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Dr. Michaelene Cox

Professor Emeritus
Politics and Government
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research


Michaelene Cox was a journalist for more than a decade before beginning a career in academia. She joined ISU in 2004 and is professor of international relations. She also directed the university’s Global Studies interdisciplinary minor program.

Teaching Interests & Areas

International relations, international law, human security, civic engagement, research methodologies

Research Interests & Areas

Cross-disciplinary interests include quality of governance issues such as human security, armed conflict, corruption, and digital government. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning includes pedagogical matters such as visual methodologies and collaborative learning.

Ph D Political Science

University of Alabama

MS International Studies

Troy State University

MA Visual Culture

Illinois State University

MS Art Education

Illinois State University

BA Journalism

Arizona State University

BS Political Science

Arizona State University

Hibbert R. Roberts Teaching Excellence Award

Department of Politics and Science

SoTL Scholar-Mentor

Cross-Chair Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Recognition of Campus Teaching Award

American Political Science Association

College Outstanding Teacher Award

College of Arts and Sciences, ISU

Honoree, Founders Day bell ringer

ISU Presidential and Trustee Events

Book, Authored

Cox, Michaelene (2015). The Politics and Art of John L. Stoddard: Reframing Authority, Otherness, and Authenticity (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books).

Book, Chapter

Cox, Michaelene (2021). “Researching and Teaching Political Science through Arts-Based Inquiry Methods,” in Palgrave Handbook of Political Research Pedagogy, eds. Daniel J. Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, Eric D. Loepp (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
Cox, Michaelene (2017). “A Framework for Reimagining Order and Justice: Transitions in Violence and Interventions in a Global Era,” in Rethinking Intervention in the 21st Century, eds. Aiden Warren and Damian Grenfell (Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press), 117-44.
Cox, Michaelene (2014). “Transnational Corruption in the 21st Century: Context and Countermeasures,” in Comparative and International Policing, Justice, and Transnational Crime, Second Edition, ed. by Sesha Kethineni (Carolina Academic Press: Durham, NC): 361-89.
Cox, Michaelene (2009). “Reporting the Greater Odds: Dissent and Militancy among Trusting East-Central European Citizens,” In Social Capital and Peace-Building, ed. M. Cox: 22-36.
Cox, Michaelene (2009). “Viewing the Millennium Development Goals through Prisms of IR Theory: An Intersection of of Human Rights and State Interests,” In Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights, eds. Noha Shawki and Michaelene Cox: 159-79.

Additional book chapters not listed due to space.

Book, Edited

Cox, Michaelene, ed. (2009). Social Capital and Peace-Building: Creating and Resolving Conflict with Trust and Social Networks (London and New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
Noha Shawki. Rethinking Sovereignty and Human Rights after the Cold War. Ashgate Publishing, 2009 (with Michaelene D. Cox)
Cox, Michaelene, ed. (2008). State of Corruption, State of Chaos: The Terror of Political Malfeasance (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books).

Conference Proceeding

Cox, Michaelene (2015).“A Decade of Studies Studied: Reassessing Research Trends in e-Government,” Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on e-Government, ed. Carl Adams (Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd.): 53-61 (refereed publication).
Cox, Michaelene (2014). “Comparative Analysis of e-Government in the EU: Trends in Eastern Europe,” Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on e-Government, ed. Alexandru Ionas (Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd.): 69-76 (refereed publication).
Cox, Michaelene (2013). “Does e-Government Curb Corruption? G2E Service Delivery of Ethics Training in the U.S.” Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on e-Government, eds. Elena Ferrari and Walter Castelnovo (Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd.): 141-51 (refereed publication).

Journal Article

Cox, Michaelene (2020). "Will FOIAonline have Chilling Effects on Government Information Seekers?" Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications, 7: 1-18.
Cox, Michaelene and Jaimie Kent (2018). "Political Science Student Journals: What Students Publish and Why Student Publishing Matters," PS: Political Science and Politics 51(4): 804-810.
Cox, Michaelene (2016). "The Visual Politics of Portraying Power: Images of the Police and Military in Stock Photography,” Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences 9(1), 276-97.
Cox, Michaelene, Amy Atchison, Laurie Fisher and Robert Wiltz (2015). “The Power of Partnership: Exploring International Humanitarian Law in Higher Education,” National Social Science Journal 43(2), 18-35.
Cox, Michaelene (2015). “Conundrums in Benchmarking eGovernment Capabilities? Perspectives on Evaluating European Usage and Transparency,” The Electronic Journal of e-Government 12(2), 170-78.

Additional journal articles not listed due to space.


Numerous paper presentations at international, national and state conferences in the profession.

Grants & Contracts

Summer Faculty Fellowship. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2016)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Cross-Chair of SoTL. Illinois State University. (2015)
International Humanitarian Law. American Red Cross. Federal. (2013)
International Humanitarian Law. United States Institute of Peace. Federal. (2013)
Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship. The Boston Athenaeum. Private. (2010)