Department of Political Science
The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-3011
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News and Events
New Faculty Offer Courses in Fall 2013
Francisco Cantu is a specialist in Latin American and Mexican politics who will be joining the UH Political Science Department after completing his doctorate at University of California San Diego. His research focuses on electoral politics, including how to recognize—and prevent—electoral fraud. In Fall 2013 he will be teaching Politics of Mexico (POLS 4397) and Introduction to Comparative Politics (POLS 3311).
Jason Casellas is an expert on U.S. legislative and Latino politics who will be joining the UH Political Science Department after several years of teaching at U.T. Austin. He received his PhD from Princeton University. His first book focused on the voting behavior of Latino representatives in state legislatures. In Fall 2013 he will be teaching Latino Politics (POLS 3372).
Patrick Shea is an International Relations scholar who will join the University of Houston faculty after completing his doctorate at Rutgers University. His research focuses on how war financing affects the initiation and resolution of conflicts. In Fall 2013 he will be teaching Politics and Causes of War (POLS 4343) and Introduction to International Relations (POLS 3313).
Congratulations to all our recent PhD placements
Aldo Ponce - CIDE, Mexico
Nathan Hosey - South Texas College
Eva Coffey - U.S. State Department
Marwa Shalaby - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Baker Institute, Rice University
Bianca Easterly - Lamar University
George Hawley - University of Alabama
Inaki Sagarzazu - Glasgow University, Scotland
Anna Mikulska - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Rice University
New Grant to Studdy Immigration Policy and Hispanic's Social Service Use
Assistant Professor Ling Zhu and her colleague Francisco Pedraza (Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, University of Michigan) were recently awarded a $25,000 grant to support their research examining the impact of immigration policy on the Hispanic population's social service use. This grant is supported by the Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality, through the seed grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Computational Social Sicence
Assistant Professor Ryan Kennedy will be taking a visiting research fellowship in computational social science for the 2013-2014 school year. The fellowship is jointly sponsored by Northeastern University and Harvard University's Program on Networked Governance. While there, he will be continuing his research on the application of machine learning techniques for political forecasting among other projects.
Professor wins Fulbright Fellowship for Study in Germany
Professor Susan Scarrow was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the 2013 Fulbright German Studies Seminar in Berlin, Germany. Participants in this seminar discuss recent changes in German political and cultural life, and have opportunities to engage in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, and cultural leaders. In Fall 2013 Professor Scarrow will teach a course on German Politics as the University of Houston that will draw on what she learns at the Fulbright Seminar. This class will use the German national elections of September 2013 as a tool for understanding Germany’s political and economic system and social conflicts. Professor Scarrow is an expert on European political parties and elections who sits on the editorial boards of the journals German Politics and German Politics and Society.
Join UH's National Political Science Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. The UH chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha - Rho Zeta, strives to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government; to seek to promote a better understanding of government among its members; and to promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science.
Particular events for the spring semester include two general member meetings; a Political Science Social with UH Republicans and UH Democrats; a trip to the State Capitol in Austin; a visit to the Harris County Court House; Government tutoring/mentoring at a local high school; a Formal PSA Induction; and a seminar at the World Affairs Council of Houston ("The Triple Agent: CIA's War Against Al Qaeda").
Full membership is a one-time fee of $75 and affiliate membership is $35. Applications can be accessed on our Facebook. To learn more and stay connected, "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PiSigmaAlphaUH
Election Night Watch Party with Pi Sigma Alpha
On Election Night 2012 Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society, and the Political Science Department organized an election watch party at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library. Students, including many first time voters, dropped in all evening to catch the latest updates projected on the big screen television, and tracked on a hand-colored map of Electoral College votes. Political Science Assitant Professor Beth Simas watched along with the students and added her own interpretations.
Visit the Pi Sigma Alpha Facebook Page to see more pictures, and to find out more about this Honor Society.
Professor Church's AJPS Article
Professor Churc's article G.W.F. Hegel on Self-Determination and Democratic Theory is featrued in the current issue of the American Journal of Political Science. Congratulations Prof. Church! Click here for the article.
