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.”

     

     

    Student Success: Winter 2019

    • Leann Mclaren (POLS ‘19), a senior honors student, was recently awarded the APSA Minority Fellowship for the 2019-2020 cycle. The Minority Fellowship Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
    • Jessica Weaver (POLS ‘19), Leann Mclaren (POLS ‘19), and Frank Griggs (POLS PhD candidate) were selected to be part of a 15 student UConn delegation to the COP24 which was held December 2-15, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The UConn@COP program sends students each year to the conference to gain knowledge on climate change and policy through leadership, experiential learning, and cultural immersion.
    • Carl Costa (POLS Honors ‘17) is still serving in the Peace Corps. He has recently changed posts and is now serving in Mozambique. He arrived there in June 2018 and is posted in Vila Ulongue, Tete Province, right along the border with Malawi. His job is primarily health education and organizational strengthening, with a particular focus on HIV and malaria.
    • John Kelly a Bennett Research Assistant who works with Professor Kim Bergendahl, has been awarded a 2019 SHARE Grant for their project: “Advice and Consent” or “Search and Destroy? the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Review of U.S. Supreme Court Nominations in the Era of Party Polarization.”
    • Brooks Kirchgassner, a PhD candidate, and Jessica Weaver (POLS ‘19) have been invited to serve on the President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility.
    • Taesim Kim, a PhD candidate, attended the 12th annual NYU-CESS Experimental Political Science Conference where Taesim presented part of their dissertation chapter “Open up the Black Box: Risk Perception and Public Support for Social Policy.” The presentation was based on the results from a survey experiment in South Korea and a predoc fund from the department was used to conduct the survey.
    • Derefe Chevannes, a PhD candidate, along with Professor Jane Gordon, will be the Keynote Speakers at the 27th Annual Philosophical Collaborations Conference in March 2019.
    • Alexander Andrews (CLAS ‘16) is currently in his third year at UConn Law School. He was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Judge R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. Alexander’s note is entitled “Lessons From Wynne: Why New York City’s Internally Consistent Income Tax Nonetheless Violates the Dormant Commerce Clause.” The note will be published in Volume 50 of the Connecticut Law Review.
    • Dr. Melanie Meinzer (PhD ‘17) published a chapter entitled “Solidarity Donors and Popular Education in the West Bank” in the volume Palestine and the Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance which was published by Palgrave MacMillan. The book, which addresses issues of resistance, steadfastness, and mobilization against settler colonialism and repression in Palestine, can be found here.
    • Jason D’Andrea (POLS ‘16, MA Econ ‘17) is currently a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and had an op-ed on the impeachment process published in the Los Angeles Times.  
    • Dr. Ross Dardani (PhD ‘17) has been offered a tenure-track position at Muhlenberg College.

    Alumni Notes: Winter 2019

    • Rebecca Aubrey (POLS MA ‘01), has been honored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as the 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Rebecca teaches in the Ashford, CT, public school system and is also the lead instructor for the Ecuador Social Entrepreneur Corps summer source for UConn Education Abroad.
    • Derrik Kennedy (POLS ‘05, MPA ‘08) was appointed Town Manager of Mansfield, CT last May. He also sat on the president advisory search committee last year.
    • Dr. Jack Barry (PhD ‘15) recently had his article “Mexico wants internet access for all. Getting everyone online could reduce poverty, too” published in The Conversation.  It was then picked up by multiple newspapers around the country and translated into Spanish for broader further viewing. A public servant based research closed group, Apolitical, and Public Radio International also picked up the article.
    • Dr. Yazmin Garcia Trejo (PhD ‘15) has recently had two reports from her work at the U.S. Census Bureau posted. Read the reports here and here.  
    • Brett McGurk (POLS Honors ‘96), a leading US diplomat, who worked to hold together the American-led coalition fighting terrorist groups in Syria, announced his accelerated resignation with an email criticizing President Trump’s recent decision to pull troops out of Syria.
    • Dr. Rekha Datta (PhD ‘91) was appointed as Freed Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where she is currently a professor.
    • Dr. Gregory Williams (PhD ‘15) recently received a book contract with SUNY Press.
    • Jeff Shaw (CLAS ‘04) is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, the state’s largest nonprofit advocacy organization, in Hartford, CT.
    • We are blessed with many alums who are currently working in media. They include: Kasey O’Brien (associate producer, NBC Nightly News), Jackie Wattles (CNN Money news reporter), Marina Cinami (project coordinator and digital marketing specialist, Society of Professional Journalists), Caitlin Emma (budget and appropriations editor, Politico), Chris Brodeur (content editor, online producer, Hartford Courant), Kate King (reporter, Wall Street Journal), Heather Murdock (award-winning Mideast correspondent , VOA, author of Everything is Possible in Yemen), Kala Kachmar (award-winning investigative and multimedia journalist, Asbury Park Press), Randy Serrano (Washington correspondent, Telemundo), Zach Singer (statistical analysis, ESPN), Jennifer Grogan McDermott (AP military and veterans affairs reporter), Eric Owles (assistant editor for tools and technology, NYT), Doug Hardy (entrepreneurial journalist, founder of CTNewsJunkie), and David Ushery (anchor, WNBC New York).

