Advanced Programs Poster Session 2017

The BU Political Science community gathered together on Monday, May 17th, 2017 to celebrate the accomplishments of the 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. Below you can view the posters from the show: Beal’s poster Blankman’s […]

Graduate Student Brian Smith Publishes on Security Communities

Graduate student Brian Smith recently published an article in Polity, “Friends in the State of Nature: John Locke and the Formation of Security Communities.” Abstract: This article explores an overlooked element of Locke’s international thought, namely that political communities emerge out of human sociability, friendship, and trust. The argument developed here diverges from both the […]

Prof Boas Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Taylor Boas on his recent promotion to the rank of associate professor. Boas holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. During the 2017-18 academic year, he will be on leave from […]

Graduate Student Laura Blume Publishes on Narco-Assassinations

Laura Blume, a 4th year PhD candidate has recently published an article in the Journal of Politics in Latin America: “The Old Rules No Longer Apply: Explaining Narco-Assassinations of Mexican Politicians.” Between 2005 and 2015, organized criminal groups murdered 209 politicians in Mexico. This paper explains why. It argues that the two interwoven trends of […]

Articles by Profs Piston & Christenson in Political Behavior

The latest issue of Political Behavior contains not one but two articles by PO Faculty. In the first, “Who Votes for the Future? Information, Expectations, and Endogeneity in Economic Voting”, Dino Christenson and coauthor Dean Lacy explore how information and expectations moderate the effects of economic evaluations on presidential vote choice. In the second, “Explaining […]

Prof Palmer Publishes on Redistricting and Representation

Prof Palmer’s recent article, “Institutional Control of Redistricting and the Geography of Representation,” with Barry Edwards (University of Central Florida), Michael Crespin (University of Oklahoma), and Ryan Williamson (University of Georgia) in the Journal of Politics is now available online. Abstract A number of states have empowered independent redistricting commissions (IRCs) to redraw legislative […]

Profs Kriner & Christenson on Presidential Power in Monkey Cage

Professors Kriner and Christenson recently wrote an article for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage on the ability of Congress to check presidential power by leading public opinion. You can read it here: You can also read their related article in the American Journal of Political Science at

Prof Crawford Interviewed on Military Budget

Professor Crawford was recently interviewed by Democracy Now on the topic of Trump’s push for a historic military spending hike and which programs he might cut to pay for it. President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill tonight and is expected to outline part of his budget plan before a joint session of Congress. On […]

Prof Kriner Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Douglas Kriner on his recent promotion to the rank of full professor. Professor Kriner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT in 2001 and received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2006. His research interests include American political institutions, separation of powers dynamics, and American military policymaking. His books have won the […]

Prof Schmidt Is SWIPE Honoree of the Year

Professor Vivien Schmidt will be celebrated at this year’s International Studies Association (ISA) Convention (being held in Baltimore next week) by the Society of Women in International Political Economy (SWIPE) as the SWIPE honoree of the year. She will be honored at the joint reception of the International Political Economy (IPE) Section and SWIPE which […]