american political development

A Brief Moment in the Sun: The Racialized (Re)Construction of Punishment in the American South

Why did policing and incarceration emerge as an institution in the South in light of its otherwise hollow state? I explore this question in the context of 19th century U.S. South--a region which many point to as the crucible of punishment in America. …

Becoming White: How Military Service Turned Immigrants into Americans

What factors help to explain the cultural integration of immigrants? I argue that individual participation in military service creates a number of conditions that drive individuals to integrate into a broader national culture. To test the hypothesis, …

No Nation Left Behind? Assessing the Impact of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Immigrant Assimilation

Did the expansion of compulsory education create a national identity? In this paper, I explore this question within the context of the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1930). Using the expansion of compulsory schooling laws, I …

The Persistent Effect of U.S. Civil Rights Protests on Political Attitudes

Protests can engender significant institutional change. Can protests also continue to shape a nation’s contemporary politics outside of more formalized channels? I argue that social movements can not only beget institutional change, but also …