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American Politics Subfield Excels in U.S. News Rankings

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate programs, the Department was ranked 16th in the American Politics subfield rankings. The rankings are a potent indicator of the American Politics faculty's excellent reputation in the discipline.

Upcoming Events

(All events take place in the Sigelman Seminar Room, Hall of Government 428 unless otherwise noted.)

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 from 10:45am-12:00pm.  Intrastate Conflict and Violence Workshop: Beth Simmons

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 from 12:30pm-2:30pm.  Comparative Politics Workshop: Bringing Down Dominant Parties: Explaining Opposition Coordination across Indian States Discussant: Abboud Kayyali, GW

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 from 10:45am-12:00pm.  Intrastate Conflict and Violence Workshop: Jakana Thomas

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 from 12:30-2:30pm.  Comparative Politics Workshop: State-built Mosques: The Construction of Political Legitimacy through the Appropriation of Religion Discussant: Abdulkader Sinno, Indiana University


Recent Publications

  • Alyx Mark, Charles R. Shipan, and Michael A. Zilis, & Senior Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman.  2014. "Stepping on Congress: Courts, Congress, and Interinstitutional Politics" Journal of Law and Courts: Fall 2014, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.219-240.
  • Timothy J. Colton and Henry E. Hale, “Putin’s Uneasy Return and Hybrid Regime Stability: The 2012 Russian Election Studies Survey,” Problems of Post-Communism, v.61, no.2, March/April 2014, pp.3-22.
  • Henry E. Hale, "Civilizations Reframed: Towards a Theoretical Upgrade for a Stalled Paradigm,” Journal of Civilization Studies, January 2014, pp.21-39.
  • Jake Haselswerdt, "The Lifespan of a Tax Break: Comparing the Durability of Tax Expenditures and Spending Programs," American Politics Research, January 17, 2014.
  • Harris Mylonas, "The Challenges of Nation Building in the Syrian Arab Republic" The Political Science of Syria’s WarPOMEPS Briefing #22, December 18, 2013.
  • Eric Grynaviski, "Contrasts, conterfactuals, and causes," The European Journal of International Relations, no. 19, December 2013. 
  • Harris Mylonas, "The Politics of Diaspora Management in the Republic of Korea," The Asan Institute for Policy Studies Issue Brief, no. 81, November 2013.  

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Recent Awards

  • Christopher Mitchell's dissertation, "Saving the Market from Itself: Bailouts, Nationalizations, and the Politics of Financial Intervention" was awarded this year's Samuel Beer Prize for the best dissertation on British Politics. The prize is given by the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association. 
  • Harris Mylonas was recognized by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University as the 2014 European Studies Book Award Winner.  He was recognized forThe Politics of of Nation Building: Making Co-nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
  • Stephen Kaplan received an external grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year to support his research project entitled, Neoliberalism in Retreat: The China Boom in Latin America. The project seeks to evaluate the effect of growing Chinese economic interdependence on national-level policy choices across Latin America. 
  • Julia MacDonald was selected for the German Marshall Fund's Young Strategists Forum in Japan.  She will be attending the forum in Tokyo during February of 2014.
  • Jackie Schneider won third place in the National Intelligence Writing Contest for her essay "Remotely Piloted Aircraft and the Pivot Towards Asia: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Intelligence Collection." She also won the Alexander George Award for best graduate student paper, Foreign Policy Analysis Section International Studies Association for her essay "Presidential Decisions for War: Is Intelligence to Blame? Case Studies of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush."
  • Harris Mylonas was selected as the winner of the Peter Katzenstein Book Award for his book, The Politics of Nation-Building. This price recognizes an outstanding first book in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Political Economy. 
  • Alyx Mark received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research, "Accessing Assistance and Citizen Engagement."
  • Evgeny Finkel won the 2013 APSA Gabriel Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics.
  • Martha Finnemore, along with colleagues at MIT, Temple University, and Air Force Research Institute, was awarded a Minerva award for the project, METANORM- A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Analysis and Evaluation of Norms and Models of Governance for Cyberspace. The Minerva Steering Committee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense selected this project for an award to join ongoing Minerva efforts in social science basic research to help the Department to define sources of present and future conflict.

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