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POLS Alumni Larry Laverty to be a Featured Presenter

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.

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gregory Raymond to Publish a New Book

Greg Raymond

Gregory Raymond,
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Political Science

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gregory Raymond has signed a contract with Congressional Quarterly Press to publish a book titled “Great Powers and World Order.”

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

Justin 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

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

Nisha 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.

Vaughn Quoted by the Guardian

Justin Vaughn was recently quoted in a Guardian article titled “Obama’s post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store?”

“Something that might be kind of interesting to watch is if Barack Obama’s post-presidential ambitions change as he sees his presidential legacy dissolve,” said Vaughn. “Every day it seems that President Trump manages to erase a little bit more of what Obama accomplished as president.”

For the full article visit The Guardian.

Vaughn Tours Germany

Political Science professor Justin Vaughn recently completed a multi-city tour of Germany organized by universities in Berlin, Bonn and Frankfurt.

While at University of Bonn, Vaughn delivered a lecture titled “Presidential Greatness: How Americans Think about It and How Political Scientists Measure It” as part of the Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies lecture series.

He also spoke on the American presidency and democracy at Geothe University in Frankfort and Freie University in Berlin.

Visit the Update for more information.


Boise State Graduate in Action

Political Science Graduate Elena Villanueva will begin her first term on the Wilder city council beginning in January, 2018. Villanueva graduated with her degree in Political Science in 2016. You can read more about her election in the Idaho Press Tribune.