Liu wins Fulbright

Amy Liu has won a 2015-16 William Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to study Chinese migration to Romania, and the Chinese migrant community in Romania. In Fall 2015, Liu will teach at the University of Bucharest.

Wellhausen to Receive MPSA Best Paper Award

Rachel Wellhausen’s paper (with Leslie Johns), “Modern Day Merchant Guilds: Supply Chains and Informal Property Rights Enforcement” has been selected to receive the 2014 MPSA Best Paper in International Relations.

The award will be presented on the evening of Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the MPSA Business Meeting at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.

June Workshop to focus on work of Thomas Pangle

A workshop at the 2015 Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference will focus on the work of Thomas Pangle. The workshop, “Political Philosophy and the Works of Thomas L. Pangle,” will feature three panels, a roundtable, and a keynote address by Pangle. Panels to be held inlude “Ennobling Modernity,” “Ancients and Moderns,” and “Reason and Revelation.” The roundtable will feature Pangle, Catherine Zuckert, Michael Zuckert, Tim Burns, Ann Ward, and Lee Ward. Pangle’s recent books include Aristotle’s Teaching in the Politics and The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws. The workshop will be held June 3-4 at the University of Ottawa.

Tulis Featured in New York Magazine Piece Looking to Obama’s Legacy

The current issue of New York Magazine published 53 perspectives on Barack Obama’s legacy. Two of those perspective feature Jeffrey Tulis. One, written by Tulis himself, suggests that however Obama is remembered, his presidency has not been transformative; however historians look back on Obama, he did not build a new and lasting political coalition or constitutional vision. A second, by Jill Lepore, states her early prediction was that Obama’s presidency would be rhetorical, referencing Tulis’ The Rhetorical Presidency, one of the most widely-cited books on the presidency. But, Lepore argues, in office, Obama has been much like his predecessor, and presided over a secretive presidency.

Bryan Jones Discusses His Research and Career

Bryan Jones, Government professor and J.J. “Jake” Pickle Regents Chair in Congressional Studies, is one of the Department of Government’s most illustrious graduate alumni. Co-founder of the Policy Agendas Project and the recipient of numerous book and lifetime achievement awards from various social science associations, Jones now has another feather in his cap, an honorary doctorate courtesy of Aarhus University. As part of the celebration, Aarhus University commissioned this video of Jones discussing his research and career.

Teaching World War I, 100 Years Later

August 28, 1914. On the western front, the Germans capture Fort Manoviller. September 6, 1914, the Battle of the Marne begins. October 5, British naval brigades reach Antwerp. This year marks the centennial of World War I, and this semester students in Scott Wolford’s course, “World War I in Real Time,” will be doing just that, following the events of the First World War as they happened 100 years ago.

A big goal of the course: to impart in students that history is a product of people’s choices. As Wolford wrote on his blog while prepping the course over the summer, “With plans wrecked, opponents adjusting, and the strategic picture in remarkable flux, what will the generals, the soldiers, the statesmen, and the home fronts do in response?“

A key objective is for students to grasp theoretical concepts to apply to everything they learn as the war proceeds. Wolford applies a game-theoretic model to the unfolding war, often resulting in a canvas on which is painted a picture of combatants facing tragic incentives with few good choices. This is found to be particularly true regarding World War I’s horrifying images of attrition and trench warfare.

Through their study, students will gain insight into the dilemmas of strategic behavior and interaction. In the case of trench warfare, Wolford finds that while horribly tragic, if one side were to let up, the other side truly would have been able to break through, and therefore, militarily, it was the best response.

The course, being taught for the first time, seeks to give students a broad view of politics through the lens of one big, important case. As students read the history, Wolford will put forth puzzles for why something happened, setting up simple, game-theoretic models for what happened, with an eye toward presenting a unified theory of politics – theoretical tools that can be used to simultaneously explain military decisions in the field and domestic labor bargains being struck at home.

Ultimately, the study of the war is a device to teach students about numerous aspects of international relations and theories of politics, all while gifting a deeper appreciation for history and a more organized method of sorting and framing historical facts. Three written exams will test students’ understanding of the theories under investigation.

But, one might ask, can we really use the seemingly most unique historical event to teach students general theories of politics? Wolford insists the answer is yes. He points out, for example, that the war began with an assassination by cross-border militants, and in that sense is disturbingly modern.

