Faculty Achievements: Fall 2019

  • Professor Evelyn Simien, Neag School of Education Professor Jennifer McGarry, and Neag graduate student Nneka Arinze co-authored an article titled “A Portrait of Marginality in Sport and Education: Toward a Theory of Intersectionality and Raced-Gendered Experiences for Black Female College Athletes.” It will appear in the Journal of Women, Politics, and Public Policy.
  • Professor Jane Gordon and Professor Emeritus Cyrus Zirakzadeh expect the paperback version of their co-edited book, The Politics of Richard Wright, to be published next spring by the University Press of Kentucky.
  • Professor Oksan Bayulgen’s article, “Elite Survival Strategies and Authoritarian Reversal in Turkey,” coauthored with Ekim Arbatli (a former grad student) and Sercan Canbolat (a 5th-year grad student) was selected as the best research article published in Polity in 2018. The authors will receive their prize at the 2019 Northeastern Political Science Association awards event at the NPSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this coming November.
  • Professor Jeremy Pressman’s most recent work, The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force, will be published by Manchester University Press next February.
  • Professor Pressman was also interviewed on Al Jazeera (TV) about the Trump administration’s workshop in Bahrain.
  • Professor Charles Robert Venator-Santiago’s digital archive won the Society of American Archivists diversity award. Professor Venator was also awarded a grant enabling him to curate a hybrid digital/physical Puerto Rican Status Archive to be housed at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY.
  • Professor Venator Santiago was also the keynote speaker at the 2019 Puerto Rican Day at the Capitol Forum this past May.  He has had many recent interviews regarding his research on relevant topics. Find more information here, here, here, here, and here
  • Finally, Professor Venator Santiago was invited to present his analysis of Puerto Rico at one of the Latin American Studies Association’s presidential panels
  • Professor Matthew Singer’s paper “Delegating Away Democracy: How Good Representation and Policy Success can Undermine Democratic Legitimacy”, won the 2019 Seligson Prize from the Latin American Public Opinion Project.  He was recognized for his achievements at the APSA reception at the end of August.
  • The latest edition of Black Issues in Philosophy is dedicated to Professor Fred Lee and Yale Professor Lisa Lowe’s joint discussion of Dr. Lee’s most recent book, Extraordinary Racial Politics.  His book has also received positive reviews from Political Theory and The Journal of American History
  • Professor Stephen Dyson and Professor Jeff Dudas were recently awarded one of the inaugural Scholarship and Collaboration in Humanities and Arts Research Program awards at UConn for their work in the transformative field of Politics and Popular Culture. 
  • Professor Dyson’s article “Images of International Politics in Chinese Science Fiction: Liu Cixin’s Three-Body Problem” was published in the September 2019 edition of New Political Science.
  • Professor Dyson also acted as a consultant to a workshop at Katholische Universitat in Eichstatt, Germany on May 24-25. The workshop centered on efforts to create German language software for the quantitative analysis of political speech, and was funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German Research Foundation. 
  • Professor Virginia Hettinger was recognized by the leadership of the UConn Honors Program for her service to the Honors Board of Associate Directors during the 2018-2019 academic year. 
  • Professor Jeffrey Ladewig’s article “Democrats want to make D.C. a state. Here’s what it would take” was recently published in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
  • Professor Ladewig’s article, “Trump’s Fight to Count U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens: 5 Questions Answered”, was published in The Conversation and quickly picked up by subscribing publications across the country. 
  • Professor Venator-Santiago received a congratulatory citation from President Katsouleas regarding his citation in Inside Higher Ed’s article, “Deep Cuts in Puerto Rico” and USA Today’s article, “Puerto Rico governor, protests, history of the black flag: Everything you need to know.”
  • Professor Jane Gordon’s recent article (co-authored with Keisha Lindsay) entitled “Black on Red: Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century New World Black Interpretative Uses of Native American Political Experience” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics
  • Professor Ron Schurin was interviewed by a reporter from the U.S. News & World Report for the article “Democrats are no longer gun shy.”
  • Professor Thomas Hayes has taken over as the director of EcoHouse, a living and learning community on campus. He has also been appointed to serve on the University’s Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC).
  • Professor Hayes has two forthcoming publications. He co-authored an article with former graduate student Chris Guay entitled “Viewing Equality as a Loss: How Highlighting Policy Costs and Benefits Influences Attitudes” in the Social Science Journal.  The other publication entitled, “Elite Mobilization: A Theory Explaining Opposition to Gay Rights,” will appear in Law & Society Review
  • Professor Shareen Hertel’s recent book, Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities and Rights at Stake, is currently featured on the Academic Council on the United Nations System’s website. Find it here: https://acuns.org/tethered-fates/The book was highlighted in the August 2019 newsletter of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).
