FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship Presented to John Schiemann

TEANECK, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored John Schiemann, associate professor of political science, with its Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship at the University’s annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 23.


Schiemann’s scholarly vision “has led to a new, innovative research laboratory at Fairleigh Dickinson University, novel ways of looking at violence and political behavior and an exploration of humanitarian questions that supports the University’s global mission and goals,” said Kenneth Greene, provost of FDU’s College at Florham, in  presenting the award.


Schiemann is the director of the new Florham Laboratory for Experimental Social Science. The lab was formed a year ago after Schiemann and colleague Roger Koppl, professor of economics, finance and international business, rallied support from administrators and faculty. In its first year, more than 100 undergraduates have taken part in experiments, either as subjects or experimenters, and faculty members in several disciplines have used its facilities for cutting-edge research. The result, as Jim Cowan, the lab’s associate director, has said, is that FDU is “building a culture of scientific inquiry and student-faculty collaboration” in the social sciences.


Schiemann’s  research interests range from democratization and regime change to ethnic mobilization and violence and the influence of biology on political behavior. Recent projects have included a study of ethnic mobilization by Croatian Serbs, a collaborative neuro-imaging experiment on fear and decision-making, and the use of game theory to explore whether interrogational torture is effective. Schiemann reads three European languages (in addition to English) and speaks Hungarian and German.


His 2005 book “Politics and Pact-Making” (Palgrave McMillan) compared the Hungarian democratic transition with the cases of Poland, South Africa and China to explore how bargaining strategies affect outcomes.


“You regularly present at political science’s most selective conferences, and your contributions to the emerging work on neuroscience in your field are shaping its evolution in the 21st century,” Greene said at the ceremony.


Schiemann has academic degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1989) and Columbia University (M.A., 1992, and Ph.D., 1999). He came to FDU as an adjunct professor in 1996, joining the faculty full time in 2002.

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