“World War I is an outlier with extreme values, but at its core, it is not much different from the rest of politics; the forces at work are the same,” he says. “Ultimately,” he continues, “I want students to break with one way they maybe think about history. Nothing about war is inevitable. Nothing about politics is inevitable. History is contingent. Outcomes are always a product of choice. And it is harder to judge what people have done as a mistake or malevolent if you look seriously at the options they had.”

The class meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and was born out of discussion among colleagues following the Department of Government’s monthly international relations workshop, where faculty and graduate students present working papers. Wolford’s book, The Politics of Military Coalitions, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Department Launches Live, Online Foreign Policy Course

To say it is not the traditional classroom is a bit of an understatement. There are bright lights. There is makeup. Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan are playing over the speakers as the professors and crew finalize preparations to go live. Behind the scenes there are nearly 20 monitors and a mix of professional staff and student trainees providing chat, tech, audio and visual support, and just making sure that the more than 800 students logged in and watching are actually receiving the course material through the other end of cyberspace. It is a production, and an impressive one, to say the least.

But make no mistake. There is serious teaching going on, and it is not what might immediately jump to mind when you think “online course.” The course is Government 312L, United States Foreign Policy, fulfilling the second half of the two-course sequence in American and Texas government required of all Texas college students. Perhaps the most noteworthy facet of this specific class is the team-teaching format, and the breadth of expertise covered by this particular team.

Pat McDonald is an expert in international relations. He focuses on international political economy and international security, and especially the relationship between capitalism and peace between states. Rob Moser is a student of comparative politics, and especially Russia and the former Soviet Union, and issues of democratization and electoral systems more broadly. Given that so much of US Foreign Policy involves the establishment or collapse of capitalist democracies across the world, McDonald and Moser are a forceful pair to tackle the many issues at hand, each able to add unique perspectives and strengths to course material and debate.

This live, online version of GOV 312L is designed very much with the purpose outlined by President Bill Powers in his August 2013 comments on technology-enhanced education, in which he states, “the purpose of investing our creative effort and resources in this work is clear: to transform our students’ lives, inspire their intellectual excitement, and prepare them as leaders.”

Working in their team format, the professors are presenting lecture material in 5-10 minute segments and then engaging each other in conversation and debating the material (McDonald received degrees from OSU and Minnesota, Moser from Nebraska and Wisconsin, so they are naturally prone to arguing with each other). And there will be live interviews with experts interspersed throughout. During all of this, students can interact with the professors and six teaching assistants through chat applications that allow them to post questions and comments.

One of the course goals is to push students away from thinking about politics in strictly partisan terms and instead gain a better understanding of the complexity shaping many important policy decisions that leaders face, while simultaneously fostering a healthy skepticism and willingness to challenge what elected politicians and opinion leaders say in the news. Another course goal is to confront ethical dilemmas facing American foreign policy.

To do this, one of the big questions the professors will take on is, what role, if any, should morality and ethics play in American foreign policy? This will involve examining specific initiatives, such as democracy promotion, but also ethical debates about balancing demands of security and liberty with potentially effective counter-terrorism tools such as torture and surveillance. The professors will also engage debates about economic and trade policy and global income inequality, and the tension between environmental policies and questions of ethical responsibilities to future generations. And these are only a handful of the topics to be explored.

Amidst this innovative, live, online, team format, there are still plenty of “must-dos” for the students. First, there are 24 seats available in the recording studio, and students can make advance plans to attend the lecture live. Second, there are two in-person exams that students must actually take on campus, at a testing center. There are online quizzes, and students must be logged in during the prescribed lecture time to take them or earn a “zero” for the assignment, and there is a take-home essay, to be submitted online. And if they want to review, recorded lectures are available online for students to watch as many times as they please.

To gain a taste of what this course is like check out the first few minutes of the course’s first live, online lecture.

The University of Texas Government Department is taking the lead in the fast-changing landscape of online undergraduate education. By the look of things, they have started off on the right foot.

Findley Receives Liberal Arts Student Council Award

Michael Findley has been selected to receive a 2013-14 Liberal Arts Student Council Endowed Teaching Award, recognizing his consistent level of excellence in teaching College of Liberal Arts students.