  • Professor Hertel has also made several conference presentations focusing on human rights research and publishing, including: “Governance gaps or multilevel games? Power perceptions in global supply chains.” She presented this paper for a panel on “HR Violations and the Evasion of Accountability,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
  • Professor Hertel also presented her paper, “Meet the Journal Editors: Publishing in Journals- Insights from Shareen Hertel, Editor of The Journal of Human Rights” at the 2019 Meeting of the International Studies Association on August 2, 2019 in Accra, Ghana.
  • Professor Jeremy Pressman spoke at Westfield Academy about the one-state and two-state solutions. He also co-authored a piece in the Washington Post, “The anti-Trump ‘Lights for Liberty’ events might be the most significant protests you’ve ever heard of,” which appeared on July 31, 2019.
  • Professor Pressman was interviewed by Mathieu Magnadeix, a reporter for a French news website, Mediapart, about levels of protest in the United States since President Trump was elected. 
  • Professor Zehra Arat’s paper, “Human Rights in Turkey,” was recently published in The Routledge Handbook on Turkish Politics.
  • Professor Arat presented a paper, “Neoliberal Populism: ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as Appropriation of Feminisms,” at the Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C. this past August. 
  • Professor Michael Morrell’s article, “Emotions and Deliberation in the Citizens’ Initiative Review” was accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly. He collaborated on the article with Genevieve Fuji Johnson of Simon Fraser University and Laura W. Black of Ohio University.
  • Professor Morrell also presented several papers.  He presented “The Potential of Argument Visualization Platforms and Empathy Induction to Promote Humility in Public Discourse,” at the International Society of Political Psychology conference in Lisbon, Portugal in July. He also presented a paper entitled, “Deliberation, Empathy, and Feelings towards Others” at the European Consortium for Political Research conference in Wroclaw, Poland earlier this month. 
  • Professor Emerita Betty Hanson is co-author of a recent article published in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy entitled “Private Think Tanks and Public-Private Partnerships in Chinese Public Diplomacy.” One of her co-authors, Li Li,  was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department in 2011-12. 
  • Professor Jane Gordon, along with Professor Emeritus Zirakzadeh, Philosophy Professor Lewis Gordon and Wellesley professor Laura Grattan, participated in a facilitated panel presentation and Q&A session on The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance. 
  • Professor Prakash Kashwan was elected to Member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) for a two-year term (2019-2021).
  • Professor Kashwan was also invited to deliver a keynote talk entitled “Environmental Stewardship in an Unequal World: Lessons from Asia and Beyond” at the Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment held this past April at Vassar College. 
  • Prof. Kashwan has authored several new publications: “Rethinking Power and Institutions in the Shadows of Neoliberalism”, “Disentangling the Rhetoric of Public Goods from Their Externalities: The Case of Climate Engineering”, “Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management”, and “Climate Justice: A Political-Economic Perspective”. 
  • Prof. Kashwan was invited to contribute a blog post to Democracy in Africa, entitled The politics of environmental protection and social justice. He was also interviewed for Down to Earth. Find the interview here: ‘Indigenous people have been effective stewards of biodiversity globally’.
  • Prof. Kashwan was quoted in the Press Briefing issued by the Washington D.C. based global think tank, The Rights and Resources Initiative.  Find it here: “Evicting Millions of Indigenous and Local Peoples from their Forest Homes- as ordered by Indian Supreme Court- is Condemned by Global Experts”. 
  • Prof. Kashwan has also been appointed as the Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic & Social Rights (ESRG) of the UConn Human Rights Institute. https://humanrights.uconn.edu/hri-leadership-2
  • Professor Hind Ahmed Zaki, our newest faculty member (she is a joint appointment with UConn’s Department of Literatures, Classics and Languages), won two awards at the American Political Science Association Meetings in Washington D.C.: One for her dissertation, and the other for fieldwork on comparative democratization. 
  • At the most recent APSA meetings in Washington D.C., Professor Virginia Hettinger won the Law and Courts Section’s Teaching and Mentoring Award.  The award recognizes innovative teaching and instructional methods in law and courts.
  • Professor Christine Sylvester’s newest book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (Oxford, 2019), has drawn praise in international circles.  She has been invited to give scholarly talks on the book at Lund University in Sweden and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.