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Michael McDonald signed a contract for $20,000 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to improve the accuracy of voter registration addresses.

Brian Amos and Michael McDonald received a grant of $17,000 from the MIT Election Data and Science Lab to develop a methodology to fabricate precinct boundaries from geocoder voter files.

Leslie Anderson (PI), Larry Dodd (co-PI) and Won-ho Park (co-PI) have received an NSF grant for their project, “Democratization or De-democratization in Nicaragua:  The 2016 and 2017 Elections,” which analyzes the aftermath of Nicaragua’s November 2016 national election and the upcoming municipal elections in November, 2017.

Michael Bernhard attended the ECPR Joint Session Workshop on “The Legacy of Authoritarian Regimes – Political Culture, Institutions, and Democratisation” in Nottingham, England, 26-29 April 2017.  He presented the paper “Revolutionary Change and the Prospects for Democracy: Appraising the Impact of Leninist Violence on Postcommunist Regime Outcomes” (with Jeff Kopstein, University of California, Irvine).

Ben Smith presented “Oil, Order, and Inclusion: Rethinking the Resource ‘Curse’” at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg on June 12.

Leonardo Villalon, Daniel Eizenga and Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim participated in the conference: “Quel Avenir pour la résolution des conflits en Afrique de l’Ouest,” co-organized by the Centre FrancoPaix of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université de Québec à Montréal, and the West Africa Peace and Security Network, in Montreal on 4-5 May 2017.  Villalon chaired a panel entitled “Crises dans les Sociétés Saheliens” on which Eizenga presented “Guarding Stability: Chad and the Politics of Security in the Sahel,” and Ibrahim presented “Jihadism in the North, Islamism in the South: Why has Islamic Activism in Mali Taken Different Forms?”

Daniel O’Neill received the 2016-2017 Social Sciences Division Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council, 1 of 3 awards given annually.

Leonardo Villalón gave an invited presentation entitled “Political Reform and Social Dynamics: What Future for the Countries of the Sahel?” at the Institut de Diplomatie et de Relations Internationales of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers, Algeria on April 11 2017. The event was cosponsored by the Centre d’Etudes Maghrebines en Algerie (CEMA).

Leonardo Villalón has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the board of directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). CAORC is an association of 24 research centers located around the world, and is based at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Michael Bernhard: Panel Chair – “Domestic Institutions and International Conflict”; Papers – “Democratization in Conflict Studies: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes” (with Resat Bayer, Koc University; Omer Faruk Orsun, Harvard University) and “Experts versus Crowds: Under What Circumstances Can Crowd-Sourced Data Substitute for Expert-Coded Data?” (with Adam Nathaniel Glynn, Emory University; Kyle Lohse Marquardt, University of Gothenburg)
  • Amie Kreppel: Paper – “Power or Luck? Understanding the Character of European Commission Agenda Setting” (with Buket Oztas, Franklin and Marshall College)

  • Michael P. McDonald: Paper – “A Culture of Democracy?: Immigrant Voter Participation in the United States” (with Peter R. Licari)

  • Bryon J. Moraski: Paper – “Eurasian Experimentation with Electoral Systems: Exceptional or Generalizable?” (with Anna Kapambwe Mwaba)

  • Suzanne M. RobbinsPanel Chair and Discussant – “Political Attitudes and Social Networks”; Paper – “Group Effectiveness in Elections: Diffuse v. Concentrated Spending”

  • Laura Sjoberg: Roundtable Participation – “Gender, Discourse, and Radicalization: The Case of ISIS Jihadi Brides”

  • Benjamin SmithPanel Chair and Discussant – “National Oil Companies and the Study of Petroleum Politics”; Paper – “The Oil ‘Cusion’ in New Democracies: Resource Wealth as a Potential Blessing”

  • Daniel A. Smith: Paper – “Waiting to Vote: Using EViD Data to Assess the Electoral Consequences of Long Voting Lines” (with David Cottrell, Dartmouth College; Michael C. Herron, Dartmouth College)

On March 30, Ido Oren gave the Samuel L. Clark Memorial Lecture entitled, “WMD, WMD, WMD: How the Incantation of Ambiguous Phrases Creates Foreign Threats,” at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI). Additionally, he gave a talk entitled, “Is There Really a ‘Gap’ between Political Science and Policy?  Exploring Links Between IR Scholarship and US Foreign Policy.”

On March 29, the American Political Science Association announced that Michael Bernhard and Daniel O’Neill will serve as editor and associate editor, respectively, of Perspectives on Politics. Their term begins on June 1.

On March 29, Kevin Baron and Richard Conley were discussants on a panel held at the Bob Graham Center entitled, “Balance of Power.” Topics included the use of presidential unilateral authority, presidential-congressional relations, and the Supreme Court’s role in adjudicating the reach of presidential power. The event was sponsored by Florida Blue Key.

Bryon Moraski presented “More than Putin: What Politics beyond the Kremlin’s Walls Tells us about Russia’s Regime” to a meeting of the Retired Faculty of the University of Florida on March 15.

Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk, “The Democratic Coup Thesis: Evidence from Africa & Beyond,” at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) on March 8.

Michael Bernhard presented the paper, “Democratization in Conflict Research: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes,” at the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, on March 2, 2017.

Laura Sjoberg gave a talk called “Re-mapping IR: Gender, War, and Conflict” on February 27 at the Georgetown University Mortara Center.

