Politics Research Area

Dr. Daniel Corrigan’s research is at the intersection of moral and political philosophy, with a focus on legal rights and their philosophic basis. This includes both human rights and rights of nature. My work on human rights focuses on three primary issues: the human rights obligations of business corporations, the role of environmental human rights, and how we should engage with cross-cultural approaches to human rights (given that human rights claim to be universal global norms). My work on rights of nature explores how we should structure these norms, which give legal rights to natural entities, such as rivers, forests, or ecosystems.

Dr. Chad Rector studies how countries try to negotiate multilateral arrangements with each other when at least one of them is untrustworthy. His published work includes books and articles covering international agreements about national unification and reunification, trade, arms control, climate change, and financial markets.

Dr. Margaret Tseng’s research focuses primarily on presidential unilateral powers including executive orders, recess appointments, and pardons. She published the book The Politics of Impeachment which profiles presidents and governors who have abused power while in office. In addition to presidential research, She has a strong interest in the intersection of experiential learning, political advocacy, and classroom learning.