Our faculty have so far this year published at least seven books (that we know of — they don’t always share):
Richard Albert (a new addition to our excellent set of comparative constitutionalist faculty, with a primary appointment in the Law School): Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions
Daniel Brinks, with Steve Levitsky and Vicky Murillo: Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions
Bryan Jones, Sean Theriault, and Michelle Whyman: The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics.
We also continue a long streak of winning teaching awards from the University of Texas. Bethany Albertson won the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. Michael Anderson received the Leslie Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and Rhonda Evans (both faculty and alum) was awarded the Harry Ransom Teaching Award.
The Comparative Agendas Project, directed by Bryan Jones, but with the collaboration of many faculty and grad students in our department, has won the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award from the Comparative Politics Section (previous winners include Zach Elkins, for the Comparative Constitutions Project dataset)
Daniel Brinks and Abby Blass were awarded the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the Best Book Published on Law and Courts, for their book The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America (co-winners).
Remarkably, Derek Epp and his co-authors were the co-winners of the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the Best Book Published on Law and Courts for their book Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race, co-authored with Frank Baumgartner and Kelsey Shoub.
And Gary Jacobsohn was chosen for the Law and Courts Section Lifetime Achievement Award. This trio of prizes from the Law and Courts section of APSA — the largest section of APSA — confirms the Department’s standing as a Public Law powerhouse.
Perhaps the biggest news this year is our placement record. Twelve of our students landed tenure track jobs this year (one, at one of the most prestigious institutions in Japan, was actually a tenured position). Although we like to claim some credit for this stunning result, one look at their records will largely explain their success. Our students are well-trained, they’re smart, and they compile excellent teaching and publication records before they ever leave UT. Of course, Wendy Hunter’s excellent work as Placement Director doesn’t hurt either.
Nor do our PhDs stop publishing once they leave. Our more recent PhDs have a long list of books to celebrate (in addition to other publications):
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca: Turkey-West Relations: The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition
Jeremy Fortier: The Challenge of Nietzsche: How to Approach His Thought
Shannan Mattiace: Politics in Mexico
Christian Sorace: Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi
Brian Wampler and Natasha Borges Sugiyama: Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil
As if we were short on prizes, Kristin Wylie’s book won APSA’s Legislative Studies Section Alan Rosenthal Prize.
And, of course, all this excellence is rewarded with promotions and other recognitions at their current institutions. Manuel Balan was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and has won two multi-year external grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Oya Dursun-Ozkanca was promoted to professor of political science, College Professor of International Studies. And Amy Risley was promoted to Professor, and won the 2019 Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Alvaro Corral is the 2019 recipient of the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship. Dennis Plane won a Fulbright grant to teach at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Matt Vandenbroek (and his co-authors) won Honorable Mention for the 2019 Walter Lippmann Best Published Article Award from APSA’s Political Communication Section for their 2016 JOP article, “The Changing Norms of Racial Political Rhetoric and the End of Racial Priming.” David Williams was awarded the TCU Political Science Department Distinguished Alumnus Award. And Matthew Wright was named the 2019-20 John and Daria Barry Visiting Research Scholar in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.