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Stephen Deets

Associate Professor

Academic Division: History & Society
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Bio

Stephen Deets is an Associate Professor at Babson College, teaching courses on international politics, comparative politics, and ethnic conflict as well as classes focusing on specific regions/countries. Before coming to Babson, Stephen Deets taught at Bryn Mawr College, Oberlin College, and Miami University of Ohio. With a strong background in post-communist democratization, his re-search focuses on a variety of issues related to ethnic politics, particularly notions of justice and institutional forms involved in minority rights pro-tection and representation and how ethnic politics can impact public policy. He has published on East European elections, health care in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungarian minorities and social service provision in Lebanon. Currently he is working on a book project on non-territorial autonomy in Europe. Before receiving his Ph.D., he spent a decade at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, where he was responsible for cooperation with the East European academies, and organized projects on nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, small business development and entrepreneur-ship, and a host of environmental issues.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics
  • MA, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • BA, The Johns Hopkins University

Academic Interests

Comparative Politics; International Politics; Postcommunism; Ethnic Conflict

Awards & Honors

  • 2000 - Nominee, University of Maryland Pelczar Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Government and Politics
  • 1999 - Excellence in Teaching, Graduate Student Award, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • AHS 1000: AHS FOUNDATION
  • EPS 3514: BE THE CHANGE:EVALUATING SOCIAL IMPACT
  • HSS 2028: GLOBAL POLITICS (POL)
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • AHS 1000: AHS FOUNDATION
  • EPS 3514: BE THE CHANGE:EVALUATING SOCIAL IMPACT
  • HSS 2028: GLOBAL POLITICS (POL)
  • HSS 2033: COMPARATIVE POLITICS (POL)
  • POL 4610: ETHNO-POL CONFLICT FROM ISRAEL TO INDIA

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Deets, S.G., Skulte-Ouaiss, J. (in press). “Jumping out of the ‘Hobbesian Fishbowl’ and into the fire: Lebanon, elections, and chronic crisis”.
  • Deets, S.G. (2015). Networks and Communal Autonomy as Practice: Health, Education, and Social Welfare in Lebanon. Ethnopolitics
  • Deets, S.G. (2010). Review Essay: Sovereignty, Networks and Norms . Nationalities Papers, 38(4), 561-567.
  • Deets, S.G. (2009). Constituting Interests and Identities in a Two-Level Game: Understanding the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Conflict. Foreign Policy Analysis, 5(1), 37-56.
  • Deets, S.G., Vetterlein , A., Stroschein , S. (2009). Everyday Post-Socialism . Introductory Essay for a Special Forum in Journal of International Relations and Development, 12(4), 349-354.
  • Deets, S.G., Koubak, K. (2008). The Czech Greens Revived. Environmental Politics, 17(5), 815-821.
  • Deets, S.G. (2008). The Hungarian Status Law and the Specter of Neomedievalism in Europe. Ethnopolitics, 7(2-3), 195-214.
  • Deets, S.G., Dawisha, K. (2006). Political Learning in Post-communist Elections. East European Politics and Societies, 20(4), 691-728.
  • Deets, S.G. (2006). Public Policy in the Passive-Aggressive State: Health Care Reform in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1996-2001. Europe-Asia Studies, 58(1), 57-80.
  • Deets, S.G. (2006). Re-imagining the Boundaries of the Nation: Politics and the Development of Ideas on Minority Rights. East European Politics and Societies, 20(3), 419-446.
  • Deets, S.G. (2005). Constitutionalism and Identity in Eastern Europe. Nationalities Papers, 33(4), 489-516.
  • Deets, S.G., Stroschein, S. (2005). Dilemmas of Autonomy and Liberal Pluralism: Examples Involving Hungarians in Central Europe. Nations and Nationalism, 11(2), 285-305.
  • Deets, S.G. (2002). Liberal Pluralism: Does the West Have Any to Export?. Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe(4)
  • Deets, S.G., Stroschein, S. (2002). Minorities, Kin States, and the 2001 Hungarian Status Law. Analysis of Current Events, 14(1), 14-18.
  • Deets, S.G. (2002). Reconsidering East European Minority Policies: Liberal Theory and European Norms. East European Politics and Society, 16(1), 30-53.
  • Deets, S.G. (1996). National Discourse and the Formation of Irreconcilable Symbols: The Case of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam. State and National Building in East Central Europe: Contemporary Perspectives, 115-132.

