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.

                          Deadline

                          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: https://editing.press/bassi

                          Alumni Notes: Fall 2019

                          • Takiyah Harper-Shipman (Ph.D. ‘17) is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College   Her first book, Rethinking Ownership of Development in Africa, was published by Routledge Press this past summer as part of its “Routledge Studies in African Development” series.
                          • Juhem Navarro-Rivera (Ph.D. ‘15) is currently serving as Director of Political Research and Managing Partner at Socioanalitica Research LLC.  In that capacity, he has contributed greatly to the Black Census Project survey. Dr. Navarro-Rivera has also served as a consultant and senior specialist/analyst on Latina politics, secularism and religion in politics, and Black politics for think tanks — he has published numerous reports with these entities. 
                          • Yazmin Garcia-Trejo (Ph.D. ‘14) has been doing communications research at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Dr. Garcia-Trejo formerly served as a research fellow with the Roper Center when it was still located at UConn. She was also interviewed for the American Political Science Association’s careers website and participated at an APSA-sponsored roundtable for students interested in careers beyond academia.
                          • Derefe Chevannes (Ph.D. ‘19) is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Memphis. His article entitled “Having It (Ode to Motherhood)” has been accepted for publication in Caribbean Writer.
                          • George Morgan, Jr.. (POLS B.A. ‘18) is currently a law student at Quinnipiac Law School.  George is the vice president of the school’s Student Bar Association and the Northeast Region Parliamentarian for the National Black Law Student Association. George will soon be traveling to Mexico with some peers and a law professor to present legal research at the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Summit.
                          • Emily Luna, (POLS B.A. ‘17) is running for a position on the Manchester Board of Education. Emily has also been working full time for the Connecticut General Assembly for House Democrats as a Constituent Engagement Coordinator. 
                          • Andrew Cain, (POLS 5th year M.A. ‘18), is now working at George Washington University as an Academic Department Administrator.
                          • Charles A. Duelfer (History B.A. ’74), a former special advisor to the director of the CIA, recently co-authored an article with Professor Stephen Dyson.  Their article “Leader Assessment: How the U.S. Policy and Intelligence Communities Analyze Foreign Statespersons” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
                          • Kevin Generous (Ph.D. ‘16) presented a conference paper, “Complex Deterrence: A Research Agenda for 21st Century Non-Linear Warfare” to the War and Use of Force Panel at the New England Political Science Association’s April 2019 meeting in Portland, Maine. He also served as the discussant to the U.S. Foreign Policy and Order-Building Panel. Both panels were sponsored by NEPSA International Relations Section.
                          • Dr. Generous will also serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science next year at Eastern Connecticut State University. He will continue to teach an International Relations course at Avery Point as adjunct professor. 
                          • Megan Handau, (POLS B.A. ‘18)  recently worked with Professor Evelyn Simien to publish the article: “The Cult of First Ladyhood: Controlling Images of White Womanhood in the Role of the First Lady”. This article was a condensed version of Megan’s honors thesis.
                          • Recent graduate Gabriela Ramalho Tafoya (Ph.D. ‘19) has joined the Political Science department as an NSF-funded Postdoctoral Researcher on Professor Lyle Scruggs’ Comparative Welfare Entitlements Project.  She worked with Professor Singer on the article, “Voting Behavior in Latin America”, which will be published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics.

