Recently several graduate students from the department were recognized with summer research...
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The Department of Political Science offers its condolences to the families and friends of Mayor Thomas Menino. We are proud of the fact that he was Professor of the Practice in our department. We admired his enthusiasm and skills in sharing his experiences and insights with students both in classes and over pizza. His eagerness to create the National Survey of Mayoral Priorities led by two members of the department (Professors Einstein and Glick) demonstrated his strong wish to build bridges between the academy and government. We will miss his contributions.
For text of the memorial resolution at the College of Arts and Science Faculty Meeting moved by Department Chair – Professor Zisk
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.
Min Ye, an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Pardee School and a member of the Graduate Faculty of Political Science recently published her book with Cambridge University Press. The book is titled, Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India, and was published in August, 2014.
Rosella Cappella, an assistant professor in the department who focuses on International Relations, was just awarded a grant to support a large workshop by the International Studies Association. Along with Kaija Schilde from the Pardee School at Boston University and Norrin Ripsman from Concordia College, Cappella will organize a workshop titled “The Political Economy of National Security: A New Research Agenda of Military Power, War, and Peace in an Era of Austerity” prior to the International Studies Association annual conference next spring. The workshop will bring 29 scholars together from around the world to discuss issues related to economic crises, austerity, and increased financial globalization and how these issues connect to military power and international dispute resolution.
Professor John Gerring has just received a major grant to investigate some of the most fundamental questions of government around the world. The project will test things like the conventional wisdom that when rulers obey the law, when they are accountable to the people, when personal security and property rights are guaranteed, and when capable bureaucracies are responsive to elected officials, good things will follow. Professor Gerring’s project addresses these issues by leveraging new data from the Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem) that measure hundreds of aspects of democracy and governance – including electoral competition, the rule of law, civil liberty, inclusion, decentralization, and legislative power – at a very specific level for all sizeable countries in the world from 1900 to 2012. With this immense database at our disposal, the project team will test conventional ideas about the impact of these institutions on outcomes such as economic growth, infrastructure, health, and education over the past century.
The August 2014 Political Science Newsletter is available online here: http://www.bu.edu/cas/newsletter/polisci/8_14/. In it you will find a number of fascinating articles, including: