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  • Cecilia Mo 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.
  • Zeynep Somer-Topcu 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.
  • Liz Zechmeister 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 Liz Zechmeister 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!
  • Zeynep Somer-Topcu and Laron Williams' piece, "Opposition Party Policy Shifts in Response to No-Confidence Motions" is forthcoming in the European Journal of Political Research
  • Jen Selin received the Department's Best Graduate Student Paper Award for "Political Responsiveness and Agency Independence"
  • Claire Abernathy received the Department's Erwin Hargrove Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • Matthew Layton's 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.
  • LAPOP 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.
  • James Booth's 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
  • James Booth 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 Mariana Rodríguez's piece, "Non-Democracies and International Cooperation" is forthcoming at International Studies Quarterly.
  • Meri Long received the SPSA Prestage-Cook Travel Award to support travel to the 2014 SPSA conference.
  • Evan Haglund , Mark Richardson , and Laura Sellers were selected to participate in the Vanderbilt Graduate Leadership Academy.
  • Emily Nacol, Brooke Ackerly, and James Booth 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.
  • We are delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Kristin Michelitch to our faculty.  Michelitch received her PhD from NYU and served as a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame last year. Read more.
  • Historian and editor Jon Meacham joins the Department as Distinguished Visiting Professor.
  • Prof. John Geer co-chairs executive planning committee to discuss ideas and plan for the future of Vanderbilt.
  • Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu was named co-winner of the Emerging Scholar Award from the APSA Section on Political Organizations and Parties.
  • John Hudak (VU PhD 2012, currently at Brookings) will receive the Best Dissertation in Presidency Research Award from the APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section for his dissertation, The Politics of Federal Grants: Presidential Influence Over the Distribution of Federal Funds.
  • Steve Utych and Prof. Cindy D. Kam's article, "Viability, Information Seeking, and Vote Choice" was accepted for publication by the Journal of Politics.
  • Prof. Josh Clinton, Prof. Dave Lewis , and graduate student Jen Selin's article, "Influencing the Bureaucracy: The Irony of Congressional Oversight" is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Prof. John Geer's article, "Negativity, Information, and Candidate Position-Taking" (co-authored with Lynn Vavreck) was accepted for publication by Political Communication.
  • Prof. Liz Zechmeister's article "Natural Disaster and Democratic Legitimacy: The Public Opinion Consequences of Chile's 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami" (co-authored with Ryan Carlin and Greg Love) is forthcoming at Political Research Quarterly.
  • Prof. Cecilia Mo (with Margaret Boittin and Dan Archer) has received a grant from Humanity United for the Nepal Human Trafficking Vulnerability study.
  • Congratulations to graduate student Fred Batista , who has received a Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) award to support his research on "Can Female Representation Reduce the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge?"
  • Prof. James L. Ray is named emeritus and recognized for his longstanding contributions to the Political Science department.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Efren Perez , whose paper "The Persistent Connection Between Language-of-Interview and Latino Political Opinion," written with Taeku Lee, has been accepted at Political Behavior.
  • Congratulations to graduate students Allison Archer , Oscar Castorena , and Carrie Roush for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu's paper, written with her previous undergraduate student, Michelle Zar, "European Parliamentary Elections and National Party Policy Change" is now forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Liz Zechmeister , whose paper "Evaluating Political Leaders in Times of Terror and Economic Threat: The Conditioning Influence of Politician Partisanship", written with Jenn Merolla, was accepted at the Journal of Politics.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Cindy Kam and Prof. Liz Zechmeister whose paper "Name Recognition and Candidate Support" was accepted at the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Prof. Liz Zechmeister has been awarded the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the College of Arts and Science.
  • Prof. Carol Swain , is being honored with the William Bentley Bell Award from the Christian Legal Society.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Efrén Pérez who received the Lucius Barker Award at MPSA for his paper "Black Ice? Race and the Political Psychology of Implicit Bias." The award is presented for the best conference paper on a topic investigating race and ethnicity and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.
  • Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu received the MPSA award for the best article appearing in the American Journal of Political Science in 2011 for the paper "Is Anybody Listening? Evidence That Voters Do Not Respond to European Parties' Policy Statements During Elections." This paper is co-authored with James Adams and Lawrence Ezrow.
  • Prof. Liz Zechmeister , Daniel Montalvo, and Jenn Merolla—received an award for their paper "Terrorism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean." It was awarded the best paper award by the International Relations Award Committee of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Congratulations!
  • Graduate student Eelco van der Maat has an article published in the Journal of Peace Research entitled "Sleeping Hegemons: Third-Party Intervention Following Territorial Integrity Transgressions"
  • Prof. Marc Hetherington and graduate student Jason Husser had their article, ''How Trust Matters: The Changing Political Relevance of Political Trust,'' accepted to be published in The American Journal of Political Science
  • Prof. Bruce Oppenheimer, graduate student Gbemende Johnson, and graduate Jennifer Selin had their paper, "The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate: Why Do So Few African-American House Members Run?" accepted at the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu and Professor Kathleen Bawn (UCLA) had their article, "Government versus Opposition at the Polls: How Governing Status Changes the Impact of Policy Position on Vote Share" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science
  • Prof. James Booth's article, "From this Far Place: On Justice and Absence" has been published in the American Political Science Review, Vol. 105, No. 4 November 2011, pp.750-764
  • Congratulations to Prof. Josh Clinton and Prof. David Lewis just had their article, "Separated Powers in the United States: The Ideology of Agencies, Presidents and Congress" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science (with Tony Bertelli, Christian Grose, and David Nixon).
  • Prof. Josh Clinton just had his article, "Congress, Lawmaking and the Fair Labor Standards Act, 1971-2000" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Mitchell A. Seligson for his recent publication in the British Journal of Political Science entitled "The Participatory Personality: Evidence from Latin America"
  • Check out the great work LAPOP is doing in Vanderbilt International magazine featuring their research in the undergraduate classroom
  • Prof. Elizabeth Zechmeister and graduate student Margarita Corral had their article, “Individual and Contextual Constraints on Ideological Labels in Latin America” accepted for publication in Comparative Political Studies
  • Prof. Cindy Kam just received the "Emerging Scholar Award" for the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior and was named the winner of the International Society of Political Psychology's Erik H. Erikson Award for exceptional achievement by a scholar within 10 years of their PhD
  • Congratulations to graduate student Eelco van der Maat for his recent publication in the Journal of Peace Research entitled “Sleeping Hegemons: Third-Party Intervention Following Territorial Integrity Transgressions.”
  • The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Prof. Larry Bartels of Princeton University has agreed to join our faculty and will be moving to Nashville with his wife Denise this summer
  • Prof. Cindy Kam and graduate student Stephen Utych , had their article, "Close Elections and Cognitive Engagment" accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics
  • Graduate students Brian Faughnan and Arturo Maldonado won research grants for Summer 2011.  Mr. Faughnan was awarded Vanderbilt’s Dissertation Enhancement Grant to carry out field research in Colombia this summer, while Mr. Maldonado received the Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Research Grant that will fund his upcoming research in Peru
  • Prof. Cindy Kam's forthcoming work (with Donald R. Kinder), "Ethnocentrism as a Short-term Force in the 2008 American Presidential Election" was accepted by the American Journal of Political Science 
  • Prof. Brooke Ackerly  in collaboration with faculty in Vanderbilt's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), Department of Sociology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Vanderbilt Institute of Energy and Environment, as well as the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University received three years of funding from the Office of Naval Research to study "Environmental Stress and Human Migration in a Low-Lying Developing Nation: A Comparison of Co-Evolving Natural and Human Landscapes in the Physically and Culturally Diverse Context of Bangladesh" 
  • Prof. Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden are mentioned in a recent Newsweek article describing researched recently published in AJPS.  The article is titled, "Why Female Politicians Are More Effective"
  • LAPOP scholars mentioned in Time Magazine article
  • Prof. Marc Hetherington has been elected as President of the Political Organizations and Parties section of APSA
  • Prof. Katherine Carroll had the lead article in the Winter 2011 Edition (Volume 65, Number 1) of Middle East Journal
  • Prof. Mitchell Seligson was honored as Centennial Professor of Political Science
  • Prof. Cindy Kam received the "Emerging Scholar Award" for the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior and was named the winner of the International Society of Political Psychology's Erik H. Erikson Award for exceptional achievement by a scholar within 10 years of their Ph.D.
