John Schiemann

Associate Professor of Political Science


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Courses Taught

  • Comparative Government
  • Political Theory
  • European Politics
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Violence
  • Dictators and Democrats

Research Interests

Prof. Schiemann's research interests encompass democratization and regime change, institutional choice, ethnic mobilization and violence, and the influence of biology on political behavior. He is currently engaged in three projects: an empirical study of ethnic mobilization by Croatian Serbs, a collaborative neuroimaging experiment on fear and decision-making, and a game theoretic model of interrogational torture.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University
  • M.A., Political Science, Columbia University
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • Does Torture Work? Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • "Interrogational Torture: Or How Good Guys Get Bad Information with Ugly Methods," Political Science Quarterly 65:1 (2012) (link to article).
  • "Bizarre Beliefs and Rational Choices: A Behavioral Approach to Analytic Narratives," Journal of Politics 69:2 (May 2007).
  • The Politics of Pact-Making: Hungary’s Negotiated Transition to Democracy in Comparative Perspective. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Selected Presentations

  • John Schiemann and Tobias Akerlund. "On the (Ir)rationality of Torture." Paper prepared for the 2008 Meetings of the New England Political Science Association, Providence, RI, April 25-26, 2008.



John Schiemann
Associate Professor of Political Science
Tel: 973-443-8731

Department of Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion
Office Location
Room 39

View videos of Prof. Schiemann discussing a government-issued torture report (December 2014) on Richard French Live and NJTV News.

View a video of Prof. Schiemann's talk, "Torture Games."

Does Torture Work

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