A student nominator wrote, “Dr. Findley started the organization Innovations [for] Peace and Development, and consistently engages students in the tangible outcomes of this non-profit. His eagerness to furthering research and encouraging students to help is inspiring.”

Three Government Professors Win Teaching Awards

Bethany Albertson, Wendy Hunter, and Lorraine Pangle have each been named winners of campus teaching awards for their exemplary performance and commitment to teaching.

Bethany Albertson has been selected to receive the 2013-14 Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award. The award recognizes junior faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who exemplify outstanding teaching.

Wendy Hunter and Lorraine Pangle have been selected to receive 2014-15 Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowships. The award recoginzes the consistent level of excellence they have achieved.

Ben Gregg’s Latest Book Published

Ben Gregg’s The Human Rights State has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Last year, Gregg was the keynote speaker at the Student World Assembly in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he discussed “Advancing Human Rights by Bringing Them Down to Earth.”

He has recently received a three-year Humanities Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts for work on his next book, Second Nature: The Political, Moral, and Legal Consequences of the Human Species Taking Control of its Genome.

Longhorn 2014 Midwest Papers

Bethany Albertson: “Religious Identity and Political Choices.” Thurs., 10:25 am.

Neal Allen: “Successfully Navigating the Politics of Race in the 1950s and 1960s: Future Congressional Leaders and Civil Rights Legislation.” Thurs., 8:30 am.

Neal Allen: “Future Congressional Leaders and the Politics of Race: Bob Dole, Jim Wright, Carl Albert and Civil Rights Legislation 1964-68.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Caitlin Andrews: “Does Ideology Matter? The Structure and Impact of Ideology on Argentina’s Peronist Divide.” Sat., 4:35 pm.

Brian Arbour and Mark McKenzie: “Polarizing Attacks or Sleepy Affairs? Campaign Messaging in the State Supreme Court and Trial Court Campaigns in 2012 and 2013.” Sun., 8:30 am.

Ayca Arkilic: “The Limits of Diaspora Politics: Examining Turkish Migrant Organizations’ Perceptions of the Turkish State in Europe.” Thurs., 12:45 pm.

Manuel Balan: “Loaded Images: A Comparative Look at Media Bias and Polarization in Latin America through the Analysis of Images.” Sat., 4:35 pm.

Clare Brock: “Lobbyists and Legislators: Bribery or Best Friends?” Sat., 8:30 am.

Rebecca Eissler: “Raising the Issue: an Analysis of Agenda-Setting Influence Between the President and Congress on Social Security.” Sat., 4:35 pm.

Kyle Endres: “Persuadable Voters in the 2012 Election.” Sun., 10:25 am.

Mike Findley: “Economic or Political Competition for Investment?” Fri., 2:40 pm.

Mike Findley (Media and Politics Poster with undergraduates Caroline Thomas and Raymond Weyandt): “Global Media Bias in Depictions of Poverty and Underdevelopment.” Sat., 12:45 pm.

Ken Greene: “Using Responses from List Experiments as Explanatory Variables in Regression Models.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Austin Hart: “Who Cares about Policy? The Effect of Candidate Position-Taking in New Democracies.” Fri., 12:45 pm.

Danny Hayes: “How Uncompetitive Elections and Media Consolidation Impoverish the News and Imperil Democracy.” Thurs., 10:25 am.

Danny Hayes: “Roundtable: Present or Absent? (Re-)Evaluating the Role of Gender Stereotyping in Contemporary U.S. Campaigns and Elections.” Sat., 10:25 am.

Danny Hayes: “(De)Mobilizing Winners and Losers? Major Policy Enactments and Political Participation.” Sat., 12:45 pm.

Alex Hudson: “The Hourglass Revisited: The Dimensions of Public Participation in Constitutional Drafting.” Sat., 4:35 pm.

Riitta-Ilona Koivumaeki: “Evading the Constraints of Globalization: Oil & Gas Nationalization in Bolivia and Venezuela.” Fri., 12:45 pm.

David Leal: “Roundtable: Balancing Teaching and Research.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

David Leal and Eric McDaniel: “Latinos, Religion, and Partisanship: How Denomination and Belief Shape Assessments of the Parties, Candidates, and Elected Officials.” Fri., 2:40 pm.

Jonathan Lewallen: “”Committee Competition for Agenda Space.” Fri., 4:35 pm.

