Faculty Achievements: Winter 2020

  • Dr. Charles Venator is working alongside an EEA Climate Policy Analyst as he begins a project studying the effects of climate change on migrant populations.
  • Dr. Venator was also asked to join a colleague in the UConn School of Engineering to start exploring a series of grant projects with the goal of submitting a $10 million proposal for the creation of a center for the study of cryptography and democracy.
  • Dr. Jeremy Pressman’s article, “Friday’s global strike was likely the largest climate rally ever,”, was recently published in USA Today.  Additionally Dr. Pressman’s article, “CT reacts to killing of Iranian military leader” was published in The Middletown Press.
  • Dr. Pressman also traveled recently to Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel. The focus of his trip was on environmental issues and EcoPeace, an Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian organization. Dr. Pressman will be integrating some of the resources gathered on the trip into his class on the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
  • Dr. Paul Herrnson was called to testify in the trial of Nancy Carola Jacobson v. Kenneth W. Detzner regarding election bias. Dr. Herrnson testified as an expert to explain proximity errors made by voters on ballots when they had more than two candidate options.
  • Dr. Evan Perkoski has been funded through UConn’s Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) for his project Divided and Conquered? How Splinter Groups Emerge, Behave, and Survive.
  • Dr. Shareen Hertel will be speaking at the University of Michigan this month regarding her most recent book, Tethered Fates (Oxford, 2019). The event details can be found here.
  • While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Hertel will meet with their President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights to talk about UConn’s approach to responsible procurement. She plans to provide information during that meeting that she first discussed in her presentation at the UConn summit on Corporate Social Responsibility this past November.
  • Dr. Hertel will also be spending a week in March in residence at the University of Pittsburgh and will give a keynote address to their new Center on Sustainable Business.
  • In the wake of the new Star Wars movie, Dr. Stephen Dyson recently published an article, “Think ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ is the end of the story? Think again,” in the Monkey Cage blog of the Washington Post
  • Dr. Dyson appeared on the “New Books in Political Science podcast” to discuss his recent book “Imagining Politics”. 
  • Dr. Venator recently gave an interview in Holyoke, Massachusetts, regarding the recent investigations of the migration of 5,000 people. 
  • Dr. Venator also rewrote an article that has been receiving a lot of attention: It is the second most-read article published by UConn faculty in The Conversation, entitled “Yes, Puerto Ricans are American citizens.” 
  • Congratulations to Dr. Beth Ginsberg, who has been elected by the Stamford faculty to serve on their campus’s 2020 Stamford Faculty Council.
  • Dr. Zehra Arat presented her paper, “The New Authoritarianism and Democracy Facade in Turkey,” at the conference on Global Dynamics of Authoritarian Populism, at the University of California, Santa Barbara on January 31, 2020. 
  • Dr. Arat also spoke about the “UN’s Discourse and Approach to Women’s Rights” at the Sciences Po Gender Studies Programme in Paris on November 25, 2019. Dr. Arat was an invited participant at the 70th anniversary of the International Political Science Association in Paris on November 21-22, 2019. 
  • Dr. Fred Lee’s paper, “Neoliberal and Authoritarian Variations on the Racial and Sexual Contracts,” won the Western Political Science Association’s “Pi Sigma Alpha” award as the best paper presented at the previous WPSA annual meeting. Dr. Lee is currently spending the spring semester as a visiting scholar at the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. 
  • Dr. Christine Sylvester gave a talk on her book Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (Oxford, 2019) at the Center for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University, Montreal on February 7, 2020. The book was reviewed in Perspectives on Politics.
  • In May, Dr. Shareen Hertel will participate in the Connecticut/Baden-Wurttemberg Human Rights Research Consortium’s inaugural meeting at the University of Freiburg (Germany) as part of a research cluster on “Human Rights, Science and Technology.” She will draw on her work on ethical supply chain management. 
  • Dr. Robert Lupton’s co-authored manuscript with Adam Enders, titled “Value Extremity Contributes to Affective Polarization in the U.S.,” was recently accepted for publication in the journal Political Science Research and Methods, the official journal of the European Political Science Association. 
