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December 12, 2018 : Ohio University Eastern faculty member co-publishes new book

Dr. Kevin R. Spiker, associate professor of political science at Ohio University Eastern, and Dr. James B. Whisker, professor emeritus of political science at West Virginia University, have published a new book, ‘The Alien Tort Claims Act.’  This is the first in a series of peer-reviewed works that will examine numerous topics in the fields of international law and U.S. military policy.


Alien Tort Claims Act book coverThe Alien Tort Claims Act, also known as the Alien Tort Statute, was originally part of the Judiciary Act of 1789.  Signed into law by President George Washington, this act was one of the most instrumental in the history of the federal judiciary, for it created and established the jurisdiction and structure of the federal courts below the Supreme Court.  Initially, the Alien Tort Claims Act applied to violations of basic rules of international law, such as piracy.  It was applied at the beginning of 1980 to human rights violations.  Its meaning was expanded to incorporate liability, but in 2013 the Supreme Court ended such lawsuits.  This book traces the legal evolution of the Act, analyzing in detail the various cases decided by the federal and international courts. 


Dr. Spiker has been a member of the faculty of Ohio University Eastern since 2005.  He earned an undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from West Virginia University.  He routinely teaches courses on American government and politics, public policy, the American presidency, elections and political parties, and political theory.  Dr. Spiker has published numerous works on midterm elections, congressional-presidential relations, American military history, and international law.  He is also involved in the community and serves as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach of the Buckeye Trail Warriors football team.


Dr. Whisker was a member of the faculty of West Virginia University for forty years.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Mount St. Mary’s College, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  During his tenure at WVU, he routinely taught courses on American politics, political theory, government and politics of Western Europe, and international law.  He is the author or co-author of over fifty peer-reviewed books and articles and is often cited as one of the leading scholars on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.