Awards and Accolades for Faculty

Laura Sjoberg participated in a roundtable on November 19 at the National Women’s Studies Association entitled “Exploring Women’s Agency within and after Conflicts: Transnational Perspectives.”

On November 13, Dan Smith gave a public talk, “Voting in Florida,” at the Voter Suppression Forum held by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

Conor O’Dwyer (with Dong-Joon Jung) presented “Demographic Threat and Public Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: Postcommunist Societies in Comparative Perspective” at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic and East European Studies in Chicago (November 8-12, 2017).

Michael Bernhard participated in a roundtable discussion and an author-meets-critics panel at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic and East European Studies in Chicago (November 8-12, 2017). The roundtable concerned “Eastern Europe between Putin and Trump” and the author-meets-critics was on the book “Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust” by Evgeny Finkel.

At ISA-Northeast (November 4-5), Laura Sjoberg and J. Samuel Barkin presented a paper called “The Discipline’s Last Synthesis.” Laura Sjoberg also ran the ISA-Northeast graduate student methodology workshop, and participated on a roundtable on gender in the discipline and a roundtable on teaching critical IR to millennials.

On November 10, Lidia Kurganova (BA, 2017) and Dan Smith presented their invited paper, “Naturalizing the Party: Party Registration and Voter Turnout of Foreign-Born Citizens,” at the State of the Party: 2016 & Beyond Conference at the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Ohio.

On November 3, Sebastian Elischer served as a discussant at a book manuscript workshop organized by Carl LeVan at American University. The workshop looked at Nigerian party competition in times of terror.

Aida Hozic, Michael Martinez, and Bryon Moraski have been awarded University Term Professorships.

Michael McDonald and Dan Smith have received a $124,999 grant from the Sloan Foundation for a pilot project to create an Administrative Data Research Facility at the University of Florida with a focus on election data.

On October 19, Sebastian Elischer gave a presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. The talk was entitled “How Jihadism Ends: Comparing State Strategies Toward Violent Extremism in Kenya and Uganda.” Sebastian Elischer also presented a paper at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. The paper was entitled “‘Partisan Politics is Making People Angry.’ The Rise and Fall of Political Salafism in Kenya”

On October 18, Michael Bernhard presented the paper “Social Forces and Democracy” (co-authored with Amanda Edgell) at the conference “What Do We Know About Democratization After 227 Years?” at the University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in Rome, Italy.

On October 3, Michael Martinez gave an invited talk on “Pre-adult Family Structure and Young Adult Political Participation” at Georgia State University.

On Wednesday, September 27, Michael Bernhard presented “Revolutionary Change and the Prospects for Democracy: Appraising the Impact of Leninist Violence on Postcommunist Regime Outcomes” at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.

Michael Martinez gave a talk on “Pre-adult Family Structure and Young Adult Political Participation” to the Social Psychology Research Group on Friday, September 22.

Laura Sjoberg presented a paper called “Gender and Power Politics” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the European International Studies Association (September 13-16). She also spoke on a roundtable, “Power, Status, and Hierarchy in Global Politics” and co-chaired (with Cameron Thies) the section, Dimensions of Power.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 American Political Science Association Conference in San Francisco, California:

  • Dan O’Neill: Panels and Roundtables: “Author Meets Critics: Daniel O’Neill’s Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire”; “Meet the (New) Editors of Perspectives on Politics”; “Ain’t I Legit? Wollstonecraft and the Problem of Political Exclusion”; “Brookings Format Panel: ‘Reason, Passion, Wrath: New Work on Wollstonecraft’” (Discussant)
  • Steven Klein: Paper: “Transformative Claims: Democracy, Domination, and the Welfare State”
  • Michael Bernhard: Papers: “Civil Society, Responsiveness, and Political Stability,” with Ryan Whittingham; “Can Crowd-Sourced Data Substitute for Expert-Coded Data?” with Constanza Petrarca, Staffan Lindberg, Brigitte Seim, Kyle Marquandt, and Daniel Pemstain; Roundtables: “Perspectives Editors’ Roundtable: How Accute is the Threat to Democracy Globally?” and “Meet the (New) Editors of Perspectives on Politics”
  • Michael D. Martinez: Paper: “Interview Mode and Issue Voting in the 2012 and 2016 ANES Studies” with Enrijeta Shino
  • Laura Sjoberg: Paper: “Failure as a Critical Approach to Theorizing Politics,” with J. Samuel Barkin; Roundtables: “Sex, Gender, Gender Inequality, and War: New Research Frontiers,” & “Networking for Professional Development”
  • Ben Smith: Paper: “Blessing the Curse? Oil Wealth and Democratic Stability”
  • Dan Smith: Papers: “The Erosion of Liberal Democracy: Dissensus and Ideology in America” with William Hicks and Seth McKee; “Early Voting Availability and Turnout in Florida and North Carolina” with Michael Herron; “Determinants of County Level Voter Turnout, 1970-2016” with Carl Klarner, Brian Amos, and Michael McDonald

Laura Sjoberg was elected to the APSA Council (2018-2020).

