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New book challenges assumptions about state supreme courts

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In “Judging Inequality,” James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson account for 26 years of political maneuvering to influence states’ highest courts.

Professor Reeves and PhD Candidate Zoe Ang Published in American Journal of Political Science

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Congratulations to Professor Andrew Reeves and PhD Candidate Zoe Ang along with their co-authors, Jon C. Rogowski and Arjun Vishwanath, on publishing their article, "Partisanship, Economic Assessments, and Presidential Accountability," in the American Journal of Political Science.

Professor James L. Gibson Publishes New Book

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James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson (Penn State, Washington U Ph.D.) have just published a new book (Russell Sage Foundation) on the role of state supreme courts in the creation, maintenance, and amelioration of political, legal, economic, and social inequality in the U.S.

Professor Nomikos Interviewed by KSDK about Afghanistan Crisis

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Professor William Nomikos was interviewed by local news, KSDK, about the crisis in Afghanistan.

Professor Nomikos on the Afghanistan Crisis

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Professor William Nomikos was interviewed by The Source's Sarah Savat for an article titled, "WashU Expert: Afghanistan Crisis Was a Predictable Catastrophe".

Professor Chris Lucas Awarded Methodology, Measurement, and Statics Program Grant

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Congratulations to Professor Chris Lucas and his collaborator, Dean Knox (UPenn), for being awarded a grant through the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program for their project, "Computational Methods for Speech Analysis."

Prof. Jim Gibson Awarded Harold Lasswell Award

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The International Society for Political Psychology has just announced that Jim Gibson has been awarded the highly prestigious Harold Lasswell Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Political Psychology! The award is bestowed on an individual deemed to have made a distinguished scientific contribution in the field of political psychology. Gibson’s contributions to political psychology are many, ranging from research on the psychology of institutional legitimacy to the psychology of truth and reconciliation and political tolerance, worldwide.

Prof. Andrew Reeves Receives David Hadas Teaching Award

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Congratulations to Andrew Reeves! He has been selected as this year’s recipient of the David Hadas Teaching Award, which was established by Pamela W. Hadas "to honor and publicly recognize an outstanding tenured faculty member in Arts & Sciences who demonstrates commitment and excellence in teaching first-year undergraduate students.”

Professor Andrew Reeves Published in Legislative Studies Quarterly

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Professor Andrew Reeves and co-author Jon Rogowski published their article, "Unilateral Inaction: Congressional Gridlock, Interbranch Conflict, and Public Evaluations of Executive Power" in Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Professor Andrew Reeves and Former PhD Student David Miller Published in The Conversation

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Professor Andrew Reeves and 2020 PhD Graduate, David Miller, published an article about how a public commission on the Supreme Court will affect public opinion in The Conversation.

Prof. Ted Enamorado Wins PolMeth's Statistical Software Award

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Congratulations to Professor Ted Enamorado for winning this PolMeth award!

Professor Jacob Montgomery Published in PNAS

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Professor Jacob Montgomery and co-authors published their article, "Overconfidence in news judgments is associated with false news susceptibility," in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Professor Matt Gabel Researches How the Widening Political Rift in the U.S. Impacts Medical Research

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Professor Matt Gabel along with John C Morris & Catherine M. Roe have been researching to find why some people were more inclined to participate in medical research than others. Their study finds conservatives are less willing than liberals to participate in research.

Professor Deniz Aksoy's Paper Accepted for Publication at Journal of Peace Research

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Congratulations to Professor Deniz Aksoy and her co-author, David Carlson, on their paper "Electoral Support and Militants' Targeting Strategies" being accepted for publication at Journal of Peace Research.

Professor Chris Lucas Published in American Political Science Review

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Congratulations to Professor Chris Lucas for publishing his article "A Dynamic Model of Speech for the Social Sciences" with co-author, Dean Knox, in American Political Science Review.

Professor Andrew Reeves's New Course, "The Business of Elections"

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Professor Andrew Reeves co-teaches a new course, "The Business of Elections", with Steven Malter, Senior Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Strategic Programs in the Olin Business School.

