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Leann Mclaren ’19 (CLAS) Presents at Conference for Emerging Scholars

In Spring 2018, Leann Mclaren, a seventh-semester political science and history major, was awarded a UConn IDEA grant. The program awards funding to support student-designed and student-led projects, including creative endeavors, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, research projects, and other original and innovative projects.

With this money, Mclaren conducted an oral history and statistical analysis that looks at the political, social and economic incorporation of West Indian Immigrants in the Greater Hartford area.

“I feel the IDEA grant has improved my budgeting skills, networking, time management and research skills,” Mclaren said.

Mclaren is still in the data collection phase of her project, and has not yet presented her findings. In the past, she has presented previous research at the American Political Science Association.

She also recently participated in the 2018 Emerging Scholars Conference at the University of Michigan. She presented a paper entitled “Freedom from Mental Slavery? An Analysis of the Effects of European Colonialism on the Politics of Racial Group Consciousness for Afro-Caribbean immigrants,” alongside her honors thesis advisor, Professor of Political Science Evelyn Simien.

“I feel more empowered each day to complete my project and present my findings due to the investment this grant had in me,” Mclaren said.

Mclaren said the research she conducted with her IDEA grant has improved her confidence in her abilities as a researcher and enhanced her applications to graduate schools.

“A skill I gained from research that I don’t think I had prior are critical analysis skills,” Mclaren said. “From reading scholarly literature and proposing contributions yourself, you tend to see the world and its problems in a deeper way.”

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Faculty Achievements: Late Fall 2018

