EPPS News

Policy, Politics to Take Center Stage at Events

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host two conferences starting today that will bring leading scholars to UT Dallas to share research on a range of political topics. read more...

EPPS Political Scientists Weigh In on Presidential Election

As the presidential primaries point to a Trump-Clinton contest in November, political science professors from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are weighing in with media analysis and insights on the presumptive nominees. read more...

UT Dallas Debate Team Finishes in Top 10

The UT Dallas debate team capped off its season with a top-10 placement at the National Debate Tournament (NDT), beating the University of West Georgia in a 3-2 decision. Political science senior Jacob Loehr and public affairs senior Anthony Ogbuli — who have competed as a pair for three years — advanced to the octa finals, or the round of 16. read more...

Professor Boots Earns Unsung Hero Award

Dr. Denise Boots, associate professor of criminology in EPPS, has received the Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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EPPS to Play Host to State Politics and Policy Conference

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host the 16th Annual State Politics and Policy Conference May 19-21, 2016 on the UT Dallas campus. This year's conference will focus on the relationship between the federal government and states with particular attention to recent issues and controversies concerning states' autonomy and the 10th Amendment. read more...

Criminologist: NFL Not a Haven for Violent Offenders

In an op-ed published in the Dallas Morning News, EPPS professor Alex Piquero writes about his research that shows the crime rate among NFL players is not higher than among members of the national population. In a podcast with two reporters from the newspaper, Piquero says we should temper the notion that the allegations against people like Ray Rice and Johnny Manziel characterize the wider population of NFL players. read more...

EPPS Professor Honored with Endowed Chair

Dr. Paul Diehl, associate provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, was invested as the Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. The UT System Board of Regents created the Ashbel Smith Professorships in 1963 to honor the board's first president. Smith, who died in 1886, was surgeon general to the Republic of Texas, founder of the Texas Medical Association, and an advocate for university-level education in the state. read more...

Piquero Honored for Contributions to Criminology

Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, has been selected to receive the Western Society of Criminology President's Award. read more...

EPPS Alum is New University Archivist

Dr. Thomas Allen, who received his PhD in Public Affairs from UT Dallas in 2009 and previously a curator at the Eugene McDermott Library, has been named the new university archivist. In his new position, he will collect and catalog materials crucial to the University's history. read more...

Criminologist Featured on KERA's Think

Bullies terrorize their peers both in school hallways and online. Krys Boyd, host of KERA's Think, invited Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology to discuss her research on bullying. read more...

Study: Driving Curfews May Curb Teen Crime

The research found that driving curfews may prevent teens from committing crimes. Arrests among teens ages 16-17 fell by as much as 6 percent in states with laws that restrict nighttime driving for teens.
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EPPS Professor Earns Best Paper Award

Dr. James Harrington, assistant professor of public affairs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, received an award for his research on a financial aid program designed to prevent highly skilled students from leaving their home state for employment. read more...

Experts Address Taiwan's Future at EPPS Symposium

UT Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences hosted a symposium on the recent historic Taiwan elections that led to a victory for the state's pro-independence party. read more...

UT Dallas MPA Program Rises in U.S. News Rankings

The Master of Public Affairs program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences jumped 36 spots to number 68 in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of graduate schools, released last week. Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. read more...

Study Examines Bullying, Substance Abuse

Research by three UT Dallas criminologists discovered that students who were bullied in third grade did not have a greater risk of using drugs or alcohol by ninth grade. read more...

Study Doesn't Connect WikiLeaks List to Attacks

Dr. Daniel G. Arce, Ashbel Smith Professor and program head of economics, found no evidence that a secret memo published by WikiLeaks led to attacks on any of the 200 international sites listed. read more...

NBC News Features EPPS Criminologist

Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, shared the details of his professional journey with NBC News as part of their special coverage of Latino issues. In the Q&A, he describes how he went from aspiring DJ to one of the top criminologists in the world. read more...

Athletes Need More Academic Coaching

A new UT Dallas study analyzed surveys of 19,000 student-athletes at more than 1,100 colleges and universities to determine how various factors impacted their academic performance. read more...

Teaching Excellence at Core of New Center

The Center for Teaching and Learning is focused on championing teaching excellence across the University. Eight teaching leaders will help incorporate best practices and organize programs. read more...

Study: Most NFL Arrests Not for Violent Crimes

New research suggests that NFL violence is not as common off the field as it may seem. Instead, a 24-hour news cycle and social media may make violence appear to be more widespread. read more...

UT Dallas MPA Ranked Among Top 50 in Nation

The UT Dallas Masters in Public Affairs program has been ranked number 36 in the nation, according to Top Management Degrees. The ranking combines a number of measures for its rankings including two of the most influential higher education rankings, average graduate school tuition, and average career salary. read more...

