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Professor Elspeth Rostow Passes Away

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

Elspeth Rostow, Stiles Professor Emerita in American Studies, and a member of the Government Department since 1969, died on Sunday, December 9 at the age of 90.

Professor Daniel Brinks Publishes Book on Public Law and Latin American Politics

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

Assistant Professor Daniel Brinks has published The Judicial Response to Police Killings in Latin America: Inequality and the Rule of Law from Cambridge University Press.

Undergraduate Spotlight: Sarah Flynn

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

Honors Thesis Student Shares Experiences From Turkey

Professor Sean Theriault Wins Texas Exes Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

This is the third year in a row that Theriault has captured a major teaching award. He has previously won the Eyes of Texas Teaching Excellence Award in the Spring of 2005, and the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award in the Spring of 2006.

Jason Casellas Wins Award

Mon, Nov 19, 2007

Prof. Jason Casellas has won third place in the competition for the best dissertation completed in 2007 given by The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Prof. Casellas is spending the year at Duke on a Samuel Dubois Cook Fellowship. Congratulations on a job well-done!

Prof. R. Harrison Wagner Explores International Relations Theory

Mon, Oct 8, 2007

R. Harrison Wagner is the author of War and the State: The Theory of International Politics, published by the University of Michigan Press. “Possibly the most important book on international relations theory since Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Politics.,” writes James Fearon of Stanford University.

Prof. H.W. Perry, Jr. Honored at American Political Science Association Convention

Mon, Sep 10, 2007

Associate Professor of Government and Law H. W. Perry received the 2007 Wadsworth Publishing Award given for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts. The book, Deciding to Decide: Agenda Setting in the United States Supreme Court (Harvard University Press) was published in 1991.

Prof. Lorraine Smith Pangle Publishes an Analysis of the Political Thought of that "most American of americans," Benjamin Franklin

Mon, Sep 10, 2007

Prof. Lorraine Pangle has just published The Political Philosophy of Benjamin Franklin with The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Prof. Catherine Boone Is Appointed to Selection Committee for the Social Science Research Council

Tue, Sep 4, 2007

Prof. Catherine Boone, a specialist on African politics, has been elected or appointed to a number of high-profile positions in the political science profession.

Prof. Kenneth Greene Publishes Study on Single-Party Dominance

Tue, Sep 4, 2007

Professor Kenneth Greene's study, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective, is released by Cambridge University Press.

Incoming Graduate Students Attend Intensive Workshop on Math for Political Scientists

Tue, Sep 4, 2007

This August marked the inaugural session of what is planned to be an annual Workshop on Math for Political Scientists offered by the Government Department.


Fri, Aug 10, 2007

Recent Job Placements

Fri, Aug 10, 2007

Congratulations to our recent graduates on their job placements!

Incoming Government Graduate Students, 2007/2008

Thu, Aug 9, 2007

A big welcome to our new graduate students!

Roy Germano Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Wed, Aug 8, 2007

The National Science Foundation has awarded Roy Germano a grant of $12,000 for support of his project entitled "Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: Emigrant-Remittances and Domestic Adjustment in an Era of Globalization."

Orientation for New Graduate Students, Fall 2007

Wed, Aug 8, 2007

August 20 and 21, 2007
Batts, 5th Floor
Begins 9:00 AM

Professor Gretchen Ritter's Book Chosen as Subject of Symposium at 2007 APSA Convention

Tue, Aug 7, 2007

The Constitution as Social Design by Gretchen Ritter, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, will be the subject of a special symposium at the American Political Science Convention in Chicago in August.

Government Professor Gives Mixed Reviews of Elections in Authoritarian Regimes

Fri, Aug 3, 2007

Assistant Professor Jason Brownlee observes that even as the world is undergoing a much ballyhooed third wave of democratization, both old and new authoritarian regimes have flourished.

Professor Nicholas Valentino and Colleagues Given Best Paper Award at National Convention

Mon, Jul 30, 2007

Nicholas Valentino, who joins the Government Department this year as the Hogg Professor of Community Affairs, is the winner of the 2006 American Political Science Association Award for the best paper presented in the Political Psychology Section at the discipline's annual convention. The paper, "Election Night's All Right For Fighting," was co-authored by Valentino and Vincent Hutchings, Krysha Gregorowicz, Eric Groenendyk, and Ted Brader. In August, the authors will be honored by the Political Psychology section at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting in Chicago.

