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Dr. Michael Allen Chats with Boise Weekly

Citizen_MichaelAllen“In anticipation of his Saturday, April 25 public presentation on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Boise Weekly sat down with Dr. Michael Allen to talk about the terrorist regime known as ISIS” (Boise Weekly). In the interview, Dr. Allen responds to questions regarding ISIS’s objectives and how to measure their success as a terrorist group. Read more of the interview with Dr. Allen here.

Original Source: Boise Weekly – 4/22/15

Justin Vaughn’s Survey Quoted by New York Times

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Justin Vaughn, an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science, conducted a survey with the help of Brandon Rottinghaus of University of Houston that was quoted in an article by the New York Times about the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Read the full article, “Abraham Lincoln, the One President All of Them Want to Be More Like” at the New York Times.

Original Source: The Update – 4/15/2015; New York Times – 4/14/2015

Greg Raymond Quoted in Serbian Newspaper

Greg Raymond, a political science professor at Boise State University, is a frequent contributor to Danas, a daily newspaper published in Belgrade, Serbia. According to The Update, “He was recently interviewed on the foreign policy implications of the planned visit to the United States by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić”.

Original Source: The Update – 4/14/2015,

New Dean of Public Service

dean“Corey Cook, who worked in public policy education at the University of San Francisco, has been named the inaugural dean of Boise State University’s College of Public Service. The college, which will combine several departments including political science, criminal justice and military science, becomes operational in early July.”

Original Source: Idaho Statesman – 4/8/2015

“Controlling the Message”

Justin Vaughn recently edited a book titled “Controlling the Message: New Media in American Political Campaigns” with the help of Victoria Farrar-Myers. This book contains a series of essays featuring research conducted during the 2012 elections. Chapter authors “look at the impact of YouTube and the flow of information across social media”, the impact new media technology has had on political journalism, and how it affects the way citizens engage with campaigns and each other (Library Jornal). Released on March 27, “Controlling the Message” was recently listed by Library Journal as an Editors’ Spring Pick.

Brian Wampler

Photo-Wampler_BrianBrian Wampler has been named to the research board of the North American Participatory Budget Project.

Join the Fulbright Scholar Community

“Boise State has joined the ranks of the top universities in the country for producing student and faculty Fulbright Scholars who teach, research and study abroad” (Campus Update). The Bronco Zone is hosting a discussion on April 1, 2015 where you can hear the experiences of Fulbright award winners and learn how to get involved. Read more about the discussion here.

Jaclyn Kettler

Jaclyn Kettler, Political Science, Studio Portrait, TagJaclyn Kettler was quoted in a Boise Weekly article about Idaho’s online state data transparency, as reported by the United States Public Interest Research Group. Kettler said that searchable databases allow the public to “piece together trends and patterns of behavior more quickly and efficiently,” meaning people are focusing more on the minor violations of the law, and not just the big headlines.

The Future of the LGBT Community in Idaho

Christopher Bower, a senior majoring in both social work and political science with a minor in philosophy, and Sinan Nadarevic, a senior studying political philosophy with an AA in Criminal Justice, published a research article to The Blue Review this March. The article promotes adding the four words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. Read more about the Future of the LGBT community in the Blue Review.

Bethine Memorial Wall

Boise State University has dedicated a memorial wall to Bethine Church in the Student Union Building. Bethine, the wife of former Idaho Senator Frank Church and an alumni of Boise Junior College, was born into a politically active family and remained a prominent figure in Idaho politics throughout her life. In partnership with her husband, she earned the nickname of “Idaho’s third senator.” She was actively involved in Frank Church’s four campaigns for the senate and his campaign for the presidency in 1976. Read more about the Memorial Wall here.