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2015-2016 Political Science Scholarship Recipients

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the recipients of Political Science scholarships for 2015-2016. Our scholarship recipients earned these honors based on their academic records, performance in their political science courses, progress in completing their political science course work, contributions to department, and other activities on and off campus.

Alex BelisleTodd Compton Memorial Scholarship, Political Science/ English Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship

Gabrielle Boliou–  Dr. Greg and Christine Raymond Political Science Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship 

Aspen Compton– Frank Church Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship

Angel Hernandez-Oseguera– Dr. Stephanie Witt Political Science Scholarship, Anonymous Donor Scholarship

Timothy Hibbard Frank Church Scholarship, Dr. Willard Overgaard Scholarship

Tim Lamb– Political Science Department Scholarship

Fred Swanstrum– Dr. John Keiser Public Affairs Scholarship, Todd Compton Memorial Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship,  

Students encouraged to “Rock the Vote”

Rock the VoteTuesday, October 6, 2015 students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get registered to vote in the upcoming election. There will be opportunities to volunteer, register, and listen in on an Election Candidates Forum.  Learn all you need to know in the PSA Weekly Newsletter.

Trump Trumps Clinton in Primary

Jim Weatherby, professor for the Political Science Department, was quoted in an article published by Magic Valley titled “Idaho Poll: Trump far Ahead In Primary, Beating Clinton Head-to-Head”. Weatherby thinks this is due to a lot of peoples’ fascination with the Trump candidacy and “waiting to hear the next thing that may come out of his mouth”.

Original Sources: Jim Weatherby, The Update – 9/17/2015, Magic Valley Times-News, 9/9/2015

An Initiative for Participatory Budgeting

Brian WamplerBrain Wampler, professor for the Political Science Department, was interviewed for an article published by East Bay Express titled “Creating a ‘People’s Budget'”. The article is in regards to a popular initiative that would “amend the Oakland City Charter to allow citizens to decide how the city spends taxpayer funds — a process known as participatory budgeting”. Dr. Wampler contributes that “Cities that have adopted participatory budgeting have seen a shift in funding priorities to underserved communities”.

Original sources: “Brian Wampler” (15) The Update – 9/17/2015, East Bay Express – 9/9/2015

Third Annual Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership - Educate, motivate, inspire September 9-11 2015Statistics 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 KettlerIn a study conducted by Political Science Professors, Jaclyn Kettler and Justin VaughnJustin 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

Dick KinneyProfessor 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

Greg RaymondGreg 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 KettlerJaclyn 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.