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Michael Givel, Ph.D.


Office: 224 Dale Hall Tower


Research Fields: Comparative Politics and Public Policy, Racial Justice Studies, Himalayan Area Studies, Global Urban Politics, Social Movements  

Favorite Courses: Social Movement Theory | Global Far Right and Democracy | Global Urban Politics | World Happiness Policy

B.A., M.A., University of Florida 
M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Riverside

Professor Givel's areas of research specialization include: Comparative politics and public policy, Himalayan area politics and policy studies, and racial justice studies. His areas of teaching specialization include, Himalayan and Bhutanese area studies, well-being policy, global urban politics, far right movements and democracy, and global social movements.

Professor Givel, in recent years, has published several scholarly articles related to Bhutanese culture and policy. This includes articles illustrating the connection between Mahayana Buddhism and Gross National Happiness, the policy history and impacts of Gross National Happiness, and a survey and analysis of the unwritten constitution of early Bhutan.

Regarding public policy and politics theory, in recent years, Professor Givel has published five ground-breaking peer-reviewed articles in Social Theory and Health, Policy Studies Journal and Review of Policy Research, documenting why U.S. state and federal tobacco policies were not fully punctuated:

Professor Givel has also published in 2021 in the journal Ethnicities an article concluding that sundown towns in the U.S. from Reconstruction to the 1960s were a form of a racial caste society:

Professor Givel’s current research areas include, comparative public policy, happiness policies, Himalayan and Tibetan area studies, corporate actions and policy, and racial justice and caste.