David Weiden: Fiction Writer

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

Greg Michener: Publications and Policy Success

A program led by Greg Michener, the Public Transparency Program, successfully induced the Brazilian government to adopt a provision allowing freedom of information requestors to conceal their identity, diminishing the threat of discrimination, intimidation, or retribution – Law 13.460, article 10, paragraph 7.

The program will be hosting the Global Conference on Transparency Research a the FGV EBAPE-School of Law in June 2019.

Recent publications by Michener include:

Shannan Mattiace: Guggenheim Award and Fulbright Scholar

Shannan Mattiace is part of a team awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation award in support of our project, “Criminal Violence and Indigenous Resistance: Why Ethnic Autonomy Institutions Deter Drug Violence in Mexico.” The $40,000 grant will be used to conduct a survey of community police and justice “users” in eastern Guerrero, Mexico.

Mattiace has also been named a 2018-19 U.S. Fulbright Scholar for teaching and research at the Catholic University of Chile.

Chien-wen Kou – President of Taiwanese Political Science Association

Chien-wen Kou (PhD 1999, Distinguished Professor, National Chengchi University, Taiwan) is serving as the President of the Taiwanese Political Science Association from 2017 to 2018 and was appointed in August to be the Acting Director of National Chengchi University’s Institute of International Relations – tThe IIR is ranked as the 25th top think tank in the Southeast Asian and the Pacific region by James G. McGann’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. Kou’s article “Xi Jinping in Command: Solving the principal-agent problem in CCP-PLA relations?” is forthcoming in China Quarterly.

Yuval Weber: Visiting Position at Harvard

Yuval Weber is an Assistant Visiting Professor at the Department on Government at Harvard University for the 2016-2017 academic year and a Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Research Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Weber is working on his book manuscript exploring patterns of economic reform in Russia since the 19th century to the present as the consequence of political-economic tension between demands of the security state and economic modernization.

David Williams: Wicklander Fellow, Economic Inequality

David Williams was appointed a Wicklander Fellow at the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business for the 2016-17 academic year. His essay “The Legislator’s Noble Lie? Truth and Fiction in Rousseau’s Morals & Politics,” was published in “In Fiction We Trust,” ed. Catalin Partinie (Bucharest, Romania: Polirom Press, 2016) [in Romanian translation]. He has been “on tour” with his current book project, The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought, giving talks at Northwestern University, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, The University of Houston, Vanderbilt University, and Yale, among other universities.

Recap of Department Faculty and Alumni 2016 APSA Awards

Bethany Albertson – Robert E. Lane Award

Janet Box-Steffensmeier – Excellence in Mentoring Award and the Jewell-Loewenberg Award

Jasmine Farrier – Founder’s Best Paper Award

John Gerring – Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award

Marc Hetherington – Philip E. Converse Book Award

Kathleen Sullivan – Urban Politics Best Paper Award

Sultan Tepe – Religion and Politics Best Paper Award

David Williams: Wicklander Fellowship

David Williams has been awarded DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics Wicklander Fellowship, which will fund research for his book, under contract with Princeton University Press, The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought.

Ayesha Ray: Completed Co-Directorship

Ayesha Ray recently served as co-director of the India Study Abroad program at King’s College, where she led a group of nine students on a three-week intensive program across five different cities in India. The program was created around a course she developed, Societies in Conflict.

Arnold Fleischmann: Sabbatical Update

Having completed a seven-year term as department head, Arnie Fleischmann is on sabbatical and working on several projects:

  • The third edition of Politics in Georgia
  • A new textbook in urban politics
  • Replicating the model of county-level voting on same-sex marriage proposals used in his 2009 Social Science Quarterly article
  • Analyzing precinct-level mayoral voting in Atlanta

Matt Buehler: Kennedy School Fellowship

Matt Buehler has been awarded a research fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for Spring 2017, where he will conduct research in the school’s Middle East Initiatve with Dr. Tarek Masoud, working on articles and projects focused on public attitudes and public opinion polls toward nuclear nonproliferation and legal reform in Morocco and the Arab world.

Janet Box-Steffensmeier: Two Awards

Janet Box-Steffensmeier is receiving the Society for Political Methodology’s 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award. Additionally, Jan’s article, “Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the US Senate,” has won the Jewell-Loewenberg Award for best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2015.

Marc Hetherington: Two Awards

Marc Hetherington, who has won two major book awards. APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section has named Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics the 2016 winner of the Philip E. Converse Book Award. And the International Society for Political Pyschology has named Why Washington Won’t Work the 2016 winner of the Alexander George Award for the best book published during the previous year in the field of political psychology.