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Indiana University's Department of Political Science says "Hello" to a new faculty member and "Goodbye" to two long-standing figures in the department

Matthew Hayes's research and teaching interests primarily focus on political behavior and racial and ethnic politics with a particular interest in issues of representation and how institutions can shape individual political behavior. His current research investigates how citizens evaluate representation and whether substantive and descriptive representation can maximize satisfaction both for minorities and whites. In addition to his primary research in race and representation, Professor Hayes has also conducted research examining the role of personality in shaping political attitudes and behaviors using survey data from across Latin and North America. Professor Hayes received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.


Hart GiftAfter 31 years at Indiana University Bloomington Jeffrey A. Hart retired on December 31, 2012. His professional achievements and contributions to the Department of Political Science were celebrated by his colleagues, friends and students at a reception, with many “virtual” participants extending their congratulations to Jeff and his wife, Joan Hart, via Facebook. Joan and Jeff plan to travel, visiting family and friends across the country and around the world. But we still expect to see Jeff at his office in Woodburn Hall, and we’ll see Joan in a theatre, gallery, or favorite dining place in Bloomington. ( more)


Laroche RetirementThe unthinkable has happened: Sharon Laroche Sharon retired after thirty years and a bit more as the Graduate Secretary in the Department of Political Science. At a ceremony on December 14, 2012 we celebrated her wonderful service to the Department in the company of Sharon’s family, friends, coworkers, colleagues and many admirers. We wished her and Ross well, but we will surely miss Sharon’s warmth, even temper, and sly sense of humor in our midst. ( more)