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Michael Allen Awarded $1.2 Million Grant

Photo of Michael AllenMichael Allen was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative to produce both quantitative and qualitative analysis of how U.S. troops are viewed while serving abroad.

Over the next three years, Allen and his team will travel the globe conducting qualitative interviews with military personnel, local activists and local government officials to get their perspective on the dynamics of having U.S. troops stationed in key areas. The team also will be collecting data and using geographic information systems, most often referred to as GIS, to map U.S. troop-based criminal activity in other countries.

John Freemuth Comments on Bundy Mistrial

John FreemuthJohn Freemuth was recently quoted in stories by The Nevada Independent and Oregon Public Broadcasting, and in a podcast by Here & Now about the Cliven Bundy mistrial. Freemuth is quoted saying that Bundy’s solution, getting Congress to transfer federal lands to the states, is “a political solution, not a legal solution”. He also says that “nobody knows” what the government will do next.

For more information visit The Nevada Independent, Oregon Public Broadcasting, or Here & Now.

Nisha Bellinger Authors New Book

Book cover for Governing Human Well-BeingNisha Bellinger, Political Science, recently authored a new book titled “Governing Human Well-Being: Domestic and International Determinants”. The book uses cases from Brazil, Japan, China and Iraq to demonstrate the role of domestic and international political factors in human well-being.

Bellinger also delivered a presentation as part of the Migration and Mobility conference at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) titled “Human Security and Forced Migration in Africa” in Accra, Ghana last October.

Read more in Boise State Update.

Vaughn Quoted by the Guardian

Photo of Justin VaughnJustin Vaughn was recently quoted in a Guardian article titled “Obama’s post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store?”

“Something that might be kind of interesting to watch is if Barack Obama’s post-presidential ambitions change as he sees his presidential legacy dissolve,” said Vaughn. “Every day it seems that President Trump manages to erase a little bit more of what Obama accomplished as president.”

For the full article visit The Guardian.

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.

Visit the Update for more information.


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

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Is the Treasure Valley Growing too fast? In 2016, 44.5% of respondents said yes. In 2017, 54.9% said yes. That’s a growth of 10.4% over the last year.

Justin 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.

Read the full article here: Is the Treasure Valley growing too fast? Half your neighbors think so.