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  • Robert H. Birkby Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    of Democratic Institutions Latin American Public Opinion Project Research on Individuals Politics Society Lab Visiting Speakers News News Video Current Events Giving Home Undergraduate Program Robert H Birkby Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Robert H Birkby Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Explore the Undergraduate Program About the Program Major in Political Science Minors Current Schedule of Courses Formatting Guidelines for Term Papers in Political Science Courses Individualized Instruction Courses Honors Program Internships Undergraduate Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha Department Awards for Students Robert H Birkby Award for Teaching The Robert H Birkby Award is awarded to a Vanderbilt University professor of political science who exemplifies excellence in teaching marked by a commitment to inspiring undergraduate students in their pursuit for intellectual growth in the field of political science This quality is often measured by a professor s accessibility to students passion for his or her field and dedication to strengthening the undergraduate political science program The recipient is chosen by the Undergraduate Political Science Association The Professor Robert H Birkby Award is presented every two years and is by a monetary reward of 500 and a commemorative plaque The award winner s name is added to the

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  • Visiting Speakers | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha Department Awards for Students Robert H Birkby Award for Teaching Research Network Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Latin American Public Opinion Project Research on Individuals Politics Society Lab Visiting Speakers News News Video Current Events Giving Home Visiting Speakers Visiting Speakers The Department hosts numerous speakers across the discipline The Department sponsors or is affiliated with the following speaker series Comparative Politics

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  • News | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Archer Oscar Castorena and Carrie Roush for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Prof Zeynep Somer Topcu s paper written with her previous undergraduate student Michelle Zar European Parliamentary Elections and National Party Policy Change is now forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies Congratulations to Prof Liz Zechmeister whose paper Evaluating Political Leaders in Times of Terror and Economic Threat The Conditioning Influence of Politician Partisanship written with Jenn Merolla was accepted at the Journal of Politics Congratulations to Prof Cindy Kam and Prof Liz Zechmeister whose paper Name Recognition and Candidate Support was accepted at the American Journal of Political Science Prof Liz Zechmeister has been awarded the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the College of Arts and Science Prof Carol Swain is being honored with the William Bentley Bell Award from the Christian Legal Society Congratulations to Prof Efrén Pérez who received the Lucius Barker Award at MPSA for his paper Black Ice Race and the Political Psychology of Implicit Bias The award is presented for the best conference paper on a topic investigating race and ethnicity and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker Prof Zeynep Somer Topcu received the MPSA award for the best article appearing in the American Journal of Political Science in 2011 for the paper Is Anybody Listening Evidence That Voters Do Not Respond to European Parties Policy Statements During Elections This paper is co authored with James Adams and Lawrence Ezrow Prof Liz Zechmeister Daniel Montalvo and Jenn Merolla received an award for their paper Terrorism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean It was awarded the best paper award by the International Relations Award Committee of the Midwest Political Science Association MPSA Congratulations Graduate student Eelco van der Maat has an article published in the Journal of Peace Research entitled Sleeping Hegemons Third Party Intervention Following Territorial Integrity Transgressions Prof Marc Hetherington and graduate student Jason Husser had their article How Trust Matters The Changing Political Relevance of Political Trust accepted to be published in The American Journal of Political Science Prof Bruce Oppenheimer graduate student Gbemende Johnson and graduate Jennifer Selin had their paper The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate Why Do So Few African American House Members Run accepted at the American Journal of Political Science Prof Zeynep Somer Topcu and Professor Kathleen Bawn UCLA had their article Government versus Opposition at the Polls How Governing Status Changes the Impact of Policy Position on Vote Share accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science Prof James Booth s article From this Far Place On Justice and Absence has been published in the American Political Science Review Vol 105 No 4 November 2011 pp 750 764 Congratulations to Prof Josh Clinton and Prof David Lewis just had their article Separated Powers in the United States The Ideology of Agencies Presidents and Congress accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science with Tony Bertelli Christian Grose and David Nixon

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  • Video | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Latin American Public Opinion Project Research on Individuals Politics Society Lab Visiting Speakers News News Video Current Events Giving Home News Video Video Prof Cecilia H Mo fights human trafficking and slavery Prof Cecilia H Mo discusses Asian Americans and party affiliation trends Prof Bruce Oppenheimer discussing Congressman Jim Cooper voting against party lines Prof Carol M Swain moderating Threats to Religious Freedom on Campus and Across the Nation Forum with Vanderbilt Law Prof Jim Blumstein Robert P George Princeton University and Michael Paulsen St Thomas School of Law Prof James Lee Ray speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class Politics in Foreign Policy Prof David Lewis s Polarization and the Presidency Prof John Geer s Polarization and Public Opinion Prof Marc Hethertingon s Polarization and Congress Prof Josh Clinton discusses The power of a provocative political ad How media coverage of campaign advertising influences election results and How to make a political poll fair Prof Efren Perez examines The role the immigration debate will play through the election cycle Prof Alan Wiseman discusses Effective lawmaking in Congress who does it best Prof John Geer gives insight to the 2012 campaign Attack Ads Media Beware and Campaign Spending to the

