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Political Science Student Honored with 2014 Campus Award

The Division of Student Affairs presented 2014 Campus Awards in eight categories to 15 members of the Boise State community on April 29.

The division asked Broncos to nominate a student, student group, staff or faculty member who rises above the rest in making a difference for others and adding value to the university community.

Political Science Student Veronica Martinez was one of two students to receive this year’s Inclusive Excellence Award.  These awards are for a student and a staff or faculty member who are action-oriented, equity-minded, and committed to creating a campus environment that reflects inclusive excellence at Boise State.

Brian Wampler to Give Talk at University of Brasilia

Photo-Wampler,BrianBrian Wampler, a professor in the Department of Political Science, currently is teaching in southern Brazil as part of the University Study Abroad Consortium. He is a visiting professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

Wampler is heading to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, on Thursday to give two talks at the national university (University of Brasilia). One talk is titled “Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice and Interlocking Institutions.” The second talk is titled “Developing New Institutions: Brazil in comparative perspective.

Justin Vaughn Received 2014 Susan Koppelman Award

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Justin S. Vaughn, Department of Political Science, is a co-recipient of the 2014 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology, Multi-Authored or Edited Book in Feminist Studies for the book “Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.” He received the award on April 17 at the 2014 PCA/ACA annual convention in Chicago, Ill., along with fellow University Press of Kentucky author Lilly J. Goren.

This award, presented by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, was established in 1985 to honor renowned feminist literary historian Susan Koppelman, who edited the first anthology of feminist literary criticism. The PCA/ACA strives to stimulate an international interest in popular culture studies through the establishment and promotion of conferences, publications and discussion.

With a strong, multidisciplinary approach, “Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics examines how the president and the first lady exist as a function of public expectations and cultural gender roles. Vaughn and Goren lead a team of distinguished scholars who consider the way our contemporary political culture frames the role of gender in politics and how citizens are encouraged — if not instructed — to observe and engage with female political leaders. Portrayals of the first family have long been shaped by public perceptions of life in the White House, and in turn, how they reflect trends in the nation’s changing ideas of what makes an ideal family. Initiating a wider discussion about the possibility of a female president in the United States, “Women and the White House” looks at the ways in which popular perceptions of gender will impact her leadership, and the cultural challenges she will face.

Vaughn is an assistant professor of political science. Goren is a professor of political science and global studies at Carroll University.

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.”