• Department of Political Science

    UCSD



    Political Communication &
    International Security

    CV (.pdf)
  • Department of Political Science

    UCSD



    Political Communication &
    International Security

    CV (.pdf)

About


Background

Overview

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and the Herb York Fellow at the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation. I study how and why political actors share, withhold, and frame information for domestic and international audiences.

My dissertation examines how leaders influence and respond to public opinion about international conflict. In other projects, I analyze the causes and consequences of secret military development, explore how powerful countries motivate smaller allies to cooperate on security policy, identify variation in the tone of questions that reporters pose to political officials, and examine whether politicians attempt to claim political credit by renaming federal agencies. Finally, before joining UCSD I worked as a debate coach for Lewis & Clark College. As such, some of my early research relates to argumentation theory and forensics pedagogy.

My work is supported by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Center on Global Transformation, the UCSD Policy Design and Evaluation Lab, and the UCSD Department of Political Science. I am also grateful for funding from Population Council and the Department of Defense on collaborative research projects.

If you have questions or wish to contact me, please email bmerrell@ucsd.edu.



Education

University of California, San Diego

  • Ph.D., Political Science (in progress)
  • M.A., Political Science (2015)

Southern Illinois University

  • B.A., Economics and Political Science (2011)

Western Kentucky University

  • Undergraduate (2007-2009)


Academic Appointments

Lewis & Clark College

  • Debate Coach, College of Arts & Sciences (2011-2012)



Research


Publications

Refereed Articles

"Debate across the Disciplines: Structured Classroom Debates in Interdisciplinary Curricula"

  • with Kevin Calderwood and Todd Graham
  • Forthcoming in Journal of Contemporary Argumentation and Debate

"Back to its Roots: Accuracy as the Litmus Test for Topicality"

  • with Todd Graham
  • Parliamentary Debate, Vol 13, No. 2, pp. 21-68, November 2016.

"Contrasting Structures, Conditional Strategies: Designing Format-Specific Theories for Competitive Debate"

  • with Todd Graham
  • Parliamentary Debate, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 1-37, May 2016.

"The Intersection of Competitions and Classrooms in Forensics Pedagogy"

  • with Kevin Calderwood and Richard Flores
  • Communication Studies, Vol. 66, No. 4, pp. 433-47, August 2015.


Chapters

"Illegal Wildlife Trafficking - The Unseen Environmental Harms"

  • with Thomas Schally
  • in Up for Debate: U.S. Foreign Policy Options Towards the Greater Horn of Africa,
  • edited by Danny Cantrell and Brandy Brickey, pp. 1-24. La Mirada, CA: Picket Fence, 2009.



In Progress

Working Papers

"Occupied Denmark: Armed Resistance and Agency Slippage in a Model Protectorate" (Under Review)

"The War Referendum"

"The Secrecy Gambit: Explaining Clandestine Arming, Allying, and Informing"

  • with Alexei Abrahams

"Media Bias in Presidential Press Questions"

  • with Kevin Calderwood

"The Politics of Agency Reorganization"

  • with Richard Flores



Conferences, Talks & Workshops

Recent Presentations

"The Allies' Gambit," with Alexei Abrahams

  • APSA Annual Meeting (2017)

"Media Bias in Presidential Press Questions," with Kevin Calderwood

  • APSA Annual Meeting (2017)

"The Politics of Agency Reorganization," with Richard Flores

  • APSA Annual Meeting (2017)

"A Model Protectorate?"

  • Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University (2016)

"Pandering to War"

  • APSA Annual Meeting (2016)



Brandon Merrell - CV

Click below for a .pdf version.

Teaching


International Relations, American Politics, and Methods

TA

Research Advising & Guidance:

  • Frontiers of Political Science (senior honors seminar, x2)
  • Policy Responses to Global Problems (graduate research capstone)
  • Postwar Politics in Japan (graduate)

Lecture & Discussion Sections:

  • International Politics & Security (graduate)
  • Introduction to International Relations (x3)

Grader

East Asian Thought (x2)
Insurgency and Terrorism
Politics and Warfare
Supreme Court & Constitution
United States Foreign Policy
War and Society (x2)
Weapons of Mass Destruction


Contact


Email Preferred

Address

Brandon Merrell
University of California, San Diego
Department of Political Science
Social Sciences Building 301
9500 Gilman Drive, 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521


Email & Other

Email: bmerrell@ucsd.edu
Homepage: www.brandonmerrell.com
Office: Social Science Building 341