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Graduate Student Bolte Publishes in ISQ

Graduate Student Bolte Publishes in ISQ, 9/17/21

Graduate student Brandon Bolte recently published a solo-authored article, “The Puzzle of Militia Containment in Civil War,” in International Studies Quarterly. Relying on original data collection on pro-government militia weapons containment and case illustrations of the Janjaweed in Sudan and Civil Defense Patrols in Guatemala, Bolte argues that variation in militia containment during a civil war depends on bargaining power between security or profit-seeking militias and governments with time-inconsistent preferences. The article is available here: https://academic.oup.com/isq/article-abstract/65/1/250/6105769

 

Graduate Student Willis Publishes in ISQ

Graduate Student Willis Publishes in ISQ , 9/16/21

Graduate student Christopher Willis recently published a solo-authored article, “Sexual Violence by the State: The Role of Political Institutions in Sexual Violence Perpetration” in International Studies Quarterly. Willis explores the occurrence of sexual violence by state security forces using cross-national data during times of both peace and conflict. He finds that sexual violence is highest in personalist regimes, regimes with weak female empowerment, and regimes with high levels of corruption. The article is available here: https://academic.oup.com/isq/article-abstract/65/3/768/6309154?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Professor Lee Ann Banaszak appointed to Gov. Tom Wolf's recently created Redistricting Advisory Council

Professor Lee Ann Banaszak appointed to Gov. Tom Wolf's recently created Redistricting Advisory Council, 9/14/21

Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council. The six-member council, comprised of redistricting experts, will provide guidance to the governor to assist his review of the congressional redistricting plan which will be passed by the General Assembly later this year. In addition, the governor announced the opening of a redistricting website at which members of the public can submit proposed maps, outline communities of interest, and submit comments to help shape the outcome of this critical part of our democratic process.

Executive Order 2021-05 creates the council that will review processes in other states that reduce gerrymandering, develop factors to determine if a plan improves the integrity and fairness and prevents the dilution of a person’s vote and offer recommendations to ensure that districts are compact and contiguous to keep communities together and ensure people are proportionally represented.

The council members have expertise in redistricting, political science and mapmaking:

  • Tabatha Abu El-Haj, Ph.D. J.D., professor of law, Drexel University
  • Lee Ann Banaszak, PhD., political scientist, Penn State University
  • Beth Campbell Ph.D., mathematician, Gettysburg College
  • Christopher S. Fowler, PhD., geographer, Penn State University
  • John J. Kennedy, Ph.D., political scientist, West Chester University
  • Sozi Tulante, J.D., former Philadelphia City Solicitor

The council will engage the public, redistricting experts, and other stakeholders to make holistic recommendations and emphasize integrity and fairness when drawing boundaries for Pennsylvania’s congressional map. 

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Graduate Students Bolte and Huynh Publish Article with Mukherjee

Graduate Students Bolte and Huynh Publish Article with Mukherjee, 9/14/2021
Graduate students Brandon Bolte and Nguyen Huynh recently published an article entitled “BayesSPsurv: An R Package to Estimate Bayesian (Spatial) Split-Population Survival Models” in The R Journal. The article introduces a new R package that estimates a parametric Bayesian Spatial split-population survival model to account for spatial autocorrelation. The article is available here: https://journal.r-project.org/archive/2021/RJ-2021-068/RJ-2021-068.pdf.

 

Graduate Student Gary Fong Publishes Book Chapter

Graduate Student Gary Fong Publishes Book Chapter, 9/13/2021

Graduate student Gary Fong published a book chapter, “Movement Leadership in an Era of Connective Action: A Study of Hong Kong’s Student-Led Umbrella Movement” in Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism. The chapter examines student leadership in the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, emphasizing the relationship between movement leadership and digital and spatial milieus over time. The book chapter is available here: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75754-0_6.