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Professor Dan G Zirker

Professor of Political Science

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

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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 (1999-2005) and current (2018-2020) chair/president of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society (RC#24) of the International Political Science Association, 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
  • US Foreign Policy·
  • African politics
  • Ethnopolitics in Africa

Major Publications:

Danopoulos, C., & Zirker, D. (Eds. and contributors, 2019). The military and society in the former eastern bloc. (Oxon, UK: Routledge) doi:10.4324/9780429312786

Zirker, D. (2019). Conclusions on the military and society in the former Eastern Bloc. In C. Danopoulos, & D. Zirker (Eds.), The Military and Society in the Former Eastern Bloc (pp. 213-218). doi:10.4324/9780429312786-12

Zirker, D., & d'Alva, O. A. (2019). Setting the agenda? The selective use of statistics in Brazilian media. Tensões Mundiais. (World Tensions, Brazil), 15(29), 73-96. Retrieved from https://revistas.uece.br/index.php/tensoesmundiais/article/view/1937/1951

Zirker, Daniel. “Success in combating corruption in New Zealand.” Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald Publishing) 6, No. 3 (2017), 238-248. doi:10.1108/AEDS-03-2017-0024. Online, July, 2017.

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).

Expertise

African Politics; American Politics; Corporate Governance; European Politics; New Zealand Politics

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., & d'Alva, O. A. (2019). Setting the agenda? The selective use of statistics in Brazilian media. Tensões Mundiais. (World Tensions, Brazil), 15(29), 73-96. Retrieved from https://revistas.uece.br/index.php/tensoesmundiais/article/view/1937/1951

  • Zirker, D. (2019). [Review of Saving the security state: Exceptional citizens in twenty-first century America by Inderpal Grewal]. Australasian Journal of American Studies, 38(1), 133-136. Retrieved from https://anzasablog.wordpress.com/

  • Zirker, D., & Arruda D’Alva, O. (2019). The ossification of military rule in Brazil: ‘Governability’ and ‘soft’ intervention. In Triannual Conference of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of the International Political Science Association. Santiago Chile.

  • Zirker, D. (2019). The ‘Rasputins’ of the exclusionary populists and the hijacking of ‘Thin Ideologies’: Speculations on the political implications of an emerging network. In New Zealand Political Studies Association, “Community, Security, Humanity,”. Christchurch.

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Contact Details

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