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Ross Burkhart

Ross Burkart, SSPA, studio portraitsProfessor, Department of Political Science
Co-Director, Canadian Studies Program

Contact Information

Phone: 208.426.3280
Office: ERB 5133
Mail Stop: 1935

Office Hours: Fall 2014
We 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Fr 10:30 am- 12:00 pm


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POLS 426 International Relations

POLS 499 Capstone Course

Curriculum Vitae

Download Dr. Burkhart’s brief Curriculum Vitae (132 KB PDF file)

Research Interests

Dr. Burkhart’s research interests are in analyzing cross-national democratization patterns and US-Canada environmental relations. His research has been published in several journals and books, including the American Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research, International Journal of Canadian Studies, Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and Studies in Comparative International Development.

Selected Papers

Humane Globalization (115 KB PDF file): Can political and economic development proceed with attention paid to both human rights concerns and the economic growth promised by globalization advocates? Or do both in concert (or separately) do harm to the development cause? Dr. Burkhart performs quantitative tests to help answer these questions.


Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy and the Environment

These are the key questions that this primary textbook for courses on American public policymaking and environmental policymaking addresses and attempts to answer. Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy, and the Environment first lays out the basics of the policymaking process in the United States in relation to the substantive issues of environmental policymaking. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, the authors highlight the views and experiences of scientists, especially natural scientists, in their interactions with policymakers and their efforts to harness the findings of their science to rational public policy.

More of Dr. Burkhart’s publications can be found on ScholarWorks.