Author profile: Patricia Sohn

Patricia J. Sohn is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Which T.V. Show or Movie Does This World Most Resemble?

Which T.V. Show or Movie Does This World Most Resemble?

Some elements of the story lines of known television shows and movies resonate well with the current global political climate.

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What I Learned Fending off Wild Camels in Pamukkale (A Travelogue)

Fieldwork teaches you to appreciate the similarities of individuals and communities across the globe.

Bombing Syria, Isis, and How We Got Here

Bombing Syria, Isis, and How We Got Here

The true ideological divide in the U.S. today is true democrats versus neo-colonialists.

The Faith and Good Works Party – In My (Utopian) Dreams

The Faith and Good Works Party – In My (Utopian) Dreams

Without a multi-party system, the range of viewpoints that citizens inhabit every day is simply unrepresented in U.S. politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Has the U.S. Become a Single-Party Regime?

Has the U.S. Become a Single-Party Regime?

The U.S. today may increasingly resemble the single-party, single-coalition or dominant party regimes of yesteryear.

Field Research, Research Design, and Scientific Method (A Personal Account)

Field Research, Research Design, and Scientific Method (A Personal Account)

“Science” is a many splendored and varied thing. It even includes qualitative research.

Institutions Matter, Or, What I Learned Sleeping with Lions in Kenya

Institutions Matter, Or, What I Learned Sleeping with Lions in Kenya

Several lessons can be learned from fieldwork. Experience in Kenya speaks to the variety found in the everyday functioning of societies, institutions and cultures.

Want a Scapegoat? Blame Serbia! (a Satire)

Want a Scapegoat? Blame Serbia! (a Satire)

Whilst scapegoating of countries like Israel is common, there is a frightening and serious rise of fascism in Europe. Satire can offer a fresh outlook on bias.

Symbolic Violence and Post-election USA: A Parable

Symbolic Violence and Post-election USA: A Parable

The extraordinary degree of diversity in the US population can be managed with narratives and terms of discourse that lead to discontent and upheaval, or to pluralism.

The War of the Words: Trump and the Left

The War of the Words: Trump and the Left

Institutions keeps the country intact and in balance over the long term. Arguments over the details of policy matter less, for we regularly change our minds on policy.

Mainstream Film and the Middle East

Mainstream Film and the Middle East

A recent trend in film-making is bringing to Western audiences a more grounded Middle East.

Fourteen Points on Local Courts in the U.S.

Fourteen Points on Local Courts in the U.S.

Local judges need to be more empowered, not less, so that they can engage their training in impartial decision making based on law and principle.

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