Democracy Studies is composed of distinguished faculty from a number of departments across the university. Currently, our affiliated faculty represent at least eight academic disciplines and have a combined total of over 500 years of research and teaching experience.
Professor Baker frequently researches and writes on women, gender, and politics. She is currently completing a history of campaign finance, The American Political Industry, which tells the story of party finance and organization from the beginning of mass political parties to 2004.
Paul Beck, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
Professor Beck was one of the founders of the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University. His research and teaching interests are focused on political parties, voting behavior, and public opinion. His commentaries on American politics are regularly featured in American and foreign media and in community talks. He holds courtesy appointments in the School of Communication and Department of Sociology.
John L. Brooke, Distinguished Professor, Department of History
Professor Brooke is the director of the OSU Center for Historical Research and co-chair of the 2011-2012 Program: Disease, Health, and Environment in Global History. He was named an O.S.U. Humanities Distinguished Professor in September 2003, and served as Vice Chair of the History Department from 2006 to 2008.
His teaching areas include Early American History and Environmental History, and he regularly teaches the American survey to 1877, Colonial North America, The American Revolution and Early Republic, America in the Age of Jefferson and Jackson, and Global Environmental History.
Trevor Brown, Director, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Professor Brown is the Director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and led the John Glenn School’s transition to a college at Ohio State. Professor Brown’s research focuses on public management and organizational theory, contracting and contract management, and strategic management and performance measurement. He has published in a variety of journals including Public Administration Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Gregory Caldeira, Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor Caldeira co-directs the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University. He pursues research and teaching in the fields of judicial processes in the United States and Europe, organized interests, and American political institutions. His publications on these subjects have appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, British Journal of Political Science, Law & Society Review, Political Analysis, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He received Ohio State’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 1993 and was named Distinguished University Professor in 1998.
Terri L. Enns, Clinical Professor, Moritz College of Law
Professor Enns serves as a clinical professor of law for the Legislation Clinic at the Moritz College of Law. andsenior fellow with Election Law @ Moritz. In addition to teaching in the Legislation Clinic, Professor Enns regularly teaches a section of the first-year Legal Writing course. Prior to coming to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2000, she spent three years as the legal counsel for the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus. While at the Statehouse, she staffed the judiciary and education committees and worked extensively on school funding and accountability issues, juvenile criminal law, and the tobacco settlement.
William “Chip” Eveland, Professor, School of Communication
Professor Eveland teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory, political communication, public opinion, mass media and society, and communication research methods. His research interests include the role of interpersonal as well as technologically-mediated political communication (print newspapers, television, online news, online discussion networks) in developing informed and participatory citizens of democracy. His recent research has emphasized the contributions of political discussion and social network characteristics in communication effects. He is currently analyzing recordings of “real world” political conversations and social network data to understand the content and structure of informal political discussions, and how they impact political knowledge and participation.
Kevin Freeman serves as the Director of the Politics, Society and Law Scholars program at Ohio State. Politics, Society and Law students explore the role such issues play in society and related careers including law, journalism, business, teaching, the sciences, the arts, or any other field of interest. Guest speakers and interactive simulations are common, as are collaborations with other scholars groups and organizations around campus.
Professor Foley directs Election Law @ Moritz at the Moritz College of Law, where he also holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law. He is one of the founders of the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University and co-directed the program at its inception. Professor Foley has special expertise on the topics of recounts and provisional ballots, and is currently working on a book about the history of disputed elections in the United States, from the Founding Era to the present.
Professor Foley has taught at Ohio State since 1991. Before then, he clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. In 1999, he took a leave from the faculty to serve as the state solicitor in the office of Ohio’s Attorney General.
Professor Herrmann’s research concentrates on international relations, international security, and political psychology. He was the Director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and was instrumental in helping launch the Democracy Studies speakers series. He has written on the role of perception and imagery in foreign policy as well as on the importance of nationalism and identity politics in world affairs. His areas of interests include American foreign policy and the politics of the Middle East and Russia. He has served as a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff in Washington D.C., and is the author of Perceptions and Behavior in Soviet Foreign Policy. He has published numerous articles in journals including American Political Science Review, World Politics, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Political Psychology.
