EPPS News

#MeToo Scandals at Nonprofits Likely to Grow

Recent scandals at the Human Society and Red Cross have shown that U.S. nonprofits are not immune to the sexual harassment and abuse accusations brought to light by the #MeToo movement. According to faculty members in the Public and Nonprofit Management program at UT Dallas, this type of behavior is more widespread than we might think and often goes unpunished. read more...

Peace Corps Program Helps EPPS Students Go Global

EPPS students interested in exploring international careers can sign up for the University's new Peace Corps Prep Program to better prepare for intercultural immersion. Those who want to serve with the Peace Corps are not guaranteed a position, but the prep program will allow them to become a more competitive candidate. read more...

High Fees in Juvenile Justice System Harm Youth

A recent Juvenile Law Center report, Debtors' Prisons for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, surveyed lawyers for children, other professionals, youth, and families to learn about the consequences of these costs. In a guest commentary for the Kansas City Star, EPPS Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero along with the report's lead author outline some possible solutions.
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Former Badminton Pro Focuses on Serving Others

Armed with a master's in public affairs from UT Dallas, former pro athlete Aditi Mutatkar wants to expand physical education in India's public schools. read more...

Study: Recent Homicide Spikes Don't Tell Whole Story

Criminologists from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that the recent increases in homicide rates follow predictable fluctuations over the past 55 years. read more...

Study Examines Latino Graduation Rates at UTD

According to recent data from the Education Trust, UT Dallas lags behind similar schools on Latino enrollment and especially Latino graduation rates. Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS, says this information is puzzling because the university is among the most ethnically diverse in the country. In this commentary for the Dallas Morning News. Dr. Piquero digs into the data. read more...

IPE Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Vladyslav Wallace, a double major in global business and international political economy, will study at Emlyon Business College in France this spring. read more...

Doctoral Student Selected for Research Scholars Program

Marcela Gutierrez, a PhD student in public policy and political economy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. read more...

Institute Releases Dallas Domestic Violence Data

The Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas documented 15,566 domestic violence offenses in its latest progress report for the city's task force. read more...

New Study Tackles the Divide over NFL Players' Protests

According to a survey by UT Dallas researchers, 90 percent of black respondents supported kneeling during the national anthem, while only 38 percent of non-black respondents did. read more...

Associate Provost Wins International Studies Book Award

Dr. Paul F. Diehl, associate provost, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, has been honored as the 2017 winner of the J. David Singer Book Award for "The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System", published by Oxford University Press. read more...

EPPS Adds Experts in Political Science, Economics

Three new tenure-track faculty members whose interests range from the state court system and voter behavior to microeconomic theory joined the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences this fall.
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UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its eighth annual GIS Day on November 15 and showcase its geospatial information sciences program at the event. read more...

BBC Features EPPS Professors' Election Research

According to an article co-authored by two UT Dallas political science professors and posted on the BBC website, the June 2017 general election in Britain was the moment when the internet finally delivered on its long-awaited promise of having a big effect, both on how individual people voted and the overall outcome of the election. Ashbel Smith Professor Harold Clarke and Professor Marianne Stewart were part of the team that carried out the election research. read more...

EPPS Freshman Excels at Debate

UT Dallas freshman Ragya Kaul may spend all her free time honing her skills as a member of the debate team, but she thinks it's well worth it. "Debate teaches you the skills you need to be successful: how to be a public speaker, how to think like an attorney and how to do problem-solving on the fly at a rapid pace. It enhances whatever you decide to do," said Kaul, an international political economy and global business double major who hopes to work for women's rights with a nonprofit government organization. read more...

GIS Internship and Career Event October 13

GISSO is hosting its annual GIS Internship and Career Event on Friday, October 13 at 6 pm in Green Hall 3.402. UT Dallas GIS students and alumni will share their internship experiences and insights.
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Piquero Comments on Rise in Violent Crime

The Texas Tribune reported on new FBI data that show violent crime is up for the second year in a row, and is rising in Texas at a faster rate than the nation. But according to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS it's important not to jump to conclusions based on two-year trends. read more...

UT Dallas Introduces Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program is a unique opportunity for UT Dallas undergraduate students to combine their coursework, volunteer service, and hands-on experience while advancing toward a certificate offered by the Peace Corps. Students enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep Program will be better prepared to serve as Peace Corps volunteers in the future or to work in any other global setting that requires specific skills to excel as a professional. Attend an October information session to learn more. read more...

GIS Professor Receives Two Honors for Research

Dr. Daniel A. Griffith, Ashbel Smith Professor of geospatial information sciences, has received two new honors that recognize him for profoundly influencing how researchers analyze spatial data. read more...

EPPS Alum Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Sarah Islam, who graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2005, was named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. read more...

