Eric McDaniel has been named a 2019-20 Public Fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute.
Scott Wolford has been named editor of Conflict Management and Peace Science, effective January 2020.
Richard Holtzman published: “Mapping Policy Issues: A Simple, Active-Learning Exercise for Critical Thinking.”
Matt Buehler published (Syracuse University Press): Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa.
Trey Thomas, EJ Fagan, and Zach McGee have an article forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly: “Power of the Party: Conflict Expansion and the Agenda Diversity of Interest Groups”
Shannan Mattiace collaborated with Roderic Camp on the 7th edition of Politics in Mexico.
Clarisa Perez-Armendariz edited a special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on Violent Democracy and its Migrants, and published the introductory article, “Migrant transnationalism in violent democracies.”
The issue also includes her co-authored research article: “The 3 X 1 Program for migrants and vigilante groups on contemporary Mexico.”
Brian Wampler and Natasha Borges Sugiyama (and Michael Touchton) published (Cambridge University Press): Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil
Amy Risley published (Routledge): The Youngest Citizens: Children’s Rights in Latin America
Manuel Balan is co-editing: Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America: The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship
Christian Sorace co-edited: Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi
Greg Michener published an article in Governance: “Googling the requester: Identity-questing and discrimination in public service provision.”
Michener also co-chaired the 6th Global Conference on Transparency Research at the FGV in Rio De Janeiro
Kristin Wylie has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at James Madison University. Wylie’s book (Cambridge University Press), Party Institutionalization and Women’s Representation in Democratic Brazil, is winner of APSA’s Legislative Studies Section Alan Rosenthal Prize.
Congratulations to our alumni on the following promotions, prizes, or placements.
Manuel Balan: promotion to Associate Professor with tenure; two multi-year external grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Alvaro Corral: 2019 recipient of the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca: promotion to professor of political science; College Professor of International Studies
Dennis Plane: Fulbright grant to teach at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Amy Risley: Promotion to Professor; 2019 Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching
Matt Vandenbroek (and co-authors): Honorable Mention for the 2019 Walter Lippmann Best Published Article Award from APSA’s Political Communication Section for the 2016 JOP article, “The Changing Norms of Racial Political Rhetoric and the End of Racial Priming.”
David Williams: TCU Political Science Department Distinguished Alumnus Award
Matthew Wright: 2019-20 John and Daria Barry Visiting Research Scholar in the James Madison Program at Princeton University
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca is publishing Cambridge University Press): Turkey-West Relations: The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition
Jeremy Fortier published (University of Chicago Press): The Challenge of Nietzsche: How to Approach His Thought
Alec Arellano – Occidental College (visiting assistant professor)
Caitlin Andrews-Lee – Tulane University (post-doc)
Christina Bambrick – Clemson University (tenure-track)
Thomas Bell – Knox College (tenure-track)
Zachary Bennett – Michigan State University (post-doc)
Nadine Gibson – University of North Carolina, Wilmington (tenure-track)
Kyosuke Kikuta – Osaka University (tenured)
Carolina Moehlecke – Fundação Getúlio Vargas-São Paolo (near equivalent of tenure-track)
Luke Perez – Arizona State University School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (tenure-track)
German Petersen – ITESO (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente) in Guadalajara (translated as Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education)
Jessica Price – University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia (tenure-track)
Andy Stravers – Rand Corporation
Joe Tafoya – DePaul University (tenure-track)
The following GOV faculty or projects are being recognized at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Comparative Agendas Project: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award from the Comparative Politics Section
Dan Brinks and Abby Blass (The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America): C. Herman Pritchett Award for the Best Book Published on Law and Courts (co-winner).
Derek Epp (Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race, co-authored with Frank Baumgartner and Kelsey Shoub): C. Herman Pritchett Award for the Best Book Published on Law and Courts (co-winner).
Gary Jacobsohn: Law and Courts Section Lifetime Achievement Award
The LSE USCentre published a book review forum on Legacies of Losing (Tulis and Mellow). Read it here.
Dan Brinks, Devin Stauffer, Jeff Tulis, and Scott Wolford have been promoted to Full Professor.
In Spring 2019, Sydney Smith won Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award at the 27th Annual Conference for Students of Political Science at Illinois State University for her paper, “Civic Virtue in the American Revision of Rome.”
Henry Dietz is publishing (University of Notre Dame Press): Population Growth, Social Segregation, and Voting Behavior in Lima, Peru, 1940-2016.
Wendy Hunter published (Cambridge Elements): Undocumented Nationals: Between Statelessness and Citizenship
Recent Teaching Awards:
Bethany Albertson: President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award
Michael Anderson: Leslie Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship
Rhonda Evans: Harry Ransom Teaching Award
Bryan Jones, Sean Theriault, and Michelle Whyman published (University of Chicago Press): The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics.
Scott Wolford Published (Cambridge University Press): The Politics of the First World War: A Course in Game Theory and International Security.
