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Department News and Announcements
- The University of Chicago Press has accepted Marc Hetherington’s book (with Thomas J. Rudolph), Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis, for publication. It should be out next year.
- Kristin Michelitch's article is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review: "Does Electoral Competition Exacerbate Interethnic or Interpartisan Economic Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Market Price Bargaining"
- Congratulations to Professor Alan Wiseman whose book Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers will be published by Cambridge University Press! The book is coauthored with University of Virginia political scientist Craig Volden. The book publication was announced at a National Press Club event in Washington, DC on October 14 and accompanied by the launch of a new website that includes measures of the legislative effectiveness of every member of the House of Representatives.
- The University of Michigan Press has accepted Liz Zechmeister’s edited book, The Latin American Voter, for publication.
- Liz Zechmeister and Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga's piece, "The Varying Political Toll of Corruption in Good versus Bad Economic Times" was published in Comparative Political Studies.
- Marc Trussler and Stuart Soroka's article, "Consumer demand for cynical and negative news frames" is forthcoming in The International Journal of Press/Politics.
- Kristin Michelitch was invited to join a symposium on innovative use of film in teaching African politics for the Newsletter of the African Politics Conference Group
- Keith Weghorst's "From Formlessness to Structure? The Institutionalization of Competitive Party Systems in Africa" (coauthored with Michael Bernhard) is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.
- Efrén Peréz's "Xenophobic Rhetoric and Its Political Effects on Immigrants and Their Co-Ethnics" has been conditionally accepted at the American Journal of Political Science.
- Zeynep Somer-Topcu reports that "Do Voters Respond to Party Manifestos or to a Wider Information Environment? An Analysis of Mass-elite Linkages on European Integration," (coauthored with James Adams and Lawrence Ezrow) is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science
- Efrén Peréz and Marc Hetherington's "Authoritarianism in Black and White: Testing the Cross-Racial Validity of the Child Rearing Scale" is forthcoming in Political Analysis.
- Josh Clinton's "The National News Media's Effect on Congress: How Fox News Affected Elites in Congress" (coauthored with Ted Enamorado) is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics.
- James Booth reports that his piece, "Maîtres chez nous: Some questions about culture and continuity. A response to Alan Patten's "Rethinking culture: the social lineage account" has been published by the American Political Science Review.
- Steve Utych and Cindy Kam's "Viability, Information Seeking and Vote Choice" is officially in print in the latest Journal of Politics.
- Brooke Ackerly's "Networks, Roles, and Privilege: A Feminist Human Rights Activist's View of Leadership" is forthcoming in Politics & Gender.
- Brooke Ackerly's "Injustice, political economies, and environmental change," will appear in Environment and Migration in Bangladesh – Evidence and Politics of Climate Change, eds. Bishawjit Mallick and Benjamin Etzold.
- Efrén Peréz's "Ricochet: How Elite Discourse Politicizes Racial and Ethnic Identities" is forthcoming in Political Behavior.
- Efrén O. Pérez's "The Persistent Connection Between Language-of-Interview and Latino Political Opinion" (coauthored with Taeku Lee) has been accepted at Political Behavior.
- Brooke Ackerly's "The Hardest Cases of Global Injustice: The Responsibility to Inquire," has been published in Justice, Sustainability, and Security: Global Ethics for the 21st Century, ed. Eric Heinze: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Josh Clinton's "Where Measures Meet History: Party Polarization During the New Deal and Fair Deal," (coauthored with John Lapinski and Ira Katzenelson) will be published in Governing in a Polarized Age: Elections, Parties, and Representation in America, Cambridge University Press.
- Oxford University Press has published Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes, and Protest in the Great Recession, coedited by Larry Bartels and Nancy Bermeo of Oxford.
- Brooke Ackerly's "Methods and Methodologies" (coauthored with Jacqui True) will be published in Gender and Politics, Oxford University Press.
- The next issue of the Journal of Politics will contain Mitch Seligson's "Determinants of Perceived Skin-Color Discrimination in Latin America," (coauthored with Damary Canache, Matthew Hayed, and Jeffery J. Mondak ). The paper is based entirely on LAPOP data.
