Student Successes: Spring 2020

Sercan Canbolat, a POLS PhD Candidate, received the ISA-Midwest Region’s 2020 Margaret G. Hermann Award for a paper entitled “Understanding Extreme Islamists in Their Native Language.” The award is conferred on the paper that makes the best use of text analysis in leadership studies. Upon invitation from the editors of Routledge’s foreign policy analysis (FPA) series, that same paper has been accepted for publication in Summer 2020 as a book chapter in a forthcoming volume titled Beyond Beliefs: Operational Code Analysis & the Psychological Origins of Foreign Policy Analysis (edited by Professors Stephen G. Walker and Mark Schafer).

Amber Smith, a first-generation student, undergraduate major in Political Science, and member of the fifth-year Master’s Program was part of the inaugural class of Hartford Promise Scholars.  She was interviewed about her experience at UConn in UConn Today.  Read the interview here.

Laurane Fumex, a current Political Science major, learned that her paper entitled “Totalitarian Regimes in Latin America”, earned an Honorable Mention for the Aetna Writing in the Disciplines Awards in the Humanities division.

We have made our graduating honors students’ thesis research presentations available to you virtually, so this year’s Research Excellence in Political Science (REPS) will take place online.  Please click on the following link to view their research posters:

This year’s recipients of the Elizabeth Hanson Internship Scholarship include: Shankara Narayanan (CLAS, History and POLS), Sheroz Din (CLAS, POLS), and Daniella Angulo (CLAS, Human Rights and English).  Dr. Betty Hanson, Professor Emerita of Political Science, continues to run the scholarship program to support students who take part in summer internships. 

Michael Hernandez is UConn’s most recent Newman Civic Fellows Award recipient. Michael is a sophomore at UConn Stamford and was recognized for his outstanding leadership and investment in his community. Michael is the 5th UConn student to receive this award.

Faculty Achievements: Spring 2020

Dr. Kashwan’s research was recently published in Governing Renewable Natural Resources: Theories and Frameworks, edited by Fiona Nunan (London: Routledge, 2020).  His contribution is entitled “Management in the Guise of Governance? Rethinking the Ends and the Means of Natural Resource Governance.”

Dr. Kashwan was also invited to present his research at the Center for the Study of Governance and Society (CSGS) at the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. (Unfortunately, this research seminar had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.) Dr. Kashwan was also invited to be on the global steering committee of the Nairobi Summer School on Climate Justice organized by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in partnership with various UN agencies. (The summer school also had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.) 

Dr. Oksan Bayulgen has been appointed to the new Internal Competitions Advisory Board for UConn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research.  

Dr. Jeremy Pressman was interviewed in a CNBC segment, “How Coronavirus Changed College Overnight,” on March 26, 2020. Find the interview here.

Dr. Christine Sylvester discusses her recent book in a piece entitled “Reflections on Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq” that was published in a special section of Arts and International Affairs.

Dr. Shareen Hertel has co-authored a book chapter entitled “Social Movements, Development Policy and Human Rights” in the newly released edited volume by Mahmood Monshipouri, Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary Global Affairs (Routledge 2020).  Her co-author is POLS alumna Rajeshwari Majumdar (CLAS POLS and ECON ‘18), who is currently a doctoral candidate at New York University. 

Dr. Hertel has also organized a special issue on “Human Rights in the Time of Coronavirus” for Volume 19.5 of The Journal of Human Rights, which will run in late fall 2020.  It will feature works by scholars from the United States, Canada, Croatia and Sweden who will cover a range of rights implications of the current crisis. For details, see here or here.

Dr. Meina Cai has two forthcoming articles: with Ilia Murtazashvili, Jennifer Murtazashvili, and Hui Wang, “Sugarcoating the Bitter Pill: Compensation, Local governance, and opposition to land expropriation in China,” to be published in The Journal of Peasant Studies and with Pengfei Liu and Hui Wang, “Land commodification and hukou policy innovation in China,” to be published in the Journal of Chinese Governance.

Dr. Jane Gordon’s book, The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (co-edited with Professor Emeritus Ernie Zirakzadeh), was reviewed by Alex Zamalin from the University of Detroit Mercy in the Spring 2020 edition of American Political Thought.

