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Brian Wampler gave a talk at the University of Texas

Brian Wampler, professor of political science, gave a talk at the University of Texas at Austin titled “Regenerating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Interlocking Institutions, and Social Justice.” The talk focused on the city of Belo Horizonte, where five successive mayoral administrations were committed to democratic reform.

Read more about Prof. Wampler’s talk in Texas in Update 

Political Science student attended the 2013 WIAC conference

Check out what Michelle Wilson, a Political Science student at Boise State University, had to say about this years Wheatley International Affairs Conference that she recently had the privilege of attending.   Click here for more about WIAC!

Justin Vaughn quoted in NPR article

“Justin Vaughn, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in an NPR article about President Barak Obama’s media visibility. Read Justin Vaughn’s insights in Political News From NPR.”

Read about Justin Vaughn’s and President Obama’s media visibility in Update.

Women’s Leadership in Congress

2012 was a groundbreaking year for women running for and winning seats in Congress. Learn from women leaders in the Senate and House about how to launch your political leadership career during the Public Leadership Education Network’s Women & Congress Seminar. This five-day interactive seminar will connect you with members of Congress, their staff, and policy makers in Washington. You’ll learn how to kick start your DC career and get insider knowledge on domestic and foreign policy issues while meeting with student leaders from the across the country. Perfect your resume and learn how to launch your first job search during PLEN’s professional development workshops, and expand your network so that you can get an internship or land a post-graduation job.  Get all the details at

Seminar: March 18 – 22, 2013, Washington DC
Registration Deadline: February 26, 2013

Scholarships are available for outstanding students. See for application information.

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John Freemuth and Lisa Brady invited to author chapters

Lisa Brady, associate professor of history, and John Freemuth, professor of political science, have been invited to author chapters in “The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy,”…
Read About The Guide to U.S, Environmental Policy in Update

Dr. Freemuth to speak at U.S. Forest Service “Chief’s Review of Region 4”

John Freemuth, professor of public administration and political science, spoke at the Idaho Environmental Forum on Jan. 16. His topic is “There Was No Mayan Apocalypse: What Will the Next Four Years Bring?” He will provide analysis of both state and federal issues formulated through his research and teachings in the natural resource and public land policy areas. In addition, he will speak at a U.S. Forest Service “Chief’s Review of Region 4” on Jan. 29. His topic is “Social and Economic Trends Impacting the Intermountain Region.”

Greg Raymond published the fifth edition of “The Global Future”

Distinguished Professor of Political Science Greg Raymond recently published the fifth edition of “The Global Future”, an introductory textbook on world politics that is used in more than 100 colleges and universities across the country.

Read about The Global Future in Update

Dr. Justin Vaughn authors an article for the PRQ

Justin Vaughn, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, had an article titled “Manager-in-Chief: Applying Public Management Theory to Examine White House Chief of Staff Performance,” published in the December 2012 issue of Political Research Quarterly, a leading scholarly journal that publishes research from the full range of political science scholarship. Co-authored with David Cohen of the University of Akron and Jose Villalobos of the University of Texas at El Paso, the article analyzes the impact of a range of subjective management indicators on perceptions of internal White House organizational management.

Read about Manager-in-Chief: Applying Public Management Theory to Examine White House Chief of Staff Performance” in Update

Outdoor Idaho commemoration of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Political science professor John Freemuth helped in the creation of, and appeared in, an Outdoor Idaho commemoration of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The hour-long special celebrating the SNRA’s 40th anniversary aired Dec. 2. Watch “A Sawtooth Celebration”

Read about “A Sawtooth Celebration” In Update

Dr. Justin Vaughn Edits Book

A book edited by assistant political science professor Justin Vaughn, along with Lilly Goren of Carroll University, was published this month by the University Press of Kentucky. “Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics” is a collection of essays about the range of ways pop culture shapes and is shaped by gendered expectations about the presidency and political leadership.

Read about “Women and the White House” in Update