Professor of Government & Law, Department of Social Sciences and History



  • Torture
  • Terrorism & Counterterrorism
  • Global Politics
  • Political Ethics
  • Game Theory
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Rebels & Revolutionaries
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Violence
  • Dictators & Democrats
  • Playing Politics


  • Torture
  • Virtue ethics
  • Nationalism and ethnic violence
  • Evolution of male dung beetle dimorphism


  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Columbia University
  • MPhil, Columbia University
  • PhD, Columbia University

Academic Profile

John W. Schiemann is a Professor of Government & Law at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. He is the author of Does Torture Work? (Oxford University Press, 2016) and multiple articles on interrogational torture, including “Torturing Science: Science, Interrogational Torture, and Public Policy.” (with Shane O’Mara). Politics and the Life Sciences, 38,2 (Fall): 1-13; Response: Torturing Without a Parachute (with Pau Parez-Sales, Texas Law Review Online 2018); Tortured Logic (Torture Journal, February 2018); Review Essay: Interrogating Torture (Journal of Politics (October 2017); and Interrogational Torture (Political Research Quarterly (March 2012). He is also working with collaborators at FDU’s School of Pharmacy on a review of pharmacotherapy treatment of torture victims. Schiemann serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Torture Journal and the Editorial Board for Perspectives on Politics. He is the recipient of FDU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2009), the Becton College Teacher of the Year award (2019), the Educational Opportunity Fund, Outstanding Faculty Award, awarded by students, (2016), and the Student Government Association Maddy Award for Outstanding Faculty, also awarded by students (2011).

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