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    EichnerMaxine.jpegMaxine Eichner to Speak at Political Science Commencement Ceremony - May 10, 2015

    The Political Science Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Maxine Eichner,  the Reef Ivey II Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law, will give the department’s commencement address. Professor Eichner attended Yale College and Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, she held a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship through Georgetown Law School, clerked for Judge Louis Oberdorfer in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and then clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She subsequently practiced civil rights, women's rights, and employment law for several years before entering graduate school in UNC’s Department of Political Science. Read More...

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    A Political Economy of American Hegemony: Buildups, Booms, and Busts by Thomas Oatley

    Professor Thomas Oatley has published a new book, “A Political Economy of American Hegemony: Buildups, Booms, and Busts” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). In his new book, Oatley presents a novel argument that U.S. military buildups have produced postwar economic booms that have culminated in monetary and financial crises. The 2008 subprime crisis – as well as the housing bubble that preceded it – was the most recent manifestation of this buildup, boom, and bust cycle, developing as a consequence of the decision to deficit finance the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Earlier instances of financial crises were generated by deficit-financed buildups in the 1980s and the late 1960s. Read More...

    Baumgartner, Dietrich, Death Penalty

    Frank Baumgartner and Anna Dietrich are featured in a Monkey Cage blog post: "Most death penalty sentences are overturned. Here’s why that matters."

    Frank Baumgartner, the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Anna W. Dietrich, who graduated from UNC-CH in 2014, have a recent post (3/17/2015) on The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. Photo credit: This Feb. 29, 2000, photo shows the “death chamber” at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Tex. (Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images). Read the Blog Post...

    Niedzwiecki, SariSara Niedzwiecki, 2014 Ph.D., Receives Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

    Sara Niedzwiecki, a 2014 Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science, is the recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences. Sara’s dissertation, titled “Multilevel Social Policies and Partisan Alignments: Social Assistance and Healthcare in Argentina and Brazil,” is only the second ever awarded to a political science doctoral student. An award ceremony will take place on the UNC campus April 9, 2015. “I am deeply honored by this award,” Sara commented. “To be recognized for my dissertation on the political challenges faced by social policies in decentralized countries is not simply an individual achievement, Read More...

    The Politics of Information_Baumgartner BookThe Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America - New Book by Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones

    Along with co-author Bryan Jones, Frank Baumgartner has published a new book, The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America (The University of Chicago Press, 2014).  Baumgartner is the Richard J. Richardson Professor of Political Science at UNC and Bryan Jones is the J. J. Pickle Regent’s Chair in Congressional Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The book focuses on two fundamental questions:  How does the government decide what’s a problem and what isn’t? And what are the consequences of that process? Read More...


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