Associate professor Diego von Vacano Camera was recently quoted on the NBC News website regarding Hispanics in the GOP and the soul wrestling and political positioning some are going through. The article can be found online at this link.
Prof. Diego von Vacano has been named Editor of the Oxford University Press book series “Studies in Comparative Political Theory.” The series will publish books by political scientists on non-Western political thought, with special emphasis on Latin American, Islamic, and East Asian traditions.
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.
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.