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Vaughn Tours Germany

Photo of dinner partyPolitical Science professor Justin Vaughn recently completed a multi-city tour of Germany organized by universities in Berlin, Bonn and Frankfurt.

While at University of Bonn, Vaughn delivered a lecture titled “Presidential Greatness: How Americans Think about It and How Political Scientists Measure It” as part of the Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies lecture series.

He also spoke on the American presidency and democracy at Geothe University in Frankfort and Freie University in Berlin.

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Boise State Graduate in Action

Political Science Graduate Elena Villanueva will begin her first term on the Wilder city council beginning in January, 2018. Villanueva graduated with her degree in Political Science in 2016. You can read more about her election in the Idaho Press Tribune. 

Dr. Kettler Quoted by Idaho Public Radio

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Assistant Professor Jaclyn Kettler

Jaclyn Kettler was extensively quoted in an Idaho Public Radio report on the proliferation of Idaho political Twitter parody accounts. In the article, “Here’s What #idpol Twitter Parodies Tweet,” Kettler suggests the snarky and often critical accounts could be providing some levity in the serious political environment following the national election and leading up the Idaho gubernatorial race.

“It’s a great time for parody accounts in Idaho politics,” said Kettler. “Of course, having the upcoming election with competitive primaries – [with] politicians being pretty active on Twitter, I think helps.”

Kettler’s New Article Published by USAPP

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Assistant Professor Jaclyn Kettler

Jaclyn Kettler’s article titled “How Democrats can build on their 2017 victories to win in 2018” was recently published by USAPP, the LSE Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy. In it she reflects on Democrats’ recent gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia, and discusses the possibility for continued success in 2018. Read her full article here.

Kettler also recently presented at a conference titled “Good Reasons to Run: A Conversation Between Advocates and Academics” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work, along with other conference participants, will become part of an edited book.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/28/2017, USAPP 11/10/2017

Brian Wampler In Action

Brian WamplerBrian Wampler was the lead author on three blog posts published by the Open Government Partnership. The posts were co-authored by Stephanie McNulty of Franklin and Marshall and Mike Touchton of the University of Miami.

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The posts are available at:

Justin Vaughn Writes Article on Valley Growth

Decorative image of chart indicating many believe Treasure Valley is growing too fastJustin Vaughn wrote an opinion article for the Idaho Statesman titled, “Is the Treasure Valley growing too fast? Half your neighbors think so.” In it Vaughn states that nearly 55 percent of Treasure Valley residents say the area is growing too fast. His data comes from the annual Treasure Valley Survey recently released by Boise State University’s School of Public Service.

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Justin Vaughn Quoted in Reuters and New York Post Articles

Justin Vaughn was interviewed for a Reuters article titled “Pastors stand firm as Trump’s U.S. evangelical base weakens” about President Trump and his dwindling support among evangelicals. Vaughn’s quote was also was used in a New York Post article titled, “Evangelicals are souring on Trump, poll shows.”

Justin Vaughn Presents in Norway

Image of Justin VaughnJustin Vaughn, director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics, editor of The Blue Review and an associate professor of political science, has been a busy man. He recently delivered a pair of presentations in Oslo, Norway that were arranged by the State Department. In addition to the presentations, he was interviewed by Morgenbladet, one of Norway’s leading intellectual media outlets that provides in-depth coverage on political and cultural issues, and featured in an article titled “All the President’s Words“.

Vaughn also spoke at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies on the American president’s role in foreign policy, delivered a lecture at Bjorknes College titled “Washington, Lincoln, or Trump? How We Decide Who America’s Best – and Worst – Presidents Are,” and presented research at the European Consortium for Political Research’s General Conference at the University of Oslo on how presidential greatness assessments have evolved over time.

Gary Moncrief to Present at Rutgers University

Gary Moncrief, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will deliver a presentation hosted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University on Tuesday Oct. 2 titled “The State of the States in a State of Confusion.” In it he will discuss the current role of the states in our democratic system, including: their relationship with the federal government under President Trump; short-term electoral outlook; run-up to next U.S. Census; and responsibilities and problems states are likely to face in months and years ahead.

Greg Raymond

Photo of Greg RaymondGreg Raymond, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was interviewed by the Demostat Research Center in Belgrade on the relations between Serbia and NATO.

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