for my new book
Segregation and Mistrust (Cambridge
University Press, 2012) where I argue that it is segregation, not
diversity, that drives down trust. I examine theoretical
linkages on contact theory and data from the United States,
Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia.
article I was asked to write on Segregation and Mistrust
for Zocalo Public Square--and that they declined to publish
because they decided they didn't agree with my findings and
didn't like my writing style!
And my paper for the
Center for American
Progress on the consequences of inequality for social
Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens
See my page on corruption research!
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My most widely cited book:
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- In 2011 he was
named one of the top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy
Business Behavior by
Trust Across America.
His new book, Segregation and Mistrust: Diversity, Isolation,
and Social Cohesion (Cambridge
University Press, 2012) challenges the argument that diversity
drives down trust and altruistic deeds. Rather, it is
segregation and the lack of diverse ties that leads people
to be less trusting. See the book prospectus and
several papers on the
Order the book from
Cambridge University Press orthe Kindle edition from
courses in American politics (especially on Congress and
Congressional elections), social capital, and institutional
See his new paper
with Bo Rothstein on the
historical roots of corruption--in which they show that
levels of education across 78 countries in 1870 strongly
predict corruption in 2010. Historical levels of
education reflect levels of equality across countries, which
demonstrate strong "path dependence" over time. The
relationship between historical levels of education and
remains strong even when controlling for change in the level
of education, gross national product per capita, and
democratic governance. Regime type is generally not
significant. We then trace early education to levels of
economic equality in the late 19th
and early 21st
centuries—and argue that societies with more equality
educated more of their citizens, which then gave their
citi-zens more opportunities and power, reducing corruption.
We present historical evidence from Europe and Spanish,
British, and French colonies that strong states provided more
education to their publics—and that such states were
themselves more common where economic disparities were
Also see his new
paper on how American Jews voted in the 2012 Presidential
elections. Jews remained loyal to the Democratic party
despite extensive Republican attempts to woo the Jewish vote.
Arguments on Democratic weakness on Israel and spending of
more than $6 million by Republicans had little effect on
Jewish voters--and even seem to have backfired. As
Thomas Frank asked "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Uslaner
the Matter with Palm Beach County?"
KEYNOTE SPEECHES: Uslaner has
spoken widely about his work, giving keynote speeches in
Australia, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,
Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. He has
also been an invited speaker in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada,
Chile, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Netherlands, New
Zealand, Serbia, and the Ukraine.
Uslaner has also
given talks sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in
Bangladesh, India, Japan, Laos, Mexico, the Maldives, Pakistan,
Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arabia.
And he is the proud husband of Debbie and even prouder father
of Avery (click
here to see them on their whale-watching exhibition in Australia
and Avery's favorite pasttime), a rising senior majoring in
Biology (and definitely NOT Political Science) at