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PSA Debate Watch Party

The Political Science Association (PSA) hosted a debate watch party in the common area of the Student Union Building. The event was covered by KIVI Channel 6 News, and includes interviews with several students and the PSA President and Vice President. Issac Castellano announced that there will by another watch party for the final debate on October 19th. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Watch Party 10/10/16, KIVI TV, 10/10/16

Dr. Allen’s Podcast and Article for Journal of Conflict Resolution

Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portraitMichael Allen, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science, recently recorded a podcast for the Journal of Conflict Resolution titled “The Influence of Regional Power Distributions on Interdependence”. The podcast is in tandem with the article Allen wrote for the Journal of Conflict Resolution that was published late last month.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 10/3/16, SAGE Journals 9/28/16

Dr. Greg Raymond Quoted by Serbian Press

Political Science Professor Greg Raymond was quoted in Danas, Greg Raymond, Political Science, studio portraita Serbian Press, on the political conflict surrounding the upcoming referendum in Bosnia. Particularly, he comments on the Dayton Agreement. Read the Danas article here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/26/16, Danas 9/23/16

Issac Castellano on Peace Through Partnership

Political Science Lecturer, Issac Castellano, authored a paper titled Castellano“Peace Through Partnership: IGO Membership and Military Spending” that was published in this month’s edition of the International Journal on World Peace. In it, Castellano discusses how states’ membership in non-security IGOs effects military spending. Read the full Peace Through Partnership article here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/21/16, IJWP September 2016 Edition

Kettler comments on Bond Measures on Meridian Ballot

Assistant Professor Jaclyn Kettler was referenced in a Meridian Press story titled “Election roundup: 3 bond measures on Meridian ballot”. The three bond proposals include a Boise campus for the College of Western Idaho, two new facilities with indoor swimming pools for the Western Ada Recreation District, and two new libraries for Meridian Library District. Jaclyn Kettler comments on specifically where the proposals should be placed on the ballot. Read the full article about the bond proposals here.

Originating sources: Boise State Update 9/20/16, Meridian Press 9/19/16

Castellano’s Presentation to American Political Science Association

Issac Castellano presented his paper titled “Militia Membership Castellanoand Civic Participation in the US” at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on September 3rd. His paper, part of a larger book examining the influence of the alt-right on the policy process, looked at the level of participation among militia members, Oath Keepers and preppers in the United States.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update – Castellano 9/6/16

Scott Yenor’s Article for The Federalist

Scott Yenor’s article “What Sexbots Teach Us About Happiness And Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitLoveThe Federalist. In it, he discusses what the future of artificial intelligence could mean for human happiness.

Jeffrey Lyons Quoted in Inverse Article

Capture2Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lyons was quoted in an article about how competing social influences affect political beliefs over the course of a lifetime. The article is titled, “Like States, American Families Are Blue and Red“ and examines parental and spousal influence on partisan identity.

Scot Yenor Published in Clairmont Review of Books

Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitScott Yenor, professor in the Political Science Department at Boise State University, has published a thought-provoking article entitled “Up from Polygamy” in the Clairmont Review of Books.
“Most animals and most cultures are, according to Barash, polygamous. The “ghosts of polygamy” survives in our genes. Western peoples, especially, have embraced monogamy. Polygamy leads to a war within and between the sexes, while monogamy leads to “shared interests,” “male-female equality and mutual flourishing.” The arc of biological and cultural evolution bends toward monogamy.”

More about “Up From Polygamy” can be found here.

John Freemuth Quoted on

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth was quoted in a story on the website about the efforts of Native tribes within Utah’s Bears Ears area to preserve the area as a national monument. Freemuth noted that the proposal is “is especially interesting because it involves Native American tribes, which have historically been excluded or marginalized from the discussion around such designations.”

He went on to say that the Antiquities Act is now being used to help “complete the American story” in new areas, including gay rights, women’s rights, and WWII internment camps.

“There’s many ways to tell a story,” said Freemuth. “The park service is increasingly trying to tell the whole story, and I think they’re doing a good job of it.”

Read the story “Can a trove of Native American ruins be saved from eBay and ‘white people’ ideology?”

Freemuth also is referenced in a Utah Review story about Bears Ears and the historical importance of the area to local tribes. In that reference, Freemuth noted that the Antiquities Act is being used to “complete the American story.” Read the article about Edge of Morning here.