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Karen DawishaProfessor Karen Dawisha (middle, with Professors Regina Smyth and Aurelian Craiutu)

Professor Karen Dawisha gave a Horizons of Knowledge lecture on Putin's Russia, based on her widely acclaimed book Putin's Kleptocracy. The talk was organized by the Tocqueville Program directed by Professor Aurelian Craiutu.

Chris DeSanteChris DeSante co-authors article in the London School of Economics and Political Science daily blog.

Larger Latino polulations are linked to smaller knowledge gaps between citizen and non-citizen Latinos.

Diana O'BrienDiana O'Brien in the American Journal of Political Science - Rising to the Top:Gender Political Performance, and Party Leadership in Parliamentary Democarcies

Lauren MacLeanLauren MacLean co-authors in WaPo Monkey Cage "Do public goods have to be public? Not in some African countries"

Sumit GangulyBrandon Miliate Professor Sumit Ganguly and Ph. D. student Brandon Miliate published in Foreign Affairs - "When Refugees Were Welcome, India in 1971 vs Europe Today"

Bogdan Popa is the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award of the Sexuality and Politics section of the American Political Science Association for his work titled "Parting Company with the opinion of the world":Shame and political agency in nieteenth century feminist activism. The award was formally announced and presented to at the Sexuality & Politics business meeting of the 2015 APSA conference. 

Bogdan Popa is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College during the 2015-16 academic year.

Will WinecoffWill Winecoff co-authors article "This is why you shouldn't blame China for the havoc in the markets"

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Rashid Marcano-RiveraGraduate student, Rashid Marcano-Rivera published in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage. Puerto Rico can't pay its debt, and the United States is partly to blame.

Mara Gonzalez Souto

Mara Gonzalez Souto was named May 2015 commencement speaker.

Sumit GangulyBill Scheuerman

Professors Sumit Ganguly and Bill Scheuerman made news with their contribution to a new book, The Snowden Reader, A book from IU experts that explores the continuing importance of the Snowden leaks.

Jacek DaleckiChris DeSanteBernard Fraga

Professors Jacek Dalecki, Christopher DeSante, and Bernard Fraga named as Trustee Teaching Awardees for 2014. The Trustees Teaching Awards were established to recognize and enhance excellent teaching at Indiana University, especially at the undergraduate level.

Tenured or tenure-track faculty, or full-time lecturers or clinical faculty whose primary duty is teaching, who have demonstrated that they are the best teachers, are eligible for this award of $2,500.

The IUB Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs is responsible for establishing and supervising the procedures for determining the award recipients.

On the Bloomington campus, awardees are selected by processes set by the individual schools.

Katie Stewart

Katie Stewart received the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Graduate Dissertation Fellowship to conduct fieldwork in Russia for the 2015-2016 academic year. Building on research begun last summer in Tatarstan, she will identify and compare Russian nation-building strategies in three ethnic republics, Tatarstan, Buryatia, and Karelia. Additionally, Katie will examine variation in mass responses among both the ethnic Russian and titular populations of each republic to determine the effects of different types of nation-building strategies. This dissertation project will explore the dynamics of nation-building in a multi-ethnic federal state and elucidate which confluences of strategy and structural context lead to ultranationalism, assimilation, apathy, competitive minority nation-building, and violent contention.

Steve SandersDr. Byrum E. Carter, Former Vice President, Indiana University- Bloomington, age 92, passed away peacefully January 1, 2015 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center in Bloomington, Indiana.

Born March 3, 1922 in Oklahoma Territory, Byrum Carter's life was dominated by a devotion to scholarship and Indiana University.  He began work on his B.A. at Frederick Jr. College in Oklahoma with his studies interrupted by service to the War Labor Board.  Following his discharge he continued his undergrad education at Oklahoma University eventually obtaining his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1951.  He had already accepted a position on the faculty of Indiana University in the Department of Political Science at a time when large numbers of veterans were seeking education throughout the country. He achieved full professorship in 1960 and began what was to be a long career in the administrative ranks of the university - Acting Dean of Faculties, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1966), Chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington (1969). The Chancellor position was eventually retitled Vice-President of Indiana University - Bloomington.  He oversaw the university during a time of substantial student unrest nationally in the 1960s and 70s concerning the Vietnam War and was seen as a peacemaker on campus.