Professor David Carter's Paper Accepted at International Studies Quarterly

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Professor David Carter's paper, "The Varieties of Coup d’état: Introducing the Colpus Dataset" was accepted at International Studies Quarterly. The paper is co-authored by John Chin (Carnegie Mellon University) and Joe Wright (Penn State University).

Professor Emeritus Bill Lowry Reflects on the Sustainability Exchange

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Professor Emeritus Bill Lowry, who played a central role in launching and directing the Sustainability Exchange, reflects on the program's success.

Professor Michael Olson Interviewed by KSDK News on Election Night

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Professor Michael Olson Interviewed by KSDK News on Election Night

Professor Carly Wayne is awarded the 2020 Walter Isard Award for Best Dissertation in Peace Science

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Congratulations to Prof. Carly Wayne for being awarded the 2020 Walter Isard Award for Best Dissertation in Peace Science by the Peace Science Society (International) for her dissertation “Risk or Retribution: The Micro-foundations of State Responses to Terror.”

Professors Margit Tavits and Deniz Aksoy and PhD Candidate William O’Brochta Publish in British Journal of Political Science

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Congratulations to Professors Margit Tavits and Deniz Aksoy and PhD Candidate William O’Brochta! Their article “Western Political Rhetoric and Radicalization” is now forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science.

Professor Carly Wayne Wins Dissertation Award

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Professor Carly Wayne won the International Society of Political Psychology's Best Dissertation Award for her work on the micro-foundations of responses to terrorism.

Professor Hayward Publishes in the Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Clarissa Rile Hayward for publishing her article, " Disruption: What Is It Good For?", in the Journal of Politics.

Prof. Crisp, Prof. Gabel, & Former Graduate Students Publish in American Political Science Review

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Congratulations to Professor Brian Crisp, Professor Matthew Gabel, and former graduate students, Caitlin Ainsley, Clifford Carrubba, Betul Demirkaya, and Dino Hazdic for publishing their article, "Roll Call Vote Selection: Implications for the Study of Legislative Politics" in the forthcoming American Political Science Review.

Professor Reeves and PhD Student Write Article for Washington Post

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Congratulations to Professor Andrew Reeves and PhD student, David Miller, for writing an article for The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

Professor Nomikos Publishes in International Peacekeeping

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Congratulations to Professor William Nomikos for publishing an article in Internation Peacekeeping.

Professor Reeves and PhD Student Publish in Political Behavior

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Congratulations to Professor Andrew Reeves and PhD student, Bryant Moy, on publishing their work in Political Behavior.

Talking politics: The surprising consequences of innocent conversation

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In an era of worries over fake news, who can be trusted? Taylor Carlson studies the effects of interpersonal political communication, especially on social media.

Professor Tavits Named William Taussig Professor in Art & Sciences

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We are pleased to announce that Margit Tavits has been named the William Taussig Professor in Arts & Sciences. This endowed chair is in recognition of Margit’s standing as an outstanding and innovative international scholar. A formal installation ceremony will be held in the 2020-21 academic year.

Professor Carter Publishes in International Organization

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter and co-author, Paul Poast, for publishing their article " Barriers to Trade: How Border Walls Affect Trade Relations" in International Organization.

Professor Lucas Publishes Article in Science

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Congratulations to Professor Chris Lucas and co-authors on publishing their article "Universality and diversity in human song” in Science.

Norman Schofield, Professor in Political Science, 1944-2019

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Norman Schofield, the William Taussig Professor of Political Economy in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in St. Louis, surrounded by family. He was 75.

Professor Carter Publishes in The Washington Post

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Congrats to Professor David Carter and co-authors John Chin and Joesph Wright on publishing a Monkey Cage article on The Washington Post website about recent claims of a "coup attemp" in the US, of which their research was based on the topic. Their article was titled, "No, the Trump impeachment inquiry is not a coup".

Professor Carter Publishes in International Organization

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter and co-author Scott Abramson of University of Rochester, on the acceptance of their paper, "Systemic Instability and the Emergence of Border Disputes" by International Organization, the top-ranked political science journal by impact factor in 2018.

