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Dr. Rachel Milstein Sondheimer

Professor of American Politics

Rachel.Sondheimer@westpoint.edu

Biography


Dr. Rachel Milstein Sondheimer is a Professor of Political Science in the American Politics program at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Dr. Sondheimer earned her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2006 after earning her B.A. in government from Dartmouth College in 2001. She began teaching in the American Politics program in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA in 2007. Dr. Sondheimer served as the Director of the American Politics program from 2013 through 2015. From 2017 through 2021, she served a 4-year rotation as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. She is the co-author of the 7th edition of American National Security and has published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and Armed Forces and Society

Publications & Presentations


Books and Monographs

Meese, Michael, Suzanne Nielsen, and Rachel Sondheimer. American National Security, 7th
Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

The Army We Need: The Role of Landpower in an Uncertain Strategic Environment. Edited by Charlie D. Lewis, Rachel M. Sondheimer, and Jeffrey D. Peterson. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein, Kevin Toner, and Isaiah Wilson III. “Cadet Perceptions of Military and Civilian Ideology.” Armed Forces and Society 39, no 1 (January 2013): 124 - 134.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein and Donald Green. "Using Experiments to Estimate the Effects of Education on Voter Turnout." American Journal of Political Science 54, no. 1 (January 2010): 174-189.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein, Isaiah Wilson III, Thomas Greco, Kevin Toner, and Cameron West. "Ideological Perceptions and Civil-Military Relations." In Attitudes Aren't Free: Thinking Deeply about Diversity in the US Armed Forces, edited by James E. Parco and David A. Levy, 423-436. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air University Press, 2010.

Book Chapters and Other Academic Publications

Morrow, John and Rachel Sondheimer, “National Security Advisor.” In Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, 3rd Edition, edited by Domonic A. Bearfield and Melvin J. Dubnick. CRC Press, 2015.

Scher, Adam and Rachel Sondheimer, “Institutions and American Foreign Policy: Politics Along the Water’s Edge.” In Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy, edited by Hugh Liebert, John Griswold, and Isaiah Wilson III. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Wilson, Isaiah III, Ed Cox, Kent Park, and Rachel Milstein Sondheimer. "Kids these Days: Civil-Military Relations and Professionalism Across Generations." In Civil-Military Relations in Perspective, edited by Stephen J. Cimbala. Surrey, England: Routledge, 2012.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein. "Downstream Benefits of Randomized Experiments." In Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science, edited by James N. Druckman, Donald P. Green, James H. Kuklinski and Arthur Lupia, 494-507. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Book was named the Robert E. Lane Co-Winner for the best book in political psychology published in 2011 (awarded by the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association) and was given the Best Book Award for best book published in 2011 that either uses or is about experimental research methods in the study of politics (awarded by the Experimental Research Section of the American Political Science Association).

Wilson, Isaiah III, Ed Cox, Kent Park, and Rachel M. Sondheimer. "Not Your Grandparents’ Army: Growing Military Professionalism Across Generations." Military Review (September 2011, Special Edition): 34-42.

Sondheimer, Rachel M. "Education." In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today, edited by Sebastian Maisel and John A. Shoup. Vol. 1, 140-142. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. 

Green, Donald P. and Rachel M. Sondheimer. "Field Experimentation." In Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, edited by Neil J. Salkind. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.

Conference Papers and Poster Presentations

Chambers, John, Rachel Sondheimer, and Delaney Brown. “Continuity and Change in Cadet Perceptions of Ideology: New Data from a New Administration.” Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Conference. Reston, Virginia, 2017.

Forester, Brian, Corbett Baxter, and Rachel Sondheimer. “The Effects of Faculty Ideology on Changes in Student Ideology.” Presented by Forester and Baxter at the International Studies Association West Conference in September 2015.

Lewis, Charlie and Rachel Sondheimer. “The Department of Defense Meets the County Clerk and Elections are Never the Same: An Examination of the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the State of Tennessee.” Presented by Lewis at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in 2013.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein, Faith Chamberlain, and Charles Nadd. "The Soldier, the State, and the Social Network." Presented at the Meeting of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Chicago, IL, October 2011.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein, Isaiah Wilson III, and Kevin Toner. "Perceptions of Ideology and Civil-Military Relations." Presented at the Meeting of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Chicago, IL, October 2009.

