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Boise State Political Science Graduate Featured on Boise State Public Radio

Dom GelsominoPolitical Science alum Dom Gelsomino was interviewed on Idaho Matters. The show, broadcast on Boise State Public Radio, hosts programs aimed at creating a respectful dialogue between people with different ideas and allows the exchange of ideas. The July 11 edition discusses Mr. Gelsomino’s recent address at the Idaho Republican Party convention to as the state GOP to abandon its position on gay marriage and to demonstrate more tolerance and inclusion. Listen to the interview with Dom Gelsomino here.

Ross Burkhart Quoted in PolitiFact Article

Ross BurkartRoss Burkhart was quoted in an article recently published by PolitiFact, a news service that assesses the accuracy of statements by public officials. The article, “Is U.S. wine barred from Canadian supermarkets,” addresses a trade question between the U.S. and Canada. Burkhart provided some context for the claim about the sale of U.S. wine in Canada.

“The U.S. exports almost as much wine to Canada as to the E.U., with about a tenth of the population in Canada compared to that of the E.U.,” Burkhart explained in the article.

Issac Castellano Awarded Student Organization Advisor of the Year

Photo of Isaac CastellanoIsaac Castellano, Political Science professor and advisor of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Association, and Young Americans for Freedom, was recognized at the Campus Awards ceremony on April 19 as the Student Organization Advisor of the Year. Nominees for this award are exemplary mentors, teachers and coaches to their students, and challenge their students not to accept what is, but explore what could be. All Campus Award nominees are referred by students, faculty and/or staff of the Boise State community.

POLS Alumni Larry Laverty to be a Featured Presenter

Photo of Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty, Graduate of Political Science in 1985

Since graduation, I completed a 30-year career as an actor in Hollywood. More importantly, over the past five years I’ve been focused on saving the remaining elephants of Africa. My primary tool is photography. My images have been utilized by numerous international conservation groups, hang on the walls of countless wildlife lovers, and by the end of this year my first table-top photo book, Elephant Sunrise, will be published. In the meantime, I speak on behalf of the African elephants to groups of all kinds. I’ll be a featured presenter at the Free the Elephants International Conference in Portland, Oregon,
April 27-29, 2018.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gregory Raymond to Publish a New Book

Greg RaymondDistinguished Professor Emeritus Gregory Raymond has signed a contract with Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press, an imprint of SAGE Publishing, to publish a book titled “Great Powers and World Order.” CQ Press is a leading publisher of books, reference content, periodicals, and digital products on American government, public policy, and international affairs.

Greg Raymond Interviewed by Serbian Press

Greg RaymondGreg Raymond, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was recently interviewed by the Serbian newspaper, Danas, on the foreign policy implications for the Balkans of the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Vaughn Nominated ASPA’s Member of the Month

Photo of Justin VaughnJustin Vaughn was recently honored as the American Political Science Association’s Member of the Month. Vaughn was nominated by one of the members of the association’s executive council. In an interview for Political Science Now, Vaughn explained why he became a political scientist, why he joined APSA, and the challenges he faces as a political scientist today. He also offered tidbits of advice for aspiring political science students.

Michael Allen Awarded $1.2 Million Grant

Photo of Michael AllenMichael Allen was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative to produce both quantitative and qualitative analysis of how U.S. troops are viewed while serving abroad.

Over the next three years, Allen and his team will travel the globe conducting qualitative interviews with military personnel, local activists and local government officials to get their perspective on the dynamics of having U.S. troops stationed in key areas. The team also will be collecting data and using geographic information systems, most often referred to as GIS, to map U.S. troop-based criminal activity in other countries.

John Freemuth Comments on Bundy Mistrial

John FreemuthJohn Freemuth was recently quoted in stories by The Nevada Independent and Oregon Public Broadcasting, and in a podcast by Here & Now about the Cliven Bundy mistrial. Freemuth is quoted saying that Bundy’s solution, getting Congress to transfer federal lands to the states, is “a political solution, not a legal solution”. He also says that “nobody knows” what the government will do next.

For more information visit The Nevada Independent, Oregon Public Broadcasting, or Here & Now.

Nisha Bellinger Authors New Book

Book cover for Governing Human Well-BeingNisha Bellinger, Political Science, recently authored a new book titled “Governing Human Well-Being: Domestic and International Determinants”. The book uses cases from Brazil, Japan, China and Iraq to demonstrate the role of domestic and international political factors in human well-being.

Bellinger also delivered a presentation as part of the Migration and Mobility conference at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) titled “Human Security and Forced Migration in Africa” in Accra, Ghana last October.

Read more in Boise State Update.