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Eric Davis has been elected president of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII), Washington, DC, and Baghdad, Iraq

"Eric Davis has been elected president of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII), Washington, DC, and Baghdad, Iraq."

250th Anniversary Celebration

Here are some highlights from our 250th Anniversary Fellows talks by William Roberts Clark, Manfred B. Steger, Elora Mukherjee and the party afterwards. 

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Michael Denis, a 2016 graduate of the department, was declared a Henry Rutgers Scholar for his senior thesis, "The Elephant’s Red Hand: Paisleyism and the Politics of Unionism in Northern Ireland."  Michael graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science.

Florence Chan and Margarita Rosario, both 2015 graduates of the department, were declared Henry Rutgers Scholars on the basis of their honors thesis work.  Florence wrote a perceptive essay on Japanese foreign policy in light of the post-World War II settlement and American Pacific hegemony while Margarita wrote a thesis on "The Ethics of Entanglement." Both students graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science.

Two of our 2014 graduating seniors were declared Henry Rutgers Scholars: Sabrina Arias and Judith Foo. Sabrina wrote "From Millenium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: The Future We Want". Faculty adviser: Paul Poast. Judith wrote "A Century of Forgetting: Western Fixation And War Memory Revisionism In Japan". Faculty advisers: Dennis Bathory and Jan Kubik. Sabrina and Judith each wrote a senior thesis that earned highest honors in the eyes of their committees.  Sabrina's research was presented as an Aresty project while Judith's is being used by some of our faculty to explore East Asian foreign policy questions. Judith was also the 2014 Political Science Commencement speaker. 



Katherine King, a senior Political Science major, was awarded “Best Poster” for the social sciences section of the Undergraduate Research Symposium organized by the Aresty Research Center for her poster “Factors Influencing the International Targeting of Journalists, 1992-2002.” Katherine’s poster was based on research assistance she conducted on violence directed against journalists, and was under the supervision of Geoffrey Wallace, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Liz Kantor's poster received one of 12 honorable mentions from amongst all Aresty posters in all fields. Liz is an intern with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, responsible for maintaining the EagletonPoll archives, as well as working on various projects for the poll and for outside clients. She is a class of 2016 SAS Honors student, pursuing a double major in Statistics and Political Science. 

Alumni Achievements

Dr. Brittany Stalsburg was named one of Connecticut's "40 under 40" by Connecticut magazine:

Dr. Kelly Clancy published her book "The Politics of Genetically Modified Organisms in the United States and Europe". This book examines the puzzle of why genetically modified organisms continue to be controversial despite scientific evidence declaring them safe for humans and the environment. Read more here.

Dr. Alexandra Filindra and Dr. Noah Kaplan became the recipients of MPSA 2015 Lucius Barker Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker. Their paper “Racial Resentment and Whites’ Gun Policy Preferences in Contemporary America” was presented at the MPSA conference in April 2015.

Faculty Achievements

Summer 2017

  • Robert Kaufman's (co-authored with Stephan Haggard) book Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites and Regime Change was named a co-winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the APSA Section on Comparative Democratization.
  • Eric Davis served as Senior Adviser to the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on the Future of Iraq, chaired by Ambassador Ryan Crocker, whose report was released on May 31st..

Spring 2017

  • Mona Lena Krook has been selected as one of 35 scholars from around the country to be in the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Class of 2017. She intends to use the fellowship to conduct additional research on, and write a book about, violence toward and harassment of women in politics.
  • Jefferson Decker has been awarded a 2017 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to research his forthcoming book, Bull: The Stock Market and the Politics of Financial Security, 1974-2000. For further information, see:
  • Jack Levy is speaking at a March 30-31 conference at Columbia University on “America in a Time of War: City, Economy and Politics in World War 1 and After,” on the occasion of the centennial of the US entry into the war.
  • Eric Davis was invited to lecture on "Iraq in its Geo-Political Context: Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabic," by the Italian Navy.Dr. Davis delivered his lecture at the naval base in Venice's historic Arsenale, founded in 1104, the first industrial complex in the world whose ships enabled Venice to dominate much of Italy and the Mediterranean Basin.
  • Shatema Threadcraft's book "Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic", was awarded the 2016 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Fall 2016

  • Eric Davis received a grant from the IREX Foundation to train youth group leaders from all parts of Iraq this past December at the University of Kufa in Iraq.  The training is part of a larger youth project which is being developed by Professor Davis under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue Studies at the University of Kufa.

Spring 2016

  • Andrew Murphy won a major SAS teaching award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
  • Tom Glynn’s book,  Reading Publics, New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754-1911 has won two significant awards: The 2016 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History and the 2015-2016 New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award for a first book.
  • Shatema Threadcraft was awarded Harvard's very prestigious Charles Warren Center's Faculty Fellowship for the Study of American History for this coming year. The 2016-17 Warren Center Faculty Fellowship will be on the theme Imagining History, Doing Politics: The Uses and Disadvantages of the Past.
  • Beth Leech approved as an "International Co-Investigator" on a three-year, four-country more than $1.6 million project that will examine the policy agendas of interest groups and the public. The countries are the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US. She is the PI for the US portion of the grant. The "Agendas and Interest Groups" project was approved through the European Commission's Open research Areas program.

Fall 2015

  • Roy Licklider briefed analysts of the Defense Intelligence Agency and members of the Joint Staff-Special Operations on Syria
  • An APSA Dissertation Award Named After Stephen Eric Bronner. Stephen Eric Bronner published twice in Reader Supported News: "Netanyahu's Rhetoric" and "Closing the Deal: America, Iran, and the Nuclear Treaty of 2015"
  • Shatema Threadcraft won the APSA's 2015 Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory for her article, "Intimate Injustice, Political Obligation and the Dark Ghetto"  
  • Andrew R. Murphy wrote a review of Redeemer by Randall Balmer on Marginalia
  • Geoffrey Wallace gave an interview to Rutgers Today on his book "Life and Death in Captivity: The Abuse of Prisoners during War”
  • Dan Kelemen published in Foreign Affairs: "Europe's Hungary Problem: Viktor Orban Flouts the Union" and in the Washington Post: "The migrant crisis is exposing Hungary’s slide toward autocracy. Here’s why the E.U. hasn’t cracked down"

Spring 2015

  • Professor Dan Kelemen and recent Rutgers PhD Terence Teo won the award for Best European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Conference Paper 2013, for their paper, "Law and the Eurozone Crisis: Law, Focal Points and Fiscal Discipline." The paper was delivered at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association in Baltimore in 2013. The EUSA conference is the largest international gathering of scholars of the European Union
  • Professor Kelemen's book, Lessons from Europe? What Americans can Learn from European Public Policies (CQ Press, 2014) was selected by Foreign Affairs Magazine as one of the "Best Books of 2014 on Western Europe", one of only three books to receive this honor. In February, Professor Kelemen delivered a briefing on the eurozone crisis to a bipartisan/bicameral group of senior Congressional staffers, under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relation's Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program
  • Professors Eric Davis and Jean-Marc Coicaud of Rutgers-Newark have received funding for a 2 day international conference, "Youth and the Allure of Terrorism: Identity, Recruitment and Public Diplomacy," that will be held on October 19th and 20th on the New Brunswick campus. This award comes from the Office of New Brunswick Chancellor, Dr. Richard Edwards, and is part of President Robert Barchi's "Initiatives for the First 100 Days of the Strategic Plan"

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