|Business Address: Department of Politics and Law
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
1991-1997 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
PhD (May, 1997)
1989-90 Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität-Bonn (Germany)
1988-89 Eberhard-Karls-Universität-Tübingen (Germany)
1986-88 Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas
1980-83 University of Texas, Austin, Texas
2004-present Associate Professor of Political Science; Co-Director,
1997-2004 Assistant Professor of Political Science
2010-2011 Visiting DAAD Scholar/Guest Professor
2008 (Spring) Senior Fulbright Scholar/Guest Professor
2000-2001 Junior Fulbright Scholar/Guest Professor
1991-1997 Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant
1991 English Teacher
1989-90 Instructor of Philosophy and Politics
1986-88 Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant
COURSES TAUGHT, UW-PARKSIDE
COURSES TAUGHT, UNIVERSITÄT POTSDAM
COURSES TAUGHT, EUROPA -UNIVERSITÄT-VIADRINA
TEACHING AWARDS AND HONORS
2011 DAAD Grant
2008-09 Stella C. Gray Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide award for outstanding teaching)
2004, 2005 Finalist, Stella Gray (University-Wide) Teaching Award
2001-2003 Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award. Developed a web-based upper-division seminar between the Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Münster, Germany.
1999 University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow (1 of 20 system-wide), Office of Professional Instruction and Development (OPID, formerly UTIC).
2007. The Left Party in Contemporary German Politics. New
1999 Nature and Nationalism. Right-Wing Ecology and the Politics of
Identity in Contemporary Germany. New York: Palgrave’s/St. Martin’s
2010 Left Parties in National Governments. New York/London: Palgrave/MacMillan. Co-authored/edited with Daniel Hough (University of Sussex) and Michael Koβ (University of Potsdam). New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010.
Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Articles
2011 “The Spring 2011 Landtag Elections: Regional Specificities or
2011 “Executive Leadership in Grand Coalitions: Comparing Angela Merkel and Kurt Georg Kiesinger.” German Politics, vol. 20/3 (September), 342-359.
2007 “Don’t’ Think Twice, It’s Alright: SPD-Left Party Coalitions in
2007 “The Merger of the PDS and WASG: From Eastern German Regional
2004 “Damned if you do and Damned if you don’t? The PDS and Participation in Eastern German Land Governments” (with Dan Hough, University of Sussex), German as a Foreign Language, Fall, 2004, 1-24.
2002 “The PDS in Western Germany: An Empirical Study of Local PDS Politicians,” in German Politics, Vol. 11/1 (April), 147-172.
2002 “The Dilemmas of Germany’s PDS,” German Policy Studies, October, 2002 at www.spaef.com/GPS_PUB/index.html.
2002 “European Communist /Radical Left Parties after Communism,” German Policy Studies, October, 2002 at www.spaef.com/GPS_PUB/index.html
2001 “The PDS After Gysi: A Report from the PDS Congress in Cottbus,” German Politics and Society, Vol. 19/1 (Spring), 61-79.
2000 “Region and ‘Rootedness’: Bio-Regionalism and Right-Wing Ecology in Germany, Landscape Journal, Vol. 19/1-2, 73-83
2000 “Seeing Red: The SPD-PDS Government in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania,” German Studies’ Review, vol. XXIII/3 (October), 557-580.
1998 “Germany’s PDS and Varieties of ‘Post-Communist’ Socialism,” Problems of Post-Communism, November/December 1998, 42-52.
Invited Journal Articles
2002 “Germany’s PDS: Between East and West,” Central European Political Studies Review, vol. #4, Part 2-3 (Spring-Summer 2002) at www.iips.cz/cisla/texty/clanky/pds2302.html
2000 “The Rise of Right-Wing Environmentalism,” Earth Island Journal, Summer, 2000, 32-33.
2000 “Staying Alive: The PDS,” Politik: Newsletter of the Conference Group on German Politics. Winter, 2000, 5-7.
Invited Encyclopedia Articles
2004 “Ecology and Fascism,” in Historical Encyclopedia of World Fascism, ed. Cyprian Blamires. New York: ABC-CLIO, 186-187.