Kurt Weyland published, in March 2019 (Cambridge University Press), Revolution and Reaction: The Diffusion of Authoritarianism in Latin America.
Richard Albert published (Oxford University Press): Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions
Caitlin Andrews-Lee: Charisma Lives On: A Study of Peronism and Chavismo
Alec Arellano: Tocqueville and Mill on Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship
Christina Bambrick: Horizontal Rights: Constitutionalism and the Transformation of the Private Sphere
Thomas Bell: The Architectonic Constitution: Higher Order Principles and Separation of Powers Conflict
Zach Bennett: Making Virtue Reign: Citizenship and Civic Education in the Political Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Alex Branham: Public Opinion, Partisanship, and Public Policy
Nadine Gibson: Understanding the Mechanics of Democracy: How to Improve the Quality of Elections in America
Kyosuke Kikuta: Bargaining Over Nature: Formal and Causal Analyses on Climate and Conflict
Andy Stravers: Pork, Parties, and Priorities: Partisan Politics and Overseas Military Deployments
Joe Tafoya: When Latinos Avoid and Accept Risks: The Effect of Risk Attitudes on Policy Views and Political Mobilization
Nadine Ginbson and Daron Shaw and I published an article in Social Science Quarterly, “Politics as Unusual? Exploring Issues and the 2016 Presidential Vote” (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ssqu.12595).
Conclusion: Relative to other Republican presidential candidates, Trump was more effective in tapping into anti‐political feelings prior to the Republican Convention. By the general election, issue perceptions of Trump were similar to those we see for most Republican presidential candidates. Feelings toward third‐party candidates, however, were more strongly structured by an anti‐politics dimension.
Dennish Hickey’s concert posters will be featured in a forthcoming Ken Burns documentary about country music: https://blogs.missouristate.edu/polsci/2019/04/02/oh-we-got-both-kinds-we-got-country-and-western/
Dear Alumni and Friends,
This newsletter is somewhat bittersweet for me. This is my last semester as chair, and thus my last newsletter. With that in mind, I hope to see many of you in Chicago at the MPSA conference. The Texas Reception is Saturday night, April 6, 8:30-10:30, in the Honore room. I hope you will give me the pleasure of handing you a drink ticket one more time.
As always, we have plenty to celebrate. Recently, I am especially encouraged by the success that our alumni and graduate students have been enjoying. For example, in Fall 2019, Steven Brooke moves on from Louisville to start a tenure-track position at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which I and my predecessor, Gary Freeman (being proud UW PhDs), have always maintained is the top department in the country. This comes on the heels of Brooke publishing his book with Cornell, Winning Hearts and Votes: Social Services and the Islamist Political Advantage. We have other exciting placement news as well. Ken Miller, coming off a Princeton post-doc, will begin a tenure-track position at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Miller’s article, “The Divided Labor of Attack Advertising in Congressional Campaigns,” is forthcoming in Journal of Politics. Christina Bambrick will begin a tenure-track position at Clemson; Thomas Bell a tenure-track position at Knox College; Nadine Gibson a tenure-track position at UNC-Wilmington; Kyosuke Kikuta a tenured position at Osaka University; Joe Tafoya a tenure-track position at DePaul; and Michelle Whyman a tenure-track position at Florida State. Matthew Wright’s book A Vindication of Politics: On the Common Good and Human Flourishing, has been published by University Press of Kansas, and Wright has some exciting news about a prestigious visiting appointment for 2019-20 that should be ready soon for public announcement. Giorleny Altamirano Rayo’s dissertation, “Securing Territory: State Interests and the Implementation of Ethnic Land Rights in the Americas,” won the Western Political Science Association’s best dissertation award, and Kate Bersch’s book, When Democracies Deliver: Governance Reform in Latin America, has been published by Cambridge. And Trey Thomas has won UT-Arlington’s President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
I am also pleased to note some of the many ways that our faculty members continue to impress. First, a note about promotion. In Fall 2019 four associate professors will be promoted to full professor: Dan Brinks, Devin Stauffer, Jeff Tulis, and Scott Wolford. Congratulations to these four most-deserving candidates! A quick word about two of these professors. Devin Stauffer’s book, Hobbes’s Kingdom of Light, will be the focus of an author meets critics roundtable at Midwest, at 8am Friday morning. And Scott Wolford’s new book, The Politics of the First World War: A Course in Game Theory and International Security, is available from Cambridge University Press. Other faculty members continue to make waves as well. Kurt Weyland and Raúl Madrid have published their edited volume, When Democracy Trumps Populism, and Tom Pangle’s next book, The Socratic Founding of Political Philosophy: Xenophon’s Economist, Symposium, and Apology, has an expected 2020 release from Chicago. Bryan Jones, Sean Theriault, and Michelle Whyman’s new book, The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics, will be published with Chicago in June 2019.