  • Congratulations to graduate student Eelco van der Maat for his recent publication in the Journal of Peace Research entitled "Sleeping Hegemons: Third-Party Intervention Following Territorial Integrity Transgressions"
  • The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Prof. Larry Bartels of Princeton University has agreed to join our faculty and will be moving to Nashville with his wife Denise this summer
  • Prof. Cindy Kam and graduate student Stephen Utych , had their article, "Close Elections and Cognitive Engagment" accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics
  • Graduate students Brian Faughnan and Arturo Maldonado won research grants for Summer 2011. Mr. Faughnan was awarded Vanderbilt's Dissertation Enhancement Grant to carry out field research in Colombia this summer, while Mr. Maldonado received the Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Research Grant that will fund his upcoming research in Peru
  • Congratulations to Prof. Joshua Clinton for being named an election analyst for NBC News during the 2010 midterm elections
  • Ph.D. candidate John Hudak 's paper, "The Politics of Federal Grants: Presidential Influence Over the Distribution of Federal Funds" was awarded the Westview Press Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association's meetings
  • Stacy Clifford, George J. Graham Fellow in the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and Department of Political Science Ph.D. candidate, had her article, "Making Disability Public in Deliberative Democracy" accepted for publication in Contemporary Political Theory
  • Vanderbilt welcomes Assoc. Prof. Alan Wiseman (Ph.D. Stanford University) and Assistant Prof. Monique Lyle (Ph.D. Duke University) to campus in the fall of 2010. Prof. Wiseman joins Vanderbilt from Ohio State University, where he was an Associate Professor of Political Science. Prof. Lyle joins Vanderbilt after spending two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at the University of Michigan
  • Prof. Brooke Ackerly and Vanderbilt Ph.D. José Miguel Cruz win Best Paper award. Prof. Brooke Ackerly and Ph.D. candidate José Miguel Cruz's paper entitled "Hearing the Voice of the People: Human Rights as if People Mattered" will receive the Christian Bay Award from the American Political Science Association's New Political Science section
  • Prof. Klint Alexander (Political Science, Law) recently published Higher Education Law: Policy and Perspectives (Routledge, 2010). The text, authored with Prof. Kern Alexander of the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, is a comprehensive guide to higher education law in the United States
  • Vanderbilt Undergraduate Political Science majors present research at national meeting. Two Vanderbilt undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Nick Gallo, a graduating senior and political science major, and Gabe Horton, a junior with a double major in political science and religious studies, were mentored by Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science David Lewis
  • Prof. Jon Hiskey publishes three articles with Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate coauthors. Prof. Hiskey, Ph.D. student Mason Moseley, and former Vanderbilt undergraduate Jed Goldberg recently published an article in Electoral Studies. Prof. Hiskey and Ph.D. candidate Diana Orces have published an article in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Prof. Hiskey and VU Ph.D. Abby Córdoba have published a chapter in an edited volume entitled "Migration and Remittances: Trends, Impacts, and New Challenges"
  • Prof. Liz Zechmeister has received a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to look at the public opinion consequences of the recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile. The funds covered the cost of oversample and of geocoding (via handheld GPS units) interviews conducted in that country, as part of the LAPOP's 2010 AmericasBarometer survey
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