Mann, Christopher B. and Rachel Milstein Sondheimer. "The Invisible Hand of Election Officials: Promotion of Mail Voting and Methods of Voting in the Colorado 2008 Election." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, ON, September 2009.

Mann, Christopher B. and Rachel Milstein Sondheimer. "The Vote is in the Mail: The Role of Local Election Officials in Promoting Mail Voting in the Colorado 2008 Election." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2009.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein, Isaiah Wilson III, Kevin Toner, and Thomas Greco. "The Military Voter." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2009.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein. "The Complex Interactions between Educational Attainment and Family Influence on Political Participation and Attitude Formation." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2008 and at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 2007.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein. "Educational Attainment and Voter Participation: A New Approach to Brody's Puzzle." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York Political Science Association, Hyde Park, NY, April 2007.

Sondheimer, Rachel Milstein. "Educational Attainment and Voter Participation: A New Approach to Brody's Puzzle." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, Newton, MA, April 2007.

Sondheimer, Rachel M. "The Education-Participation Nexus: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2006.

Milstein, Rachel. "Education and Civic Engagement: Mounting Evidence from an Experimental Perspective - an Examination of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Study." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2005.

Milstein, Rachel. "The Effects of Mobilization on the Education Gap in Voter Turnout: A Reanalysis of a Randomized Field Experiment using Aggregate Data." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, Providence, RI, May 2003.

Milstein, Rachel. "We Didn't Start the Fire: The Persistence of Low Voter Turnout Rates among America's Youth." Senior Honors Thesis, Dartmouth College, May 2001.

Research Grants and Awards

Minerva Research for Defense Education Faculty (FY2015-2016, $25,000; FY2015, $4,650)

Pew Center on the States Making Voting Work, with Christopher Mann (FY2009, $44,100)

Institute for National Security Studies Research Grant (FY2012, $4,845; FY2008, $3,700)

Faculty Development and Research Fund, Office of the Dean, USMA (FY2014, $1,200; FY2013, $1,608; FY2010, $1,211; FY2009, $2,200; FY2008, $4,348)

Artinian Award, Southern Political Science Association (FY2008, $250)

Working Papers

Chambers, John, Delaney Brown, and Rachel Sondheimer. “Continuity and Change in Cadet Perceptions of Ideology: New Data from a New Administration.”

Forester, Brian, Corbett Baxter, Delaney Brown, and Rachel Sondheimer. “The Effects of Faculty Ideology on Changes in Student Ideology.”

Invited Presentations, Papers, Reports, Panels, Blogs, and Roundtables

Panelist, “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities at the Service Academies and ROTC Programs.” Yale Veterans Summit, “Bridging the Divide: The Way Forward in U.S. Civil-Military Relations,” April 10-11, 2015.

“Congress’s Sexual Assault Proposals are the Latest Development in a Long History of Civilian Intervention in Military Justice,” with Brian Forester and Rachel Yon on the London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy blog (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog), December 2013.

Contributing Author. White Paper: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Informing Adaptation to the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Prepared for the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group. Provided by the United States Military Academy, 2010.

“What Public Policy and Political Science Can Say about Possible Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Presentation to representatives of the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group, Spring 2010.

Mann, Christopher and Rachel M. Sondheimer. “The Role of Local Election Officials in Promoting Growth of Mail Voting.” Prepared for the Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009.

“Using Experiments to Estimate the Effects of Education on Voter Turnout.” ISPS at 40 Conference. New Haven, CT. November, 2008.

Panelist, “A Post-Election Analysis,” Luncheon presented by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Boston, MA. November 2008

Panelist, “The National Political Conventions: A Faculty Perspective from Behind the Scenes.” Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, MA. November 2008.

Milstein, Rachel and Donald Green. “’I Have a Dream’ of Boulder County: Lafayette Program Evaluation,” 2005.

Journal Reviews

American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Armed Forces and Society, Security Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Political Behavior, Journal of Homosexuality (Special Edition on the repeal of Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell)

Textbook Reviews

Bianco, William T. and David T. Canon. American Politics Today 2nd Edition. New York: Norton, 2011.

SmartBooks, Connect online platform, and We the People 13th Edition for McGraw-Hill.

Panel Chairs

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and New York State Political Science Association meetings