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Justin Vaughn Quoted in The Washington Times

Justin VaughnJustin Vaughn was quoted in The Washington Times newspaper on March 18th, 2014.  The article, titled ” Wild for America: Palin’s new TV series is her next step into the limelight,” discusses Sarah Palin’s new television program, and the politics surrounding her persona.  Dr. Vaughn explains why few politicians choose to present themselves in the media as Sarah Palin does: “Not any politician or former politician who wanted to do what she’s doing could be able to. But also not any politician who could do it would necessarily do it, because I think you lose credibility.”  Dr. Vaughn is co-editor of the recent publication Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.

Read “Wild for America: Palin’s new TV series is her next step into the limelight” here.

Original Source: The Washington Times

Michael Allen featured on KTVB News

Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portraitAssistant Professor Michael Allen was interviewed for KTVB news this week.  The news segment focused on the increasing hostility between Russia and Ukraine.  Dr. Allen provided background on the history of Ukrainian/ Russian relations, and how he is using this event as a teaching tool in his International Relations class.


Justin Vaughn published in the Washington Post

Justin VaughnAssociate Professor Justin Vaughn was published in the Washington Post’s politics blog The Monkey Cage. His article, “Why Presidents Must Play the Hero”, examines the constraints Barack Obama faces due to the public’s extraordinary expectations.

Read “Why presidents must play the hero” here.

Original Source:  The Washington Post Monkey Cage, February 17, 2014

John Freemuth to Speak at Oregon State University

john-freemuthJohn Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy and administration, will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., on Feb. 12 at a Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar. Freemuth will speak on “Why ‘Best Science’ is Not Enough in Natural Resources Policy.”

Justin Vaughn’s Book Reviewed in “Update”

Justin VaughnAssistant Professor Justin Vaughn’s most recent book, “The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency” received a review in Boise State’s Update.  The book will be available on February 26, 2014.

Read the review of “The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency” here.

Original Source: Update 02/12/14

Mike Touchton, Brian Wampler quoted in Brazil’s “Valor Econômico”

Luciano Máximo’s article “Cities with Participatory Budgeting Spend More on Health and Sanitation” quotes both Mike Touchton and Brian Wampler and makes use of their research to show the results of 353 Brazilian cities which have adopted some measure of participatory budgeting.

CIted: Valor Ecônomico, 02/11/14 

Mike Touchton to speak at Interdisciplinary Lunch Series

Photo of Prof Mike TuchtonAssistant Professor Mike Touchton will be speaking on February 11 as part of the Interdisciplinary Lunch series.  The series is presented by Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute and the Honors College, and encourages discussion and collaboration between campus faculty.  Dr. Touchton will be speaking on “Improving Social Well-Being through Citizen Participation: Evidence from Brazil.”

Justin Vaughn Featured in the Blue Review

Justin VaughnAssistant professor Justin Vaughn has been featured in The Blue Review.  His article, “A Tale of Two White Houses”, explores media allegations of White House secrecy and the Obama Administration’s use of new forms of media for public engagement.

Read “A Tale of Two White Houses?” here.

Originally posted in “A Tale of Two White Houses?” The Blue Review, 1/28/2014 |
“Justin Vaughn” (15) Boise State Update, 1/28/2014

Brian Wampler, Mike Touchton Featured in Washington Post

Political Science Faculty members Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton  have been featured in the Washington Post’s “The Monkey Cage”.  Their article, which studies the role of participatory budgeting programs in Brazil, was recently published in the Journal of Comparative Political Studies. Click here to read “Brazil let its citizens make decisions about city budgets. Here’s what happened.”

Original Article from the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, January 22, 2014

Gary Moncrief was featured in a Boise State Public Radio story

Moncrief100x125 Political science professor Gary Moncrief was featured in a Boise State Public Radio story about likely hot topics in the upcoming Legislative session. Moncrief predicted that lawmakers will look closely at healthcare and education. Click here to read “Education, Healthcare Likely Hot Topics During 2014 Idaho Legislature”.

Cited: “Gary Moncreief” (33) Update, Your source for campus news, 1/6/2014 | NPR – Boise State Public Radio, 1/6/14