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received a grant from USAID as part of their Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge. The project will use a randomized control experiment to examine whether differences in media formats and content affect the impact of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.
and Kathleen Bawn (UCLA) received the Jack Walker Outstanding Article Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of APSA for their AJPS (2012) paper, "Government versus Opposition at the Polls: How Governing Status Changes the Impact of Policy Positions." The award is given annually to the best article on political organization and parties published in the previous year.
served a Guest Editor of a special issue of Política y gobierno on "Challenges to Mexican Politics: Views from the AmericasBarometer."
- Alejandro Díaz and Liz Zechmeister published "Introducción: Desafíos de la política mexicana: Visiones desde el Barómetro de las Américas" in Política y gobierno
Daniel Zizumbo Colunga
published "Satisfacción con la seguridad pública y preferencias democráticas: La mano dura en México" in Política y gobierno
- Jennifer Merolla, Evis Mezini, and
published "Delincuencia, crisis económica y apoyo a la democracia en México" in Política y gobierno
Stacy Clifford (VU PhD 2011) has received an Exemplary Diversity Dissertation Award from the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan, has a book contract with the University of Minnesota press, and recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!
and Laron Williams' piece, "Opposition Party Policy Shifts in Response to No-Confidence Motions" is forthcoming in the European Journal of Political Research
received the Department's Best Graduate Student Paper Award for "Political Responsiveness and Agency Independence"
received the Department's Erwin Hargrove Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
proposal for a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship has been approved for funding by the U.S. Department of Education and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The award will support six months of fieldwork in Brasília, Brazil for continuation of his dissertation research on the politics of conditional cash transfer anti-poverty programs in Latin America.
has received support from USAID for the 2014 round of AmericasBarometer surveys. Data collection will begin in early 2014 and full datasets will be made available to the public before the end of that year.
article, "Maîtres chez nous: Some questions about culture and continuity. A response to Alan Patten's "Rethinking culture: the social lineage account" will appear in the November 2013 issue of the American Political Science Review
delivered "Are the dead owed justice?" as an invited plenary address for the Conference on Generating Justice. The Social, Legal, Political and Ethical Issues of Ensuring Justice Across Generations. Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Damarys Canache, Jeffrey Mondak, and
Mitchell A. Seligson
have had their article, "Determinants of Perceived Skin-Color Discrimination in Latin America," accepted by the Journal of Politics.
- Michaela Mattes and
piece, "Non-Democracies and International Cooperation" is forthcoming at International Studies Quarterly.
received the SPSA Prestage-Cook Travel Award to support travel to the 2014 SPSA conference.
were selected to participate in the Vanderbilt Graduate Leadership Academy.
Emily Nacol, Brooke Ackerly, and
are hosting the Association for Political Theory 11th Annual Conference here at Vanderbilt October 10-12, 2013.
- David Eckles,
Cindy D. Kam
, Cherie L. Maestas, and Brian Schaffner's article, "Risk Attitudes and Incumbency Advantage" is forthcoming at Political Behavior.