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Fotini Christia's article at foriegnpolicy.com "Too Much of a Good Thing" offers insight as to whether local democracy helped or hindered post-2001 Afghanistan. more...

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Suzanne Berger's testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Dec. 11th, "Rebuilding American Manufacturing" More: video & transcript

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Taylor Fravel is interviewed by Carnegie-Tsinghua’s Paul Haenle to discuss "China's Maritime Security," Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, December 3, 2013. more...

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Michele Margolis and Michael Sances' research quoted in The Atlantic, "Do Democrats Make Better Neighbors?" Their research helps answer the author's question, "Who really is more generous?" more...

Ken Oye

Ken Oye joined Peter Carr of Lincoln Laboratory, Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ed You of the FBI, as guests on NPR's Science Friday on November 8, 2013. The segment, “Biosecurity for the Age of Re-Designed Life,” discussed the governance of risks associated with the rapid diffusion of synthetic biology, DNA synthesis, and H5N1 gain of function research. more...

Rich Nielsen

Rich Nielsen's interview in Précis! shares his story about how he has uniquely shaped his research merging statistics, language, and fieldwork, to study Middle East politics, as well as his thoughts on independent religious institutions in Egypt and the broader Middle East in the aftermath of the 'Arab Awakening.' more...

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Ben Schneider's book featured in the MIT News “rich and agenda-setting study” that poses “a stark challenge … to those who advocate simple solutions such as continued liberalization or renewed state intervention.” more...

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Vipin Narang is one of three recipients of the Smith Richardson Foundation's International Security Junior Faculty grants. The competition aims to support the research and writing of a book by young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy and diplomatic and military history. Professor Narang intends to put the award funds towards research on his second book manuscript, "Windows of Volatility." Read more about his research...

Corey Hernandez

Corey Hernandez, dual Polital Science/American Studies major, is featured in the MIT News, discussing his time at MIT, passion for social justice, and dreams of serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. more...

Harvey Sapolsky

Benjamin H. Friedman and Harvey M. Sapolsky's commentary in Defense News "Shut Down the US Combatant Commands" argues the move would cut redundancy and aid in diplomacy. more...

Making In America

Suzanne Berger is featured in the Boston Herald article discussing the MIT PIE study "MIT study: U.S. needs to step up manufacturing
We must make things here" more...

Melissa Nobles

Suzanne Berger's feature in the MIT News discusses the MIT PIE Commission report. "Since 2011, MIT faculty from several disciplines have collaborated on a unique research project, Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE); the aim is to see how U.S. strengths in innovation can be turned into new production capabilities, to spur growth and new jobs." more...

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Ben Schneider's new book argues that "Latin America has a distinctive, enduring form of hierarchical capitalism characterized by multinational corporations, diversified business groups, low skills, and segmented labor markets....This book is intended to open a new debate on the nature of capitalism in Latin America and link that discussion to related research on comparative capitalism in other parts of the world." more...

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Spotlight - Richard Nielsen "Mining Fatwas for signs of extremism." more...

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Spotlight - Vipin Narang "Secure Strategy" more...

Brian Haggerty

Brian Haggerty's essay "Debating U.S. Interests in Syria's Civil War" has been selected as Editor's Pick by the MIT CIS. Their Audits are short essays, written by our scholars, that put the conventional wisdoms of U.S. foreign policy under close scrutiny.

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia has received the 2013 Lepgold Prize, an honor awarded by The Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, for her book, "Alliance Formation in Civil Wars," judged the best book on international relations published in 2012. The prize honors exceptional contributions to the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the resolution of critical policy challenges.

Teppei Yamamoto

Teppei Yamamoto is the inaugural winner a new award established by the APSA's Political Methodology section. According to the section, the Outstanding Reviewer Award "recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary assistance" to Political Analysis through their "excellent, timely, and productive feedback for authors and editors."

Gina Bateson

Gina Bateson has been awarded the Heinz Eulau award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review during the previous calendar year. Her article, "Crime Victimization and Political Participation" appeared in the August 2012 APSR. Gina will receive her award at the 2013 APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Chicago.

Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang's article in the Washington Quarterly "Five Myths About India's Nuclear Posture" explores's conventional wisdom about India's nuclear nature, and whether these concieved precepts are still valid today. more...

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Suzanne Berger's new book explores America as the world leader in innovation, but many of the innovative ideas that are hatched in American start-ups, labs, and companies end up going abroad to reach commercial scale. When innovation does not find the capital, skills, and expertise it needs to come to market in the United States, what does it mean for economic growth and job creation? How can we learn from ongoing experiments in linking innovation to production? more...

Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia's latest reseach, featured in the MIT News article, "Empowering Women in Afghanistan," explores an Aghanistan government progam's efforts to increase civic engagement for women. By placing some women in local leadership positions, an innovative development aid program integrates women into civic life, and may have economic benefits. more...

