Faculty Achievements: Late Fall 2018

    • This past summer, Professor Lyle Scruggs received a $300,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study trends in the generosity of social welfare benefits over the last 20 years in the United States, Europe, and other advanced industrial democracies.
    • Professor David Richards recently published (with Jill Haglund of the University of Kentucky) a chapter entitled “Exploring the Consequences of the Normative Gap in Legal Protections Addressing Violence Against Women” in the book, Normative Gaps in the Legal Protection of Women and Girls from Violence (Routledge 2018).  The book was edited by UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo and Jackie Jones.
    • In early October, Professor Richards held (along with Dr. Eleni Coundouriotis in the English Department) a workshop on “Narratives of Torture.”  Participants included James Dawes (Macalaster College), Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College, Chris Einold (Northern Illinois University), Suzanne Keen (Hamilton College), and Alexandra Moore (Binghamton University).
    • Professor Christine Sylvester was invited by the University of Melbourne as the first senior international academic to give a public lecture on September 19, 2018 related to her forthcoming book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (Oxford University Press). The lecture was part of a seven day visit to the university co-sponsored with the Australian ECR program that teams an early career researcher of considerable promise with a senior international academy for individual research coaching.
    • Professor Jeffrey Ladewig’s article on “‘Appearances do matter’: Congressional District Compactness and Electoral Turnout was recently published in in the Election Law Journal. The article was highlighted and discussed in the Boston Globe on July 6, 2018.
    • On Nov 1, 2018, Professor Ladewig also recorded an hour-long interview with Patrick Skahill of WNPR on Redistricting in Connecticut and around the United States.
    • Professor Stephen Dyson’s book Imagining Politics: Interpretations in Political Science and Political Television is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press. The book examines the stories told by social science theory and televised political fictions.
    • Professor Dyson also wrote about the political thriller “Bodyguard”, one of the BBC’s biggest hit series in years. Find the article here.
    • Professor Shareen Hertel was selected as recipient of the 2018 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement.  The award stems from her work on the Human Rights for Engineering (EHR) Initiative.
    • Professor Dyson wrote an article in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about the Showtime documentary series “The Circus.”
    • Professor Jeffrey Lefebvre was interviewed by journalist Helen Epstein on August 13, 2018.  They discussed geopolitical issues facing Ethiopia.
    • Professor Lefebvre was also the subject of three separate email interviews throughout fall of 2018 with Fatemeh Mohammadipour, a journalist for Mehr News Agency in Tehran Iran. These interviews concerned the proposed U.S.-GCC Camp David meeting, the projected regional impact of Russia transferring S-300 missiles to Syria and topics of U.S.-Saudi relations, respectively.
    • Professor Lefebvre was also interviewed by Stasa Salacanin, a journalist for The New Arab News web magazine, in October 2018. The interview focused on Oman’s foreign policy and security situation.
    • Professor Beth Ginsberg was recently interviewed by UCONN Today about the role of Latinos in the upcoming midterm election.
    • Professor Ginsberg’s class (POLS 3612) recently held a Voter Education Day during which they registered almost 40 new voters.
    • Professor Ginsberg and Professor Bob Lupton participated in a joint student-faculty roundtable on the importance of voting in the fall 2018 midterm elections.Professor Zehra F. K. Arat’s article, co-authored with a recent UConn graduate Abdullah Hasan, “Muslim Masculinites: What Is the Prescription of the Qur’an?” was recently published in Journal of Gender Studies 27:7 (2018), 788-801.
    • Professor Jeremy Pressman spoke at Temple Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, Connecticut on November 4, 2018.  The title of his talk was “Israel, Palestine, and American Jews”.
    • Professor Pressman spoke about the Crowd Counting Consortium at a symposium at the University of Maryland on September 24, 2018.  His talk was entitled “Studying Protest in an Age of Resistance.”
    • Professor Evan Perkoski published a blog post for the Council on Foreign Relations about recent US operations to deter Russian meddling in the midterms.
    • Professor Perkoski also finalized a grant from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to conduct a study on the relationship between civil society and government-led mass atrocities, focusing specifically on prevention.
    • In late September, Professor Perkoski gave a presentation at the Reiff Center for Human Rights at Christopher Newport University.  The talk focused on why mass killings occur during violent and nonviolent uprisings.
    • Professor Meina Cai was invited to present a talk, entitled “Governance of Land Acquisition in China” at the 5th Urban China Forum held at Columbia University on October 6, 2018.
    • Professor Kimberly Bergendahl was featured in a recent issue of UConn Magazine. Please find the story here.
    • Professor Prakash Kashwan was among the winners of 2018 APSA Special Projects Fund awards for his project “Avoiding ‘Day Zero’ in the U.S. and Global South: Climate Justice in Teaching and Policy Action.” The award of $25,035 was received in collaboration with Frank Matose (Univerisity of Cape Town), Navnita Chadha Vehera (University of Delhi, New Delhi), and Lauren M. MacLean (Indiana University). More details can be found here.
    • Professor Kashwan co-authored “Rethinking power and institutions in the shadows of neoliberalism (An introduction to a special issue of World Development)” along with Gustavo G. Lopez and Lauren MacLean.
    • Professor Kashwan and Craig Kauffman (University of Oregon) were invited by Perspectives on Politics for a “Critical Dialogue” in which they review one another’s book sand respond to the reviews. This exchange appears in POP volume 16, Issue 3, September 2018, pages 807-812.
    • Professor Kashwan was one of the coauthors of a new report, “Governing Solar Radiation Management,” drafted by “a group of fourteen global governance experts” commissioned by American University’s School of International Studies. Professor Kashwan was also part of a subgroup of report authors who participated in two pre-release events at University of Reading and University College London on September 19-20. The report has received significant national and international media coverage in Voice of America and Reuters.
    • Professor Fred Lee gave a public lecture on “Asian American Political Theory, Asian American Political Activism” before the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Coalition (APIAC) at Macalester College in October 2018.