Patricia J. Woods was married in a private religious ceremony on Valentine’s Day and a private civil ceremony on February 15. She is now Patricia J. Sohn, which is both her private and professional name.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Badredine ArfiPapers (2) – “Of the Time of Securitization” and “Performativity in the Logics of a Changing World”; ISA Roundtable Participation – “Time, Temporality, and Violence in IR”
  • Leann BrownPanel Chair – “The President and National Security Leadership: The Obama Legacy”; Paper – “U.S. – Russia Relations during the Obama Era: From “Reset” to a New Cold War”; Panel Discussant – “US-EU Relations and Foreign Policy”
  • Richard S. ConleyPanel Discussant – “The President and National Security Leadership: The Obama Legacy”; Paper – “The Clash of New Civilizations and the Clash of Candidates: The 2016 Election”
  • Aida Arfan HozicPaper – “Crime, States, Circulation”; Panel Discussant – “Music and the Critiques of Modern International Relations”; ISA Roundtable Chair – “Neoliberalization and the Academy: Building Networks of Solidarity/Resistance”; ISA Roundtable Participations (2) – “Gender Inequality, Intersectionality and Capitalism: What is to be Done?” and “Subaltern Agency in Critical IR: Beyond the Silence/Resistance Paradigm? (Part II); ISA Plenary Session Participation – “Best Practices, Recommendations, and Strategies to Transform International Studies’ Professional Culture(s)”
  • Ido OrenISA Roundtable Chair – “Higher Education Meets Neoliberalism: International Perspectives on Transformation and Contestation in Global Academia”
  • Zachary SeldenPaper – “Federalizing for Security: The European Union and the United States in Comparative Perspective”; ISA Roundtable Participation – “Emerging Regional Powers in a Unipolar Order”
  • Laura Sjoberg: Paper – “Evolutionary Theory in IR” (with J. Samuel Barkin, University of Massachusetts Boston); ISA Committee Panel Discussant – “Pay it Forward: Women Helping Women”; ISA Committee Panel Participations (2) – “Constructive Peer Review” and “Succeeding without Fear: Moving beyond Imposter Syndrome in the Academy”; ISA Roundtable Participations (4) – “Launching and Managing Academic Journals”, “Critical Studies on Terrorism Journal Tenth Anniversary: New Empirical Directions”, “Critical Theories and the Affective Turn”, and “The Politics of Peer Review and the Future of IR Scholarship”
  • Leslie Thiele: Paper – “Climate Engineering in the Anthropocene” (with Paul Wapner, American University)

Michael Bernhard presented the paper entitled “Suicide by Competition?  Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (co-authored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg) at the Workshop on State, Regime, and Conflict at Aarhus University in Denmark on February 3, 2017. He also participated in the dissertation defense of David Andersen who was a visiting researcher at the Department in Spring/Summer 2015.  David successfully defended a dissertation entitled “Stateness and Democratic Stability.”

Ken Wald was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at the Linneaus University in Växjö, Sweden. During his two-week appointment, he presented a research seminar, lectured to three classes, and consulted with a faculty working group developing a graduate concentration in religion and politics.

Michael Bernhard presented the paper entitled “Suicide by Competition?  Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (co-authored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg) at the Comparative Politics Colloquium at the University of California on January 19, 2017.

The following faculty presented at the 2017 Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Richard S. ConleyPanel Chair – “Comparative Electoral Systems”Papers (2) – “Flunking the Electoral College? Comparing Normative Critiques with Empirical Analysis of Alternative Presidential Election Models, 1952-2016” (with Charles G. Shields) and “Recasting Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Rhetoric, Reproach, and Redemption”
  • Lawrence Dodd: Paper – “Party Polarization, Member Incivility, and the Structuring of Policy Conflict in Congress: House/Senate Contrasts” (with Scot Schraufnagel, Northern Illinois University); SPSA Roundtable Participation – “Factionalism, the 2016 Campaign, and Party Theories of Congress”
  • Sebastian Elischer: Panel Chair (3) – “Tensions, Corruption, and Party Politics Around the Globe,” “Between Conflict and Peace: Contextualizing South Africa” and “Comparative Perspectives”; Papers (2) – “Informal Institutions, Alternative Governance Structures and Religious Regulation in Areas of Very Limited Statehood” and “Why Do Some Military Coups Usher in Democratic Transitions while Others Lead to Military Rule?”; Panel Discussant (3) – “Between Conflict and Peace: Contextualizing South Africa,” “Comparative Perspectives” and “Discourses in Islam”
  • Michael D. Martinez: Paper – “The Impact of Survey Mode on Model Estimates of Voting Behavior” (with Enrijeta Shino)
  • Michael P. McDonald: Panel Chair (4) – “CWC (Conference Within a Conference) 2: Election Laws,” “CWC 2: Voter Mobilization,” “CWC 2: Election Systems: Administration,” and “CWC 2: Election Corruption/Problems”; Paper – “They’re Coming to America: Country of Origin, Political Freedom, and Acculturation’s Impact on Immigrant Turnout” (with Peter Licari); Panel Discussant (2) – “CWC 2: Election Laws” and “CWC 2: Voter Mobilization”
  • Suzanne M. Robbins: Panel Chair – “Institutional Networks”; Paper – “Implicit Coordination? Mapping Consultants across Political Organization in American Federal Elections”
  • Laura Sjoberg: Panel Chair – “Investigating the Relationship between Gender Discrimination and Human Rights in Different Local Contexts”; Paper – “Complicating “The Feminist Peace”” (with Cameron Thies, Arizona State University; Kelly Kadera, University of Iowa)

Sebastian Elischer presented a paper, entitled “Religious Steering in Francophone and Anglophone Africa,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 3.

Leslie Anderson has received an academic-year (2017-2018) fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Leonardo Villalón made a presentation on “Islamic Radicalization in the African Sahel” as well as participated in a roundtable, as an invited participant in the West African Network meeting of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), in Valetta, Malta. 22-23 November 2016.

Michael Bernhard attended the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies on November 17-20, 2016 in Washington, DC.  He participated in two roundtables: “Is Historia Vitae Magistra?  The Lessons of the 1920s and 1930s for Eastern Europe Today” and “Democratic Deterioration in Central Europe.”

Daniel Smith has been named an Anderson Scholar Honoree.

Leslie Anderson has been awarded a UF Humanities Award to conduct research on subnational democratization in Argentina. Leslie Anderson also has been named an Anderson Scholar Honoree.

Richard Conley has received an award from the UF Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund to support his research project, “The Construction of Socio-Cultural Narratives, Presidential Leadership or Capture, and American Indian Termination Policy in the Truman and Eisenhower Era.”

Michael Bernhard participated in the conference entitled “Varieties of Democracy: Nature, Causes, and Consequences” on Friday–Saturday, November 11–12, at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame University. He presented a paper entitled “Democratization in Conflict Research: How Conceptualization Affects Operationalization and Testing Outcomes?” and participated in a roundtable on “The Nature of Democracy” with Jennifer Ghandi, Gary Goertz, and Lauren Honig. http://kellogg.nd.edu/events/calendar/fall2016/vdem.shtml 

Leonardo Villalón and Daniel Eizenga were invited presenters at an Executive Analytic Exchange on Burkina Faso, organized by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, to brief the new United States ambassador, Andrew Young, on November 4 in Washington D.C.

