Diego von Vacano will give lectures at Harvard University on Sept. 18th. He was invited to Professor Doris Sommer’s course on “Politics, The Greatest Art” at Harvard College. Prof. Sommer is Director of the Cultural Agents Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prof. von Vacano will lecture on Machiavelli’s break with the Platonic tradition and his influence on seeing politics aesthetically. He will also meet with graduate students from various departments, including German studies, to discuss Machiavelli’s influence on Nietzsche. Aesthetic political theory explains, for example, why race is a salient political phenomenon and how populist leaders use spectacle to gain power.
Dr. Scott Cook, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Mikyoung Jun, Professor of Statistics at Texas A&M University, were recently awarded a multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze patterns of terrorism.
The $315,999 grant (DMS-1925119) is funded by the Algorithms for Threat (ATD) program, a partnership between the Divisions of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Drs. Cook and Jun’s research will develop spatio-temporal Hawkes process models to better model interactions across terrorist attacks and groups. These statistical advances should allow greater leverage over the complex dynamics of global terror campaigns.
Yale University Press has published the third edition of George C. Edwards III, Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America. Dr. Edwards is Distinguished Professor and Jordan Chair Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Oxford. The author or editor of 26 books, he is one of the nation’s premier scholars of the U.S. presidency.
Dr. Quan Li, Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Cornerstone Fellow recently received the Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Award for a visiting to the University of Europe in Madrid for the fall 2019 semester.
Professor Li’s research interests include economic globalization, democratic governance, political violence, environmental degradation, the rise of china, and research methodology. His research has appeared in numerous journals some of which are British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, as well as, International Organizations. He is the co-recipient of the 2003 Best Article on Democratization Award from the American Political Science Association.
Dr. Perry has been named one of the recipients of the College of Liberal Arts’ “Achievements in Climate and Inclusion” (ACI) Award. Dr. Perry is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at Texas A&M University.
The ACI awards acknowledge faculty members in honor of their demonstrated commitment and service activities designed to encourage and facilitate a more inclusive and welcoming climate for all social and cultural identities.
Dr. Perry will receive a bursary in the amount of $750 (College-$500/Dept.-$250) to thank her for her leadership, innovation, mentoring, and impact regarding climate and inclusion. She would also be invited to a college-wide Dean’s event during the next academic year to celebrate her overarching goals with her peers.
Dr. Perry received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2013. Her research interest includes racial politics in the U.S., Latino political representation, Latino immigration, the effects of geography on political attitudes and participation rates, and congressional institutions.