Publication and Presentations, Richard Sobel


Privacy, Medical Confidentiality, Civil Liberties and Immigration Policies


MANUSCRIPTS (in process)


Cyber Seasons: The Demise and Rise of Privacy in the U.S. (proposal under review, fall 2002).

Privacy, Identity and Identification, coauthor (proposal submitted to Landmark Law Series, summer 2001)




Sobel R, Bursztajn H.  Ban Genetic Discrimination. Boston Globe, August 7, 2000.

"Accountability without health care databanks," with Harold Bursztajn, Health Affairs, 1998:17(6):252-253

Sobel, R.   Immigration and identification: Interview with Alan Simpson.  Migration World, 2001; 24, 3.

“A New Wound for Medical Privacy: Administration Rules Eviscerate Patient Consent.” Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2002 (for purchase at LA Times Archives)

“No Privacy for All? Serious Failings in the HHS Medical Records Regulations,” Journal of Biolaw and Business, Spring 2002. (for purchase at Bio Law & Business Archives)

"The Demeaning of Identity and Personhood in National Identification Systems," Harvard Journal of Law and Technology,  Spring 2002

"The Degradation of Political Identity under a National Identification System," Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law,  Winter 2002.
Debra L. DeLaet, U.S. Immigration Policy in an Age of Rights, Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2001-02
"Anti-terror campaign has wide support, even at the expense of cherished rights," Chicago Tribune, November 4, 2001.

"Not for Identification Purposes: National identity numbers don't belong in an open society," Berkman Center Filter,  August 12, 1998.
"A Colloquy with Jack Greenberg about Brown: Experiences and Reflections." Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 15:2, Fall 1997b.


Interviews, presentations, and appearances


Medical Privacy, “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney,” WGBH, November 14, 2002.
Medical Confidentiality, “Talk of the Nation,”  with Neal Conan, August 12. 2002,
Privacy Issues, “Odyssey,” with Gretchen Helfrich, WBEZ Chicago, May 1, 2000

Medical Privacy, “Odyssey,” September 19, 2000.

The Bill of Rights, WOMR Radio, December 18, 1996.


Public Opinion and Foreign Policy



The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam: Constraining the Colossus. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Public Opinion in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Controversy Over Contra Aid. Ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 1993.

    "Public Opinion in U.S. Foreign Policy: An Introduction"

    "Public Opinion Toward U.S. Intervention in Nicaragua"

    "What Have We Learned about Public Opinion in U.S. Foreign Policy?"

International Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis.  Coeditor with Eric Shiraev (Lexington, 2003).^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0739104799

People and Their Politics, with Eric Shiraev, (Longman, forthcoming 2004.)



Sobel R, Shiraev, E. eds. International public opinion and the Bosnia crisis.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books 2003.

Sobel R, Shiraev, E.  People and their opinions: thinking critically about public opinion.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Longman Forthcoming

Sobel, R.   To intervene or not to intervene in bosnia.  In Brigitte Nacos B, Shapiro R, Isernia P, eds.  Decision making in a Glass House. Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.

Sobel, R.   Constraining the colossus. Kennedy School Bulletin, Fall 2001.

Sobel, R.  The impact of public opinion on u.s. foreign policy since vietnam:  Constraining the colossus. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Sobel, R.  Letter to Carew: Third World literature as revelation.  Race and Class, Winter 2002.

"Anti-terror campaign has wide support, even at the expense of cherished rights," Chicago Tribune, November 4, 2001.
"Constraining the Colossus," Kennedy School Bulletin, Fall 2001.

"To Intervene or Not to Intervene in Bosnia" in Brigitte Nacos, Robert Shapiro, and Pierangelo Isernia, editors. Decisionmaking in a Glass House, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0847698270
"Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy, and Getting to War," Review, American Political Science Review, Vol. 93, No. 4, December 1999.

"National and International Security," et al. in John Rielly, editor. American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy 1999, Chicago: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 1999.
"The Polls: United States Intervention in Bosnia," Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 62:2, Summer, 1998c.

"U.S. Public Opinion Still Favors Israel," JUF News, Vol. 28:7, July 1998b.

"Portraying American Public Opinion toward the Bosnia Crisis," Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 3:2, Spring 1998a.

"America's Place in a Changing World," The Public Perspective, August/September 1997a.
"Contra Aid Fundamentals: A Reply," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 111:4, Winter, 1996-97.

"American and European Attitudes about Intervention in Former Yugoslavia: Mourir Pour la Bosnie?" in The World and Yugoslavia's War, New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1996b.

“Polling on Foreign Policy Crises: Creating a Standard Set of Questions," The Public Perspective, February/March 1996a.
"What People Really Say About Bosnia," New York Times, November 22, 1995b.

"Contra Aid Fundamentals: Exploring the Intricacies and the Issues," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 110:2, Summer, 1995a.

"Staying Power in Mideast," Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10, 1990.

"Public Opinion about United States Intervention in El Salvador and Nicaragua," Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 53:1, Spring 1989.


Interviews, presentations, and appearances


The Field of International Politics:The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy,” June 7, 2001, WGN/Chicago, “Extension 720 with Milton Rosenberg. “

Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, “Worldview” with Jerome McDonald, WBEZ/NPR-Chicago, March 30, 2001.

World Affairs Alumni Panel, with Donald Rumsfeld and Charles Percy, New Trier High School, July 18, 2001

US Elections and Foreign Policy, Canadian Essential Talk Network, with Jerry Cammy, Canada, December 2, 2000.

Foreign Affairs,   WGN, “Extension 720.”  November 1, 1999.

The Public and Political Opinion on Kosovo, “Worldview,” WBEZ,  April 20, 1999

Foreign Policy,  “Extension 720.” WGN, September 9, 1994.


Coverage of Sobel projects:


Richard Morin, “How Do People Really Feel about Bosnia? It depends on how and when you ask the question,” Washington Post National Weekly, December 4, 1995.


Richard Morin, "Missing the Story on Bosnia, A researcher finds that the media are underreporting public support for NATO peacekeeping " Washington Post National Weekly, April 27, 1998.


Richard Griffin, “Another View of Vietnam,” Cambridge Chronicle, May 16, 2001.


Other Publications on Politics and Policy


The White Collar Working Class: From Structure to Politics. Praeger, 1989.

People and Their Politics. Coauthor with Eric Shiraev (Longman, forthcoming 2004)

"Impeach Not Expediently, Lest You So Impeach Again," Chicago Tribune, December 17, 1998d.

"The Politics of the White Collar Working Class," Research in Micropolitics, Vol. 4, 1994.

"From Occupational Involvement to Political Participation: An Exploratory Analysis," Political Behavior, Vol. 15:4, December 1993.




“What’s Unique about a Princeton Education?” Daily Princetonian, February 26, 1996.


“Linking Past and Present: Developing a Sense of Historical Context Through Newspaper Reading,” in Using National Newspapers in the College Classroom: Resources to Improve Teaching and Learning, The New York Times College Program', edited by Betsy Barefoot and Steven Knowlton., 2001.