The Casualty Gap
shows how the most important cost of American military campaigns–the
loss of human life–has been paid disproportionately by poorer and
less-educated communities since the 1950s. Drawing on a rich array
of evidence, including National Archives data on the hometowns of
more than 400,000 American soldiers killed in World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, and Iraq, this book is the most ambitious inquiry to date
into the distribution of American wartime casualties across the
nation, the forces causing such inequalities to emerge, and their
consequences for politics and democratic governance.
The Particularistic President
challenges the notion that presidents are sole stewards of
the national interest and provide an important counterbalance to the
parochial impulses of members of Congress. Through an examination of a diverse range of policies from disaster
declarations, to base closings, to the allocation of federal spending, we show
that presidents, like members of Congress, are particularistic. Presidents
routinely pursue policies that allocate federal resources in a way that
disproportionately benefits their more narrow partisan and electoral
constituencies. Concentrating greater power in the executive branch will not
necessarily produce better policy outcomes; rather, executive branch politics generate
their own form of political inequality.
Presidential Particularism and
Divide-the-Dollar Politics (with Andrew Reeves). Forthcoming.
American Political Science Review.
Conscription, Inequality, and Partisan Support for War (with Francis
Shen). Forthcoming. Journal of Conflict Resolution.
War on Capitol Hill: Battlefield Casualties, Congressional Response, and
Public Support for the War in Iraq (with Francis Shen). 2014. American
Journal of Political Science. 58: 157-174.
Investigating the President:
Committee Probes and Presidential Approval, 1953-2006 (with Eric Schickler).
Journal of Politics. 76: 521-534.
Reassessing American Casualty Sensitivity: The Mediating Influence of
Inequality (with Francis Shen).
Journal of Conflict Resolution. 58: 1174-1201.
Authorization Paradox: Syria and Congress' Continued Relevance in
Military Affairs. 2014. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 44:
Partisanship: Public Support for the Clinton and Obama Health Care Plans
(with Andrew Reeves). 2014. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
The Influence of Federal Spending on Presidential
Elections (with Andrew Reeves). 2012. American Political Science
Review. 106: 348-66. Supplemental
How Citizens Respond to Combat Casualties: The
Differential Impact of Local Casualties on Support for the War in
(with Francis Shen). 2012. Public Opinion Quarterly.
Limited War and American Political Engagement
(with Francis Shen). 2009.
The Variance of Presidential Approval
(with Liam Schwartz). 2009.
Journal of Political Science.
Divided Government and Congressional
Investigations (with Liam Schwartz). 2008. Legislative Studies
Quarterly. 33: 295-321.
Dynamics of Vice Presidential Selection
(with Mark Hiller). 2008.
Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Iraq Casualties and the 2006 Senate Elections
(with Francis Shen). 2007. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 32: 507-530.
World War II and the Variance of Presidential
Public Opinion Quarterly. 70: 23-47.