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Rich Nielsen

Jonathan Caverly, MIT Political Science Research Associate, is interviewed by Joshua Holland of BillMoyers.com, "Does Rising Inequality Make a Democracy More Warlike?" more...

Rich Nielsen

Program Spotlight: UROP MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) gives undergraduate students a chance to gain hands-on experience by doing cutting-edge research. Within the Department of Political Science, the program allows students to work with leading researchers on topical issues like voting and the US budget. Read the Department Spotlight and MIT News article.

Rich Nielsen

Rich Nielsen is featured on the MIT News homepage, "Why sign rights treaties? Study: Autocratic leaders who sign human-rights treaties seek political gain, not material benefits." more...

Barry Posen

Barry Posen helps analyze Obama's ISIS strategy on The Agenda, with Steve Palkin, Janice Stein, Kamran Bokhari, and Hussein Ibish. "The basic idea should be to contain ISIL, and then try to encourage the local countries to do what they can, to either eradicate this threat, or to inoculate themselves against it." more...

Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell's book is featured on the MIT News homepage, "Caught in the Social Safety Net: Andrea Campbell gives a firsthand perspective on the effects of means-tested social insurance programs. When a nursing student named Marcella Wagner swerved to avoid another car on a freeway in northern California, in February 2012, her entire life changed." more...

Evan Lieberman

Evan Lieberman is featured on the MIT News homepage, "Evan Lieberman: Southern Africa as a lens on ethnicity, governance, and citizenship" As a high school student in the 1980s, Evan Lieberman developed an interest in South Africa. It was the height of the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S., and Lieberman wrote an article for his school newspaper on the pros and cons of institutions divesting their South Africa-related holdings. The article prompted the private school’s board of directors to divest. more...

In Song Kim

In Song Kim is featured on the MIT News homepage, "In Song Kim: Bringing big data to bear on international trade" In Song Kim was raised with an appreciation for the importance of closely tracking international relations. His grandfather was a Korean politician who lived through the Japanese occupation and World War II. He taught his family that the fate of small countries is often determined by negotiations among the big powers. more...

Fotini Christia

Tom O'Grady's pre-election report on the coming Scottish Referendum on independence is published in the Washington Post, "Something extraordinary is happening in Scotland." Will a passport soon be needed to cross from Scotland to England? Read the original piece in the Washington Post, and his follow up interview featured in Spectrum and on the MIT News homepage.

Trapped

Andrea Campbell's new book "Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle" offers a personal account of how "behind the statistics and beyond the ideological battles are human beings whose lives are stunted by policies that purport to help them. In showing how and why this happens, Trapped in America’s Safety Net offers a way to change it." Read reviews at University of Chicago Press, Harvard Magazine, and the MIT Technology Review.

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia's award winning book, "Alliance Formation in Civil Wars" is cited in the Washington Post Monkey Cage "What the evidence on interventions really tells us about Syria" and the New York Times "Syria and the Risks of Intervention."

Evan Lieberman

Spotlight-Evan Lieberman "Southern Africa as a lens on ethnicity, governance and citizenship"

In Song Kim

Spotlight-In Song Kim "Bringing big data to bear on international trade"

Barry Posen

Barry Posen discusses US policy in Iraq with Tom Ashbrook on WBUR, "For The U.S., Intervention Or Restraint In Iraq?" and on KCRW radio: "Is the US Doubling Down in Iraq?"

Frank Gavin

Frank Gavin is fearured in the MIT News, "The History Man: Nuclear security expert Francis Gavin brings a historical approach to the study of international politics." more...

Stephen Van Evera

Stephen Van Evera discusses the causes of war, and helps to explore Christopher Loyden's question, of Radio Open Source, "How do we like living in the world that the Great War made?...We’re still putting out fires that were set in 1914 — and it’s tempting to imagine that it could have gone differently." listen...

Charles Steward

Charles Stewart's new book, The Measure of American Elections (Cambridge Studies in Election Law and Democracy), brings together a dozen leading scholars to examine the performance of elections across the United States, using a data-driven perspective. This book represents a transformation in debates about election reform, away from partisan and ideological posturing, toward using scientific analysis to evaluate the conduct of contemporary elections. more...

