POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
- Arab Shi‘i Political Thought Since 1958: A Generation’s Politicization
The work focuses on a generation of Arab Shi‘i intellectuals who studied in Najaf, Iraq, in the 1960s. They went on to found some of the most important Shi‘i political and social organizations in various Arab countries, particularly Lebanon. Their discourse of resistance took hold, first, in communist and socialist guises and, later, by revitalizing Islamic notions of protest and revolution and reconceptualizing authority and political agency. Dr. Browers argues that this trend differs from the understanding of Shi‘i Islamism that emerged in Iran since it developed in response to the political marginalization of the Shi‘i compared to other religious and ethnic groups in Arab countries and was negotiated against competing nationalist, Arab nationalist, socialist, and traditionalist discourses.
- Cross-ideological Alliances in the
Arab Region: Strategic Framing and Ideological Transformation
months during summer 2006 in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen Source: Council
Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Fulbright Scholar Award
- Reformation in Contemporary Islamic Thought
Awarded American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) Council
Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Fellowship for Postdoctoral
Scholars; CAORC Multicountry Fellowship
Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United
States Department of State (DoS)
Dr. Browers will undertake the first
of the writings of a growing number of important Islamic
who are revising orthodox approaches to traditional Islamic
texts. Her research locates these thinkers and the responses
to their work in the debate over whether we are witnessing
a "growing Islamic fundamentalism" or an "emerging
Islamic Reformation" in the Middle East.
The Meaning and Development of State Constitutional Education
Awarded $15,117 for the period 5/15/06 to 12/31/06
Many recent state court decisions have interpreted state
constitutional education clauses, in particular, their adequacy,
equity, and uniformity provisions, in ways that have had
significant consequences for state education policy. This
project investigates the meaning and development of these
clauses in order to determine whether they were intended
to grant a judicially enforceable right to an equitable,
adequate, and uniform education or to serve other purposes.
Dr. Dinan will analyze the speeches surrounding their adoption
and revision in the 114 extant state convention debates to
determine the extent to which delegates aimed to create judicially
enforceable rights that would be used to overturn legislative
judgments or hortatory and aspirational ideals, leaving the
details of the funding and operation of state school systems
to the legislature.
- Follow-up study on the impact of the Democracy Fellows program on alumni
Awarded $44,620 for the period 3/1/13 to 9/1/14
Source: Kettering Foundation
From 2001-2005, Professor Harriger and Jill McMillan, Professor Emerita of Communication, worked with a group of 30 Wake Forest students, designated Democracy Fellows, who were taught to practice deliberation dialogue. Each year, the fellows were compared with classmates who were not exposed to the deliberation treatment. At the conclusion, they differed from their peers in their understanding of citizen engagement (working with others to solve problems v. pursuing self-interest) and the long-term usefulness of deliberation skills. The research was published in Speaking of Politics: Preparing College Students for Democratic Citizenship through Deliberative Dialogue (Kettering Foundation Press, 2007). The follow-up study examines the following questions: Do Democracy Fellows continue to differ from their peers in their attitudes about politics and citizenship? Are they using the lessons they learned in other aspects of their lives? If so, how? If not, why? Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Advising Christy Buchanan and a Psychology graduate student join Harriger and McMillan in the new study.
- CIRCLE Study on College Students and Civic Engagement
Awarded $1,200 for the period 9/7/06 to 12/31/06
Source: Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning
and Engagement (CIRCLE)
The Center for Information and Research
on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
at the University of Maryland and the Kettering Foundation
are partnering with nine campuses across the country to
study college student civic engagement. Professor Harriger
work with John Dinan, Associate Professor of Political
Science, to organize and host three focus groups of randomly
Wake Forest students. They will be asked questions about
their level of involvement with politics and civic life,
their attitudes about the political process, and the opportunities
they have for engagement at Wake Forest. The data gathered
will be used in a nationwide report and made available
to Wake Forest.
Going Home to Fight? Explaining Refugee Return and Violence
Awarded $13,305 for the period 9/30/10 to 6/20/11
Source: International Peace Research Institute, Oslo This project asks under what conditions military groups, organized in exile, continue to apply violence for political purposes when they return to their country of origin. First, a framework will be developed to determine the extent to which returnees from militarized refugee contexts engage in violence after repatriation. Prevalence will be mapped, and a comparative study of all relevant post-Cold War cases conducted, particularly Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Exile, transnational migration, and the transformation of public culture: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay
Awarded $7,360 for the period 10/1/12 to 9/30/13
Source: Bi-National Science Foundation
This project analyzes the roles, literary and scientific works, public standing, and institutional insertion of intellectuals and academics who returned to these countries after their democratization in the 1980s, addressing an important and poorly researched area in the sociology of culture of postauthoritarian periods.