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Strategic Plan 2008 and Beyond



Aurelian Craiutu (Ph.D. Princeton, 1999)
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington; also affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute, The WEST European Studies Institute, and the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.



Dan Cole,
JD, Lewis & Clark 1987, JSD, Stanford Law School 1996

Is Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. He is also a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Professor Cole is the author or editor of seven books and more than 40 articles, most of which concern topics at the intersection of the law and economics of property, natural resources, and environmental protection. His newest volume, co-edited with Elinor Ostrom, is Property in Land and Other Resources (forthcoming Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 2011)

Filippo Sabetti,
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Professor Sabetti's primary interests lie in the application of political theory to the study of comparative politics in Europe. He is especially concerned with the historical development of liberal and federalist thought in Canada and in France and Italy. With his forthcoming publication, Civilization and Self-Government: The Political Thought of Carlo Cattaneo (Lexington Books), trespasses into the field of political theory to show why the nineteenth-century pioneering analysis of Carlo Cattaneo merits a place, alongside Tocqueville's, in our continuing debate about the meaning of civilization and liberty and what forms of institutional arrangements hold domination in check while promoting self-governance.

Vincent Ostrom (Ph.D, UCLA, 1950),
Founding Director of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

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Elinor Ostrom (Ph.D, UCLA, 1965)
Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
Senior Research Director, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson have won the 2009 Nobel prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday, October 12, 2009. Indiana University’s Ostrom and Williamson, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, were awarded the prize for their work in the field of "economic governance," the academy said. Ostrom "has demonstrated how common property can be successfully managed" by associations of users, while Williamson developed a theory regarding how business firms can serve as structure for conflict resolution, the academy said. Ostrom is the first woman to win the prize, which was established in 1968 by the Swedish central bank.

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Russell Hanson (Ph.D, University of Minnesota, 1982)
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

Professor Hanson’s primary interests lie in the area of political philosophy and American politics. He is especially concerned with the historical development of liberalism in the United States, and with the way in which that development affects prospects for democracy. Federalism is a related concern, and Professor Hanson has investigated the political dynamics of social welfare policy in the American states, as well as questions of equity raised by the wide variation in state programs. His current projects include studies of the impact of welfare reform, evolution of American federalism, and 19th century American constitutional thought. Professor Hanson teaches courses on state and local politics in the United States, American political thought, and modern political thought. He is the author of The Democratic Imagination in America (1985), and the co-editor of Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (1989), Reconsidering the Democratic Public (1993), and Politics in the American States (2003).

Barbara Allen (Carleton College)

Professor Allen completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University. She teaches courses in American politics, feminist political theory, politics and the media, and constitutional law. Her broad interests include research related to liberal philosophy, democratic theory, institutional analysis and design, rational choice, and policy and law related to gender and race. Her areas of specialization related to empirical theory and methodology include quantitative methods, political socialization and behavior, public opinion, and theories of learning. Professor Allen writes extensively on applying Tocqueville's theories to contemporary politics and policy. Other publications include her research on Martin Luther King's contributions to American political thought. She is a contributing editor to The Martin Luther King Papers Project at Stanford University and a fellow at the Mondale Policy Forum at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Allen also is a recipient of several grants including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Earhart Foundation fellowships.