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News & Events

American Politics Subfield Excels in U.S. News Rankings

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate programs, the Department was ranked 16th in the American Politics subfield rankings. The rankings are a potent indicator of the American Politics faculty's excellent reputation in the discipline.

Upcoming Events

(All events take place in the Sigelman Seminar Room, Hall of Government 428 unless otherwise noted.)

  • Thursday, April 17 at 12:00pm  Kathy Thelen Talk: Varieties of Liberaliziation and the New Politics of Social Solidarity in Voesar Conference room at IERES (fourth floor of ESIA).
  • Thursday, April 17 at 12:00pm  Methods Workshop: Yonatan Lupu (GWU)
  • Friday, April 18 at 12:30pm  Comparative Politics Workshop: Jessica Anderson (GWU) "Threat and the Logic of Target Selection: Analyzing South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks.
  • Friday, May 2 at 12:30pm  Comparative Politics Workshop: Todd Eisenstadt, Carl LeVan, and Tofigh Maboudi (AU)  "Citizen Participation as Explanation for Why Only Some New Constitutions Improve Levels of Democracy".
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Recent Publications

  • Henry Nau, "Conservative Internationalism," The American Interest, May/June 2014.
  • Martha Finnemore and Michelle Jurkovich's article "Getting a Seat at the Table: The Origins of Universal Participation and Modern Multilateral Conferences"  will be published in the July-Sept 2014 edition of Global Governance as a part of the special symposium Principles from the Periphery: The Neglected Southern Sources of Global Norms.
  • Enze Han and Harris Mylonas, "Interstate Relations, Perceptions, and Power Balance: Explaining China's Policies Toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965," Security Studies, v. 23
  • Henry E. Hale, "Civilizations Reframed: Towards a Theoretical Upgrade for a Stalled Paradigm,” Journal of Civilization Studies, January 2014, pp.21-39.
  • Jake Haselswerdt, "The Lifespan of a Tax Break: Comparing the Durability of Tax Expenditures and Spending Programs," American Politics Research, January 17, 2014.
  • Harris Mylonas, "The Challenges of Nation Building in the Syrian Arab Republic" The Political Science of Syria’s War, POMEPS Briefing #22, December 18, 2013.
  • Eric Grynaviski, "Contrasts, conterfactuals, and causes," The European Journal of International Relations, no. 19, December 2013. 
  • Harris Mylonas, "The Politics of Diaspora Management in the Republic of Korea," The Asan Institute for Policy Studies Issue Brief, no. 81, November 2013.  
  • Henry E. Hale, “Did the Internet Break the Political Machine? Moldova’s 2009 ‘Twitter Revolution that Wasn’t,’” Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, v.21, no.3, Fall 2013, pp.481-505.

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Recent Awards

  • Susan Wiley was awarded the CCAS Undergraduate Department Advising Award for 2014.
  • Kimberly Morgan was named DGS of the Year for 2014. 
  • Jake Haselswerdt will be spending two years with the University of Michigan as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program.
  • Harris Mylonas' The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 CES Book Award Prize. 
  • Michelle Jurkovich will be joining the Watson Institute at Brown University in Fall 2014 for a two year postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Stephen Kaplan received an external grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year to support his research project entitled, Neoliberalism in Retreat: The China Boom in Latin America. The project seeks to evaluate the effect of growing Chinese economic interdependence on national-level policy choices across Latin America. 
  • Julia MacDonald was selected for the German Marshall Fund's Young Strategists Forum in Japan.  She will be attending the forum in Tokyo during February of 2014.
  • Jackie Schneider won third place in the National Intelligence Writing Contest for her essay "Remotely Piloted Aircraft and the Pivot Towards Asia: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Intelligence Collection." She also won the Alexander George Award for best graduate student paper, Foreign Policy Analysis Section International Studies Association for her essay "Presidential Decisions for War: Is Intelligence to Blame? Case Studies of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush."
  • Harris Mylonas was selected as the winner of the Peter Katzenstein Book Award for his book, The Politics of Nation-Building. This price recognizes an outstanding first book in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Political Economy. 
  • Alyx Mark received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research, "Accessing Assistance and Citizen Engagement."

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