Dr. Jeffrey Ladewig recently had an article accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly.  The forthcoming article is entitled “Income Inequality and Ideological Positions in the U.S. Congress.” 

Dr. Matthew Singer’s article, “Conditional Accountability for the Economy, Insecurity, and Corruption Across Latin American Party Systems,” has been accepted and is forthcoming in Latin American Politics and Society.

Dr. Prakash Kashwan will join a global panel of experts convened by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr. Kashwan was nominated to be on the panel by the Switzerland-based global conservation group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The roster of experts who will be participating on the panel can be found here.

2020 Graduate Awards

Congratulations to our awardees!

George F. Cole Dissertation Fellowship in Public Law

Awarded to a graduate student in Political Science conducting dissertation research in Public Law. Preference given to a student studying the administration of criminal justice.

Erica MacDonald


Norman Kogan Fellowship in Western European Politics

Given annually to a graduate student (PhD or MA) in Political Science who studies European Politics, with a preference for one who specializes in the study of Western European politics.

Imge Akaslan


Everett C. Ladd Fellowship in American Politics

Given annually to a graduate student with the highest scholastic standing who intends to pursue American Politics as a Ph.D. field.

Stavros Papadopoulos


Fund for Legal Studies

Given annually to a student (with priority consideration given to MA or PhD students) in Political Science with preference for one studying Public Law.

Brooks Kirchgassner


Governor Abraham Ribicoff Fellowship in American Politics

Given annually to a graduate student in political science, with preference for a student who specializes in the study of American politics and is a current resident of Connecticut.

Amber Smith


J. Garry Clifford Graduate Fellowship Fund

Assist in the recruitment and retention of excellent graduate students and offer a recurrent source of graduate student support. 

John Dabrowski


The Howard L. Reiter Memorial Award for Political Science Graduate Education

To support the University by providing fellowship support for graduate students enrolled full-time in the Political Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.

Dabney Waring

2020 Political Science Undergraduate Awardees

Congratulations to all of our awardees!

Augusta Gerberich Scholarship

Given annually to a junior or senior majoring in political science whose special field of interest is international relations. Preference is given to female students. The award is based on high levels of scholastic aptitude and scholastic success and promise of leadership.

DeBlasio, Lily

Elkhay, Sydney A.

Fawcett, Cassidy N.

Murthy, Shreya

Osakwe, Chineze U.

Stiffler, Lily

Shah, Maria

McCormick, Alexandria

Dennehy, Erin

Houghton, Shelby

Pennella, Alexandra R.

Patel, Parth

Couillard, Ethan

Burnett, Emily


Jamie B. Cheshire Internship Award

To provide financial support for an undergraduate enrolled in the University’s Department of Political Science within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Miano, Andrew M.

Kimber, Addison

Zatserkovniy, Nicole


Reiter Senior Award for Graduate Study

Given annually to the undergraduate senior who plans to study Political Science at the graduate level.

Ploof, Pheobe E.

Schad, William

Jones, Shanelle

Simoneau, Shaun


Ridgway Davis Pre-Law Scholarship

Given annually to an undergraduate with an outstanding academic record who has been accepted for entry to law school. 

Vlamis, Mary F.

Simmons, Bryce H.

Huydic, Connor

LaFontan, Abigail


Fund for Legal Studies Fellowship

Given annually to two undergraduate students, with preference to seniors, in recognition of scholarly achievement and who intend to pursue degrees in political science, with priority given to students who plan to enter law school after graduation.

Dubsky, Andrew

Adams, Kyle


Roy H. and Hilda M. Merolli Scholarship

To provide scholarship support for continuing undergraduate students enrolled full-time with demonstrated academic achievement who are Political Science majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Salvaggio, Katharine

Hogan, Brendan P.

O’Hara, Emily

Leighton, Ian

Alam, Fizza

Narayanan, Shankara

Mosley, Victoria

Kalander, Marianna D.


Irving Smirnoff Award

Given annually to undergraduate juniors and/or seniors to provide financial support.

Naseri, Susan

Sloan, Abigail G.