In the category of “making waves,” Nate Jensen is something of a media phenomenon. Jensen and graduate student Calvin Thrall released in February a white paper, “Who’s afraid of sunlight? Explaining opposition to transparency in economic development.” Since January 2019, the College public relations team has collected more than 500 media clips mentioning Jensen’s work on economic development incentives, which far outpaces any other faculty member at UT. Bethany Albertson has won a President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, Zach Elkins’ project, Constitute, has been made available in Spanish, Amy Liu received a President’s Award for Global Learning to lead a team of undergraduates student maternal mortality rates in Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus, and Zach Elkins, Ken Greene, and Eric McDaniel have received Provost’s Authors Fellowships to support their current book projects. Finally, this Spring we hosted the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting. Organized by Chris Wlezien, this year’s Southern was the association’s most well-attended meeting on record.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to a couple of faculty members who are retiring or entering phased retirement after this semester – Jim Enelow and David Prindle. Our many thanks and best wishes go out to both of them. Another fine colleague, Paula Newberg, left the department at the end of the Fall semester to return to DC. We wish her the very best.
As my time as chair comes to end, I can’t help but to get a bit introspective. I became chair in 2013, and sent my first newsletter before that Fall’s APSA conference. At the time, we were coming off our most recent external review. The external reviewers noted that a 2-2 teaching load is standard at a leading research university, but that the number of students our faculty teach is well above the norm and thus our teaching load is “very difficult to reconcile with a scholarly career.” A key part of our teaching load, of course, is the introductory sequence of GOV 310 and 312. On this front, I believe we have made important changes that have lessened this teaching burden for the bulk of our faculty by introducing online courses. Make no mistake, we are teaching more students than ever. Our count for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 had us teaching more than 9,000 students across 310 and 312. However, we have succeeded in shifting this burden away from the majority of our faculty. Our online course offerings routinely teach nearly half of these students, while graduate assistant instructors and non-tenure track faculty teach the bulk of the rest. Every semester a few tenured and tenure track faculty also contribute significantly to this teaching load, but overall, I believe the innovations we have pursued, especially the online course offerings, have been a net positive for the teaching burden carried by the bulk of the department. Simultaneously, we have been a stand out department within the College given the disproportionate college-wide teaching burden we are carrying.
Two other areas that the external report flagged for improvement were faculty leaves and graduate funding. I will be the first to admit that the progress we have made on these two issues is not adequate, but I am pleased that we have been able to make some progress. Again, the progress we have made can be attributed to our online course offerings. In Fall 2019, two faculty members will receive a semester-long research leave that is a product of an agreement with the Dean that translates our large enrollments in online courses into extra faculty leaves. Moreover, beginning in Fall 2019 we are giving an across-the-board increase in graduate student teaching assistant stipends with money generated by online course enrollments through University Extension. To reiterate, in neither of these cases is the progress we have made sufficient. We would still welcome and benefit greatly from a systematic sabbatical policy. And our graduate students have been suffering for too long as their wages have not kept pace with Austin’s increasing cost of living. We continue to work to improve this situation, and will continue doing so. Thanks to some generous programs from the Provost, Graduate School, and College, in combination with department resources we have been able to allocate toward this effort, we are pleased that we have been able to make some improvements, even if we wish we could do more. Improving the graduate student experience here I am sure will always remain a priority.
Serving as department chair has been an unforgettable experience and a great honor. I appreciate all of your support over these past six years. While there were always surprises waiting for me around the corner, what has remained consistent is the professionalism and high level of scholarship and teaching provided by our faculty, students, and alumni. I want to thank all of you for contributing to the department’s record of academic excellence. I hope to see you in Chicago.
Robert G. Moser
Professor and Chair
Katherine Bersch’s book, When Democracies Deliver: Governance Reform in Latin America, has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Joe Tafoya has two recent publications:
“I feel like I was born here: Social identity, political socialization, and deAmericanization,” in Latino Studies;
“Partisan Learning or Racial Learning: Opinion Change on Sanctuary City Policy Preferences in California and Texas,” in The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
Trey Thomas received the 2019 UT-Arlington President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Recent publications by Trey Thomas:
“From Disaster Response to Community Recovery: Nongovernmental Entities, Government, and Public Health” in American Journal of Public Health, 2019, with Daniel Sledge
“Gender Politics in the Lobbying Profession” in Politics & Gender, forthcoming, with Katie Marchetti and Tim LaPira
EJ Fagan’s article, “Issue Ownership and the Priorities of Party Elites in the United States,” has been accepted at Party Politics.
David Weiden has signed a contract with Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers to publish two books of fiction, Winter Counts (forthcoming 2020) and the second book in the series, Wounded Horse. Gallmeister Editions will publish the books in France. Winter Counts is the story of a local Native American enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation who becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the dealer who is bringing increasingly dangerous drugs into his community. David also recently received a grant from PEN America to write a series of essays on the issue of mass incarceration of Native Americans. Those interested in learning more are invited to visit his web site, www.DavidWeiden.com