Research Explores Attitudes Toward Crime and Punishment

What do you think about the Kansas City Chiefs' decision to appoint Michael Vick as a coaching intern under head coach Andy Reid? According to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS, public attitudes about Vick's reinstatement into the NFL offer important insights. read more...

Author to Speak on IBM and the Holocaust

On September 13, you can learn the true story of how one of the world's best-known corporations colluded with Nazi Germany beginning in 1933. Edwin Black, award-winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, with be giving two lectures that day co-sponsored by the Public and Nonprofit Management program and the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 5

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 5 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

EPPS Executive in Residence Earns Terrell Blodgett Academician Award

Teodoro J. Benavides, executive in residence at UT Dallas, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Terrell Blodgett Academician Award for significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government. read more...

Political Science Graduate Wins Urann Fellowship

Nancy Fairbank BA'17, who plans a career in international law, is the second UT Dallas student in a row to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. read more...

GIS Experts Map Out Changing Coastlines

Major changes on the earth's surface are creating new challenges for digital mapping services that must quickly adapt to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape. In an interview with NPR's Science Friday, Denis Dean, professor of geospatial information sciences and dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, explains how it's done. read more...

Center to Provide Researchers with Federal Data

UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are leading a consortium of institutions working to establish a Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. read more...

Article Probes Policy Impact on New-Business Development

How are Trump administration policies impacting new-business development? That's one of the questions that WalletHub seeks to answer in this "Ask the Expert" feature with Donald A. Hicks, professor of public policy and political economy in EPPS. read more...

Study Links Low Self Control and Deadly Force

A groundbreaking new study from EPPS criminologists found that police officers dealing with divorce, debt and other factors linked to low self-control are more likely to use deadly force on the job. The Dallas Morning News editorial board weighs in on the study's potential impact. read more...

Was This a Brexit Election After All?

Was the 2017 general election in Britain actually a 'Brexit election' as well? Harold Clarke, EPPS political science professor an co-author of the new book, Brexit – Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, delves into that question in this blog post for the London School of Economics.
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Study Links Low Self-Control, Use of Deadly Force

Research conducted by two UT Dallas criminologists found that police officers who exhibit low self-control in their personal lives are more likely to use deadly force on the job. read more...

Boren Fellow Returning to Mideast to Study Arabic

Aysha Khan BS'15 will travel to Jordan in September to further her studies in Arabic during a yearlong Boren Fellowship. She spent the summer of 2015 in Oman as a recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship. read more...

MPA Alumni Connect at Annual Conference

A master's in public affairs provided Army veteran Brandon Friedman with a professional path to a role at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was among those recognized at the MPA alumni conference. read more...

Study Finds Benefits to Justice Dept. Oversight of Police

A new study by Criminology Professor John Worrall shows that Justice Department oversight of local police departments reduces civil rights lawsuits. The findings generated national media attention with articles in the Houston Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Star-Ledger.
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GIS Professor and student honored

Dr. Yongwan Chun, associate professor of geospatial information sciences at UT Dallas, received the inaugural Emerging Scholar Award from the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Hyeongmo Koo, a geospatial information sciences doctoral student, received a student paper award from the 2017 Korea-America Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences. read more...

Op-Ed: Lowering Corporate Tax Rate Makes Sense

President Trump recently called for lowering the federal corporate tax rate to 15 percent. In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, Seth H. Giertz, an associate professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences says the proposed change is encouraging.
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Economics Professor to Lead New Research Center

Kurt Beron, professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, will help coordinate the new Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center, which is designed to give researchers access to sensitive data. The data center is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of leading research institutions led by UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. read more...

Sociologist's Program Gives Teens a Heads Up to Success

A six-session class developed by a UT Dallas sociology researcher and her students is helping high school students steer past the pitfalls of substance abuse to pursue college degrees. read more...

Public Affairs Senior Named Student Leader of the Year

Brooke López, a public affairs senior in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences received the Student Leader of the Year Award for her leadership skills, impact on the campus community, and involvement in organizations and activities both on and off campus."As an outstanding leader, Brooke is a selfless individual who never says no when asked for help. She is the perfect person to represent this campus as the Student Leader of the Year," read one of her nomination letters. read more...

Washington Post: Why a "Hard" Brexit Makes Sense

In a new book Brexit — Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, EPPS Political Science Professor Harold Clarke and his co-authors explain why Britain is in a better bargaining position than some critics claim. They outline the case for a "hard" Brexit in this Washington Post article. read more...

Award Funds Student's Analysis of Crime in Guyana

Phillip Accetturo BS'16 and his co-authors found that crimes involving guns increased over a 20-year period and that crime fluctuated with changes in gold prices in the South American country. read more...

Piquero Takes Helm at Criminal Justice Academy

Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero, associate provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been named president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). read more...

EPPS Majors Take the Helm in Student Government

UT Dallas students have elected J.W. Van Der Schans, an international political economy senior, as their new Student Government president, and Alex Holcomb, an economics sophomore, as vice president. read more...

