Political Science Speaker Series Hits Home Runs!

Posted On May 25, 2017
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“This year’s Political Science Speaker Series was a tremendous success!” said Chair of Political Science Carrie Manning. Launched in the 2014-2015 academic year with Associate Professor Ryan E. Carlin coordinating, “the program is a valuable asset not only to graduate and undergraduate students, but also to faculty,” said Dr. Manning.

“Featuring an array of speakers representing diverse interests, backgrounds and geographic areas, the series keeps Georgia State University in broad conversations in the discipline,” said Dr. Carlin.

The series is designed to achieve several goals, including attracting scholars from all subfields — American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory — who are working at the cutting edge of our discipline.

“Also, the programs give faculty members who co-host a speaker the chance to get to know someone in their field who might serve as a future mentor, a collaborator, or just someone to add to one’s professional network,” said Dr. Carlin.

Graduate Student Benefits

Each speaker engages with our grad students in a hands-on way. Sometimes the speaker will do a second talk based on a research method. Other times a round-table discussion about professional issues will take place. Some speakers may participate in an on-going graduate seminar that matches their expertise.

Top Research Programs

  • Jamie Monogan from the University of Georgia discussed his paper recently published in the American Journal of Political Science, Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Location of Air Polluters, in his research talk. Graduate talk: Visualizing Data.
  •  Maria Escobar-Lemmon from Texas A&M University, whose research cuts across a lot of areas, including comparative political institutions, international norms, gender and political economy. Research talk: Diffusing Equality? International Influences on Women’s Appointment to High Courts; Graduate talk: Fieldwork with Judicial Elites.
  •  Ray Block from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse whose work deals with the rule of law, race, public opinion and social media. Research talk: Race, Law Enforcement and Public Opinion: How Polling Practices Reflect Contemporary Debates. Graduate talk: Professional Development & the National Faculty Success Program.

Top Graduate Student Programs

  • Lee Walker from the University of North Texas talked about NSF Dissertation Grants.
  • Amanda Driscoll from Florida State University presented an Introduction to Text Analysis & Web-scraping Techniques.
  • John Ishiyama from the University of North Texas, APSR, former editor-in-chief of the American Political Science Review, discussed Getting Published in Top Journals that was a hit with both graduate students and faculty.

Other Programs

  • Charles Finnochiaro from the University of South Carolina whose research talk was On the Emergence of the Modern Congress. His graduate interaction was an informal lunch discussion with five graduate students.
  • Nathan Jensen from George Washington University who spoke on Electoral Institutions & Electoral Cycles in Economic Development in his research talk. His graduate talk was on Publishing the Dissertation.
  • Cyanne Loyle from Indiana University spoke on the research topic of Justice during Armed Conflict: Understanding Government and Rebel Judicial Strategy. Her graduate talk was on Fieldwork and Mixed Method Approaches: An Application to Research-related Trauma in Conflict Studies.
  • Ryan Bakker from the University of Georgia spoke on the research topic of Testing the Cross-national Comparability of Party Positions in Europe Using Anchoring Vignettes. His graduate talk addressed the important tool of Measurement presented in POLS 8800 Elements of Research.

“I’m looking forward to coordinating next year’s POLSSS and to continuing the tradition of bringing speakers to Political Science who share their expertise and knowledge, benefiting graduate and undergraduate students and faculty while heightening the visibility of Political Science and GSU,” said Dr. Carlin.