Professor Dan G Zirker

Professor of Political Science

Qualifications: BA, MA University of Montana, PhD University of Alberta

School of Social Sciences


About Dan

Professor Daniel Zirker gained his BA and MA from the University of Montana, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta. He was the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, 2004-2011, and has been professor of political science since 2004. He previously taught and was an administrator at Minnesota State University, the University of Idaho and Montana State University-Billings. A Past chair/president of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of IPSA (1999-2005), and former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Northeast Brazil, he was a Fulbright senior lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Research Interests and Expertise:

· Military authoritarianism, democratization and civil-military relations in dictatorships and developing democracies

· Corruption in developed and developing democracies

· Ethnicity, the armed forces, and civil-military relations in deeply plural societies

· The dynamics of democracy and mass politics

· Latin American politics

  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Canadian Politics
  • US Politics

· The US in international relations

· African politics

Major Publications:

Zirker, Daniel and Mathias, Suzeley Kalil (eds. and contribs.), Militares e Democracia; Estudos sobre a Identidade Militar (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Cultura Academica, 2016).

Zirker (ed. and contrib.), Forging Military Identity in Culturally Pluralistic Societies: Quasi-Ethnicity (Lexington Books, 2015

Zirker, Daniel, "Media responses to US Corporate and Global Environmentalist Projects in Amazônia, 1928-2000." Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Defesa, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2014).

Zirker, Daniel, Gregory, Robert and Scrimgeour, Frank. "Iceland and New Zealand: Comparative perceptions of corruption in a global economic downturn." Public Administration and Policy: An Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2013).

Zirker, Daniel, Constantine P. Danopoulos, and Alan Simpson, "The Military as a Distinct Ethnic or Quasi-Ethnic Identity in Developing Countries," Armed Forces & Society, Volume 34, Number 2 (2008).

Constantine Danopoulos and Daniel Zirker (eds.), The Military and Society in the Former Eastern Bloc (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1999).


Latin American politics; African politics; Brazilian politics; US politics; Canadian politics; New Zealand politics; ethnicity and politics in divided societies; civil-military relations; security studies; terrorism and political violence; US international relations; democratization and democracy; corruption and the remediation of corruption.

Recent Publications

  • Zirker, D., & Barrett, P. (2017). Legal corruption in a ‘least corrupt’ country: New Zealand, 2011-2014. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2017: (Dis)ordering Politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation. Conference held at Dunedin, New Zealand.

  • Barrett, P., & Zirker, D. (2017). Re-defining corruption in a New Zealand context. In 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP3). Conference held at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS), The National University of Singapore, Singapore. Retrieved from

  • Zirker, D. (2017). Political settlements to quasi-ethnic identity formation in Central East Africa: From authoritarian peace formulae to ethno-political nation-building?. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2017: (Dis)ordering Politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation. Conference held at Dunedin, New Zealand.

  • Barrett, P., & Zirker, D. (2017). Corruption scandals, scandal clusters and contemporary politics in New Zealand. International Social Science Journal, -online, 1-12. doi:10.1111/issj.12125

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Zirker, Prof Daniel 4524 dzirker J.2.22 Political Science & Public Policy