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Cyanne Loyle, Associate Professor of Political Science, Offers a Prescription for Ending Systemic Racism in the U.S.

Cyanne Loyle, Associate Professor of Political Science, Offers a Prescription for Ending Systemic Racism in the U.S.
Professor Cyanne Loyle's research on transitional justice processes informs her argument for more nation-wide solutions to racial injustice in the US.  Read more about her ideas in The Conversation --

 

Professor Candis Watts Smith Featured in a Democracy Works Podcast

Professor Candis Watts Smith Featured in a Democracy Works Podcast

Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science and African American studies, recently joined the Democracy Works podcast to discuss her book “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter,” co-authored with Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, assistant professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.

Listen to the podcast here

Read a Penn State News story about the podcast here

Democracy Works Podcast Receives Circle of Excellence Award

Democracy Works Podcast Receives Circle of Excellence Award

Democracy Works, the podcast produced by the McCourtney Institute of Democracy, received a Circle Of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Here’s what the judges had to say about the podcast: Excellent, engaging, insightful, balanced, and honest discussion of the realities of what it means to live in a democracy. You can read more here: https://www.case.org/awards/circle-excellence/2020/democracy-works-podcast

 

Congratulations to the McCourtney team -- Jenna Spinelle (communications specialist), Michael Berkman (director), and Chris Beem (managing director) -- on this well-deserved award!

2019-20 Graduate Student Awards

2019-20 Graduate Student Awards goes to Michael Soules, Connor Somgynari, Ishita Gopal

We would like to congratulate this year’s graduate student award winners: 

Outstanding Political Science Graduate Student Award: Michael Soules

Michael is a fourth year student who has received a PEIR fellowship last year and RGSO funding to hire undergraduate researchers. Michael is creating an original database for his dissertation (this is nearly complete). He has has published one solo-authored article and has two more R&Rs, both solo-authored.  

Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Connor Somgynari

The graduate studies committee was impressed with Connor's performance as the instructor of PLSC 14 (Introduction to International Relations) in summer 2019. One student wrote: “The syllabus was very well organized and assignments were laid out very well. The notes in class helped me learn the best.” 

Best Political Science Master’s Essay, 2019-20: Ishita Gopal

Ishita's master’s essay, entitled “Timing of Online Censorship” has been selected as the 2019-2020 Best Political Science Master’s Essay by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.  We look forward to hearing more about her work in the near future. The student will receive a research account.

 

Three Political Science Majors Win Thesis Awards

Three Political Science Majors Win Thesis Awards

Abigail Luke’s thesis, “When Non-Conformity Trumps Partisanship: Modern American Populism in the 2016 Primaries” received first place honors at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition held in April. Professor Pete Hatemi advised Abby’s thesis. 

Abby also is a co-winner of the Political Science Department’s Mike Gilotti /Pi Sigma Alpha Best Thesis Award.  She shares this award with Jenni Castoe, whose thesis, “Equivalency Frames in the #Metoo Era: Do They Matter?“ was advised by Professor Eric Plutzer. 

Erin Doolin’s thesis, “Female Judges Sentence Harder than Male Judges in Sex Offense Cases,” won the Gerard A. Hauser Award, the top prize given at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition.  Her thesis advisor is Jeffrey Ulmer, Professor of Sociology and Criminology. 

Congratulations to Abby, Jenni, and Erin on your award-winning scholarship!