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Past Features

The Gingrich Senators and the U.S. Senate

Sean Theriault is known across the 40 acres for his renowned teaching abilities. A University Distinguished Teaching Professor, most recently Theriault was appointed one of 20 inaugural Provost Teaching Fellows.

Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece

Maurizio Viroli, one of the nation’s premier scholars of the history of political thought, moved to Texas in January 2014 from Princeton, where he had taught since 1987. He is the author of 13 books including, many on Machiavelli, others on republicanism, nationalism, patriotism, language and politics, Rousseau, and civic education.


The Buck Stops Here

Hit TV series like Breaking Bad demonstrate just how far criminals will go to conceal their piles of dirty money. But of all the countries in the world, these illicit activities are most easily carried out under the guise of shell companies right here in the United States.


Constitute Project: Assistance to countries revising or replacing constitutions

With a grant from Google Ideas to the University of Texas, Zach Elkins and his colleagues Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago) and James Melton (University College London) created Constitute, a free online resource that offers a growing set of constitutional texts that users can compare systematically across a broad set of topics.


Aristotle and the Pedagogical Tool of a Master Teacher

Less than a decade after being recruited to The University of Texas at Austin, Thomas Pangle’s reputation, scholarship, and continuing contributions to the department, discipline, and field helped make the department one of the top in the world to study political theory.


The Policy Agendas Project lets users create custom data graphs on the fly

One of the greatest potentials of digital scholarship is the ability to translate complex data into meaningful graphic representations on the web. The Policy Agendas Project directed by Bryan D. Jones of the Department of Government, uses the power of images to turn raw information into concrete concepts that can be used for both teaching and research.


 Human Rights as Social Construction

Following its publication in 2012, Benjamin Gregg’s book, “Human Rights as Social Construction,” made it to Cambridge University Press’ list of top ten bestsellers in political theory.


 The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas

Zoltan Barany is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Centennial Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. The Soldier and the Changing State is the first book to systematically explore, on a global scale, civil-military relations in democratizing and changing states.


 Democracy Without Politics: Alumnus Publishes Major Work of Political Theory

Steven Bilakovics received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Government. Published while a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, Bilakovics has enjoyed great success with his first book, Democracy Without Politics.


 Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance

Jason Brownlee is the Department of Government’s leading scholar of Middle East politics. His latest book continues his research into authoritarianism with a focus on U.S.-Egyptian relations. Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance was published on the heels of a popular revolt that forced long-ruling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign on February 11, 2011.


Securing Approval:Domestic Politics & Multilateral Authorization for War

Recent years have witnessed a flurry of activity in an effort to build up the Department of Government’s international relations expertise. Terry Chapman is one of the young scholars leading the way.


 Ideology and Spatial Voting in American Elections

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in government and mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Jessee earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and then returned to Austin, where he is now fills a crucial role in the department as a methodological expert specializing in American politics.


The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America

Raúl Madrid is part of a core of faculty members studying Latin American politics, which, as a whole, has benefitted greatly from the vision of philanthropists Joe and Teresa Lozano Long who announced in 2000 a $10 million gift to endow Latin American studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


 Electoral Systems and Political Context: How the Effects of Rules Vary Across New and Established Democracies

Rob Moser’s undergraduate courses on Russian politics and graduate courses on democratization have long been favorites at The University of Texas at Austin. His latest book, Electoral Systems and Political Context: How the Effects of Rules Vary Across New and Established Democracies, coauthored with Ethan Scheiner, a professor at the University of California, Davis, is a tour-de-force in the study of electoral systems.

 The Timeline of Presidential Elections: How Campaigns Do (And Do Not) Matter

Christopher Wlezien arrives in Austin in Fall 2013 as holder of the Hogg Professorship in Government. His latest book, coauthored with Robert S. Erikson, a professor of political science at Columbia University, and released during the heart of the 2012 presidential election campaign, had political journalists buzzing over the findings and consulting it widely in an attempt to make sense of campaign events as they unfolded.


The Triumph of Israel's Radical Right

Few issues dominate headlines, threaten global stability, and rouse passionate debate more than the enduring conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. For a country small enough in landmass to fit inside a Texas county, Israel can puzzle the sharpest of minds.


Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since the Revolutions of 1848

Kurt Weyland is the Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Politics. His newest book, Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since the Revolutions of 1848, showcases the depth and breadth of his research.


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