Professor Nomikos Publishes in the Journal of Peace Research

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Congratulations to Professor William Nomikos and co-author Nicholas Sambanis (UPenn) on publishing their article, " What is the mechanism underlying audience costs? Incompetence, belligerence, and inconsitency," in the Journal of Peace Research.

Professor Tavits Publishes in the PNAS

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Congratulations to Professor Margit Tavits and co-author Professor Efrén O. Pérez (UCLA) on publishing their article, "Language influences mass opinion toward gender and LGBT equality,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Deniz Aksoy and PhD Graduate Paper Forthcoming in European Union Politics

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Congratulations to Deniz Aksoy and PhD graduate, Dino Hadzic! Their paper, "Political Institutions and Collective Attachments" is forthcoming in European Union Politics.

Taylor Carlson Awarded 2019 UCSD Dissertation Prize

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Taylor Carlson, an Assistant Professor starting in the department Fall of 2019 was awarded a dissertation prize.

David Carter's Paper Accepted by Journal International Organization

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter and co-author Paul Poast of University of Chicago, on the acceptance of their paper, "Barriers to Trade: How Border Walls Affect Trade Relations" by the Journal of International Organization.

Professor Tavits and Former/Current Graduate Students Win an APSA Award

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“Legacies of the Third Reich: Concentration Camps and Outgroup Intolerance” has won the Sage Best Paper Award.

Margit Tavits and Collaborators Receive a German National Science Foundation Grant

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Professor Tavits and her collaborators (Professor Debus from University of Mannheim and Professor Somer-Topcu from UT-Austin) have been awarded a 467,010 euro (about $ 523,000) grant by the German National Science Foundation (DfG) to study whether and how political parties change their policy positions between elections and whether voters understand and care about those position changes.

Betsy Sinclair Published on ResearchGate

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Congratulations to Professor Betsy Sinclair! Her article, "Pathways to Trump: Republican Voters in 2016," was published on ResearchGate. 

Professor Tavits is one the new field editors for the Journal of Politics

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Professor Margit Tavits is an incoming field editor for the Journal of Politics. She is in charge of comparative behavior manuscripts.

Prof. Michael Bechtel's Article Accepted in the Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Michael Bechtel, Kirk Bansak (Stanford), Professor Jens Hainmueller (Stanford), and Professor Yotam Margalit (Tel-Aviv)!  Their article "The Idealogical Basis of the Grexit Debate" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Politics. 

Prof. Brian Crisp and PhD Graduate Betul Demirkaya's Article Accepted in The Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Brian Crisp and PhD graduate Betul Demirkaya!  Their paper, "Strategic Entry and Strategic Voting in Majoritarian Systems" has been accepted to be published in The Journal of Politics.

Prof. Jim Gibson Receives Russell Sage Foundation Grant

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Professor Jim Gibson is co-recipient of a $150,000 Russell Sage Foundation grant for research examining how judicial decisions contribute to inequalities in such areas as school funding, collective bargaining and state restrictions on citizens’ ability to vote. Michael Nelson of Pennsylvania State University is co-recipient of the grant.

Prof. David Carter's Article Wins Bruce Russett Award

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter and co-author Paul Poast! Their article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, "Why Do States Build Walls? Political Economy, Security, and Border Stability," has won the Bruce Russett Award for the Best Paper Published in the Journal in 2017.

Prof. Margit Tavits & PhD Candidate Dino Hadzic's Article Accepted at the Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Margit Tavits and PhD Candidate Dino Hadzic! Their article, "The Gendered Effects of Violence on Political Engagement," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.

Prof. David Carter's Article Accepted in The Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter! His article, "Places to Hide: Terrain, Ethnicity and Civil Conflict," co-written by Andrew Shaver and Austin Wright, has been accepted for publication at Journal for Politics.

Prof. Matt Gabel & PhD Graduate Dalston Ward's Article Accepted in The Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Matt Gabel and recent PhD graduate Dalston Ward! Their paper, "Judicial Review Timing and Legislative Posturing: Reconsidering the Moral Hazard Problem," has been accepted to be published in The Journal of Politics.

