Recent PhD Alumni Promotions, Appointments, Honors

Joseph Smith has been promoted to Professor at University of Alabama.

Charles Zug will be assistant professor of research at the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at UC-Colorado Springs.

Dennish  Hickey was named to the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Ron Nelson is Professor Emeritus at University of Southern Alabama.

J.J. Kinkel is lecturer at Arizona State University.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s bestselling novel, Winter Counts (Ecco/HarperCollins) has been nominated for the 2021 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Previous nominees include Stephen King, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Dennis Lehane. The book was also nominated for the 2021 Hammett Prize and was the winner of the 2021 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel. The book will be translated into French, German, Turkish, and Japanese, and has been optioned by a major film production company.


Recent Alumni News, Awards, Op-Eds, etc.

Brandon Archuleta: 2020-21 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow (Strategic Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia in the U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Katherine Bersch: When Democracies Deliver: Governance Reform in Latin America, selected by the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance as the 2020 recipient of the Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize; selected for the 2020 SPAR Award for the Best Book Published in Public Administration in 2019 by the American Society for Public Administration

Maraam Dwidar: Recipient of the 2020 POP/Party Politics Award recognizing the best paper delivered on a Political Organizations and Parties-sponsored panel at the preceding APSA annual meeting, for “Interest Group Coalitions and Minority Representation in Rulemaking”

Roy Germano: research on migrant remittances was referenced by the NY Times; The Other Side of Immigration named Best Documentary on The Hill‘s list of best civil rights movies of all time

Dennis Hickey: piece in CHINA-US Focus, “US-China Tensions and the Salience of the Taiwan Issue”

Amy Lauren Lovecraft (nee Suker) (and collaborators): Interdisciplinary Research for Arctic Coastal Environments (InteRFACE) grant – an $8.7 million partnership with four national laboratories and the International Arctic Research Center to improve earth system modeling.

John Meyer: Received the TISTA Tech Veteran Academic Leadership Award for his role in creating Veterans’ Voices, a state-wide humanities project. Veterans’ Voices brings soldiers and civilians together to break the silence around the experience of war. The project is sponsored by Humanities Texas, and has received two consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

David Weiden: NY Times Op-Ed, “This 19th Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country;Winter Countschosen as a Best Book by Amazon, Apple Books, Oprah Magazine, Time, Washington Post, and other outlets

Recent Alumni Promotions, New Jobs, Retirements

Manuel Balán – Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development (McGill)

Christina Bambrick – Notre Dame (assistant professor)

Kyle Endres – University of Northern Iowa, and Associate Director, Center for Social and Behavioral Research

Connor Ewing – University of Missouri (assistant professor)

Jasmine Farrier – Vice President, University Advancement (Louisville)

Laura Rabinowitz – St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB, Canada)

Arnold Fleischmann – Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University

Danny Hayes – promotion to professor, George Washington University

Dennis Hickey – Emeritus, Missouri State University

Philip Meeks – Emeritus (since 2016), Creighton University

Peter Sanchez – Emeritus, Loyla University Chicago

Robert Shaffer – Syracuse University (post doc)

Trey Thomas – West Virginia University

David Weiden – promotion to professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Don Zinman – promotion to professor, Grand Valley State University


Buehler Wins SERMEISS Book Award

Matt Buehler’s book, Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa, has received the 2019 SERMEISS book award. The Southeast Regional Middle East & Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) awards this prize to recognize outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern studies across any academic discipline in the social sciences or humanities.

Recent PhD Alumni Promotions, Prizes, Placements

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


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,

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