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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!

Professor Bruce Desmarais Receives A National Science Foundation Grant

Professor Bruce Desmarais Receives A National Science Foundation Grant

Bruce Desmarais, the William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to collect a wide range of data on state and local governments’ responses to COVID-19, including their decisions and orders related to closing businesses and schools, canceling travel, postponing elections, and sheltering citizens. Professor Desmarais and his two collaborators aim is to examine how the nature and timing of states’ decisions and orders are affected not only by cases of and deaths from the virus, but also by political and economic factors (e.g., partisanship of the governor, change in the state unemployment rate) and the choices made by neighboring states.

McCourtney Institute for Democracy starts a virtual book club

McCourtney Institute for Democracy starts a virtual book club

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy has started a virtual book club discussing books that examine what it means to live in a democracy, starting with New York Times-bestseller “How Democracies Die" by Harvard political scientists Steven Levisky and Daniel Ziblatt.  Full story

 

Professor Ray Block publishes article in the Journal of Race and Social Problems

Professor Ray Block publishes article in the Journal of Race and Social Problems

Ray Block, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies had an article published in the Journal of Race and Social Problems. The article is titled "Gluttons for Punishment? African American Celebrities and the Dilemma of Black Leadership" is co-authored with Harwood McClerking. His research engages the discourse of politics, leadership and celebrity. 

See article:  https://rdcu.be/b3P7w