Texas A&M University political scientist William Roberts Clark, the Charles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts and head of the department of Political Science, is among the researchers recognized by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sociences. Dr. Clark, along with Matt Golder and Sona N. Golder, both associate professors of political science at Penn State, received the Brian Barry Prize in Political Science for their study, “An Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Model of Politics.” [Read more…]
Winner of a Carnegie Fellowship, associate professor of political science Matthew Fuhrmann was featured in PSNow by the American Political Science Association. You can read the entire Q&A online.
The Department of Political Science congratulates recent PhD program graduates Blake E. Garcia and Cameron Wimpy for winning the European Political Science Association’s 2016 award for the best published paper. Their paper, titled “Does Information Lead to Emulation? Spatial Dependence in Anti-Government Violence” was published in the January 2016 issue of the journal Political Science Research and Methods. Garcia and Wimpy wrote this paper together while they were PhD students and presented it a conference hosted by the Department and the European Union Center in 2013 on “Spatial Models of Politics in Europe and Beyond.”
The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today that Professor Matthew Fuhrmann is among the 2016 Carnegie Fellows. The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides the most prestigious and most generous fellowships advancing research in the social sciences and humanities. The program supports an outstanding cadre of intellectuals whose research offers fresh perspectives on urgent, contemporary issues.
Nominees are carefully reviewed by a distinguished jury comprised of heads of the country’s preeminent scholarly institutions and presidents of leading universities and philanthropic foundations, who make the final selections, based on the originality, promise, and potential impact of their proposals. Each will receive up to $200,000 toward the funding of one to two years of scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.
Professor Fuhrmann, (Ph.D. 2008, University of Georgia) is an associate professor and Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellow at Texas A&M where he is Director of Graduate Studies and co-director of the Political Economy and Political Violence Workshop. He is a prominent International Relations scholar with an expertise in nuclear proliferation and nuclear strategy. He is the author of Atomic Assistance: How “Atoms for Peace” Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity. His new book with Todd Sechser, entitled Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy, will be published by Cambridge University Press this summer.
The Fasken Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee and Professor Chester Dunning, holder of the Murray & Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching in Liberal Arts, recently announced the awardees of the 2016 Fasken Distinguished Student Teaching Awards. Graduate student Nick Conway was honored as one of the recipients. Additionally, Nick has also been awarded a Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Association of Former Students. Nominations for this university-wide award are submitted by faculty advisors or departments, and reviewed by a panel of faculty and administrators across the campus. These awards speak to the very impressive contributions Nick has made to our department’s teaching mission.
Please join us in congratulating Nick on his accomplishments!
Assistant Professor Hyeran Jo’s book, Compliant Rebels: Rebel Groups and International Law in World Politics, has won the International Studies Association, International Organization Section’s Chadwick Alger award for best book on inter
About Hyeran Jo:
Hyeran Jo studies international institutions, international law, and international political economy. Her research deals with the working of international organizations, the design of international rules and agreements, and the question of compliance with international law by non-state actors. She teaches courses in international relations and research design.
About the Chadwick Alger Prize:
The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association. The Award Committee is particularly interested in works dealing with the United Nations and/or with how international organizations interact with nongovernmental organizations and other local civil society actors, as reflected in the writings of Chadwick F. Alger.
More information: http://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/Chadwick-Alger
Amanda Rutherford has won both the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Research, and the George Kunze prize as the outstanding graduate student at Texas A&M.
Rutherford joined the Department of Political Science in 2011. Since then, she has written ten refereed articles, presented research at 18 national conferences, and aided in the writing of four national grant applications. She is also the recipient of numerous university and national awards.
“I am extremely honored to be selected for this award,” Rutherford said. “I am grateful to the many individuals who have mentored me and encouraged me to pursue my interests throughout my academic career. Individuals like my advisor, Ken Meier, challenged me to grow in ways that I would not have thought possible, and I owe much of my success to them.”
Her current research seeks to understand how theories of managerial fit and top management team dynamics from private sector research apply to public agencies that are exposed to high levels of uncertainty and an array of ambiguous goals.
“I study these questions in the context of U.S. higher education, a policy arena where demands for greater accountability have become increasingly salient and political in nature,” she said.
Amanda received her PhD at the May 2015 graduation and has joined the faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
April 27, 2015, Bloomington, IN — The Midwest Political Science Association has established a new annual award recognizing outstanding scholarship in politics, public administration, and public policy in honor of Kenneth J. Meier, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance at Texas A&M University. The inaugural award will recognize the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy presented at the 2015 MPSA conference and is scheduled to be presented at MPSA’s 74th annual conference in April 2016 at the Palmer House in Chicago.
