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EDUCATION

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Ph.D. in Political Science (2000). 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) , Washington, D.C.
M.A. in International Relations (1989). 

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in Political Science (1987). Graduated cum laude.
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND METHODS

Research Interests: American foreign policy, international security, mass media and politics, political psychology, political communications, democratic crisis behavior, the American presidency.

Methods: Advanced statistics and formal theory.
 

PUBLICATIONS
       BOOKS
 
       ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Talking The Vote: What Happens When Presidential Politics Hits the Talk Show Circuit? American Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).
  • Going Private: Public Opinion, Presidential Rhetoric, and the Domestic Politics of Audience Costs in U.S. Foreign Policy Crises. 2004. Journal of Conflict Resolution 48(October) (Forthcoming).
  • How Public Opinion Constrains the Use of Force: The Case of Operation Restore Hope. 2004. Presidential Studies Quarterly. Forthcoming (June).
  • Circling the Wagons: Soft News and Isolationism in American Public Opinion. 2004. International Studies Quarterly. Forthcoming (June). 
  • What Gets Covered?: How Media Coverage of Elite Debate Drives the Rally-'Round-the-Flag Phenomenon, 1979-1998. In In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenges of Public Leadership. Han, Lori Cox and Diane Heith, editors. Forthcoming (with Tim Groeling).
  • Soft News and Political Knowledge: Evidence of Absence or Absence of Evidence? 2003. Political Communication 20(April): 173-190. Abstract  
  • The Political Economy of Growth: Democracy and Human Capital. 2003. American Journal of Political Science 43 (April): 333-347 (with David Lake).  Abstract & Data  
  • Sex, Lies and War: How Soft News Brings Foreign Policy to the Inattentive Public . 2002. American Political Science Review 96 (March): 91-109. Abstract  
  • The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon. 2002. International Studies Quarterly 46 (June):263-298. Abstract & Data  
  • The Invisible Hand of Democracy: Political Control and the Provision of Public Services. 2001. Comparative Political Studies 34 (August): 587-621. (with David Lake) Abstract & Data  
  • Economic Class and Popular Support for Franklin Roosevelt in War and Peace. 2001. Public Opinion Quarterly 65(Summer): 198-229. (with Sam Kernell) Abstract & Data  
  • Has Cable Ended the Golden Age of Presidential Television?  1999. American Political Science Review 93 (March): 1-16. (with Sam Kernell)  Abstract & Data
  • The Communications Revolution and the Political Use of Force. In Technology, Development, and Democracy: International Conflict and Cooperation in the Information Age. 2002. Allison, Juliann E., editor. New York: SUNY Press. Chapter 6, pp.131-159.

 

        OTHER PUBLICATIONS 

  • “Unconventional Channels for Today's Conventional Politics.” San Diego Union Tribune, July 25, 2004: G1.

  • “Can Entertainment Drive Foreign Policy? Soft News and Public Reactions to the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal.” 2004. MESSAGE - internationale Fachzeitschrift für Journalismus (July). (Published in German language.)
  • Review of Celebrity Politics: Real Politics in America , by Darrell M. West and John M. Orman. Upper Saddle Ridge, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003. In Political Communication (forthcoming 2004).
  • Review of If it Bleeds, it Leads: An Anatomy of Television News, by Matthew R. Kerbel. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2001. In Political Communication (forthcoming 2004).
  • “Making Politics Fun. What Happens When Presidential Candidates Hit the Talk Show Circuit?” PRG Report . (APSA Presidency Research Group, Spring 2002 Newsletter).
  • "Biological Nightmare Awaits: Clock is Ticking for U.S. to Tackle New Threat." Defense News, December 6, 1993. 
  • "Evolving Along With Our Technology." Chicago Tribune, June 4, 1993. 
  • Review of Long Cycles in World Politics by George Modelski, in SAIS Review , Vol. 9, No. 1 (Summer-Fall 1989). 
  • Review of Going Nuclear by Leonard Spector, in SAIS Review Vol. 8, No. 1 (Summer-Fall 1988).


CONFERENCE PAPERS
  • “High-Quality vs. High-Brow: Can Soft News Ever be the Best News?” Paper presented at 2004 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. With Angela Jamison.

  • “In the Eye of the Beholder: An Experimental Investigation into the Foundations of the Hostile Media Phenomenon.” Paper presented at 2004 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. With Phil Gussin.

