John Schiemann is Professor of Government & Law at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He is teaching a senior seminar on democratic erosion in fall 2019. Initially interested in democratic transitions and institutions and then ethnic conflict, he is the author of The Politics of Pact-Making (Palgrave, 2005) and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and The Journal of Theoretical Politics. His current research focuses on torture. In addition to his book Does Torture Work? (Oxford University Press, 2016), he has published articles on torture in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Politics, The Torture Journal, and Texas Law Review Online. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for the Torture Journal. Schiemann is the recipient of two teaching awards by students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 1999 and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.