                          Faculty Achievements: Fall 2019

                          • Professor Evelyn Simien, Neag School of Education Professor Jennifer McGarry, and Neag graduate student Nneka Arinze co-authored an article titled “A Portrait of Marginality in Sport and Education: Toward a Theory of Intersectionality and Raced-Gendered Experiences for Black Female College Athletes.” It will appear in the Journal of Women, Politics, and Public Policy.
                          • Professor Jane Gordon and Professor Emeritus Cyrus Zirakzadeh expect the paperback version of their co-edited book, The Politics of Richard Wright, to be published next spring by the University Press of Kentucky.
                          • Professor Oksan Bayulgen’s article, “Elite Survival Strategies and Authoritarian Reversal in Turkey,” coauthored with Ekim Arbatli (a former grad student) and Sercan Canbolat (a 5th-year grad student) was selected as the best research article published in Polity in 2018. The authors will receive their prize at the 2019 Northeastern Political Science Association awards event at the NPSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this coming November.
                          • Professor Jeremy Pressman’s most recent work, The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force, will be published by Manchester University Press next February.
                          • Professor Pressman was also interviewed on Al Jazeera (TV) about the Trump administration’s workshop in Bahrain.
                          • Professor Charles Robert Venator-Santiago’s digital archive won the Society of American Archivists diversity award. Professor Venator was also awarded a grant enabling him to curate a hybrid digital/physical Puerto Rican Status Archive to be housed at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY.
                          • Professor Venator Santiago was also the keynote speaker at the 2019 Puerto Rican Day at the Capitol Forum this past May.  He has had many recent interviews regarding his research on relevant topics. Find more information here, here, here, here, and here
                          • Finally, Professor Venator Santiago was invited to present his analysis of Puerto Rico at one of the Latin American Studies Association’s presidential panels
                          • Professor Matthew Singer’s paper “Delegating Away Democracy: How Good Representation and Policy Success can Undermine Democratic Legitimacy”, won the 2019 Seligson Prize from the Latin American Public Opinion Project.  He was recognized for his achievements at the APSA reception at the end of August.
                          • The latest edition of Black Issues in Philosophy is dedicated to Professor Fred Lee and Yale Professor Lisa Lowe’s joint discussion of Dr. Lee’s most recent book, Extraordinary Racial Politics.  His book has also received positive reviews from Political Theory and The Journal of American History
                          • Professor Stephen Dyson and Professor Jeff Dudas were recently awarded one of the inaugural Scholarship and Collaboration in Humanities and Arts Research Program awards at UConn for their work in the transformative field of Politics and Popular Culture. 
                          • Professor Dyson’s article “Images of International Politics in Chinese Science Fiction: Liu Cixin’s Three-Body Problem” was published in the September 2019 edition of New Political Science.
                          • Professor Dyson also acted as a consultant to a workshop at Katholische Universitat in Eichstatt, Germany on May 24-25. The workshop centered on efforts to create German language software for the quantitative analysis of political speech, and was funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German Research Foundation. 
                          • Professor Virginia Hettinger was recognized by the leadership of the UConn Honors Program for her service to the Honors Board of Associate Directors during the 2018-2019 academic year. 
                          • Professor Jeffrey Ladewig’s article “Democrats want to make D.C. a state. Here’s what it would take” was recently published in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
                          • Professor Ladewig’s article, “Trump’s Fight to Count U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens: 5 Questions Answered”, was published in The Conversation and quickly picked up by subscribing publications across the country. 
                          • Professor Venator-Santiago received a congratulatory citation from President Katsouleas regarding his citation in Inside Higher Ed’s article, “Deep Cuts in Puerto Rico” and USA Today’s article, “Puerto Rico governor, protests, history of the black flag: Everything you need to know.”
                          • Professor Jane Gordon’s recent article (co-authored with Keisha Lindsay) entitled “Black on Red: Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century New World Black Interpretative Uses of Native American Political Experience” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics
                          • Professor Ron Schurin was interviewed by a reporter from the U.S. News & World Report for the article “Democrats are no longer gun shy.”
                          • Professor Thomas Hayes has taken over as the director of EcoHouse, a living and learning community on campus. He has also been appointed to serve on the University’s Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC).
                          • Professor Hayes has two forthcoming publications. He co-authored an article with former graduate student Chris Guay entitled “Viewing Equality as a Loss: How Highlighting Policy Costs and Benefits Influences Attitudes” in the Social Science Journal.  The other publication entitled, “Elite Mobilization: A Theory Explaining Opposition to Gay Rights,” will appear in Law & Society Review
