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  • Reeher Discusses Rep. Katko's Retirement With The Hill, WRVO

    Rep. John Katko (R-NY 24th District) announced his retirement last week, creating an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat. But some experts warn that nominating someone who is too far to the left could turn off moderate voters, such as those who voted for both Biden and Katko in 2020. "There are a lot of moderate Republicans, there are a lot of moderate Democrats, and it is an area that generally likes to get comfortable with its political representatives, all things being equal, and keep them in office for a long time,” Professor Grant Reeher told The Hill. He also spoke to WRVO about Rep. Katko's retirement.

     

    Gadarian Quoted in Newsweek Article on Feds Financing Bridge Repair

    President Joe Biden announced Friday that the federal government would finance "100 percent of the cost" for rebuilding off-interstate bridges in small towns and rural areas, doing away with a previous requirement that communities share the cost. Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian says that the federal government must ensure that a community's residents understand that the infrastructure improvements came from Washington and not locally or from the state. "People need to make the connection between what they are getting and have it made very clear that the benefits that they're getting can be tied to government," Gadarian says. Read more in the Newsweek article, "Biden Promises Feds Will Pay for Entire Cost of Repairing Off-Interstate Bridges."

     

    Gadarian discusses forthcoming book on politics, COVID with Raw Story

    Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian is the co-author of the forthcoming "Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Exposed the Depth of American Polarization" (Princeton University Press). The book looks at how the former president put his needs first, creating polarized conditions around public health that are still present today. "We have survey data looking at policy attitudes, behaviors and evaluations of government from March 2020 to April 2021. These partisan gaps that we saw early on have stuck around," says Gadarian. Read more in the Raw Story article, "A new book proves right-wing politics caused mass injury and death."

     

    Reeher weighs in on Gov. Hochul's 2022 strategy in Spectrum News piece

    In New York, COVID-19 and politics are inextricably linked, which could get very complicated for Gov. Kathy Hochul. “What I see her doing right now is pushing restrictions and regulations about as far as they can be pushed given the appetite of the people for them at this point,” says Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. “I think she’s done a good job of trying to figure out where that tipping point or that balance point is and run right up against it.” Read more in the Spectrum News article, “2022 will be Hochul’s magni momenti annus.”

     

    O'Keefe talks to The Guardian about SpaceX's latest venture

    The first orbital test launch of the largest and most powerful rocket ship ever to leave Earth—SpaceX’s towering Starship, from its Starbase headquarters in Texas—is seen by many as a pathway back to the moon for the first time in half a century. “To look at, for example, the lunar surface as being not only reachable by multiple means but also by commercial sources that can do the regular resupply and so forth, will be extremely beneficial,” says University Professor Sean O’Keefe. Read more in The Guardian article, “SpaceX’s towering Starship aims to get humans to Mars.”

     

    Jackson reflects on bell hooks's legacy in Washington Post

    bell hooks, a trailblazing author, poet, feminist, cultural critic and professor, died on December 17, at the age of 69. Her influence, many have said, was most profound for Black women. When Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science, reflects on hooks’s legacy, they think of the wisdom, experience and love that infused hooks’s work. “Her writing was representative of the personal being political,” says Jackson “I genuinely believe there’s a whole generation of Black feminists who only exist because of bell hooks.” Read more in the Washington Post's The Lily article, "Black women share what bell hooks taught them about feminism."

     

    Reeher talks to Spectrum News about NY governor's race

    Attorney General Letitia James recently announced that she will be running for re-election rather than for governor, shifting the ground in New York for those seeking the state’s highest office. According to Professor Grant Reeher, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi is likely more of a threat to incumbent Kathy Hochul than New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. “First of all, we have to realize that this is not going to be the same election that she ran against Williams in 2018,” Reeher says of the lieutenant governor’s race in which Williams garnered 46.7% to Hochul’s 53.3% of the Democratic primary vote. “She [Hochul] is now the governor.” Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Maxwell School’s Grant Reeher on the governor’s race without Tish James."

     

    Thorson quoted in New York Times piece on political misinformation

    Lawmakers’ statements on social media and cable news are now routinely fact-checked and scrutinized. But email—one of the most powerful communication tools available to politicians—teems with unfounded claims and largely escapes notice. Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, says that is how lies that the 2020 election was rigged gained traction: not “because of random videos on Facebook but because it was a coherent message echoed by a lot of elites,” she says. “Those are the ones that we need to be most worried about.” Read more in the New York Times article, "Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation."

     

    Lambright discusses how NASA administrators transfer power on FNN

    The role of NASA administrator is one of the more unique positions in the federal government. Over the past few decades, there have been differing management and planning styles by whoever is in the big seat, and now there’s comprehensive research to show the results of them. Professor Harry Lambright recently penned a report, which draws on insights from recent and past NASA administrators to chart how leaders have passed the torch toward enabling machine and human space exploration of Mars, and its long term impact on strategic priorities for the space program. He spoke with Federal News Network about his findings.

