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Third Annual Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership logoStatistics regarding female representation in state politics was brought to light this week during the Third Annual Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership held at Boise State University. The panel moderated by Meredith Conroy “looked at some of the reasons for the lagging numbers, including the tendency of women to consider themselves unqualified to run for office, and the idea that parents may be less inclined to talk about politics and political ambitions with their daughters than with their sons” (Idaho Statesman). The conference will continue today, September 11th, in the Student Union Building.

Original Sources: Read about the Women and Leadership Conference in the Idaho Statesman – 9/10/2015

Justin Vaughn and Jacklyn Kettler study appointments in Idaho

Jaclyn Kettler, Political Science, Studio Portrait, TagIn a study conducted by Political Science Professors, Jaclyn Kettler and Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitJustin Vaughn, of “nearly 5,000 appointments in Idaho” they discover that “men receive nominations to state and local boards and commissions twice as often as women”. Their research also found that “women are disproportionately appointed to boards traditionally classified as having ‘feminine’ functions”.

Original Sources: “Study Shows Men Nominated to Idaho Boards Twice as Often as Women” The Update – 9/10/15

Dr. Kinney’s Paper on Idaho State Budgeting

Photo-Kinney_RichardProfessor Emeritus Dick Kinney’s paper, “Making Progress in Idaho State Budgeting: The Sequel”, is featured in The California Journal of Politics and Policy’s most current issue. The paper presents Idaho’s current demographics, political tendencies, budgeting process and economy.

Original Source: Campus Update – 8/25/15, eScholarship – 2015

Dr. Gary Moncrief at BILLD

Gary Moncrief, Professor Emeritus for the Department of Political Science, conducted two Gary Moncrief, Political Science, Studio Portraitworkshops at a legislative leadership conference for Midwestern state legislators. The conference, The 21st Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, was held at the University of Wisconsin. “In addition to its focus on leadership training, such as conflict resolution and negotiation, BILLD includes policy sessions on issues such as education, corrections, health care and economic development, as well as seminars on media relations, priority management and consensus building”.

Original Source: Campus Update – 9/26/15

Dr. Greg Raymond

Image 1Greg Raymond, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department, recently gave two interviews to the Serbian daily newspaper Danas on U.S. and Russian foreign policies toward the Balkans.

Jaclyn Kettler Wins Award

Jaclyn Kettler, Political Science, Studio Portrait, Tag croppedJaclyn Kettler, Assistant Professor, has received The Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for her dissertation, titled The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success.  The Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award is  a national award given by the American Political Science Association (APSA) State Politics and Policy Section for the best dissertation in American state politics and policy completed during the previous calendar year.

Dr. Kettler’s dissertation focuses on two major questions: How does the electoral organization of political parties vary across states? How does the position of candidates within the party affect their success? Dr. Kettler addresses these questions using social network analysis to study candidates’ relationships and the context around those relationships. She measures party networks with campaign finance transactions in seven states for the 2010 and 2012 state legislative elections. After a case study of Texas parties that establishes the validity of the approach, Dr. Kettler compares the structure of party networks across states. Although the party networks are relatively sparse in general, the results reveal that parties in states with competitive legislative chambers tend to be more connected. Finally, Dr. Kettler’s dissertation explores how the party structure influences candidates. By drawing upon Ronald S. Burt’s (1992, 2005) structural holes theory, she identifies influential actors and examines how their network position impacts their success in legislatures. She finds that influential candidates in the electoral party network are more likely to become a legislative leader in the following session, demonstrating an important link between electoral and legislative politics.



Dr. Justin Vaughn

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Assistant Professor Justin Vaughn was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report story about former presidents who parlay their time in office into millions through speeches, book deals, etc. Vaughn is an expert in the American presidency.  Read the article, “Cashing In”, here.


Mike Touchton Quoted in Anniston Star

Assistant Professor Michael Touchton was quoted in an article in the Anniston (Alabama) Star about plans for redevelopment of Fort McClellan as a possible retirement community. The fort was closed in 1999 in a post-Cold-War realignment. Read the story, “McClellan redevelopment picking up, but long road ahead”, at The Anniston Star.

Boise State to host 10th annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium

Boise State will host the 10th annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium June 24-25. The event features two days of speakers covering topics including immigration, historical civil liberties violations in America and how they still affect us today.

“The symposium was inspired by a desire to tell the story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II as an extreme example of the violation of civil liberties of Americans,” explained political science professor Ross Burkhart. “In particular, the Minidoka camp, only a couple of hours away from Boise, makes this historical black eye close to Idahoans.”

Speakers will include former legislator Nicole LeFavour, lobbyist Bill Roden and Tom Ikeda, educator and founder of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, among others.

Boise State partners with the National Park Service, Friends of Minidoka, the College of Southern Idaho and the Idaho American Civil Liberties Union to produce and host the symposium. Students are welcome to attend the symposium for workshop credit or for non-credit, as are community members. Students who would like to attend the symposium for one course credit are encouraged to contact Burkhart at

The symposium will run 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-25. Registration is $70, which includes breakfast and lunch both days. For more information or to register, go to

Justin Vaughn Published in The Conversation

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Assistant Professor Justin Vaughn was recently published on the Academic website The Conversation.  His article, titled “Is George W Bush a burden or blessing for Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign?”, examines whether the legacy of former president George W. Bush will help or hinder Jeb Bush’s bid for the Republican nomination.