Jonathan Lewallen, Sean Theriault, and Bryan Jones: “Congressional Dysfunction: An Information Processing Perspective.” Sat., 8:30 am.

Tse-min Lin: “Event Count Analysis vs. Item Response Theory: A Comparative Investigation.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Ryan Lloyd: “Clientelist and Programmatic Voting in Brazil.” Fri., 12:45 pm.

Bob Luskin: “Deliberation and Learning: Evidence from Deliberative Polls.” Fri., 10:25 am.

Bob Luskin and Pete Mohanty: “Deliberating across National Boundaries: A Study of Two Pan-European Deliberative Polls.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Raul Madrid and Matthew Rhodes-Purdy: “Ethnicity, Populism, and Democratic Satisfaction in Latin America.” Thurs., 10:25 am.

Lawrence Mayer: “Individual Determinants of the Politics of Identity in Advanced Western Democracies.” Sat., 2:30 pm.

Dan McCormack: “A Bargain at Twice the Price: Differential Costs of Bargaining and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change.” Thurs., 8:30 am.

Eric McDaniel, Rebecca Eissler, and Annelise Russell: “Minority Representation and Minority Health.” Sat., 2:40 pm.

Ken Miller: “Horserace Coverage and Selective Exposure.” Fri., 10:25 am.

Pete Mohanty: “How Does the Rate of Change Affect Attitudes About Immigration?” Thurs., 12:45 pm.

Scott Moser: “Reconsidered collective choice.” Thurs., 10:25 am.

Scott Moser: “Modeling preferences using legislative voting in the presence of missing data.” Thurs., 4:35 pm.

Rob Moser and Allison White: “Voter Turnout in Russia: A Tale of Three Elections.” Thurs., 4:35 pm.

Henry Pascoe and Dan McCormack: “Sanctions and Preventive War.” Sat., 8:30 am.

Daron Shaw: “What’s (Mostly) Right about American Elections: Results from a National Survey of Local Election Administrators.” Fri., 8:30 am.

Daron Shaw and Josh Blank: “How Does Scientific Research Influence Americans’ Issue Opinions?” Sun., 8:30 am.

Daron Shaw, Brian Roberts, Taofang Huang, and Mijeong Baek: “Does Information about Candidate Contributions Influence Vote Choice?” Thurs., 10:25 am.

Mine Tafolar: “Political Parties as Problem Solving Networks in Turkey.” Thurs., 12:45 pm.

Mine Tafolar: “Making the State Pay: The Family Insurance Program and Turkey’s Republican People’s Party.” Sun., 10:25 am.

Sean Theriault: “Partisan Warriors: The Ugly Side of Party Polarization in Congress.” Fri., 8:30 am.

Trey Thomas: “Agenda Contagion in the Policy Process: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations.” Sat., 4:35 pm.

Rachel Wellhausen: “Modern Day Merchant Guilds: Supply Chain Complexity and Informal Property Rights Enforcement.” Thurs., 12:45 pm.

Rachel Wellhausen: “Anticipating Settlement: Foreign Firms and Territorial Disputes.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Michelle Whyman: “The End of Law in an Age of Omnibus Legislation.” Sat., 2:40 pm.

David Williams: “Spinoza’s Republic of Love.” Sat., 10:25 am.

Chris Wlezien: “Public Opinion and Policy Representation: On Conceptualization, Measurement, and Interpretation.” Thurs., 2:40 pm.

Chris Wlezien: “Roundtable: The Future of U.S. Presidential Election Forecasting.” Fri., 8:30 am.

Chris Wlezien: “The Timeline of Elections in Comparative Perspective.” Fri., 12:45 pm.

Scott Wolford: “The Distribution of Capabilities, War Onset, and War Expansion.” Thurs., 8:30 am.

Scott Wolford: “Credibility, Deterrence, and Conflict Expansion.” Thurs., 8:30 am.

Xuanxuan Wu: “Revisionist Ally in Crisis Bargaining: To Support or Not to Support.” Thurs., 8:30 am.

Constitute Launches

With Google Ideas and the Comparative Constitutions Project, Zach Elkins has launched Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare.

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Ken Greene: Recent Presentations

“Positional Issue Voting in Latin America,” Vanderbilt University, May 17, 2013.

“Campaign Effects in Mexico since Democratization,” Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, January 25, 2013.

“Was Mexico’s 2012 Presidential Election Bought?” Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, January 24, 2013.

“Ousting Autocrats: The Political Economy of Hybrid Autocracy” Department of Politics, Oxford University, UK, January 16, 2013.

Higley at ECPR Conference

John Higley convened seven panels and presented a paper dealing with political elites in the trans-Atlantic economic-political crisis – the subject of his just-completed book –  at the general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Bordeaux, France, 4-7 September. His trip was supported by an EU-US Relations Faculty Research Grant from UT’s Center for European Studies.

Longhorn 2013 APSA Papers

Katherine Bersch: “State Capacity, Bureaucratic Politicization, and Governance Outcomes,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Abby Blass and Sean Theriault: “Polarizing Picks: the Conditional Effect of Partisan Fragmentation on Judicial Appointments,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Janet Box-Steffensmeier: “Cue-Taking in Congress: Interest Group Signals from Dear Colleague Letters,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Steven Brooke and Jason Brownlee: “Clients and Critics of the Muslim Brotherhood: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Egypt,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Matt Buehler: “Wither the Arab Spring’s ‘Monarchial Exception’? Continuity from Co-optation in Morocco and Mauritania,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 to 6:00 PM

Terry Chapman, Pat McDonald, and Scott Moser: “Globalization, Domestic Stakeholders in International Order, and Armed Peace,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

David Crow: “Popular Perceptions of Human Rights Issues & Organizations,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Zach Elkins: “Radial Taxonomy in Practice,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Zach Elkins: “An Evaluation of Competing Historical Approaches to the Evolution of Rights,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Zach Elkins: “The Origins and Spread of Constitutional Rights,” Sunday, Sep 1, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

James Endersby: “Political Consequences of Provincial Electoral Systems,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Michael Findley: “Elite and Mass Perceptions of Foreign Aid in Recipient Countries: A Field Experiment in Uganda,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Michael Findley: Roundtable on Ethics in Comparative Politics Experiments, Thursday, Aug 29, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Terri Givens: Professional Development Roundtable: Preparing for Tenure: Making the Most of the Tenure Clock, Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 12:15 PM-1:45 PM

Terri Givens: “Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Ken Greene: “Campaign Effects since Mexico’s Democratization,” Thursday, Aug 29, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Ken Greene: “The Political Economy of Competitive Authoritarianism,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Ben Gregg: “Human Rights Patriotism,” Thursday, Aug 29, 2-4 pm

Ben Gregg: Author-Meets-Critics Roundtable on Gregg, Human Rights as Social Construction, Saturday, Aug 31, 2-4 pm

Rod Hart: “Walking the Partisan Line: Mitt Romney in the 2012 Campaign,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Marc Hetherington: “Political Trust and Public Support for Economic Stimulus,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Juliet Hooker: “Slavery, Gender, Racial Mixing and the Meaning of Black Liberation,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Juliet Hooker: Roundtable: Diversity in Political Science, Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Stephen Jessee: “Estimating Ideological Shifts Among Voters Between the 2008 and 2012 Elections,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Bryan Jones: “The Dynamics of Agenda Expansion and Contraction in the US,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Anna Law: “Antebellum Federalism and the Myth of the Weak State,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Anna Law: “States Running Immigration Policy–Immigration Federalism in the Antebellum Period,” Aug 29, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Pat McDonald: “Toward a Bargaining Framework of International Politics,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

John McIver: “Predicting Candidate Endorsements: The politics of America’s newspapers,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Seth McKee: “Evolution of an Issue: Voter ID Laws in the American States,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Nicole Mellow and Jeff Tulis: American Political Thought and American Political Development: A Neglected Relationship? Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Rob Moser: APSA Presidential Task Force. From Science to Engineering: Political Scientists, Electoral Systems, and Democratic Governance, Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Rob Moser and Allison White: “The Expansion of Electoral Fraud in Russia: Comparing Electoral Manipulation in the 1990s and 2000s,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Curt Nichols: “Bending the Curve of History: Presidential Leadership and the Opening of the Opportunity to Reorder Politics,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Tom Pangle: The Political Thought of Catherine and Michael Zuckert, Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Clarisa Perez-Armendariz: “Diaspora Bonds: Explaining their Mixed Record,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Jessica Price: “When Radicalism Does Not Equal Ethnonationalism: Why Some Ethnic Minority Movements Are Ethnonatinoalists While Others Are Not,” Sunday, Sep 1, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Katie Putnam: “”Campaigns, Issue Voting and Crime in Developing Democracies: Evidence from Mexico’s Recent Elections,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Laura Seay: “Saving Congo? Conflict Minerals & Advocate-Driven U.S. Policy in the DR Congo,” Thursday, Aug 29, 8 AM

