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Political science professors collaborate on textbook and article

September 24, 2013
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Dr. Ali Abootalebi
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Dr. Stephen Hill
EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professors recently co-authored a textbook on world politics and an article on foreign relations between the U.S. and Iran.


Dr. Stephen Hill and Dr. Ali Abootalebi, both professors of political science, have had their textbook, "Introduction to World Politics," published by Kendall Hunt.

Hill and Abootalebi teach university classes dealing with world politics, international conflict and U.S. foreign policy. Both also share a mutual interest in U.S foreign policy toward Iran. The professors teach "Introduction to World Politics" for which the textbook was written.

"We have worked on both projects over the past two years when our teaching and service responsibilities have allowed us to do so," Hill said. "We have not published anything together before, but we have, of course, spent years discussing the issues covered in our publications."

Hill and Abootalebi wrote the textbook for several reasons, including the accessibility and engagement of students who take their classes for general education credit.

"Our goal is to provide our students with the information they needed in the text, so that we can spend more time in the classroom applying that knowledge and discussing the big questions of world politics and U.S. foreign policy," Hill said.

The professors also had their article, "Diplomacy in the Service of Nonkilling: The Imperative for a U.S.-Iranian Rapprochement," published by the Global Center for Nonkilling.

The article focuses on potential for improved U.S.-Iranian relations.

"The article argues that U.S.-Iranian interests coincide to a large degree, but that achieving a cooperative relationship built on mutual interests requires that the U.S. utilize a coherent and multidimensional strategy," Hill said.

Hill and Abootalebi want to emphasize the essential contribution made to both projects through support from UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

"Their sponsorship proves that university support for faculty research is crucial for keeping faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines and improving the educational experience of our students," Hill said.

For more information about the textbook and article, contact Hill at hills@uwec.edu or 715-836-2092, or Abootalebi at abootaar@uwec.edu or 715-836-5969.

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