Laura Sjoberg and J. Samuel Barkin presented a paper entitled “Happily Ever After: The Failures of IR Theory.” at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association – Northeast in Baltimore, MD. Laura Sjoberg also served as a mentor for the ISA-Northeast methodology workshop.

Michael Bernhard spent the week of October 24-28 as a visiting scholar at the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  He again presented the paper, “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility.” coauthored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg on October 26.

Laura Sjoberg, Kelly Kadera, and Cameron Thies presented “Critiquing the Feminist Peace” at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Peace Science Society on October 20-23. Laura Sjoberg and Kelly Kadera also organized a Peace Science workshop called “Exploring Complementarities Between Scientific and Critical Studies of Peace.”

Laura Sjoberg attended events around the J. Ann Tickner Book Award in Los Angeles on October 24-26, including several roundtables and a keynote called “Feminist War Theorizing.”

Suzanne M. Robbins gave two invited talks at the University of Miami on October 25: “Networked Money and Electoral Outcomes” and “A New Golden Age: Groups and Campaign Finance in Federal Elections.”

Kenneth Wald participated on the panel, “Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections,” at Columbia University on October 17.

Patricia Woods discussed economic factors for a panel discussion entitled, “Who Run the World?  GIRLS,” at the She’s The First-UF Day of the Girl Summit on October 23, 2016.

Michael Bernhard presented a paper at the Department of Political Science at the Leuphana University Luneburg (Germany) on October 20 entitled, “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility.” The paper is coauthored with Amanda Edgell and Staffan Lindberg.

Patricia Woods assumed the role of curator of a new blog, Subaltern States, sponsored by E-International Relations ( http://www.e-ir.info/category/blogs/subaltern-states/). The blog covers the blog covers domestic politics of states around the world from comparative politics or international studies perspectives.

Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk at the 2nd Workshop on Mixed Methods at the University of Arizona, Tucson on October 20 entitled “Reassessing the democratic coup theory with fuzzy-set QCA”.

Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo has been awarded a $2,500 course enhancement grant and a $4,000 course development grant from the Center for Latin American Studies. The course enhancement grant will allow him to develop and integrate two learning modules into his course, “Politics of the Caribbean,” and the course development grant will enable him to develop the course, “Politics of Housing in Latin America,” which he plans to teach in Spring 2018.

On September 22, Sebastian Elischer gave an invited talk at the Johns Hopkins University entitled, “Informal Management of Salafi Activity in Areas of Very Limited Statehood: Evidence from the Sahel and East Africa.”

Laura Sjoberg recently gave two invited talks: “Jihadi Brides and Female Volunteers: Seeing Women in the Islamic State’s War” at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 13, 2016 and “Seeing Rape Among Women” at the University of Illinois, September 15, 2016.

Laura Sjoberg, Kelly Kadera, and Cameron G. Thies presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association-West 23 September 2016, “Constitution, Causation, or Crap? Examining the Evidence for the Sex Equality Peace.”

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Dr. Daniel Smith gave an invited talk to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Gainesville 43 Government and Policy Day, entitled, “Registered Voters and Turnout in Alachua County.”

At the 2016 APSA meeting, Dr. Kenneth Wald was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the Religion and Politics Section in recognition of his service to the field. The Section also announced that a new Kenneth Wald Graduate Student Paper Award will be awarded annually.

The following faculty presented at the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Laura Sjoberg: Papers – “Revealing Hierarchy through Gendered Lenses” and “The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of Protection Racket (with Anna Weissman)”; Panel Discussant – “New Global Politics? Internationalizing the Caucus for a New Political Science”
  • Leslie E. AndersonPaper – “Deliberative Democracy in Nicaragua”
  • Badredine ArfiPaper – “Fuzzy Social Network Analysis of the Role of IOs in International Conflict”
  • Michael BernhardPapers – “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (with Amanda Edgell; Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Gothenburg) and “Reassessing the Democratic Peace: A New Test Using the V-Dem Dataset” (with Haavard Hegre, Peace Research Institute Oslo; Jan Teorell, Lund University)
  • Stephen C. Craig: Paper – “Symphony without an Audience? Voter Reaction to Issue-Based Campaign Ads” (with Paulina S. Rippere, Jacksonville University; Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University)
  • Lawrence C. DoddPaper – “Testing the Effects of Two-Dimensional Conflict on Legislative Productivity” (with Scot Schraufnagel, Northern Illinois University)
  • Amie KeppelPanel Chair – “Institutions and Institutional Evolution in the EU”; Paper – “From Conductor to Orchestra Member: the Evolution of the Council of the EU”; Panel Discussant – “National Parliaments, Preferences, and the European Union”
  • Michael D. MartinezPanel Chair – “Get It Right the First Time: Preferences for Leader Responsiveness and Reform”; Paper – “Pre-adult Family Structure and Yong Adult Political Parcitipation”
  • Conor O’DwyerPaper – “The Demography of Prejudice: Postcommunist Homophobia in Comparative Perspective” (with Dong-Joon Jung, Seoul National University)
  • Ido OrenTheme Panel Participation – “The Method Cafe”; APSA Event Participation – “Structures of Political Science Revolutions: DA-RT and Audit Cultures”
  • Zachary A. SeldenPaper – “Defense Budgets and Grand Strategy”
  • Benjamin Smith: Panel Chair – “Right-Sizing the Resource ‘Curse’: Oil’s Varying Political Dynamics”; Papers – “The Oil ‘Cushion’ in New Democracies: Resource Wealth as a Potential Blessing” and “Pax-Petrolica? Rethinking the Oil-Interstate War Linkage” (with Hye Ryeon Jang)
  • Daniel A. SmithPapers – “Timing the Habit: Voter Registration and Turnout in the American States” (with Enrijeta Shino) and “Revisiting Majority-Minority Districts and Descriptive Representation” (with Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University; William D. Hicks; Carl E. Klaner, KlanerPolitics); APSA Event Participation – “Defending Democracy: How Political Scientists Are Engaging in the Fight over Voting Rights (and Why You and Your Dept. Should too), Presented by the Scholars Strategy Network”

Michael Bernhard and his collaborators at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) won the Ljiphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award.

Michael Martinez was elected President of the APSA Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section.

