Zachary Selden received his Ph.D. from the University of California – Los Angeles in 1996. He is the author of Economic Sanctions as Instruments of American Foreign Policy (Praeger, 1999), Alignment, Alliance, and American Grand Strategy (University of Michigan Press, 2016), as well as articles in Contemporary Economic PolicyNational Security Studies QuarterlyPolicy Review and Problems of Post Communism. Until December 2006, Zachary Selden was the Director of the Defence and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly based in Brussels, Belgium. From 2000 to 2003 he was the International Affairs Analyst in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that he was the Research Director for Emerging Threats at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C

Dr. Sharon Wright Austin is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida and has also taught courses at the Universities of Louisville, Michigan, and Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Austin received a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1993. Her teaching interests are in American Government, Urban Politics, and African American Politics and her research interests are in African American mayoral elections, African American/Caribbean American political relationships, rural African American political activism, and African American political behavior. Her first book, Race, Power, and Political Emergence in Memphis was published in 2000 by Garland Publishing. She has also published scholarly articles in the National Political Science Review, The Journal of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, The Journal of Black Studies, and Politics and Policy and has written several book chapters. Her second book, The Transformation of Plantation Politics in the Mississippi Delta: Black Politics,Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta , was published by the State University of New York Press in 2006.  Her third book, The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America was published by the State University of New York Press in 2018.

A hearty congratulations to Professor Sharon Austin, Associate Professors Richard Conley and Conor O’Dwyer, and Assistant Professor Steven Klein, who were each awarded a UF Term Professorship for the 2018-21 term. These three-year professorships were created by UF to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. The Department commends them for their role in the University’s research enterprise and our growing emphasis on graduate education.

Congratulations to Lina Benabdallah on receiving a UF Graduate Student Teaching Award! The award ceremony was held on Friday at the Friends of Music Room. From Left: Provost Joe Glover; Dean of the Graduate School, Henry Frierson; Lina Benabdallah; Prof. Connie Sheehan, Chair of the award selection committee.

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the Program in African American Studies, on the publication of The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America, with the State University of New York Press!

Congratulations to the more than 40 Political Science undergraduate majors who graduated in December! May you go from strength to strength in your future studies and careers.