In addition to serving as the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, Meier also directs the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance, the Texas Educational Excellence Project, and the Carlos Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment and holds a joint appointment as a professor of public management at the Cardiff University School of Business (Wales). Meier is considered a leading authority in two areas of research – the role of public organizations in public policy and race and politics.
Among Meier’s career achievement awards are the H. George Frederickson Award, the C. Dwight Waldo Award, the John Gaus Award, the Charles Levine Award, and the Association of Former Students Award for Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and has been an Advanced Institute of Management Fellow (United Kingdom), a Research Fellow of the Danish Institute for Social Research, and a Big XII Faculty Fellow. Meier has served as president of the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southwest Political Science Association. He is also a former editor of the American Journal of Political Science and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Perhaps more important than his scholarship, Ken Meier has influenced countless members of the discipline and continues to mentor graduate and undergraduate students while maintaining a highly productive research agenda. He has served as a chair or member on over 60 dissertation committees and over 30 MA committees. The award, proposed and initially funded by Meier’s current and former students in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M, was first announced at this year’s “Meierpalooza”, an annual celebration held during the MPSA conference.
Individuals serving as Chairs and Discussants at the 2015 MPSA conference may nominate outstanding papers in politics, public administration, and public policy for the Kenneth J. Meier Award at http://www.MPSAnet.org/Awards. Donations may be made to the Kenneth J. Meier Award fund online at http://www.MPSAnet.org/Awards/MakeaDonation.
For additional information, please contact Amanda Rutherford, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University at (214) 803-3114 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Heeke, Director of Membership and Communications, Midwest Political Science Association at (812) 558-0588 x 3 or email@example.com.
Jose D. Villallobos is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence in the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He received the George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award, for best dissertation on the U.S. Presidency, awarded by the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association in 2009. His most recent achievement is the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and he also was awarded UTEP’s Most Distinguished Faculty Member Award for commitment to teaching excellence earlier in 2014.
His core areas of research are presidential management/policy making and the public presidency. In particular, he focuses on questions that explore how and why presidential managerial and rhetorical strategies influence policy making performance and, in turn, how the public influences and appraises such efforts. He is also interested in studies on race/ethnicity and immigration. His publications include articles in Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Administration & Society, Public Administration, Review of Policy Research, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Conflict Management, Contemporary Politics, and Race, Gender & Class.
Dr. Villalobos currently serves as board member for the Presidents & Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association. He recently served as the Executive Politics section chair for the 2013 Western Political Science Association conference and has been selected to serve as the Presidential/Executive Politics section chair for the 2015 Southern Political Science Association conference. He was also selected to serve as a keynote speaker for the Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso and LULAC. Prior to that, he served as President of the Midwest Latino/a Caucus section of the Midwest Political Science Association from 2008-2011. At UTEP, Dr. Villalobos serves as a Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Director of Student Enhancement and External Relations, Faculty Senator, member of the Political Science Department’s Undergraduate Committee, and department website manager.
The Department of Political Science nominated and sponsored Dr. Clarence E. Sasser (’73) for an Honorary Doctorate Degree, passed by resolution in April 2014 by the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate and approved by the Dr. Mark A. Hussey, Interim President of Texas A&M, and the TAMUS Board of Regents. Dr. Sasser received the award for his extraordinary devotion in a lifetime career of public service in the VA to help America’s military veterans. In his own military service, Dr. Sasser was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions with the U.S. Army in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968 while serving as a medic. In November 2013, Dr. Sasser was enshrined as the eighth Aggie and the first African-American into the Aggie Medal of Honor Hall of Honor in the TAMU Memorial Student Center. At the special award presentation for Dr. Sasser at the May 9, 2014 graduation ceremonies, Dr. Kenneth J. Meier, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M, and Director of the Project for Equity, Representation, & Governance in the Department of Political Science, presented Dr. Sasser with the Honorary Medallion accompanying the Doctorate Degree. Left to right on stage with Dr. Sasser during the ceremonies are Dr. Michael Benedik, Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost, Dr. Kenneth J. Meier, Dr. Clarence E. Sasser (’73), Dr. José Luiz Bermúdez, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (holding Dr. Sasser’s Honorary Diploma), and Dr. Mark A. Hussey, Interim President, Texas A&M University.