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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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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"


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. 

Graduate Student Awards, Honors, and Accomplishments

Spring 2017

Bailey Socha, Kyle Morgan and Will Young were each awarded a Stanley H. and Claire A. Friedelbaum Endowed Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award for dissertation research in Public Law.

Mary Nugent  was awarded a Dissertation Teaching award by the Graduate School. This award is to facilitate the development of a course based on the dissertation research of the recipient. Mary's course, "Men and Masculinities in Politics." Mary Nugent also won a prestigious Bevier Dissertation Award for 2017-18.

Kathleen Rogers won one of the prestigious student AAPOR awards for this year's AAPOR conference in May, where she will be presenting a paper co-authored with Ashley Koning.

Cathy Wineinger won two major awards to support her dissertation research: The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics; and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies, which encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional or cultural boundaries.

Haley Norris received scholarship provided by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation to go to the University of Konstanz this summer as an independent researcher. Haley's research is on electoral gender quotas and their impact on institutional development.

Summer 2016

Mary Nugent won the BPG's 2016 Donald E. Stokes Dissertation Research Fellowship. This fellowship awards $1,000 to a promising graduate student to pursue
research in British politics.

Spring 2016

Mary Imparato and Grace Howard were each awarded a Stanley H. and Claire A. Friedelbaum Endowed Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award for dissertation research in Public Law.

Amanda Roberti won the Roberta S. Sigel Award for her paper "Protecting Women as Women: Strategic Framing of Abortion Regulations", presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Minhyuk Hwang won a CCSP Research Ph.D. Fellowship from the Confucius Institute to fund his dissertation research during the 2016 academic year.

Mary Imparato won a PhD Scholarship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Grace Howard was awarded a fellowship by the American Association of University women for the coming academic year.

Ecaterina Locoman won a Bevier dissertation fellowship, one of 12 such awards university-wide, across all departments and the professional schools, and thus very competitive and a great honor.

Barea Sinno was selected to participate in Duke University's Summer Institute on EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models.

Cathy Wineinger won The Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award, for the best paper on women and politics presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Cathy also won a Congressional Research Grant from the Dirksen Congressional center to help her fund her dissertation research.

Ashley Koning was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). The award recognizes an outstanding early career survey research professional with great promise for pursuing a long-term career in survey research.

Juliana Restrepo won the Dissertation Teaching Award which includes a cash award and the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course based on her dissertation.

Sarah Weirich won the GSNB Student Teaching Award, awarded to the most outstanding Rutgers graduate student instructor in any field across the social sciences and humanities. Sarah Weirich also was selected as a Pre-Doctoral Researcher for this summer, working on an NSF-funded project examining cultural heritage in Syria.

Sarah Morgan Smith was appointed as the Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Ion Marandici was selected as one of six Rutgers graduate students from across the university to travel to China for the Rutgers University-Jilin University graduate student forum in May.

Fall 2015

Dilafruz Nazarova was featured on Rutgers Continuing Education News Center as one of the pioneers of online and hybrid learning at Rutgers.

Tatsiana Kulakevich gave an interview for The Monocle Daily on suspension of sanctions against Belarus and published in the Washington Post: Belarus’s President Has Scheduled the Next Election. Has He Already Won His Fifth Term?

Tibor Purger appeared in a 30-minute discussion on Huffington Post’s Live Stream TV dealing with “The U.S. Role in Europe's Migrant Crisis” and on HuffPost Live: U.S. Special Forces In Syria Ahead Of Vienna Talks.

Sarah Weirich won a Dissertation Writing Workshop award from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies at UC-Berkeley, as well as a travel grant from The Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University to do research in Tunisia this winter.

Spring 2015

Albert Castle, Josh Eaise, and Grace Howard were each awarded a Stanley H. and Claire A. Friedelbaum Endowed Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award for dissertation research in Public Law.

Doug Pierce won Distinguished Junior Scholars Award given by the Political Psychology section of the American Political Science Association.

Cathy Wineinger won the Roberta S. Sigel award for her paper "Constructing Women's Interests: Motherhood, Fiscal Conservatism, and Republican Women in the 113th Congress".

Tatsiana Kulakevich won Special Study award to attend summer school in Budapest, Hungary, and European Studies travel award to attend Midwest Political Science Association conference.

Juliana Restrepo and Mona Krook won the best paper presented at 2014 Meeting Award from the Women and Politics of APSA for their paper "Mapping Violence Against Women in Politics: Aggression, Harassment, and Discrimination Against Female Politicians."

Caitlin Scuderi received an award from the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Summer Institute that is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Terence Teo and Dan Kelemen 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."

Fall 2014

Doug Pierce's article "Uninformed Votes? Reappraising Information Effects and Presidential Preferences" is forthcoming in the journal Political Behavior.

