Political Science News

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.
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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. 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 »
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 »
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.
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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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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. 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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
President's Viewpoint: Seeking Answers to Society's Important Questions

April 22, 2015 — EPPS faculty are using statistics, big data analytics, computer mapping and remote sensing to answer some of the most important social questions of our time.
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UT Dallas Academic Bridge Students Tour State Capitol

April 21, 2015 — A group of UT Dallas Academic Bridge students spoke to legislators about their experiences in the University program that recruits underrepresented, first-generation college students who have good academic performance. Read more »
Moot Court Team Primed to Make its Points

January 15, 2015 — Alen Samuel and Vrithika "Vinni" Anandham, both senior political science majors at UT Dallas, will compete in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship Tournament. Read more »
Archer Fellows Sharpen Targets for Careers after Internships

October 22, 2014 — This spring, 10 UT Dallas undergraduates interned in Washington, D.C., in governmental and nongovernmental organizations and attended classes on policy, history and advocacy. Read more »
Professors to Study Views on ISIS, Ukraine Conflict

September 24, 2014 — Two researchers in the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences have received a grant to study the dynamics of public attitudes toward U.S. and global security. Read more »
Moot Court Preparing Students to Make Their Cases after Graduation

September 2, 2014 — While UT Dallas moot court coach Anne Dutia has seen students join for different reasons, she has watched all of them grow as public speakers and scholars, including many who have gone on to competition success in law school. Read more »
Student Leaders Elected on Platform to Increase Campus Spirit

May 5, 2014 — Newly elected president Brooke Knudtson and vice president Nancy Fairbank drew a record voting turnout with their three-pronged pledge: to encourage more campus spirit, engage the campus community and establish more traditions. Read more »
UT Dallas Team Creates Plan for Global Action

April 21, 2014 — Students recently attended a Clinton Global Initiative University conference to refine their action plan to help provide English tutoring and job preparation skills to international refugees in North Texas. Read more »
Archer Fellows Gain Government Insight

January 30, 2014 — Three fall 2013 UT Dallas Archer Fellows who recently returned from Washington, D.C., gained an appreciation for the nation's capital and the people who contributed to their experiences. Read more »
Researchers to Study Views on Foreign Policy

January 22, 2014 — Historically, scholars have argued public opinion doesn't play much of a role in foreign policy. But according to Dr. Harold Clarke, research shows that has changed in the last 10 years. Read more »
Archer Fellows Describe Studies, Work in Washington D.C.

September 30, 2013 — Nine UT Dallas undergraduates were selected to spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C., as part of the Bill Archer Fellow Program offered by the Archer Center. The six juniors and three seniors were among 36 undergraduate participants selected from throughout the UT System. Read more »
UT Dallas Graduates Among Those with the Least Debt in the Country

September 10, 2013 — UT Dallas undergraduates graduate with less debt than most students in the country, according to new data from U.S. News & World Report. UT Dallas also has one of the lowest percentages of graduates carrying debt when they graduate, according to the U.S. News report. Read more »
2013 McDermott Scholars Demonstrate Excellence, Diverse Interests

August 12, 2013 — The UT Dallas McDermott Scholars Program has selected 21 students to make up the 2013 incoming class.The entering cohort was chosen from nearly 1,200 high school students in 30 states and five countries who had initially expressed interest in the program. Read more »
Authentic Courtroom to Give Pre-Law Students a Place to Train

June 20, 2013 — UT Dallas is now home to a Texas courtroom replica, which will help serve as a training facility for pre-law students and UT Dallas' competitive pre-law teams. Housed in the Founders Building, the project was initiated by Dr. Sheila Amin Guiterriez de Piňeres, former Dean of Undergraduate Education, and named in honor of Dr. Anthony Champagne.
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Alumna, McDermott Scholar Wins Top Honor Society Fellowship

June 13, 2013 — Dina Shahrokhi, a 2011 UT Dallas graduate, has won a $15,000 fellowship from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is one of six graduate students in the U.S. to receive the award given to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Shahrokhi will begin graduate studies at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in the fall. Read more »
2 UT Dallas Graduates Head Abroad with Fulbright Program Grants

May 30, 2013 — Maija Wallace, who recently graduated with a degree in international political economy, received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Spain. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the Fulbright Program offers fellowships to graduate students and graduating seniors to study in more than 140 countries. The nine-month stipend covers such items as flights, books and living expenses. Read more »
EPPS Students Selected Nominees for Teacher of the Year Awards

May 20, 2013 — For the third year, students in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences rewarded faculty with nominations for best professors of the year at an awards ceremony last month. Students nominated professors from each of the seven degree areas within EPPS for Outstanding Teaching Comet Awards, and a winner was selected in each. The winners received crystal apples engraved with their names. Read more »
UT Dallas to Celebrate More Than 3,000 New Grads

May 13, 2013 — With a record seven graduation ceremonies this week, UT Dallas is preparing for its largest spring graduation cohort ever, with 3,024 students projected to complete their degrees, nearly a 15 percent increase over last year. The University has extended the commencement ceremonies over three days to accommodate the continued increase in the number of graduates. Read more »
Newly Elected Student Government Leaders Urge Involvement

April 15, 2013 — Liza Liberman, a political science junior, was elected March 29 as new Student Government president, succeeding Raj Dwivedi. Also elected was Russell "Charlie" Hannigan, a freshman math major who takes over from Nate Fairbank as vice president. Read more »
Studying Abroad Gives Students Global Edge, Cultural Exposure

April 2, 2013 — More than 430 UT Dallas students studied abroad last year, a 10-fold increase in student participation since 2005, says Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, director of the Office of International Education. His staff sets up the processes and provides guidance for students who opt to study overseas in places like China, France, Australia and Costa Rica. UT Dallas provides several ways for students to study overseas. Read more »
MLK Breakfast Brings a Pivotal Event to Life

January 28, 2013 — UT Dallas students toting picket signs that demanded jobs, equal pay and integrated schools marched, protested and sang together at the University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occurred on Aug. 28, 1963, during the height of the fight for civil rights, but UT Dallas students brought history to life last week by re-enacting the event. Read more »