Michael McDonald signed a contract for $20,000 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to improve the accuracy of voter registration addresses.

Brian Amos and Michael McDonald received a grant of $17,000 from the MIT Election Data and Science Lab to develop a methodology to fabricate precinct boundaries from geocoder voter files.

Leslie Anderson (PI), Larry Dodd (co-PI) and Won-ho Park (co-PI) have received an NSF grant for their project, “Democratization or De-democratization in Nicaragua: The 2016 and 2017 Elections,” which analyzes the aftermath of Nicaragua’s November 2016 national election and the upcoming municipal elections in November, 2017.

Michael Bernhard attended the ECPR Joint Session Workshop on “The Legacy of Authoritarian Regimes – Political Culture, Institutions, and Democratisation” in Nottingham, England, 26-29 April 2017. He presented the paper “Revolutionary Change and the Prospects for Democracy: Appraising the Impact of Leninist Violence on Postcommunist Regime Outcomes” (with Jeff Kopstein, University of California, Irvine).

Ben Smith presented “Oil, Order, and Inclusion: Rethinking the Resource ‘Curse’” at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg on June 12.

Leonardo Villalon, Daniel Eizenga and Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim participated in the conference: “Quel Avenir pour la résolution des conflits en Afrique de l’Ouest,” co-organized by the Centre FrancoPaix of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université de Québec à Montréal, and the West Africa Peace and Security Network, in Montreal on 4-5 May 2017. Villalon chaired a panel entitled “Crises dans les Sociétés Saheliens” on which Eizenga presented “Guarding Stability: Chad and the Politics of Security in the Sahel,” and Ibrahim presented “Jihadism in the North, Islamism in the South: Why has Islamic Activism in Mali Taken Different Forms?”

Daniel O’Neill received the 2016-2017 Social Sciences Division Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council, 1 of 3 awards given annually.

Leonardo Villalón gave an invited presentation entitled “Political Reform and Social Dynamics: What Future for the Countries of the Sahel?” at the Institut de Diplomatie et de Relations Internationales of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers, Algeria on April 11 2017. The event was cosponsored by the Centre d’Etudes Maghrebines en Algerie (CEMA).

Leonardo Villalón has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the board of directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). CAORC is an association of 24 research centers located around the world, and is based at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Michael Bernhard:Panel Chair – “Domestic Institutions and International Conflict”; Papers – “Democratization in Conflict Studies: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes” (with Resat Bayer, Koc University; Omer Faruk Orsun, Harvard University) and “Experts versus Crowds: Under What Circumstances Can Crowd-Sourced Data Substitute for Expert-Coded Data?” (with Adam Nathaniel Glynn, Emory University; Kyle Lohse Marquardt, University of Gothenburg)
  • Paper – “Power or Luck? Understanding the Character of European Commission Agenda Setting” (with Buket Oztas, Franklin and Marshall College)
  • Paper – “A Culture of Democracy?: Immigrant Voter Participation in the United States” (with Peter R. Licari)
  • Paper – “Eurasian Experimentation with Electoral Systems: Exceptional or Generalizable?” (with Anna Kapambwe Mwaba)/li>
  • Panel Chair and Discussant – “Political Attitudes and Social Networks”; Paper – “Group Effectiveness in Elections: Diffuse v. Concentrated Spending”

  • Roundtable Participation – “Gender, Discourse, and Radicalization: The Case of ISIS Jihadi Brides”
  • Benjamin Smith: Panel Chair and Discussant – “National Oil Companies and the Study of Petroleum Politics”; Paper – “The Oil ‘Cusion’ in New Democracies: Resource Wealth as a Potential Blessing”
  • Daniel A. Smith:Paper – “Waiting to Vote: Using EViD Data to Assess the Electoral Consequences of Long Voting Lines” (with David Cottrell, Dartmouth College; Michael C. Herron, Dartmouth College)

On March 30, Ido Oren gave the Samuel L. Clark Memorial Lecture entitled, “WMD, WMD, WMD: How the Incantation of Ambiguous Phrases Creates Foreign Threats,” at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI). Additionally, he gave a talk entitled, “Is There Really a ‘Gap’ between Political Science and Policy? Exploring Links Between IR Scholarship and US Foreign Policy.”

