EPPS News

Power-Sharing Rules Keep Peace Between Faiths

A new UT Dallas study examines why Christians and Muslims regularly clash in some parts of Nigeria, but live together peacefully in others. The answer lies in different electoral rules across districts.
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Political Science Student Earns Marshall Scholarship

Political science senior Nancy Fairbank has become the first UT Dallas student in 10 years to win the Marshall Scholarship, which supports graduate study in the United Kingdom. read more...

Study Finds Link in NFL Players' Bad Behavior

Research conducted by two professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than teammates. read more...

Researchers Focus on Fiscal Health of Local Government

While the news headlines tend to focus on federal government debt, the fiscal condition of local governments has a bigger impact on our day to day lives. In an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report, Evgenia Gorina, an assistant professor of public affairs at UT Dallas, and her coauthor explain how you can tell if your city or county is in fiscal trouble. read more...

Study Examines Factors that Lead to Human Trafficking

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS, finds that children who are sexually abused at home are more likely to fall prey to human trafficking. The study was based on an examination of over 900 girls and boys detained by the Florida juvenile justice system. read more...

Battaglio Takes Helm at Public Administration Review

The American Society for Public Administration has selected Paul Battaglio of the University of Texas at Dallas and Jeremy Hall of the University of Central Florida as the next editors-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), the leading professional journal in public administration research, theory and practice. read more...

Research Group Details Domestic Violence in Dallas

A report by UTD's Institute for Urban Policy Research gives a detailed picture of domestic violence in Dallas including 15,000 police calls and a shortage of shelter rooms for victims. read more...

Study Finds Correlations On and Off Field Among NFL Players

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and Nicole Piquero, Associate Provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology, examines the relationship between criminal arrests and penalties incurred by NFL players on the field. According to their analysis, those with a higher number of penalties also tended to have more off-the-field criminal arrests. read more...

PA Student Lands Role with U.S. Women's Group

Brooke Lopez serves on the Student Advisory Council of the American Association of University Women, an organization that seeks equity and education for women and girls. read more...

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas

UT Dallas researchers and their colleagues have developed geospatial science methods to help the Egyptian government determine how to avoid flooding in a coastal mountain region. read more...

Piquero says New Dallas Police Chief has Big Shoes to Fill

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, recently appeared on NBC 5 news to discuss the selection of a new police chief in Dallas, which was rocked by the killing of five police officers in July. read more...

Prof Explains How 1950s Theory Predicted Clinton Loss

As pollsters scratch their heads over the surprising outcome of the presidential election, political theory might provide insights. In an op-ed piece for the Dallas Morning News, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke says a theory from the 1950s can help explain why Clinton lost. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its seventh annual GIS Day on November 16, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. The event will start at 8:45 am in Green Hall with a light breakfast. It will continue until 2:30 with events throughout campus. read more...

How did the Pollsters Get it So Wrong?

In the aftermath of the presidential election, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke was back on the radio explaining how the pollsters got it so wrong in predicting a Clinton victory. Listen to his interview on KERA's Think with Krys Boyd. read more...

Washington Post Piece Probes Controversial Law

Multinational corporations have controversial rights under international law to sue governments, including the U.S. government. In a Washington Post piece he co-authored, Clint Peinhardt, an associate professor of political science in EPPS, analyzes the implications of the so called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system. read more...

Study: Best Road to Peace Begins with Borders

A new UT Dallas study, authored by Dr. Paul F. Diehl, finds that settling territorial conflicts had a greater impact on rival nations' relations than democratization or ending civil wars. read more...

Poll Data Demystified in KERA Interview

Have you ever wondered how the poll data is collected in the presidential race? EPPS Political Science Professor - and polling expert - Harold Clarke, explains in this KERA interview. read more...

EPPS Professor Pens Debate Analysis for Fortune Magazine

The two presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, recently traveled to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. EPPS Political Science Professor Robert Lowry later wrote this analysis for Fortune Magazine. read more...

