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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


Dr. Justin Vaughn: Accomplished Under 40

Dr. Justin Vaughn has been named one of the 2016 Idaho Business Review Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitAccomplished Under 40 recipients. The public is invited to celebrate with this year’s honorees at a reception and awards event on June 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Western Aircraft Hangar at the Boise Airport. Read more Read more about the Accomplished Under 40 distinction here.

Original Source: Idaho Business Review – 4/15/2016

2016 Urban Affairs Association Conference

Sargeant-HuSally Sargeant, a Public Policy Research Center graduate assistant and Political Science Master’s student, recently attended the 2016 Urban Affairs Association Conference held in San Diego, California. Sally Sargeant was joined by Carl Anderson, a Public Policy Research Center graduate assistant and Community and Regional Planning Master’s student, and Vanessa Fry, Assistant Director of the Public Policy Research Center and Public Policy and Administration PhD student. Read more about the conference here.


Taking Trump Seriously

Justin Vaughn’s paper titled “Taking Trump Seriously” published by Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitThe Blue Review argues that only recently have Republican leaders began to “come to terms with the fact that the Trump phenomenon is more than a passing curiosity” and started viewing Trump as a threat. Read Justin Vaughn’s full article here.

Original Source: The Blue Review – 4/12/16

Citizen Participation in Relation to Dengue Fever in Brazil

Boise State political scientists Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton WamplerTouchtonare hoping they can help improve the odds of contracting Dengue fever in Brazil by increasing citizen involvement and awareness. They have been studying the effectiveness of the participatory governance model in relation to infant mortality and other public health challenges, such as dengue fever and the Zika virus. Read more about the duo’s research here.

Original Sources: The Update – 4/12/2016

Scott Yenor Quoted by Idaho Watchdog

Scott Yenor was quoted in a report on titled Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portrait“Idaho legislator sought job opportunities from lobbyists, public officials” about Idaho Representative Kelley Packer asking elected officials and lobbyists for job leads in 2015. Yenor said that as long as the request did not involve any quid pro quo, he saw nothing wrong with it, noting that state legislators in Idaho are not full-time employees.

Original Sources: The Update – 4/8/16, Idaho Watchdog – 7/7/16

Political Science through Science Fiction

Michael Allen and Justin Vaughn recently published a book titled Poli_Sci_Fi“Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science Through Science Fiction.” The book allows readers, students and instructors to explore the multiple worlds of science fiction while gaining a firm grasp of core political science concepts. Read more about “Poli Sci Fi” here.

Original Sources: Routledge Press, The Update – 4/7/16

A Shooting Chance

Scott Yenor’s article titled “A Shooting Chance” Borah-bballabout basketball in the state of Idaho was recently published by The Blue Review. He looks at both the high school and collegiate level. Read “A Shooting Chance” here.

Original Sources: The Blue Review – 4/5/2016

Top Ten Scholars

Boise State recently announced its Top Ten Scholars, which recognizes the top ten graduating seniors. Among the Top Ten Scholars are three Political Science students: Alex Belisle, Tim Hubbard, and Fred Swanstrum (a double major with Communications). Also to be congratulated are Drs. Wampler and Burkhart for being named Honored Faculty. The Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21st.