Lisa A. Baglione, Ph.D
Dr. Lisa A. Baglione is a Professor and the Chair of the Political Science Department. As a young person, she became fascinated with US-Soviet relations and that interest – along with some well-timed mentorship from a special faculty member – inspired her to become a political scientist. Her dissertation, which was published in 1999 by the University of Michigan Press, investigated superpower arms control decision making in the 1980s and 1990s when the two sides were negotiating to limit intermediate-range and strategic nuclear forces. As the Soviet Union was changing (and she was lucky enough to be in the USSR during the summer of 1989), Dr. Baglione became increasingly interested in Soviet and then Russian politics. In the early 1990s with support from SJU, she took three research trips to Russia and has written about elections, democratization, economic transformation, and labor relations there. Her interests in negotiations between adversaries and democratization led her to study conflict management and transformation, and she has investigated the complexity of creating peace in post-conflict areas like Chechnya and Bosnia among others. A dedicated teacher and believer that skills empower students, Dr. Baglione developed the original Research Methods courses in the Department and the IR Program, and her lecture notes and other teaching materials from that course became the basis for her book Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods which is now in its second edition with CQ Press. This text is used in undergraduate and graduate programs around the country. Today, her research interests remain at the intersection of democratization, conflict transformation, and negotiation. She is currently researching and writing about Russia’s attempts to subdue conflict and control terrorism in the North Caucasus (Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan).
Saint Joseph’s University is Dr. Baglione’s first and long-time academic position, and she started here back in 1992 after graduating with her Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. In her last two years at Cornell, she worked as a tutor at Cornell-in-Washington, where she mentored students who were interning three days a week and writing a thesis for the other two. That experience made her a true believer in internships and experiential learning, as well as the value of research-paper writing for developing many higher level skills that translate well to all kinds of settings. Prior to Cornell, she worked as a computer programmer for a year after her graduation from Brown University where she majored in Applied Mathematics and Economics and spent a lot of time at the piano and singing in chorus.
Dr. Baglione’s interests in music and global politics have been constants in her life. She also tries to keep fit, loves to garden, and is a wife (her husband is also a professor of political science) and mother of two children and one golden retriever. Her office door is always open (figuratively, if not literally), and she prides herself on being an effective academic advisor as well as being able to chat with just about anyone.
- Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics-Economics, Brown University
- M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, Cornell University
Dr. Baglione is a versatile an award-winning teacher, who enjoys teaching at all levels – from the introductions to the senior seminars. Her Introduction to International Politics gives students an overview of contemporary world affairs so that they understand today’s security challenges (conflict, terrorism, peacebuilding) economic development and globalization, global environmental issues, and human rights. The course ends with all students participating in simulation of a UN conference relating to an important contemporary issue and playing in country teams. The current research class (for both Political Science and International Relations ) asks students to learn about the complexity of political change by focusing on two key years and their aftermaths – 1989 and 2011. While investigating revolution, authoritarianism, and democracy, the notion that political transformation is a process is underlined repeatedly, as is the complexity of creating democracy and the considerable staying power of authoritarianism. Dr. Baglione’s Russian Politics class provides a detailed look at post-communist Russia, with attention to the Soviet past. Students respond to the interactive nature of this class, as well as their ability to learn more about Russia. When Dr. Baglione has a chance, she enjoys teaching the senior seminar in either Political Science or International Relations and giving students the opportunity to focus on post-conflict transformation within societies. In the last twenty-five or so years, many states have emerged from civil war, and citizens are trying to learn to live together in peace. But the political and economic systems are typically broken and the people lack a sense that they are one. So, how can these countries become peaceful and prosperous societies? Dr. Baglione has also taught classes on Gender and World Politics and Global Security, among others, and she also mentored over a dozen senior honors theses and in the early 2000s worked to transform the Department’s Internship Program.
Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2nd Edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012)
“Doing Good and Doing Well: Teaching Research-Paper Writing by ‘Unpacking’ the Paper,” PS: Political Science and Politics 51 3 (July 2008): 595-602.
“Emphasizing Principles for a Moral Foreign Policy,” American Behavioral Scientist, special issue on Amitai Etzioni’s, Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy 51 9 (May 2008): 1303-1321.
“Review Essay on Peacebuilding: A Time to Listen to and Learn from Reconciliationism” Polity 40 1 (January 2008), 120-135.
To Agree or Not To Agree: Leadership, Bargaining and Arms Control (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999).
"The Challenge of Transforming Russian Unions:The Case of GMPR," Problems of Post-Communism 45 (1998): 43-53.
" A Tale of Two Metallurgical Enterprises: Marketization and the Social Contract in Russian Industry," Communist and Post-Communist Studies 30 (1997): 153-180.
"Finishing START and Achieving Unilateral Reductions: Leadership and Arms Control at the End of the Cold War,"Journal of Peace Research 34 (1997), 135-152.
"The Importance of Participation in Ensuring the Success of Economic and Political Reforms: A Lesson from the 1993 Russian Parliamentary Elections," Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 11 (1995): 215-248.
Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Central Time, September 12, 2013. "Putin's Recent NYT Op-Ed: What Next for Syria Policy?"
Faculty Expert Profile
Expertise: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Russian and Balkan Politics, Democratization