2010 “From Pariahs to Players? An Introduction to Left Parties in Government,” in Left Parties in National Governments. New York/London: Palgrave/MacMillan. Co-authored/edited with Daniel Hough (Sussex) and Michael Koβ (Berlin). New York: Palgrave/Macmillan 2010, 1-15.
2010 “Conclusion: Is there a future for Left Parties in Government?” in Left Parties in National Governments. New York/London: Palgrave/MacMillan. Co-authored/edited with Daniel Hough (Sussex) and Michael Koβ (Berlin). New York: Palgrave/Macmillan 2010, 173-185.
2010 “The Norwegian Socialist Left Party: Office-Seekers in the Service of Policy,” in Left Parties in National Governments. New York/London: Palgrave/MacMillan. Co-authored/edited with Daniel Hough (Sussex) and Michael Koβ (Berlin). New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010, 15-32.
2002 “Nemecká PDS: mezi Východem a Západem” (The PDS: Between East and West), in Vit Hloušek, et al. Rudí a Růžoví: Transformace kommunistický stran. Brno, Czech Republic: Marsaryk University at Brno International Political Press, 2002, pp. 65-82.
Peer-Reviewed Articles on Teaching and Learning in Academic Journals
2006 “Real Success with a Virtual Exchange: The ‘German and American Politics’ Electronic Classroom,” (co-authored with Annette Zimmer and Markus Behr) PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 39/2 (April), 351-55.
2005 “Critical Thinking in Political Science: Evidence from the
New Book Reviews
2011 Review of Erik Langenbacher (ed.) Beyond Left and Right: The Federal Election in Germany 2009. (New York: Berghahn Books, 2011), German Studies Review (forthcoming).
2011 Review of Sarah Elise Wiliarty, The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany. Bringing Women to the Party (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), Party Politics (forthcoming).
2011 Review of Paul Wapner, Living through the End of Nature: The
2009 Review of Alister Miskimmon and William Paterson, Germany’s
Gathering Crisis (New York/London: Palgrave/Macmillan,2009),
2007 Review of Peter Thompson, The Crisis of the German Left. The PDS,
Stalinism, and the Global Economy (New York: Berghahn, 2005),
2006 Review of Franz-Josef Bruggemeier, Hans Cioc, and Thomas Zeller (eds.) How Green Were the Nazis? Nature, Environment, and Nature in the Third Reich (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2005), Technology and Culture, vol. 25/3
2000 Review of C.S. Allen, The Transformation of the German Political Party System (Oxford and NY: Berg, 1999), German Studies Review, Vol. XXIII/3 (October), 642-643.
2000 Review of The Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe Since 1989, ed. Sabrina P. Ramet. (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1999), East European Politics and Society 15/1 (Spring), 195-200.
2000 Review of Bioregionalism, ed. Michael Vincent McGinnis. (NY: Routledge, 1999), Environmental Ethics Vol. 23/4 (Winter), 433-436.
External Grants, Scholarships, Research Fellowships, Awards:/Honors
2010-11 Visiting DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
2011 Public Lecturer/Academic Expert, US State Department
2009 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award (university-wide research award). Committee on Research and Creative Activity, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
2009 DAAD grant recipient to participate in an invitation-only
2008 Fulbright Senior Fellow, Europa-Universität-Viadrina (Frankfurt-Oder).
2001 Center for European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer Scholar Access Grant
2000-2001 Fulbright Junior Research Fellowship, Universität Münster,
Institut für Politikwissenschaft.
1997 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Summer Grant
1996 DAAD/American Institute for Contemporary German Studies dissertation fellowship
1994-95 Harrison Environmental Center/Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies Dissertation Grant (Dissertation Research in Bonn and Munich, Germany)
1989-1990 Kansas University Graduate Study Abroad Fellowship
1988-89 Fulbright/Germanistic Society of America Fellow; Graduate
Study in Tübingen, Germany, 1988-89
2011 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY:
2009 Conference of Europeanists, Montreal, Canada, March 23-25.
2008 Special Conference on Gender and the Chancellorship of Angela
2008 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN:
2007 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA:
2006 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, September
2005 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, September 29-October 1. Paper: “The NPD in Saxony”
2003 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 18-21. Paper: “Out with the Old, In with the Old: The New National Leadership of the PDS.”