  • “Crossing the Water's Edge: Elite Rhetoric, Media Coverage and the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon, 1979-2003.” Paper presented at 2004 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. With Tim Groeling.
  • "What Gets Covered?: How Media Coverage of Elite Debate Drives the Rally-'Round-the-Flag Phenomenon, 1979-1998" (with Tim Groeling). Paper presented at the 2003 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • "Sanctioning in the Shadow of War: The Interdependence of Economic Sanctions and the Use of Military Force." Paper presented at the 2003 meeting of the International Studies Association, Portland, OR. (With Angela O'Mahony and Michael Hiscox).
  • "Rocking the Vote: Presidential Politics Hits the Talk Show Circuit."  Paper presented at the 2002 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. Received APSA Political Communication Section's Paul Lazarsfeld Award for best paper on political communication presented at the 2002 APSA Conference.
  • "Circling the Wagons: Soft News and Isolationism in American Public Opinion."  Paper presented at the 2002 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, and the 2002 meeting of the Peace Science Society International, Tucson, AZ.
  • "Public Opinion and the Domestic Politics of Congressional Trade Sanctions."  Paper presented at the 2002 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. With Angela O'Mahony and Michael Hiscox.
  • "Playing to the Crowd: Public Opinion and the Initiation of Trade Sanctions."  Paper presented at the 2001 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. With Angela O'Mahony and Michael Hiscox.
  • "Who Rallies? The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon." Presented at the 2000 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. August 30-September 3. Received APSA Presidency Research Group's "Founder's Award" for best paper on the presidency presented at the 2000 APSA Conference. 
  • "The Political Economy of Growth: Democracy and Human Capital." Poster presented at the 2000 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. August 30-September 3. With David Lake. 
  • "Public Opinion, Domestic Politics and the Decision to Use Military Force: The Case of Operation Restore Hope." Presented at the 2000 Meeting of the International Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, 15-18 March and the 2000 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 27-30 April.
  • "The Ties that Bind: How the Media and Public Opinion Constrain the Decision to Use Force."   Paper presented at the 1999 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA, September 3-6, and the 1999 Meeting of the International Peace Sciences Society, Ann Arbor, MI, October 8-11.
  • "How Public Opinion Constrains the Political Use Of Force."   Paper presented at the 1999 Meeting of the International Studies Association, Washington, D.C., February 16-20.
  • "From 'Dr. new Deal' to 'Dr. win-the War': Assessing the Constituency Foundations of Franklin Roosevelt's Popular Support." With Sam Kernell.  Paper presented at the 1999 Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 15-17 April 1999. 
  • "The Rent-Seeking State: Monopoly Power and Popular Control." With David Lake.  Presented at 1998 meeting of the American Political science Association, Boston, MA, September 3-6.   
  • "Tabloid Wars: The Mass Media, Public Opinion and the Decision to Use Force Abroad." (Doctoral Dissertation). Poster presented at 1998 Summer Meetings of the Political Methodology Group, San Diego, CA, July 23-25.
  • "The Opinionated Public: How the Media Revolution Raised the Salience of High Politics." Presented at the 1998 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 23-25, and the 1998 Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Los Angeles, CA, March 19-21.    
  • "Has Cable Ended the Golden Age of Presidential Television?" With Sam Kernell. Paper presented at the 1997 Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Tucson, AZ, March 19-21.    


FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS & AWARDS
  • University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Faculty Research Grant, 2004
  • UCLA Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant, 2004
  • APSA Political Communication Section's Paul Lazarsfeld Award for best paper on political communication presented at the 2002 APSA Conference, 2003.
  • UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) Faculty Fellowship, 2003
  • UCLA Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant, 2003
  • UCLA Office of Instructional Development Instructional Improvement Grant, 2003
  • APSA Presidency Research Group Founder's Award for best paper presented at 2000 APSA Conference, 2001
  • UCLA International Study and Overseas Program (ISOP) Faculty Research Grant, 2001
  • UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) Faculty Fellowship, 2001
  • UCLA Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant, 2001
  • UCLA Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant, 2000
  • University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Dissertation Fellowship (1999-00)
  • University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Dissertation Fellowship (1998-99)
  • World Affairs Council of Northern California Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution (1991)
  • World Without War Council "Americans in World Affairs" Fellowship (1990-91)
  • UCLA Center for International and Strategic Affairs Research Fellowship (1986-87)
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (1984)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (1984)