Truszkowski, Nicole


John G. Hill, Jr. and John G. Hill, III Political Science Excellence Award

Given to upper division students, usually seniors, who have achieved outstanding academic records, or who otherwise merit special recognition

Tsikitas, Arianna

Wolf, Christopher

Kinyon, Spencer

Macuil-Hernandez, Danielle

Okeke, Kimberly C.

Student Successes: Winter 2020

  • A book chapter co-authored by Elizabeth Jennerwien (5th year POLS MA student) and Dr. Jane Gordon, titled “Revolutionary Responsibility: Mothering a Monster,” was recently accepted for publication in the forthcoming Creolizing Frankenstein, edited by Michael Michau-Paradiso.
  • Bryce Simmons, a POLS undergrad and former Washington, D.C. Honors Congressional Intern, has been accepted to seven law schools including UConn and George Washington University.
  • Congratulations also goes to three of our students and four of our professors on their University Scholar achievements! Shanelle Jones (advised by Professor Virginia Hettinger), Shankara Narayanan (advised by Professor Alex Anievas), Harry Zehner (advised by Professor Bayulgen), and Shreya Murthy, an Individualized major (advised by Professor David Richards) were all accepted as University Scholars this winter. 
  • Sercan Canbolat (PhD Candidate) has two forthcoming peer-reviewed articles slated to be published in International Studies Review (ISR). His solo article, which is a compendium of one of the chapters of his dissertation, is titled “Profiling Leaders in Arabic” and his co-authored piece (with Dr. Ozgur Ozdamar of Bilkent University and Dr. Micheal D. Young of SUNY-Albany) is titled “Profiling Leaders in Turkish.” Both articles will be published in an ISR special issue “Coding in Tongues: Developing Non-English Coding Schemes for Leadership Profiling” in May 2020. 
  • Mr. Canbolat also has a forthcoming book chapter (co-authored with Dr. Balkan Devlen from University of Copenhagen) titled “Historical Foundations of American Foreign Policy” to be published in American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future by Anatolian University Press. The volume is edited by Dr. Mustafa Aydin and Dr. Nejat Dogan and is slated to be used as a textbook in English by many international relations departments in Turkey where the medium of instruction is English. Sercan presented certain chapters of his dissertation project at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C. and at ISA-Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri last semester. 
  • PhD candidate Carolyn Conway’s paper “Multiple Group Identity, Candidate Affect, and Vote Choice in the 2016 American Presidential Election” (co-authored with Dr. Simien and Dr. Hayes) has been accepted as part of the panel “Identity in Confrontation with Power” at the New York State Political Science Association and New England Political Science Association. Carolyn was also recently awarded a scholarship from the Women’s Center to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in May 2020. 
  • PhD candidate Carol Gray was nominated for a P.E.O. Scholar Award by the P.E.O. Connecticut Chapter V. She will have an article published in the spring edition of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy and she was recently awarded a small stipend from the National Fellowships Incentive Program. Carol will be a 2020 W.E.B. DuBois Community College Fellow with the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 
  • Ms. Gray presented her dissertation research at the Oral History Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City this past November. In October, she presented at a UConn workshop entitled: “Environmental and Climate Justice: The Existential Challenge of Economic Rights.” Carol was a guest lecturer for two classes: Criminal Justice in Practice (speaking on death penalty practice in the U.S.) and Global Environmental Politics (speaking on nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai and the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya). She is scheduled to present twice at next month’s International Studies Association Conference in Hawaii: “Gender and Accountability: Missing from Egypt’s ‘Transitional Justice’” and “Gendering the Nakba and the Struggle for Palestinian Identity.”
  • Finally, Ms. Gray is pleased that three of her current students (from her “Japanese American Experience During World War II” class) will be readers of oral histories by Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II as part of UConn’s February 19 Annual Observance of the Day of Remembrance marking the day of the US government’s Executive Order 9066 which mandated the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. Click here for more information on this event.
  • Brooks Kirchgassner will be formally defending his prospectus on March 2, 2020!
  • Shankara Narayanan, an undergraduate Political Science major, conducted research last summer at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. He recently had a sample of the research published by the Jamestown Foundation, a D.C. think-tank focusing on regions strategically vital to U.S. foreign policy. 
  • Dr. Rachel Chambers (a post-doc with the Human Rights Institute), PhD candidate Brooks Kirchgassner, and former Political Science major Jessica Weaver (POLS B.A. ‘19) all delivered well-received presentations during the mid-day portion of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Summit on Friday Nov 22. Find links to their complete bios here.
  • Another PhD candidate, Fahd Rafiq, has been inspiring students as a teacher at UConn Stamford while working on his dissertation. Fahd recently spent time in Pakistan, conducting doctoral research.  He also presented a chapter of his dissertation at the Northeast Political Science Association conference in Philadelphia. A professor at the conference even recommended Fahd’s paper for review to be published in a management policy and practice journal.

