Faculty Achievements: Spring 2019

    • Dr. Evan Perkoski recently presented two papers at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association (“ISA”): “A source of escalation or a source of restraint? Civil Society and the Duration and Severity of Mass Killings” and “Veterans, Novices, and Patterns of Rebel Recruitment.”
    • Dr. Perkoski also participated in a workshop and war game in December on swarm technology. The workshop was sponsored by the Marine Corps University and the Office of Naval Research.
    • In March, Dr. Perkoski’s chapter on “Terrorist Technological Innovation” was published in the Oxford Handbook of Terrorism.
    • Additionally, Dr. Perkoski was invited to the University of Denver in February to present his research project titled “Why Regimes Crumble: The Competing Logics of Political and Military Defection.”
    • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was elected to the executive committee of the Environmental Studies Section at the recently concluded ISA meetings for a two-year term (2019-2021).
    • Dr. Kashwan’s research on the politics of forestland rights was cited in India’s national English Daily, the Hindu on March 7, 2019; it was also cited on the online news portal, The Wire on March 5, 2019.
    • Additionally, Dr. Kashwan was interviewed for the podcast Flash Forward, as part of its episode on Climate Geoengineering entitled, “Earth: The Sunshade”. Excerpts from this interview appear beginning ~43 minutes in.
    • Dr. Meina Cai is a co-author (along with with Ilia Murtazashvili and Jennifer Murtazashvili) on a forthcoming article: “The Politics of Property Rights to Land,” to be published in the Journal of Institutional Economics.
    • Dr. Jeffrey Dudas’s latest book, Raised Right, received a positive review in the most recent edition of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.
    • Dr. Dudas also participated in a “Critical Dialogues” exchange in Perspectives on Politics with Melissa Deckman. She reviewed Dr. Dudas’s book, Raised Right, while he reviewed Melissa Deckman’s book, Tea Party Women. They each responded to each other’s reviews as well.
    • At the ISA, Dr. Zehra Arat presented her paper on “Diversity and Inclusion: The Neoliberal Appropriation and Accommodation of Feminism.”  She also served as the chair and discussant of the panel on “Islam, the State, and Society in the Middle East.”
    • Dr. Arat was invited to serve on the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on “Current Issues on Human Rights,” to be held at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in May 2019.
    • Dr. Arat was interviewed for a news story, “Police in Istanbul crack down on this year’s Women’s March,” by Kristina Juvanovski.
    • Dr. Charles Venator received a $149,000 grant from the Massachusetts Vulnerability Preparedness Program to conduct a series of studies on the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and its response to climate change migration of Puerto Ricans. This project is part of a collaboration with CENTRO, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, which is part of CUNY.
    • The University of Connecticut President’s Office recently recognized Dr. Stephen Dyson for his publication in The Washington Post entitled “In this dystopian novel, the Wall gets built- and the emergency is real.” In the piece, Dr. Dyson wrote about “The Wall” by John Lanchester, which posits a near future Britain that has built a giant concrete barrier to keep out rising seas and climate refugees.
    • Dr. Shareen Hertel was recently highlighted in an article in UConn Today about the university’s Engineering for Human Rights Initiative regarding her extensive work with the organization.
    • Dr. Shayla Nunnally recently completed her tenure as the 39th President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). During her administration, NCOBPS celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its journal, the National Political Science Review (NPSR), and successfully secured a new relationship with the University of California Press to publish its new journal, the National Review of Black Politics (NRBP).
    • Dr. Nunnally also published an essay entitled “The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS); Organizational Empowerment Through Signaling and Valuing Women and Diversity During #MeToo,” in a special issue of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
    • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was also recognized for his recent award from the American Political Science Association for his project Avoiding “Day Zero” in the US and Global South.
    • In February, Dr. Fred Lee gave an invited lecture “Neoliberal and Authoritarian Variations on the Racial and Sexual Contracts” at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  
    • Dr. Jeremy Pressman recently published a review essay of Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. The essay appeared in the Boston Review on February 20, 2019.
    • Dr. Pressman also wrote an article review for H-Diplo/ISSF on Ahsan Butt’s “Why did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?” Dr. Pressman’s review was published on February 20th, 2019.
    • Dr. Pressman and Dr. Matthew Leep (UConn POLS ‘13) co-wrote a blog post, “Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?” at British Politics and Policy, a blog of the London School of Economics. The post is about their new article, “Foreign Cues and Public Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” that recently appeared in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
    • Dr. Robert Luptonrecently presented research he conducted with Ozan Kalkan and Mark Brockway, respectively, on two separate panels at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting in Chicago.
    • In June, Dr. Yonatan Morse will publish his piece on “Elite Interviews in the Developing World: Finding Anchors in Weak Institutional Environments” in Volume 19 of Qualitative Research.
    • Dr. Morse was also invited to give a talk at a workshop in Dakar, Senegal titled “Parliaments and Democracy in Africa.” The talk was organized by University Konstanz, the European Research Council, and the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). Dr. Morse presented his continuing research on the candidate background and legislative selection in Cameroon.
    • Dr. Virginia Hettinger was honored in the Brookings Institute Newsletter by a former student, John Hudak, as part of Women’s History Month. This edition of the newsletter highlighted women who shaped the careers of the scholars at the institute.  Hudak used the occasion to “tip [his] hat” to Dr. Hettinger, who is “a spectacular scholar, mentor and person, but for whom [he] would not be at Brookings writing this piece or any other.”
    • Dr. Christine Sylvester’s newest book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq, was published by Oxford University Press in March.
    • Dr. Jeremy Pressman wrote a piece for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage entitled, “Trump’s Golan Heights tweet disregards decades of U.S. commitment to U.N. resolutions.”