On March 29, the American Political Science Association announced that Michael Bernhard and Daniel O’Neill will serve as editor and associate editor, respectively, of Perspectives on Politics. Their term begins on June 1.

On March 29, Kevin Baron and Richard Conley were discussants on a panel held at the Bob Graham Center entitled, “Balance of Power.” Topics included the use of presidential unilateral authority, presidential-congressional relations, and the Supreme Court’s role in adjudicating the reach of presidential power. The event was sponsored by Florida Blue Key.

Bryon Moraski presented “More than Putin: What Politics beyond the Kremlin’s Walls Tells us about Russia’s Regime” to a meeting of the Retired Faculty of the University of Florida on March 15.

Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk, “The Democratic Coup Thesis: Evidence from Africa & Beyond,” at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) on March 8.

Michael Bernhard presented the paper, “Democratization in Conflict Research: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes,” at the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, on March 2, 2017.

Laura Sjoberg gave a talk called “Re-mapping IR: Gender, War, and Conflict” on February 27 at the Georgetown University Mortara Center.

Patricia J. Woods was married in a private religious ceremony on Valentine’s Day and a private civil ceremony on February 15. She is now Patricia J. Sohn, which is both her private and professional name.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Badredine Arfi: Papers (2) – “Of the Time of Securitization” and “Performativity in the Logics of a Changing World”; ISA Roundtable Participation – “Time, Temporality, and Violence in IR”
  • Leann Brown: Panel Chair – “The President and National Security Leadership: The Obama Legacy”; Paper – “U.S. – Russia Relations during the Obama Era: From “Reset” to a New Cold War”; Panel Discussant – “US-EU Relations and Foreign Policy”
  • Richard S. Conley: Panel Discussant – “The President and National Security Leadership: The Obama Legacy”; Paper – “The Clash of New Civilizations and the Clash of Candidates: The 2016 Election”
  • Aida Arfan Hozic: Paper – “Crime, States, Circulation”; Panel Discussant – “Music and the Critiques of Modern International Relations”; ISA Roundtable Chair – “Neoliberalization and the Academy: Building Networks of Solidarity/Resistance”; ISA Roundtable Participations (2) – “Gender Inequality, Intersectionality and Capitalism: What is to be Done?” and “Subaltern Agency in Critical IR: Beyond the Silence/Resistance Paradigm? (Part II); ISA Plenary Session Participation – “Best Practices, Recommendations, and Strategies to Transform International Studies’ Professional Culture(s)”
  • Ido Oren: ISA Roundtable Chair – “Higher Education Meets Neoliberalism: International Perspectives on Transformation and Contestation in Global Academia”
  • Zachary Selden: Paper – “Federalizing for Security: The European Union and the United States in Comparative Perspective”; ISA Roundtable Participation – “Emerging Regional Powers in a Unipolar Order”
  • Laura Sjoberg: Paper – “Evolutionary Theory in IR” (with J. Samuel Barkin, University of Massachusetts Boston); ISA Committee Panel Discussant – “Pay it Forward: Women Helping Women”; ISA Committee Panel Participations (2) – “Constructive Peer Review” and “Succeeding without Fear: Moving beyond Imposter Syndrome in the Academy”; ISA Roundtable Participations (4) – “Launching and Managing Academic Journals”, “Critical Studies on Terrorism Journal Tenth Anniversary: New Empirical Directions”, “Critical Theories and the Affective Turn”, and “The Politics of Peer Review and the Future of IR Scholarship”
  • Leslie Thiele: Paper – “Climate Engineering in the Anthropocene” (with Paul Wapner, American University)

Michael Bernhard presented the paper entitled “Suicide by Competition? Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (co-authored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg) at the Workshop on State, Regime, and Conflict at Aarhus University in Denmark on February 3, 2017. He also participated in the dissertation defense of David Andersen who was a visiting researcher at the Department in Spring/Summer 2015. David successfully defended a dissertation entitled “Stateness and Democratic Stability.”

