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Kerstin Hamann (Ph.D. Washington University) is Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department. She served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Political Science Education. Her research interests focus Western European politics, especially the role of labor unions in politics, and Spanish politics. She also has research interests in the area of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with a focus on the online environment. Her current research analyzes the causes and consequences of union inclusion in reforming policies in Western Europe, looking at inclusion of unions through social pacts as well as union protest through general strikes. Her books include The Politics of Industrial Relations: Labor Unions in Spain (2012); Parties, Elections, and Policy Reforms in Western Europe: Voting for Social Pacts, with John Kelly (2010); Assessment in Political Science, co-edited with Michelle Deardorff and John Ishiyama (2009); and Democracy and Institutional Development: Spain in Comparative Theoretical Perspective, co-edited with Bonnie Field (2008). Recent publications also include “Framing Legislative Bills in Parliament: Regional-Nationalist Parties’ Strategies in Spain’s Multinational Democracy” Party Politics (forthcoming, with Bonnie N. Field); “Sharing the Rewards but Dividing the Costs?: The Electoral Consequences of Social Pacts and Legislative Reform in Western Europe,” West European Politics (with Alison Johnston, Alexia Katsanidou, John Kelly, and Philip H. Pollock); “Unions against Governments: Explaining General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2006” (with John Kelly and Alison Johnston), Comparative Political Studies; “Striking Concessions from Governments: Explaining the Success of General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2009” (with Alison Johnston and John Kelly), Comparative Politics;  “Spill-over Effects in Online Discussions: Assessing the Effectiveness of Student Preceptors,” (with Bruce M. Wilson and Philip H. Pollock, Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Dr. Hamann is a recipient of the UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (campus-wide) and has also been honored with an Excellence in Professional Service Award (campus-wide), as well as Research Incentive Awards and university-wide Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards. She was a Fellow in the Teaching Academy (College of Education) and was selected as a Provost’s Senior Faculty Fellow. She also served as a Faculty Fellow to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

She has served as chair of APSA’s Committee on Teaching and Learning, the APSA Committee on Governance Reform, is a Co-Founder of the APSA Distinguished Teaching Award, and is a member of the steering committee of the APSA Iberian Politics Related Group. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, South European Politics & Policy, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Journal of Political Science Education, and College Teaching.

Dr. Hamann’s research interests lie in Western European Politics with a focus on comparative political economy, comparative industrial relations, and Spanish politics, as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her research on Spanish unions has recently been published as The Politics of Industrial Relations: Labor Unions in Spain(Routledge, 2012). The book examines the trajectory of Spanish unions since the Franco dictatorship from an analytical framework focusing on the political construction of industrial relations. The research was funded by the European Commission through the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence and by the Spanish Ministry of Culture through the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities.

Her collaborative research with John Kelly examines the causes and consequences of union inclusion in policy reforms in 16 West European countries from 1980 to 2006. Their book, Parties, Elections, and Policy Reforms in Western Europe: Voting for Social Pacts (Routledge, 2010), focuses on the electoral dynamics underlying the emergence of social pacts in Western Europe. The project was funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council. Together with Alison Johnston, they have analyzed the consequences of unions’ inclusion in policy reforms for the rise in general strikes in Western Europe. This research is forthcoming as “Unions against Governments: Explaining General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2006” in Comparative Political Studies(2013).

Dr. Hamann’s previous books include Bonnie N. Field and Kerstin Hamann (eds.), Democracy and Institutional Development: Spain in Comparative Theoretical Perspective(Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Two primary themes address first, institutionalization and the distribution of institutionalization in the polity, and second, the relationship between institutional design and representation.

Hamann’s co-edited book (with Michelle Deardorff and John Ishiyama), Assessment in Political Science (American Political Science Association, 2009), grew out of her research interest in assessment of student learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). This area of research has also been published in numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as the Journal of Political Science Education and PS: Political Science & Politics.

Researching Online Education

Kerstin Hamann, Philip Pollock, Bruce Wilson, and Ph.D. student Gary Smith recently published an article titled “Online Teaching and Assessment” in the journal PS: Political Science & Politics. In the ... Read more

A Chair For The New Kurdish Chair

Güneş Murat Tezcür, Ph.D., the Jalal Talabany Kurdish Political Studies Endowed Chair at UCF, was inaugurated on October 29th, as part of the Kurdish Political Studies Program’s panel presentation on Kur... Read more

A New Perspective to Spanish Politics

With research interests focusing on the role of labor unions in politics as well as in Spanish politics, Dr. Kerstin Hamann, Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department has recently publishe... Read more

COS Faculty Awarded for Excellence

Throughout the year, faculty members work incredibly hard to bring quality education to UCF. To reward their hard work, the university offers the incentive award programs. The intent of the award programs is to... Read more

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