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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...

Suzanne Berger

Suzanne Berger and Chap Lawson are highlighted for their role in the MIT-France MISTI program, "MIT-France: Bolstering connections between MIT and the world." One of the flagship programs of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, MIT-France has matched over 840 MIT students with real-life, hands-on, work experiences at French companies and labs from Paris to Lyon to Marseille. more...

Joseff Kolman

Joseff Kolman, Physics/Political Science '17 undergraduate, is featured in the MIT News, "Joseff Kolman: An MIT undergrad at the Paris climate talks." Meet Joseff Kolman. A junior majoring in both physics and political science, Kolman is the only MIT undergraduate joining three graduate students and numerous MIT faculty in attending this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris. More on the preparation, as well as the follow-up of his experience...

M. Taylor Fravel

M. Taylor Fravel in the spotlight, "M. Taylor Fravel: academic rigor in the study of Chinese security policy." Thanks to a land reclamation project on a set of rocks and reefs in the middle of the sea, M. Taylor Fravel’s research is much in demand these days. His research isn’t about marine biology or civil engineering, however. Fravel’s analysis is sought out because the sea in question is the South China Sea and his expertise is in Chinese military strategy and security policy. more...

Devin Caughey

Devin Caughey and Chris Warshaw's research is featured on the MIT News homepage, "Mapping the history of U.S. state politics: Unique new study shows political orientation of all 50 U.S. states over time." Their research shows for the first time the modern political trajectory of all 50 U.S. states, since 1936, by examining their laws in relation to nearly 150 policy issues. Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego who is an expert on state-level politics, noted that “This paper fills a massive hole. Everyone thinks there are great questions in state politics, but not great common data sets.” more...

Chappell Lawson

The 50th Annversary Symposium held November 6, 2015, brought together Alumni, Faculty, students, and friends of the department, to celebrate 50 years of rigor and relevance. Also highlighted in the SHASS News, the symposium drew more than 200 people to MIT’s Wong Auditorium for a daylong series of panel discussions that explored the department’s distinctive strengths and its influence on the nation and the world. more...

Chappell Lawson

Barry Posen is among a panel of experts interviewed by Tom Ashbrook on NPR's On Point, discussing the expanding military deployment in Iraq and where it goes. "A New American Military Push in Iraq: The new US military push in Iraq against ISIS. More advisers. More arms. Is it enough? Too much? Is it mission creep?" more...

Chappell Lawson

Chappell Lawson is featured in the MIT News to discuss the International Policy Lab's origins and work. "For some people, this may be a very brief one-time engagement. For others it could lead them to something that they find much more appealing. Either way, we’re there to help." more...

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart's Voting Technology project releases white paper. Part of the "Polling Place of the Future Project" of the Voting Technology Project, this report takes several new steps in the effort to spread the word about the usefulness of applying queuing theory to improve polling place practices. more...

Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang is the 2016 recipient of the Best Book Award of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). Vipin won for his recent book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era. The award will be presented at the ISA conference next year in Atlanta. more...

Vipin Narang

Leah Rosenzweig discuss her path to pursuing her doctorate in political science at MIT, and current research in several African nations, including a project through the MIT Governance Lab, "A Broader View of Political Participation: Insights From Leah Rosenzweig’s Research in Sub-Saharan Africa." more...

Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf, PhD '81, Governor of Pennsylvania, is on the MIT News page, SHASS News, and featured on the department home page. "MIT taught me that the real task of understanding and explaining human behavior, especially political behavior, involves a rich blend of disciplinary insights. Fortunately for me, MIT promoted interdisciplinary thinking because that’s just the way MIT was set up. People in different disciplines actually talked to each other." more...

Yiqing Xu

Amanda Rothschild and Amanda Rothschild have jointly won the 2016 Patricia Weitsman Graduate Student Paper Award from the International Studies Association. Mark won for his paper “Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy,” and Amanda for her paper entitled, “Tipping Theory: Origins of Great Britain's Suppression of the Slave Trade and Implications for Today's Collective Action Problems.”