    • This past summer, Professor Lyle Scruggs received a $300,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study trends in the generosity of social welfare benefits over the last 20 years in the United States, Europe, and other advanced industrial democracies.
    • Professor David Richards recently published (with Jill Haglund of the University of Kentucky) a chapter entitled “Exploring the Consequences of the Normative Gap in Legal Protections Addressing Violence Against Women” in the book, Normative Gaps in the Legal Protection of Women and Girls from Violence (Routledge 2018).  The book was edited by UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo and Jackie Jones.
    • In early October, Professor Richards held (along with Dr. Eleni Coundouriotis in the English Department) a workshop on “Narratives of Torture.”  Participants included James Dawes (Macalaster College), Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College, Chris Einold (Northern Illinois University), Suzanne Keen (Hamilton College), and Alexandra Moore (Binghamton University).
    • Professor Christine Sylvester was invited by the University of Melbourne as the first senior international academic to give a public lecture on September 19, 2018 related to her forthcoming book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (Oxford University Press). The lecture was part of a seven day visit to the university co-sponsored with the Australian ECR program that teams an early career researcher of considerable promise with a senior international academy for individual research coaching.
    • Professor Jeffrey Ladewig’s article on “‘Appearances do matter’: Congressional District Compactness and Electoral Turnout was recently published in in the Election Law Journal. The article was highlighted and discussed in the Boston Globe on July 6, 2018.
    • On Nov 1, 2018, Professor Ladewig also recorded an hour-long interview with Patrick Skahill of WNPR on Redistricting in Connecticut and around the United States.
    • Professor Stephen Dyson’s book Imagining Politics: Interpretations in Political Science and Political Television is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press. The book examines the stories told by social science theory and televised political fictions.
    • Professor Dyson also wrote about the political thriller “Bodyguard”, one of the BBC’s biggest hit series in years. Find the article here.
    • Professor Shareen Hertel was selected as recipient of the 2018 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement.  The award stems from her work on the Human Rights for Engineering (EHR) Initiative.
    • Professor Dyson wrote an article in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about the Showtime documentary series “The Circus.”
    • Professor Jeffrey Lefebvre was interviewed by journalist Helen Epstein on August 13, 2018.  They discussed geopolitical issues facing Ethiopia.
    • Professor Lefebvre was also the subject of three separate email interviews throughout fall of 2018 with Fatemeh Mohammadipour, a journalist for Mehr News Agency in Tehran Iran. These interviews concerned the proposed U.S.-GCC Camp David meeting, the projected regional impact of Russia transferring S-300 missiles to Syria and topics of U.S.-Saudi relations, respectively.
    • Professor Lefebvre was also interviewed by Stasa Salacanin, a journalist for The New Arab News web magazine, in October 2018. The interview focused on Oman’s foreign policy and security situation.
    • Professor Beth Ginsberg was recently interviewed by UCONN Today about the role of Latinos in the upcoming midterm election.
    • Professor Ginsberg’s class (POLS 3612) recently held a Voter Education Day during which they registered almost 40 new voters.
    • Professor Ginsberg and Professor Bob Lupton participated in a joint student-faculty roundtable on the importance of voting in the fall 2018 midterm elections.Professor Zehra F. K. Arat’s article, co-authored with a recent UConn graduate Abdullah Hasan, “Muslim Masculinites: What Is the Prescription of the Qur’an?” was recently published in Journal of Gender Studies 27:7 (2018), 788-801.
    • Professor Jeremy Pressman spoke at Temple Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, Connecticut on November 4, 2018.  The title of his talk was “Israel, Palestine, and American Jews”.
    • Professor Pressman spoke about the Crowd Counting Consortium at a symposium at the University of Maryland on September 24, 2018.  His talk was entitled “Studying Protest in an Age of Resistance.”
    • Professor Evan Perkoski published a blog post for the Council on Foreign Relations about recent US operations to deter Russian meddling in the midterms.
    • Professor Perkoski also finalized a grant from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to conduct a study on the relationship between civil society and government-led mass atrocities, focusing specifically on prevention.
    • In late September, Professor Perkoski gave a presentation at the Reiff Center for Human Rights at Christopher Newport University.  The talk focused on why mass killings occur during violent and nonviolent uprisings.
    • Professor Meina Cai was invited to present a talk, entitled “Governance of Land Acquisition in China” at the 5th Urban China Forum held at Columbia University on October 6, 2018.
    • Professor Kimberly Bergendahl was featured in a recent issue of UConn Magazine. Please find the story here.
    • Professor Prakash Kashwan was among the winners of 2018 APSA Special Projects Fund awards for his project “Avoiding ‘Day Zero’ in the U.S. and Global South: Climate Justice in Teaching and Policy Action.” The award of $25,035 was received in collaboration with Frank Matose (Univerisity of Cape Town), Navnita Chadha Vehera (University of Delhi, New Delhi), and Lauren M. MacLean (Indiana University). More details can be found here.
    • Professor Kashwan co-authored “Rethinking power and institutions in the shadows of neoliberalism (An introduction to a special issue of World Development)” along with Gustavo G. Lopez and Lauren MacLean.
    • Professor Kashwan and Craig Kauffman (University of Oregon) were invited by Perspectives on Politics for a “Critical Dialogue” in which they review one another’s book sand respond to the reviews. This exchange appears in POP volume 16, Issue 3, September 2018, pages 807-812.
    • Professor Kashwan was one of the coauthors of a new report, “Governing Solar Radiation Management,” drafted by “a group of fourteen global governance experts” commissioned by American University’s School of International Studies. Professor Kashwan was also part of a subgroup of report authors who participated in two pre-release events at University of Reading and University College London on September 19-20. The report has received significant national and international media coverage in Voice of America and Reuters.
    • Professor Fred Lee gave a public lecture on “Asian American Political Theory, Asian American Political Activism” before the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Coalition (APIAC) at Macalester College in October 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zirakzadeh’s Storied Career Celebrated by Colleagues Past and Present

On Wednesday September 5th, students, faculty and alumni met at Alumni Hall to celebrate the long career of Professor Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, who retired this past summer after 33 years at UConn.  After welcoming remarks from Dean Davita Glasberg, Zirakzadeh charmed the crowd with heartfelt comments about his time in Storrs and the many friends he made along the way.  It was a bittersweet farewell to a UConn fixture who has touched so many lives over the years.

Zirakzadeh received his baccalaureate from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree from Stanford University, and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his time spent in the Political Science Department, he served for five years as Director of the University of Connecticut’s Honors Programs and for five years as Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Additionally, he thrice chaired the University of Connecticut’s Senate Executive Committee.

In the late 1990s, Zirakzadeh participated in the Perestroika movement within political science, which sought to encourage a substantively rich, methodologically plural discipline. In addition, Zirakzadeh has served on the Graduate Education and Professional Development Committee of the American Political Science Association, and on the Executive Councils of the Northeastern Political Science Association and the New England Political Science Association.  In 2005, he was honored with the title “University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow” from the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Teaching and Learning. He also received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha honorary society.  More recently in 2015, Zirakzadeh received the inaugural University of Connecticut Provost’s Service Award for contributions “to the teaching, research, engagement, and service missions of the University of Connecticut.”