Jens Hainmueller

Jens Hainmueller received the best paper award for "The Hidden American Immigration Consensus: A Conjoint Analysis of Attitudes toward Immigrants." His work was selected by the APSA's Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section, who wrote that his paper "was exemplary in terms of its theoretical contribution, design, analysis, and practical importance."

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Fotini Christia has received the 2013 Luebbert Best Book Award for her study, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012). This award, given by the APSA's Comparative Politics section, is for the best book in comparative politics published in the past two years.

Edward Stienfeld

Edward Steinfeld's feature in the MIT News "The Solar Duo: China vs. the United States. MIT researchers warn of the risks a trade war could create for the solar industry." more...

Melissa Nobles

Melissa Nobles' feature in the MIT News "Taking full account of the past, MIT political science professor examines ways societies confront histories of racial and ethnic injustice." more...

Richard Locke

Richard Locke's feature in The New Yorker, explains the pressures consumers exert on global supply chains. “Often, the only way factories can make the variety and quantity of goods that brands want at the price points they’re willing to pay is to squeeze the workers.” more...

Strong Borders

Congratulations to Adam Berinsky, recipient (along with Eric Schickler), of the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research by the Roper Center. more...

Chappell Lawson

Congratulations to Professor Chappell Lawson, recipient of the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, given by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social
Sciences, recognizes instructors who have demonstrated outstanding success in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and who have been nominated by students for work above and beyond the classroom.

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Taylor Fravel's research featured in the Washington Post WorldViews article, "The study that shows why china and india probably won't clash over border dispute." more...

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Congratulations to Suzanne Berger, recipient of MIT's Gordon Y. Billard Award. The Billard Award honors "special service of outstanding merit performed for the Institute" and is awarded annually to MIT's leading scholars.

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Richard Locke's essay "Can Global Brands Create Just Supply Chains?" leads off a debate on corporate responsibility for factory workers in the May/June issue of Boston Review. more...

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China and Japan remain miles apart on uninhabited isles: At CIS forum, diplomats and scholars reinforce high stakes, lack of progress on Asian territorial dispute. more...

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Richard Locke's new book "The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy" examines and evaluates various private initiatives to enforce fair labor standards within global supply chains. more...

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Richard Samuels' new book "3.11.: Disaster and Change in Japan" featured in MIT News, examines Japanese stasis after nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. "When we talk about crises ... they’re not independently transformative. They’re tools in the service of people with preferences, and those preferences are remarkably sticky." more...

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Jens Hainmueller looks for experiments to tough political questions; featured on MIT's home page and highlighted in the MIT News. "Doing natural experiments requires the methodological tools, but that needs to be combined with a deep knowledge of the subject matter." more...

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Suzanne Berger discusses the Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project, in the MIT News feature article "MIT Report Identifies Keys to New American Innovation. From ‘Main Street’ firms to multinationals, improvements possible in funding of research, collaboration among manufacturers." more...

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Articles by professors Adam Berinsky and Devin Caughey were selected as Editor Choice articles by Political Analysis. Editor Choice articles represent papers that the editors see as providing an especially significant contribution to political methodology. more...

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Charles Stewart's interview with the MIT News, discusses the Elections Performance Index, released by the Election Initiatives project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a Washington-based research group. The index, which evaluates states in 17 different categories using data from the 2008 and 2010 elections, derives in large part from Professor Stewart’s research and organizing efforts; he has worked closely with Pew throughout its development. more...

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Charles Stewart discusses voter waiting times at the ballot boxes in a recent New York Times article, "Blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites." more...

Does Direct Democracy Hurt Immigrant Minorities?

Jens Hainmueller asks "Does Direct Democracy Hurt Immigrant Minorities?" Featured in the MIT News, Prof. Hainmueller investigates what happens to ethnic minorities, when the majority of voters, instead of elected politicians decide on policy. Do minorities fare worse under direct democracy than under representative democracy? more...

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Fotini Christia's, book "What Really Drives Civil Wars?" featured in the Boston Globe, discusses in-depth studies of the pursuit of power behind the recent civil wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, pursuit of power.more...

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Faculty Profile — Christopher Warshaw. There is a place for each of us on Christopher Warshaw’s geopolitical map of the United States. The recently appointed assistant professor of political science can figure out people’s political preferences down to the congressional district, city and town. more...

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Faculty Profile — Daniel Hidalgo. Ballot stuffing. Assassination. Revolution. The talk around the dinner table during F. Daniel Hidalgo’s formative years was unlike that of most kids. Hidalgo’s father worked in politics in Mexico before he moved his family to America when Hidalgo was four. more...

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Faculty Profile — Devin Caughey. Devin Caughey, newly appointed MIT Political Science instructor, has spent much of the last few years working with vintage polling data – information gathered in the 1930s and early 1940s, before pollsters learned to implement rigorous sampling techniques. more...