Patricia J. Woods, “Religion and State Through the Lens of Jewish Law in Israel” presented to the pre-organized panel, Religion and Law, Research Committee (RC09) on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association, July 25, 2016.

Patricia J. Woods also convened and served as the co-discussant for the panel, Religion and Law, pre-organized for the Research Committee (RC09) on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association, Poznan, Poland, July 23-28, 2016.

Haluk Karadag and Patricia J. Woods, “Rights or Riots?  Regional Institutional and Cultural Legacies in the MENA Region, and the Case of Turkey” presented to the Congress Session on Political Institutions and Civic Engagement’s panel on Content and Discontent with Government in an Unequal World, International Political Science Association, July 28, 2016.

Sharon Austin has agreed to a second term as Director of the Program in African American Studies.  Her term will extend for three years, to August 15, 2019.

Laura Sjoberg has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the J. Ann Tickner Prize from the University of Southern California School of International Relations for her book, Gendering Global Conflict: Towards a Feminist Theory of War. A two-day event will be held at the University of Southern California 25th-26th October 2016 in recognition, including a book panel and a round-table discussion followed by the reception and keynote address.

The International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City (May 27-30, 2016) held a symposium on Leslie Anderson’s forthcoming book, Democratization by Institutions (August 2016, The University of Michigan Press). Participants included Daniel Levine (University of Michigan), Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa), Ana Maria Mustapic (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell (University of Notre Dame and Universidad San Martin, Buenos Aires), and Mariana Llanos (German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany).

Michael Bernhard received an additional grant of $42,534 from the Varieties of Democracy Project.  Inter alia, it will support an additional graduate assistantship for AY 2016-17. He also has given the following talks:

  • Conference Keynote, “Revolutionary Change and the Prospects for Democracy: Appraising the Impact of Leninist Violence on Postcommunist Regime Outcomes,” (Co-author Jeffrey Kopstein). SCOPE 2016. Contemporary Challenges of Political Research.  Faculty of Political Science. University of Bucharest, Romania, May 27, 2016.
  • Research Seminar, “Institutional Subsystems and Survival of Democracy:  Do Political and Civil Society Matter?” (co-authors: Allen Hicken, Christopher Reenock, and Staffan I. Lindberg). Department of International Relations and Political Science, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index,” (coauthors – Dong-Joon Jung, Eitan Tzelgov, Michael Coppedge, and Staffan I. Lindberg). V-Dem / ANTICORRP Policy Dialogue Conference, University Gothenburg, Sweden, May 18, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “Reassessing the Democratic Peace: A Novel Test Based on the Varieties of Democracy Data,” (co-authors  — Havard Hegre and Jan Teorell). V-Dem Internal Research Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 17, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker. “The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index,” (coauthors – Dong-Joon Jung, Eitan Tzelgov, Michael Coppedge, and Staffan I. Lindberg). V-Dem Internal Research Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 17, 2016.

Graduate Students

Ioannis Ziogas defended his dissertation, “State Emergence and International Conflict: Determinants and Effects of New State Behavior.” His committee included Laura Sjoberg (Chair), Michael Bernhard, Ido Oren, Zachary Selden, and James Babanikos (Department of Telecommunications). Congratulations Dr. Ziogas!

Ioannis Ziogas also accepted a position as a research assistant professor at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University starting this fall.

Amanda B. Edgell has been selected for the African Studies Association (ASA) Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2017 for her paper “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya”. The award will be presented at the ASA Annual Meeting in November 2017.

Peter Licari has been awarded a stipend to participate in the Data Training Workshop on the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project. This pre-APSA workshop will be held in San Francisco.

Charles Shields has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida International University.

Shritha Vasudevan was awarded an APSA travel grant to attend the 2017 meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Scott Feinstein (PhD 2016) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University beginning in fall 2017.

Enrijeta Shino received a Graduate Student Travel Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) section of APSA. Enrijeta also received two scholarships from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research to attend the ICPSR Summer Program: the Henry “Hank” Heitowit Scholarship (to enable a former participant to return to the Summer Program) and the Warren E. Miller Scholarship (awarded to outstanding pre-tenure scholars, assistant professors, and senior graduate students conducting research on electoral/political behavior).

Dragana Svraka presented “How Political Institutions Condition Ethnic Political Parties: Comparative Analysis of Three Balkan Countries” at the 2017 Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Eyup Civelek presented “Coup-rtical Juncture: How do Coups Influence Internal Armed Conflicts? Evidence from Turkey and Thailand” at the 2017 Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Ross Cotton gave an invited talk, “Institutional Leaps Based on Partisan Calculations: Party Competition and Institutional Change in the United Kingdom,” at Georgia College on April 19.

Leonardo Villalon, Daniel Eizenga and Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim participated in the conference: “Quel Avenir pour la résolution des conflits en Afrique de l’Ouest,” co-organized by the Centre FrancoPaix of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université de Québec à Montréal, and the West Africa Peace and Security Network, in Montreal on 4-5 May 2017.  Villalon chaired a panel entitled “Crises dans les Sociétés Saheliens” on which Eizenga presented “Guarding Stability: Chad and the Politics of Security in the Sahel,” and Ibrahim presented “Jihadism in the North, Islamism in the South: Why has Islamic Activism in Mali Taken Different Forms?”

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Western Political Science Association Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia:

  • Alec DinninPaper – “A Tale of Two Elitisms: Ortega y Gasset’s Influence on the Spanish Falange”
  • Onur MuftugilPaper – “Islam and Human Rights: Human Dignity and the Purposes of Law”

Li-Li Chen received an O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Supplementary Award from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Karla Mundim has been awarded a Tinker Travel Grant from the Latin American Center to conduct fieldwork in Ecuador and Peru in May 2017.

Lina Benabdallah has won a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Graduate School.

Lina Benabdallah has also accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in political science at Wake Forest University.

