EPPS News

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...

Criminologist Joins U.S. Department of Justice Board

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology, was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member Department of Justice board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers. read more...

EPPS Professor Assesses Response to S. Korean Crisis

The outbreak of MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) in South Korea is generating widespread fear among the population, and has even prompted the shut down of more than a thousand schools. Dohyeong Kim, an associate professor of Public Policy, Political Economy and Geographic Information Sciences, told KERA News that the reaction is due in part to the public's distrust of the government's ability to handle the health crisis. read more...

EPPS Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. read more...

EPPS Professors Honored at Investiture Ceremony

Families, colleagues, students and friends celebrated 11 faculty members and the benefactors who helped establish endowed chairs and professorships at the University. read more...

Piquero Provides Analysis on Violent Crime Rate

The Dallas Morning News looked to Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, for an analysis of the recent spike in the city's violent crime rate. Although overall crime is down 2 percent in Dallas this year, violent crimes have increased 9 percent over the same time last year. read more...

Prof Offers Perspective on Local Terrorism Threat

The recent shootings outside a Garland, Texas event center that was hosting a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, has sparked debate about the future of terrorism in North Texas. Krys Boyd, host of the KERA talk show Think, turned to Dr. Robert Taylor, professor of criminology and an international terrorism expert, for his perspective on topics ranging from freedom of speech to ISIS.
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Faculty Honored with Outstanding Teaching Awards

Students nominated EPPS faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants in each of the school's degree areas for the EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet Awards. Click here to see a list of this year's winners.
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Seeking Answers to Society's Important Questions

President's Viewpoint: 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. read more...

Professor Studies Immigration of PhD Grads

Inspired by her own experiences, Dr. Meghna Sabharwal is studying why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay here, while others return to their home countries. read more...

EPPS Initiative Part of New Crowdfunding Tool

Nadine Connell, an assistant professor of criminology, is spearheading Mentor MAPS, an initiative that shines a light on the benefits of mentoring. Now, alumni friends and family can help turn Dr. Connell's idea into reality through Impact UTD the University's crowdfunding platform. read more...

IPE Major Elected Student Government President

Caitlynn Fortner, a junior majoring in international political economy, and her running mate, Grant Branam, were recently elected president and vice president of the UT Dallas student body. Their one-year terms begin May 1. read more...

Research Spotlight — Rodney J. Andrews

Rodney Andrews

As the gap in college completion rates continues to widen between rich and poor students, Dr. Rodney Andrews and his colleagues are examining the effects of targeted scholarship programs offered at Texas' flagship universities. The programs offer financial aid and a suite of services. read more...

Investiture Ceremony Honors EPPS Faculty

UT Dallas celebrated two of EPPS most accomplished faculty members with one of the highest academic honors the University can bestow, an Investiture Ceremony. Dr. Daniel G. Arce and Dr. May Yuan, both Ashbel Smith Professors, are among 11 faculty members that were honored.
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Study Challenges Solitary's Effectiveness

A new study by Dr. Robert Morris of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. read more...

Nobel Laureate to Speak on Gendercide in UT Dallas Talk

Amartya Sen

Nobel laureate and Harvard University professor Amartya Sen will address "Global Gendercide and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Growth" in a lecture co-sponsored by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

His talk, which is set for Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall, will be the inaugural event in the Jaya Lecture Series, hosted by the UT Dallas Asia Center. read more...

EPPS Plays Host to Korean Students

A new internship program created by UT Dallas professor Dr. Dohyeong Kim is teaching urban policy and architecture students from South Korea about how Dallas is building its future. read more...

Study Shows Lack of Mental Health Care for Inmates

New research by UT Dallas criminologist Dr. Nadine M. Connell has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions. read more...

Author to Discuss Journey to Justice on March 12

Michael Morton, who was released in 2011 after spending 25 years in prison following a wrongful murder conviction, will discuss his journey to justice at a lecture on March 12. Morton, author of Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. A reception and book signing will follow and beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Register before March 9 for this lecture sponsored by the school of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

Study: Majority of NFL Player Arrests Aren't for Violent Crimes

Dr. Alex Piquero The 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 bring attention to each incident, which may make violence appear to be more widespread. read more...

Teaching Excellence at Core of New Center

Paul Diehl The Center for Teaching and Learning is focused on championing teaching excellence across the University. Eight teaching leaders, one from each academic school, will help incorporate best practices and organize programs, workshops and events. read more...

Construction to Continue Through Winter Break

Parking Structure 4 Road construction will affect bus routes and access to areas of campus, and utility work will impact University Village parking. Also, work on a new parking garage will ramp up. read more...

Agency Discusses Career Opportunities at GIS Day

GIS Day at UT Dallas 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 and the increasing use of GIS in natural and social sciences. read more...

Professors to Measure Mindsets of Hong Kong Voters

Dr. Harold Clarke 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 Gathers Domestic Violence Data for Dallas Task Force

Dr. Denise Boots The Institute for Urban Policy Research, a research group in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, completed a 30-page report for the Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce that provides a detailed snapshot of the city's response to the problem. read more...

Lecture Focuses on Cybersecurity Challenges

P.W. Singer Political scientist and 21st-century warfare specialist P.W. Singer touched on the real and perceived dangers of an ever-expanding cyberspace as part of the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series on Nov. 12. read more...

President Wildenthal Details Progress of University

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal In his recent State of the University Address, Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, president ad interim of The University of Texas at Dallas, offered a perspective on the current status of the University informed by more than 20 years guiding the campus as part of its leadership team. read more...

Enrollment Stays on Pace to Exceed Goals

UT Dallas students Student enrollment at UT Dallas has grown more than 6 percent since fall 2014, with new students making up nearly a third of the student body, according to Census Day figures. read more...

Elite Students Invited to Join Phi Kappa Phi

PKP Induction Ceremony at UT Dallas President ad interim Dr. Hobson Wildenthal led faculty and administrators in inviting students for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines. read more...

Study Abroad Programs Provide World of Lessons to Students

Costa Rica UT Dallas offers several study abroad programs to help students experience a different culture and expand their worldview while pursuing a degree. read more...

For Alumni, Center Will Be Place to Call Home

UT Dallas Alumni Center rendering UT Dallas will break ground Thursday for the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, a planned 30,000-square-foot structure that will offer the University's more than 90,000 alumni a place where they can connect with one another and the campus. read more...

NSF Grants Bring Together Computer, Political Scientists for International Conflict Projects

Dr. Patrick Brandt 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...

Former U.N. Ambassador to Address Global Security Challenges

Thomas Pickering Former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, who served as the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and to several countries, will participate in a panel discussion about global security threats Thursday, Oct. 29, at UT Dallas. read more...

Supporters Benefit UT Dallas on Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day logo Alumni, friends, faculty and staff of UT Dallas made 282 gifts totaling approximately $108,000 to the Callier Center and various causes across campus as part of North Texas Giving Day, a one-day online community giving event on Sept. 17. read more...