Bryan Brophy-Baermann

Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Community College of Rhode Island
Areas of Expertise:
  • Environment & Energy
  • Foreign Policy & Security

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About Bryan

Brophy-Baermann has been a political scientist for over twenty years. His primary areas of teaching and research in domestic politics are environmental politics and policy and foreign policy.



"A Quantitative Analysis of the Historical and Systemic Determinants of Terrorism," Midwest Political Science Association, 2014.
Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of current quantitative approaches to the analysis of global terrorism, offers a new approach, and finds that countries falling between the categories of democracies and authoritarian regimes suffer the most terrorist events.
Bureaucracy and the Policy Process: Keeping the Promises (with Dennis D. Riley) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).
Explores how three key forces – the organizational environment, our governing philosophy, and the demands of people and institutions – shape the ways in which bureaucracy makes policy, as well as the final products of those policymaking processes.
"Retaliating against Terrorism: Rational Expectations and the Optimality of Rules versus Discretion" (with John A. C. Conybeare). American Journal of Political Science 38 (1994): 196-210.
Finds that the application of rational expectations theory to policies of retaliation against terrorism suggests that only unexpected retaliations will be effective in causing terrorist attacks to deviate from their natural rate, and that there is a time inconsistency problem in responding to terrorism. Retaliation has no long-term deterrent or escalation effect on terrorist events.