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Justin Vaughn Interviewed by the Idaho Business Review

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Associate professor Justin Vaughn was recently featured as one of Idaho Business Review’s “Accomplished Under 40”. The article discusses Dr. Vaughn’s contributions not only to programs within the School of Public Service, but to the community as a whole. Read Dr. Vaughn’s interview here.

Justin Vaughn Published in New York Times

VaughnJ-1209-150x150Just in time for our presidential contenders to announce their running mates, associate professor Justin Vaughn, who also acts as the co-director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics, recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “How to Be a Great Vice President.”

In the article, Vaughn polls a number of political science professionals and junkies about the best and worst vice presidents, with the best described as men who “oversaw radical transformations of the institution of the vice presidency.”


Scott Yenor Published on The Daily Signal

Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitProfessor Scott Yenor recently published the article “What Liberals Get Wrong About the Family” on the Daily Signal blog. This article discusses how liberals view autonomy, and the effects this can have on marriage and family life.

Justin Vaughn article in New York Times

Associate Professor Justin Vaughn recently penned an article Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitin the New York Times. The article, titled “How to Be a Great Vice President” discusses greatest and least-great vice presidents of the modern era.

Raymond Quoted in Serbian Paper

Image 1Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gregory Raymond was quoted in an article published in the Serbian newspaper “Today” on the topic of possible NATO expansion in the Balkans. The Serbian article “NATO o Kosovu: “Zapadni Balkan nam je važan”cle can be found here.

Alumni in Action: Lauren Bramwell

BramwellPolitical Science graduate Lauren Bramwell has been named a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. This prestigious scholarship provides the opportunity to attend the University of Washington School of Law without the crushing burden of educational debt. Bramwell graduated from Boise State in 2014 with a double major in communication and political science. In addition to being a Top Ten Scholar and member of the Talkin’ Broncos, Bramwell was the commencement student speaker in December 2014.

Student in Action: Sally Sargeant-Hu

Sargeant-HuPolitical Science Master’s student Sally Sargeant-Hu was a contributor to The Blue Review’s Homeless Colloquy. This series of articles tackles the current homelessness crisis facing the City of Boise. Sargeant-Hu is a graduate fellow with the School of Public Service Public Policy Research Center. She and co-author Carl Anderson wrote an article addressing the benefits other communities have seen by implementing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). These PSH programs utilize collaborative efforts between residents, business, and services to furnish secure housing while also providing treatment and mental health services when needed. These programs have the ability to provide unique solutions to the varying circumstances which can lead to and trap people in homelessness. Read Sally Sargeant-Hu  and Carl Anderson’s full article here.

Jaclyn Kettler

Kettler_Jaclyn2-200x200Jaclyn Kettler was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio story about why so many Idahoans registered as Republicans this year. Kettler notes that at the time of the March primary, the race for the Republican presidential nominee was still competitive. She also pointed to the closed primary issue that required people to identify with a specific party. What’s less clear, she said, is how this will affect GOP operations going forward. The story, Idaho GOP Boasts Highest Turnout For Presidential Primary, Looks Ahead To May 17, can be read here.

Kettler also provided insight into the practice of candidates raising money for unopposed races. Kettler noted that some of the money raised often goes to help candidates running for other positions, in a show of team support. That story was aired on KBOI and can be read at this link.

Scott Yenor

Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitScott Yenor published a review of Steven Horwitz’s new book, “Hayek’s Modern Family and the Evolution of Social Institutions,” on the Liberty and Law website sponsored through Liberty Fund. The review contrasts a sober view of changes in marriage and family life with the un-moored optimism characteristic of much libertarian and contemporary liberal thought.

POLS Students in Action

Two Boise State Political Science students haven been awarded the Boren Scholarship, a prestigious international scholarship, that will allow them to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and pursue their goals of mastering another language while learning the intricate politics of their host countries. Sophomore Rachel Gallina received a year-long scholarship to study Arabic at the University of Haifa in Israel in the fall, and Junior Lindsey Bays received a year-long scholarship to study Mandarin in China.

Read how Two Students Win Prestigious International Scholarships in The Update- 4/16/2016