  • Dr. Oksan Bayulgen’s paper, “Localizing the energy transition: Town-level political and socio-economic drivers of clean energy in the United States” was recently published in the Energy Research and Social Science journal
  • Dr. Evelyn Simien recently co-authored a paper with an alumna of the PhD program, Professor Sarah Cote Hampson (POLS PhD ‘14).  The article, entitled “Black Votes Count, But Do They Matter? Symbolic Empowerment and the Jackson-Obama Mobilizing Effect on Gender and Age Cohorts”, was published in the journal American Politics Research.
  • Dr. Jane Gordon’s new book, Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement, was released by Routledge Press in December 2019. She was interviewed about the book by talk show host Rob Redding; she was also invited to discuss the book with Dr. Lilly Goren of Carroll University on the “New Books in Political Science” podcast.  Dr. Gordon is currently scheduled to give talks about the book this spring at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, at York University in Canada, at Bard College, and at University of Memphis. 
  • Dr. Yonatan Morse recently published a piece at the website Presidential Power entitled “All the President’s Men: Legislative Reshuffling in Cameroon”.  The piece presents some of his ongoing research on authoritarian legislatures and fieldwork in Cameroon.
  • Dr. Morse’s recent book, How Autocrats Compete (Cambridge, 2019), has been reviewed in Foreign Affairs and the Journal of Modern African Studies
  • Dr. Shareen Hertel’s book, Tethered Fates, is currently on display in the Homer Babbidge Library. She will be presenting a public book talk on February 19, 2020 in Oak 438 at 12:15pm.
  • Dr. Jane Gordon has been nominated for a 2020 UConn Spirit Award in the “Unsung Hero” category. The award honors staff and faculty at our Storrs and regional campuses for their “stellar contributions and dedication to civility in the workplace.”
  • Dr. Paul Herrnson recently completed some research now in print including Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington, 8th ed., with Costas Panagopoulos and Kendall L. Bailey (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2019) as well as “Mobilizing Around New Convenience Voting Methods: A Field Experiment to Encourage Voting by Mail with a Downloadable Ballot and Early Voting,” with Michael J. Hanmer and Ho Youn Koh, Political Behavior, vol. 41 (2019): 871-895.
  • Dr. Herrnson has also had two articles and a book chapter accepted for publication: “The Impact of State Party Organization on the Voting Experience,” with Jay Goodliffe, Richard G. Niemi and Kelly D. Patterson, forthcoming in Election Law Journal; “The Effects of Electoral Arrangements on Minority Representation,” with Stella M. Rouse and Jeffrey A. Taylor, forthcoming in Election Law Journal; “The Transparency of Single-Candidate Super PACS,” with Christian J. Caron (a former UConn undergraduate student), in Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phelippeau, eds., Populism and Corruption (Cheltenham and Camberley, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming).
  • Dr. Herrnson has been involved in four recent research presentations: “Women’s Super PACs,” Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, DC, November 11, 2019; “What I Learned during the Trump Presidency,” Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 7-9, 2019; “The Gender Gap among Super PAC Donors,” Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, October 17, 2019; and “The #MeToo Movement and the US Congressional Elections of 2018,” Conference on Institutions, Ideas, and the Challenge of Democracy in the 21st Century, Prague, Czech Republic, September 18-22, 2019.
  • The department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Oksan Bayulgen, will be the keynote speaker at UConn’s annual Early College Experience (ECE) Globalization Conference to be held March 31, 2020 on the Storrs campus.  The subject of the conference is “Globalization’s Effects on Democracy”. 
  • Dr. Jeffrey Dudas book Raised Right (Stanford, 2017) is currently ranked #25 on Book Authority’s “90 Best Books on Fatherhood All Time”. Book Authority identifies the best nonfiction books on the basis of public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity, and sales history. 
    • Dr. Jane Gordon recently published a chapter on “Mapping Afro-Caribbean Political Thought” in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory (2019). She spoke about that subject at the Human Rights Workshop at Wesleyan University earlier this month.