JANUARY 7, 2020
OSU faculty, students and staff in the Department of Political Science are mourning the loss of Brice Acree, who was an assistant professor in that department. Acree died Monday, November 11, in Columbus. He was 32.
Acree began teaching at OSU in 2016 after receiving a doctorate in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was hired as part of the Data Analytics Discovery Theme (now the Translational Data Analytics Institute) and was an expert on Text and Data, inspiring a significant cohort of collaborators and mentees among graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science.
“He was an unusual student, because he was quite sophisticated from the start. Reading back my criticism of his papers it is very unusual (for me) in that it is mainly praise,” said Jim Stimson, the Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Acree’s dissertation advisor. Stimson remembers none of the “tears, anger, or biting criticism” that usually accompany dissertation writing, something that may have led him to get to know Acree a little less well than he wishes he had.