Two topics have dominated Zirakzadeh’s research agenda: experiments with grassroots democracy (also known as “participatory democracy” and “direct democracy”) and political thought in art. For several decades, he has examined the origins, activities, and legacies of social movements in Western and Central Europe and Latin and North America. More recently, he has studied representations of U.S. politics in literature, music, and film. In addition, he is interested in theories about workplace democracy, and in the possibilities for and challenges to an interpretive political science.

Zirakzadeh has authored three books: A Rebellious People: Basques Protests and Politics (1991), Direct Democracy and International Politics: Deciding International Issues through Referendums (co-authored with John Rourke and Richard Hiskes, 1992), and Social Movements in Politics: A Comparative Study (1997; updated and expanded second edition in 2006). He also has edited a four-volume handbook on social and political movements (2011), and has co-edited an anthology with Simon Stow on the political experiences and visions of John Steinbeck (2013), and an anthology with Jane Gordon on the political experiences and visions of Richard Wright (forthcoming).

Faculty Achievements: Early Fall 2018

  • Dr. Jeffrey Dudas recently received an honorable mention for the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for his book Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism  (Stanford University Press).
  • Dr. Dudas also recorded a podcast about Raised Right (hosted by Heath Brown) for the New Books Network’s Political Science Podcast.
  • Dr. Jeremy Pressman’s article “Foreign Cues and Public Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, which he co-authored with former graduate student Matthew Leep (PhD ‘13), was recently accepted for publication by The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
  • The American Political Science Association awarded Dr. Veronica Herrera the Dennis Judd Best Book Award from the Urban and Local Politics Section for her recent work, Water and Politics. Read more about her work.
  • Dr. Pressman authored “The National School Walkout of March 14, 2018,” an article which appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of Extensions, the flagship journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma.
  • On a recent episode of Michigan Radio’s “Here and Now,” alumnus Salil Benegal ’16 Ph.D. of DePauw University and Dr. Lyle Scruggs discussed how individuals react to information about climate change. Listen now.
  • Dr. Pressman also presented a co-authored paper at APSA entitled “The March for Science: the Challenge of Transcending Partisan Divides.”
  • Dr. Pressman and Harvard University Professor Erica Chenoweth published their most recent discussion of protests (covering June 2018) at the Monkey Cage blog in the Washington Post. Read the article here.
  • Dr. Shareen Hertel recently organized a roundtable on research frontiers in human rights at the 2018 APSA annual meeting.  (She worked jointly with colleagues from the University of Nebraska, University of Southern California, and University of Pittsburgh). Her contribution focused on new research and teaching efforts she is spearheading to bridge the STEM and human rights divides.  Her work was recently featured in a related UConn Today story and podcast on ethical and environmental challenges in global supply chains.
  • Dr. Hertel was also a featured speaker on a panel that UConn’s School of Engineering hosted last month.  The panel looked at unconventional paths within academia and STEM, and addressed how to use skills in engineering to pursue passions for politics, social justice and the like.
  • Dr. Yonatan Morse received a Scholarship Facilitation Grant in July 2018 to finish his elite survey in Cameroon.
  • Additionally, Dr. Morse’s article, “Elite Interviews in the Developing World: Finding Anchors in Weak Institutional Environments,” can now be found online in Qualitative Methods.
  • Finally, Dr. Morse is a regular contributor to the blog Presidential Power. Be sure to check out his work!
  • Dr. Michael Morrell completed his term as the Vice President of Conferences for the International Society of Political Psychology at the annual meeting in San Antonio this past July.
  • Dr. Morrell, along with co-authors Paolo Spada and Graham Smith from the University of Westminster (UK), presented the paper “The Potential of Argument Visualization Platforms and Empathy Induction to Promote Humility in Public Discourse” at the general conference of the European Consortium of Political Research in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Dr. Paul Herrnson recently published an article, co-authored with Michael J. Hanmer and Ho Youn Koh. The article entitled “Mobilization Around New Convenience Voting Methods: A Field Experiment to Encourage Voting by Mail with a Downloadable Ballot and Early Voting,” can be found in Political Behavior.
  • Dr. Herrnson also presented two papers at the APSA in Boston: “The Electoral Bogeyman: Beneficiaries and Victims of Super PAC Spending” co-authored with Jay Goodliffe and Douglas M. Spencer; and “The Super Women and the Super Men behind Super PACs: The Emergence of a New Source of Inequality in Campaign Financing” co-authored with Jennifer A. Heerwig.
