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Crowd-sourcing social science: How an MSU professor is engaging the public in one-of-a-kind Supreme Court research

Crowd-sourcing social science: How an MSU professor is engaging the public in one-of-a-kind Supreme Court research

January 17, 2020 - Liz Schondelmayer

Crowdsourcing is a controversial yet innovative product of the internet age, allowing for individuals and organizations to harness the collective power of the world wide web for fundraising and brainstorming. But can crowdsourcing also be used for academic research?

As MSU plans fall break "pilot", concerns about effect on voter turnout

As MSU plans fall break "pilot", concerns about effect on voter turnout

January 12, 2020 - Michigan Radio

Political Science professors Sarah Reckhow and Matt Grossmann discuss the effects of the proposed fall break on student voter turnout with Michigan Radio.

Dr. Sarah Reckhow Named A Top Influencer in Education Policy

Dr. Sarah Reckhow Named A Top Influencer in Education Policy

January 9, 2020

Dr. Reckhow, Associate Professor of Political Science, is among five Michigan State University faculty earned national recognition for their influential research in the field of education.

InnovateGov internship program featured in Urban Affairs Forum

InnovateGov internship program featured in Urban Affairs Forum

January 9, 2020

MSU Political Science PhD student Kesicia Dickinson and faculty Marty Jordan, Sarah Reckhow and Joshua Sapotiche explain the impact that InnovateGov is having in Detroit as part of the Urban Affairs Forum's Engaged Scholarship Series.

Progress in rolling out of national power grids has stalled across Africa

Progress in rolling out of national power grids has stalled across Africa

January 9, 2020 - Carolyn Logan and Kim Ward

Political Science associate professor Carolyn Logan is deputy director of Afrobarometer. She wrote about the progress toward supplying electricity across Africa.

PhD student Caleb Lucas publishes paper analyzing Hezbollah's relationships with other non-state groups

PhD student Caleb Lucas publishes paper analyzing Hezbollah's relationships with other non-state groups

January 2, 2020 - Karessa Weir

"Once More, With Feeling: Using Sentiment Analysis to Improve Models of Relationships Between Non-State Actors" was published Jan. 1, 2020 with co-author Kevin T. Green of University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Erica Frantz publishes new book: "Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes"

Dr. Erica Frantz publishes new book: "Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes"

December 23, 2019

Dr. Erica Frantz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has published her latest book covering the full spectrum of political systems.

Let's define a better bellwether - with a focus on Michigan

Let's define a better bellwether - with a focus on Michigan

December 12, 2019 - Dr. Corwin Smidt

Data-driven discussion and identification of what should be Michigan’s bellwether counties point to a consistent set of counties that exhibit sizable changes each election that are also accurate reflections of statewide trends. A county’s propensity to both change and change in the same way as the state is negatively correlated with its percentage of college graduates.

Five Things You Need to Know About the Impeachment Process

Five Things You Need to Know About the Impeachment Process

December 4, 2019 - Karessa Weir

In the inaugural Five Things to Know lecture series, Political Science assistant professor Ian Ostrander boiled down all the chatter about the ongoing impeachment of President Donald J. Trump into five important points about the little-understood process of presidential impeachment.

Public Policy Senior selected as Udall Scholar

Public Policy Senior selected as Udall Scholar

December 2, 2019 - Beth Bonsall

Public Policy Senior Charlie Booher, an Honors College student also majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of 55 students selected as 2019 Udall Scholars.

Professor Wahman’s Research Launched to Malawi Political Stakeholders

Professor Wahman’s Research Launched to Malawi Political Stakeholders

November 26, 2019

Professor Michael Wahman is the keynote speaker at a launch and press conference organized by the UK’s Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Malawi’s Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) in Lilongwe (Malawi), November 27. At the launch, Prof. Wahman will release the results from his new parliamentary candidate survey on the Costs of Politics in Malawi. The launch will be attended by Malawi Members of Parliament, members of the international diplomatic community, journalists, and representatives of Malawi Civil Society.

Dr. Cristana Bodea presents at international conference

Dr. Cristana Bodea presents at international conference

November 8, 2019

Professor Bodea has been invited to attend the SUERF conference at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy on “Populism, Economic Policies and Central Banking.”

Training Detroit's Future Civic Leaders

Training Detroit's Future Civic Leaders

October 17, 2019

“The inspiration for my work is my responsibility to my community.”

Dr. Boniface Dulani heading anti-corruption efforts in Malawi

Dr. Boniface Dulani heading anti-corruption efforts in Malawi

October 3, 2019

Dr. Boniface Dulani, 2011 PhD alumnus, has been hired to lead a team of researchers in drafting of a new National Anti Corruption Strategy to guide the anti-corruption efforts in Malawi over the period 2020-2025. Dr. Dulani is research director at the Institute of Public Onion and Research in Malawai whose the Corruption Perception Survey of 2019 will guide the new strategy. Dr. Dulani has also served as Fieldwork Operations Manager for Afrobarometer since 2008

'Red State Blues' reveals how political parties haven't changed politices

'Red State Blues' reveals how political parties haven't changed politices

October 1, 2019 - Caroline Brooks

The political divide between Democrats and Republicans seems to be the most contentious in recent years but in his latest book, “Red State Blues,” Michigan State University political scientist Matthew Grossmann presents findings that might put some liberals at ease.

Alumnus Nathan Ohle kicks of the Fall Speaker Series

Alumnus Nathan Ohle kicks of the Fall Speaker Series

September 23, 2019

On Sept. 23, the department kicked off the Fall Speaker Series with CEO of Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Michigan State University alum (#GoGreen), Nathan Ohle.

Dr. Ryan Black named 2019 Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Ryan Black named 2019 Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

September 16, 2019

Professor Ryan Black has been chosen by the MSU Graduate School as the recipient of the 2019 Michigan State University Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for his mentoring of students in research and teaching.

Elizabeth Lane Awarded Best Graduate Student Paper

Elizabeth Lane Awarded Best Graduate Student Paper

June 17, 2019

Ph.D. candidate, Elizabeth Lane, has been recognized by the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section as the Co-winner of the section’s Best Graduate Student Paper.

Political Science/Pres-Law Student Warren Stanfield seeking East Lansing City Council bid

Political Science/Pres-Law Student Warren Stanfield seeking East Lansing City Council bid

May 30, 2019

Warren Stanfield has been busy. He is currently collecting signatures for a bid for East Lansing City Council.

Do you trust politicians? Depends on how you define trust

Do you trust politicians? Depends on how you define trust

May 15, 2019 - Caroline Brooks, Joseph Hamm

Dr. Corwin Smidt collaborated with MSU Criminal Justice professor Joe Hamm to survey perceptions of federal government.