Faculty Achievements: Late Fall 2019

  • Dr. Cai was also invited to present her research on “The Art of Negotiation: Policy Decentralization and Land Rights Development in China” at a mini-conference at the University of Pittsburgh in November. 

  • Dr. Jeremy Pressman co-authored an article in Science Advances, a multidisciplinary journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The article was entitled, “The Science of Contemporary Street Protest: New Efforts in the United States,” and is available here.
  • Dr. Pressman was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe, USA Today, Vox, and the Washington Post about the global climate strike and about current protest tactics.
  • Dr. Christine Sylvester was invited by The Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo) to serve as external examiner for the defense of a PhD dissertation on “U.S. Public Diplomacy through the Prism of Andy Warhol’s Pop Art” in late November. In addition, Dr. Sylvester was also asked to be a fellows assessor for the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (Amsterdam) as well as for the British Academy (London).
  • In October, Dr. Jane Gordon hosted the first meeting of the UConn-UMass Political Thought Group.  Among those who attended were political science Professor Fred Lee and graduate students Greg Doukas, Brooks Kirchgassner, and Altan Atamer. The group discussed Ato Sekyi-Otu’s Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays. 
  • Dr. David Yalof was interviewed for UConn Today regarding “Impeachment, Politics, and Elections.” See the UConn Today article about their discussion and listen to the audio recording.
  • On November 4th, Dr. Thomas Hayes and Dr. Stephen Dyson took part in the “Art of the Possible: Politics and Art” conference at Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. At the conference, which was sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, Dr. Dyson spoke about his new book Imagining Politics while Dr. Hayes gave a talk on “political satire in the age of Trump.” 
  • Dr. Paul Herrnson recently presented several papers including “What I Learned During the Trump Presidency” at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association on November 7-9, 2019. He also presented “The #MeToo Movement and the US Congressional Elections of 2018” at the Conference on Institutions, Ideas, and the Challenge of Democracy in the 21st Century in Prague, Czech Republic on September 18-22, 2019.
  • Back in July, Dr. Herrnson presented a talk on “Political Parties and Elections” at the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. On July 1-3 he also presented “Contributing in the Shadows: Dark Money and Single-Candidate Super PACs” at the IPSA Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption at the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. He co-authored the article with former POLS honors student Christian J. Caron. 
  • Dr. Charles R. Venator Santiago spoke at the live recording of the In The Thick podcast show at Eastern Connecticut State University on October 22nd. The discussion focused on POC communities and immigration with an emphasis on the invisibility of Latinos in Connecticut. 
  • Dr. Zehra Arat was invited by an Italian feminist journal, InGenere, to write a commentary on “Women and Populism in Turkey.” The piece was published on September 12, 2019, both in Italian and English. 
  • Dr. Fred Lee presented a paper, “Race and Species Critique in Bong Joon-ho’s Okja” for the American Studies Association of Korea in Seoul, South Korea on September 20, 2019. 
  • The New York Times cited Dr. Venator Santiago in the article “Puerto Rico’s Next Political Crisis: Who Succeeds the Governor?” He was also cited in the City and State NY article “Puerto Rican evacuees are still in New York, still struggling”.
  • Dr. Jeremy Pressman was cited in the UConn Today article “Stepping up the Science of Street Protests”. 
  • Dr. Robert Lupton recently presented his co-authored research project, titled “Party Principles: Commitment to Group-Specific Public Policies,” as part of invited talks to the Department of Political Science at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis, respectively.
  • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was interviewed for “A Correction: A Podcast” on the topic of the Political Economy of Land Conservation. Noticeably, the podcast is designed to help high school students, teachers, and college students understand principles of contemporary economic issues. The podcast can be streamed here.
  • Dr. Kashwan was also one of the experts invited to speak at the 25th Annual Global Issues Conference organized on October 19, 2019 by Manchester Community College on the theme of Global Migration.  Additionally, he was invited to contribute to the acclaimed web portal “Africa Is a Country”, which published his article, entitled The White Hunter, on September 12, 2019.
  • Dr. Kashwan was invited by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C., to write a commentary in the journal Global Transitions about his recent research on the debates over the governance of climate geoengineering. This comment, “Should geoengineering be considered a global public good?” was republished by the news portal The Wire on October 31, 2019: 
  • Dr. Kashwan also chaired a panel on power in earth system governance and presented his new research on planetary justice at the Earth Systems Governance conference held in Oaxaca, Mexico in November.
  • Dr. Kashwan spoke at a UConn student-organized event, “Polluted Planet: A Panel Discussion on How Minority Communities are Impacted by Environmental Racism,” held on November 12.
  • Dr. Shareen Hertel has been invited to be a Global Studies Center Visiting Scholar in residence at the University of Pittsburgh in March 2020. The invitation was issued in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Business in the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. Dr. Hertel will engage in discussions related to her recent book, Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake (Oxford 2019) and will focus on academic and policy outreach on worker rights initiatives, responsible corporate practices, and human rights, especially economic rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Dr. Jeremy Pressman has been selected as recipient of the 2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship. He is the second straight faculty member in Political Science to win the prestigious award (Dr. Shareen Hertel won the prize in 2018).
  • UConn President Thomas Katsouleas has nominated Dr. Yonatan Morse for membership in the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.
  • Last month, Dr. Morse gave a talk at Boston University’s Comparative Politics workshop entitled “Who Runs for Office in an Authoritarian Regimes?: Survey Evidence from Cameroon”.
  • Dr. Meina Cai published a co-authored article titled “Political Trust, Risk Preferences, and Policy Support: Evidence from Survey Experiments in China” in World DevelopmentDr. Cai also published a co-authored article titled “Individualism and Governance of the Commons” in the latest issue of Public Choice