Byrum E. Carter carried on his scholarship with publication of The Office of Prime Minister in 1956 (reviewed by the New York Times) and a Faculty Research fellowship for studying the theories of John Stuart Mill.  He was devoted to teaching and received the Fredric Bachman Lieber Award for Teaching in 1957.  After resigning from administrative duties in June 1975 he continued to teach as a member of the Department of Political Science and almost always taught a course while he was in administration.  He retired from the Department of Political Science in 1986 as Professor Emeritus and more than 30 years of service to the university.  Most of his life he read a book a day, wearing a path back and forth to the IU Library.

Steve SandersSteve Sanders commented recently on the Supreme Court’s belated decision to take up the question of gay marriage this term. He explores the implications of the difference between state bans on performing same sex marriage and recognizing such marriages performed in other states here. The Washington Post quotes him on this point, speculating that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the likely swing voter on this issue, might decide that states must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, but aren’t compelled to permit such marriages within their own jurisdiction.

Bill ThompsonThe Department of Political Science applauds Distinguished Professor Bill Thompson, who is receiving this year’s Silver N.D. Kondratiev Medal from the  International N.D. Kondratiev Foundation and Russian Academy of Sciences for his exceptional contributions to the development of social science. Bill is also received the 2013 V.I. Vernadsky Gold Medal of Honor for outstanding contributions to global studies, awarded by the  International Global Research Association and Lomonosov Moscow State University. Congratulations on these great, and well-deserved, honors, Bill!

Karen RaslerThe International Studies Association-Midwest (ISA-Midwest) has selected Professor Karen Rasler as the 2014 recipient of the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award. This Honor is given to an individual who has significantly influenced international studies scholarship in the ISA-Midwest region, who has an exceptional record of scholarship, and who has a distinguished record of service to the ISA.

ISA-Midwest is a regional group of the ISA, which was founded in 1959 to promote research and education in international affairs and has over five thousand members around the world.

Lauren MacLeanAssociate Professor Lauren MacLean wins Assocatiation for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) award for Best Comparative Paper. The award will be presented at the 2014 Fall Research Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico November 6th - 8th. Sanya Carley, Jennifer Brass, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Lauren M. MacLean were selected for their paper Global Expansion of Renewable Energy Generation: An Analysis of Policy Instruments, originally presented at APPAM’s 2013 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. APPAM and the ICPA-Forum seek to reward and encourage excellence in comparative policy analysis as represented in research papers delivered at the conference.

Will WinecoffProfessor Will Winecoff publishes article in ISQ and discusses Article in WaPo's The Monkey Cage.

Russell HansonIU School of Global and International Studies appoints Russ Hanson as its first associate dean.

Jerry WrightProfessor Jerry Wright receives two awards at the 2014 State Politics and Policy Section.

Best Article Award:
Elizabeth Rigby and Gerald Wright, “Political Parties and Representation of the Poor in the American States,” American Journal of Political Science, 57 (2013): 552–65.

Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Book Award:
Robert S. Erikson, Gerald C. Wright, and John P. McIver, Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States. Cambridge University Press, 1993. This book also won the 2010 Philip E. Converse Award for best cook more than five years old, given by the APSA's section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting behavior.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Vasabjit Banerjee's essay on “The religious origins of class coalitions: elite participation in religiously motivated peasant rebellions in Mexico, Zimbabwe, and India” appears in the current issue of International Political Science Review.

Tim Hellwig Professor Tim Hellwig co-authors article with Lawrence Ezrow (University of Essex) "When do politicians respond to voters and when do they respond to markets?"

