Marisha Lecea, Ph.D.
Dr. Lecea is a scholar of political science currently focused on issues of citizenship, migration and democracy. Her work currently focuses on comparing citizenship regimes, which include how a state determines who is eligible for citizenship at birth, how aliens are naturalized, and how citizenship is lost. She examines why some democratic countries make being or becoming a citizen so easy, while others heavily restrict who is allowed full citizenship rights. She has focused closely on the cases of Japan, Germany and Sweden, and conducted more broad studies comparing nearly two dozen countries. Citizenship rights are vitally intertwined with issues of justice, human rights, and individual equality, making them an area of great importance in democratic studies. In her work, she uses both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. In future research, she is interested in examining the role citizenship policy plays in connecting migrants with their country of origin, and how acceptance of dual citizenship policies is changing the relationship between democratic state and citizen. She has presented her work at national conferences including the American Political Science Association annual meeting the Midwest Political Science Association conference, and the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars.
Michael Romano, Ph.D.
Primary field: American politics (political communications)
Secondary field: Political theory
Dissertation (tentative): Mediated Homestyle: Congressional Strategy and Local Press Relations in the 111th House
Michael Romano is actively exploring the intersections of media, politics and communication in the Political Science Department. His focus is on the U.S. media as the Fourth Estate, congressional communication strategies, the development of online political discourse, and the relationship between the press and political actors in the United States. His dissertation project examines the strategic utilization of the local press outlets by members of Congress, and how representatives manipulate and control media narratives in order maintain a sense of representativeness in their constituencies. He has taught courses including Mass Media and American Politics (PSCI 3110), Critical Thinking about Politics (PSCI 1050) and American National Government (PSCI 2000), and his current teaching interests include courses in quantitative methods, Congress, and politics and film.