Professor Huefner Co-Directs the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University. Professor Huefner teaches Legislation, Jurisprudence, and Legal Writing. Before joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law faculty, Professor Huefner practiced law for five years in the Office of Senate Legal Counsel, U.S. Senate, and for two years in private practice at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He also clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Christine M. Durham of the Supreme Court of Utah. Professor Huefner was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where he served as head articles editor for the Columbia Law Review.
Professor Huefner has published a number of articles and one book, From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States, co-authored with his Election Law @ Moritz colleagues. His research interests are in legislative process issues and democratic theory, including election law. He is conversant in Japanese, spent one summer working for a Japanese law firm, and remains interested in Japanese law.
Professor Hubin is the principal investigator of the Innovation Group working to develop the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values. Professor Hubin specializes in ethics, philosophy of law and political philosophy. He currently has two primary research interests: first, the nature of practical rationality and the relationship between morality and rationality; and, second, the nature and basis of parental rights and responsibilities. Since 2005, Don has been an Associate Editor of Ethics, one of the two leading journals in moral philosophy in the world.
Professor Kogan studies state and local politics in the United States. He is co-author of Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego, which won the best book award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Communication, Rutgers Law Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. Professor Kogan is also affiliated with OSU’s Education Governance and Accountability Project.
Professor Lavertu’s research examines how politics affects the policymaking authority, design, and operation of public agencies. Professor Lavertu is particularly interested in how politics affects the development and implementation of education policies, as well as the outcomes these policies generate. He has co-authored studies estimating the impact of U.S. charter schools on student achievement and currently is working on projects examining the impact of Ohio Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs on various educational outcomes.
Professor MacGilvray’s research and teaching interests center in modern and contemporary political thought, with an emphasis on liberal, republican and democratic theory and the pragmatic philosophical tradition. He is the author of the books The Invention of Market Freedom and Reconstructing Public Reason. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, and a number of other journals. He is currently working on a study of the influence of British empiricism in liberal political thought. He is co-leader of the Democratic Governance focus group in the OSU Center for Ethics & Human Values.
Professor McKean is a political theorist whose research considers the role of dispositions in the achievement and maintenance of political freedom and social justice, particularly with respect to international politics. His other research concerns questions of theory and practice, the relationship between aesthetics and power, and how natural and political catastrophes change our understanding of the meaning of human action.
Professor Minozzi studies the intersection of preferences, beliefs, and communication, with a focus on the consequences for politics and policy. Some of his current research projects focus on the strategic deployment of expert information by elites; learning and the roles of party reputations and issue salience in campaign strategy; and the dynamics of responsiveness to party pressure in Congress.
Professor Neblo’s research focuses on democratic theory, political psychology, political sociology, and how these fields relate to each other. His book, Common Voices: Between the Theory & Practice of Deliberative Democracy cuts across the deadlock between supporters of deliberative theory and their empirical critics by focusing on the core goals of the larger deliberative political system. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a wide range of academic journals, including The American Political Science Review, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Acta Politica, The Journal of Medicine & Law, Social Science & Medicine, as well as in edited volumes.
Professor Raadschelders teaches and writes in the areas of comparative government, epistemology of public administration, and organizational culture and ethics. He has published a variety of books and articles in each area. He served as managing editor of Public Administration Review from 2006-11. He has lectured before and taught public servants from several countries, including diplomats from Mozambique, public servants from Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden Latvia, the Kyrghyz Republic, China, Kenya, and Yemen; legislators from Finland; and military personnel from the United States.
Professor Ralph teaches Pretrial Litigation and Legal Analysis and Writing (LAW) I and II. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and narrative. Before joining the Moritz faculty in 2011, she clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also practiced law for several years with law firms in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, focusing on copyright litigation, business litigation, and appeals.
Professor Rogers teaches and writes primarily in the dispute resolution area. Her co-authored treatise on mediation received the CPR legal Program Book Prize in 1989 and her co-authored short text on mediation received the same national prize in 1987. The Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution emeritus, she also has co-authored a leading law school textbook in dispute resolution, now in the sixth edition, and in 2013 co-authored a textbook on dispute system and process design.