Chris Warshaw

Chris Warshaw is featured on the MIT News homepage "Contrary to image, city politicians do adapt to voters: Urban politicians in the U.S. are responsive to voters’ views, regardless of the form of government." more at MIT News & WBUR

Ken Oye

Ken Oye is featured on the MIT News homepage "3 Questions: Kenneth Oye on the regulation of genetic engineering," discussing his latest work published in Science, on the policy involved in genetic engineering. He makes the case that the U.S. government, and international groups, need to adapt their procedures to enable more robust discussion and evaluation in this field. Read his feature in the MIT News, and coverage of his work at Science Express "Regulating Gene Drives," Science podcast interview, Science Insider article "U.S. researchers call for greater oversight of powerful genetic technology," and PBS Nova Next's article "Geneticially Engineering Almost Anything."

Evan Lieberman

Evan Lieberman is awarded the 2014 David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award from the APSA’s Section on Qualitative and Multi-method Research. This award is given to a mid-career political scientist “to recognize distinction in methodological publications, innovative application of qualitative and multi-method approaches in substantive research, and/or institutional contributions to this area of methodology.” more...

Barry Posen

Barry Posen is featured on the homepage of the MIT News, "Time to rethink Foreign Policy? In a new book, political scientist Barry Posen makes the case for a more limited U.S. military strategy...After years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan without lasting stability to show for it, Posen says, it is time to use U.S. military power more judiciously, with a narrower range of goals." more...

Frank Gavin

Frank Gavin discusses "What new academic research can teach us about nuclear weapons" in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. Gavin provides an "introduction to a brief Monkey Cage symposium on what new academic research by historians and political scientists has to say about old and important questions about the role of nuclear weapons in international politics." more...

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration panel, on the Collection, Analysis and Use of Data: A Measured Approach to Improving Election Administration. "There is a need for a more data-centered approach to election administration" Read or Watch his testimony.

Barry Posen

Barry Posen is interviewed on Broadside, "No More Iraqs?" to argue for future limits on U.S. troop involvement overseas. "...the American people are showing that they’re not that ambivalent,” Posen said. “They’re pretty disinterested in large scale warfare and I think part of the problem is the Americans have been at this so-called Global War on Terror since the tragedy of 9/11 and they’ve been told every few years about various kinds of progress that’s being made.” more...

Gina Bateson

Gina Bateson is awarded the American Political Science Association's 2014 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics, entitled "Order and Violence in Postwar Guatemala." Gina will receive the award at the APSA’s annual conference August. more...

Restraint

Barry Posen's new book "Restraint: A new foundation for U.S. grand strategy" explains why the dominant view among the nation’s foreign policy elites, what he calls “liberal hegemony,” has proved unnecessary, counterproductive, costly, and wasteful. His alternative — restraint — would resist the impulse to use U.S. military power, and focus the military’s and the nation’s attention on the most urgent challenges to national security. Video of book forum at the Cato institute. more...

NSF

Barry Posen, in Politico, discusses "The Case for Doing Nothing in Iraq: The same people that got us into this mess want America to 'do something.' Ignore them. more...

NSF

Fotini Christia, in MIT's Spectrum article, "From Conflict, Cooperation" asks in times of unrest, how do you get people to join your side? Read about her work, and latest project focused on Yemen. With her collaborators, she will analyze a massive body of anonymized cell phone records spanning the events of the Arab Spring, to better understand how communication affected the way protests happened.

NSF

Chris Warshaw awarded the Jeptha H. and Emily V. Wade Award, administered by the Provost’s office, for his project, “Is Seeing Believing? Changes in Popular Understanding of Climate Change Around the World.”

NSF

Vipin Narang's new book, featured in the MIT News, considers the range of nuclear choices made by regional powers and the critical challenges they pose to modern international security, “ ' I think there’s a myth that once a state acquires nuclear weapons, they’ll never face another conflict again,' Narang states. 'But nuclear weapons by themselves don’t [always] deter conventional conflict.' ” more...

NSF

Devin Caughey is the co-winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2014 Walter Dean Burnham Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in Politics and History.

NSF

Vipin Narang awarded the Mitsui Career Development Chair. He will hold this chair for three years, effective July 1, 2014.

NSF

Barry Posen's article "Ukraine: Part of America's "Vital Interests"?" takes a second look at the impact of foreign alighment with Ukraine. "If, in the worst case, all Ukraine were to "fall" to Russia, it would have little impact on the security of the United States." more...

NSF

Lucas Stanczyk awarded the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes excellence in both undergraduate and graduate instruction, and all nominations are made by students themselves. more...

NSF

Alec Worsnop awarded the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching for graduate teaching assistants. The award recognizes excellence in both undergraduate and graduate instruction, and all nominations are made by students themselves. more...

