2012-2013 Salons

Migrants, Remittances, and Elections

September 27, 2012
Benajmin Nyblade (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
Nyblade’s research focuses on comparative democratic institutions, with a particular interest in political parties, elections and parliamentary democracy in Japan and Western Europe. Current research projects include analysis of the consequences of electoral reforms, the role of party leaders and prime ministers and the dynamics of coalition government.


Does State Financial Aid Affect Institutional Aid?

October 4, 2012

Luciana Dar (University of California, Riverside)

Dar’s research interests fall into three interconnected areas of inquiry: comparative political economy of higher education, the relationship between higher education and social inequality and the politics of higher education. She approaches each of these areas with a combination of theoretical and methodological tools from the positive political economy, comparative politics and public finance literatures in close connection with insights from the higher education field.


Job Market Politics: Career Paths of Bureaucrats

October 18, 2012
Manuel Teodoro (Colgate University)

Teodoro’s research employs both statistical analysis and interview-based and mixed-method case studies. His first book, Bureaucratic Ambition (2011, Johns Hopkins University Press), advances a theory of bureaucratic policy entrepreneurship, its effects on innovation in public agencies, and its impact on democratic governance. Current research efforts include a national study of utility CEOs’ management and political behavior, a project on the relationships between public agency executives and their elected officials, and an analysis of the impact of independent technocratic agencies on the politics of industry privatization in Africa.


Judicial Nominations and Policy Outcomes

November 8, 2012

Tonja Jacobi (Northwestern University)

Jacobi’s research focuses on judicial politics and behavior, federal courts, American governmental institutions and constitutional law, particularly constitutional criminal procedure. The driving question in her research is: how do judges respond to institutional constraints? This includes vertical constraints, such as the possibility of review by a higher court; horizontal constraints, such as how to craft a broad coalition on a multi-judge panel; as well as judicial role constraints, such as how can judges address an issue they are interested in if the parties have not argued that question before the court. She combines doctrinal, empirical and formal analysis to predict and analyze strategic judicial behavior in response to such constraints.