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  • Achen, Christopher H. and Larry M. Bartels. Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. Princeton University Press, 2016.
  • Ackerly, Brooke A. “Raising One Eyebrow and Re-envisioning Justice, Gender, and the Family,” Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy 31.3 (2016): 638-650.
  • Ackerly, Brooke A. “Girls Rising for Human Rights: Not Magic, Politics,” Journal of International Political Theory 21.1 (2016): 26-41.
  • Ackerly, Brooke A. “Mainstreaming Gender in the Teaching and Learning of Politics,” introduction and editor, with Liza Mügge, PS: Political Science & Politics 49.3 (2016): 541-570.
  • Anoll, Allison. “Revisiting Recruitment: Insights from Get-Out-the-Vote Field Experiments.” With Melissa Michelson. In Resources, Engagement & Recruitment ed. Casey Klofstad. Temple University Press, 2016.
  • Bartels, Larry M. “Failure to Converge: Presidential Candidates, Core Partisans, and the Missing Middle in American Electoral Politics.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 667 (2016): 143-165.
  • Benson, Brett V., Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher W. Ramsay. "Changing Capabilities, Uncertainty, and the Risk of War in Crisis Bargaining." Research and Politics, July-Sep (2016 ): 1-6.
  • Benson, Brett V., and Joshua D. Clinton. "Assessing the Variation of Formal Military Alliances." Journal of Conflict Resolution, 60.5 (2016): 866-898.
  • Bolton, Alexander, and Sharece Thrower.  "Legislative Capacity and Executive Unilateralism." The American Journal of Political Science 60.3 (2016): 649-663.
  • Grossman, Guy, Kristin Michelitch, and Marta Santamaria. “Texting Complaints to Politicians: Name Personalization and Politicians’ Encouragement in Citizen Mobilization.” Comparative Political Studies (2016).
  • Hetherington, Marc J., Meri Long, and Thomas J. Rudolph. “Revisiting the Myth: New Evidence for a Polarized America.” Public Opinion Quarterly 80 (2016): 321-350.
  • Holman, Mirya R., Jennifer L. Merolla, and Elizabeth J. Zechmeister. “Terrorist Threat, Male Stereotypes, and Candidate Evaluations.” Political Research Quarterly 69.1 (2016): 134-147.
  • Kam, Cindy D. and Beth A. Estes. “Disgust Sensitivity and Public Demand for Protection.” Journal of Politics 78.2 (2016): 481-496.
  • Lupu, Noam. Party Brands in Crisis: Partisanship, Brand Dilution, and the Breakdown of Political Parties in Latin America, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • Lupu, Noam. “The End of the Kirchner Era,” Journal of Democracy 27.2 (2016): 35–49.
  • Lupu, Noam and Nicholas Carnes. “What Good is a College Degree? Education and Leader Quality Reconsidered," Journal of Politics 78.1 (2016): 35–49.
  • Pérez, Efrén O. 2016. “Rolling off the Tongue into the Top-of-the-Head: Explaining Language Effects on Public Opinion.” Political Behavior 38.3 (2016): 603-634.
  • Carter, Niambi M., and Efrén O. Pérez. “Race and Nation: How Racial Hierarchy Shapes National Attachments.” Political Psychology 37.4 (2016): 497-513.
  • Carlin, Ryan E., Matthew M. Singer, and Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, eds. The Latin American Voter: Pursuing Representation and Accountability in Challenging Contexts. University of Michigan Press, 2015.
  • Clayton, Amanda. “Female Leadership, Electoral Gender Quotas and Women’s Political Engagement: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment.” Comparative Political Studies 48.3 (2015): 333–369.
  • Córdova, Abby, and Jonathan Hiskey. "Shaping politics at home cross-border social ties and local-level political engagement." Comparative Political Studies 48.15 (2015): 1454-1487.
  • Fey, Mark, Jinhee Jo, and Brenton Kenkel. "Information and International Institutions Revisited." Journal of Conflict Resolution 59.1 (2015): 149-160.
  • Hetherington, Marc J., and Thomas J. Rudolph. Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis. University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • Krehbiel, Keith, Adam Meirowitz, and Alan E. Wiseman. "A Theory of Competitive Partisan Lawmaking." Political Science Research and Methods 3.03 (2015): 423-448.
