Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995.
Lowell Barrington is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science. His teaching and research specializations include post-Communist politics, ethnicity and nationalism, democratization, and political science research methods. Prof. Barrington has received research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). He is a Research Affiliate with UW-Madison's Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA). He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Analysis of Current Events, Social Science Proposal Reviewer for the National Research Council, and was Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). He is currently a member of ASN's Executive Committee.
Prof. Barrington's publications include an introductory comparative politics textbook, Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices, currently in its second edition (Cengage, 2013). He also has an edited book (University of Michigan Press, 2006) titled After Independence: Making and Protecting the Nation in Postcolonial and Postcommunist States. His research articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Central Asian Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Nationalities Papers, Political Research Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, Post-Soviet Geography and Economics, PS: Political Science and Politics, Review of Central and East European Law, and World Politics. He is also the author of book chapters on Baltic citizenship and nationalism and regional divisions in Ukraine.
In the classroom, Prof. Barrington strives to help his students develop the ability to understand and explain major political outcomes. Similar to the central theme of his textbook, he encourages students to make sense of the many possible causal factors affecting politics by thinking about them as types of structures (political, cultural, identity-related, and economic) or choices (individuals and decision making). Like others in the Political Science Department, he seeks to develop his students' ability to critically assess problems presented to them. His central concern in the classroom is how his students develop and support their arguments about politics rather than the positions they ultimately take.
An avid tennis player, Prof. Barrington has worked as a professional tennis instructor at two different tennis clubs (in Madison, WI and Jackson, WI).
"Examining Rival Theories of Demographic Influences on Political Support: The Power of Ethnic, Linguistic, and Regional Divisions in Ukraine," 41, no. 4 European Journal of Political Research(June 2002): 455–491.
"Understanding Public Opinion in Post‐Communist States: The Effects of Statistical
Assumptions on Substantive Results" (with Erik S. Herron), Europe-Asia Studies 53, no. 4 (June 2001): 573–594.
"Russian-speakers in Ukraine and Kazakhstan: 'Nationality,' 'Population,' or Neither?" Post-Soviet Affairs 17, no. 2 (April–June 2001): 129–158.
"A Reply to David Laitin," Post-Soviet Affairs 17, no. 2 (April–June 2001): 164–66.
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