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Brian Wampler In Action

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Brian Wampler, Professor, Political Science and Global Studies, School of Public Service

Brian Wampler was the lead author on three blog posts published by the Open Government Partnership. The posts were co-authored by Stephanie McNulty of Franklin and Marshall and Mike Touchton of the University of Miami.

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The posts are available at:

Justin Vaughn Writes Article on Valley Growth

Decorative image of chart indicating many believe Treasure Valley is growing too fastJustin Vaughn wrote an opinion article for the Idaho Statesman titled, “Is the Treasure Valley growing too fast? Half your neighbors think so.” In it Vaughn states that nearly 55 percent of Treasure Valley residents say the area is growing too fast. His data comes from the annual Treasure Valley Survey recently released by Boise State University’s School of Public Service.

Read the full article here:

Justin Vaughn Quoted in Reuters and New York Post Articles

Justin Vaughn was interviewed for a Reuters article titled “Pastors stand firm as Trump’s U.S. evangelical base weakens” about President Trump and his dwindling support among evangelicals. Vaughn’s quote was also was used in a New York Post article titled, “Evangelicals are souring on Trump, poll shows.”

Justin Vaughn Presents in Norway

Image of Justin VaughnJustin Vaughn, director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics, editor of The Blue Review and an associate professor of political science, has been a busy man. He recently delivered a pair of presentations in Oslo, Norway that were arranged by the State Department. In addition to the presentations, he was interviewed by Morgenbladet, one of Norway’s leading intellectual media outlets that provides in-depth coverage on political and cultural issues, and featured in an article titled “All the President’s Words“.

Vaughn also spoke at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies on the American president’s role in foreign policy, delivered a lecture at Bjorknes College titled “Washington, Lincoln, or Trump? How We Decide Who America’s Best – and Worst – Presidents Are,” and presented research at the European Consortium for Political Research’s General Conference at the University of Oslo on how presidential greatness assessments have evolved over time.

Gary Moncrief to Present at Rutgers Univerity

Gary Moncrief, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will deliver a presentation hosted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University on Tuesday Oct. 2 titled “The State of the States in a State of Confusion“. In it he will discuss the current role of the states in our democratic system, including: their relationship with the federal government under President Trump; short-term electoral outlook; run-up to next U.S. Census; and responsibilities and problems states are likely to face in months and years ahead.

Greg Raymond

Photo of Greg RaymondGreg Raymond, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was interviewed by the Demostat Research Center in Belgrade on the relations between Serbia and NATO.

Visit Demostat’s English page here:

Scott Yenor

Scott YenorScott Yenor has an opinion piece in the Daily Signal titled, “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights.”

Read the full piece here:

Justin Vaughn

Justin VaughnAssociate Professor Justin Vaughn and Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston, co-authored a piece about political scientists and the measurement of presidential greatness for the American Political Science Association.

The piece was titled “Presidential Greatness and Political Science: Assessing the 2014 APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section Presidential Greatness.”

Ross Burkhart Published in Idaho Statesman

Ross BurkartRoss Burkhart recently published an op-ed in the Idaho Statesman titled “How can people confuse Idaho and Iowa? They’re not even close.” The piece uses a political science data set to illustrate the differences between Idaho and Iowa.

Read the article here:

Brian Wampler Leads Two-Day Workshop in Kenya

Photo of students and researchersPolitical science professor Brian Wampler organized and led a two-day international workshop, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was held July 13-14 and included participants from 10 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, the United States and England. Making All Voices Count, an international development project led by the University of Sussex, supported the conference.

The conference focused on donor-involved countries where local governments are implementing new forms of citizen participation venues.

Wampler collaborated with Michael Touchton of the University of Miami. Research support at Boise State was provided by Melanie Fillmore, a master’s student in political science, and Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, both master’s students in public policy and administration. In addition, Annika Galliani and Maria Tellez with the School of Public Service provided excellent support to ensure that the workshop went well.