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.



              Student Success: Late Fall 2019

              • Thomas Briggs, a graduate student in the department, participated in the Early Career Workshop on September 10, 2019, on “Women and the History of Intergenerational Thought” at the European International Studies Association’s 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Sofia, Bulgaria. Thomas’s paper, entitled “Vera Micheles Dean (1903-1972) and the History of the Foreign Policy Association,” was based on his dissertation research. Tom received a travel award from the Leverhulme Project on Women and the History of International Thought at the University of Sussex to attend the workshop. 
              • Graduate student Alex Kreidenweis taught WGSS 2255 this past spring and his students were mentioned by the President in September in relation to President Katsouleas’ dialogue on the modernization of liberal arts education
              • Graduate student Brooks Kirchgassner and recent POLS alum Jessica Weaver (POLS ‘19), will be participating in a high-profile event on human rights and university licensing in their roles as members of the President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. This event is set to take place on November 22, 2019. 
              • A current POLS graduate student, Volodymyr Gupan, spoke this past September on WHUS, a commercial-free radio station at UConn, about the current state of affairs in Ukraine.
              • This past weekend the UConn Mock Trial Society sent two teams to compete at the First Annual Capital Clash Tournament in Albany, New York. The UConn teams won both first and second place at the tournament. The two teams include Political Science students Colin MacDougald, Andrew Dubsky, Danielle Macuil, Kyle Adams, and Ben Johnson.
              • Freshman Michael Cerulli recently published an opinion piece in the Hartford Courant about Connecticut’s bright future. 

                • Undergraduate student Mary Vlamis was recently featured on UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research website for her work as a Peer Research Ambassador this semester with the Office of Undergraduate Research. Students are accepted into these positions as a result of their heavy involvement in research on campus. Mary is currently working on two research projects: one focusing on gender and ethnic discrimination in the Peruvian labor market and the other focusing on tort reform and public opinion.

                Alumni Notes: Late Fall 2019

                • Kayla Ahmed, (‘18 POLS) has recently been accepted to attend Duke University Law School. 
                • Robert Sandin (‘64 POLS) passed away in late September 2019. Bob was a 6th-grade school teacher for most of his career and brought generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness with him everywhere. We send condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.
                • Andrew J. Colabella (‘13 POLS) is running for his second term as town council representative of district 4. On May 7th, Andrew helped to pass the most aggressive law east of the Mississippi banning the use of Single Use Plastics in Westport, CT.
                • Dawn Leger (‘79 POLS, ‘80 POLS MA) is now the Grants Administrator for the City of Bristol and author of a mystery series which includes Embracing the Fool, Freeing the Magician, and the forthcoming Capturing the High Priestess. Dr. Leger has also edited multiple textbooks in the fields of ergonomics and biomechanics with the publishers Springer-Verlaine and Wolters-Kluwer. 
                  • Chris Hemingway (‘99 POLS) has worked at the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven for the past 25 years — he currently serves as a circulation librarian.  Chris received a Consumer Health Information Specialist Level 1 Certification. He has just published his book The Day The Bull Lived, And Other Poems and is a Contributing Author for The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.  Chris is currently running for American Library Association Councilor-At-Large for the 2020 election.

                  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




                          Laura Bassi Scholarship

                          The Laura Bassi Scholarship

                          The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded thrice per annum: December, April, and August. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.


                          Winter 2019

                          Deadline: 25 November 2019

                          Results: 15 December 2019

                          How to Apply

                          Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV using the application portal on the Editing Press website by the relevant deadline. For more information about the Scholarship, including the application form, previous winners, and a brief description of the remarkable figure of Laura Bassi, see: