Eric M. Uslaner is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He the author of nine books, including The Moral Foundations of Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2002; Chinese translation, Chinese Social Sciences Press, 2007; Korean translation, Today;s Books, 2014), Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law: The Bulging Pocket Makes the Easy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2008; paperback, 2010; Chinese translation forthcoming 2015, Chinese Social Sciences Press; Japanese translation, Nippon Hyoron Sha, 2011), Segregation and Mistrust: Diversity, Isolation, and Social Cohesion (Cambridge University Press, 2012),  He is the editor of five other books, most recently (with Chong-Min Kim) Inequality and Democratic Poltics in East Asia.(Routledge, in press). The Historical Roots of Corruption (Cambridge University Press, 2017)_ and approximately 150 articles. He is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage and C.V. Starr Foundations. He was the Fulbright Distinguished Professor of American Political Science at the Australian National University, Canberra in 2010 and in 1981-82 was Fulbright Professor of American Studies and Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

He is working on a book, " National Identity and Political Polarization," for submission to Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press at the invitation of the presses--in which he examines how a sense of national identity shaped vote choice 2016 election in the United States but had more limited effects on previous elections in the United States--and more mixed effects in Western Europe and weaker effects in Central and Eastern Europe.  The reason for these more limited effects in Europe is that the measure of national identity is more strongly related to other issues in the US than elsewhere--and this means that identity will have more lasting effects on immigration policy in the US than elsewhere.



Areas of Interest

  • Trust, corruption, Congress
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Political Science, Indiana University, 1973
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT473 The U.S. Congress Fall 2018 Syllabus
Professor of Government and Politics
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Department of Government and Politics
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