Current projects and recent publications:
“Between Means and Ends: Reconstructing Coercion in Dewey’s Democratic Theory,” American Political Science Review. When can coercive tactics, like labor strikes, become democratic means for democratic ends? Alexander Livingston examines the works of John Dewey for a pragmatist perspective on political experiments in making problems public.
"Lost in Translation: An Epistemological Exploration of the Relation between Historical Analysis and the NOMINATE Algorithm," Studies in American Political Development. Richard Bensel. The NOMINATE algorithm has become the most important analytical tool used in the study of the United States Congress. As such, congressional scholars have developed a great many social conventions, practices, and assumptions that enable interpretation of the statistical artifacts the algorithm produces. However, as many of these scholars recognize, serious problems emerge whenever we try to translate these statistical artifacts into language and thus attempt to assign them meaning in historical analysis. These problems are irresolvable because they reside in the very construction of the algorithm itself.
- "Ideal Points and American Political Development: Beyond DW-NOMINATE," Studies in American Political Development. David A. Bateman and John Lapinski
- Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism Alexander Livingston brings the history of political thought into conversation with contemporary debates in political theory, and offers a fresh and original reexamination of the political consequences of pragmatism as a public philosophy.
- "Politicized Immigrant Identity, Spanish-Language Media, and Political Mobilization in 2012," Sergio Garcia-Rios and Matt Barreto. This paper explores whether a sense of immigrant linked fate is salient in explaining political participation among immigrants and, further, what may have caused immigrant identity to become so politicized.
- Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Peter Enns' new book explains why the public became more punitive in the 1960s, 70s, 80, and 90s, and how this increasing punitiveness led to the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.
- China’s Cities: Divisions and Plans. Jeremy Wallace, Jessica Weiss, Shanjun Li (Dyson School), Panle Barwick (Economics), Eli Friedman (International and Comparative Labor). This new collaborative project examines the factors that divide migrants and native city dwellers, including access to social services, crime, environmental policies and health consequences.