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 (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:

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).

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., & Waisman, C. (2018). Argentina and Brazil: Contrasting the impacts of populism and social democracy on military institutions. In 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science. Conference held at Brisbane, Australia.

  • Zirker, D. (2018). The prosecution of corruption as a political strategy. In International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Conference. Conference held at University of Pittsburgh, USA.

  • Zirker, D. (2018). An active-passive-negative president? Donald J. Trump and the unwinding of behavioural analyses of the US Presidency. In New Zealand Political Science Association Conference (NZPSA). Conference held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Zirker, D. (2018). An active-passive-negative president? Donald J. Trump and the unwinding of behavioural analyses of the US Presidency. In Spectrum Club, Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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