Adam Bilinski has accepted a full-time position as a temporary instructor in political science at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Rahmi CemenPanel Discussant – “Public Opinion and Transitions to Democracy”; Poster Discussant – “Arab Spring (!) and its Aftermath: The Rise of Radical Islamic Groups”
  • Ross D. CottonPaper – “Institutional Leaps Based on Partisan Calculations: Party Competition and Institutional Change in the United Kingdom” (with Cary Christopher Fontana, University of Oregon)
  • Ningxin Dong: Paper – “The Rule of Law and Economic Development: A Case Study of China”
  • Amanda B. EdgellPaper – “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya”; Panel Discussant – “Timing and Trends in Transitions to Democracy”
  • Justin Allen Hoyle: Paper – “The Unclaimed Pawn: Why State Response to Ethnic Violence Against Coptic Christians Changes” (with Nancy Masood)
  • Junseok Lee: Paper – “Degree of Self-Determination along the Black Sea Basin: Secession or Autonomy?”

  • Peter R. Licari: Paper – “A Culture of Democracy?: Immigrant Voter Participation in the United States” (with Michael P. McDonald)

  • Nancy Masood: Paper – “The Unclaimed Pawn: Why State Response to Ethnic Violence Against Coptic Christians Changes” (with Justin Allen Hoyle)

  • Onur MuftugilPaper – “Liberal Islam’s “Deadly Hermeneutics””

  • Karla MundimPaper – “A Call for Unity in the Andes: How the Relationship Between Highland and Lowland Ethnic Groups Shapes the Success of Indigenous Movements in the Region”

  • Anna Kapambwe Mwaba: Paper – “Eurasian Experimentation with Electoral Systems: Exceptional or Generalizable?” (with Bryon J. Moraski)

Jessie-Leigh Seago was recently awarded a US Fulbright research grant for nine months of travel in Namibia, where she will conduct her dissertation research on white mobilization in Southern Africa.

On April 1, Kathleen Sabol presented a paper entitled, “The Image Management of ISIS: An Analysis of Images in Social Media as Weapons to Attract, Mobilize and Recruit.” at the Florida Political Science Association annual conference at Valencia College (Orlando, FL).

Keith Lee successfully defended his dissertation, “Reconstructed: The Populist Revolt as the Cornerstone of Political Development in the American South.” His dissertation committee consisted of Larry Dodd (chair), Beth Rosenson, David Hedge, Seth C. McKee (Texas Tech), and Bill Link (History). Congratulations Dr. Lee!

Miaad Hassan was awarded an academic year FLAS fellowship for 2017-2018 to study intermediate Turkish.

Alexandria Wilson was awarded an academic year FLAS for 2017-2018 to continue studying Czech language by the Center for European Studies.

Justin Hoyle was awarded a summer FLAS fellowship by the Center for African Studies to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo.

Richard Yon successfully defended his dissertation, “Emerging from the Shadows: Vice Presidential Influence in the Modern Era.” His committee consisted of Beth Rosenson (chair), Larry Dodd, Sharon Austin, Elizabeth Dale (History), and Robert Watson (Lynn University). Congratulations Dr. Yon!

Jenny Boylan gave an invited talk, “The Democratic Benefits of Centralized Institutions in Ghana,” at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks on March 7.

Li-Li Chen received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award by the Association of Academic Women at the Women’s History Month Celebration on March 1.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Oumar Ba: Paper – “The Limits of State Compliance: Kenya and the International Criminal Court (ICC)”
  • Lina Benabdallah: Paper – “When Propaganda Meets Foreign Policy: Building Legitimacy through Media Narratives”
  • Li-Li Chen: Papers (2) – “Women’s Participation and Capability in Making War and Peace: The Case of Timor-Leste” and “Are NGOs Good or Evil? Mixed Results in the Case of Timor-Leste”; ISA Committee Panel Participation – “Pay it Forward: Women Helping Women”
  • Alec Chung: Paper – “Effects of China’s Economic Impact on the Assessment of China Threat”
  • Eyup Civelek: Paper – “Commitment to Conflict or Compromise? A Mixed Framework to Uncover the Link between Ethnic Political Parties and the Support to Violent Rebel Organizations”
  • Joshua Couronne: Paper – “Sex and War: Exploring Leader Sex and Militarized Behavior”
  • Justin HoylePaper – “Playing for Keeps: The Real Economic Determinants of Self-Financed Army Intervention” (with Nancy Masood)
  •  Hye Ryeon Jang: Paper – “Understanding Spatial Correlation between Geostrategic Values of China’s Disputed Islands and the Escalation of Its Militarized Maritime Disputes”
  •  Minju JungPaper – “Network Health Governance and WHO Responses to Global Health Challenges”
  •  Nancy Masood: Paper – “Playing for Keeps: The Real Economic Determinants of Self-Financed Army Intervention” (with Justin Hoyle)
  •  Jessie-Leigh SeagoPaper – “Semiotic Narratives of Whiteness: Constructing White Identity in Contemporary South Africa”
  •  Saskia van WeesPaper – “Normative Pressure and Environmental Governance”
  •  Anna L. WeissmanISA Roundtable Participation – “Motherhood, Intersectionality and Global Politics”

Ross Cotton has received the Association internationale des études québécoises and the American Council for Québec Studies Québec/US University Grant to do field research in Québec this summer.

Kokila (Koki) Mendis successfully defended her dissertation, “A Critical Race Perspective:  The Integration Experience of Swedish Women of Color.” Her dissertation committee consisted of Leslie Anderson (chair), Conor O’Dwyer, Les Thiele, Dan O’Neill and Alin Gevano (Sociology and the Center for European Studies). Congratulations Dr. Mendis!

Oumar Ba successfully defended his dissertation, “Outsourcing Justice: Africa and the Politics of the International Criminal Court.” His dissertation committee consisted of Aida Hozic (chair), Ido Oren, Leo Villalon, Dan O’Neill and Sharon Abramowitz (Anthropology). Congratulations Dr. Ba!

Seaton Tarrant has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at The Oregon Extension, located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges, within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon.