Books

  • Deets, S.G., Noble, R., Breymeyer, A. (1996). Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Protected Areas . Washington, DC: National Academy Press
  • Deets, S.G. (1993). Romania's Energy Sector. Washington, DC
  • Deets, S.G. (1993). The Economics of Sustainable Agriculture: American and Bulgarian Perspectives . Washington, DC

Book Chapters

  • Deets, S.G., DiCarlo , L. (2011). What is the Context? Fostering Entrepreneurial Leaders' Social Awareness.The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social and Economic Opportunity. San Francisco, CA: Berett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Deets, S.G. (2006). Pulling Back from Neo-Medievalism: International and Domestic Politics of the Hungarian Status Law. In Osamu Ieda (Ed.), The Hungarian Status Law: Nation Building and/or a Minority Protection.: Slavic Research Center

Book Reviews

  • Deets, S.G. (2006). Ethnic Politics in Europe: The Power of Norms and Incentives by Judith Kelley. Nations and Nationalism, Vol 12, 166-168.
  • Deets, S.G. (2001). From Voting to Violence by Jack Snyder. Nationalities Papers, 252-255.
  • Deets, S.G. (2001). When History Is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina by Steven Weine. Traumatic StressPoints, Vol 15

Others

  • Deets, S.G., Skulte-Ouaiss, J. (in press). “Jumping out of the ‘Hobbesian Fishbowl’ and into the fire: Lebanon, elections, and chronic crisis”
  • Deets, S.G. (2015). Baltimore is Not Ferguson. Washington, DC: Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post link
  • Deets, S.G. (2011). Book Review: Global Trends in Eastern Europe by Nikolai Genov
  • Deets, S.G. (2010). Political Context Matters: The Banality of HUngary's Dual Citizenship Law and Slovakia's Response
  • Deets, S.G. (2005). Reflecting on the Balkans: Theater Department of Miami University of Ohio
  • Deets, S.G. (2001). Nationalism and Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe
  • Deets, S.G., Baker, J., Bosch, D., Bukaveckas, P., Hatfield, K., Zale, A. (1995). Agricultural Impacts on Water Quality in Lithuania and Latvia

Presentations

  • Nationalism, Europeanization, and Economic Interests: The Politics  of Srpksa Dairy Farmers
    Deets, S. Nationalism, Europeanization, and Economic Interests: The Politics  of Srpksa Dairy Farmers International Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (2016)
  • Communalism and Care: Health, Education, and Social Welfare in Lebanon
    Deets, S. Communalism and Care: Health, Education, and Social Welfare in Lebanon 18th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, New York, NY (2013)
  • Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Non-Territorial Governance: Envisioning a Reconfigured Status Quo
    Deets, S. Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Non-Territorial Governance: Envisioning a Reconfigured Status Quo Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA (2013)
  • Communalism and Care: Social Welfare and Health Care in Lebanon
    Deets, S. Communalism and Care: Social Welfare and Health Care in Lebanon Central and East European International Studies Convention, Istanbul, Turkey (2011)

