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Collaborative work by Professors Berkman and Plutzer is featured in The Atlantic

Collaborative work by Professors Berkman and Plutzer is featured in The Atlantic

A recent article in The Atlantic about how few students learn about evolution in their high school biology classes featured Berkman and Plutzer’s research on the teaching of evolution in public schools.  https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/09/schools-still-dont-teach-evolution/598312/

Professors Berkman and Nelson Discuss Impeachment on Democracy Works Podcast

Professors Berkman and Nelson Discuss Impeachment on Democracy Works Podcast

Michael Berkman, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and professor of political science, and Michael Nelson, Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, discuss the constitutional framework for impeachment and what the Framers had in mind when they set it up. They also discuss how impeachment is a unique cooperation between the three branches of government, where the inquiry launched last week against President Trump is likely to go, and what it all means for our democracy.

 

Listen to the podcast at democracyworkspodcast.com or by searching “Democracy Works in any podcast app.

Professor Candis Smith wins 2019 Herbert Kaufman award

Professor Candis Smith wins 2019 Herbert Kaufman award

Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Candis Watts Smith’s paper “Crossing Ethnic Lines: Immigrant Representation in Bureaucratic Agencies” has been selected as the winner for the 2019 Herbert Kaufman award. The Herbert Kaufman Award is given each year for the best paper presented on a panel-sponsored section at the APSA Annual Meeting. Dr. Smith and her co-author received their awards at this year’s American Political Science Association (APSA) conference held on Aug. 29 – Sept. 1.

Banaszak Discusses Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission

Banaszak Discusses Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission

Lee Ann Banasak, professor of political science and women’s gender, and sexuality studies, appeared on the Democracy Works podcast to discuss her work on the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, a bipartisan group charged with providing recommendations to combat gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. The podcast is produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU Penn State. Listen at democracyworkspodcast.com or search “Democracy Works” in any podcast app.

See story in Penn State Today: https://news.psu.edu/story/587068/2019/09/09/impact/professor-reflects-effort-create-fair-congressional-maps-pennsylvania?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=587597_HTML&utm_content=09-11-2019-22-07&utm_campaign=Penn%20State%20Today


Professor Candis Watts Smith's research on racial attitudes & political behavior discussed in The New York Times

Professor Candis Watts Smith's research on racial attitudes & political behavior discussed in The New York Times

A new scale to measure racial attitudes that was developed by Professor Smith and Christopher D. DeSante, a political scientist at Indiana University, was discussed in a New York Times editorial about President Trump’s support among white, less-educated voters.  Read the full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/opinion/trump-white-voters.html