John Schiemann

Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of FLESS (Florham Laboratory for Experimental Social Science)

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Courses Taught

  • Comparative Government
  • Political Theory
  • European Politics
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Violence
  • Dictators and Democrats

Research Interests

Prof. Schiemann's research interests encompass democratization and regime change, institutional choice, ethnic mobilization and violence, and the influence of biology on political behavior. He is currently engaged in three projects: an empirical study of ethnic mobilization by Croatian Serbs, a collaborative neuroimaging experiment on fear and decision-making, and a game theoretic model of interrogational torture.

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University
  • M.A., Political Science, Columbia University
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • "Interrogational Torture: Or How Good Guys Get Bad Information with Ugly Methods," Political Science Quarterly 65:1 (2012).
  • "Bizarre Beliefs and Rational Choices: A Behavioral Approach to Analytic Narratives," Journal of Politics 69:2 (May 2007).
  • The Politics of Pact-Making: Hungary’s Negotiated Transition to Democracy in Comparative Perspective. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Selected Presentations

  • John Schiemann and Tobias Akerlund. "On the (Ir)rationality of Torture." Paper prepared for the 2008 Meetings of the New England Political Science Association, Providence, RI, April 25-26, 2008.

Additional information on Prof. Schiemann's work available here

Phone: 973-443-8731
Email: jws [at] fdu.edu
Office: Mansion 39

View a video of Prof. Schiemann's talk, "Torture Games."

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