Christian Sorace: “Rebuilding Party Rule: The Limits of China’s Post Sichuan-Earthquake Development Strategy,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM–9:45 AM

Bat Sparrow: “Forgotten Whites: Indentured Servants, Imported Convicts, and the Founding of the United States,” Thursday, Aug 29, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Natasha Borges Sugiyama: “Reconcentration of federal power in a decentralized system: social policy in Brazil,” Sunday, Sep 1, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Kathleen Sullivan: “Family Matters as Public Work: Reformers’ Dreams for the Progressive Era Juvenile Court,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Terry Sullivan: “A THEORY OF DERIVATIVE AUTHORITY IN THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY: The Impact of WHO Growth & Hierarchy,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Frank Thames: “Party System Institutionalization and Cohesion in Post-Communist Legislatures,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Sean Theriault: “The Gingrich Senators, the Tea Party Senators, and Their Effect on the U.S. Senate,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Herschel (Trey) Thomas: “Mapping the Structure of Washington Lobbying Networks Using LDA Reports,” Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Mathieu Turgeon: “Economic Voting in the 2012 French Presidential Election: Valence, Position, Patrimony,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Yuval Weber: “Petropolitics and Foreign Policy: Fiscal and Institutional Origins and Patterns of Soviet Foreign Policy, 1964-1991,” Sunday, Sep 1, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Rachel Wellhausen: “Bondholders v. Direct Investors? Competing Responses to Expropriation,” Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 2:00 PM-3:45 PM

Chris Wlezien: “Measuring and Modeling Public Preferences for Policy,” Thursday, Aug 29, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Kristin Wylie: “‘Voter Hostility, the Male Conspiracy, or Electoral Institutions?’ Explaining Women’s Underrepresentation in Brazil’s Preferential List Elections,” Thursday, Aug 29, 2013, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Theriault Receives Maloney Award

Sean Theriault has been selected by The Eyes of Texas to receive the Glenn Maloney Award for outstanding contributions to student life at The University of Texas at Austin. The award letter states: “In 2005, you received an Excellence Award from our organization. In the eight years that have passed, your service to students and zest for life have continued to thrive, and we are proud to now honor you with the Glenn Maloney, the highest faculty award offered by The Eyes of Texas each spring.”

Zach Elkins: Rewrite the Second Amendment

Associate Professor Zach Elkins published an op-ed in today’s New York Times: Rewrite the Second Amendment.

Elkins argues that the constitution should be amended to replace the current ambiguity of the Second Amendment with something concrete that simultaneously safeguards gun ownership rights and public safety.

Elkins writes: “Opinion polls suggest that a majority recognize a right to bear arms, subject to reasonable regulations protecting public safety. This strong dual commitment, if clarified and entrenched in our Constitution, could reassure most, though not all, of us … Zealots will scoff, but many reasonable people would find reassurance in a revised Second Amendment that was properly balanced. Those who propose responsible limits, like background checks, would welcome constitutional support for common-sense safeguards. Those who worry about the slippery slope of encroachments on gun rights would find comfort in an explicit reassertion and reinforcement of the general right to bear arms.”

Madrid Wins GSO Award

Raúl Madrid received the inaugural Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Award. The Graduate Student Organization presented Madrid with the award earlier this month at the department’s holiday party.


Givens Embarks on European Lecture Tour

Terri Givens is giving a series of talks in London and Berlin next week on anti-discrimination politics in Europe.

The first will be at the London School of Economics: Legislating Equality: The Politics of Anti-discrimination Policy in Europe

The second is at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue: “‘Preventing and Countering Far-Right Extremism: Where should priorities lie?’”

In Berlin, Givens will give a talk at the Freie-Universitaet Berlin at an international conference on the Transformative Power of Europe 2.0: “The Origins of Antidiscrimination Policy in the EU”