NSF

Taylor Fravel discusses the dispute between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea. Read at New York Times, NPR's Marketplace, CNN, and Bloomberg News.

NSF

Kathy Thelen's new book examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, focusing on developments in three arenas – industrial relations, vocational education and training, and labor market policy. While confirming a broad, shared liberalizing trend, it finds that there are in fact distinct varieties of liberalization associated with very different distributive outcomes. more...

NSF

Ben Armstrong, Elizabeth Dekeyser and Nina McMurray each received Honorable Mentions from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The NSF received over 14,000 applications and offered only 2,000 awards (including Honorable Mentions). more...

MITEI

Adam Berinsky and Chris Warshaw have been awarded a 2014 MITEI Seed Fund grant, to measure public opinion on an array of state-level energy policies. Eleven MITEI seed fund grants have been awarded for 2014, to support early-stage innovative energy projects. Additional research will examine whether the public holds state elected officials accountable for their energy policy decisions, and whether state policy outcomes are responsive to changes in public opinion. more...

Danny Hidalgo

Danny Hidalgo and his co-author, Simeon Nichter (UCSD) have won the Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for the best paper in comparative politics, “Voter Buying: Shaping the Electorate through Clientelism,” awarded by the Midwest Political Science Association. more...

David Singer

David Singer featured in the MIT News, "A scholar who thinks globally and acts locally: Political scientist David Singer produces innovative research on international financial policy." more...

Gina Bateson

Gina Bateson's spotlight is featured in the MIT News, "Regina Bateson: Crime, punishment and politics- MIT political scientist studies the long-term effects of war on people’s social and political behavior." more...

Burchard Scholars

Halide Bey (’15 Biology; Political Science), John W. Halloran, Jr. (’15 Political Science) & Sofia Essayan-Perez (’15 Brain and Cognitive sciences; minor, applied international studies) are among thirty-one MIT students selected as Burchard Scholars for 2014. more...

Suzanne Berger

Suzanne Berger opens the Boston Review forum debate, "How Finance Gutted Manufactoring: Since the 1980s, financial market pressures have driven companies to hive off activities that sustained manufacturing." More at Boston Review and spotlight in The Atlantic

Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri featured in the MIT News, "Modeling Cyberspace Control Worldwide: Nazli Choucri analyzes issues of governance, politics, and participation in online communications." more...

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto featured in the MIT News, "Inside the Minds of Voters: An MIT political scientist proposes a new polling method to reveal how voters make choices at the ballot box." more...

Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang featured in the MIT News, "After the U.S. leaves Afghanistan, then what? In talk, MIT professor examines the implications of the military drawdown for regional rivals India and Pakistan." more...

Frank Gavin

Francis Gavin profile featured in the MIT News and MITei Newsletter (2/18/14), "In major extension of MIT nuclear policy studies, Gavin begins work as first Frank Stanton Chair" MIT News and MIT Energy Initiative feature

Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri and her work for Minerva-Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) Project for the ILP, featured on the ILP homepage, analyzes issues of governance, politics and participation in the global onslaught of online communications. more...

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto received the "Editor's Choice" award from the Political Analysis journal for the article, "Causal Inference in Conjoint Analysis: Understanding Multidimensional Choices via Stated Preference Experiments," co-authored with Jens Hainmueller and Daniel Hopkins. This award is given to 1 to 2 articles per year (out of 30) that "the editors see as providing an especially significant contribution to political methodology."

Bateson Dove

Fotini Christia's book Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (CUP, 2012) has won the 2014 Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association (ENMISA). According to the section, "this award recognizes the best book published over the past two years in the study of the international politics of ethnicity, nationalism, or migration...Award criteria include originality of argument, research quality, innovative methods or methodological syntheses, text readability and policy implications."

NSF

Taylor Fravel discusses the controversial, recent fishing laws set by China; read and listen at The Economist, The New York Times, The Japan Times, Asia Times, and South China Morning Post.

Bateson Dove

Spotlight-Francis Gavin: In Major Extension of MIT Nuclear Policy Studies, Gavin Begins Work as First Frank Stanton Chair. more...

NYTimes cartoon

Spotlight-Alec Worsnop "Knowing the enemy" What makes an insurgency effective and deadly? It is a question the U.S. has been posing with increasing urgency since 9/11, and it is a central research preoccupation of Alec Worsnop, a Ph.D. candidate in political science. more...

Bateson Dove

Meet Halide Bey ('15): Searching for Solutions in Science and Society. more...

Bateson Dove

Spotlight-Gina Bateson: Crime, Punishment, and Politics. more...

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