The PoliSci Newsletter
Professor Justin Vaughn was quoted in a Marie Claire article titled “Here’s How Much Power Trump *Actually* Has as President” about which claims President Elect Donald Trump will actually be able to carry out. Vaughn notes that to conduct large scale projects, such as a wall along the Southern border of the U.S. or invade foreign lands, he’ll need to ask Congress for the funds. But on the topic of immigration, he does have the authority to ban immigrants from certain nations without Congressional approval. Read the full article here.
Justin Vaughn, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a KBOI Channel 2 story about teaching about the 2016 Presidential Campaign in the classroom. Vaughn says there are ways to talk about the candidates without personal feelings getting involved. Read more about teaching the 2016 Presidential Campaign here.
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
Michael 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
Political Science Professor Greg Raymond was quoted in Danas, a Serbian Press, on the political conflict surrounding the upcoming referendum in Bosnia. Particularly, he comments on the Dayton Agreement. Read the Danas article here.
Political Science Lecturer, Issac Castellano, authored a paper titled “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.
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.
Originating sources: Boise State Update 9/20/16, Meridian Press 9/19/16
Issac Castellano presented his paper titled “Militia Membership and 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 “What Sexbots Teach Us About Happiness And Love” The Federalist. In it, he discusses what the future of artificial intelligence could mean for human happiness.
Assistant 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.