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  • Calendar | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Term Papers in Political Science Courses Individualized Instruction Courses Honors Program Internships Undergraduate Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha Department Awards for Students Robert H Birkby Award for Teaching Research Network Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Latin American Public Opinion Project Research on Individuals Politics Society Lab Visiting Speakers News News Video Current Events Giving Home News Calendar Calendar GO News Events Current News Video Upcoming Events Archived

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  • Giving | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Teaching Research Network Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Latin American Public Opinion Project Research on Individuals Politics Society Lab Visiting Speakers News News Video Current Events Giving Home Giving Giving Gifts to the Department of Political Science are much appreciated and provide an excellent return on investment Funds are used to support academic activities of undergraduate and graduate students These include supporting independent research projects that undergraduates perform under the guidance of one of our faculty supporting travel to national and international meetings for students to give talks or present posters that describe their research and acquiring new equipment for students to conduct research critical to understanding politics HOW TO GIVE Alumni and friends participation is vital to the success of the Department of Political Science Your involvement and financial support are critical in giving our students great tools for achievement Give to the Department of Political Science now https webapp mis vanderbilt edu olga appealCode C14B7 For more information about how you can support the Department of Political Science click here FURTHER INFORMATION Please contact the College of Arts and Science Development and Alumni Relations Office for further information College of Arts and Science Development and Alumni

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  • Political Theory for Undergraduates | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    Current Schedule of Courses Formatting Guidelines for Term Papers in Political Science Courses Individualized Instruction Courses Honors Program Internships Undergraduate Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha Department Awards for Students Robert H Birkby Award for Teaching Political theory is the study of political ideas and values like justice power and democracy that we use to describe understand and assess political practices and institutions Undergraduate education in political theory at Vanderbilt approaches this study in two ways by introducing students to the historical tradition of political theory and by educating students in the debates of contemporary political theory Many of our courses combine both perspectives so that students can for example learn about important concepts like justice or democracy as we have understood them historically and as we view them today Faculty in our department work in both areas and we strongly encourage our students to use political theory s critical study of concepts and norms to reflect on political theory and practice as we find them in the world In keeping with requirements for the political science major link or minor link students may choose to focus in political theory as a specialty but we also welcome students from other departments to take as many of our courses as they wish Students who are interested in beginning a course of study in political theory should take PSCI 103 Justice a class that introduces students to a major theme in historical and contemporary thought and to the ways of approaching political problems using theory From there students can select from a range of 200 level courses and we encourage students to take both lecture classes and small seminars We offer a course sequence in the history of political thought PSCI 202 and 203 meant to introduce students to political theory as

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  • Students on the Market | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University
    2016 Dissertation Abstract My dissertation consists of three papers that address the political implications of humanitarian crises and of international efforts to address those crises The first paper develops and tests a theory of the relationship between natural disasters leader survival and international conflict I show that leaders of large winning coalition systems who face irregular removal from office become more likely to initiate international conflicts as deaths from disasters increase This chapter refines existing theories of leader survival and international conflict in arguing that not all threats to survival matter for international conflict behavior Given the findings of the first chapter my second dissertation paper considers how to increase the supply of international disaster relief I use a set of formal models and a simulation to compare how the rules governing donor contributions to an aid organization namely whether donors are allowed to earmark their contributions or not affect the supply of international disaster relief and outcomes for crisis victims I show theoretically that relative to a policy of banning earmarking allowing partial earmarking both increases donors contributions and improves outcomes in recipient countries In the third paper I consider how bypassing recipient governments by delivering international relief through NGOs and multilateral organizations affects autocratic survival Scholars and policymakers have pointed to this as a way that donors can give aid without bolstering autocratic regimes I build on a model of revolution to show that bypass aid can help an autocrat retain power by reducing the amount of concessions needed to deter revolution Using multiple data sources including an original data set of international aid scandals that I use in an instrumental variables analysis I find that autocratic countries experience less domestic unrest as the proportion of aid delivered through NGOs and multilateral organizations increases Advisor s Brett Benson Meri Long meridith t long vanderbilt edu Curriculum Vitae http www merilong com Major fields of Study American Politics and Comparative Politics Dissertation Title Compassion in Red and Blue The Politics of Who Cares about Whom Dissertation Defense Date Spring 2016 Dissertation Abstract My dissertation uses several different methods to examine the role of compassion in politics both at the citizen and elite level I explore elite appeals to compassion through a content analysis of a selection of congressional and presidential speeches finding that politicians often appeal to concern for others in need but that the parties differ widely in their use of these appeals I then use a sequence of experiments that reveal that compassionate rhetoric by elites activates individuals compassion I link these approaches with an analysis of several waves of the General Social Survey to understand how individuals connect compassion to their political preferences I find that proclivities toward compassion do not differ between partisans in the public but that partisan differences emerge in the effects of compassion I find that highly compassionate Democrats have more liberal views on issues for which Democratic elites have made compassion more relevant as outlined in my content work such as

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