Yiqing Xu

Yiqing Xu has won the 2015 Malcom Jewell Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. His paper with Eric Wang entitled “Awakening Leviathan: Democratization and State Capacity, 1960-2009” was chosen out of the largest set of papers ever nominated for the award. more...

Reid Pauly

Reid Pauly's paper "A Norm in All But Name: Paul Nitze, McGeorge Bundy, and the Idea of Nuclear Non-Use," has won the Doreen & Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challengem, run by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The paper will be published in The Nonproliferation Review and is accompanied by a monetary prize. more...

Richard Samuels

Yiqing Xu in the student spotlight and MIT News, "Building and applying analytical tools" more...

Richard Samuels

Dick Samuels is one of four experts featured on NHK World's Global Agenda, "Power Plays in Asia-Pacific: 70 Years After WWII." Experts from Japan, China and the U.S. discuss the best way forward for Asia, and how to bring it about. Said Dick Samuels, "Countries need to find ways to achieve their national interests in the context of a new power balance." more...

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Justin DeBenedictis-Kessner was selected as the 2015 Norton Long Young Scholar of the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association. The award is given to a young scholar who has submitted an exceptionally strong proposal for presentation at the APSA annual conference, in his case a paper entitled, “Asleep at the Switch: Local Public Services and Municipal Accountability.” The purpose of the award is to honor emerging scholars in the field, to enable them to present their work at APSA, and to welcome them into the Urban Politics network of scholars (including a special dinner with other award winners and senior scholars at the APSA annual meeting.)

Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen's book, Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge UP, 2014), has been co-awarded the 2015 Best Book Award of the APSA Organized Section on European Politics and Society. This is the second award she has recieved for this work, after receiving the Barrington Moore prize from the The American Sociological Association. more...

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto has won the Society for Political Methodology’s 2015 Miller Prize for the best article published in Political Analysis. The award is for the article he wrote with Jens Hainmueller and Dan Hopkins entitled “Causal Inference in Conjoint Analysis." more...

Noel Anderson

Noel Anderson and Alec Worsnop have each been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. These very competitive fellowships support dissertation write-up and are aimed at “research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world." more...

Dan de Kadt

Dan de Kadt’s co-authored paper, “Agents of the Regime? Traditional Leaders and Electoral Clientelism in South Africa,” has been selected the co-winner of the Fiona Macgillivray Award for the best Political Economy paper presented at the previous year’s annual APSA meeting, awarded by the APSA’s political economy section. more...

Chris Warshaw

Chris Warshaw is interviewed by Ylan Mui on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, to discuss his research on the Most Liberal and Conservative Cities in America, and how local views do in fact correlate to questions on larger, national policy. more...

Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang and Frank Gavin are among MIT experts weighing in on The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, "This deal is better than no deal. A more stringent sanctions regime would have been virtually impossible to construct and sustain." more...

In Song Kim

In Song Kim has been awarded the 2015 Mancur Olson Award for the best dissertation in Political Economy in the previous two years. This award is given by the APSA’s Political Economy Section, currently chaired by Prof. Catherine Boone. more...

Frank Gavin

Frank Gavin discusses the puzzling foundations of the Anglo-American special relationships in The American Interest, "A Special Relationship: Friends or Frenemies?" more...

Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell has has been awarded the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Chair, effective July 1, 2015. This professorship was established in 1961 by Dr. Arthur Sloan, a noted chemist and former Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Research Corporation, and his wife, Dr. Ruth C. Sloan, a distinguished historian. more...

Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen was awarded the Barrington Moore prize from the The American Sociological Association, for her book, Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity. This award is given annually to the best book in the area of comparative and historical sociology. more...

Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell has been named the next Political Science Department Head, beginning July 1, 2015. Professor Campbell's interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. She is the author of "Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle" University Press of Chicago, 2014. more...