- Mitch Seligson and Arturo Maldonado's chapter, "Trust in elections in the Americas: 2004-2012," will be published in Advancing Electoral Integrity, eds. Norris, Frank and Martinez, Oxford University Press.
- John J. Hudak's book, Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants has been published by Brookings Press
Honors, Grants and Awards
- Congratulations to David E. Lewis for winning the 2015 Midwest Public Administration Caucus's (MPAC) Herbert Simon Award.
- Welcome to Molly Jackman and Saul Jackman. They are highlighted as new faculty in a ''Research News @ Vanderbilt'' article
- Saul Jackman and his co-authors have been awarded the William H. Riker Book Award for the “best book in political economy published during the past three calendar years” at the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting for their book The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat.
- Former CSDI post-doc Steven Rogers received the William Anderson Award for “the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics” at the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting for his dissertation, “Accountability in a Federal System."
- Giacomo Chiozza and his collaborators won the 2014 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award given by the Comparative Politics Section at the 2014 APSA Meeting in recognition of a dataset that has had an important impact on scholarship in the field.
- Larry Bartels won the 2014 Warren Miller Prize, which is given by the EPOVB (Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior) section at the 2014 APSA Meeting for "an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the elections, public opinion, and voting behavior field."Congratulations to our graduating Ph.D.s Camille Burge, Alejandro Diaz-Dominguez, Farhana Loonat, and Vivian Schwarz Blum
- Congratulations to Hilary Dennen, graduating with a Masters degree in Political Science
- Sidanth Sapru was awarded the Alexander Heard Award by the department for the graduating senior with the highest GPA among political science majors.
- The Undergraduate Political Science Association honored David E. Lewis with the Robert H. Birkby Award, recognizing Lewis' excellence in teaching marked by a commitment to inspiring undergraduate students in their pursuit for intellectual growth in the field of political science.
- Graduating senior David Sanchez was awarded a 2014 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship. He will travel to 15 communities on six continents during his fellowship year.
- Frederico Batista Pereira received a Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences grant.
- Camille Burge and Cindy Kam will receive the Lucius Barker Award for their 2013 MPSA paper, "The Meaning and Implications of Racial Resentment across the Racial Divide." This MPSA award is given to the best paper delivered on race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.
- Alan Wiseman, Craig Volden, and Dana Wittmer will receive the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for their 2013 MPSA paper "Women's Issues and Their Fates in Congress". This MPSA award is given annually for the best paper delivered on women and politics.
- Camille Burge was named a Cohort 21 Finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program
- Kristin Michelitch received substantial funding for her project (with Guy Grossman) on political accountability for public service provision project in Uganda, from donors corralled through Wellspring Advisors.
- Cecilia Mo has received a grant from Terre des Hommes International Federation to support her project in Nepal using randomized control experiment to examine whether differences in media formats and content affect the impact of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.
- Brielle Harbin has been named a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow at the Center for Teaching.
- Brielle Harbin has been named a Dean's Fellow to the Vanderbilt Television and News Archive at the Heard Library.
- LAPOP received a new grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to support an eight-month project to study crime & violence in the Caribbean.
- Meri Long received a Prestage Cook Award for the Southern Political Science Association.
- Whitney Lopez-Hardin received a Simon Collier Award from the Center for Latin American Studies.
- Evan Haglund received a Graduate School Dissertation Enhancement Grant to support elite interviews.
- Jen Selin accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
- Diana Orcés accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position at Oakland University.
- Camille Burge accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position at Villanova University.
- Zeynep Somer-Topcu was named to the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Political Science.
- Josh Clinton was named to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Policy.
- Cindy Kam was appointed to the Editorial Board of Advances in Political Psychology.
- Larry Bartels recently began a five-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation, the largest American foundation devoted exclusively to supporting social science research.
- Mitch Seligson has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Group, Political Analysis series, Palgrave Macmillan, and has been appointed as an Advisor to the Pew Research Center's survey of religion in Latin America.
- Cindy Kam was appointed Senior Associate Dean of Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences, a one-year term beginning July 1.