Holley E. Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

203 Murray Hall

Research Interests

Ethnic & Communal Politics
Comparative Democracy
Conflict & Conflict Mediation
Technology & Teaching

PhD, University of Iowa, 2009

Dr. Hansen teaches a range of courses in comparative politics and international relations, including ethnic conflict, Russian and Central Asian politics, international organizations, and global economics. She has an avid interest in using technology in the classroom, and is currently involved in research comparing blog assignments to other written classwork in achieving teaching goals.  Related to this, she runs a blog in her free time, featuring news and analysis written by her and her current students.

Her research examines ethnic politics in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with an emphasis on how minority groups impact the political process in emerging democracies.  She has examined motivations behind ethnic voting, focusing on how electoral design, intergroup relations, and types of political party appeals impacts the voting strategy of minority groups.  Her more recent work examines ethnic interactions and violence, including the relationship between ethniity and terrorism.

Recent Publications

  • Hansen, Holley E., Stephen C. Nemeth, and Jacob A. Mauslein. Forthcoming. Ethnic political exclusion and terrorism: Analyzing the local conditions for violence. Conflict Management and Peace Science.
  • Hansen, Holley E. 2015. The Impact of Blog-Style Writing on Student Learning Outcomes: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Political Science Education, 1-17.