                          • Professor Shareen Hertel’s recent book, Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities and Rights at Stake, is currently featured on the Academic Council on the United Nations System’s website. Find it here: https://acuns.org/tethered-fates/The book was highlighted in the August 2019 newsletter of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).
                          • Professor Hertel has also made several conference presentations focusing on human rights research and publishing, including: “Governance gaps or multilevel games? Power perceptions in global supply chains.” She presented this paper for a panel on “HR Violations and the Evasion of Accountability,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
                          • Professor Hertel also presented her paper, “Meet the Journal Editors: Publishing in Journals- Insights from Shareen Hertel, Editor of The Journal of Human Rights” at the 2019 Meeting of the International Studies Association on August 2, 2019 in Accra, Ghana.
                          • Professor Jeremy Pressman spoke at Westfield Academy about the one-state and two-state solutions. He also co-authored a piece in the Washington Post, “The anti-Trump ‘Lights for Liberty’ events might be the most significant protests you’ve ever heard of,” which appeared on July 31, 2019.
                          • Professor Pressman was interviewed by Mathieu Magnadeix, a reporter for a French news website, Mediapart, about levels of protest in the United States since President Trump was elected. 
                          • Professor Zehra Arat’s paper, “Human Rights in Turkey,” was recently published in The Routledge Handbook on Turkish Politics.
                          • Professor Arat presented a paper, “Neoliberal Populism: ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as Appropriation of Feminisms,” at the Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C. this past August. 
                          • Professor Michael Morrell’s article, “Emotions and Deliberation in the Citizens’ Initiative Review” was accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly. He collaborated on the article with Genevieve Fuji Johnson of Simon Fraser University and Laura W. Black of Ohio University.
                          • Professor Morrell also presented several papers.  He presented “The Potential of Argument Visualization Platforms and Empathy Induction to Promote Humility in Public Discourse,” at the International Society of Political Psychology conference in Lisbon, Portugal in July. He also presented a paper entitled, “Deliberation, Empathy, and Feelings towards Others” at the European Consortium for Political Research conference in Wroclaw, Poland earlier this month. 
                          • Professor Emerita Betty Hanson is co-author of a recent article published in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy entitled “Private Think Tanks and Public-Private Partnerships in Chinese Public Diplomacy.” One of her co-authors, Li Li,  was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department in 2011-12. 
                          • Professor Jane Gordon, along with Professor Emeritus Zirakzadeh, Philosophy Professor Lewis Gordon and Wellesley professor Laura Grattan, participated in a facilitated panel presentation and Q&A session on The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance. 
                          • Professor Prakash Kashwan was elected to Member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) for a two-year term (2019-2021).
                          • Professor Kashwan was also invited to deliver a keynote talk entitled “Environmental Stewardship in an Unequal World: Lessons from Asia and Beyond” at the Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment held this past April at Vassar College. 
                          • Prof. Kashwan has authored several new publications: “Rethinking Power and Institutions in the Shadows of Neoliberalism”, “Disentangling the Rhetoric of Public Goods from Their Externalities: The Case of Climate Engineering”, “Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management”, and “Climate Justice: A Political-Economic Perspective”. 
                          • Prof. Kashwan was invited to contribute a blog post to Democracy in Africa, entitled The politics of environmental protection and social justice. He was also interviewed for Down to Earth. Find the interview here: ‘Indigenous people have been effective stewards of biodiversity globally’.
                          • Prof. Kashwan was quoted in the Press Briefing issued by the Washington D.C. based global think tank, The Rights and Resources Initiative.  Find it here: “Evicting Millions of Indigenous and Local Peoples from their Forest Homes- as ordered by Indian Supreme Court- is Condemned by Global Experts”. 
                          • Prof. Kashwan has also been appointed as the Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic & Social Rights (ESRG) of the UConn Human Rights Institute. https://humanrights.uconn.edu/hri-leadership-2
                          • Professor Hind Ahmed Zaki, our newest faculty member (she is a joint appointment with UConn’s Department of Literatures, Classics and Languages), won two awards at the American Political Science Association Meetings in Washington D.C.: One for her dissertation, and the other for fieldwork on comparative democratization. 
                          • At the most recent APSA meetings in Washington D.C., Professor Virginia Hettinger won the Law and Courts Section’s Teaching and Mentoring Award.  The award recognizes innovative teaching and instructional methods in law and courts.
                          • Professor Christine Sylvester’s newest book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (Oxford, 2019), has drawn praise in international circles.  She has been invited to give scholarly talks on the book at Lund University in Sweden and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 