Thessalia Merivaki has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Political Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Nouf AljassarPaper – “Afghanistan Social Structure Challenges and the Political Stability”
  • Miaad Hassan: Paper – “The Role of Culture in Understanding and Identifying Women’s Rights Violations”
  • Peter Licari: Papers (2) – “They’re Coming to America: Country of Origin, Political Freedom, and Acculturation’s Impact on Immigrant Turnout” (with Michael P. McDonald) and “Post-Racial America or Post-Racial Presidency? Implications of Race of Interviewer Effects in 2008 and 2012”
  • Robert Mermer: Paper – “An Investigation of Congressional Scrutiny of Judicial Review & Statutory Overrides”
  • Kathleen SabolPaper – “Integrating Women’s Political Participation while Rebuilding Afghanistan”
  • Charles G. ShieldsPapers (2) – “Flunking the Electoral College? Comparing Normative Critiques with Empirical Analysis of Alternative Presidential Election Models, 1952-2016” (with Richard S. Conley) and “Negotiation, Impasse, and Crusade: Processes of Elite Frame Framing in Congress”; Panel Discussant – “Policy Making in the U.S.” and “Identity Formation & Mobilization”
  • Enrijeta ShinoPaper – “The Impact of Survey Mode on Model Estimates of Voting Behavior” (with Michael D. Martinez)
  • Jeeye SongPaper – “Bringing Comfort to Comfort Women: An Analysis of Relations between Japan and South Korea after the Second World War”
  • Dragana Svraka: Paper – “Problems of Liberty in Consociational Democracy”
  • Shritha VasudevanPaper – “Resolutions of the Constitutional Dilemma of the Uniform Civil Code in India through the CEDAW”
  • Ryan Whittingham: Paper – “Repression or Accommodation? A Bargaining Theory Model of State Repression”

Buket Oztas has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Furman University starting in the fall.

Amanda Edgell presented a paper, entitled “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 1st.

Daniel Eizenga presented a paper, entitled “Surviving Democratization: Dominant Party Strategies in Burkina Faso and Chad,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 3.

Daniel Eizenga presented reports for Freedom House’s 2016 Freedom in the World Report on Burkina Faso and Chad at their sub-Saharan Africa meeting in New York City on December 6.

Emily Pukuma presented a paper, entitled “Democratic Breakdown and Survival: A Tale of Two Transitions in Ghana,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 2.

Oumar Ba has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of political science at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, starting August 2017.

Bill Radunovich successfully defended his dissertation, “Values and Their Impact on Presidential Vote Choice”.  His supervisory committee was Michael Martinez (chair), Steve Craig, Larry Dodd, Ken Wald, and Rob White (Sociology).  Congratulations, Dr. Radunovich!

Mamadou Bodian successfully defended his dissertation, “The Politics of Electoral Reform in Francophone West Africa: The Birth and Change of Electoral Rules in Mali, Niger, and Senegal.” His supervisory committee was Leo Villalón (chair), Michael Bernhard, Larry Dodd, Bryon Moraski, Dan Smith, and Fiona McLaughlin (Languages, Literatures, & Cultures).  Congratulations, Dr. Bodian!

Emily Pukuma has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Scholarship Fund for the Spring 2017 term.

Kathleen Sabol presented a paper entitled “Image Management of ISIS: An Analysis of Images in Social Media as Weapons to Attract, Mobilize and Recruit” at the International Studies Association – International Security Studies section conference on November 5, at the University of Notre Dame.

Jongmin Yang presented a paper entitled “Civilian’s Lives/Deaths in the War Time: A Different Take on Video-Games” on November 4, at the2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association – Northeast in Baltimore, MD.

Jongmin Yang also presented a paper entitled “State or Market?: The South Korean Video Game Industry in the 1980s through 1990s”” on November 12, at the Popular Culture and World Politics 9.0 Conference at Balsillie School of International Affairs (Waterloo, ON, Canada).

Saskia van Wees participated on the panel, “The Role of Norms in Global Politics,” at the ISA Northeast Convention on November 4.  She also participated in a methodology workshop.

Victoria Gorham has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant, which will be used to conduct nine months of dissertation fieldwork in Tanzania beginning in June 2017.  Her dissertation is titled, “Recounting the Nation: Domination and Contestation of the National Narrative in the Cases of Tanzania, Kenya, Singapore, and Malaysia.”

Over the summer, Lia Merivaki accepted a position as (and is now working as) a Visiting Assistant Professor in American Politics at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

Lina Benabdallah won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award for outstanding graduate student papers relevant to the study of foreign policy presented at the previous APSA Annual Meeting for her paper, “Emerging Powers as Socializers: Examining Norm Diffusion and Knowledge Production in China’s Security Strategy.”

Alicia D. Forster received an Honorable Mention for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award at the 2016 APSA for her dissertation, “American Political Behavior and the Role of Religious Context.”

The following graduate students presented at the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Anna WeissmanPaper – “The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of Protection Racket (with Laura Sjoberg)”
  • Lina Benabdallah: Paper – “The Belt and Road Initiative and the Making of China’s Grand Strategy?”
  • Amanda Edgell: Paper – “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (with Michael Bernhard; Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Gothenburg)
  • Daniel EizengaPaper – “Contentious Politics and Elite Bargaining in Burkina Faso’s Regime Transition”
  • Scott G. Feinstein: Paper – “Breaking down Authoritarian Regimes: An Analysis of Economic Growth Theories”
  • Hye Ryeon Jang: Paper – “Pax-Petrolica? Rethinking the Oil-Interstate War Linkage” (with Benjamin Smith)
  • Christopher Manick: Panel Discussant – “Deliberative Democracy in Everyday Politics”; Paper – “Silent Majority Rule: Rethinking the Epistemic Value of Non-unanimous Decisions”
  • Enrijeta Shino: Paper – “Timing the Habit: Voter Registration and Turnout in the American States” (with Daniel A. Smith)

Ruchan Kaya accepted a one-year position (for this year) at Texas A&M University.

The following doctoral students successfully defended their dissertations over the summer:

