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Professor Michael Nelson Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation

Professor Michael Nelson Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation

Michael Nelson, the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Susan D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, and his collaborator, Amanda Driscoll, Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University, were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to support their cross-national investigation of citizens' attitudes toward politicians who seek to change or disable the court system.

The NSF support will be used to gather data on citizens' attitudes using an experiment embedded in a survey, and to fund undergraduate and graduate research assistants.  

The authors' research is directly relevant to current policy debates.  "In the past year, we've seen an incredible amount of interest from politicians in making structural changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, like expanding the number of justices on the Court," Nelson said.  "I'm excited to work with undergraduate and graduate students at PSU to find out why these proposals have attracted so much interest right now, both in the U.S. and abroad."

 The authors discussed an initial investigation of U.S. citizens' support for expanding the size of the federal courts in a March 29, 2019 article in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

 

Penn State's Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter Wins Its Third Best Chapter Award

Congratulations to Penn State's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society for winning a 2018-19 Best Chapter Award!

Congratulations to Penn State's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society for winning a 2018-19 Best Chapter Award!  Kudos to the club’s officers -- Daniela Rojas, Ryan Insley, Ian Harrison, Tim Intelisano, and Mariam Oladipo -- and the Chapter's dedicated members for their hard work creating interesting programs for political science majors.  This is the organization's third "Best Chapter" award in five years!  

 

Special thanks and congratulation's to the Chapter's faculty advisor, Professor Amy Linch, who was also recognized for her exceptional work in support of the students and the national association.

Daniela Rojas, 2018-19 Pi Sigma Alpha president wins prestigious graduate scholarship

Daniela Rojas, the 2018-19 Pi Sigma Alpha president was awarded a Pi Sigma Alpha/Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year

Daniela Rojas, the 2018-19 Pi Sigma Alpha president was awarded a Pi Sigma Alpha/Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year to pursue a Master of International Affairs at Georgetown University. Daniela graduated with honors in May 2019 with majors in International Politics and German.

Michael Nelson's research about lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court is featured in The New York Times

Michael Nelson's research about lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court is featured in The New York Times

A new paper by Michael Nelson, Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, was the subject of a recent story in the New York Times. The paper, co-authored with lee Epstein at Washington University in St. Louis, examines the connection between whether attorneys with prior experience arguing before the Supreme Court are more likely than inexperienced attorneys to be successful in their cases before the Court .

For the full story follow this link to the New York Times (you will need to use chrome to view or create an account and login to view the full story)https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/politics/supreme-court-expert-lawyer.html

The New York Times publishes an Op-Ed written by Professor Kevin Munger

The Rise and Fall of the Palo Alto Consensus A one-size-fits-all internet was supposed to liberate the world. We underestimated the demand for information about how white nationalism is good and vaccines are bad.

 

For the full story follow this link to the New York Times (you will need to use chrome to view or create an account and login to view the full story):https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/opinion/internet-democracy.html