Ken Wald was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at the Linneaus University in Växjö, Sweden. During his two-week appointment, he presented a research seminar, lectured to three classes, and consulted with a faculty working group developing a graduate concentration in religion and politics.

Michael Bernhard presented the paper entitled “Suicide by Competition? Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (co-authored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg) at the Comparative Politics Colloquium at the University of California on January 19, 2017.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Richard S. Conley: Panel Chair – “Comparative Electoral Systems”Papers (2) – “Flunking the Electoral College? Comparing Normative Critiques with Empirical Analysis of Alternative Presidential Election Models, 1952-2016” (with Charles G. Shields) and “Recasting Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Rhetoric, Reproach, and Redemption”
  • Lawrence Dodd: Paper – “Party Polarization, Member Incivility, and the Structuring of Policy Conflict in Congress: House/Senate Contrasts” (with Scot Schraufnagel, Northern Illinois University); SPSA Roundtable Participation – “Factionalism, the 2016 Campaign, and Party Theories of Congress”
  • Sebastian Elischer: Panel Chair (3) – “Tensions, Corruption, and Party Politics Around the Globe,” “Between Conflict and Peace: Contextualizing South Africa” and “Comparative Perspectives”; Papers (2) – “Informal Institutions, Alternative Governance Structures and Religious Regulation in Areas of Very Limited Statehood” and “Why Do Some Military Coups Usher in Democratic Transitions while Others Lead to Military Rule?”; Panel Discussant (3) – “Between Conflict and Peace: Contextualizing South Africa,” “Comparative Perspectives” and “Discourses in Islam”
  • Michael D. Martinez: Paper – “The Impact of Survey Mode on Model Estimates of Voting Behavior” (with Enrijeta Shino)
  • Michael P. McDonald: Panel Chair (4) – “CWC (Conference Within a Conference) 2: Election Laws,” “CWC 2: Voter Mobilization,” “CWC 2: Election Systems: Administration,” and “CWC 2: Election Corruption/Problems”; Paper – “They’re Coming to America: Country of Origin, Political Freedom, and Acculturation’s Impact on Immigrant Turnout” (with Peter Licari); Panel Discussant (2) – “CWC 2: Election Laws” and “CWC 2: Voter Mobilization”
  • Suzanne M. Robbins: Panel Chair – “Institutional Networks”; Paper – “Implicit Coordination? Mapping Consultants across Political Organization in American Federal Elections”
  • Laura Sjoberg: Panel Chair – “Investigating the Relationship between Gender Discrimination and Human Rights in Different Local Contexts”; Paper – “Complicating “The Feminist Peace”” (with Cameron Thies, Arizona State University; Kelly Kadera, University of Iowa)

Sebastian Elischer presented a paper, entitled “Religious Steering in Francophone and Anglophone Africa,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 3.

Leslie Anderson has received an academic-year (2017-2018) fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Leonardo Villalón made a presentation on “Islamic Radicalization in the African Sahel” as well as participated in a roundtable, as an invited participant in the West African Network meeting of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), in Valetta, Malta. 22-23 November 2016.

Michael Bernhard attended the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies on November 17-20, 2016 in Washington, DC. He participated in two roundtables: “Is Historia Vitae Magistra? The Lessons of the 1920s and 1930s for Eastern Europe Today” and “Democratic Deterioration in Central Europe.”

Daniel Smith has been named an Anderson Scholar Honoree.

Leslie Anderson has been awarded a UF Humanities Award to conduct research on subnational democratization in Argentina. Leslie Anderson also has been named an Anderson Scholar Honoree.

Richard Conley has received an award from the UF Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund to support his research project, “The Construction of Socio-Cultural Narratives, Presidential Leadership or Capture, and American Indian Termination Policy in the Truman and Eisenhower Era.”

Michael Bernhard participated in the conference entitled “Varieties of Democracy: Nature, Causes, and Consequences” on Friday–Saturday, November 11–12, at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame University. He presented a paper entitled “Democratization in Conflict Research: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes?” and participated in a roundtable on “The Nature of Democracy” with Jennifer Ghandi, Gary Goertz, and Lauren Honig. The event schedule

Leonardo Villalón and Daniel Eizenga were invited presenters at an Executive Analytic Exchange on Burkina Faso, organized by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, to brief the new United States ambassador, Andrew Young, on November 4 in Washington D.C.

Laura Sjoberg and J. Samuel Barkin presented a paper entitled “Happily Ever After: The Failures of IR Theory.” at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association – Northeast in Baltimore, MD. Laura Sjoberg also served as a mentor for the ISA-Northeast methodology workshop.