Criminologist to Speak on Meth Problem on Sand Mountain

The Sand Mountain area of Alabama has acquired the name "Meth Mountain" because of the prevalence of drug use in the area. Criminologist Heith Copes and photographer Jared Ragland will speak about their yearlong collaborative project in the area in their lecture Good Bad People on Friday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in Green Hall GR 2.302.
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EPPS Team Examines Construction Accidents in Gulf Region

Inadequate training, limited use of safety equipment and a lack of government oversight contribute to deaths and injuries among construction workers in the rapidly developing Arabian Gulf region, a UT Dallas study found. read more...

Professor Sheds Light on Latinos and Law Enforcement

What is Latinos' relationship to law enforcement? That's a question The Atlantic magazine sought to answer in a Q&A with Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS. read more...

Presidential Appointment Trends Examined

A new study found significant differences in the rate that minorities and women were appointed to top federal jobs under the Democratic and Republican presidents between 1993 and 2013. read more...

Criminologists Bolster Approach in EPPS

Two new professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences add expertise in police-community relations and the use of geospatial information sciences to solve crime. read more...

Criminologists Explore Motivations Behind Graffiti

Youths who paint graffiti on businesses and public property say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be easily erased, according to a new UT Dallas study. read more...

High Court Costs Linked to Recidivism in Nonwhite Juvenile Offenders

As part of news story focusing on how high court costs often entrap nonwhite poor juvenile offenders, The New York Times turned to Dr. Alex R. Piquero for expert analysis. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, said his research in Pittsburgh shows nonwhite offenders owe more on average than white offenders at the time their cases are closed, and those who owed the most were more likely to be rearrested. read more...

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn't Pay Off

Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to researchers in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 6

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 6 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

Professor Pens Opinion Piece on State Lawmakers

In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science Paul F. Diehl questions why Texas lawmakers are crafting legal solutions to problems that don't exist. Citing the state’s voter id law, abortion restrictions and the recent controversy over transgender bathrooms, Diehl suggests that public policy should instead be directed toward addressing the state's real needs. read more...

Political Science Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

UT Dallas alumnus Blake Eaton BA '16 will move closer to his goal of becoming an attorney this fall at the University of Chicago Law School, thanks to a $15,000 fellowship from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eaton is one of six graduate students in the U.S. to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, given to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. read more...

Prof Discusses Childhood Hunger and Adult Violence Link

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, recently co-authored a study that shows children who often go hungry are twice as likely to have impulsive, violent behavior while growing up -- and later in life. In a column for the Dallas Morning News, Dr. Piquero elaborates on how childhood hunger leads to adult violence. read more...

University Adds Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy

Starting this fall, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a bachelor's degree in public policy that will include new courses focusing on legal and legislative issues related to science, big data and the internet. read more...

Prof Discusses Implications of New Campus Carry Law

The new Campus Carry law, which allows Texas students to carry concealed handguns on campus, went into effect on August 1. Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology who chaired the task force charged with implementing the UT Dallas campus carry policies, discussed the implications of the new law in a media interview. read more...

Taxes May Have Worsened Housing Bubble

A UT Dallas economist found that property taxes did not reflect rising home values during the housing bubble that began in the early 2000s and led to the Great Recession. read more...

Career Opportunities are Plentiful in GIS

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Science and professor of geography and geospatial information science, said in an interview that there are many career opportunities for those willing to pursue advanced training in GIS. There is a particular need for extension of GIS knowledge into the field of analytics and problem solving, he said. read more...

Senior Publishes Book on Teen Homelessness

Proceeds from Nancy Fairbank's book, Throwaway Youth: Stories of Springfield's Homeless Teens, will benefit a nonprofit outreach center that seeks to end homelessness. read more...

New Study Tackles Public Health in Bangladesh

The study identified several issues — including a lack of collaboration between institutions and lack of trained personnel — that keep Bangladesh from fully adopting the use of spatial tools. read more...

New Study Links Childhood Hunger To Violent Behavior

New research shows that children who often go hungry are twice as likely to have impulsive, violent behavior while growing up -- and later in life. Dr. Alex Piquero, one of the authors of the study, discussed the findings in an interview with KERA News. read more...

Prof Discusses What Brexit Means for Global Politics

In a column for Fortune Magazine, Euel Elliott, a professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Political Economy at UT Dallas, offers his analysis of British voters' decision to leave the European Union. "While the term 'historic' is vastly overused these days, it is hard to think of a word that better describes what has just happened in the U.K." read more...