Revolution on Cullen
October 1, 2012 | Rockwell Pavillion in the M.D. Anderson Library | University of Houston 4:00 - 7:00pm
The Department of Political Science celebrates its 150th PhD
In May 2012 the Department graduated its 150th PhD. The UH doctoral program in Political Science began in the late 1960s, onlya few years after the University of Houston became a State University. The Department granted its first doctorate in 1974. More than half of our doctorates are working in higher education in institutions as dispersed as University of California Riverside and Strthclyde University, Scotland, and countless institutions in between. Outside of academia, our alumni work in federal agencies such as the EPA, FBI, and NASA, in state an dlocal government, and in public opinion research firms. Others practice law or work in private business.
The Department of Political Science congratulates all of our doctorates, and looks forward to educating our next 150 PhDs!
Professors Basinger and Rottinghaus on Presidential Scandals
Professors Basinger and Rottinghaus gave comments related to their research about an Obama scandal to the Arizona Star.
Professor Slapin's new book
Professor Slapin's new book Veto Power: Institutional Design in the European Union has been published by the University of Michigan Press. In his book, Professor Slapin traces the historical development of the veto privilege in the EU and how a veto—or veto threat—has been employed in treaty negotiations of the past two decades. As he explains, the importance of veto power in treaty negotiations is one of the features that distinguishes the EU from other international organizations in which exit and expulsion threats play a greater role.
Professor's Rottinghaus Comments to the Media
New Lecture Series: Conservatism and Progressivism in America
The aim of “Conservatism and Progressivism in America,” the lecture series sponsored by Phronesis: a Program in Politics and Ethics and the Honors College, is to deepen and enrich contemporary political discourse by taking an intellectual, historical, and philosophical approach to our political debates. Click here for a description.
Professor Eduardo Aleman and Political Science graduate students Aldo Ponce and Iñaki Sagarzazu's article
Professor Professor Aleman's and graduate students Aldo Ponce's and Iñaki Sagarzazu's paper Legislative Parties in Volatile Non-Programmatic Party Systems: The Peruvian Case in Comparative Perspective is featured in the current issue of Latin American Politics and Society. Click here for the article
Professor Lydia Tiede and Political Science graduate student Aldo Ponce's article
Professor Tiede's and graduate student Aldo Ponce's article on Ruling Against the Executive in Amparo Cases: Evidence from the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal is featured in the current issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America. Click here for the article
Political Science Student Aldo Ponce and Prof. Susan Scarrow's forthcoming article
Graduate student Aldo Ponce's and Prof. Susan Scarrow's article on Who Gives? Partisan Donations in Europe will be published in the forthcoming issue of West European Politics. Click here to preview the article
Professor Kennedy's Comments on the Death of Osama bin Laden
Professor Kennedy provided commnents to KUHF on Bin Laden's death.
Professors Rottinghaus and Bailey's at the Houston Chronicle
Professors Rottinghaus's and Bailey's OpEd piece featured at Houston Chronicle suggest how President Barack Obama could use his upcoming Proclamation of Thanksgiving to reflect on economic hard times.
Professor Cortina's Comments on Immigration
Professor Cortina provided commnents to KUHF on a new Pew Hispanic Center report on undocumented immigration.
Professor Rottinghaus's Comments on the Oil Leak in the Gulf of Mexico
Professor Rottinghaus provided comments to the Houston Chronicle on President Obama's efforts to address the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico concerning the rig explosion and oil leak.
Professor Murray's Analysis in the New York Times
Professor Richard Murray provided political analysis for The New York Times on the Texas' Primaries.
Professor Isabella Alcaniz in LARR
Professor Isabella Alcañiz’ article on Transnational Bureaucratic Networks was published in the current issue of the Latin American Research Review (LARR). Click here to view the article “Bureaucratic Networks and Government Spending: A Network Analysis of Nuclear Cooperation in Latin America”
Professor Rottinghaus on President's Day, the Texas' Democratic race for Governor and Obama's First Year in office
Professor Rottinghaus recently gave comments to Minnesota Public Radio on President Obama's first year in office and to our own Houston's Public Radio on the Democratic race for Governor in Texas and on the meaning of President's Day to the Houston Chronicle
Professor Jeffrey Church in AJPS
Professor Jeffrey Church's work on Hegel, Rousseau and civil society was published in the current issue of the American Journal of Political Science. Click here to view the article The Freedom of Desire: Hegel’s Response to Rousseau on the Problem of Civil Society, AJPS Vol. 54 No.1 January 2010.
Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Texas Political Science Student Conference.
The Political Science Graduate Student Association at the University of Houston and the University of Houston Department of Political Science invites you to submit papers for the 2nd Annual Texas Political Science Student Conference. The conference will be held on April 10, 2010 at the University of Houston. We welcome papers on any topic related to government and/or politics. All subfields and political science perspectives are welcome. If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please e-mail you abstract to email@example.com by February 18, 2010. Those selected to participate will be contacted by March 1, 2010 and papers must be submitted by April 1, 2010.
Professor Murray's Analysis in Time Magazine and the New York Tiemes
Professor Richard Murray provided political analysis for a range of national media outlets such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, and others; leading up to and following the December 12th run-off election for Houston’s next mayor.
President Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation
The Presidential Proclamations Project at UH run by Professors Rottinghaus and Bailey was referenced in Politico.com on President Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation to the nation.
Impact of the financial crisis on remittances and social assitance
Professor Jeronimo Cortina delivered a paper at the UNICEF-ODI Conference in London on the impact of the economic crisis on remittances and social assistance on families left-behind.
Strategies in Presidential Primaries
Graduate student Nathan Hosey recently published a paper with Professor Brandon Rottinghaus and Washington State University faculty member Travis Ridout at Social Science Quarterly. The article is titled "Following the Rules?: Candidate Strategies in Presidential Primaries.
Professor Rigby's research on Houston's Public Radio
Professor Elizabeth Rigby's research examining public support for government intervention to reduce health disparities was featured on Houston Public Radio (KUHF), as part of the weekly "UH Moment" series that features stories of the innovative research, programs, and successes that make up the University of Houston. Click here for the Audio.
Professors Bailey's and Rottinghaus's work in Slate Magazine
The Presidential Proclamations Project at UH run by Professor Bailey and Rottinghaus is mentioned in Slate in an article aobut the use of presidential proclamations for political constituency building.
Selecting Clients: Partisan Networks and the Electoral Benefits of Targeted Distribution?
Professor Ernesto Calvo, will be giving a talk on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:00pm Room 448 PGH on partisan networks and electoral benefits: To whom should parties redistribute clientelistic goods? Should they target core voters that are physically proximate to networks of partybrokers or should they target off-the-network voters in an effort to expand the parties core constituency? In this paper we take on one of the most active agendas in the field of comparative politics today –targeted redistribution-, to provide a comprehensive test of the core vs. swing voter models. In doing so, we provide an in-depth analysis of the behavioral effect of partisan networks on voters.
Do Political Parties Represent Citizens in Europe?
Professor Robert Rohrschneider, Sir Robert Worcester Professor of Public Opinion at the University of Kansas, will be giving a talk on Friday, October 30th at 11:00am Room 448 PGH on political representation in Europe.
Stonewalling: A Formal Model of Presidential Scandal
Professor Scott Basinger delivered a paper (co-authored with Professor Brandon Rottinghaus) at the Center for Public Policy.Find the article online here: Stonewalling: Explaning Behavior During Presidential Scandals
Presidential Leadership of Public Opinion
Rottinghaus calls GOP primary Governor's race a 'tossup' in op-ed piece
Professor Brandon Rottinghaus published a guest editorial in the Amarillo Globe-News about the "wide open" Texas Governor's Race. Find the article online here: http://www.amarillo.com/stories/090609/opi_opin4.shtml
Aldo Ponce is publishing a co-authored book chapter titled "From Cardoso to Lula: The Triumph of Pragmatism in Brazil"
Aldo Ponce is publishing a co-authored book chapter on the political and economic performance of Lula’s government in Brazil titled "From Cardoso to Lula: The Triumph of Pragmatism in Brazil." The book chapter is part of a collection of essays examining the functioning of leftist governments in Latin America. This book will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Trade and Coalitions Revisited: Argentine Political Networks under Changing Trade Policy Environments
Professor Ernesto Calvo and Aldo Ponce are presenting the paper: "Trade and Coalitions Revisited: Political Networks under Changing Trade Policy Environments" at the 2009 American Political Science Association Conference (APSA).
