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Tue, January 13, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Introducing Dr. David Crow

David Crow earned his Ph.D. this afternoon after successfully defending his dissertation, “Citizen Disenchantment in New Democracies: The Case of Mexico.”

After conducting fieldwork in Mexico City in 2005 and 2006, Crow concluded that how people define democracy significantly influences their level of satisfaction with democracy. More specifically, the citizens most disenchanted with democracy are those who define democracy substantively and expect democracy to be a vehicle for greater socioeconomic equality. Results from Crow’s national sample survey will be published in Comparative Political Studies in September.

Dr. Crow is the Associate Director of the Survey Research Center at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Robert Luskin chaired Crow’s dissertation committee.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Texas Politics Website Updates

Texas Politics has been updated to reflect November’s election results. Texas Politics is the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services’ multimedia textbook managed by Dr. James Henson, who also coordinates the Department of Government’s Internship Program.

The Speaker Series Page also features November’s video discussion of the Post-Election Political Landscape in Texas, featuring a distinguished panel that includes Karen Brooks of the Dallas Morning News, Harvey Kronberg from Quorum Report, and Texas Weekly’s Ross Ramsey. Another featured update is a new multimedia feature that charts Party Identification in Texas, 1952-2008.

Please visit The Department of Government’s Resources Page for a complete set of links to all LAITS-supported department projects.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jeff Tulis Featured, Debated, and Cited as Analysts Explore Obama’s Rhetoric

Professor Jeff Tulis has been featured in a variety of media outlets this month. Today, Tulis was one of fewer than 10 scholars reporting comments for the National Journal about yesterday’s inauguration speech. Earlier in the month, Tulis contributed to the Harvard University Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s Ask This column.

The Rhetorical Presidency, Tulis’ landmark work, drew extensive attention in a recent issue of The New Yorker magazine. The Rhetorical Presidency has been cited almost 350 times since its publication in 1987, according to Harzing’s Publish or Perish. Gary J. Schmitt, in a recent article released by the American Enterprise Institute, cites Tulis as an exceptionally keen constitutional scholar.

Government Faculty Interviewed by Daily Texan

Drs. Patrick McDonald and Daron Shaw commented on the Bush presidency for an article published in today’s Daily Texan.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Buchanan Interviewed about Obama’s First 100 Days
Professor Bruce Buchanan is in the news again. Buchanan was quoted by Stephen Collinson, an Agence France Presse correspondent, in an article about President-elect Obama’s first 100 days in office. The Manila Times ran the article.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gretchen Ritter Featured on KUT Radio
Professor Gretchen Ritter was featured today on KUT Radio. KUT interviewed Professor Ritter following the passing last Sunday of Lorene Rogers, the only female to have ever served as UT- Austin’s president. Ritter co-chaired the university’s Gender Equity Task Force, which released its Final Report last October.

Kenneth Greene’s Article Accepted for Publication
Kenneth Greene’s article, “The Political Economy of Authoritarian Single Party Dominance,” has been accepted for publication in the September 2010 issue of Comparative Political Studies (CPS). CPS consistently ranks among political science’s most influential journals. The forthcoming publication will be Dr. Greene’s second in CPS. The first, “Opposition Party Strategy and Spatial Competition in Dominant Party Regimes: A Theory and the Case of Mexico,” was published in September 2002.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bruce Buchanan Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor

Professor Bruce Buchanan was quoted in today’s Christian Science Monitor in an article about President Bush’s legacy.

Buchanan was also quoted in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times.

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