COURSES TAUGHT

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

       REFEREE:

  • National Science Foundation
  • American Political Science Review
  • International Organization
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
  • Journal of Politics
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • International Studies Quarterly
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • Social Sciences Quarterly
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Science Quarterly
  • Political Psychology
  • Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Communication Research
       CONFERENCES ATTENDED:
  • American Political Science Association Conference, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • All-UC Conference on "Government and Governance in Economic History," 2001.
  • UCLA Economic History Meeting, Spring 2001.
  • Western Political Science Association Conference, 1997, 1998, 2002.
  • Southern Political Science Association, 2004
  • International Studies Association Conference, 1999, 2000, 2003.
  • Peace Science Society (International) Conference, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Summer Meeting of the Political Methodology Group, 1998, 2000.
       INVITED LECTURES
  • UC San Diego, Center for US-Mexican Studies, Summer Seminar in US Studies, Summer 2004
  • University of Southern California, School of International Relations, Spring 2004
  • University of Tokyo, Winter 2004

  • UC Irvine, Department of Political Science, Fall 2003.
  • UCLA Center for International Relations, Winter 2003.
  • University of San Diego, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Spring 2002.
  • UCLA Social Psychology Symposium, Winter 2001.

 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

  • Video interview regarding role of entertainment industry and celebrities in 2004 Presidential Campaign, for NHK TV, 8/27/04.
  • Radio interview devoted to Soft News Goes to War , KIRO710 Newsradio, Seattle, “Fred Ebert Show,” 1/16/04.
  • Radio interview regarding media's role in Iraq War, KQED, San Francisco, 2/24/03.
  • Telephone interview regarding public attitudes toward U.S. preparations for war in Afghanistan, for BBC TV program “Good Morning Scotland” 10/9/01.
  • Interviewed by reporters from: Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The International Herald Tribune, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Cox Newspapers, Star Newspapers, The Hill, Folha de S. Paulo (Brizil), The Daily Bruin, and UCLA Today .
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Assistant Professor (07/00-present), Departments of Political Science and Communication Studies.
  • GAMA Corporation, Washington, D.C.  
  • Senior Analyst (5/91-7/95): Designed and implemented crisis simulations, wargames, strategic planning and training exercises for U.S. Government, United Nations agencies and private sector clients. Topics included future political/economic developments in Russia and the CIS, Ballistic Missile Defense policy, Central America peace process, Japanís military planning trends, Lessons Learned from Desert Storm, testing the Federal Response Plan, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Proliferation, domestic and international terrorism, natural disaster preparedness and others. Also developed interactive multimedia programs & CD-ROMs for exercises and training, managed multimedia development process and managed company computer operations.

  • World Affairs Council of Northern California, San Francisco, CA  
  • Great Decisions Program Coordinator (8/90-5/91): Coordinated and implemented foreign policy educational series for Northern California; Developed related programs (e.g., lectures, seminars, discussion groups); Recruited speakers; Moderated public lecture forums (broadcast on Northern California public radio); Led discussion group for high school students; Promoted "Great Decisions" Program to high school and college students and educators; Developed and implemented program to bring discussion groups to over 40 area high schools (with over 800 participants); Trained local college students to facilitate high school discussion groups; Managed Program budget, marketing, sales and distribution of Program materials; Developed curriculum for, and marketed, adult-education "Great Decisions" course for Marin County. Received award for "Outstanding Performance," February 1991.

  • SAIS Review, A Journal of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.  
  • Business Manager (5/88-6/89): Managed the circulation, production and marketing of SAIS's foreign policy journal (circulation 4,000).

  • The Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.  
  • Research Assistant (9/87-8/88): Assisted with development and implementation of project dealing with reform and reorganization process in Defense Department, the results of which were presented to Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney. Developed research database for project. Also conducted research for project on U.S.-Soviet relations.

  • UCLA Center for International and Strategic Affairs, Los Angeles, CA  
  • Intern/Research Assistant (9/86-8/87): Conducted research for projects dealing with nuclear proliferation and arms control issues. Organized seminars and roundtable discussions on foreign policy-related topics.

  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Washington D.C.  
  • Intern - Research Division (Summer 1986): Conducted candidate-related research. Analyzed electoral polling statistics.