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 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


Natasha Borges Sugiyama: Tenure, Recent Book, Forthcoming Article

Natasha Borges Sugiyama has been promoted with tenure to associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sugiyama’s book,  Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil, was released in December 2012.

And her article, with Wendy Hunter, “Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program,” is forthcoming in Comparative Politics.


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.

Romzek Not in Kansas Anymore; Appointed Dean of Public Affairs at American

Dr. Barbara S. Romzek has been appointed Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at American University in Washington, D.C.   The school includes the Department of Government, Department of Justice, Law and Society, and the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with particular emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery.  Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including federal agencies such as NASA, Congress, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Building upon her research on formal accountability, her recent work focuses on informal accountability in collaborative network settings.

Dr. Romzek, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She has served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; she currently serves on the Board of the Public Management Research Association.

Romzek joins American University after a career at the University of Kansas that included extensive leadership experience for the Department of Public Administration as well as the College of Arts and Science and the Provost Office.

Risley Tenured at Rhodes

Amy Risley is being promoted to associate professor in the International Studies Department at Rhodes College. With the promotion, Risley becomes the first woman to receive tenure in International Studies in the department’s more than 50-year history. In addition to her research, Risley has taught courses at Rhodes in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and women in world politics; she has also served as the department’s internship coordinator and helped lead the colelge’s Latin American Studies program.

Inbody Promoted at Texas State

Donald Inbody has been promoted to senior lecturer at Texas State University and named director of the newly established Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training. The center will sponsor and conduct research into public policy issues and assist in providing training for public servants.