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.
Vipin Narang's recent book, "Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict" discussion is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, and provides insight for Stars and Stripes article, "On Land and on Sea, China's Nuclear Capability Grows"
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...
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 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 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 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 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 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...
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...
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.
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.”
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...
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.
Vipin Narang awarded the Mitsui Career Development Chair. He will hold this chair for three years, effective July 1, 2014.
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...
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...
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."
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."
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