Archer Fellowship Brings Life-Changing Opportunities

Nancy Fairbank, a senior political science major and McDermott Scholar, spent the fall semester working as a Judicial Liaison at the State Department. In a post for the McDermott Blog, she describes the life-changing experience of living in Washington D.C. read more...

National Geographic Features GIS Professor's Research

Anthony Cummings, assistant professor of Geospatial Information Sciences, is among the first researchers to investigate how logging, gold mining and hunting are affecting jaguars and other big wild cats in his native Guyana. His research has attracted the attention of National Geographic, which recently interviewed him about his findings. read more...

EPPS Celebrates 2015 Fall Graduates

The University, family and friends celebrated the accomplishments of 2015 fall graduates during commencement ceremonies. The commencement speaker for EPPS was Anna Shapovalova, who earned her bachelors and masters degrees in International Political Economy in less than four years. read more...

Agency Discusses Career Options at GIS Day

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency led a panel discussion that was part of GIS Day, an annual event that showcases UT Dallas' geospatial information sciences programs. read more...

EPPS Profs to Measure Mindsets of Hong Kong Voters

Two UT Dallas political scientists are studying voter behavior in Hong Kong elections, providing some of the first data on that city's public attitudes about electoral democracy. read more...

Institute Collects Dallas' Domestic Violence Data

The Institute for Urban Policy Research, an EPPS research group, completed a report for the Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce that details the city's response to the problem. read more...

Criminology Professor Offers News Analysis

In the aftermath of a mass shooting like the one in San Bernardino, it's natural for people to feel angry. But Criminology Professor Alex Piquero told the local CBS news affiliate, it's important not to attribute a mass attack to a mass group, especially without knowing all the facts. read more...

EPPS Students Excel in Debate

The UT Dallas debate program offers students a chance to compete against top teams in the country, and teaches them how to be strong advocates for themselves and their positions. read more...

EPPS Hosts former UN Ambassador Thomas Pickering

The School of Economic Political and Policy Sciences recently hosted former Ambassador Thomas Pickering at a forum on "Global Security Threats," co-sponsored by American Friends of Bucerius, The American Council on Germany, and Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR). Pickering had many diplomatic appointments during his career, including serving as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992. read more...

Grants Bring Together Computer, Political Scientists

Researchers have received nearly $2 million from the National Science Foundation to collaborate on projects that will track information in international conflicts and examine Colombia's efforts to protect its infrastructure from attacks. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its sixth annual GIS Day on Nov. 18 in the ATEC Building, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. A panel from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will also be presenting on their STEM research and education programs. read more...

GeoInformatics: The Present, Future, and Getting Involved

We want smart cities, responsible use of our natural resources, infrastructure that moves with the population, and our cars to know where the nearest Starbucks is. Without Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS), the science of using hardware, software, and data to analyze and display location-based information, none of that is possible. Join Dr. Denis Dean and other GIS luminaries from UT Dallas at Café Brazil on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m.l for a discussion on this leading edge topic. read more...

Program Lands on Map as Center for Excellence

The geospatial information sciences program has been named a Center for Academic Excellence as part of a new initiative to prepare future workers in homeland and global security. read more...

New Hires Add Expertise in Economics, Conflicts

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said that the five tenure-track faculty members will boost the research and teaching prowess at UT Dallas. read more...

EPPS Prof to Direct Teaching-Learning Initiatives

Dr. Paul Diehl has joined UT Dallas as associate provost and director of teaching-learning initiatives. Diel also has been appointed as Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science in EPPS. read more...

Race, Punishment and the Michael Vick Experience

More than 8 years after his conviction for promoting an interstate dog fighting ring, NFL player Michael Vick remains a divisive figure. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ recent decision to sign him as a quarterback reignited the fire storm. In an interview with ESPN, EPPS Criminologist Alex Piquero explains the research behind the public opinion. read more...

Relative Crime Factor Found in Future Drug Abuse

A new study has found that having family or friends involved in crime was the best predictor of whether a youth offender would become a long-term marijuana user or heavy drinker. read more...

Sociology Professor Receives Top Honor

A research article co-authored by Dr. Sheryl L. Skaggs, associate professor of sociology, has been selected as one of 16 papers awarded the nominee honor in the annual competition for the 2015 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. read more...

Criminologist Tackles Perception of NFL Players

A study led by Dr. Alex Piquero refutes the impression that criminal activity is an epidemic in the National Football League. The research into the arrest rates for NFL players is making local and national news. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 8

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 8 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

Criminology Prof Says Kids Can Be Identify Theft Targets

As students across North Texas head back to class, experts are warning parents to think about more than bus schedules and school supplies. Protection against Identity theft should also be a top priority. In an interview with the local NBC affiliate, Criminology Program Head Dr. Lynne Vieraitis explains why. read more...