Criminology Program Ranks No. 5 in Research Work

A study, which assessed faculty articles published between 2010 and 2014 in top criminology scholarly journals, listed the UT Dallas program fifth in the nation.
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Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities

Sociologists at UT Dallas are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state. The project is the first comprehensive assessment of its kind in Texas.
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Symposium Examines US-German Relations in Trump Era

The International Political Economy program recently hosted a symposium on U.S.-German relations that featured Boris Ruge, Germany's Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, and other panelists.
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EPPS Pathway to Graduate School April 17

The EPPS Pathway to Graduate School event is designed for undergraduate students who are considering pursuing a master's degree in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
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New Masters in Data Analytics Meets a Growing Need

Inside Higher Education reports that as industries collect more and more big data, colleges and universities are responding by introducing new data analytics degrees. UT Dallas' new master's degree in data analytics and research is among the programs highlighted in this recent article. read more...

Op Ed: Setting the Record Straight on NCAA Athletes

NCAA athletes skip class, rarely graduate, and tend to be exploited and deserve to be paid. Or is this fake news? Kurt Beron, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, explains in this Dallas Morning News op ed. read more...

EPPS Students Raise the Bar with Moot Court Success

Moot Court at UT Dallas gives students an opportunity to sharpen their skills and practice for competitions in an authentic courtroom setting. The courtroom replica, housed in the Founders Building, is named for Dr. Anthony Champagne, professor emeritus of political science. This school year, EPPS students won several awards in regional and national competitions. read more...

New Community Caters to First-Generation Students

Mary Jane Partain The First Generation Living Learning Community will help students whose parents did not complete a bachelor's degree in the U.S. gain a sense of belonging and awareness of resources available. read more...

Campus Honors MLK's Legacy with Call to Service

keynote speaker Rev. Frances Cudjoe Waters Nearly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the UT Dallas community gathered to celebrate the civil rights leader's legacy and to honor him by serving others. read more...

More than 1,500 Students Earn Spots on Dean's List

students walking front of Student Services Building To receive the recognition, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in the fall with a GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

Program Helps Students Fulfill Global Ambitions

Siva Paladugu and Danielle Edmonds The Peace Corps Prep Program is open to undergraduates interested in the corps or an international career. Each participant will complete coursework and volunteer service to earn a certificate by graduation. read more...

Alumni, Students Rejoice, Reflect at Ring Ceremony

woman shows off her new class ring Comets thanked family, friends and other University supporters as they received their class rings at the biannual tradition. read more...

Former Badminton Pro Focuses on Serving Others

Aditi Mutatkar After years of competing as a world-class athlete, Aditi Mutatkar came to UT Dallas to earn a master's in public affairs. Now she has set her sights on expanding physical education in India's public schools. read more...

Study: Recent Homicide Spikes Don't Tell Whole Story

Dr. Andrew Wheeler Criminologists from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that the recent increases in homicide rates follow predictable fluctuations over the past 55 years. read more...

Sophomore Wins Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Vladyslav Wallace Vladyslav Wallace, a double major in global business and international political economy, will study at Emlyon Business College in France this spring. read more...

Accolades: Students, Professor Receive Honors

Marcela Gutierrez A symposium paper by Travis Goodwin BS'11, MS'13 and Dr. Sanda Harabagiu was recognized by the American Medical Informatics Association, and PhD student Marcela Gutierrez was named a Health Policy Research Scholar. read more...

Construction, Transportation Changes on Deck for 2018

Engineering West buiding under construction Several projects - including the new engineering and science buildings, a transit center and the relocation of several departments - will continue through winter break and into the new year. read more...

Musselman Named Provost, VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. Inga Musselman Dr. Inga Musselman, who has been interim provost since 2015, oversees curricula, instruction and research activities as the new chief academic officer for the University. Her appointment was effective Dec. 1. read more...

President Benson Shares Outlook for University at Annual Address

President Benson In his annual State of the University address, President Richard C. Benson laid out the current status of the institution as well as his vision for the future: to be one of the nation's best public research universities and one of the world's great universities. read more...

Fall Graduates to Celebrate Major Milestones

Graduates pose at Spirit Rocks Friends, family members and supporters will help mark the accomplishments of the newest class of graduates at The University of Texas at Dallas during commencement ceremonies Dec. 14-16. read more...

Institute Releases New Dallas Domestic Violence Data

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots The Institute for Urban Policy Research documented 15,566 domestic violence offenses reported to the police and nearly 8,000 victims turned away from shelters due to a lack of space in the 2016-17 report. read more...

Program Helps Veterans Navigate Campus Life

Carmen Halcomb Through the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education program, student veterans at UT Dallas are mentoring fellow vets as they transition from military service to academic programs. read more...