Charmaine N. Willis

Charmaine N. Willis
University at Albany, The State University of New York | UAlbany · Department of Political Science

PhD Candidate, Master of Arts

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The development of a country’s civil society has typically been tied to the development of democracy: a vibrant civil society is indicative of a vibrant democracy. Why, then, has civil society emerged differently in South Korea, a country that democratized fairly recently, and Japan, a country that has been democratic since the end of the Second Wo...
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Protest activist leaders must make a series of decisions about the strategies they use; one such decision is the choice of tactic, often informed by their country’s historical contentious repertoire. Candlelight vigils have become an increasingly prominent tactic in South Korea’s repertoire over the last two decades, as evidenced by major candlelig...
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In recent years, an upward trend in terrorist attacks has mirrored an increase in suicide attacks. According to our preliminary analysis, the events of September 11th marked a sea change in the number of terrorist attacks. While a rich literature has evaluated why terrorists participate in suicide attacks, none have considered the uptick in volume...
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Prior research on female participation in militant organizations explores organizational and individual factors that influence women's recruitment, and the roles women fulfill. However, most research focuses either on transnational organizations or local militant groups. Within this study, we explore how linkages with transnational groups shape fem...
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What is field research? Is it just for qualitative scholars? Must it be done in a foreign country? How much time in the field is “enough”? A lack of disciplinary consensus on what constitutes “field research” or “fieldwork” has left graduate students in political science underinformed and thus underequipped to leverage site-intensive research to ad...
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What is field research? Is it just for qualitative scholars? Must it be done in a foreign country? How much time in the field is “enough”? A lack of disciplinary consensus on what constitutes “field research” or “fieldwork” has left graduate students in political science underinformed and thus underequipped to leverage site-intensive research to ad...
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Since the end of WWII, the US has maintained a military presence in Japan with bases spread throughout the archipelago. Tensions emerge periodically between the base presence and the local population, particularly on the southernmost island of Okinawa. The US military presence in Okinawa has elicited more local resistance than its presence in mainl...
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Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote that “Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains.” Whereas the former claim of the quote is contestable and gendered, the latter part is empirically true from slavery to economic exploitation and widespread oppression that occurs to this day. Nevertheless, history shows that rarely will people take up weapons and rebe...
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Students often struggle to grasp how examining international phenomena at the systemic, state, or international level of analysis can yield different understandings or perspectives. To help students understand the dynamics at the different levels of analysis, we suggest the use of several short games that make students be “lab rats in their own exp...
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Following the end of World War II, the United States embarked on the construction of a network of permanent military bases world-wide to protect US interests abroad. One recent estimate places the total number of US bases abroad at 800 bases in 70 host nations, which includes host nation bases used by the US military (Vine, 2015). The US military p...
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Identity and culture can serve as powerful impetuses for mobilization, yet they may not be enough to induce mobilization. Given the increasing importance of nationalism and ethnicity globally, we ask the question: why do some ethnic groups mobilize and others do not? We employ a geographically weighted regression (GWR) to the study of ethnic group...
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In many countries, the 1980s was marked by state-society contention and struggles for democracy. This trend was particularly notable in East Asia, where people’s movements led the way for democracy at the end of the decade in South Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. South Korea and the Philippines not only shared this historical moment but also bi...
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The learning curve on how to become a Teaching Assistant (TA) can be rather steep. In this paper, the authors explore three areas they wish they were advised in prior to beginning their teaching careers. The lessons are centered on balancing expectations and responsibilities in the following areas: 1) prioritizing their own work and research over t...
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Since the end of WWII, the United States has maintained a military presence in Japan with bases spread throughout the archipelago. Tensions emerge periodically between base personnel and the local population, particularly on the southernmost island of Okinawa. The US military presence in Okinawa has elicited more local resistance than its presence...
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While the proverbial alphabet soup of international and regional IGOs seems to have permeated the globe from the late 20th century onward, Northeast Asia remains an important outlier. The states of this region (China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea for the purposes of this study) participate in extra-regional IGOs and conduct bilateral economi...

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A growing portfolio of collaborative work on terrorism and political violence.
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This set of papers elaborates on effective teaching and research practices, and their applications.
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My major research agenda- includes my dissertation and related pieces