  • Finally, Dr. Herrnson spoke on “Using Center of Responsive Politics Data for Research and Teaching” during the Workshop on Campaign Finance Data at the APSA’s Annual Meeting.
  • Dr. Fred Lee has recently published two items, his newest book: Extraordinary Racial Politics: Four Events in the Informal Constitution of the United States (Temple University Press, 2018) and an essay: “Contours of Asian American Political Theory: Introductions and Polemics” in Politics, Groups and Identities.
  • Dr. Robert Lupton’s article entitled “Partisan Intensity and Racial Attitudes:The Shifting Policy Positions on Partisan Evaluations in the 1960s”, co-authored with Judd R. Thornton, was recently accepted for publication at American Politics Research.
  • Dr. Christine Sylvester gave a lecture on September 19 related to her forthcoming book, Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq (OUP), at the University of Melbourne. The lecture is part of a seven-day visit to the university co-sponsored with the Australian ECR program that teams an early career researcher of considerable promise with a senior international academic for individual research coaching.
  • Dr. Prakash Kashwan was among the winners of the APSA 2018 Special Projects Fund award for the project “Avoiding Day Zero in the U.S. and Global South.” The work was conducted in collaboration with Frank Matose (University of Cape Town), Navnita Chadha Behera (University of Delhi, New Delhi) and Lauren M. MacLean (Indiana University).
  • Dr. Kashwan also co-authored “Rethinking power and institutions in the shadows of neoliberalism” along with Lauren McLean of Indiana University and Gustavo Garcia Lopez of the University of Puerto Rico.
  • Dr. Kashwan and Craig M. Kauffman (University of Oregon) were invited by Perspectives on Politics to submit a “Critical Dialogue” in which they review one another’s books and respond to the reviews.
  • Dr. Kashwan is one of the invited speakers for two workshops on the International Governance of Climate Engineering, organized at the University of Reading, U.K. (Sept 19) and the University College London (Sept 20).
  • Dr. Zehra Arat was recently nominated for the “Human Rights Distinguished Scholar Award” of the International Studies Association.
  • Dr. Arat delivered an invited talk, “Diversity, Inclusion, and Empowerment: The Neoliberal Accommodation of Women and Feminism” at Monash University, Clayton, Australia.
  • Dr. Arat also attended the 25th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), held in Brisbane, where she participated in the pre-conference workshop, “What happens to feminist claims in politically turbulent times?” She also delivered two papers: “Normative Challenges to Human Rights: Selective Acceptance and Rival Global,” and “From Anti-Discrimination to Empowerment of Women: The CEDAW, MDGs and SDGs,” which was co-authored with graduate student Erica MacDonald. She chaired three panels at this conference as well.
  • Finally, Dr. Arat attended the Annual meeting of the APSA and delivered two papers, “Economic Rights and Justice in the Qur’an” and “Discontented Workers, Automation Anxiety, and the Right to Work,” co-authored with graduate student Dabney Waring.
  • Dr. Meina Cai and Xin Sun recently published “Institutional Blindingness, Power Structure, and Land Expropriation in China” in World Development.
  • Dr. Cai presented her paper “Political Trust, Risk Preferences, and Land-Taking Compensation: Evidence from Survey Experiments in China” at the 2018 APSA mini-conference on Chinese politics.
  • Dr. Cai also organized a panel “Authoritarian Resilience or Decay: Perspectives from China’s Urbanization” at the recent APSA annual meeting. On the panel, Dr. Cai presented the paper “Government Debt, Land Financing, and Urbanization in China.”
  • Dr. Shayla Nunnally was nominated as an awardee for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) and recognized by the UConn Chapter of NCNW for winning their “Change Agent” award at their Chapter’s inaugural award ceremony this past April.
  • Dr. Nunnally was also featured on an international podcast of AfroPunk’s “Solution Sessions” for Episode 3: Skeptic. (AfroPunk is an integrated media platform and live events company producing the largest, culture defining music festivals globally). AfroPunk’s “Solution Sessions” is a series of conversations led by today’s leading activists and features all the best elements of Afropunk, genre bending, counterculture, and radically Black.
  • Dr. Nunnally was nominated for the UConn AACC Female Faculty Member of the Year Award this past spring.
  • Dr. Nunnally recently made an appearance on Sputniknews radio’s “The Critical Hour” with host Dr. Wilmer Leon on SiriusXM on July 20, 2018.  The title of the talk was “Does Capitalism Go Hand in Hand with Racism?”
  • Finally, Dr. Nunnally’s brief entitled “Political Elites’ Explanations for Race and Gender Inequalities,” which she wrote with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, was published and included in the report entitled “Examining Representation and Citizen Advocacy at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.”
