Faculty Achievements: Winter 2021

Susan Herbst gave the keynote address and Beth Ginsberg was a breakout room moderator for the UConn Deans’ on-line forum entitled “From Insurrection to Inauguration: Perspectives and Conversation on the Current State of Our Union” in late January.

Fred Lee’s essay entitled “Neoliberal and authoritarian updates on U.S. White Democracy” will be published in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Jennifer Sterling-Folker recently contributed to the online H-Diplo Roundtable XXII-23, entitled “A Teaching Roundtable: Teaching IR’s Paradigms,”  It was published on January 29, 2021.

Emre Gercek published an article entitled “Alexis de Tocqueville’s Reluctant ‘Democratic Language” in the January 2021 edition of The Review of Politics

Christine Sylvester gave an invited remote talk in January at The Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) on “Some Foreign Policy Implications of Finding War Knowledge in Unexpected Places.” Additionally, her most recent book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq ( 2019) will be the subject of a remote panel discussion hosted by the Interpretivism in International Relations working group of the British International Association (BISA) on March 3, 2021 from 9-11 am EST (Contact BISA for joining links).

Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat recently published an article entitled “Authoritarian Shifts and the Facade of Democracy in Turkey” in Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte (the Journal for Human Rights, 14:1 (2020), pp. 226-242).  She also gave an interview to Jin News on women’s rights and recent developments in Turkey, answering questions about the formation of the Women’s Platform for Equality and adoption of a new transnational declaration on women’s rights.

Dr. Arat was involved in the preparation of The 2020 Declaration on Women’s Rights.  She published an essay about it entitled “Women’s Struggle in Turkey and a New Transnational Declaration” on the Woodrow Wilson Center’s website.

Jeremy Pressman did a Q&A with E-International Relations (E-IR) about his new book, counting protests, and being a political scientist. He also spoke (virtually) to UCLA in a speech sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies.  The subject of the talk was his recently published book, The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force

Jeremy Pressman and Mira Sucharov of Carleton University were interviewed about their respective books by former U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer for Town Hall Seattle’s podcast, In the Moment. Additionally, Dr. Pressman and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick of the University of San Diego published an article entitled “Covid19 and protest repertoires in the United States: an initial description of limited change,” in Social Movement Studies this past December.  Finally, Dr. Pressman and Dov Waxman of UCLA co-wrote “Pompeo just visited the West Bank. That’s likely to deepen the partisan division over Israel-Palestine,” in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on November 19, 2020.

Charles Venator-Santiago has been working with the Smithsonian Institute  to create a film about Puerto Rico for a Latino gallery at several of its museums.  He has also received funding from the Hartford Foundation to join a multi-year collaborative project to study the impact of Hispanic media and other non-profit activities on civic participation.

Paul Herrnson was awarded $10,000 in COVID-19 Research Seed funding from UConn’s Pandemic Elections Project.

At the annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) in New Orleans (virtual), Dr. Herrnson gave a talk with Charles Charles R. Hunt and Jaclyn J. Kettler entitled “Budgeting for Success: The Impact of Campaign Spending on Women’s House Races.”

Dr. Herrnson was busy commenting and giving presentations on the recent presidential election.  At the SPSA (virtual), he participated in a plenary panel on “Where do we go from here? Electoral Politics in an age of polarization, constitutional hardball, and voter suppression.”  He also gave a presentation to the Department of Political Science at Case Western University (virtual) on the 2020 Presidential election. Finally, he was a participant on the Voice of America TV program on the election and gave many interviews about the election and “Trump’s rebellion” to domestic and international TV, radio and newspaper outlets.

Matt Singer recently had two co-authored papers accepted; both come from collaborations with the Executive Approval Project.  The first article entitled “When does the Public Get It Right? The Information Environment and the Accuracy of Economic Sentiment” will be published in Comparative Political Studies. The second article entitled “When Growth is not Enough: Inequality, Economic Gains, and Executive Approval” will be published in Political Science Research and Methods.