  • Kevin Baron, “Presidents, Partisans, and Power Entrepreneurs: Institutional Reform and the Freedom of Information Act.” Kevin’s committee was Larry Dodd (chair), Richard Conley, Beth Rosenson, Zach Selden, and Sean Adams (History).
  • Jenny Boylan, “Political Competition via Centralized Sub-National Institutions: A Case Study of Ghana.” The committee included Michael Bernhard (chair), Ben Smith (co-chair), Staffan Lindberg (U. of Gothenburg), Badredine Arfi, and Brenda Chalfin (Anthropology).
  • Donald Campbell, “Fire Alarms or Smoke Detectors: The Role of Interest Groups in Confirmation of United States Courts of Appeals Judges.” Donald’s committee was Larry Dodd (chair), Marcus Hendershot (co-chair), David Hedge, Beth Rosenson, and Danaya Wright (Law School).
  • Dustin Fridkin, “Apprehensions of Democracy in Antebellum American Political Thought: Calhoun, Emerson, Douglass, and Whitman.” The committee was Dan O’Neill (chair), Dan Smith (co-chair), Larry Dodd, Les Thiele, and Sean Adams (History).
  • Lia Merivaki, “Registers at Different Speeds: The Differential Administration of Voter Registration Across the States.” Her committee consisted of Dan Smith (chair), Dave Hedge, Michael Martinez, Mike McDonald, and Larry Kenny (Economics).
  • Buket Oztas, “Party System Religiosity and the Quality of Democracy in Predominantly Muslim Countries.” The committee included Michael Bernhard (chair), Ben Smith, Leo Villalon, Ken Wald, and Alin Ceobanu (Sociology).
  • Seaton Tarrant, “The Democratic Faith and Sustainability Education.” The committee included Les Thiele (chair), Dan O’Neill, Albert Matheny, Tony Rosenbaum, and Martha Monroe (School of Forest Resources and Conservation).

Congratulations Drs. Baron, Boylan, Campbell, Fridkin, Merivaki, Oztas, and Tarrant!

Dan Eizenga gave an invited presentation “The Political Scene in Chad” as part of an Executive Analytical Exchange on Chad for Ambassador Designate Geeta Pasi at the Department of State in Washington D.C., August 2, 2016.

Dan Eizenga also gave an invited presentation “Boko Haram: Origins, Ideology, and Influence” at the Wreckerling Center for the Defense Language Institute of the Presidio of Monterey, CA. May 19, 2016. For coverage of the talk here is a link: http://www.dliflc.edu/researcher-shares-knowledge-of-boko-haram-with-faos/

Magda Giurcanu has accepted a visiting position in the Department of Political Science at East Carolina University.

Rolda Darlington attended and participated in the first annual conference of the Association for the Study of Black Women in Political Science on May 11-14, 2016, at UC, Irvine. The conference participants conducted oral history interviews with Black women scholars in political science. While there, she interviewed Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery of Providence College, about her experiences with publishing, teaching, and earning tenure in the academy. Many other scholars were interviewed, including our own Dr. Sharon Wright Austin.

Dong-Joon Jung (PhD 2015) received a post-doc position at The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University.

Chris Manick received a Summer and Fall 2016 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Mitch Sellers (PhD 2016) has accepted a teaching-track assistant professor position at Temple University.

Kayli Smendec won the 2016 Best Honors Thesis Award. Kayli’s thesis, “Barack Obama and the Pursuit of Administrative Presidency,” was supervised by Professor David Hedge.

Amy Stringer (PhD 2015) has accepted a position as a Research Associate in the Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government at the University of Central Florida.  Her research area is in civic engagement.

Steven Lichty successfully defended his dissertation, “Pastors, Pulpits, Pews, and Politics: Religious Pedagogies of Democratic Empowerment.” His committee was Leo Villalón (chair),Ken Wald, Dan Smith, Kate Baldwin (Yale University), and Terje Østebø (Religion). Congratulations, Dr. Lichty!

Jeeye Song has been selected by the Center for European Studies to participate in the Erasmus Exchange Program this summer at Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Dragana Svraka presented “How Do States Classify Their Populations and What Are the Consequences of Such Classifications? Evidence from Europe” at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference.

Donald Campbell (ABD, American Political Institutions) has accepted a tenure-track position teaching judicial politics at Middle Tennessee State University, starting in the Fall. Donald has been teaching at the Mississippi School of Law while finishing up his dissertation. Congratulations, Donald!

Levy Odera (PhD 2013) recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Minerva Schools.

Eric Lake presented “Anonymity’s effect on the Relationship between States and Violent Extremist Organizations” at the 4th Annual Cadet/Students Conference on Terrorism, Insurgency and Asymmetric Conflicts.

Emily Pukuma presented “From Independence to Democratic Breakdown: Political Transitions in Malaysia” at the 2016 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference.

Lorna Bracewell recently accepted a tenure track position in Political Theory at the University of Nebraska – Kearney starting in fall of 2016. Congratulations, Lorna!

Alec Dinnin presented “Burke’s Multitude and Carlyle’s Millions: Conservative Visions of ‘the People” at the 2016 Western Political Science Association Annual Convention.

On March 25 Scott Feinstein defended his dissertation, “Ethnic War and Peace in Post-Soviet Eurasia.” His committee members were Ben Smith (chair), Michael Bernhard, Ingrid Kleespies (external), Conor O’Dwyer and Beth Rosenson. Congratulations, Dr. Feinstein!

Diana Forster, Ph.D. (Daniel Smith, Chair), has started a new position as “Content Analyst, Survey Design & Analysis” at Hanover Research, in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Diana!

Miaad Hassan was awarded an academic year FLAS award from the Center for European Studies to study Turkish.

Alexandria Wilson was awarded an academic year FLAS award from the Center for European Studies to study Czech.

Mitch Sellers successfully defended his dissertation, “Power Play: Gubernatorial Use of Executive Orders in the American States” on Monday, March 28.  Professors Dan Smith (Chair), Ken Wald, Dave Hedge, Michael Martinez, and Larry Kenny (Economics) served on the committee. Congratulations Dr. Sellers!

Buket Oztas recently accepted a position as Visiting Faculty in Government at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Buket!

Kevin Funk, Sebastián Sclofsky, Dragana Svraka, and Anna Mwaba participated at the 2016 International Studies Association Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA.

  • Kevin Funk presented “To Batter down All Walls: How Chile Became a Rhetorical Tool for the Global Neoliberal Revolution,” co-presented (with Sebastián Sclofsky) “The Specter that Haunts Political Science: A Ruthless Criticism of Contemporary (Mis)Readings of Marx,” and served as discussant for the panel, “Death by Panels?: Re-Thinking Protest in IR and the Neoliberal Academy.”
  • Sebastián Sclofsky presented “Controlling Space and Race in the City of São Paulo”.
  • Dragana Svraka presented “Historical Memory and the Problem of Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
  • Anna Mwaba presented “Moving beyond the domestic: The effect of regional organizations on attitudes towards democracy in Africa”.

Mauro J. Caraccioli (Ph.D. 2015) recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Political Science (with a concentration in contemporary political theory) and Core faculty member in ASPECT (the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Congratulations, Mauro!

