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Adam Berinsky

Lourdes Melgar (PhD'92), the Center for International Studies’s Robert Wilhelm Fellow, and former Mexican government official in the MIT News,"3 Questions: Lourdes Melgar on Mexico's energy reform," discusses opportunities and challenges of recent energy reforms in Mexico. More...

Adam Berinsky

Adam Berinsky in MIT News, "The Power of Perceptions: Study shows how information sources affect voters." The study, coauthored by Berinsky, and conducted during the U.S. presidential primaries for the 2016 election, uses a series of statements by President Donald J. Trump — then one of many candidates in the Republican field — to see how partisanship and prior beliefs interact with evaluations of objective fact. More...

Rich Nielsen

Rich Nielsen on how Political Scienc combat's terrorism, "My own work has drawn heavily on a number of normally distant disciplines: statistics, Arabic, computer science, computational linguistics, anthropology, and Islamic studies. I’ve reached new insights as a result, and I’m convinced that despite the tendency for scholars to remain in our own disciplinary silos, the big breakthroughs on complex issues will come at the intersections of fields, from researchers and teams that are willing to bridge disciplinary divides.” More...

Dean Knox

Dean Knox in the MIT News, "Strength in numbers: PhD student Dean Knox studies social networks and how individuals use them to access government goods and services." Thanks to smartphones, millions of people now hold the ability to text, tweet, post, and ping in the palm of their hand. Much has been written about this constant connectedness and its effects on the individual. But what does it tell us about how society works? What effects do networks have on politics? More...

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewarts' Election Data and Science Lab launched January 10th, 2017, and is featured in the MIT News. Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, their press release states that "It’s imperative that we, as a nation, get this right and we believe that this lab, under Professor [Charles] Stewart’s leadership, can move us in the right direction.” More...

Yulia Klochan

Yuliya Klochan '18 (Philosophy; Political Science) is named a 2017 Burchard Scholar. Awardees are distinguished members of the faculty and promising MIT sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, or social sciences. About 35 MIT undergraduates are selected each year for the competitive program. Each cohort of "Burchards" participates for one calendar year, from February through December. More...

Meicen Sun

Meicen Sun's article in Foreign Policy Analysis, "A Bigger Bang for a Bigger Buck: What China’s Changing Attitude Toward UN Peacekeeping Says About Its Evolving Approach to International Institutions." More...

Ken Oye

Ken Oye is featured in the School of Humanites Arts and Social Sciences Human Factor series, and discusses the importance of collaborating with technologists to inform good policy on the issues he cares about most — from climate change to synthetic biology. More...

Richard Samuels

Richard Samuels is cited in the article "Japan's pivot from Obama to Trump" in the New Yorker. “Japan becoming more militarily muscular is certainly a goal of Abe’s, and there is a possibility Trump will give Japan’s Prime Minister more freedom to do the things he wants, which is to contribute more to the alliance militarily, on the security side.” More...

Barry Posen

Barry Posen in The National Interest, "How to think about Russia," provides insight in a muti-part symposium, about the future of U.S.-Russia relations under President-elect Donald Trump. "Because the West is strong, and relative to Russia likely to get stronger, it is in a position to accommodate some Russian concerns." More...

Evan Lieberman

Evan Lieberman in the MIT News, "Democracy Now: Political scientist Evan Lieberman studies ethnic identity and African politics," witnesses a different type of civic engagment first-hand when he conducts research in sub-Saharan Africa, a region he has been studying closely for a quarter-century now. More...

Dean Knox

Fotini Christia, Elizabeth Dekeyser, and Dean Knox publish in the Washington Post, "Shiites are participating in the world’s largest pilgrimage today. Here’s how they view the world.," their findings from a survey of over 4,000 observant men and women from two of the largest and most influential Shiite countries: Iran and Iraq. More...

Whose Vote Matters

The election forum, "Whose vote matters?" co-hosted by the Department of Politcal Science, Boston Review, the MIT School for Humanites, Arts and Social Sciences, and the 1871 Kent State Memorial Fund, was held November 1, at the Stata center. Watch...

Charles Stewart III

Charles Stewart III author's op-ed in the Washington Post, "Donald Trump’s ‘rigged election’ talk is changing minds. Democrats’ minds, that is." More...

Ken Oye

Ken Oye featured in Spectrum, along with Rosalind W. Picard, in "The Measure of a Man: wearables are a frontier for both technology and policy," discussing the future policy and technology implications of wearable sensors. More...

Ariel White

Ariel White featured on the MIT News homepage, "Electing to vote or not: Assistant Professor Ariel White is looking to understanding how government, policies, and people affect voting behavior." More...

Elizabeth Dekeyser

Fotini Christia, Elizabeth Dekeyser, and Dean Knox publish in Foreign Affairs, "Mapping Shiite Opinion: Insights from the Arba’een Pilgrimage," their findings from a survey of over 4,000 observant men and women from two of the largest and most influential Shiite countries: Iran and Iraq. More...

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia featured on the MIT News homepage,"3Q: Fotini Christia and Ali Jadbabaie on researching the dynamics of sociopolitcal change." More...

Lourdes Melgar

Lourdes Melgar (PhD '92) Mexico's former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Melgar will arrive to MIT in September 2016 and will be in residence at CIS for the 2016-2017 academic year. More...

Rick Locke

Rick Locke (PhD'89) former Professor and Department head, recieves Progress Medal for his work on fairness and human right. The award recognizes Locke’s “work on labor justice in global supply chains and the influence and limits of private standards in integrating equity and efficiency,” the Society stated in announcing the awards on Sept. 23. More...

Greg Distelhorst

Greg Distelhorst (PhD'13) returns to campus to join the Sloan School of Management as the Mitsubishi Career Development Professor in International Management and Assistant Professor in Global Economics and Management. More...

Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh discusses North Korean Sanctions on NPR. More...

Ariel White

Ariel White is honored with the Heinz Eulau Award for her co-authored article "What Do I Need to Vote?  Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials," which appeared in the February 2015 edition of the American Political Science Review. More...

Sara Plana

Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott's paper, featured in the Monkey Cage, "Maybe U.S. police aren’t militarized enough. Here’s what police can learn from soldiers," More...

Dick Samuels

Dick Samuels is cited in Deutsche Welle, "Businessman Trump or bureaucrat Hillary - Whom does Asia prefer?" More...

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart's co-author paper (with ) in the Monkey Cage, "Americans have become much less confident that we count votes accurately." More...

Barry Posen

Barry Posen named Kissinger Chair at the John W. Kluge Center More...

George Rathjens

George Rathjens a professor emeritus of political science at MIT, died May 27 at age 90. Rathjens is best known for his contributions to the theory and practice of nuclear arms control. He brought a fundamental understanding of the weapons and technologies to policy discussions and was a major participant in the controversial debate in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the wisdom of deploying ballistic missile defenses.. More...

F. Daniel Hidalgo

F. Daniel Hidalgo has been selected to be the next Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professor beginning July 1, 2016 for a three-year term. Established by longtime friends and generous benefactors of the Institute, Cecil and Ida Green, this professorship recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching by gifted young faculty members. More...

Barry Posen

Barry Posen has received the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award for lifetime achievement in International Security Studies. Given by the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, the award recognizes Posen’s contributions to scholarship and teaching.

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Lourdes Melgar, PhD '92: 3 Questions with the Pioneering Energy Reformer and Political Science Graduate. More...

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Primary factors: Charles Stewart III, Devin Caughey weigh in on the 2016 U.S. presidential primaries. More...

Drew Altman

Drew Altman, PhD ’83: On Course XVII, and advancing health policy at a national level more...

Mark Bell

Mark Bell’s paper “What Do Nuclear Weapons Offer States? A Theory of State Foreign Policy Response to Nuclear Acquisition” is the co-recipient of the Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student in a Foreign Policy Panel at the 2015 APSA meeting.

Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. more...

Taylor Fravel

Taylor Fravel has been named to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program for the 2016-17 academic year, a prestigious award he will use to extend his studies of Asia’s ongoing maritime disputes. more...

Adam Berinsky

Adam Berinsky has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. These prestigious fellowships are “midcareer” awards, “intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” more...

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart's work is cited on NPR, "What Keeps Election Officials Up At Night? Fear Of Long Lines At The Polls" more...

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Nicolas Dumas, Sara Plana, and Andrew Halterman have each been awarded NSF graduate research fellowships to support their 2016-2017 graduate studies. Congratulations to all three on this well deserved recognition! more...

Ben Ross Schneider

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner in the student spotlight, "Examining Accountability Through the Lens of Local Politics." more...

Ben Ross Schneider

Ben Schneider's book, New Order and Progress: Development and Democracy in Brazil, published by Oxford University Press, is featured in the MIT News. "3 Questions: Ben Ross Schneider on Brazil’s crisis moment: As political scandal swirls, are there still signs of progress?" more...

Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri will be honored at this year's International Studies Association (ISA) convention in Atlanta. The Political Demography and Geography section will be hosting a distinguished scholar panel in her honor on Friday, March 18th, at 4pm. more...

Gene Skolnikoff

Eugene Skolnikoff, Professor Emeritus, PhD '65, is featured in the department's Spring spotlight series, "The circuitous path of an expert in Security Studies." more...

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia is featured in FiveThirtyEights's: What's the Point program, "What We Can Learn About Drone Strikes From 10 Million Yemeni Cell Phones." In her interview, she discusses Yemen's demographics and everyday life from cell phone data, "in less populated areas...we are interested in trying to understand how the strike propagates and what sort of effect it has in terms of an informational cascade." more...

Amanda Rothschild

Ketian Zhang, Stephen Wittels, and Fiona Cunningham have each been awarded a World Politics Fellowship grant by the Smith Richardson Foundation. Awards are granted to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. More about Ketian Zhang, Stephen Wittels, and Fiona Cunningham.

Amanda Rothschild

Amanda Rothschild's piece in Foreign Affairs, "ISIS and Genocide: How the United States Talks about Atrocities" challenges the Obama Administration's reluctance to use the word "Genocide" when discussing ISIS violence. more...

Marika Landau-Wells

Marika Landau-Wells is featured in the MIT News, "It’s All in Our Heads: Political science PhD student Marika Landau-Wells is using psychology and neuroscience to better understand political behavior." more...

Marika Landau-Wells

Lena Andrews, with Julia McDonald, co-author article in War on the Rocks, "Five Costs of Military Innovation" more...

Mark Bell

Mark Bell's latest article about the causes of nuclear proliferation, is featured in its own forum published in International Studies Quarterly. Read reviews by scholars of nuclear-weapons policy and proliferation for their reactions to Bell’s research note. more...

F. Daniel Hidalgo

F. Daniel Hidalgo's latest co-authored paper, with Simeon Nichter, political science professor at the University of California, San Diego, is featured on the MIT News homepage, "A Cleaner Ballot Box: In Brazil, auditing voter rolls has shrunk the electorate — to the dismay of incumbents." An effort to clean up local elections in Brazil has yielded new evidence about the prevalence of “voter buying” in one of the world’s largest democracies. more...

M. Taylor Fravel

Taylor Fravel and PhD candidate Fiona Cunningham, in a new article in International Security, examine whether China will abandon its long-standing nuclear strategy of assured retaliation for a first-use posture. more...

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