                           

                            Faculty Achievements: Spring 2019

                              • Dr. Evan Perkoski recently presented two papers at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association (“ISA”): “A source of escalation or a source of restraint? Civil Society and the Duration and Severity of Mass Killings” and “Veterans, Novices, and Patterns of Rebel Recruitment.”
                              • Dr. Perkoski also participated in a workshop and war game in December on swarm technology. The workshop was sponsored by the Marine Corps University and the Office of Naval Research.
                              • In March, Dr. Perkoski’s chapter on “Terrorist Technological Innovation” was published in the Oxford Handbook of Terrorism.
                              • Additionally, Dr. Perkoski was invited to the University of Denver in February to present his research project titled “Why Regimes Crumble: The Competing Logics of Political and Military Defection.”
                              • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was elected to the executive committee of the Environmental Studies Section at the recently concluded ISA meetings for a two-year term (2019-2021).
                              • Dr. Kashwan’s research on the politics of forestland rights was cited in India’s national English Daily, the Hindu on March 7, 2019; it was also cited on the online news portal, The Wire on March 5, 2019.
                              • Additionally, Dr. Kashwan was interviewed for the podcast Flash Forward, as part of its episode on Climate Geoengineering entitled, “Earth: The Sunshade”. Excerpts from this interview appear beginning ~43 minutes in.
                              • Dr. Meina Cai is a co-author (along with with Ilia Murtazashvili and Jennifer Murtazashvili) on a forthcoming article: “The Politics of Property Rights to Land,” to be published in the Journal of Institutional Economics.
                              • Dr. Jeffrey Dudas’s latest book, Raised Right, received a positive review in the most recent edition of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.
                              • Dr. Dudas also participated in a “Critical Dialogues” exchange in Perspectives on Politics with Melissa Deckman. She reviewed Dr. Dudas’s book, Raised Right, while he reviewed Melissa Deckman’s book, Tea Party Women. They each responded to each other’s reviews as well.
                              • At the ISA, Dr. Zehra Arat presented her paper on “Diversity and Inclusion: The Neoliberal Appropriation and Accommodation of Feminism.”  She also served as the chair and discussant of the panel on “Islam, the State, and Society in the Middle East.”
                              • Dr. Arat was invited to serve on the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on “Current Issues on Human Rights,” to be held at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in May 2019.
                              • Dr. Arat was interviewed for a news story, “Police in Istanbul crack down on this year’s Women’s March,” by Kristina Juvanovski.
                              • Dr. Charles Venator received a $149,000 grant from the Massachusetts Vulnerability Preparedness Program to conduct a series of studies on the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and its response to climate change migration of Puerto Ricans. This project is part of a collaboration with CENTRO, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, which is part of CUNY.
                              • The University of Connecticut President’s Office recently recognized Dr. Stephen Dyson for his publication in The Washington Post entitled “In this dystopian novel, the Wall gets built- and the emergency is real.” In the piece, Dr. Dyson wrote about “The Wall” by John Lanchester, which posits a near future Britain that has built a giant concrete barrier to keep out rising seas and climate refugees.
                              • Dr. Shareen Hertel was recently highlighted in an article in UConn Today about the university’s Engineering for Human Rights Initiative regarding her extensive work with the organization.
                              • Dr. Shayla Nunnally recently completed her tenure as the 39th President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). During her administration, NCOBPS celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its journal, the National Political Science Review (NPSR), and successfully secured a new relationship with the University of California Press to publish its new journal, the National Review of Black Politics (NRBP).
                              • Dr. Nunnally also published an essay entitled “The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS); Organizational Empowerment Through Signaling and Valuing Women and Diversity During #MeToo,” in a special issue of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
                              • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was also recognized for his recent award from the American Political Science Association for his project Avoiding “Day Zero” in the US and Global South.
                              • In February, Dr. Fred Lee gave an invited lecture “Neoliberal and Authoritarian Variations on the Racial and Sexual Contracts” at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  
                              • Dr. Jeremy Pressman recently published a review essay of Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. The essay appeared in the Boston Review on February 20, 2019.
                              • Dr. Pressman also wrote an article review for H-Diplo/ISSF on Ahsan Butt’s “Why did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?” Dr. Pressman’s review was published on February 20th, 2019.
                              • Dr. Pressman and Dr. Matthew Leep (UConn POLS ‘13) co-wrote a blog post, “Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?” at British Politics and Policy, a blog of the London School of Economics. The post is about their new article, “Foreign Cues and Public Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” that recently appeared in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
                              • Dr. Robert Luptonrecently presented research he conducted with Ozan Kalkan and Mark Brockway, respectively, on two separate panels at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting in Chicago.
                              • In June, Dr. Yonatan Morse will publish his piece on “Elite Interviews in the Developing World: Finding Anchors in Weak Institutional Environments” in Volume 19 of Qualitative Research.
                              • Dr. Morse was also invited to give a talk at a workshop in Dakar, Senegal titled “Parliaments and Democracy in Africa.” The talk was organized by University Konstanz, the European Research Council, and the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). Dr. Morse presented his continuing research on the candidate background and legislative selection in Cameroon.
                              • Dr. Virginia Hettinger was honored in the Brookings Institute Newsletter by a former student, John Hudak, as part of Women’s History Month. This edition of the newsletter highlighted women who shaped the careers of the scholars at the institute.  Hudak used the occasion to “tip [his] hat” to Dr. Hettinger, who is “a spectacular scholar, mentor and person, but for whom [he] would not be at Brookings writing this piece or any other.”
                              • Dr. Christine Sylvester’s newest book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq, was published by Oxford University Press in March.
                              • Dr. Jeremy Pressman wrote a piece for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage entitled, “Trump’s Golan Heights tweet disregards decades of U.S. commitment to U.N. resolutions.”