Two of the Department's graduate students presented fascinating work at the 2016...
Two of the Department’s graduate students presented fascinating work at the 2016 Political Networks Conference at Washington University. Sahar Abi-Hasan presented on
Interest Group Composition and Dissensus on the U.S. Supreme Court and Seulah Choi presented on International Status and Its Impact on Voting Success in the UN General Assembly.
On May 15th, the 2016 Political Science graduates walked the stage of Metcalf Hall during another successful commencement ceremony.
Pictured above are some of the Advanced Programs (Honors and BA/MA) students and their faculty advisors: Professors Glick, Kriner, Christenson, Palmer and Einstein with BA/MA students Harsh Gupta, Melissa Morel, Robert Pressel, Maria Hardiman, Emily Claffey, and Megan Shoemaker.
The annual poster session allows students to communicate the results of their advanced program theses with faculty, graduate students, family, and friends in a fun and casual atmosphere. You can check out this year’s posters and presenters here.
Congratulations to the Honors and BA/MA students and all of the graduating political science students.
Robert Pressel, a PO BA/MA student graduating this year, was selected to receive the Michael A. Sassano III and Christopher M. Sassano Award for Writing Excellence in the Social Sciences. The award recognizes his outstanding work and writing in his thesis on the effect of ideological extremism on congressional primary challenges (advised by Prof Christenson).
In recognition of his achievement, he will receive a prize of $500. Winners of the Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence will also be recognized at this year’s Class Day Ceremony on Friday, May 13th.
Assistant Professors Katherine Einstein and David Glick recently published an article about race and access to information about public housing in the American Journal of Political Science. The article, titled “Does Race Affect Access to Government Services? An Experiment Exploring Street-Level Bureaucrats and Access to Public Housing” using an field experiment / audit design to test local officials’ responsiveness to racially distinctive names in requests for government services. In a relatively optimistic finding, compared to others’ findings of discrimination against blacks and Hispanics in other contexts, the authors found that officials were equally responsive irrespective of race. They also found, less optimistically, that Hispanics (but not blacks) receive less polite/formal responses and that the outlook for anyone seeking public housing is bleak because of scarcity.
Jillian Jaeger, a Ph.D. candidate in the department recently published an article in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, a top subfield journal. In this solo piece – “Securing Communities or Profits? The Effect of Federal-Local Partnerships on Immigration Enforcement” — Jaeger evaluates local government’ immigration enforcement activities and compares ideological and resource based explanations. She finds that local police resources are more strongly associated with local deportation activity than ideology. That is, conservative communities are not more active enforcers of immigration laws, places with more resources are. She situates these findings into broader questions of Federal/Local partnerships in policy implementation.
Taylor Boas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, recently published his book, Presidential Campaigns in Latin America with Cambridge University Press. Boas focuses on the strategies that presidential candidates in new democracies use. He argues that they learn and adopt strategies through “contagion” such that a distinctive campaign strategy develops in each country as candidates follow whatever the first successful president does. To support this thesis, Boas uses a mix of interviews and analysis of campaign ads over an extended period in three countries, and then conducts further tests in 10 other new democracies. This book builds on, and joins, Boas’ other work on campaigns and politics in Latin America that has been published in journals such as World Politics and the American Journal of Political Science.
Harsh Gupta, a senior in the department and member of the advanced programs, recently presented work from his thesis at the Western Political Science Association’s annual meeting. Gupta presented work about the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act case that he is working on with Professors Christenson and Glick. Specifically, he looks at whether the decision changed the ways people talk about the issues and the arguments that they use.
The International History Review has published an article by David Mayers. “Destruction Repaired and Destruction Anticipated: United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the Atomic Bomb, and U.S. Policy 1944-46.”
Professor Max Palmer has just published another important scholarly article: “Does the Chief Justice Make Partisan Appointments to Special Courts and Panels?” The article has just been published by the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. In the paper, Palmer analyzes appointments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the court that oversees all domestic surveillance for national security, including domestic data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA). He uses simulation models to show that appointments to this court are highly partisan. This timely and absorbing paper is available online.