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2009-2010 Academic Year News

Here is a selection of the publicized events that occurred in the 2009-2010 academic year at Vanderbilt.

  • Some Publications of Vanderbilt Faculty and Students

    Graduate Student Farhana Loonat’s article accepted by South African Journal of Philosophy: “The Power of Description in Manufacturing Insecurity: From Women's Insecurity to Human Insecurity.”

    Prof. Pam Corley’s article accepted by Journal of Politics: “Lower Court Influence on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content” (co-authored with Paul Collins and Bryan Calvin).

    Prof. Jon Hiskey, Graduate Student Mason Moseley, and Jed Goldberg (former Vanderbilt
    undergraduate) have article accepted at Electoral Studies:  "Subnational Electoral Regimes and Crisis Recovery in Argentina and Mexico."  

    Prof. Jon Hiskey and PhD Candidate Diana Orces’ article accepted at Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: "Transition Shocks and Emigration Profiles In Latin America." 

    Prof. Jon Hiskey and VU PhD Abby Córdova’s chapter "Measuring Migration Connections Across Latin America" published in In Migration and Remittances: Trends, Impacts, and New Challenges, edited by Alfredo Cuecuecha and Carla Pederzini.  Mexico, City: CIDE. 

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister’s article accepted at Comparative Political Studies: “The Nature, Determinants, and Consequences of Chávez’s Charisma” (co-authored with Jennifer Merolla) .

    Prof. Jim Ray and Graduate Student Patrick Bentley’s article accepted at Journal of Theoretical Politics: "Power Concentration and Interstate Conflict: Is There a Connection?"

    Prof. Cindy Kam’s article accepted at Journal of Politics: "The Long-Term Dynamics of Partisanship and Issue Orientations " (co-authored with Benjamin Highton).

    Prof. Emily Nacol’s article accepted at Political Studies: “Risks of Political Authority: Trust, Knowledge and Political Agency in Locke's Second Treatise.”

    Prof. Michaela Mattes’ article accepted at Journal of Politics: “Contracting for Peace: Do Nonaggression Pacts Reduce Conflict?” (with Greg Vonnahme).

    Prof. Josh Clinton’s article accepted at Legislative Studies Quarterly: “To Simulate or NOMINATE?" (with Simon Jackman).

    Prof. Pam Corley's article accepted at The Justice System Journal: "Extreme Dissensus: Explaining Plurality Decisions on the U.S. Supreme Court" (with Udi Sommer, Amy Steigerwalt, and Artemus Ward).

    Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu’s article accepted at American Journal of Political Science: “Is Anybody Listening? Evidence that Voters do not Respond to European Parties' Policy Statements During Elections" (co-authored with James Adams and Lawrence Ezrow).

    Prof. Pam Corley’s book, Concurring Opinion Writing on the U.S. Supreme Court, published by SUNY Press.

    VU PhD Abby Córdova and Prof. Mitch Seligson’s article accepted at PS: Political Science & Politics: “Economic Crisis and Democracy in Latin America.”

    Prof. Jon Hiskey’s article accepted at Latin American Politics and Society: “Partisan Attachment and Democracy in Mexico: Some Cautionary Observations.” (with Medina Vidal, D. Xavier, Antonio Ugues, Jr., Shaun Bowler).

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister article accepted at Political Behavior: "Terrorist Threat, Leadership, and the Vote: Evidence from Three Experiments" (co-authored with Jennifer Merolla).

    Prof. Efrén Pérez’s article accepted at Political Behavior: “Explicit Evidence on the Import of Implicit Attitudes: The IAT and Immigration Policy Judgments.”

    Prof. Cindy Kam’s article accepted at Journal of Politics: "Risk Orientations and Policy Frames” (co-authored with Elizabeth Simas).

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister’s book, Latin American Party Systems, published by Cambridge University Press (co-authored with Herbert Kitschelt, Kirk Hawkins, Juan Pablo Luna, and Guillermo Rosas).

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister’s article accepted at Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy: "Sex, Stereotypes and Security: A Study of the Effects of Terrorist Threat on Assessments of Female Political Leadership" (coauthored with Mirya Holman and Jennifer Merolla).

    Prof. Brooke Ackerly’s article accepted at Philosophical Topics: "Feminist Theory, Global Gender Justice, and the Evaluation of Grant-Making."

    Prof. Mitch Seligson’s book, The Legitimacy Puzzle in Latin America: Political Support and Democracy in Eight Latin American Nations, published by Cambridge University Press (co-authored with John Booth).

    PhD Candidate Diana Orces' article accepted at Latin American Politics and Society: "Democratic Values and Public Opinion Toward Immigrants: The Case of Ecuador."

