Prof. Polly Diven
Director, International Relations Program
1107 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995.
M.A.L.D., International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1985.
B.A., Political Science, Hamilton College, 1982.
U.S. Foreign Policy
Capstone in International Relations
Capstone in Political Science
Recent Honors and Awards
Pew Teaching Award, 2004
Netherlands Initiative Travel Grant, 2004
Padnos International Center Partnership Grant (Travel to France), 2006
“Explaining Generosity: Comparing Public Opinion on Foreign Aid among Donor Countries,” (co-authored with John Constantelos), accepted for publication in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, (Summer 2009) Issue 7(ii).
“Disaggregating Anti-Americanism: Personalities, Policies, Popular Culture, and Paradigms,” book chapter in U.S. Foreign Policy: Theory, Mechanisms, and Practice, (2008) edited by Pawel Laidler, Jagiellonian University Press.
"An Analytical Look at Anti-Americanism (review of Anti-Americanisms in World Politics, Peter J. Katzenstein and Robert O. Keohane, eds.)" International Studies Review (2007) 8(3):494-497.
"The Hyperpluralism of U.S. Food Aid," Foreign Policy Analysis 2 (4): 361-384 (2006).
“Interest Groups in International and Transnational Politics,” in Research Guide to U.S.and International Interest Groups, (2004) edited by Clive S. Thomas. Praeger Press.
“Minority Influence and Political Interest Groups,” in Social Psychological Applications to Social Issues: Developments in Political Psychology, vol. V (2002), edited by Vincent Ottati. Plenum Press, co-authored with Christine M. Smith.
"The Domestic Determinants of U.S. Food Aid Policy," Food Policy, 26 (Fall 2001):455-474.
Trust in Government as a Determinant of Public Opinion on Foreign Aid Policy, presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association – Midwest, in St. Louis, on October 21, 2005.
U.S. Foreign Aid in the Cold War Era: Building Security, Trade or Empire? presented at the “War and Empire” conference at Grand Valley State University on October 7, 2005.
‘They Hate U.S. for our Freedom’: Competing Explanations for International Public Opinion of U.S. Foreign Policy under the Bush Administration, presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in Honolulu, on March 6, 2005.
“Values, Ignorance and Economics: A Comparative Analysis of European and U.S. Public Opinion on Foreign Aid,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago, September 2004.
I joined the faculty in political science at GVSU in 1994. That means I've been in this department longer than anyone else, though Professors King and Constantelos came soon after. I became the IR Coordinator in 2005. My area of greatest expertise is U.S. foreign poicy, and I enjoy teaching courses in international Relations and U.S. foreign policy. My research focuses on the intersection of U.S. domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy, and I am particularly interested in how domestic interest groups influence foreign policy. Recently my research has focused on the determinants of public opinion on U.S. foreign policy, comparative public opinion, and anti-Americanism. I am also interested in the phenomenon of hyperpluralism, and I am currently working on a paper that documents the impact of U.S. interest groups on the PEPFAR (HIV/AIDS) iniative.
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