Professor John Gerring has just received a major grant to investigate some...
By David Glick
Taylor Boas, an assistant professor in the department, was recently named one of six new junior fellows of the Hariri Institute for computing. The fellows program was started in 2011 to recognize and support the work of outstanding junior faculty working in the computational sciences. Professor Boas joined the department four years ago. Much of his researcher focuses on campaigns, elections, media, and voting behavior in Latin America. Professor Graham K. Wilson, Chair of the Political Science Department, states, “Taylor Boas is one of the new generation of comparative political scientists who combine the deep knowledge of the area they study (in Taylor’s case, Latin America) with strong training in quantitative techniques. Taylor uses his methodological skills to explore topics such as presidential campaign strategies in the countries of Latin America that have democratized in recent decades and the difficult to study relationships between political support, government spending and corruption. Taylor has made a huge contribution to advancing quantitative skills not only in Political Science but in social departments more generally.”
As part of his fellowship Professor Boas will be delivering a Hariri Institute Distinguished Lecture in the coming months.
Professor Neta Crawford, an expert in international relations has just published her newest book titled Accountability for Killing
Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 Wars with Oxford University Press. The book focuses on so called collateral damage in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and investigates questions of moral responsibility and tactics to reduce such casualties.
This week, Professor Vivien Schmidt (along with her colleague Mark Thatcher) published a new edited volume with Oxford University Press. The book: Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy, was first published in the United Kingdom and it will be available in the United States shortly. The book focuses on the resilience of neo-liberal ideas through Europe’s boom and bust and features essays from leading scholars.
Associate Professor Doug Kriner’s recent research with former BU department member Andrew Reeves has received substantial attention in the national media. Their research, presented last week at the 2013 American Political Science Association’s annual conference, focuses on Presidents’ role in directing federal resources to particular constituencies. Kriner and Reeves find that contrary to some conventional wisdom that focuses on the President as a national figure with a national constituency, Presidents consistently direct federal dollars to strategically important geographic areas and constituencies. This research was most prominently featured by influential policy reporter/analyst Ezra Klein in his Washington Post blog. As Klein writes, “ One of the most interesting papers I’ve seen at this year’s American Political Science Association convention comes from Douglas Kriner and Andrew Reeves, who took a close look at the federal grantmaking process and concluded that presidents tend to reward states and counties that vote for them, states and counties that they’re hoping will vote for them, and crucial congressional allies.” This same research was also featured by Roll Call columnist Taegan Goddard as the “abstract of the week”.
Professor Dino Christenson and Colleagues Publish on Networks and the Supreme Court in the American Political Science Review
Assistant Professor Dino Christenson, along with two of his colleagues from The Ohio State University (Janet Box-Steffensmeier and Matthew Hitt), published an article titled: “Quality Over Quantity: Amici Influence and Judicial Decision Making” in the most recent edition of the field’s flagship journal – the American Political Science Review (APSR). The article focuses on interest groups and their interest on the Supreme Court. Specifically, the authors focus on social networks and utilize cutting edge network analysis to evaluate the relative influence of different groups and how the Court is affected by interest groups filing amicus briefs. The article is available at the APSR.
Recently, Professor Cathie Martin was recognized with the prestigious J. David Greenstone Book Prize from the American Political Science Association’s Politics and History Section. This prize recognizes the best book taking a historical approach to politics written in the previous two years. Professor Martin was specifically recognized for her book The Political Construction of Business Interests written with Duane Swank and published by Cambridge University Press. Martin will be officially recognized at the annual American Political Science Association meetings at the end of August.
Katherine Levine Einstein, an Assistant Professor in the Department, was recently awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation. This grant will support her research into race, inequality, and political segregation in American cities. Among other things this grant will support additional research to supplement Professor Einstein’s existing work and her efforts to publish a book on these issues. It will also support a full time research assistantship for one of our graduate students.
Professor Glick Publishes on Executive Compensation Disclosure in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science
David Glick, an Assistant Professor in the department, recently published an article titled “Safety in Numbers: Mainstream-Seeking Diffusion in Response to Executive Compensation Regulations” in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. In this article Professor Glick uses variations in the timing of annual reporting to study how public companies learn from each other when implementing complicated regulations. He finds, among other things, that the ability to see others’ executive compensation disclosures helps companies learn how to be relatively less forthcoming with their own disclosures.
Alejandro Avenburg, a Ph.D candidate in the department was recently honored with a College of Arts and Sciences outstanding teaching fellow award. Alejandro earned this 2012-2013 academic honor for his work in Prof Christenson’s course, PO 324 – US Media and Politics.
Kevin P. Gallagher, a member of the IR department and the Graduate Faculty of Political science, was recently awarded $400,000 from the Ford Foundation. This money will support a project titled “Policy Space to Manage Capital Flows for Financial Stability and Economic Growth.” This project will comprise a conference, an edited volume, and a book by Professor Gallagher. The project will also make direct contributions to policy makers via policy reports and policy briefs that will create a dialogue between academia and policy. Finally, the project will support a BU PhD student who will become a member of the project team.