The department of political science welcomes seven new scholars joining our department this Fall semester! This exciting group of political scientists includes five new Assistant Professors, an Instructional Assistant Professor, and a Visiting Scholar. Carlisle Rainey, an expert in statistical methodology, received his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He joins the department from the University of Buffalo, where he was an Assistant Professor. Ian Turner recently received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a game theorist who studies inter-branch relations in the United States. Timm Betz and Amy Pond recently received their Ph.D.s from the University of Michigan. Professor Betz studies the way international institutions are used for domestic political purposes. Professor Pond uses formal models to identify challenges to economic and political development. Brittany Perry and Florian Hollenbach received their Ph.D.’s from Duke University. Professor Perry joins our department from Lafayette College where she was an Assistant Professor, her main interests are in race and ethnic politics, with a particular interest in Congress and the representation of Latinos. Prof. Hollenbach joins the department from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University where he spent last year as a fellow. He studies the political economy of taxation and redistribution in authoritarian regimes. Andrea Aldrich is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focus is on political parties and comparative legislative behavior with a focus on the European Parliament.