    Prof. Christian Grose and PhD Candidate Jason Husser’s article accepted at Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties: "Plus Ça Change: Race, Gender, and Issue Retrospections in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election." (co-authored with Antoine Yoshinaka).

    Prof. Marc Hetherington’s book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, published by Cambridge University Press (co-authored with Jonathan Weiler).

    Prof. Cindy Kam’s book, Us Against Them: Ethnocentric Foundations of American Opinion, published by University of Chicago Press (co-authored with Donald Kinder).

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister’s book, Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public, published by University of Chicago Press (co-authored with Jennifer Merolla).

    Prof. Giacomo Chiozza’s book, Anti-Americanism and the American World Order, published by Johns Hopkins Press.

  • Some Grants and Awards won by Vanderbilt Faculty and Students

    Prof. Brooke Ackerly and PhD Candidate José Miguel Cruz receive Christian Bay Award from the American Political Science Association’s New Political Science section. 

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister has received a National Science Foundation grant for “RAPID: Collaborative Research: The Political Costs of Natural Disasters: Democratic Support, Authoritarian Attitudes, and Blame Attribution after Chile’s 2010 Earthquake” (with Greg Love and Ryan Carlin).

    Mitchell Seligson has received a National Science Foundation grant for “Contribution to 2010 Americas Barometer Surveys: Inclusion of Ten Questions on Personality.”

    Prof. David Lewis's Politics of Presidential Appointments wins 2009 Neustadt Award: Prof. Dave Lewis's The Politics of Presidential Appointments has just won the 2009 Richard E. Neustadt Award, which is given by the APSA for the best book on the U.S. presidency published during the previous year.

    Prof. Neal Tate wins university-wide Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor Award: Neal Tate has won the Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor Award from Vanderbilt honoring his many outstanding scholarly contributions. The recipient carries the title Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor for one year and receives a $2,500 cash award and an engraved silver tray.

    Prof. John Geer wins university-wide Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching: Prof. John Geer has won the 2009 Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, a Vanderbilt University-wide honor.

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister has received a National Science Foundation grant for “Collaborative Research: The Effects of Terrorist Threats on Democratic Support in Liberal and Illiberal Democracies” (with Jennifer Merolla). 

  • Other Notable News involving Vanderbilt Faculty and Students

    Professor Carroll Goes to War: Prof. Katherine Carroll recently spent a year in Iraq as a civilian member of the military’s Human Terrain System team. Read more.

    Prof. John Geer Appointed as Chair of the Political Science Department; Professor David E. Lewis named as Associate Chair.

    Prof. Liz Zechmeister promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Political Science

    Vanderbilt undergraduates present research at national political science meeting: Nick Gallo, a graduating senior and political science major, and Gabe Horton, a junior with a double major in political science and religious studies, presented their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Read more. 

    Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference: A growing number of students taking human rights courses around the globe have been turning the pages of Prof. Brooke Ackerly’s idea-filled Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference which bridges the worlds of political theory and actual human rights struggles and summons the reader to meaningful action. Read more.

    Listen: Prof. Katherine Carroll Interview: Last fall Vanderbilt students had the rare opportunity in an interdisciplinary class called "The War in Iraq" to take an in-depth look at the facts on the ground in Iraq between 2003. Read more.

    Prof. Derek Waller has died: Prof. Derek John Waller, a retired Vanderbilt political scientist who taught and wrote extensively about the politics of Communist China, died on Dec. 31. Read more.

    Prof. Marc Hetherington, focuses on the reasons behind the political realignment of the past several decades: Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, co-authored by Vanderbilt political scientist Marc Hetherington, focuses on the reasons behind the political realignment of the past several decades. Read more.

    Prof. Josh Clinton named a co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

    Prof. Josh Clinton named to the Editorial Board of Legislative Studies Quarterly.

    Vanderbilt hosts Conference on Bicameralism: The Political Science Department, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI), hosts the Legislative Elections, Process, and Policy: The Influence of Bicameralism Conference October 22-24, 2009 at Vanderbilt University. Read more.

    Prof. Bruce Oppenheimer speaks about the continued increase in presidential power at Constitution Day: Vanderbilt University Professor of Political Science Bruce Science spoke about the continued increase in presidential power at the expense of Congress during the university's annual Constitution Day program on Sept. 23. Read more.

    Prof. Neal Tate, chair of Political Science, dies: Neal Tate, a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science who provided strong leadership during a successful rebuilding of the department, died on Sept. 13. Read more.

    Prof. Carol Swain reappointed to Tennessee Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Read more.

    Prof. John Geer has been invited by Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy to spend Fall 2009 as a Fellow of the Center.

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