Two of the Department's graduate students presented fascinating work at the 2016...
By David Glick
Recently, Professor Graham Wilson introduced the Boston University Initiative on Cities Menino Survey of Mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual summer meeting in San Francisco. Wilson took the stage at Friday’s plenary luncheon to briefly introduce the audience to the project (now in its second year) that department members Katherine Levine Einstein and David Glick are heading up. Wilson spoke in front of a large ballroom that was overflowing with people including hundreds of mayors and was thus able to raise awareness about BU Political Science and the BU Initiative on Cities. Thanks to Wilson’s popular appearance early in the event, ensuing speakers Nancy Pelosi, MC Hammer, Carlos Santana, and President Obama all got to speak to standing room only crowds as well.
Recently several graduate students from the department were recognized with summer research fellowships.
Three graduate students were named Pardee Center Summer Fellows. The three students and their areas of research are 1) Sahar Abi Hassan (politcal trust in Venezuela and Spain), 2) Junda Jin (water policy and trade in China), and 3) Claire Seulgie Lim (gender politics in Senegal). These three political science students comprise three of the nine total fellows from across a variety of departments.
A fourth graduate student, Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi, was awarded a Long Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This $10,000 grant will support Ela’s research in Nigeria on the subject of the significance of participation to the moral legitimacy of law.
The GRS also awarded graduate student Joo-Hee Suh a 2015 Summer Research Fellowship. Joo-Hee will use the $6,000 award to spend time at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College in New York, researching their archives and participating in their conferences, to further her dissertation on the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt.
Dino Christenson and David Glick’s recently published article in the American Journal of Political Science was just awarded the American Political Science Association’s, Law and Courts section’s, prize for best journal article published in 2014. The award recognizes their article “Chief Justice Roberts’s Health Care Decision Disrobed: The Microfoundations of the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy” in which they assess how and why the 2012 Affordable Care Act decision affected peoples’ assessments of the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. Christenson and Glick will accept the award at the section’s annual meeting at the APSA conference in early September.
Vivien Schmidt, a Professor in the Pardee School and in the political science department was recently awarded the prize for the best paper published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations in the past year. The paper is titled “Speaking to the Markets or to the People? A Discursive Institutionalist Analysis of the EU’s Sovereign Debt Crisis”. Professor Schmidt was formally awarded the prize by the Political Studies Association in the UK on March 31st.
Recently, Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, published a book about political information. The book, co-authored with Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard), and published by the University of Oklahoma Press, is titled Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics (The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series). The authors focus on political information throughout US History in important episodes, and especially on the question of whether a lack of knowledge or incorrect knowledge is more problematic. They argue that acting on false information is much more troublesome for American democracy than is simply being uninformed. Their work contributes to important literatures in American politics concerning citizen behavior, political information, and theories of representative government.
Professor Einstein also recently had an article published (co-authored with Vladimir Kogan of The Ohio State University) in the Urban Affairs Review. The article, “Pushing the City Limits Policy Responsiveness in Municipal Government,” investigates the link between the local public’s general policy preferences and how cities spend money. The article provides good news for representative government, city spending corresponds to the public’s preferences.
Dino Christenson, an Assistant Professor in the department, was recently awarded with a prize for publishing the best 2014 article in the journal Political Research Quarterly. The award committee recognized the article, “Deus ex Machina: Candidate Web Presence and the Presidential Nomination Campaign” that Professor Christenson wrote with two colleagues Corwin D. Smidt and Costas Panagopoulos. The article explores the role of the internet in the 2008 Presidential election and documents its role as a new and unique factor that is especially helpful to lower profile candidates and fundraising small-donor contributions. Political Research Quarterly is a leading general journal of political science and the flagship journal of the Western Political Science Association.
Dino Chistenson and David Glick, both Assistant Professors of American politics, just published an article titled “Chief Justice Roberts’s Health Care Decision Disrobed: The Microfoundations of the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy” in the American Journal of Political Science. The article uses the Supreme Court’s health care decision in 2012 to evaluate what influences assessments of the Court’s legitimacy. Christenson and Glick ran a panel study in which the same people were surveyed over and over again before and after the case. They study both how peoples’ ideological alignment with the Court and their exposure to the idea that it may be a political institution (via an article claiming that Chief Justice Roberts was influenced by factors other than his legal beliefs) affect views of the Court.
Professor Cappella to offer PO 383/IR 360 in Spring 2015. This course is a suitable alternative to both PO 171 and IR 271 toward major requirements. This course will cover: Why do wars start? Why do states trade? Is conflict endemic or can a peaceful world be created? This course will introduce you to the study of International Relations while simultaneously exploring the big questions that permeate the approaches to the study of International Relations. I.e., are humans fundamentally bad? The class has two main objectives. First, as it focuses on big questions, it provides a more interactive format to examine the fundamental structures and problems that permeate global politics. Second, it will use the concepts learned to shed light on contemporary issues. For example, we will explore the potential for a US war with China, the Iranian nuclear weapons program, and the Civil War in Syria. In short, the course outlines the biggest issues in international politics and how different actors tend to interpret and approach these issues.
Taylor Boas, an Assistant Professor in the department, was recently awarded a major grant by the Experiments in Governance and Politics Network. The $300,000 grant will support an ambitious project with his colleague Daniel Hidalgo at MIT to evaluate “Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast.”
Assistant Professors Dino Christenson and David Glick recently won the Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper presented at the 2014 Western Political Science Association Conference. The award recognizes their paper “Legitimacy, Ideology, and the Court’s Roller Coaster Week of Salient Decisions” which investigates how salient Supreme Court decisions affect how the public assesses the legitimacy of the Court.