UT Dallas MPA Program Ranked Among Best Values

Value Colleges has ranked the UT Dallas Masters in Public Affairs program at number 28 in their 2016 ranking of the Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs. The ranking was based on three metrics: average starting salary, annual cost, and U.S. News and World Report MPA rankings. read more...

Boots Receives President's Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology, received the President's Teaching Excellence Award for her teaching and mentoring accomplishments at the spring Honors Convocation. read more...

Alumnus Steps into Role as Assistant Police Chief

Kyle Coby Pewitt MBA'02, PhD'14, a 20-year veteran of the Richardson Police Department, was recently promoted ensuring his continued service to the city he has always called home. read more...

EPPS Honors Top Teachers with Awards

Students praised this year's winners, who were recognized at a ceremony in April, for inspiring them, making difficult subjects understandable and going out of their way to help them learn. 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...

Policy, Politics to Take Center Stage at Events

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recently hosted two conferences that brought leading scholars to UT Dallas to share research on a range of political topics. 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...

Power-Sharing Rules Keep Peace Between Faiths

Jonas Bunte A new UT Dallas study examines why Christians and Muslims regularly clash in some parts of Nigeria, but live together peacefully in others. The answer lies in different electoral rules across districts designed to create political power-sharing between both religions. read more...

McDermott Scholar Earns Marshall Scholarship

Nancy Fairbank Political science senior Nancy Fairbank has become the first UT Dallas student in 10 years to win the Marshall Scholarship, which allows American students to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom for two years. read more...

Study Finds Link in NFL Players' Bad Behavior

Dr. Alex Piquero New research conducted by two professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than their teammates. read more...

University Rises in Best Value College Rankings

Student Studying UT Dallas earned recognition for its high graduation rate and low average student debt as it climbed to 32nd in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of the best values among the nation's public universities. read more...

Construction to Continue Through Winter Break

Student Services Building Addition While the University is closed for winter break, several construction projects to maintain campus infrastructure and create more academic, meeting and living spaces will continue. read more...

Research Group Details Domestic Violence in Dallas

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots A new report by UT Dallas' Institute for Urban Policy Research gives a detailed picture of domestic violence in Dallas that includes 15,000 calls to police and a shortage of shelter rooms and beds for victims. read more...

Fall Commencement to Honor Newest Graduates

fall commencement Family, friends and supporters will help celebrate the accomplishments of the newest class of graduates from UT Dallas during commencement ceremonies Dec. 16-17 in the Activity Center. read more...

TI Plaza Dedication Helps Mark Founders Day

Students University President Richard Benson and Texas Instruments CEO Richard K. Templeton dedicated the plaza, a newly renovated area on the east side of Founders Building that includes green spaces, water fountains and seating areas. read more...

University Celebrates Inauguration of President Benson

President Richard Benson UT Dallas recently inaugurated its fifth president, Dr. Richard C. Benson, an engineer with varied interests and a vision to maintain the University's excellence in science, math and technology programs and to boost the arts and humanities. read more...

Student Lands Role with National Women's Group

Brooke Lopez UT Dallas junior Brooke Lopez serves on the Student Advisory Council of the American Association of University Women, an organization that seeks equity and education for women and girls. read more...

Benson Touts Successes at State of the University

Richard Benson In his first State of the University speech, President Richard Benson highlighted gains in key areas, including research, enrollment, the quality of the freshman class and a record-setting year in giving. read more...

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas

May Yuan UT Dallas researchers and their colleagues have developed geospatial science methods to help the Egyptian government determine how to avoid flooding in a coastal mountain region. read more...

University to Celebrate Founders, TI Connection

plaza Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in Founders Day festivities, which will include the dedication of Texas Instruments Plaza, free food, giveaways and entertainment, on the North Mall on Friday. read more...

Top Students Get 'Tapped' to Join Phi Kappa Phi

honor Faculty and administrators made surprise visits to classrooms recently to recognize top students and invite them to join the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines. read more...

Study: Best Road to Peace Begins with Borders

diehl A new UT Dallas study, authored by Dr. Paul F. Diehl, finds that settling territorial conflicts had a greater impact on rival nations' relations than democratization or ending civil wars. read more...