Presidential Proclamation Database
Professors Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeremy Bailey launch the Presidential Proclamations Project at the University of Houston. This unique website has a searchable database of proclamations (and related directives) collected, information on the function of proclamations and frequently asked questions about proclamations.
Conference on Underrepresented Groups in Subnational Politics
The University of Houston Political Science Department is co-sponsoring an upcoming conference on “Underrepresented Groups in Subnational Politics,” which will include research presentations from invited faculty from across the country who examine issues of representation in state legislatures, city halls, school boards, and other state and local policymaking venues. For additional information, please contact, Elizabeth Rigby (firstname.lastname@example.org).Click here for the flyer.
The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship
The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 for the purpose of honoring Dr. Richard Murray's service to the Houston community and 40 years of teaching and research at the University of Houston. The first scholarship will be awarded after the conclusion of the spring 2009 semester.
Scholarship applicants must have a major in political science declared in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information, visit http://www.uh.edu/cpp/murrayscholarship.htm. This webpage also includes a link to the downloadable application form (in Word).
If interested in applying, please read the eligibility requirements carefully and include all requested materials in your application packet. The application deadline for the 2009 Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship is Friday, May 29, 2009. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Questions? Email Mike Angel at email@example.com.
Please share this information with your classmates or political science students. We look forward to receiving applications from many exceptional political science students!
Professor Brandon Rottinghaus published a co-edited volume titled "Criminal Disenfranchisement in an International Perspective"
Professor Brandon Rottinghaus published a co-edited volume on international criminal disenfranchisement titled Criminal Disenfranchisementin an International Perspective (Cambridge University Press). The book is a collection of original essays by leading scholars and advocates offers the first international examination of the nature, causes, and effects of laws regulating voting by people with criminal convictions.
New research on the impact of multiple identities and political participation among Muslim Americans
Professor Jeronimo Cortina and Malak Chabkoun presented their new research on the impact of multiple identities and political participation among Muslim Americans. Cortina and Chabkoun argue that that individuals, regardless of religious background, actually relate to multiple identities such as race, religion, profession, nationality, and race, rather than one single factor. Their research highlights that the probability and mode of participation is determined by a combination of multiple identities, rather than a single immobile identity.
Article about presidential public opinion accepted by journal
Professor Brandon Rottinghaus had his article “Strategic Leaders: Identifying Successful Momentary Presidential Leadership of Public Opinion” accepted at Political Communication. He is completing a book on the same subject scheduled to be published in late 2009.
Grad student, professor collaborate to present at conference
Professor Rottinghaus and UH graduate student Chris Nicholson presented their paper “Counting Congress In: Patterns of Success in Judicial Nomination Requests by Members of Congress to the President” at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The paper is also currently under review at a journal.
Britain in the 1990s
Anna Mikulska and Susan Scarrow recently presented new research titled: "Assessing the Political Impact of Candidate Selection Rules: Britain in the 1990s." Here's the opening lines of the project's abstract: "Does the inclusiveness of candidate selection rules affect political outcomes? The likely effects of greater inclusiveness have been much debated, with some assuming that they bring parties closer to voters, and others assuming that a party which adopts more inclusive selection rules is likely to pick candidates that diminish its electoral appeal." Here is an expanded overview of the research.
Professor Jeronimo Cortina participated in the U.S. Census Suitland Working Group meeting
On March 16-17, 2009, Professor Jeronimo Cortina, participated in the Suitland Working Group meeting co-organized by the U.S. Census Bureau, UNECE, Eurostat, United Nations Population Division, and the UK Office for National Statistics. Professor Cortina’s participation focused on using household surveys to inform key policy issues in the area of international migration and development. For more information go to http://www.unece.org/stats/documents/2009.03.migration.htm