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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.

Visit Demostat’s English page here: demostat.rs/en.

Scott Yenor

Scott YenorScott Yenor has an opinion piece in the Daily Signal titled, “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights.”

Read the full piece here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/08/02/transgender-activists-seeking-undermine-parental-rights/

Justin Vaughn

Justin VaughnAssociate Professor Justin Vaughn and Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston, co-authored a piece about political scientists and the measurement of presidential greatness for the American Political Science Association.

The piece was titled “Presidential Greatness and Political Science: Assessing the 2014 APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section Presidential Greatness.”

Ross Burkhart Published in Idaho Statesman

Ross BurkartRoss Burkhart recently published an op-ed in the Idaho Statesman titled “How can people confuse Idaho and Iowa? They’re not even close.” The piece uses a political science data set to illustrate the differences between Idaho and Iowa.

Read the article here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article165794827.html

Brian Wampler Leads Two-Day Workshop in Kenya

Photo of students and researchersPolitical science professor Brian Wampler organized and led a two-day international workshop, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was held July 13-14 and included participants from 10 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, the United States and England. Making All Voices Count, an international development project led by the University of Sussex, supported the conference.

The conference focused on donor-involved countries where local governments are implementing new forms of citizen participation venues.

Wampler collaborated with Michael Touchton of the University of Miami. Research support at Boise State was provided by Melanie Fillmore, a master’s student in political science, and Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, both master’s students in public policy and administration. In addition, Annika Galliani and Maria Tellez with the School of Public Service provided excellent support to ensure that the workshop went well.

Scott Yenor Published on “The Daily Signal”

Scott YenorScott Yenor recently published an article via the Daily Signal titled “How Radical Feminism Sowed the Seeds of Our Transgender Movement.”

Read the article here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/18/radical-feminism-sowed-seeds-transgender-moment/

Dr. Greg Raymond Interviewed by Danas

Image of Greg RaymondDr. Greg Raymond, Distinguished Professor of Political Science Emeritus, was interviewed by the Belgrade newspaper Danas on the foreign policy implications of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s recent visit to the United States.

POLS 306 Students Honored in Washington D.C.

Photo of Isaac CastellanoStudents from Isaac Castellano’s POLS 306 International Relations Service-Learning Lab (Spring 2017 semester) won honorable mention in a nationwide competition to create an effective media campaign aimed at reducing political extremism. The Boise State political science students will be honored in Washington, D.C. in July at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The national student competition, “Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism,” was a global university initiative sponsored by the White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Facebook. For their service-learning project, the Boise State students created and marketed content for an anti-extremism campaign on social media, as well as hosted a conference on April 11 at Boise State University titled “One Nation Under the Law.” At this conference, former U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Patrick McDonald, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, and Boise State University’s peer to peer combating extremism team discussed the threat of sovereign citizens and the need for non-violent political action.

See more information about the students’ P2P project here.