  • Lewis, David E. and Jennifer L. Selin. “Political Control and the Forms of Agency Independence.” George Washington Law Review, 83.4/5 (2015):1487-1516.
  • Michelitch, Kristin. "Does Electoral Competition Exacerbate Interethnic or Interpartisan Economic Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Market Price Bargaining." American Political Science Review 109.01 (2015): 43-61.
  • Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. “The Consequences of Explicit and Implicit Gender Attitudes and Candidate Quality in the Calculation of Voters.” Political Behavior 37.2 (2015): 357-395
  • Nacol, Emily C. "The Beehive and the Stew: Prostitution and the Politics of Risk in Bernard Mandeville’s Political Thought." Polity 47.1 (2015): 61-83.
  • Pérez, Efrén O. "Xenophobic Rhetoric and Its Political Effects on Immigrants and Their Co‐Ethnics." American Journal of Political Science 59.3 (2015): 549-564.
  • Pérez, Efrén O. "Mind the Gap: Why Large Group Deficits in Political Knowledge Emerge—And What To Do About Them." Political Behavior 37.4 (2015): 933-954.
  • Thachil, Tariq and Emmanuel Teitelbaum. “Ethnic Parties and Public Spending in the Indian States.” Comparative Political Studies, 48.11 (2015): 1389-1420.
  • You, Hye Young. ''Organizations and the Democratic Representation of Interests: What Does It Mean when Those Organizations Have No Members?" with Kay Schlozman, Philip Jones, Traci Burch, Sidney Verba, and Henry Brady, Perspectives on Politics 13.4 (2015).
  • Graduate student Anna Carella received the Rising Star Award from Tennessee United for Human Rights for her work locally and in other parts of the world to help others in need and with Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE).
  • VU Political Science faculty bring home multiple awards from the 2016 American Political Science Association meetings in Philadelphia! Congratulations to all of our award winning scholars!
  • Hye Young You received the Deil Wright Award for Best Paper at APSA 2015 from the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations section for her paper entitled “Cities as Lobbyists,” co-authored with Becca Goldstein.
  • Cecilia Mo was awarded the 2016 “Best Article in Political Behavior”award from APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section for her piece entitled “The Consequences of Explicit and Implicit Gender Attitudes and Candidate Quality in the Calculation of Voters.”
  • Marc Hetherington received the Philip E. Converse Book Award at APSA for his book, co-authored with Jonathan Weiler, entitled Authoritarianism and Polarization in America (Cambridge University Press). The Phillip Converse Award is given by the Elections, Public Opinion,and Voting Behavior Section of APSA for “an outstanding book in the field published at least five years before.”
  • Noam Lupu was awarded the Jack Walker Award at the 2016 APSA meetings for his article “Brand Dilution and the Breakdown of Political Parties in Latin America,” published in World Politics. The Jack Walker Award is given by the Political Organizations and Parties Section of APSA for “an article published in the last two calendar years that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.
  • Efren Perez received the Midwest Political Science Association's Early Career Award recognizing a Latino Politics (pre-tenure) scholar based upon his research accomplishments and contributions to the discipline.
  • The International Society of Political Psychology has awarded Tom Rudolph and Marc Hetherington the 2016 Alexander L. George Book Award for the best book published in the field of political psychology during the previous calendar year, for their book, Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis.
  • Efren Perez's article, “Ricochet: How Elite Discourse Politicizes Racial and Ethnic Identities” in Political Behavior has been named one of the Must-Read Articles in 2015 by Springer's ''Change the World, One Article at a Time.''
  • Graduate student Brielle Harbin is this year’s recipient of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in activities that contribute to the achievements, interests and goals of women or that promote gender equity.
  • Congratulations to Alan Wiseman - the Legislative Effectiveness Project will expand, funded by a $200,000 grant from The Madison Initiative. The project was created by Prof. Wiseman and Craig Volden of the University of Virginia.
  • Elizabeth Zechmeister, professor of political science, was honored with the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching by The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt.
  • Carrie Russell, senior lecturer in political science, received the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer. The award was given by Vanderbilt Arts and Science students and faculty peers.

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