Michael Bernhard spent the week of October 24-28 as a visiting scholar at the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He again presented the paper, “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility.” coauthored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg on October 26.

Laura Sjoberg, Kelly Kadera, and Cameron Thies presented “Critiquing the Feminist Peace” at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Peace Science Society on October 20-23. Laura Sjoberg and Kelly Kadera also organized a Peace Science workshop called “Exploring Complementarities Between Scientific and Critical Studies of Peace.”

Laura Sjoberg attended events around the J. Ann Tickner Book Award in Los Angeles on October 24-26, including several roundtables and a keynote called “Feminist War Theorizing.”

Suzanne M. Robbins gave two invited talks at the University of Miami on October 25: “Networked Money and Electoral Outcomes” and “A New Golden Age: Groups and Campaign Finance in Federal Elections.”

Kenneth Wald participated on the panel, “Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections,” at Columbia University on October 17.

Patricia Woods discussed economic factors for a panel discussion entitled, “Who Run the World? GIRLS,” at the She’s The First-UF Day of the Girl Summit on October 23, 2016.

Michael Bernhard presented a paper at the Department of Political Science at the Leuphana University Luneburg (Germany) on October 20 entitled, “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility.” The paper is coauthored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg.

Patricia Woods assumed the role of curator of a new blog, Subaltern States, sponsored by E-International Relations . The blog covers the blog covers domestic politics of states around the world from comparative politics or international studies perspectives.

Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk at the 2nd Workshop on Mixed Methods at the University of Arizona, Tucson on October 20 entitled “Reassessing the democratic coup theory with fuzzy-set QCA”.

Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo has been awarded a $2,500 course enhancement grant and a $4,000 course development grant from the Center for Latin American Studies. The course enhancement grant will allow him to develop and integrate two learning modules into his course, “Politics of the Caribbean,” and the course development grant will enable him to develop the course, “Politics of Housing in Latin America,” which he plans to teach in Spring 2018.

On September 22, Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk at the Johns Hopkins University entitled, “Informal Management of Salafi Activity in Areas of Very Limited Statehood: Evidence from the Sahel and East Africa.”

Laura Sjoberg recently gave two invited talks: “Jihadi Brides and Female Volunteers: Seeing Women in the Islamic State’s War” at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 13, 2016 and “Seeing Rape Among Women” at the University of Illinois, September 15, 2016.

Laura Sjoberg, Kelly Kadera, and Cameron G. Thies presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association-West 23 September 2016, “Constitution, Causation, or Crap? Examining the Evidence for the Sex Equality Peace.”

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Dr. Daniel Smith gave an invited talk to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Gainesville 43 Government and Policy Day, entitled, “Registered Voters and Turnout in Alachua County.”

At the 2016 APSA meeting, Dr. Kenneth Wald was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the Religion and Politics Section in recognition of his service to the field. The Section also announced that a new Kenneth Wald Graduate Student Paper Award will be awarded annually.

