Current Faculty

Each year, three faculty members are selected to teach in the honors program. For our faculty, it is wonderful opportunity to teach a seminar to a small group of highly motivated and especially talented students. This year, the seminars will be taught by Professors Aseem Prakash, Bryan Jones, and James Caporaso.

Aseem Prakash

Autumn, 2004 - - Aseem Prakash (Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington), Assistant Professor, joined the department in 2002. He studies international political economy, environmental policy and management, and voluntary regulation. The first component of his research addresses issues concerning the impact of globalization on governance. He has co-edited three books, Globalization and Governance (Routledge, 1999), Coping with Globalization (Routledge, 2000), and Responding to Globalization (Routledge, 2000), and published several articles. He is working on papers that examine business-NGO contests on intellectual property rights and variations in biotechnology regulation in the US and the EU. The second component of his research focuses on environmental policy issues. His papers examine firms' responses to voluntary environmental programs -- Responsible Care, ISO 14001, the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme -- in the US, UK, and Germany. His recent book, Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (Cambridge University Press, 2000), examines why firms selectively adopt beyond-compliance environmental policies. He is working on a book project that examines how mandatory regulations influence firms' quote responses to ISO 14001 across countries and within U.S. states. His second book project examines how U.S. forest and paper companies choose from competing private systems of forestry certification, namely, NGO-sponsored Forest Stewardship Council and industry-sponsored Sustainable Forestry Initiative. He is scheduled to teach three courses in 2002-2003: International Political Economy, Globalization and Public Policy and World Politics.

Bryan Jones

Winter, 2005 - (Ph.D., University of Texas) is the Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics and Director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington. He studies political decision-making and American public policy processes at both the national and local levels. Professor Jonesí recent books include Politics and the Architecture of Choice (Chicago, 2001), Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics (Chicago, 1994) and Agendas and Instability in American Politics (co-authored with Frank Baumgartner; Chicago, 1993). His other books include The Sustaining Hand (co-authored with Lynn Bachelor; Kansas, 1986, 1993); Governing Buildings and Building Government (Alabama, 1985); and Service Delivery in the City (Longman, 1980). Professor Jones has edited two books: The New American Politics (Westview, 1995), and Leadership and Politics (Kansas, 1989). He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and many other professional journals. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Economic Development Quarterly, Political Psychology, and State and Local Government Review, and is Vice President of the Midwest Political Science Association (2000-2002). Having taught formerly at Texas A & M University and Wayne State University, Professor Jones joined the department in 1996. He teaches courses in American Politics, Political Decision-making, and Public Policy.


Autumn, 2005 - TBA