Since joining the Moritz faculty, she has served as Ohio Attorney General, Dean of the Moritz College of Law, Vice Provost for Academic Administration of The Ohio State University, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Moritz. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Lambros in Cleveland and practiced in the Glenville-area office of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.
Professor Rudesill is a scholar and practitioner of legislation and national security law and policy. He teaches courses in Legislation and National Security Law & Process. He also co-directs the Washington, D.C. Summer Program. Additionally, Professor Rudesill leads a coalition pushing for Congress to create an analogue to the judiciary’s law clerk program, and directs The Ohio State National Security Crisis Simulation.
Three particular areas of emphasis in Professor Rudesill’s work throughout his career have been arms control (and especially nuclear weapons), the federal budget, and the experiential “learning-by-doing” training of professionals. His publications have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, and the Washington University Law Review, among others.
Professor Shane came to Ohio State in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He is an internationally recognized scholar in administrative law, with a specialty in separation of powers law and has co-authored leading casebooks on each subject. He has served on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and was dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Professor Shane has received a National Science Foundation grant for interdisciplinary study related to cyberspace and democracy and provides strong leadership in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.
Professor Stebenne teaches American legal history in the Moritz College of Law and modern U.S. political history in The Ohio State University History Department. He is one of the founders of the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University. He has written many articles, essays, and book reviews for a variety of legal and historical publications. Among the most recent is one titled “Who Really Won the Election of 1960?” which was published in print in the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly.
He is interested in the history of American elections and in contemporary national politics. He serves the Election Law @ Moritz team as its “elections historian.” He comments regularly on national politics for both local and national media.
Professor Box-Steffensmeier is Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology (courtesy) and directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM). Professor Box-Steffensmeier, also serves as the divisional dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and was instrumental in advancing the Democracy Studies program at The Ohio State University.
Professor Box-Steffensmeier has twice received the Gosnell Award for the best work in political methodology and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association in 2001. She received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Political Science Department in 2013, Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award in 2009, Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences in 2013, the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar award in 2012, and the Political Methodology Career Achievement Award in 2013.
Professor Tokaji is an authority on election law and voting rights. He specializes in election reform, including such topics as voting technology, voter ID, provisional voting, and other subjects addressed by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. He also studies issues of fair representation, including redistricting and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Professor Tokaji’s scholarship addresses questions of political equality, racial justice, and the role of the federal courts in American democracy, with a special focus on election administration. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and Yale Law Journal. He is a co-author of the casebook Election Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2008) and co-editor of Election Law Journal.
Professor Turner’s research focuses on epistemic aspects of moral and political justification, especially in the work of John Stuart Mill. He is also co-leader of the Democratic Governance group of the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values, and co-organizer of its COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) program.
Professor Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Legislation, and State and Local Government Law. He also co-directs the Moritz Washington, D.C., Summer Program. His research focuses on administrative law, regulation, and law and policy at the agency level. His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Administrative Law Review, Fordham Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Southern California Law Review, among others. His empirical study on agency statutory interpretation is forthcoming this summer in the Stanford Law Review. The Administrative Conference of the United States has commissioned a follow-up study focusing on federal agencies in the legislative process, which Professor Walker expects to complete by the end of 2015.
Prior to joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2012, Professor Walker clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked for several years at a litigation boutique in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented federal agencies and defended federal regulations in a variety of contexts.
Professor Wood has interests in political behavior, vote choice, and elections. His principle area of research is campaign effects, exploiting new data and identification strategies to understand how campaigns can influence voters’ attitudes, preferences and behavior. His second area of research are the unorthodox dimensions of American political attitudes, such as conspiratorial accounts of political events, and the use of magical thinking when individuals are faced with uncertainty and anxiety. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal of the American Medical Association–Internal Medicine.
Professor Wright specializes in American Politics, with emphasis on interest groups and their relations with Congress, the Supreme Court, and the federal bureaucracy. He is author of Interest Groups and Congress Lobbying, Contributions, and Influence, as well as numerous articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and other leading scholarly journals. He has been the recipient of several research grants from the National Science Foundation.