Harik Book Democracy, Culture, and the Grip of Arab History: Essays Honoring the Work of Iliya Harik is now available in paperback from Amazon

Parker Mantell Parker Mantell 2014 Commencement address

Woodburn Hall The Political Science Department's video recording of the 2014 Graduation Celebration is now available online

Ted Carmines Professor Ted Carmines assumes presidency of Midwest Political Science Association

Lauren MacLean Regina Smyth Jacek Dalecki

Congratulations to Lauren MacLean and Regina Smyth, the Political Science winners of the 2014 Trustees Teaching Awards for tenure-track faculty, and to Jacek Dalecki, winner of a Trustees Teaching Award in a College-wide competition for lecturers.


Celebrating 100 years of political science at Indiana University Bloomington

Ted Carmines

Professor Ted Carmines was interviewed by Indiana University's Profiles In Excellence newsletter, which features Distinguished and Titled Professors


Professor Bernard Fraga helps explain The Age of Social Media in the Political Landscape


Professor Ted Carmines co-authored work with Michael Ensley, Kent State University, and Michael Wagner, University of Wisconsin.

New York Times: Why American Political Parties Can’t Get Beyond the Left-Right Divide.


IU grad, Alin Fumurescu's book (Ph.D. 2011), Compromise: a political and philosophical history, has been nominated among Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013: Top 25 books.

Direct AdmitsThe College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the achievements of a small number of outstanding incoming freshmen each year by extending to them invitations of direct admission. Most students who are admitted to Indiana University begin their studies in the University Division, where they must complete certain requirements before they can enter the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Political Sciences department is honored to have a cohort of 11 direct admits: Kyle Halbleib, Grace Herndon, Olivia Houston, Dana Khabbaz, Dane Kirchoff-Foster, Ian McDaniel, Morgan Mohr, Noah Siffin, Thomas Thompson, Adrian Wolanski, Sara Zajeer


IU grads Daniel M. Sabet (Ph.D. 2005) and Brian Schaffner (Ph.D. 2002) co-author book with Maryann Barakso; Understanding Political Science Research Methods - The Challenge of Inference.



Rahaf SafiRahaf Safi named Indiana University presidential intern 2013-2014. Rahaf is an honors student majoring in political science and philosophy and receiving a certificate in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE). Full Story »

Aurelian CraiutuProfessor Aurelian Craiutu’s latest book, A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012), is reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

2013 Incoming GraduatesIn fall of 2013, The Department of Political Science welcomed 11 incoming graduate students as well as 1 exchange student.


Model EU 2010The ten participants in our Model European Union course attended the annual Midwest Model European Union competition, which the University of Missouri at St. Louis hosted this year. IU had two teams, one representing Spain and one representing Hungary. Each team was composed of a prime minister, foreign minister, economics minister, environmental minister, and EU commissioner, and our teams debated EU issues with thirteen other teams in a 3-day-long simulation of the EU's policymaking process. Junior Jonathan Van Buren, representing Spain, was voted the third-best economics minister.

WoodburnSteve Sanders, Assistant Professor in the Maurer School of Law and adjunct faculty member of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington, discusses an issue that was not raised in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but left section 2 intact. In so doing the U.S. Supreme Court did not settle the status of a marriage performed legally in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage when a couple moves to a state that does not recognize such marriages. Steve argues that legally performed same-sex marriages ought to be recognized in all states, under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This is a separate issue from whether all states ought to permit same sex marriages within their jurisdictions.

WoodburnFor thirteen years we’ve enjoyed the splendid company of Marsha Franklin, and our undergraduate majors have had the extraordinary good fortune of her wisdom and advice. We wish this could continue forever, but Marsha is ready for new adventures, a sentiment we all understand and admire. She retired from IUB on May 31, 2013. See photos on our Undergraduate Facebook page.