2002 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 3-6. Paper: “How the West Was Lost: A Comparison of the PDS in the Berlin Election of 2002 and in the Federal Election of 2002.”
2001 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 8-10. Paper: “Small Steps, Big Challenges: PDS Local Politics in Western Germany”
2001 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 30-September 2. Paper: “The PDS in Western Germany: An Empirical Study of PDS Local Politicians.”
2000 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, March 24-26. Paper: “Right-Wing Ecology in Germany”
2000 American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, DC, September 3-6. Chair: “Germany as Mitteleuropa: Building Bridges Between Citizens and Regions.”
1999 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 2-5. Paper: “Seeing Red: The SPD-PDS Coalition Government in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.”
1998 German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, October 7-10. Paper: “The PDS and The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF): Nationalism and Varieties of Post-Communist Socialism.”
1997 American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 20-23.
1997 Dumbarton Oaks Conference on Environmental Planning and
Bio-Regionalism, Washington, DC, May 6
1996 Northeastern Political Science Conference, Boston, MA, November
1996 Midwestern Political Science Conference, Chicago, IL, April
1994 Northeastern Political Science Conference, Providence, RI, November 5-8. Paper: "Ecological Politics and the Far Right in Germany."
Public Lectures; Interviews with Television, Radio, and Newspapers
2011 “The American Tea Party Movement”
2011 “Looking ahead at 2012: What the 2010 Midterm Elections in
2011 “Comparing the 2008 Presidential and 2010 Midterm Elections in
2011 “The German/American Relationship: History and Personal
2011 “The Obama Administration after the Election”.
2010 “Real Success with a Virtual Exchange”
2010 Teaching and Learning Center Talk: “D2L: Experiences with
2010 UWP Faculty Showcase: “European Left Parties: Between Policy,
2009 “The German Election 2009. New Directions in a New Europe?”
2007 “Fascism as a Political Phenomenon”
2005 “Madam Chancellor: Angela Merkel and the German National Election,” Center for International Studies “Global Lunch Hour:, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, October 20, 2005.
2003 “The German-American Classroom,” Interview with Greg Berg, The Morning Show, WGTD, Kenosha, WI, October 15, 2003.
2003 “Left-Wing Politics in Germany: The Uncertain Future of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS),” Center for European Studies and the Center for German and European Studies, UW-Madison, October 27, 2003.
2001 ZDF-TV, Germany, “Rechtsruck mit Bush?”, Phoenix-TV, January 22, 7:00 pm.
2000 “Washington Verdrossenheit” , Interview with the Sächsische Zeitung , November 9, 2000
2000 Radio Interview with MDR-Info (Central German Radio), November 7, 2000.
2000 “The US Presidential Election,” Department of Politics, Dresden Universität, November 8, 2000.
2000 “Gibt ‘weltpolizist’ USA seine Dienstmarke ab? Gefahren und Chancen der US_Wahl für Europa.” Where Do You Go, Uncle Sam? Die USA vor den Präsidentschaftswahlen am 7 November 2000 , Conference presented by the Institute of Politics, University of Münster and the Akademie Franz Hitze Haus.
2000 “Has There Been a Rightward Turn in Europe?”, Soup and Substance Series: After The Cold War (speakers: Jonathan Olsen, Laura Gellott, Oliver Hayward), February 23, 2000.
2012 Program Director, Political Science, German Studies Association,
2005-2006 Program Director, Political Science, German Studies Association 2006 Annual Conference.
2002-present Member of International Executive Board, International Association for the Study of German Politics (formerly German Politics Association/Conference Group on German Politics).
2008-2010 European Union Studies Association
1992-present American Political Science Association
1995-present German Studies Association
1997-present International Association for the Study of German
Politics (formerly German Politics Association/Conference Group on
2001-present European Conference Group for the Study of Extremism and Democracy