Thomas Hayes’ co-authored paper entitled “Elite Mobilization: A Theory Explaining Opposition to Gay Rights” has won the APSA’s LGBTQ Caucus Bailey Award,bestowed annually on an exceptional paper on LGBTQ issues presented at the previous year’s annual meeting. Joining him on the paper were award-winning co-authors Benjamin Bishin, Matthew Incantalupo, and Charles Anthony Smith.
Evelyn Simien has been selected as a 2022-2023 UConn Office for Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. ODI Faculty Fellows are expected to participate in bi-monthly meetings with ODI representatives as well as training and development opportunities hosted by ODI.
Jeremy Pressman was awarded the Graduate Faculty Career Mentor of the Year award from the UConn Center for Career Development. The award is presented annually to a graduate faculty member nominated by students, who has served as a career mentor and has performed great service for UConn students and their career development. Additionally, Dr. Pressman was interviewed for an Alumni Profile on the MIT Security Studies program website.
Virginia Hettinger received a letter of appreciation from UConn’s Honors Program acknowledging her important service on the Honors Board of Associate Directors this past year. Her term will continue through May of 2023.
Brian Waddell was mentioned in an August 24, 2022 article posted on the website of UConn’s School of Public Policy. The article, entitled “MPP Student Looks Forward to Law Journey Ahead,” features an interview with Brittany LaMarr, who hopes to use her School of Public Policy skill sets to address systemic inequities. According to LaMarr, “I would be remiss not to say how Professor Brian Waddell, a professor I had throughout my undergrad years, played a significant role in how I have gone on to pursue my education. The material, education, and knowledge that I received in his classes strongly shaped my curiosity of public policy and desire to learn more.”
Stephen Dyson’s article, “Nightmares at the End of History: Francis Fukuyama’s Encounters with Science Fiction,” has been accepted for publication at Extrapolation.
Several members of the faculty led by Director of Undergraduate Studies Oksan Bayulgen hosted a virtual town hall for anxious undergraduate students this past April. Devin O’Brien ‘24 (CLAS) reported that he “really enjoyed the opportunity to speak with … professors and political science students about some of the difficulties we have all faced recently … I am writing to thank you for hosting this event, but also to voice support for potentially having another town hall next year!”
Elva Orozco Mendoza, Bhakti Shringarpure and Sherry Zane received $32,768.00 in funding from the CLAS Summer 2022 funding Initiative. Their collaborative project, titled “Insurgent Murals: Women’s Art Activism in Buenos Aires, Khartoum and Belfast,” looks at revolutionary murals in three cities to explore the ways in which it propels women’s activism.
Zehra Arat was invited by Germany’s International Leibniz Research Project on “Historicity of Democracy in the Muslim and Arab Worlds” (HISDEMAB) to discuss “Human Rights and Democracy in Class and Identity Politics,” in April 2022. She presented two papers – “No More Tolerance: A Case for Forsaking a Problematic Human Rights Tool” and “Promoting Human Rights in the Age of Neoliberalism: The UN’s Balancing Act” – at the City College of New York’s Second Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference in New York City. She discussed women’s rights in Afghanistan at a panel on “Afghanistan and Human Rights Issues” organized by the Human Rights Section of the APSA. Additionally, Dr. Aratand Ph.D. student San Lee presented their paper, “Intersectionality in Feminist Theory: Its Radical Origins and Demand for Transformative Change,” at the hybrid conference on “Remapping the Feminist Global: A Multi-Vocal, Multi-Located Conversation,” co-sponsored by the International Feminist Journal of Politics and the Asian Center for Women’s Studies Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Finally, Dr. Arat and Shareen Hertel presented their paper, “Rights Beyond Words: Mapping Human Rights Scholar-Organization Partnerships,” at the workshop, “Just Telling it Like It Is: Descriptive Work & Social Science Research,” held at the University of Massachusetts-Boston on April 22-23, 2022. The paper has been accepted for publication at Human Rights Quarterly.
Yonatan Morse was featured prominently in a June 28, 2022 UConn Today article entitled “Senegal’s National Agency for Universal Health Coverage Visits UConn Health.” Morse was credited with coordinating the visit by a delegation from Senegal’s National Agency for Universal Health Coverage to UConn Health. According to Morse, “The goal of universal health coverage is challenging in the developing world, but not unattainable. What the ANACMU is trying to achieve is quite remarkable …”
Paul Herrnson published an article, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Election Administration, Voting Options, and Turnout in the 2020 US Election” (with Michael J. Hanmer, Matthew Weil, and Rachel Orey) in Publius: The Journal of Federalism. His most notable media appearances included (1) “US Democracy Under Pressure: Election Liars On The Rise,” (ARD German Public Radio, Aug 22, 2022); and (2) “NBC‘s Face the Facts: UConn Professor Provides Insight on Congressional Race (September 5, 2022).
Beth Ginsberg was recently recognized by the UConn Center for Career Development for her contributions as a member of the Center’s Career Champion Program, the Career Champion Advisory Board, and the Career Champion Faculty Subcommittee. The Career Champion Program connects and engages faculty, staff, alumni, and employer partners who are actively assisting students in determining and reaching their career goals. Members of the Advisory Board have met with each other and the Center for Career Development staff three times this past academic year to provide insight and aid in strategic planning for the Career Champion Program.
Frederick Turner, faculty emeritus, recently ended his long standing service as the department’s Early College Education liaison to schools across the state. One of the high school teachers Dr. Turner helped support is Katie Boland, a Trumbull High School government teacher who recently won an American Lawyers Alliance 2022 Teacher of the Year Award. The winners of the award receive $3,000 and a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the American Bar Association annual meeting in August. Boland has been a teacher for nearly 20 years, and has been at Trumbull High School since 2010.
David Yalof’s book manuscript, tentatively titled George Washington and the Two-Term Precedent, has been accepted for publication at the University Press of Kansas, and is forthcoming in the summer of 2023. Meanwhile, Dr. Yalof recently accepted a new position as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the College of William & Mary. (This new position takes effect January 1, 2023).