- 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.
- Congratulations to Eelco van der Maat! On July 14, Eelco successfully defended his dissertation, “Consolidatory Genocide: Final Solutions to Elite Rivalry,” chaired by Prof. Giacomo Chiozza. After receiving his doctorate in August, Eelco will begin a one-year position as Assistant Professor of International Studies at Leiden University in his home country of the Netherlands. Way to go, Eelco!
- Adjunct Professor Roy Neel elected to the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame! Congratulations Roy!
Congratulations to James Booth who has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Berry Professor-at-Large Ethics Prize awarded by Vanderbilt University’s Philosophy Department. In announcing the award, Prof. Julian Wuerth writes that "the award is given each year to a faculty or community member outside of the Philosophy Department who has made a significant contribution in ethics either through service or scholarly publications." Professor Booth was chosen for his "philosophically reflective ministry work with prisoners” in the Nashville community.
- Congratulations to David E. Lewis for winning the 2015 Midwest Public Administration Caucus's (MPAC) Herbert Simon Award.
Cecilia H. Mo was awarded $1m. grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Saul Jackman and his co-authors have been awarded the William H. Riker Book Award for the “best book in political economy published during the past three calendar years” at the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting for their book The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat.
- Former CSDI post-doc Steven Rogers received the William Anderson Award for “the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics” at the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting for his dissertation, “Accountability in a Federal System."
- Giacomo Chiozza and his collaborators won the 2014 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award given by the Comparative Politics Section at the 2014 APSA Meeting in recognition of a dataset that has had an important impact on scholarship in the field.
- Larry Bartels won the 2014 Warren Miller Prize, which is given by the EPOVB (Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior) section at the 2014 APSA Meeting for "an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the elections, public opinion, and voting behavior field."Congratulations to our graduating Ph.D.s Camille Burge, Alejandro Diaz-Dominguez, Farhana Loonat, and Vivian Schwarz Blum
- Congratulations to Hilary Dennen, graduating with a Masters degree in Political Science
- Sidanth Sapru was awarded the Alexander Heard Award by the department for the graduating senior with the highest GPA among political science majors.
- The Undergraduate Political Science Association honored David E. Lewis with the Robert H. Birkby Award, recognizing Lewis' excellence in teaching marked by a commitment to inspiring undergraduate students in their pursuit for intellectual growth in the field of political science.
- Graduating senior David Sanchez was awarded a 2014 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship. He will travel to 15 communities on six continents during his fellowship year.
- Frederico Batista Pereira received a Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences grant.
- Camille Burge and Cindy Kam will receive the Lucius Barker Award for their 2013 MPSA paper, "The Meaning and Implications of Racial Resentment across the Racial Divide." This MPSA award is given to the best paper delivered on race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.
- Alan Wiseman, Craig Volden, and Dana Wittmer will receive the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for their 2013 MPSA paper "Women's Issues and Their Fates in Congress". This MPSA award is given annually for the best paper delivered on women and politics.
- Camille Burge was named a Cohort 21 Finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program
- Kristin Michelitch received substantial funding for her project (with Guy Grossman) on political accountability for public service provision project in Uganda, from donors corralled through Wellspring Advisors.
- Cecilia Mo has received a grant from Terre des Hommes International Federation to support her project in Nepal using randomized control experiment to examine whether differences in media formats and content affect the impact of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.
- Brielle Harbin has been named a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow at the Center for Teaching.
- Brielle Harbin has been named a Dean's Fellow to the Vanderbilt Television and News Archive at the Heard Library.
- LAPOP received a new grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to support an eight-month project to study crime & violence in the Caribbean.
- Meri Long received a Prestage Cook Award for the Southern Political Science Association.
- Whitney Lopez-Hardin received a Simon Collier Award from the Center for Latin American Studies.
- Evan Haglund received a Graduate School Dissertation Enhancement Grant to support elite interviews.