John Schiemann

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


  • Equal Opportunity Fund Outstanding Faculty Award, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2016)
  • Student Government Association's Maddy Award for Outstanding Faculty, Becton College, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2011)
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2009)

Selected Presentations

  • "Torture of Innocents & False Information: An Agent-Based Model Approach" (with In Gu Do), European Political Science Association Conference, Vienna, Austria, June 28, 2015
  • "Interrogating Torture: Game Theory, Information, and Brutality," Research Symposium on Torture in the Americas, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, March 23, 2015

John Schiemann
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

Listen to his interview with Mike Pesca on The Gist podcast at

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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