Tatsiana Kulakevich published "Twenty Years in the Making: Understanding the Difficulty for Change in Belarus" in Eastern European Politics and Society

Hector Bahamonde's papers were accepted for presentations: (1) Western Political Science Association WPSA Las Vegas: 2015. “The Political Economy of Clientelism: Cheap Targeting Politics in Brazil”.(2) Southern Political Science Association SPSA New Orleans: 2015. Panel: Issues in Electoral Politics. “The Political Economy of Clientelism: Cheap Targeting Politics in Brazil”. (3) Latin American Studies Association LASA Chicago: 2014. “The Political Economy of Clientelism: Cheap Targeting Politics in Brazil”. Hector was also awarded the folowing: (1) Center for Latin American Studies, Rutgers University. "Small Grant Fund for Research on Latin America" (2013). (2) ICPSR Summer Program, Michigan University. "Jerome M. CLubb Scholarship" (2013). (3) Travel Awards: School of Arts and Sciences (2013), Political Science Dpt. (2014). 

Spring 2014

Stephanie Szitanyi won the Roberta S. Sigel award for her paper, "Semiotic Readings of the USS Midway Museum: Making Women Disappear in the Military," initially presented at the 2013 meetings of the International Studies Association and later submitted and accepted for publication in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Albert Castle and Sarah Weirich were awarded Porte Peace Fund Travel Awards to conduct research abroad. Albert will be undertaking a project in the UK is to better understand how legal institutions influence organizational structures, operational practices, and employee relations and attitudes in worker cooperatives. Sarah will be conducting research in Tunisia to study the relationship between the ongoing struggle over situating secret police archives in the collective memory and its impact on Tunisia’s transition to democracy and its gendered implications.

Doug Jones was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. The title of his research project is "Participation and Accountability in Jordan." His research timeline involves intensive Arabic study and semi-structured interviews with both elites and citizens examining how they connect patronage structures with their own participation in both elections and contentious politics.

David Walsh and Sarah Weirich received Pre-Dissertation Awards from the Graduate School. David will attend the ICPSR at the University of Michigan this summer. Sarah will conduct her research in Tunisia to study the relationship between the ongoing struggle over situating secret police archives in the collective memory and its impact on Tunisia's transition to democracy.

William Young is the receipient of a prestigious Presidential Fellowship. He is interested in why democracies in different regions of the world develop extremely disparate constitutions, and how do partisan attachments within a particular polity influence the formation of public law and the jurisprudence based on such laws.

Wei Chih Chen, Cristina Gherasimov and Mary Nugent were awarded scholarships to attend the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Tibor Purger was awarded a grant by the Global Europe Program of the Wilson Center, Washington, DC, to spend time in residence conducting research on his project, "American Influence on East European Reconciliation."

Noah Eber-Schmid was awarded a University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship. The title of Noah's doctoral dissertation is: "Democratic Fanaticism: Fanaticism, Insurgency and the Indeterminacy of Democracy in the Early American Republic, 1776-1800."

Caitlin Scuderi was admitted into the Diplomacy Fellows Program at the US Department of State. She was previously awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Turkish this summer which supplements a Boren Fellowship that she received to study party politics in Turkey last year.

Previous Awards...

Amanda Marziliano received a Baden-Württemberg Stipendium to spend four months in Konstanz, Germany.

Andrew Spath was selected as a Fulbright Fellow for 2012-13 and awarded a dissertation research grant. His project is titled “When Leaders Change: Cultural Production, Collective Memory, and the Jordanian Succession.” Andrew also received a supplemental award for advanced Arabic instruction called the Critical Language Enhancement Award.

Mona Kleinberg was awarded a Bevier Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-2013.

Aiisha Harden won the 2012 Graduate Assistance Program (G.A.P.) Travel Grant from the National Association of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).

Sara Angevine and Brittany Stalsburg are co-winners of the Roberta S. Sigel Award for the respective papers "Global Women’s Issues and Domestic US Politics: Assessing Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship on Women’s Issues" and "A mom first and a candidate second': Gender Differences in Candidates’ Self-presentation of Family."

Tessa Ditonto and Mona Kleinberg both won NSF dissertation enhancement grants in 2011. Tessa also had an article accepted for publication in Political Psychology.

Patrick Shea received a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation in support of his dissertation project, Financing War: How Sovereign Credit Dynamics Affect International Conflict.

Andrew Spath and Brian Humphreys were awarded Boren Fellowships for 2012-2013 which will support dissertation research in the Middle East for their respective projects: "When Leaders Change: Cultural Production, Collective Memory and the  Jordanian Succession," and "Building the New Iraqi Army: Memory, Symbols  and Power in Iraq."

Sung Chul Yung and Sang Yup Lee are the co-recipients of the Governor You Award.  This award is for South Korean students who are pursuing a doctoral dissertation in political science.

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