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Christopher A. Stevens

Assistant Professor
Department of History and Government
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612

Academic Credentials

 

Education

1994-2004Brandeis University
Ph.D., Political Science, May 2004
Fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics
Dissertation: Identity Politics and National Security: Estonia, Kazakhstan
and Ukraine Compared (Chair: Professor Robert J. Art)
1993-1995 University of Delaware
M.A., Political Science, January 1995
Thesis: Russia After the Fall of the Soviet Union: Analyzing Change and
the Prospects for Democracy
1988-1991 University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
B.A., Political Science, May 1991

Scholarship

 

Publications

  • Christopher A. Stevens, “Identity Politics and Nuclear Disarmament: The Case of Ukraine.” Nonproliferation Review, 15, 1 (March 2008): 43-70.
  • William Ruger and Christopher Stevens, “Stay out of Russia’s backyard,” Austin American Statesman, August 21, 2008 (editorial)
  • Christopher A. Stevens, A review of Zoltan Barany’s “Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military,”Armed Forces and Society 36, 2 (January 2010), pp. 384-387 (book review)

Grants

  • Misericordia University, Summer Research Grant, 2013 (Estonia and Latvia, summer 2013)
  • American Political Science Association, Small Research Grant (awarded and funds disbursed June 2012, delayed research trip to Estonia and Latvia, summer 2013)
  • National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Short-Term Travel Research Grant, Kyrgyzstan, June 2011.
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney, Summer Research Grant, Minsk Belarus, June- July 2009
  • IREX Short-term Travel Grant, Almaty and Astana Kazakhstan, Summer 2008
  • U.S. Department of State Title VIII Scholarship, American Council of Teachers of Russian, Kiev, Ukraine (Jan-May and September-December, 1998)

Professional Development

 

Professional Conferences

  • "Explaining Language and Nationality Policies in the former Soviet Union: The cases of Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, and Ukraine, Panel 13-10, Soviet and Post-Soviet Nationalism, 2013 Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 13, 2013
  • Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April 21, 2012, Panel TH7, "Foreign Policy in Eastern Europe"
  • "Nationality Policies in the former Soviet Union: Toward a New Typology,” Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April 16, 2011.
  • "A Theory of Strategic Images: Allies, Enemies and Competitive Rivals in the post- Soviet Space," Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April 15, 2010.
  • Discussant, Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, March 27, 2009, Panel on "Post Communist Political Reforms: A Comparative Perspective.”
  • "Explaining Cooperation and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space" Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association-Midwest, St. Louis, November 7, 2008.
  • "Explaining the Gains Debate in the former Soviet Union." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, March 29, 2008.
  • "Ukraine as a Bridge or a Buffer? A Study of the Strategic Implications of the Orange Revolution." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, March 24, 2006.
  • "Identity Politics and National Security Interests: Deciding the Fate of Soviet Military Assets in Estonia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, March 3, 2005
  • "Identity Politics and Nuclear Disarmament: The Cases of Ukraine and Kazakhstan." Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 11, 2004.

Teaching

 

Experience

Fall 2012-Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government,
Misericordia University
2011-2012Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
College of the Holy Cross
2007-2011Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
University of Nebraska-Kearney
2004-2007Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
University of Vermont
2003-2004Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science,
College of the Holy Cross
2003Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science,
Wellesley College, Spring 2003
2000Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science,
Bridgewater State College, Spring 2000

Courses Taught

  • Global Politics (POL 103)
    Comparative Government (POL 308)
    International Law and Organization (POL 368)
    National Security II: Institutions and Methods (POL 322)
    National Security III: Threats, Challenges, Solutions (POL 323)
    War in World Politics (POL 325)

Service

 

Service to the Students

  • Choice Faculty Panel, Misericordia University, September 29, 2012
    Lecture, “Counterterrorism: Obama versus Bush,” Government, Law, and National
    Security Symposium, Misericordia University, April 23, 2013

Institutional Service

  • Member, Institutional Review Board, Fall 2013-present
    Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Fall 2013-present

Community Service

  • Media appearances, April 19, 2013, Terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon
    (USA Today, Chicago Tribune, WNEP, Times Leader, WBRE, PA Live)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Political Science Association
    Member, International Studies Association