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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.

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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.”

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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.

Scott Yenor Article Published

Photo of Scott YenorScott Yenor recently published an article titled “Orestes Brownson’s Republican Remedies” with the Claremont Institute.

The article is a review of Richard Reinsch’s new collection, “Seeking the Truth: An Orestes Brownson Anthology,” which lets readers follow Brownson’s evolution from Unitarian utopianism to Catholic constitutionalism.

You can read Yenor’s review here: 

Justin Vaughn Published in Bloomberg Magazine

Photo of Justin VauhgnAssociate Professor Justin Vaughn wrote an article in Bloomberg magazine titled, “Past Presidents Have Learned on the Job, Will Trump?” In the article, he looks at how other presidents have utilized cabinet members, their political party, the office of the White House, or even media and public reactions to learn on the job.

Brian Wampler invited to Speak in Costa Rica

Image of Brian WamplerBrian Wampler is in San Jose, Costa Rica, this week as part of an invited academic workshop, “Human Development and the Quality of Democracy in the Americas.” The workshop includes scholars from across the region.

The workshop marks the beginning of a multi-year project to better understand the interaction of social development and democratic processes. The workshop is being led by Max Cameron from the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia.

Luke Fowler Interviewed for Wallethub Article

Dr. Luke Fowler was interviewed by Wallethub for an article on Taxpayer ROI that was released today, March 28th, titled “2017’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI”. Fowler responded to questions such as “How can state and local governments use tax revenue more efficiently?” and “What’s the most common was local governments waste taxpayer dollars?” Fowler’s responses are listed in Q & A format alongside other Political Science and Public Policy experts. Read the full article on Taxpayer ROI here.

Originating Sources: Wallethub 3/28/2017, Boise State Update 3/30/2017

Wampler Attends Making All Voices Count Conference

Dr. Brian Wampler went to Johannesburg, South Africa, over Image of Brian Wamplerspring break to participate in a learning workshop hosted by Making All Voices Count. The conference brought researchers and NGOs from 10 different countries to discuss pathways for generating social change and the increasing role of technology.

Wampler is the head of a research project here at Boise State University about the diffusion and adaptation of participatory budgeting that is funded by Making All Voices Count. The project includes work in the Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique.

More information about the research project can be found at the Making All Voices Count Boise State site.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 3/28/2017