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Congratulations to Beatriz Gil '19 (economics and political science) and Jamal Holtz '20 (political science), who will be serving in 2018-19 as the Students' Association president and vice president.
At the 2018 Commencement ceremony, Professor David Primo received the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He previously received the Goergen Award and the Students' Association Undergraduate Professor of the Year Award.
Bienfait Mugenza '21 (political science) and Philemon Rono '21 (mechanical engineering) have won a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace. They will run "Peace through Entrepreneurship," a one-week workshop to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, in Summer 2018.
Daniel Gillion, Rochester PhD '09 and now a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. His project is titled "The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy."
Robert Khuzami '79, Deputy U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, is leading the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen, attorney for President Trump. In 2004 Khuzami addressed the Republican National Convention to support President George W. Bush, and he helped prosecute the person who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.
Professor Mary Kroeger receives the State Politics & Policy Quarterly 2018 Best Paper Award. The award honors the author of the best paper on state politics presented at any professional meeting or conference in 2017. Professor Kroeger wins the prize for her paper "Bill Changes in State Legislatures."
Luke Meyerson '18 is named the University of Rochester Student Employee of the Year for 2018 for his work conceiving and developing an alumni-student database for Political Science and International Relations.
John Cole '19, International Relations major, is winner of a 2018 U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. He will be traveling to Xi'an, China, to study Mandarin.
Hundreds of Rochester alumni (who majored in Political Science or International Relations) have joined the new alumni network. It is open now for current students and alumni who want to connect and learn about career paths.
Daron Acemoglu (MIT) and James Robinson (Chicago) win the 2017 William H. Riker Prize, awarded by the Rochester Department of Political Science in recognition of a body of work that advances the scientific study of politics.
Derek Peterson '93, who majored in Political Science and History at Rochester, has just been named a MacArthur Fellow. Now a professor at the University of Michigan, Peterson is recognized for his work on African colonialism and nationalism.
Josh Shapiro '95, now Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, speaks at Meliora Weekend 2017. His talk is titled "Holding the Middle Ground in U.S. Politics."
Wesley Clayton '18 and Luke Meyerson '18 both received Garnish Scholar-Athlete Awards in September 2017. Recognizing athletic and academic achievement, the awards are presented annually to the outstanding student-athletes in the senior class. Clayton and Meyerson major in Political Science. Clayton runs track, and Meyerson plays baseball.
Professor Lawrence Rothenberg and Matthew Sweeten, PhD candidate, win the 2017 Founder’s Best Paper Award for the best paper on executive politics. The award is presented by the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. It is for the paper "Analyzing Agency Choice with Text Analysis: The Case of the NLRB."
Professor Lawrence Rothenberg (with co-author Fang-Yi Chiou) publishes The Enigma of Presidential Power: Parties, Policies and Strategic Uses of Unilateral Power, a 2017 book that examines how presidents consider constraints from Congress and the courts in pursuing executive actions.
Michael Gibilisco, PhD '17, wins the 2017 University of Rochester award for the best dissertation in the social sciences. His dissertation is titled "Three Essays on Political Economy."
Professor Bethany Lacina's 2017 book, Rival Claims: Ethnic Violence and Territorial Autonomy under Indian Federalism, examines civil conflict in India, claims for regional autonomy, and the response of the central government.
Institutions on the Edge
Professor Gretchen Helmke's 2017 book, Institutions on the Edge: The Origins and Consequences of Inter-Branch Crises in Latin America, examines the sources of institutional instability in the developing world.
Carla Fisher--Rochester alum and director of product innovation, kids and family, at Netflix — has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Strong National Museum of Play. Fisher has worked previously at Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids Interactive.
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U.S. News ranks Rochester #4 in the nation in political methodology, #14 in international relations, and #17 overall in political science.
Bright Line Watch, a project led by Professor Gretchen Helmke and colleagues from Dartmouth and Yale, is periodically assessing the health of American democracy.
Josh Shapiro '95 is Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Formerly chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Shapiro once served as president of the University of Rochester SA Government.
Explore 60 years of congressional scholarship on the new website dedicated to the life and work of Richard Fenno. The site includes information on each of his books, unpublished papers, lectures, and photos.
The Laurin Taylor Frisina '06 Ventura Award has been established by the family and friends of Laurin Taylor Frisina and in her memory. It honors "the graduating senior who, as a Political Science research assistant or in other research activities, best represents creativity and collaboration in pursuit of knowledge."
Created to support students pursuing a summer experience in politics or policy, the Richard and Nancy Fenno Summer Fellowships are awarded annually.
Jeanette Moy '02, who majored in Political Science at Rochester, is now the chief strategy officer and vice president for strategic planning at the Brooklyn Public Library, fifth largest public library in the U.S.
Controlling for size, "PS: Political Science & Politics" ranks Rochester Political Science first in the country in the productivity of its PhD alumni.
Professor of Political Science Randall Stone is also the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. He specializes in international political economy, international relations, and Russian and East European politics. In 2015 he received the William H. Riker University Award for Graduate Teaching, the Universitys highest award for mentoring, teaching, and advising graduate students.Learn More
At Rochester, Gerald Gamm is professor of political science and history. His research into Congress, state legislatures, and urban politics has garnered numerous awards and recognition. Gamm chaired the department for more than a decade, and now teaches courses in the fields of American politics and history.Learn More
American politics, political economy, environmental politics, and public policy comprise Larry Rothenbergs scholarly areas of interest. Rothenberg is the Corrigan-Minehan Professor of Political Science and the director of the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy. He teaches courses on interest groups, bureaucratic politics, American political institutions, and environmental affairs.Learn More
Gretchen Helmke is a professor and department chair in political science. Her research focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, the rule of law, and Latin American politics. She has published two books, and she is currently working on two book-length projects. Helmke also teaches courses on Latin American politics, democratic regimes, judicial politics, and comparative political institutions.Learn More
G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
With numerous awards and accolades recognizing his scholarship, research, and teaching, including the presidency of the American Political Science Association, Bing Powell continues to shape the field of political science. As the Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science at Rochester, Powell focuses on comparative politics and European politics. His current research examines problems of political representation in different electoral, party, and policymaking systems.Learn More
David Primo's current research focuses on budget rules, corporate social responsibility, corporate political spending, and the effectiveness of campaign finance laws. He has published books and numerous articles, and his op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers.Learn More
In addition to teaching courses in the field of positive theory at Rochester, Professor of Political Science Mark Feys scholarly interests include game theory and social change theory. His current research focuses on voting and elections, comparative electoral systems, and international conflict.Learn More
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