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A collection of my work, in one convenient location.
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The Wepner Blog

A blog I maintain for the Wepner Program on the Lincoln Legacy at the University of Illinois Springfield. Home to news, links, and commentary related to the legacy of the 16th President of the United States.

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The Problems of Command: Obama, McChrystal and American Civil-Military Relations in Operation Enduring Freedom

This is the final, complete draft of my M.A. thesis, analyzing the civil-military relationship in the Obama Administration from May -December 2009. It tests Peter Feaver's agency theory of civil-military relations and finds that while the model is, generally, good at explaining the historical record, it also fails to capture much of the important nuances in the politics of civil-military relations.
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"The Springfield Project"

This is a profile of The Springfield Project, a group that received funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the Springfield Diocese, written for a special issue of The Catholic Times, the newspaper of the Springfield (Illinois) Diocese.

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"Reflections on my CCHD internship"

Reflections on my time as an intern in the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
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Media & Power

This is one of my blogs - here I track the ways social media (and other cutting-edge forms of media) relates to political process. Not just governments, but "politics": who gets what, and how?

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Politics of War

This is another blog, where I talk about my research interest: American national security and the political processes that create our foreign and military policies.

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"Presidents and Military Command" by Matthew Holden Jr. and Gene W. Giannotta

Co-authored paper on new avenues for scholarship on "presidents and military command." Abstract: The role of the American President as commander-in-chief has been a major subject of discussion in political science, history, law, and other disciplines. This discussion has particularly been developed on the constitutional basis of Presidential claims, and on how such authority has been used in dealing with citizens. Yet there is enough unknown about how Presidents exercise the role that both practical need and intellectual opportunity require that some further, fresh inquiry is needed. The fields of American politics (notably executive politics and public administration), comparative politics, and international relations provide a number of starting points from which to work. Our understanding of the Presidency, the military, and the making of American national security policy can only be strengthened through a renewed focus on their political intersection, the application of theoretical and methodological tools new and old, and the dusting off of the multiplicity of cases throughout the Republic’s history that beg for attention.

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