2014 Political Science group shot

New Faculty Members: Fall 2016

Jean Clipperton's research focuses upon institutional design and change, the influence of institutions on behavior, and the interaction between institutions and behavior. Her recent work has focused upon how states create effective laws and the effect of legislative choices on outcomes, like constitutional longevity. Her research incorporates ideas and approaches from political science, complex systems, and social sciences more generally.

Loubna El Amine is a political theorist interested in the question of East and West, or how to include non-Western traditions in the discipline of political theory. Her research focuses on early China, and her book, Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. Her next book project explores questions about territory, boundaries, social class, and historical continuity in early Chinese political thought. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. Before coming to Northwestern, she was Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University and, before that, Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. She is native of Beirut, Lebanon.

Mary McGrath studies political behavior, using quantitative methods to investigate processes of political and economic decision-making and opinion formation. Her current focus is on how collaboration can influence group identification and shape distributive preferences. She also has research interests in methodology and epistemology, including the role of replication in the scientific process and how scientific information is incorporated into public opinion and public policy. Recent projects include studies of voter turnout, candidate extremism, and the relationship between economic behavior and partisanship. McGrath is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and a College Fellow in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Kimberly Suiseeya's research examines the interactions between norms, institutions, and justice in global forest governance. Her areas of expertise include: environmental justice, global environmental governance, political ecology, and the politics of biodiversity conservation in Laos and mainland Southeast Asia. Her current work includes her collaborative, interdisciplinary project “From Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Indigenous Representation in Global Environmental Governance” as well as her ongoing work exploring the justice gap in forest governance in Southeast Asia.