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 currently center on state-sponsored torture, particularly interrogational torture. Following up on his Does Torture Work? (Oxford University Press, 2015), he is presently working on another book-length project on state torture. He also has a separate project examining ethnic mobilization by Croatian Serbs, and previously has written on democratization, regime change, and institutional choice.


  • 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."

Read a news release about Prof. Schiemann's most recent book.

Does Torture Work

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