Rahaf SafiThe Truman Foundation just released its list of 2013 Truman Scholars, and it includes Rahaf Safi of Indiana University Bloomington.  Rahaf is an honors student majoring in political science and philosophy and receiving a certificate in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE). Congratulations to her, and to Professor Judy Failer, who has been extraordinarily successful as the Truman Scholarship Representative for IU. Full Story »

Scott WilliamsonScott Williamson, a 2012 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, was recently selected as a 2013-2014 Junior Fellow for the Middle East Program by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Scott is currently serving as a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo, which has enabled him to enhance his first-hand knowledge of the region as well as his Arabic language skills. Full Story »

Ted CarminesFive professors from Indiana University Bloomington and the IU School of Medicine on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus have been promoted to the distinguished rank: David Burr, professor of anatomy and cell biology; Edward G. Carmines, Warner O. Chapman Professor and James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science; Keith Clay, professor of biology; Nets Katz; professor of mathematics; and Mervin Yoder, professor of pediatrics. Full Story »

Matthew HayesBoth Professor Jeff Hart and Graduate Secretary Sharon Laroche retired at the end of 2012 after 30+ years each of dedicated service. We will miss Jeff and Sharon as they embark on their new adventures. The new year brought in a new faculty member. Matthew Hayes, Ph.D. Univeristy of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, joined the department. Full Story »


Sumit GangulySumit Ganguly has been appointed director of the Center on American and Global Security, a research center within the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences. Larry Singell, dean of the College, appointed Ganguly to a three-year term as director of the center, which will play an important role in the activities of IU's new School of Global and International Studies. Ganguly, who also holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, was previously director of research for the center. Full Story »

Professor CarminesIU Political Scientist, Ted Carmines, to receive the 2012 Philip E. Converse Award from the American Political Science Association, recognizing a scholarly book that has stood the test of time. Full Story »

Elinor and Vincent OstromDistinguished Political Science Professor Vincent Ostrom passes away.
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Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Elinor OstromIU community mourns passing of Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom.

Graduate Awards CeremonyGraduate Awards Ceremony, April 27, 2012
Greenough Award for best dissertation of the year: Tijen Demirel-Pegg. For more details on award recipients, see: Graduate Awards Reception Program

Undergraduate Awards Reception2012 Undergraduate Awards Reception
For more details on award recipients, see: Undergraduate Awards Reception Program

Alicia NievesAlicia Nieves, named Truman Scholar for 2012. Awarded to only a few dozen undergraduate students across the country.
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Professor CarminesProfessor Carmines elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom named to Time's list of 100 most influential people.
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William T. BiancoRegina SmythWilliam Bianco and Regina Smyth awarded Fulbright grants for teaching and research.
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Aurelian CraiutuA Virtue for Courageous Minds: Modernation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830. Written by Aurelian Craiutu, Published by Princeton University Press. Full Story »

Miles TaylorPolitical science student, Miles Taylor, named 2012 Marshall Scholar.
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Jerry WrightJerry Wright received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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booksIU donating 12,000-volume political science library to India's O.P. Jindal Global University.
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Margie HersheyCongratulations to Margie Hershey, who was named winner of the 2011 CQ Press Teaching Award for Teaching Innovation. Margie was selected by a committee of professors from the APSA’s organized section on teaching and learning for her development of a sequence of modules designed to improve the teaching skills of our graduate students. She will receive the award at the APSA’s annual meeting in Seattle.

Lauren MacLeanCongratulations to Lauren MacLean whose Informal Institutions and Citizenship in Rural Africa: Risk and Reciprocity in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (Cambridge University Press 2010), has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Sartori Award. Lauren will be honored at the 2011 APSA meeting by the Qualitative Methods Section of the APSA for a work that “that introduces specific methodological innovations or that synthesize and integrate methodological ideas in a way that is in itself a methodological contribution; and substantive work that is an exemplar for the application of qualitative methods.” The award is given to work published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented.”

William R. ThompsonWilliam R. Thompson, Donald A. Rogers Professor of Political Science, one of five IU professors promoted to distinguished rank.
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Roy GermanoIU graduate's documentary explores immigration from the Mexican side.
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Adam M. Robinson Jr.IU to present honorary degree to surgeon general of the Navy, Adam M. Robinson Jr.
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Professor CarminesCongratulations to Professor Ted Carmines who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will be presented with a certificate and rosette at the Association's Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 19, 2011.
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