  • Dr. Virginia Hettinger was recognized for her service on the Honors Board of Associate Directors. She has been re-appointed for yet another three-year term to extend from Fall 2018 through Spring 2021.
  • Dr. Hettinger was also recognized for her participation in the Young Scholars Senior Summit this past summer. The Summit is an important program for the University as it provides an opportunity to attract high-achieving young people to our undergraduate programs of study.
  • Dr. Veronica Herrera is currently revising and resubmitting two articles in scholarly journals.  The titles of the articles are “Comparing Executive and Judicial Routes to Social Accountability: Evidence from Colombia” (in Journal of Development Studies) and “The Case for Public Policy Expertise in Political Science” (in PS: Political Science & Politics).
  • Dr. Oksan Bayulgen was appointed as a member of the University’s Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC), effective August 28, 2018. EPAC promotes the kind of information-sharing, collaboration and leadership that have proudly earned UConn a top ten green campus ranking, both nationally and globally, for the past six years.
  • Dr. Bayulgen and several POLS graduate students attended the LC HuskyWoW Kick-off in late August to welcome the freshmen in Global House, Humanities House, and with interests in the humanities.
  • Finally, Dr. Bayulgen recently published two articles. The first, entitled “Green Priorities: How Economic Frames Affect Perceptions of Renewable Energy in the United States,” was co-authored with former graduate student Salil Benegal. The other, “Against All Odds: Elite Strategies of Survival and Autocratic Reversal and Resilience in Turkey,” was co-authored with former PhD student Ekim Arbatil and graduate student Sercan Canbolat.
  • Dr. Stephen Dyson gave the opening keynote to more than 2,000 students representing over 30 Learning Communities in Gampel Pavilion this past August.
  • Dr. Dyson’s commentary on the summit between the United States and North Korea is available on UConn Today and Today’s CLAS. The article is entitled “Op-ed: Summit with Kim is Boosting Trump’s Confidence.That Might Not Be a Good Thing.”
  • Dr. Matthew Singer has had several articles and book chapters accepted and/or published in the past few months. These include: “Do Changes in District Magnitude Affect Electoral Fragmentation? Evidence over Time at the District Level”, co-authored with former UConn undergraduate Zachary Gershman (Electoral Studies); “Public Support for Latin American Presidents: The Cyclical Model in Comparative Perspective” (Research and Politics); “Linkage Strategies of Former Authoritarian Ruling Parties under Conditions of Democratic Party Competition” (in Loxton and Manwaring, Life after Dictatorship); “Delegating Away Democracy: How Good Representation and Policy Successes Can Undermine Democratic Legitimacy” (Comparative Political Studies); and “Personal Economic Struggles and Heterogeneous Government Approval after the Great Recession” (Public Opinion Quarterly).
  • Dr. Jane Gordon’s book proposal for an Ida B. Wells project has been unanimously approved by the editorial board of Polity. The board reported that her “excellent proposal strikes a great balance between chronological/biographical framing, thematic analysis and assessing the contemporary relevance of Wells’ ideas and life.”
  • Dr. Stephen Dyson recently had a piece published in the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog entitled “Tired of American News? ‘A Very English Scandal’ Plunges you into 1970s British Social Repression and Political Ambition.”
  • Dr. Ron Schurin was quoted in the July 19, 2018 edition of the Connecticut Mirror:  The article was entitled  “Connecticut Seeing Surge of Voter Registrations Since 2016 Election.”
  • Dr. Brian Waddell’s book, What American Government Does (Johns Hopkins University, 2017) was discussed in the article “Better Understanding of Government Would Benefit Nation” published on UConn Today, Today CLAS and on the UConn Greater Hartford Campus homepage.
  • Dr. Charles Venator-Santiago’s archive project won the 2018 Award for Research, a national award from the Center for Research Libraries.
  • Dr. Evan Perkoski’s article “Claiming Credit for Cyberattacks,” which was originally published in the Washington Post, was also featured in UConn Today and Today’s CLAS.
  • Dr. Venator-Santiago’s Puerto-Rican Citizenship Archive Project won a second national/international award, the Jose Toribio Medina award at the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials.
  • Dr. Evelyn Simien’s commentary in The Conversation entitled “The Dark (and Overlooked) History of Black Women Lynched in the U.S.” was published in Newsweek as well as UConn Today and Today’s CLAS.
  • Dr. Fred Turner, Professor Emeritus, attended the XIX World Congress of the International Sociological Association in Toronto, Canada, on July 19.  He chaired a panel on “Comparative Perspectives from Surveying the Poor in Different Countries.”
  • Dr. David Yalof’s chapter on the “The Presidency and the Judiciary” was recently published as part of Dr. Michael Nelson’s edited volume, The Presidency and the Political System, Eleventh Edition (CQ Press, 2018)