The following faculty presented at the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Laura Sjoberg: Papers – “Revealing Hierarchy through Gendered Lenses” and “The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of Protection Racket (with Anna Weissman)”; Panel Discussant – “New Global Politics? Internationalizing the Caucus for a New Political Science”
  • Leslie E. Anderson: Paper – “Deliberative Democracy in Nicaragua”
  • Badredine Arfi: Paper – “Fuzzy Social Network Analysis of the Role of IOs in International Conflict”
  • Michael Bernhard: Papers – “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (with Amanda Edgell; Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Gothenburg) and “Reassessing the Democratic Peace: A New Test Using the V-Dem Dataset” (with Haavard Hegre, Peace Research Institute Oslo; Jan Teorell, Lund University)
  • Stephen C. Craig: Paper – “Symphony without an Audience? Voter Reaction to Issue-Based Campaign Ads” (with Paulina S. Rippere, Jacksonville University; Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University)
  • Lawrence C. Dodd: Paper – “Testing the Effects of Two-Dimensional Conflict on Legislative Productivity” (with Scot Schraufnagel, Northern Illinois University)
  • Amie Keppel: Panel Chair – “Institutions and Institutional Evolution in the EU”; Paper – “From Conductor to Orchestra Member: the Evolution of the Council of the EU”; Panel Discussant – “National Parliaments, Preferences, and the European Union”
  • Michael D. Martinez: Panel Chair – “Get It Right the First Time: Preferences for Leader Responsiveness and Reform”; Paper – “Pre-adult Family Structure and Yong Adult Political Parcitipation”
  • Conor O’Dwyer: Paper – “The Demography of Prejudice: Postcommunist Homophobia in Comparative Perspective” (with Dong-Joon Jung, Seoul National University)
  • Ido Oren: Theme Panel Participation – “The Method Cafe”; APSA Event Participation – “Structures of Political Science Revolutions: DA-RT and Audit Cultures”
  • Zachary A. Selden: Paper – “Defense Budgets and Grand Strategy”
  • Benjamin Smith: Panel Chair – “Right-Sizing the Resource ‘Curse’: Oil’s Varying Political Dynamics”; Papers – “The Oil ‘Cushion’ in New Democracies: Resource Wealth as a Potential Blessing” and “Pax-Petrolica? Rethinking the Oil-Interstate War Linkage” (with Hye Ryeon Jang)
  • Daniel A. Smith: Papers – “Timing the Habit: Voter Registration and Turnout in the American States” (with Enrijeta Shino) and “Revisiting Majority-Minority Districts and Descriptive Representation” (with Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University; William D. Hicks; Carl E. Klaner, KlanerPolitics); APSA Event Participation – “Defending Democracy: How Political Scientists Are Engaging in the Fight over Voting Rights (and Why You and Your Dept. Should too), Presented by the Scholars Strategy Network”

Michael Bernhard and his collaborators at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) won the Ljiphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award.

Michael Martinez was elected President of the APSA Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section.

Patricia J. Woods, “Religion and State Through the Lens of Jewish Law in Israel” presented to the pre-organized panel, Religion and Law, Research Committee (RC09) on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association, July 25, 2016.

Patricia J. Woods also convened and served as the co-discussant for the panel, Religion and Law, pre-organized for the Research Committee (RC09) on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association, Poznan, Poland, July 23-28, 2016.

Haluk Karadag and Patricia J. Woods, “Rights or Riots? Regional Institutional and Cultural Legacies in the MENA Region, and the Case of Turkey” presented to the Congress Session on Political Institutions and Civic Engagement’s panel on Content and Discontent with Government in an Unequal World, International Political Science Association, July 28, 2016.

Sharon Austin has agreed to a second term as Director of the Program in African American Studies. Her term will extend for three years, to August 15, 2019.

Laura Sjoberg has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the J. Ann Tickner Prize from the University of Southern California School of International Relations for her book, Gendering Global Conflict: Towards a Feminist Theory of War. A two-day event will be held at the University of Southern California 25th-26th October 2016 in recognition, including a book panel and a round-table discussion followed by the reception and keynote address.

The International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City (May 27-30, 2016) held a symposium on Leslie Anderson’s forthcoming book, Democratization by Institutions (August 2016, The University of Michigan Press). Participants included Daniel Levine (University of Michigan), Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa), Ana Maria Mustapic (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell (University of Notre Dame and Universidad San Martin, Buenos Aires), and Mariana Llanos (German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany).

Michael Bernhard received an additional grant of $42,534 from the Varieties of Democracy Project. Inter alia, it will support an additional graduate assistantship for AY 2016-17. He also has given the following talks:

  • Conference Keynote, “Revolutionary Change and the Prospects for Democracy: Appraising the Impact of Leninist Violence on Postcommunist Regime Outcomes,” (Co-author Jeffrey Kopstein). SCOPE 2016. Contemporary Challenges of Political Research. Faculty of Political Science. University of Bucharest, Romania, May 27, 2016.
  • Research Seminar, “Institutional Subsystems and Survival of Democracy: Do Political and Civil Society Matter?” (co-authors: Allen Hicken, Christopher Reenock, and Staffan I. Lindberg). Department of International Relations and Political Science, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index,” (coauthors – Dong-Joon Jung, Eitan Tzelgov, Michael Coppedge, and Staffan I. Lindberg). V-Dem / ANTICORRP Policy Dialogue Conference, University Gothenburg, Sweden, May 18, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “Reassessing the Democratic Peace: A Novel Test Based on the Varieties of Democracy Data,” (co-authors — Havard Hegre and Jan Teorell). V-Dem Internal Research Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 17, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index,” (coauthors – Dong-Joon Jung, Eitan Tzelgov, Michael Coppedge, and Staffan I. Lindberg). V-Dem Internal Research Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 17, 2016.