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto is awarded the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Professorship, begginning July 1, 2015. This professorship was created through a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Hayes. Mr. Hayes was a member of the Chemical Engineering class of 1929. more...

Rick Locke

Richard Locke is named the next Provost of Brown university. “Rick Locke is a highly respected scholar, has positioned Watson as a prominent center for international and public affairs, and emerged as the leading choice among outstanding candidates to lead the University’s academic programs,” Brown University's President Christina said. more...

Melissa Nobles

Melissa Nobles is named the next Dean of SHASS. "Professor Nobles offers us a vision of the humanities, arts, and social sciences as the human stage on which our scientific and technical solutions have purpose and meaning. We are fortunate that she will bring to the deanship such an expansive worldview.” -MIT President L. Rafael Reif. more...

Kenneth Oye

Ken Oye is featured in the MIT News, "3 Questions: Kenneth Oye on regulating drugs. New potential for “homemade” opiates raises oversight issues." Read Professor Oye's explanations on the importance of their policy recommendations that accompanied a new scientific breakthrough published in Nature Chemical Biology. more...

Kenneth Oye

Ken Oye, Chap Lawson, and Tania Bubela, in a recent Nature Chemical Biology article, urge the research community and the public require a fast, flexible response to the synthesis of morphine by engineered yeasts. Listen to the authors comment in Nature Chemical Biology, and read subsequent discussions in Scientific American, Associated Press, NewScientist, Wired, The Washington Post, Nature, PBS, The New Yorker, and the New York Times.

Adam Berinsky

Adam Berinsky is featured on the MIT News home page, "Rumors have it. Study: Trying to correct political myths may only entrench them further" discussing his paper that will soon be published in the British Journal of Political Science. The study, “Rumors, Truths, and Reality: A Study of Political Misinformation” finds that trying to correct political myths may only reinforce them. more...

President Reif and Shinzo Abe

In conjunction with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, the government of Japan announced a new gift to MIT. The gift takes the form of a fund that will initially support research in Japanese politics and diplomacy at MIT’s Center for International Studies (CIS) and, in its second phase, the creation of a new chaired professorship, to be titled the Professor of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Diplomacy, within MIT’s Department of Political Science. more...

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia has been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in the inaugural year of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Christia's research, which focuses on ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and the threat they pose to stability, offers new understandings of how cooperation emerges in violently contested environments, and what roles identity, material incentives, networks, and institutions play in that process. more...

Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. "Each new member is a leader in his or her field and has made a distinct contribution to the nation and the world,” (Don Randel, chair of the academy’s Board of Directors.) more...

Andreas Wiedemann

Andreas Wiedemann recieved a 2015 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF). The program supports the development of innovative dissertation proposals in the humanities and social sciences by offering workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review. more...

Krista Loose

Krista Loose and Lena Andrews honored as 2015 Graduate Women of Excellence by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Honorees are nominated and selected based on their leadership and service contributions at the Institute, their dedication to mentoring and their drive to make changes to improve student experience. more...

Melissa Nobles

Melissa Nobles featured in the MIT News and Spectrum, "3 Questions: Melissa Nobles on advancing racial and restorative justice: Head of political science at MIT says understanding the past is a source for social innovation in our own time," Professor Nobles discusses the ongoing aftermath of the shooting deaths in Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland, and what her research suggests about the current efforts to advance civil rights in America, including possibilities for restorative Justice at SHASS News and Spectrum

Melissa Nobles

Lily Tsai and GOV/LAB are featured in Spectrum. Read about the program's research and progress connecting those on the front lines of political activity with scholars conducting rigorous academic research. "Poverty and development are political problems. My personal motivation for starting Governance Lab was to help figure out how to make governments more accountable and responsive to their citizens. This is important not just because it is what democracy is all about, but also because it’s impossible to get better development unless we increase citizen voice and increase government accountability." more...

