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Political Science Newsletter

August 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized

The August 2014 Political Science Newsletter is available online here: In it you will find a number of fascinating articles, including:

  • Mayor Menino’s Initiative on Cities
  • A Conversation with Maxwell Palmer
  • Glick Goooooooaaaaal!
  • Ukrainian Troubles and Hopes, Summer 2014
  • Professor Perez on Spanish Party Politics in Washington Post

    June 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Sopfia Perez, an Associate Professor in the department, recently wrote an article on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. This blog is generally considered the leading source of bringing political science analysis to a wider audience. Perez discusses the sudden rise of Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party and their increasing influence in Spanish politics.

    Professor Christenson Receives Grant From Hariri Institute

    May 26th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Professor Dino Christenson, along with his colleague Luis Carvalho (Mathematics and Statistics) recently received a major grant from Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing. This grant will support their collaborative work into computational analysis of networks. This grant will allow for this exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between members of the Political Science and Mathematics and Statistics departments.

    PO Poster Session a Success!

    May 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized

    The BU Political Science community gathered together on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at the BU Castle to celebrate the accomplishments of nine Honors Program and BA/MA candidates.  This poster session allowed students to communicate the results of their year-long theses with faculty, graduate students, family, and friends.


    Check out more pics of the poster session here.

    Professor Einstein Featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Political Polarization

    May 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Professor Katie Einstein recently shared her expertise on local politics and polarization at a one day conference called “Dividing Lines” at Marquette University Law School. The conference was co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Professor Einstein’s contributions were featured in the paper. Among other themes, Professor Einstein spoke about the potential for helping both cities and their suburbs by overcoming polarization at the regional level. She also emphasized how race and polarization are inseparable at the local level.

    Faculty Featured on London School of Economics US Politics Blog

    May 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    The work of three department members has been recently featured on the London School of Economics “US Politics and Policy” Blog. This blog, run by faculty at LSE, seeks to share academic research on American politics with a wider audience. In the past few weeks the blog featured Professor Doug Kriner’s work on congressional investigations’ impact on Presidential support and Professor David Glick’s work on the diffusion of policy ideas as states try to learn from each other. Last but not least, the site recently featured Professor Dino Christenson’s work on the ways that a strong web presence can level the playing field for long shot candidates in primary races.

    PO Grad Student recent co-author

    January 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Graduate student Anshul Jain recently co-authored a book with James E. Katz, Director of the BU College of Communication’s Division of Emerging Media Studies, and Michael Barris, a New York-based journalist. The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement was published by Palgrave Macmillan in December, 2013. It details how social media affects, for better and worse, citizen engagement and presidential politics in the United States. While many works consider social media dynamics and engagement in political campaigns, The Social Media President is the first to systematically examine the actual practices of social media in presidential administration and in governing a nation. (

    The authors will be hosting a book launch event at the BU Castle on February 20. (

    Professor Kriner Publishes on Congressional Attitudes About War in the American Journal of Political Science

    January 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Professor Doug Kriner published an article in the latest issue of the American Journal of Political Science. The article, co-authored with Frances Shen and titled “Responding to War on Capitol Hill: Battlefield Casualties, Congressional Response, and Public Support for the War in Iraq” explores the sources of congressional attitudes about the war. Kriner and Shen analyze 7500 congressional speeches to measure legislator’s support and opposition to the war. They find that while partisanship and total war casualties matter, legislators are also high responsive to casualties among their own constituents. That is, their views about an international issue like the Iraq war are responsive to its effect on their constituents or, as Kriner put it in a recent post about the piece “All politics, and particularly congressional politics, are local.”

    Professor Fewsmith’s Recent Book Praised in Perspectives on Politics

    January 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Professor Joe Fewsmith’s recent book was positively reviewed Perspectives on Politics which is a widely read journal that the American Political Science Association produces. The book, published in 2013, is titled the Logic and Limits of Reform in China. As the review begins, Fewsmith’s book is “important if somewhat dispiriting” because his argument is not terribly optimistic about reform. Professor Fewsmith is a member of the Political Science and International Relations departments and is an expert on Chinese politics.

    Professor Thomas Berger’s Book Honored by Foreign Affairs

    January 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Professor Thomas Berger, a member of the International Relations Department and a member of the Graduate Faculty of Political Science at BU recently had his book honored by the journal Foreign Affairs. Specifically, his book,War, Guilt, and World Politics After World War II was named one of the three  ”Best Books of 2013 on Political and Legal Subjects.” As the award citation begins “For over half a century, Germany and Japan have struggled to put World War II behind them. Berger has produced one of the most sophisticated and sensitive treatments yet about how these two countries have contended with their troubled histories.” See the full writeup of the award here.