Politics Over Process: Partisan Conflict and Post-Passage Processes in the U.S. Congress

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Hong Min Park, Steven S. Smith, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen document the dramatic changes in intercameral resolution that have occurred over recent decades, and examine the various considerations made by the chambers when determining the manner in which the House and Senate pursue conciliation.

Prof. Andrew Reeves Wins Delores K. Kennedy Award

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Congratulations to Professor Andrew Reeves! The First Year Center presented him with the Delores K. Kennedy Award.

Prof. Michael Bechtel's Paper Published in PNAS

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Why has economic inequality risen dramatically over the past few decades even in democracies where individuals could vote for more redistribution? We experimentally study how individuals respond to inequality and find that subjects generally take from richer and give to poorer individuals.

Prof. David Carter's Paper Accepted at International Studies Quarterly

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter and his coauthors Rachel Wellhausen (Texas) and Paul Huth (Maryland). Their paper, "International Law, Territorial Disputes, and Foreign Direct Investment" has been accepted at International Studies Quarterly.

Prof. Andrew Reeves to be Published in American Journal of Political Science

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Professor Andrew Reeves' and co-author Jon Rogowski's, former Washington University professor, paper "The Public Cost of Unilateral Action" is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science. You can view it in advance of publication here: http://www.andrewreeves.org/papers/constraints.pdf

Prof. Gabel Published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders

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Congratulations to Professor Matt Gabel! His paper, "Political Ideology, Confidence in Science, and Participation in Alzheimer Disease Research Studies," co-authored by Jonathan Gooblar, Catherine M. Roe, Natalie J. Selsor, and John C. Morris, has been published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders (2018).

Prof. Keith Schnakenberg Wins Award

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Congratulations to Professor Keith Schnakenberg! He won the Gordon Tullock Prize from Public Choice for the best paper published by a junior scholar in 2017.

Prof. Deniz Aksoy's Paper Accepted in The Journal of Politics

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Congratulations to Professor Deniz Aksoy! Her paper, "Electoral and Partisan Cycles in Counterterrorism," has been accepted to be published in The Journal of Politics.

Professor David Carter Published in the journal "Politics, Philosophy, & Economics"

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Recent evidence suggests that historical boundary precedents play a central role in the outbreak, character, and long-term consequences of territorial disputes. The institutional theory of borders holds promise in explaining why leaders find old borders to be attractive as new borders.

Professor David Carter's Paper Accepted at World Politics

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Congratulations to Professor David Carter!  His paper, "International Trade and Coordination:  Tracing Border Effects," was accepted by the World Politics journal.  This paper was also written with Hein Goemans of Rochester.

Prof. Andrew Reeves Published in Washington Post

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Prof. Andrew Reeves article, Donald Trump’s lukewarm response to Puerto Rico was pretty predictable. Here’s why., was published on Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.

Professor Jacob Montgomery and PhD Candidate Michelle Torres' Paper Accepted at AJPS

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Congratulations to Professor Jacob Montgomery and PhD candidate Michelle Torres! Their paper, "How conditioning on post-treatment variables can ruin your experiment and what to do about it," was accepted by the American Journal of Political Science. This paper was also written with Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth.

Clarity of Responsibility, Accountability, and Corruption

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In Clarity of Responsibility, Accountability, and Corruption, the authors argue that clarity of responsibility is critical for reducing corruption in democracies. The authors provide a number of empirical tests of this argument, including a cross-national time-series statistical analysis to show that the higher the level of clarity the lower the perceived corruption levels.

Prof. Gary Miller's Book Wins APSA Award

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Congratulations to Professor Gary Miller and cowriter Andrew Whitford! Their book "Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment" is the winner of APSA's 2017 Gladys Kammerer Award for US National Public Policy and also will receive the 2017 Charles H. Levine Prize of the International Political Science Association for the best book on comparative administration and public policy.

Prof. Clarissa Hayward in Journal of Politics

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Professor Clarissa Hayward's article "Responsibility and Ignorance: On Dismantling Structural Injustice" is in the April Issue of Journal of Politics.