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Gary Gerstle

No Tea For GOP

Gary Gerstle’s essay, “Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” has attracted international media attention, including the Washington Post and Financial Times. Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, examines Bush-style conservatism and how it might have offered minorities “reason to rethink their traditional hostility to the GOP.” Media experts say that ultimately, Bush’s policies conflicted with those of other Republicans and may have contributed to the deteriorating relationship between the GOP and the Tea Party. Gerstle’s essay was published in the book The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment.

Watch now – Sit in on Gary Gerstle’s lecture regarding multiculturalism and the presidency of George W. Bush

The Signs are There

Political lawn signs, that is. Love them or hate them—Associate Professors of Political Science Cindy Kam and Elizabeth Zechmeister have proof that they work. In recent studies, they found that name recognition—such as that which lawn signs can produce—gives candidates an advantage in political races in which voters know little about any of the contenders. And consider this: races in which little information is known about the candidates are the rule, not the exception, in American politics, Kam says.

Listen Now – Cindy Kam and Elizabeth Zechmeister talk about the new political science lab

How Not to Raise a Bully

Children who believe their fathers work too much and don’t spend enough time with them are more likely to develop bullying behavior, according to research by André Christie-Mizell, associate professor of sociology.


“The findings about fathers and mothers are important because it turns what most of us think is conventional wisdom—that mothers have the most influence on children—on its ear,” Christie-Mizell says. “What this research shows is that while it’s equally important for kids to spend time with both parents, fathers need to make an extra effort.” His study recently was published in Youth & Society.

Listen Now – Dr. Andre Christie-Mizell discusses bullying

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