Christopher Manick gave an invited presentation titled “When to talk in school: An epistemic theory of deliberation in academic shared governance” for the Workshop on Politics, Ethics, and Society at Washington University in St Louis.

Keith Lee recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Georgia College (a liberal arts college in Milledgeville, GA). Congratulations, Keith!

Undergraduate Students

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators finished 8th at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament, April 21-23. In addition to the team’s overall finish, the LitiGators had two all-Americans. Senior Kathryn Kuethman is an all-American attorney; Senior Matthew Richard is an all-American witness. All of the LitiGators had an amazing season that contributed to this victory.

The following undergraduate political science majors were elected in Spring 2017 to Phi Beta Kappa:

Michael J. Bennett, Zachary A. Carroll, Amy Chen, Taylor Gibbs, Bradford L. James, Veronica Joubert, Kasey Joyce, Michael Kramer, Kelsey Landau, Hannah G. Locop, Donald Moore, Laurie M. Moore, Sean Ossi, Sarah L. Pattison, Catherine G. Sheets, Kevin Solove, and Catherine K. Wettach

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators competed at the Decatur opening round championships, March 17-19. For the first time in three years and the second time in the program’s history, the LitiGators qualified to the National Championship tournament, making them among the top 40 of 700 teams in the country. They will (budget provided) compete at the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles, CA April 21-23. Senior Kathryn Kuethman was one of the top 10 attorneys at the tournament, and junior Matt Solomon and senior Matt Richard were among the top 10 witnesses. Thanks to coaches Chris Gage, Forrest Wilson, and Rebekah Hodge.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended their second and third Regional tournaments Feb 18-19. Teams Hades and Nemesis competed in Orlando and Team Hypnos competed in Raleigh. All three teams won a bid to the Opening Round Championship Tournament. This is the first time in the history of the program that it has won four bids (including the one Team Dionysus won two weeks ago), and brings UF into a group of less than a dozen schools that have ever won four bids in the same year. Team Hypnos also won the Spirit of the American Mock Trial Association award at the Raleigh regional, which awards the most sportsmanlike team. Attorneys Alex Sheppard and Luke Morris were among the top ten attorneys in Raleigh; attorneys Kathryn Kuethman, Kevin Solove, Natalia Braga, and Adam Victorianne were among the top ten attorneys in Orlando. Witness Alejandra Gonzales was among the top ten witnesses in Raleigh. The LitiGators will be in Anderson the second half of Spring break practicing for Sectionals March 16-19. Wish them luck!

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators went to their first regional tournament of the season February 4-5 in Columbia, South Carolina. Team Dionysus won a bid to the Opening Round Championship Tournament (Sectionals). Junior Lauren Pasqua and Junior Payton Pope were both among the Region’s Top Ten Attorneys.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended the nationals-teams-only Seminole Smackdown January 28-29. Team Nemesis finished second overall in the tournament. Freshman attorney Natalia Braga and Sophomore attorney Luke Morris were among the top ten attorneys in the tournament, and senior witness Dylan Thatcher was among the top ten witnesses. The LitiGators’ next tournament is our first regionals, February 4-5 in Columbia, South Carolina, where Teams Dionysus and Aphrodite will compete to qualify to Opening Round Championships (sectionals).

The UF Mock Trial Litigators attended two tournaments this weekend. Team Athena attended the prestigious Tobacco Road Invitational at Duke University, where they tied for second place with a record of 6-2. Senior Catherine Sheets was the top attorney in the tournament, with a perfect score. Teams Apollo and Ares attended the Battle for the Ballots at Stetson University. Team Apollo finished second, with a record of 6-2; Team Ares finished third, with a record of 5-2-1. Sophomore Jake Kalphat-Losego was the top attorney in the tournament, and sophomore Haley Kairab and freshman Natalia Braga also were among the tournament’s top ten attorneys. Freshmen Liz Falcon and Emily King along with sophomore Alejandra Gonzales were three of the tournament’s top 10 witnesses.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators (all five teams) attended the tournament at Middle Tennessee State University this weekend – the largest invitational tournament of the season. The LitiGators had a winning record, and won six individual awards, giving us six of the top twenty competitors in a field of more than 500. Congratulations to award-winning attorneys senior Stewart Subjinski (his third this year), sophomore Haley Kairab, and senior Bernarda VanRoy, and award winning witnesses junior Amanda Nardi, senior Dylan Thatcher, and freshman Liz Falcon (the top witness in the tournament in her first competition ever).

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators sent three teams to the Florida State University Capital City Invitational Tournament this weekend. Team Athena finished fourth overall in the tournament, and senior Stewart Subjinski was the second-highest scoring attorney in the tournament. The LitiGators will send five teams to Middle Tennessee State University this coming weekend.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended two tournaments on October 22-23. Team Artemis (the teams are named after Greek gods this year) won the invitational at Kennesaw, finishing first overall. Junior Payton Pope received perfect scores as a witness, playing the plaintiff in an age-discrimination case. Teams Athena and Hermes attended the University of Georgia Mock Trial Tournament. Seniors Kathryn Kuethman and Stewart Subjinski received awards for being among the tournament’s five best attorneys, and junior Mat Solomon received an award for being among the tournament’s top five witnesses.

In coordination with other pre-law organizations on campus, the UF Mock Trial LitiGators put on a tournament for charity (proceeds going to the Innocence Project). The tournament raised more than $900 for the Innocence Project, and the LitiGators won the tournament.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators ended their national competition season March 10-13 at the Opening Round Championship in Decatur, Georgia. The LitiGators sent two teams to the tournament, which served as a qualifier for the National Championship. While the LitiGators did not qualify, the two teams had the best overall record that a team from UF ever has. Team Campbell (the teams are named after Supreme Court justices) finished with a record of 5-3, and junior Matt Richard was one of the top ten witnesses in the tournament. Team Sotomayor fought hard to a record of 4-4. Junior Stewart Subjinski was one of the top ten attorneys in the tournament, and freshman Katie Iley was a top witness.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators went to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series March 11-13, a tournament for the top 10-15% of Mock Trial teams (from over 600) in the country. The LitiGators finished with an overall record of 9-7, with both teams in the top 10. Freshman Katie Iley and Junior Matt Richard were among the top ten witnesses in the tournament, and Junior Stewart Subjinski.

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