The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Norris Feeney

Norris T. Feeney, B.A.


International Relations, Comparative Politics

B.A., Political Science, Kenyon College, 2002.


Norris Feeney will be earning his Ph.D in political science this May. Currently, Norris is a graduate teaching assistant in the political science department, and this spring he will be working alongside Ambassador Thomas Graham and Dr. Brandon Prins in teaching Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. His research interests include domestic politics and international relations, foreign policy, nuclear weapons and non-proliferation regimes, comparative politics, regime typologies and transitions, philosophy of science, and research methods. He received the Outstanding Graduate Paper award in 2008, and he attended the 50th annual meeting of the institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Norris Feeney is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Peace Science Society, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association.




Conference Presentations:


“To Fight Home or Away: Regime Type, Unrest, and Autocratic Decisions to Repress or Divert.” Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington. September 1, 2011.


“Diversion and Regime Type: Institutions, the Expected Costs of Losing Office and Leader Response Choice When Facing Unrest.” Presented at Tennessee Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Nashville, Tennessee, April 16, 2011.


“Who Diverts and Why?: Regime Type, Domestic Unrest, and Leader Response.” Presented at 69th Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois, March 31-April 3, 2011.


“They Want Me to Do What?!”: The Nature of Grievances as an Explanation for Leader Selection of Diversionary Behavior.” Presented at 44th North American Meeting of Peace Science Society International. Fort Worth, Texas, October 22-23, 2010.


“Domestic Unrest and Uses of Force in Nondemocratic Regimes.” Presented at 68th Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2010.


“Trust Me: Regime Stability, Commitment, and Dispute Resolution,” with David Brulé. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, August 28-31, 2008.