Politics and International Relations Department
Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1995
M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1992
B.A., Political Science and Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1989, summa cum laude
About Sandra Fullerton Joireman
What causes differences in economic well-being and political stability among states? Increasingly, academic research has pointed to differing institutional environments as the most significant reason for cross-national variation in important economic and political variables. In particular, well defined and enforced property rights, freedom of contract, and the rule of law turn out to be of great importance in comparative histories, theories of development, and empirical studies of growth and welfare. However, there has been only limited work on understanding why certain institutional frameworks are more effective than others in producing economic growth and political stability. Dr. Joireman's research is directed towards answering these questions with respect to law and property rights in previously colonized countries.
After finishing her Ph.D., Dr. Joireman conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford. Dr. Joireman came to Wheaton in 2001.
- Comparative Politics
- International Politics
- Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
- African Politics
- Islam and Politics
- International Political Economy
- Politics of Humanitarian Intervention
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Political Science Association
- International Studies Association
- African Studies Association
- International Society for New Institutional Economics
Property rights, legal and institutional development, ethnic conflict
Research with Students:
Joireman, Sandra F. and Jason Brown, “property: Human Right or Commodity?”
Joireman, Sandra F., Adam Sawyer and Juliana Wilhoit, “A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda.”
Henrysson, Elin and Sandra F. Joireman, "On the Edge of the Law: Property Rights Adjudication in Kisii, Kenya."
Joireman, Sandra F., and Rachel S. Sweet. March 2008. "In Search of Order: Property Rights Enforcement in Kibera Settlement, Kenya."
Corey, Allison and Sandra F. Joireman, "Retributive Justice: the Gacaca Courts in Rwanda."
Joireman, Sandra F., Adam Sawyer and Juliana Wilhoit, “A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda,” Political Geography, 31(4), April 2012, 197-204.
Joireman, Sandra F. “Entrapment or Freedom: enforcing customary property rights regimes in common law Africa,” Jeanmarie Fenrich, Paolo Galizzi and Tracy Higgins, eds., The Future of African Customary Law, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 295-311.
Joireman, Sandra F. 2011. Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa (New York: Oxford University Press).
Henrysson, Elin and Sandra F. Joireman, "On the Edge of the Law: Women's Property Rights and Dispute Resolution in Kisii, Kenya," Law & Society Review, 43(1) 2009, 1-21.
Joireman, Sandra F. (ed). 2009. Church, State and Citizen (New York: Oxford University Press).
Joireman, Sandra F. 2008. "The Mystery of Capital Formation in Sub-Saharan Africa:Women, Property Rights and Customary Law." World Development.
Joireman, Sandra F. 2007. "Enforcing New Property Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Ugandan Constitution and the 1998 Land Act." Comparative Politics 39 (July).
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton, "The Evolution of the Common Law: Legal Development in Kenya and India," Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Spring 2006.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton, "Colonization and the Rule of Law: comparing the effectiveness of common law and civil law countries," Constitutional Political Economy, 15(4), December 2004.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 2004. "War and State Formation: A Mennonite Critique." Christian Scholar's Review. Vol. XXXIII (5).
Corey, Allison and Sandra F. Joireman, "Retributive Justice: the Gacaca Courts in Rwanda." African Affairs (2004), 103, 73-89.
Joireman, Sandra F. 2003. Nationalism and Political Identity. New York and London: Continuum Press.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 2003. "Secession and its aftermath: Eritrea." In Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts: Comparative perspectives from Africa, Asia and Europe, Ulrich Schneckener and Stefan Wolff eds., Hurst Press: London and Montreal.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 2003. "Justice for a Genocide?" Global Review of Ethnopolitics Vol. II (2): 65-66.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 2001 "Inherited Legal Systems and Effective Rule of Law: Africa and the colonial legacy." Journal of Modern African Studies Vol.39 (4): 571-596.
Joireman, S. F. 2001. "Property Rights and the Role of the State: Evidence from the Horn of Africa." Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 38(1): 1-28.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 2000. Property Rights and Political Development in Ethiopia and Eritrea: the State and Land, 1941-1974. Oxford: James Currey/ Athens: Ohio University Press.
Joireman, Sandra. 2000. "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." Policy Brief, Number 14. San Diego, CA: University of California, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
Joireman, Sandra F. and Thomas S. Szayna. 2000. "The Ethiopian Prospective Case." In Identifying Potential Ethnic Conflict: Application of a Process Model, Thomas S. Szayna, ed. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.
Bevan, Phillipa and Sandra Fullerton Joireman. 1997. "The Perils of Measuring Poverty: Identifying the "Poor" in Rural Ethiopia." Oxford Development Studies, Volume 25 (3): 315-343.
Joireman, Sandra Fullerton. 1997. "Opposition Politics and Ethnicity in Ethiopia: We Will All Go Down Together." Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol.35 (3): 387-408.
Joireman, Sandra F. 1996. "The Minefield of Land Reform: Comments on the Eritrean Land Proclamation." African Affairs 95 (379):269-285.