Faculty News

February 23, 2012

Dr. Charles Bukowski

Dr. Charles Bukowski recently completed a three-year appointment as an external grant evaluator with the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Evaluators provide recommendations to IREX on grant proposals to support academic research in post-socialist states. In November 2011, Dr. Bukowski organized a panel on Slovenian foreign policy at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. The panelists included Slovenia’s new ambassador to the US and the State Department’s Director of the Office of Central European Affairs.

In September 2010 he was an invited participant at a conference on Slovenia organized by the U.S. Department of State that was intended to brief the U.S. Ambassador Designate to Slovenia and other State Department and Intelligence Community personnel anticipating an assignment to Slovenia. His topic was “Trends in Current Slovenian Foreign Policy."

In the fall of 2010 his class on intelligence in world affairs enjoyed hearing from speakers from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the CIA and the FBI. For the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Bukowski introduced a new class, Research Design and Qualitative Methods in International Studies. The class will be part of the required curriculum for the International Studies major.

Dr. Jeanie Bukowski

Dr. Jeanie Bukowski presented a paper titled “Sharing Water on the Iberian Peninsula: A Europeanization Approach to Explaining Transboundary Cooperation” at the VII Congreso Ibérico sobre Gestión y Planificación, Talavera de la Reina, Spain, in February 2011. The paper was published in the VII Congreso Proceedings. A revised and expanded version of the paper was published in the journal Water Alternatives. Students in Dr. Bukowski’s course on European Integration during the spring 2011 semester participated in a simulation she conducted on the emerging Eurozone crisis in which they role-played members of the European Council.

Dr. James Schopf

Dr. James Schopf has had two articles published: “Following the Money to Determine the Effects of Democracy on Corruption: The Case of Korea,” in the Journal of East Asian Studies, and “Choosing Industrial Winners and Losers under Democracy and Dictatorship: The Case of Korea,” in The Journal of US-China Public Administration. In October 2010 he was invited to make a presentation on “The Foreign Investment Climate in Korea,” through the Employee Development Seminar Series at Caterpillar, Inc. Dr. Schopf also received a grant from the Bradley Office of Summer and Interim Sessions to develop an online version of his course on Fundamentals of Contemporary East Asian Civilizations. He offered the course during Bradley’s first summer session in 2011.

Dr. Shah Tarzi

Dr. Shah Tarzi’s paper “Oil and Political Freedom in Third World Petro-states: Do Oil Prices and Dependence on Petroleum Exports Foster Authoritarianism?” will appear in the spring issue of Journal of Third World Studies. In November 2011, Dr. Tarzi jointly presented a paper with current International Studies majors Babette Jamieson and Laura Doolin at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association-Midwest. The paper was titled “The Political Curse of Resource Wealth: an Empirical Analysis of the Resource Curse Theorem.” Dr. Tarzi also presented his own paper, “Democratic Peace, Illiberal Democracy and Conflict Behavior,” at this meeting. At the April 2011 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Tarzi presented his paper “Stupid is as Stupid Does: Omar, Milosevic, Saddam, Ahmadinijad and the Limits of American Post-Cold War Strategic Coercion."