Rachel Esplin Odell

Rachel Esplin Odell is awarded a 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship (NSF GRPF). Three additional Political Science graduate students recieved Honorable Mention for their submission; Nina McMurry, Elizabeth Dekeyser, and Marsin Alshamary. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. more...

Joseph Torigian

Joseph Torigian's research is featured on the MIT News, "Using historical analysis to crack the code of authority in closed societies,” Read about his unique path in the fields of security studies, area studies, and historical institutionalism, and his work in China and the Soviet Union. more...

Charles Stewart book

Charles Stewart's latest book, co-authored with Brown Professor Wendy Schiller, examines party politics, money, and personal ambition that dominated the election process from 1871 to 1913. They raise important questions about the effectiveness of Constitutional reforms, such as the Seventeenth Amendment, that promised to produce a more responsive and accountable government. more...

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia's research is featured on the MIT News homepage, "Studying conflict from the ground up- Newly tenured Fotini Christia studies political conflict — making findings that policymakers can use." Christia discusses growing up, and her research in the dynamics of civil wars, local politics, and the postwar reconstruction of states, which she has studied from Afghanistan to Yemen. “I think there are meaningful ways to study conflict without endangering lives,” more...

Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri is interveiwed by faculti, investigates the implications of this new cyberpolitical reality for international relations theory, policy, and practice. more...

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto's co-authored paper, is featured in the MIT News "Explaining what voters try to hide: New paper shows how “conjoint analysis” can tackle hard political issues...Pollsters have long suspected that voters are wary of admitting to, say, ethnic or religious biases. But now Yamamoto and his colleagues have found a way to test conjoint analysis’s predictive abilities by pitting it against real-world voting results” more...

Lily Tsai

Lily Tsai is featured in the SHASS February Said and Done as recipient of the 2015 Levitan Prize. " Lily Tsai’s proposal is both technically feasible and morally and politically significant,” said Ruth Perry, the Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of the Humanities, and head of the Levitan Prize selection committee. It is research designed both to teach and model “the usefulness of citizen participation in gathering information.” more...

Ben Morse

An initiative by MIT GOV/LAB researchers Professor Lily Tsai and PhD candidate Ben Morse is helping to inform government and NGO officials’ response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia by disseminating data on key economic and sociopolitical outcomes to key stakeholders. The MIT-based research team collaborated with local Liberian NGO Parley to gather data directly from citizens about their levels of food security, non-Ebola health needs, economic hardships, and cooperation with outreach efforts, and presented this data on a publicly available website. more...

Richard Samuels

Richard Samuels Richard Samuels has been appointed an Einstein Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the Free University of Berlin. The chair includes support for regular research trips to Berlin as well as funds to build a research group of doctoral candidates and post doctoral fellows to study security in East Asia.

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart joins forces with Professor Ronald Rivest (EECS), for "Elections and Voting Technology," a new course that helps students meet the complex challenges of modern election systems. Co-listed as 6.S897 and 17.S952, (Elections and Voting Technology) the class explored challenges embedded in election systems from both the technical and the political science perspective — providing students with new insights into the complexities of a system many thought they understood.“I had this idea we could fix voting so easily by using electronic voting machines, but to learn there are huge security concerns was really interesting for me,” said Megan Goldberg, a PhD student in political science whose research focuses on political behavior. more...

Chris Warshaw

Chris Warshaw's research is referenced in the Washington Post's: Monkey Cage, "Very liberal cities have racially diverse police forces. So do very conservative ones." In a study with UCLA’s Chris Tausanovitch, Professor Warshaw uses survey data to develop a measure of the liberalism and conservatism of the residents of large U.S. cities. They find that cities’ policies on taxes, spending, and a range of other issues are highly correlated with where their residents stand on the liberal-conservative spectrum. more...

David Singer

David Singer is featured on the MIT ILP homepage, Watching How the Money Flows. Read how Singer's work maps the influence of global capital flows among governments, banks, and individuals around the world. Read the article and listen to his interviews here.

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