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.

Neal Allen: Summer Residency

Neal Allen has a summer residency at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, as a Elwood Fellow in Civil Rights and African-American Studies, where he will work on Citizens Respond to Civil Rights: Letters to Members of Congress in the 1960s, forthcoming from University Press of Kansas.

David Williams: Alexander Hamilton and the Supreme Court

David Williams published this piece about Alexander Hamilton and Supreme Court Nominations or the Monkey Cage blog.

Williams writes, “Surely, as many have already commented, the Senate is within its technical constitutional rights to withhold its vote on Garland. Yet insofar as this is motivated by political considerations, senators are in violation of the spirit of Hamilton, who argued that the entire point of the appointment process was to remove these considerations.”

Manochehr Dorraj: Invited Talks, Lecture Awards

This summer, Manochehr Dorraj was an invited speaker at Peking university, published several new articles on China-Middle East relations, and taught at Shanghai University of International Studies. Last semester he was invited to participate in Georgetown University’s working group on China-Middle East relations and won TCU’s AddRan Faculty Distinguished Lecture Award.

Ayesha Ray – Sabbatical in New Delhi

Ayesha Ray is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, in New Delhi, working on a monograph comparing Indian and American counterinsurgency experiences. From January to May of 2016, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Last May, Ray was invited as Guest Speaker to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Geo-Strategic Intelligence Seminar on Civil-Military Relations.

Matt Buehler – Fellow Appointment and Publication

Matt Buehler has been appointed a Baker Fellow in Global Security at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.

In Mediterranean Politics, Buehler is publishing “Continuity through Co-optation: Rural Politics and Regime Resilience in Morocco and Mauritania.”

Abstract: Morocco and Mauritania’s regimes differ radically in their political structures and contemporary histories, yet they employed several similar strategies to secure survival during the Arab uprisings. Besides limited repression, constitutional reforms and palliative concessions, both regimes also used a distinct strategy of co-optation to aid authoritarian resilience. Targeting rural politicians with weak party affiliations for co-optation, regimes used it to build and reinforce loyalist political parties in the late 2000s. Once the uprisings began, both regimes deployed these loyalist parties to undertake counter-revolutionary activities to contain and counterbalance the power of youth and Islamist movements.

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca: Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca has been announced as the first recipient of Elizabethtown College’s Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Oya was chosen by a committee consisting of members of the Professional Development Committee and students. Nominations were received from alumni, faculty, staff, and current students.

A congratulatory statement from the Selection Committee:

“The Kreider Prize Selection Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Oya Ozkanca, the inaugural recipient of the Kreider Prize for Teaching. All of the nominators, but especially those from former and current students, praised Dr. Ozkanca for her passionate, energetic approach to teaching and devotion to her students both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Ozkanca inspires students to excel.”

1st Annual Shawnee Trail Regional Seminar on American Politics and Constitutionalism

Curt Nichols and Justin Dyer are serving as co-conveners of the 1st Annual Shawnee Trail Regional Seminar on American Politics and Constitutionalism in Columbia, MO on April 22nd 2015. The Seminar is sponsored by the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. UT alumni and graduate students expected to attend include: Neal Allen, Thomas Bell, Kody Cooper, Jay Dow, Justin Dyer, James Endersby, Connor Ewing, and Curt Nichols. The 2nd Annual Seminar will be held in Texas in the winter of 2016. Contact Curt Nichols for information.

Don Inbody: Publication and Symposium

Don Inbody published an article, “Voting by Overseas Citizens and Military Personnel,” in the Election Law Journal (Volume 14, Number 1). The article was a result of his testimony before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in June 2013.

Don sponsored a symposium at Texas State University entitled “Challenges to Democracy.” Panelists included fellow Longhorns Terri Givens, Ayesha Ray, and Laura Seay.

Deja Vu All Over Again: Danny Hayes, GW Best Prof; Balan with 2 Best Course Awards

For the second year running, Danny Hayes has beat out John Sides and been named George Washington’s best professor. A bit farther north, at McGill, Manuel Balan has taken home a couple more best course awards: best course in comparative politics (Latin American Politics), and best course overall in political science (Democratization and the Consolidation of Democracy).

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.