  • Deets, S. Communalism and Care: Social Welfare and Healthcare in Lebanon, Canada (2011)
  • Networks and Composite States: Rethinking Minority Representation and Governance
    Deets, S. Networks and Composite States: Rethinking Minority Representation and Governance , New York (2010)
  • Networks and Composite States: Rethinking Minority Representation and Governance
    Deets, S. Networks and Composite States: Rethinking Minority Representation and Governance , New Orleans, LA (2010)
  • The Institutions and Unfulfilled Visions of the Sami
    Deets, S. The Institutions and Unfulfilled Visions of the Sami , New York (2009)
  • The Institutions and Unfulfilled Visions of the Sami
    Deets, S. The Institutions and Unfulfilled Visions of the Sami Undisclosed, New York, NY (2009)
  • The European Roma and Travellers Forum: National Autonomy or Interest Group Nationalism?
    Deets, S. The European Roma and Travellers Forum: National Autonomy or Interest Group Nationalism? Undisclosed, New York, NY (2008)
  • Regionalism without Regions
    Deets, S. Regionalism without Regions , San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • Regionalism without Regions
    Deets, S. Regionalism without Regions Undisclosed, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • The European Roma and Travellers Forum: National Autonomy or Interest Group Nationalism?
    Deets, S. The European Roma and Travellers Forum: National Autonomy or Interest Group Nationalism? Undisclosed, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • National Autonomy in a Neo-Medieval European Empire
    Deets, S. National Autonomy in a Neo-Medieval European Empire Undisclosed, Chicago, IL (2007)
  • Post-Modern Community in an Age of Jihad vs. McWorld: Islamic Banking in the U.S. and Europe
    Deets, S. Post-Modern Community in an Age of Jihad vs. McWorld: Islamic Banking in the U.S. and Europe Undisclosed, Chicago, IL (2007)
  • Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    Deets, S., Berdieva, D. Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus Global Democracy Conference, Farmville, VA (2007)
  • Reds, Greens, Blues and Browns: Party Development, Electoral Volatility and On-Going Surprises in East European Elections
    Deets, S. Reds, Greens, Blues and Browns: Party Development, Electoral Volatility and On-Going Surprises in East European Elections East European Studies Noon Discussion, Undisclosed (2006)
  • Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    Deets, S., Berdieva , D. Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus Undisclosed, New York, NY (2005)
  • Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    Deets, S., Berdieva, D. Examining the Boundaries of Europe: The Impact of European Minority Rights Norms in Central Asia and the Caucasus Undisclosed, Honolulu, Hawaii (2005)
  • Pulling Back from Neo-Medievalism: Domestic and International Politics of the Hungarian Status Law
    Deets, S. Pulling Back from Neo-Medievalism: Domestic and International Politics of the Hungarian Status Law Conference on The Status Law Syndrome: a Post-communist Nation Building or Post-Modern Citizenship?, Budapest, Hungary (2004)
  • The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe
    Deets, S. The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe Undisclosed, Chicago, IL (2004)
  • Re-imagining the Boundaries of the Nation
    Deets, S. Re-imagining the Boundaries of the Nation Conference on The Role of Ideas in Post-Communism, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (2004)
  • The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe
    Deets, S. The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe Undisclosed, New York, NY (2004)
  • The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe
    Deets, S. The Hungarian Status Law and the Coming of Neomedievalism in Europe International Studies Association Convention, Montreal (2004)
  • eral Pluralism, Immigration, and the Strange Politics of Pim Fortuyn
    Deets, S. eral Pluralism, Immigration, and the Strange Politics of Pim Fortuyn Undisclosed, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
  • Liberal Pluralism, Immigration, and the Strange Politics of Pim Fortuyn
    Deets, S. Liberal Pluralism, Immigration, and the Strange Politics of Pim Fortuyn International Studies Association Convention, Portland, OR (2003)
  • Health Care Reform in the Passive-Aggressive State
    Deets, S. Health Care Reform in the Passive-Aggressive State American Political Science Association, Boston, MA (2002)
  • Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies
    Deets, S., Stroschein, S. Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention, New York, NY (2002)
  • Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies
    Deets, S., Stroschein, S. Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies International Studies Association Convention, New Orleans, LA (2002)
  • Health Care Reform in the Passive-Aggressive State
    Deets, S. Health Care Reform in the Passive-Aggressive State International Studies Association Convention, New Orleans, LA (2002)
  • Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies
    Deets, S., Stroschein, S. Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, DC (2001)
  • Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies
    Deets, S., Stroschein, S. Meanings of Minority Autonomy in Liberal Democracies American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA (2001)
  • Nationalism and Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe
    Deets, S. Nationalism and Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe Minorities and Tolerance in Central and Eastern Europe and the NIS: Conference Proceedings , Washington, DC (2001)
  • Reconsidering East European Minority Policy: Liberal Theory and European Norms
    Deets, S. Reconsidering East European Minority Policy: Liberal Theory and European Norms Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, NY (2001)
  • Constitutionally Guaranteed Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe
    Deets, S. Constitutionally Guaranteed Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe Project on Minorities and Tolerance in Central and Eastern Europe and the NIS, Undisclosed (2001)
  • Reconsidering East European Minority Policy: Liberal Theory and European Norms
    Deets, S. Reconsidering East European Minority Policy: Liberal Theory and European Norms International Studies Association, Chicago, IL (2001)
  • The Politics of Minority Rights in Europe
    Deets, S. The Politics of Minority Rights in Europe East European Studies Noon Discussion, Undisclosed (2000)
  • The Divine Comedy of Post-communist Elections
    Deets, S., Dawisha, K. The Divine Comedy of Post-communist Elections Conference on International Influence on Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe, Prague (2000)
  • Right-Wing Nationalist Parties in Eastern Europe: Searching for the ‘So What?’
    Deets, S. Right-Wing Nationalist Parties in Eastern Europe: Searching for the ‘So What?’ American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, St. Louis, MO (1999)
  • Long Live the Revolution?: Deconstructing Cuba’s Socialist Paradise
    Deets, S. Long Live the Revolution?: Deconstructing Cuba’s Socialist Paradise Roundtable at the Center for Post-Communist Societies, University of Maryland (1999)
  • Science, Democracy, and National Symbols in Postcommunist Europe
    Deets, S. Science, Democracy, and National Symbols in Postcommunist Europe International Studies Association, Washington, DC (1999)
  • The Search for a ‘European’ Solution: The Unresolved Case of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam Conflict
    Deets, S. The Search for a ‘European’ Solution: The Unresolved Case of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam Conflict East European Studies Noon Discussion, Wilson Center for International Scholars (1998)
  • The Search for a ‘European’ Solution: The Unresolved Case of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam Conflict
    Deets, S. The Search for a ‘European’ Solution: The Unresolved Case of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam Conflict American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boca Raton, FL (1998)
  • Agricultural Impacts on Water Quality in Lithuania and Latvia
    Deets, S., Baker, J., Bosch, D., Bukaveckas, P., Hatfield, K., Zale, A. Agricultural Impacts on Water Quality in Lithuania and Latvia Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Undisclosed (1995)