Cheshire, Faculty Honor Top POLS Students of 2018

UConn alumna Jaime Cheshire (POLS ’99) has been busy this spring: As CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, she was hard at work helping the Senate in its review of President Trump’s newest nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel; Cheshire also played a key role in helping to ensure that her former boss, Mike Pompeo, was confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

Meanwhile in Storrs, four undergraduate students (Jori Houck, Lauren Graham, Caio Goncalves and Leann McLaren) accepted the ’99 Jaime B. Cheshire Endowed Internship award from Jaime’s father, Michael Cheshire. Each year these awards go to high-performing undergraduates. Rarely, however, do the award recipients have the chance to personally thank the donor responsible for endowing the award. And while most of the names on these awards are relatively unknown, that was not the case this year, as Jaime Cheshire’s profile has risen so dramatically.

Her career in government – Jaime worked for Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and Rep Buck McKeon (R-CT) – was featured in the UConn Alumni newsletter four years ago. At that time, she said one of the most rewarding parts of her job had been to help UConn students launch their own public service careers. The winners of the award that carries her name may follow that path as well.

POLS Grad Becomes Town Councilor

Democrats will continue to lead the Mansfield Town Council in 2017 thanks to a successful election night on November 7. Joining them on the council will be a familiar face: Caitlin Briody (POLS ’17) won an unexpected seat on the Council as an unaffiliated petitioning candidate. Briody became the first petitioning candidate to win a council seat since the town began its current council-manager government form in 1973. Briody graduated from UConn this past May with honors and a double major in sociology and political science. Read more in our latest edition of POLS News and Notes!

POLS Grad Becomes Town Councilor

Democrats will continue to lead the Mansfield Town Council in 2017 thanks to a successful election night on November 7. Joining them on the council will be a familiar face: Caitlin Briody (POLS ’17) won an unexpected seat on the Council as an unaffiliated petitioning candidate. Briody became the first petitioning candidate to win a council seat since the town began its current council-manager government form in 1973. Briody graduated from UConn this past May with honors and a double major in sociology and political science. Read more in our latest edition of POLS News and Notes!

POLS Welcomes Two New Faculty

Prof. Evan Perkoski

The Department of Political Science is proud to welcome two new professors who have joined our faculty this fall:  Dr. Evan Perkoski (U.Penn. PhD., 2015), who will teach International Relations in Storrs; and Dr. Robert Lupton (Mich. St. PhD., 2015), who will teach American Politics at our regional campus in Stamford.

Dr. Perkoski spent last year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver.  He earned his B.A. in Government at nearby Wesleyan University in 2010, before earning his M.A. (2012) and PhD. (2015) from the University of Pennsylvania.  As a graduate student in 2014, Evan was awarded the Patricia Weisman Award from the International Studies Association, which goes to the author of the best graduate student paper on any aspect of security studies presented at the previous ISA Annual Conference.  He also won two separate prizes for excellence in teaching as a graduate student while at UPenn.

Prof. Bob Lupton

Dr. Lupton earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan, before earning his M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) at Michigan State.  As a graduate student he co-authored two refereed journal articles in Political Psychology and in The Journal of Politics.  He also has two articles forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science and Political Behavior.  The discipline already reached out to Dr. Lupton for service as a member of the Malcolm Jewell Award Committee to select the best graduate student paper presented at the 2016 Southern Political Science Association.  His broad teaching ability in American Politics and Quantitative methods will address the needs of the Stamford campus political science majors.