Research Spotlight — Patrick Brandt

Dr. Patrick Brandt, associate professor of political science, is pursuing two new projects. The first examines the causes of transnational kidnappings while the second involves forecasting the spread of food-borne diseases. read more...

Study Examines Legal Odds in Refugee Cases

Immigrants seeking asylum are better off without a lawyer than with a poor quality one, according to a study by political science researchers at UT Dallas. read more...

Piquero Offers Analysis of Dallas Crime Rate

Why would the violent crime rate in Dallas jump in the first half of 2015 after more than a decade of either holding steady or declining? The Dallas Morning News posed that question to EPPS Criminology Professor Alex Piquero. read more...

Research Spotlight — May Yuan

Dr. May Yuan, professor of geospatial information sciences, is working on a spatial criminology project to develop a new space-time analytics approach that can identify specific locations susceptible to crimes. read more...

Research Spotlight — Nadine M. Connell

Dr. Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology, has just published two studies with colleagues Dr. Robert Morris and Dr. Alex Piquero that examine the various effects of school-based bullying and victimization over the course of the victim's life. read more...

EPPS Hosts International GIS Conference

The International GeoComputation Conference brought more than 125 scholars from around the world to The University of Texas at Dallas to discuss the latest research in this quickly growing field. read more...

EPPS' Outstanding Teachers Receive Awards

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for excellent teaching at a recent ceremony. read more...

EPPS Grads Headed to Yale and Harvard law schools

Each year, EPPS graduates go on to prestigious law schools at universities across the nation. The 2015 graduating class includes two students who are going to Yale University and Harvard University law schools, ranked number one and two respectively by U.S. News and World Report. We recently sat down with them to find out the keys to their success. read more...

State of Policy, Politics to Take Center Stage at Events

Dr. Robert Lowry The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host two conferences starting today that will bring leading scholars to UT Dallas to share research on a range of political topics. read more...

Poster Contest Showcases Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Poster Contest winners Eighteen students recently impressed judges at the competition's finals, which featured topics ranging from improving prosthetic legs to evaluating consumer behavior models. read more...

Debate Team Finishes in Top 10 at National Event

UT Dallas Debate Team Political science senior Jacob Loehr and public affairs senior Anthony Ogbuli placed ninth, becoming the first UT Dallas team since 2011 to reach the round of 16 in the tournament. read more...

UT Dallas Celebrates Top Student Workers

Francesca Ursua Five student workers have been recognized by their supervisors for their professionalism, work ethic and performance as part of National Student Employment Week. read more...

University to Celebrate Diversity Advocates, Contributions

Dr. George Fair The seventh annual Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée will honor student, faculty, staff and business leaders who have helped create a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus. read more...

University Honors Newest Endowed Chairs, Professors

Colleen Le Prell with her daughter Families of the faculty honorees as well as colleagues, students and friends attended UT Dallas' Investiture Ceremony, which recognized the five individuals and the benefactors who establish endowed chairs and professorships. read more...

Report Shows Impact of Realize the Vision Campaign

Thank you. Alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, faculty, and matching funds provided $273.3 million to support academic and research programs, scholarships and faculty chairs, and campus enhancements. read more...

Alumnus to Preserve History as University Archivist

Dr. Thomas Allen Dr. Thomas Allen PhD'09 will collect and catalog materials crucial to the University's history, relying on his love of the subject and experience to help preserve UT Dallas' past for future generations. read more...

Program Fosters Teaching Excellence in Grad Students

Simon Beck The new Graduate Teaching Certificate offered at UT Dallas is preparing graduate students to become more effective and inspiring college instructors. read more...

Study: Driving Curfews May Curb Teen Crime

Dr. Monica Deza A UT Dallas study found that driving curfews may prevent teens from committing crimes. Arrests among teens ages 16-17 fell by as much as 6 percent in states with laws that restrict nighttime driving hours for teens. read more...

Ceremony to Celebrate 5 Faculty Members, Donors

UT Dallas Investiture medallion The University of Texas at Dallas will recognize the accomplishments of five recently endowed faculty members at an Investiture Ceremony and reception on Tuesday. read more...

Experts to Address Taiwan's Future at Symposium

Dr. K.C. Lee UT Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host a free symposium this Friday on the recent historic Taiwan elections that led to a victory for the state's pro-independence party. read more...

Graduate Programs Rise in U.S. News Rankings

BSB Building The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science climbed three spots in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of graduate schools. read more...

Study: Bully Victimization Does Not Lead to Substance Abuse

Dr. Nadine Connell Research by three UT Dallas criminologists discovered that students who were bullied in third grade did not have a greater risk of using drugs or alcohol by ninth grade. read more...

More than 1,200 Students Named to Dean's List

UT Dallas logo Last semester, 1,264 undergraduates made the dean's list. It honors students who completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester with a GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...