    Faculty Achievements: Winter 2019

    • Dr. Jeremy Pressman and Dr. Erica Chenoweth of Harvard University wrote about the 2019 Women’s March in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. The piece is entitled, “The 2019 Women’s March was bigger than you think” and appeared on February 1, 2019.
    • Dr. Prakash Kashwan published an op-ed entitled, “India Should Demand International, Political Oversight for Geoengineering R&D” in The Wire on December 28th 2018. The op-ed was re-published by India’s preeminent business paper, The Business Standard.
    • An abridged version of Professor Zehra Arat’s journal article, co-authored by alumnus Abdullah Hasan ’16 (CLAS), was included in the 10th edition of Men’s Lives, published by Pearson. The article is titled “Muslim Masculinities: What is the Prescription of the Qur’an?”
    • As of January 1, 2019, Dr. Kashwan has been appointed as one of the Associate Editors of the journal Progress in Development Studies.
    • Dr. Kashwan is also one of the panelists on the “Expert Panel on Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance” organized by the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa on February 28, 2019.
    • Dr. Christine Sylvester has been invited to participate as a principle contributor to the new Leverhulme Project on Women and the History of International Thought based at the University of Sussex, UK. The project is the first sustained attempt to write historical women back into the history of international thought and the academic discipline of International Relations. Dr. Sylvester’s detailed interview will become part of an oral history archive at the LSE library and a public exhibition in London scheduled for 2021.
    • Dr. Sylvester’s mentee at the University of Melbourne, Natalia Grincheva, has had her manuscript, Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy, accepted for publication by Routledge.
    • Dr. Sylvester’s article “Who Gets to Curate Recent American Wars? Looking in Arlington Cemetery and at The Wall That Heals” was accepted for publication by the journal Critical Military Studies on February 7th, 2019.
    • Dr. Stephen Dyson reviewed the new book “Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict” for H-Net Reviews.
    • Dr. Jeffrey Lefebvre’s “Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa” was accepted this winter to the double-blind peer reviewed journal Insight Turkey which is published by the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic, and Social Research.
    • Dr. Lefebvre was also invited to present a lecture at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Middle East Africa Center annual symposium on Global Actors in Africa in Washington, D.C. on April 18-19, 2019. The presentation will be based on his article “Iran in the Horn of Africa: Outflanking U.S. Allies”.
    • Dr. Lefebvre conducted an email interview with Fatemeh Mohammadipour, a journalist for Mehr News Agency (Tehran, Iran). Dr. Lefebvre wrote “Qatar views Turkey as Balancing Relationship with the United States” in January 2019 based on the responses to four written questions regarding the December 2018 GCC summit.
    • Dr. Zehra Arat presented her paper “The Democracy Facade of a Reign of Terror: Turkey in the 2010s” at Columbia University on February 4th, 2019.
    • Dr. Arat was invited to present her paper “The Changing Meaning of Gender: A Challenge for Women’s Rights Advocacy” at the December 13th, 2018 webinar on The Politics of Language and the Issue of “Gender” which was organized by the Women and Gender in Global Affairs Network.
    • Dr. Jeremy Pressman published “The Iraqi Humans at the Heart of Conflict” on the blog Political Violence @ a Glance. Dr. Pressman’s post reflects on the importance of the human beings at the center of Ben Taub’s powerful New Yorker article “Iraq’s Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge.”
    • Dr. Veronica Herrera’s peer-reviewed article “The Case for Public Policy Expertise in Political Science” was accepted for publication by PS: Political Science and Politics on November 29th, 2018.
    • Dr. Fred Lee delivered a public lecture, “The Extraordinary Politics of Asian Americans”, at the National Chung Hsing University on January 10th, 2019.
    • Dr. Lee also gave  a public lecture on “The Racial and Sexual Contracts of the Trump-Era United States”, at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan on January 8, 2019.
    • Dr. Lee presented a public lecture “The Extraordinary Politics of Indigenous Americans”, at the National Taiwan University on January 2, 2019.
    • Dr. Shareen Hertel is appearing on the Sapphire Series panels at the ISA annual program in Toronto in March. These are the highest profile “plenaries” that are held at the meeting.
    • Dr. Hertel’s newest book Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake, will be published in April of 2019 by the Oxford University Press.
    • Dr. Matthew Singer gave two public lectures in January at universities in Singapore, speaking about “How Clientelism Reshapes Political Cleavages” at Singapore Management University and “A Layout of the Literature on Political Representation” at Singapore National University.

    A very sad note:  June Krisch, the wife of long-time faculty member and professor emeritus Henry Krisch, died this past December in a motor vehicle-pedestrian accident. She was 80 years old. Our hearts go out to Henry and his family.