Greg Michener: Open Society Foundations Grant

Greg Michener received a US$135,000 one-year grant from the Open Society Foundations to develop a project entitled the Transparency Audit Network (TAN) –  a collaborative, research and advocacy based effort to develop, apply, compare and compile evaluations of compliance with public transparency obligations, such as freedom of information laws, Open Data statutes, or campaign finance regulations.

Don Inbody: Appointments and Testimony

Don Inbody has been named the Director of “Discourse in Democracy” in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University, an annual series of discussions and symposia designed to engage students, faculty, and community in a discourse on how democracy works in modern society.

Don testified before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration on issues and recommendations for improving access to election processes by overseas and military voters.

Neal Allen: Conference, Grant, Publication Updates

Neal Allen is presenting “American Democracy Nullified: The Contemporary Republican Filibuster and the Continuing Southern Blockage of Majority Will in the United States” in September at the conference “The Rights of the Political Minority in the United States” at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Neal Allen received and used a research grant from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa this summer, researching in the papers of Senator Bourke Hickenlooper as part of his research into Civil Rights Legislation in the 1960s.

Neal Allen wrote a chapter on The South in American National Elections in The American Elections of 2012:  Contexts and Consequences, published by Palgrave Press this Spring.

Neal Allen Receives Congressional Research Grant

Neal Allen was recently awarded a Congressional Research Grant from the Everett Dirksen Center for the Study of Congressional Leadership, as well as a Research Grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

Allen’s recent publications include:

“Living, Dead and Undead: Nullification Past and Present,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, Fall 2012, with James H. Read.

“Scandal and the Politics of Race: From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Barack Obama and Beyond,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.

“Paralleling History: Scandal and the Lessons of the 2012 Election,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.

Williams Appointed to PRQ Editorial Board

David Williams has been appointed to the editorial board at Political Research Quarterly.

Williams has been granted research leave from DePaul University next year to write a monograph on Spinoza, tentatively entitled, Spinoza’s Republic of Fear, Love, and Reason. Also, he has signed a contract to co-edit, with Matthew W. Maguire (DePaul University), a new edition of Rousseau’s Social Contract and Discourse on the Origins of Inequality for Broadview Press, in the same series for which A. P. Martinich edited Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan.

Manochehr Dorraj Receives Grant to Internationalize TCU

Manochehr Dorraj was a part of the faculty-staff team that won a $2.9 million Quality Enhancement Award from the TCU administration to comprehensively internationalize the university.

In other news, Dorraj was a visiting research fellow at The Center for Regional and International Studies at Georgetown University Campus in Doha, Qatar, and was an invited speaker at the University of London, St. Andrews University in Scotland, Aberdeen University in Scotland, Dundee University in Scotland, and the Emirate Center for Strategic Studies and Research in the United Arab Emirates.

Dorraj’s recent publications include:

“The Dragon Nests: China’s Energy Engagement of the Middle East” China Report, Volume 49, Number 43, (June, 2013): 43-67.

“Populism on the Wall of Poverty” (In Persian), Andishieh Poya (Dynamic Thoughts): A journal of Politics and Culture. Tehran, Iran.(Spring, 2013):.51-54.

“Iran’s Northern Exposure: Foreign Policy Challenges in Eurasia” Georgetown University’s Occasional Papers, Number 13. (Fall, 2013): 1-27.

“Iran’s Expanding Relations With China and their Strategic Dimensions” Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Occasional Papers, Number 112.(Fall, 2013): 1-52. (With Simultaneous publication of Arabic Translation).

“Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Shifting Strategic Landscape” Middle East Policy, Vol. XX. No. 4. (Winter, 2013):133-147.

“Iran-China Relations and the Changing Political Map” In Thomas Juneau and Sam Razavi editors, Iran’s Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World (London & New York: Routledge, 2013): 179-195.

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.

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca: Tenure, News, and Publications

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca has been promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure at Elizabethtown College.

Dursun-Ozkanca spent time this summer in London as a Visiting Fellow at the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe at London School of Economics, conducting research on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. She also visited Sarajevo and Belgrade to conduct interviews on the same topic.

Recent Publications:

Dursun-Ozkanca, O., ed. Forthcoming in October 2013. The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation. Routledge.

Wolff, S. and Dursun-Ozkanca, O., eds. 2013. External Interventions in Civil Wars: Assessing the Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations. Routledge.

Dursun-Ozkanca, O. Forthcoming.  “French Public Opinion on the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union and the Public-Elite Relations”, French Politics.