Government Professor Outlines Foreign Policy Agenda for Next Administration

Mon, Jul 23, 2007

Associate Professor Peter Trubowitz says that the major foreign policy challenge for presidential candidates in the 2008 election is to figure out how to strike a new balance between the United States' purposes and its political means. Trubowitz notes that Congress is more polarized over current US foreign policy today than at any time in the last one hundred years.

Government Professor receives National Fellows Honor

Thu, Jul 12, 2007

Professor Zoltan Barany has been named a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo- Campbell National Fellow with the Hoover Institution offsite linkat Stanford University. Barany will spend the period from May 1 to August 15, 2008 in residence. His project is called "Building Democratic Armies."

Honorable Mention Awarded to Government Professor for Best Article

Wed, Jun 20, 2007

Assistant Professor Daniel Brinks won Honorable Mention from the Comparative Democratization Section of APSA for his article, "Diffusion is No Illusion" (Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 39, No. 4, 463-489, 2006). He teaches in the fields of Comparative Politics and Public Law, with an emphasis on politics and democracy in Latin America.

Government Professor Wins Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association

Tue, Jun 19, 2007

Assistant Professor Kenneth Greene won the Best Paper Award for the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association at the 2006 meetings for his paper, "A Resource Theory of Single-Party Dominance." Prof. Greene is a specialist on political parties, Mexican politics, Latin American Politics, and research methods.

Professor Gordon Bennett

April 1, 1940 - May 11, 2007

Tue, May 15, 2007

Associate Professor Gordon Bennett, a long-time member of the University's Government Department, passed away on May 11, 2007.

Department of Government Commencement Ceremony 2007

Wed, Apr 11, 2007

Information for Graduating Students

Two Government Students Win Best Undergraduate Student Paper Awards

Arun Venkataraman and Anjali Mohan win 2nd and 3rd prizes for Best Undergraduate Papers at the 15th Annual Illinois State University Conference.

Tue, Apr 3, 2007

The 15th Annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes for Best Undergraduate Student Papers to UT Government students Arun Venkataraman and Anjali Mohan, respectively. The conference was held on March 23, 2007. The prize for first place was awarded to Maya Soble from the University of Michigan.

Liberal Arts Student Wins $30,000 Truman Scholarship

Lauren Koehler recognized for leadership, volunteerism in Texas and Latin America

Wed, Mar 28, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas-March 27, 2007-Lauren Koehler, a senior Plan II honors program student, has earned a 2007 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. During the past 10 years, at least one University of Texas at Austin student has received the national honor.

Conference on Race, Religion, and Politics: March 30-31,2007

Racialized Religion: A Conference on the Intersection of Race, Religion, and Politics

Mon, Mar 26, 2007

The conference will focus on the various ways that religious beliefs and institutions factor into the political behavior of racial minorities. Scholars specializing in studies on race, religion, and political behavior will present their research.

Government Professor Elected to Life Membership in the Council on Foreign Relations

Thu, Feb 22, 2007

Zoltan Barany, the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government, was recently elected to a Life Membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.

Government Undergraduate Advisor Receives 2007 NACADA Region VII Scholarship Award

Thu, Feb 22, 2007

Lauren Campbell, Academic Advisor I in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Government, is the 2007 recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region VII Graduate Student Scholarship Award. Campbell will be honored at the annual NACADA Region VII conference this March in Austin, Texas.

Seventh Annual State Politics and Policy Conference: Feb. 23-24, 2007

"Policymaking in the American States: Causes and Effects"

Mon, Jan 8, 2007

On February 23 and 24, 2007, the Seventh Annual Conference on State Politics and Policy will take place at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center. The conference will feature over sixty research papers that examine a wide range of policy, political, and governmental topics important to the American states. The conference is free and open to the public; no advance registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by the Public Policy Institute and the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin and the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.

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