Professor Givel's areas of research specialization include: public policy theory, complexity theory, and Himalayan area policy studies. His areas of teaching specialization include: Himalayan area studies, well being policy, U.S. urban politics, and social movements.
Professor Givel, in recent years, has published a number of scholarly articles related to Bhutanese culture and policy. This includes articles illustrating the connection between Mahayana Buddhism and Gross National Happiness, the policy history of Gross National Happiness, and a survey and analysis of the unwritten constitution of early Bhutan.
Regarding U.S-oriented policy theory, in recent years, Professor Givel has published four ground-breaking peer-reviewed articles in Policy Studies Journal and Review of Policy Research, documenting why U.S. state (and not federal) tobacco policies were not fully punctuated:
Additionally, Professor Givel now has a forthcoming peer-reviewed article in Social Theory and Health indicating why US federal tobacco policy was not fully punctuated:
U.S. federal tobacco control policy from 1964 to 2013: Were punctuated and significant public health reforms enacted? https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41285-017-0039-0
Besides scientifically demonstrating that federal tobacco policy was not punctuated, this article also illustrates why scholarly historical analyses of a policy area such as tobacco policy are crucial in providing overall context when determining whether policy punctuation has occurred.