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Alumni in Action: Jeff Hultberg

Political Science Alumnus Jeff Hultberg has been appointed Principal of South Junior High in Boise, ID.  Mr. Hultberg earned his A.A. in Criminal Justice and his B.A. in Political Science at Boise State University before obtaining his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University.

Cited: Independent School District of Boise City

Justin Vaughn Quoted in “American Conservative”

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Assistant Professor Justin Vaughn was quoted in an article in the May/June 2014 issue of American Conservative about U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Vaughn said that in order for Labrador to become a power player in Washington, he would have to lose some of his “fierce independence.”  Read the article here.

Cited: The American Conservative

Justin Vaughn Honored with Peter C. Rollins Book Award

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Justin Vaughn, assistant professor of political science, recently was awarded the Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association for his book “Women in the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and the American Presidency.” The Rollins award honors outstanding scholarship in multiple areas of popular and American culture, and volumes receiving the award are distinguished by their methodology and research. This juried award recognizes contributions to the study of popular and/or American culture and, in particular, works analyzing cultural and historical representations in film, television, and/or other visual media.

“Women and the White House,” which was co-edited with Lilly J. Goren, was previously  awarded the Susan Koppelman Award from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, given annually to the best anthology, multi-authored, or edited book in feminist studies.

Finally, the book was recently reviewed in Presidential Studies Quarterly. The review, which was penned by Caroline Heldman, describes “Women and the White House” as a “first-rate collection of essays” that “fills a hefty gap in presidential scholarship” and is “the gold standard for understanding how popular culture serves as both impediment and facilitator of women’s leadership in the United States.”

Gary Moncrief quoted by the Idaho Statesman

Gary Moncrief, PortraitProfessor Gary Moncrief was quoted in a column by the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey about Gov. Butch Otter’s loss of nine county’s in Tuesday’s primary election, including his native Canyon County. Moncrief called the losses “an embarrassment.” Read “Otter bruised in win over Fulcher” here.

Original source: “Otter bruised in win over Fulcher” The Idaho Statesman, 5/21/2014

Ross Burkhart Quoted in Tampa Bay Times Blog

Ross Burkart, SSPA, studio portraitsRoss Burkhart, Associate Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Canadian Studies Program, was quoted in a story about Hillary Clinton’s claims that the United States is falling behind Canada on key measurements. Burkhart said the key comparisons made by Clinton are reasonable and not subject to statistical quirks.  Read “Hillary Clinton says United States is falling behind Canada on key measurements” here.

Original Source: Tampa Bay Times

Justin Vaughn Contributed to The Monkey Cage

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Vaughn has contributed an article to The Monkey Cage, the political blog of The Washington Post.  The article, “Can Rob Nabors Fix the VA?  Here’s What He Needs,” addresses the recent outcry against the alleged scandals and mismanagement of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  President Obama has temporarily appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to the VA. Dr. Vaughn argues that their success depends on four central factors, which he defines and explains in the article. Read “Can Rob Nabors fix the VA?” here.

Original Source:  The Monkey Cage, May 20, 2014

John Freemuth Discussed Federal Timber Rules on Boise State Public Radio

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth, a professor of political science, was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio report on how federal timber rules have affected the logging industry. Freemuth talks about the politics of environmental protection and how that has influenced the logging industry and a way of life in Idaho.  Read “Idaho Counties Struggle As Federal Timber Rules Slow The Harvest” here.

Original Source:  Boise State Public Radio, MAY 14, 2014

Gary Moncrief quoted in Spokesman-Review

Gary Moncrief, PortraitGary Moncrief, a professor of political science, was quoted in a Spokesman-Review story about a new Idaho PAC that is targeting incumbent Republican candidates Butch Otter (governor) and Lawrence Wasden (attorney general).

Original Source: The Spokesman Review

Political Science Faculty Continue Blog

Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portraitVanDusky-Allen_Julie-F13-150x150Political Science faculty members Michael Allen and Julie Vandusky-Allen continue their work on The Quantitative Peace, a blog dedicated to empirical international relations and comparative politics with a specific focus on quantitative and formal studies.  The blog began in April 2008 and aims to discuss, elaborate, critique, and announce current and emerging research in the subfields that is relevant to the study of international relations and comparative politics.

Political Science Student Hosted JAYU North Korean Human Rights Film Festival

JAYU PosterPolitical Science senior Arius Derr hosted the JAYU North Korean Human Rights Film Festival on April 29th, 2014.  The screening was presented as his capstone project and featured three films highlighting the human rights issues in North Korea, along with Skype Q&A sessions and a panel discussion facilitated by  Drs. Lisa Brady (History), Ross Burkhart (Political Science), and Michael Touchton (Political Science.)  An MP3 of the panel discussion is available here.