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We are pleased to announce that Prof. Marc J. Hetherington will be joining the department as the Raymond H. Dawson Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Marc received his BA degree from the University of Pittsburgh and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us from his previous position as Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of three major books: Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis (with Thomas J. Rudolph, University of Chicago Press, 2015, winner of the Alexander George Award from the International Society of Political Psychology, 2016); Authoritarianism and Polarization in America (with Jonathan D. Weiler, Cambridge University Press. 2009, winner of the Philip Converse Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association, 2016); and Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism. (Princeton University Press, 2005). In addition, he has published a text on political parties and public policy, and articles in all the major political science journals. Marc is a leading scholar internationally, with his work on what commentators call right wing populism particularly central to politics in both the U.S. and Europe these days. Having spent the last decade or so identifying the causes and consequences of polarization, he is now working on approaches to public opinion that might bring Republicans and Democrats closer together. Marc will be playing a leading role in mentoring our graduate students, teaching at all levels, and continuing his active research agenda.

We are equally pleased to announce that Suzanne Globetti will be joining the department as Lecturer. Suzanne holds a BA degree from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She joins us from Vanderbilt University, where she has served as an assistant professor of political science. She is the author of several articles in top political science journals, has extensive experience in undergraduate teaching and advising, and will be teaching in the fields of research methods and American politics with a particular focus on campaigns, elections, and political parties.

Marc will be teaching in the department effective in Fall 2018 with Suzanne joining in Fall 2019.

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