarded a Hilton Foundation grant to support his project, Migration Amnesty, Entrepreneurship and Labor Markets Integration: Evidence and Policy Insights on Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia.
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Glenn Loury selected as a 2022 Bradley Prize winner

Glenn Loury has been named a 2022 Bradley Prize winner. The honor recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements reflect The Bradley Foundation's mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. Loury will receive the award at the 18th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony on Tuesday, May 17th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Colgan and co-author Miriam Hinthorn recently published a Climate Solutions White Paper on the threat of a full or partial cut-off of Russian natural gas to the European Union, countermeasures available, and the importance of transitioning to clean energy.
In May 2020, Jayanti Owens was selected as a William T. Grant Scholar for her project, "What Drives Racial/Ethnic Disparities in School Discipline? Understanding Mechanisms to Inform Policy Solutions." The grant will allow her to assist schools in developing and evaluating a diagnostic tool to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in student discipline.
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Faculty book contributions in 2021

Each year, Watson faculty help to edit books and chapters and publish books of their own. Explore the books our faculty worked on this year.
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Reid Pauly Wins Nuclear Security Grant

Reid Pauly recently won a Nuclear Security Grant from the Stanton Foundation, which focuses on international nuclear security issues. The grant will support Pauly's forthcoming research, "Threats That Leave Something to Chance."
Reid Pauly and Cullen G. Nutt (U.S. Naval Academy) recently co-authored an article published in International Security 46, 2 (Fall 2021). Together they delve into four case studies of nuclear proliferation in Taiwan, Libya, South Africa, and North Korea.
Wendy Schiller was recently awarded the APSA Barbara Sinclair Lectureship Award by the American Political Science Association, which recognizes achievement in promoting understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics.
Nitsan Chorev and coauthor Salma Mutwafy recently published a piece in SECTORS: Newsletter of the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Development Section on the impact that international contests over innovation, vaccine diplomacy, and health nationalism have on both the availability of vaccines and their perception in low-income countries.
In her book, "No Standard Oil: Managing Abundant Petroleum in a Warming World," published by Oxford University Press in October 2021, Deborah Gordon examines the widely varying climate impacts of global oils and gases and proposes solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions in this sector.
In September 2021, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) at Watson, in collaboration with the Naval War College, presented cutting edge public health, social science, and legal research examining key questions regarding humanitarian civil-military coordination.
In an article appearing in the Fall 2021 issue of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies titled "The Italian Catholic Press and the Racial Laws (1938–1943)," David Kertzer, with coauthor Roberto Benedetti, examines the support that the Roman Catholic Church gave to Fascist Italy's antisemitic "racial laws."
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Who Gets What? The New Politics of Insecurity

Margaret Weir recently co-edited "Who Gets What? The New Politics of Insecurity," a book harnessing the expertise of scholars from across the disciplines of history and the social sciences to probe how the economic and social transformations of the past forty years have introduced new risks and insecurities that fractured the solidarities of the postwar era.
Jeff Colgan recently authored, "Climate Change, Grand Strategy, and International Order" a piece in which he identifies three different ways that various analysts of strategy and order think about climate change.