     

    Reeher quoted in The Hill article on anti-elitism, public distrust

    Populism and anti-elitism have been two of the biggest forces shaping American society in recent years. “The thing that needs to be borne in mind is that there has been a very clear and significant decline in trust in all major institutions in the United States, government being the most notable one,” says Professor Grant Reeher. “It is the media, it is physicians, it is the church, it is corporations. We have seen it all across the board.” Read more in The Hill article, "The Memo: Elites' misdeeds fuel public distrust."

     

    Gadarian speaks to CSM about partisan patterns, COVID behaviors

    When the pandemic shut down normal life in March 2020, partisan patterns in personal behavior became clear early on, and have stuck, according to a forthcoming book, “Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Revealed the Depths of Partisan Polarization,” co-authored by Professor Shana Gadarian. Such behaviors include mask-wearing, social distancing, and later, a willingness to be vaccinated. "There are these big gaps between Republicans and Democrats that we see in our survey data very early on in March 2020, and which don’t go away over time as the virus starts to move across the country,” says Gadarian. Read more in the Christian Science Monitor article, "As US faces new COVID variant, calls for patience and prudence."

     

    Reeher discusses Chris Cuomo's role in brother's scandal with Spectrum

    Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from CNN this week amid questions about his role as part of a circle of informal advisors to his brother, Andrew Cuomo. The nearest analogy for the unusual arrangement of powerful brothers advising one another is the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert, who would serve as his attorney general, says Professor Grant Reeher. But Chris offering to call sources on behalf of his brother crossed a line, Reeher says. "You're shifting from that into actually drawing on your professional contacts in a way that are not supposed to be done with that kind of favoritism," he says. Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Indefinitely suspended from CNN, Chris Cuomo's role in brother's scandal under scrutiny."

     

    O'Keefe quoted in BBC article on the need for new spacesuits

    Little has changed in the way of spacesuits since 1983 and now NASA's Johnson Space Center has called for private sector proposals for new ones. They would be used for spacewalks on the International Space Station (ISS) and during future Artemis missions to the surface of the moon. University Professor Sean O'Keefe says that he is not really surprised that the space agency has turned to the private sector for help. "Every variant of every space suit NASA has ever used was developed in concert with the private sector," says O'Keefe. Read more in the BBC article, "Upcoming Moon missions spur the search for new spacesuits."

     

    Reeher weighs in on Onondaga County reapportionment process on WAER

    Last Friday marked the final public hearing in what many democrats have called a partisan, political and broken process of redrawing Onondaga County’s legislative district lines. Despite the outcry, Professor Grant Reeher says it’s not clear if the results would have been dramatically different. "The party's problem has to do with turnout in these off-off-year elections, and also the apparent fact that there are quite a number of democrats that are ticket splitting," says Reeher. Listen to the full interview, "SU Political Science Prof. Questions Whether Onondaga County Democrats Could Have Made Gains In Redrawn District Maps," on WAER.

     

    Excerpt of Lasch-Quinn's Ars Vitae published in Montréal Review

    An excerpt of "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living” (Notre Dame Press, 2020), written by Professor of History Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, was published in The Montréal Review. In the book, Lasch-Quinn explores Americans’ stirring interest in ancient Greco-Roman philosophies including Cynicism, Platonism, Gnosticism, Stoicism and Epicureanism, and whether they can offer any alternatives to contemporary consumer culture as a means to happiness and well-being.

     

    Van Slyke weighs in on Biden's infrastructure plan in Associated Press

    President Biden will sign the $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday, and while the measure is expected to create jobs across the country and expand broadband internet access, many experts say it's not nearly enough to overcome the government’s failure for decades to maintain and upgrade the country’s infrastructure. "We’ve got to be sober here about what our infrastructure gap is in terms of a level of investment and go into this eyes wide open, that this is not going to solve our infrastructure problems across the nation," says Dean David Van Slyke. Read more in the Associated Press article, "Biden’s $1T infrastructure bill historic, not transformative."

     

    Hammond, Reeher op-ed on redistricting NY published on Syracuse.com

    "Redistricting NY: It’s more than drawing lines on a map," authored by Timur Hammond, assistant professor of geography and the environment, and Grant Reeher, professor of political science, was published on Syracuse.com. The piece describes the Campbell Institute-sponsored and Hammond-led effort by a team of SU students to redraw the state's congressional and state senate districts, as part of a statewide competition.

     

    Jackson discusses the use of tasers by police in Asbury Park Press

    While Tasers can prevent the use of deadly force, they are seldom used by police officers in New Jersey. Skeptics cite the number of fatalities. Jenn M. Jackson, assistant professor of political science, acknowledges that Tasers can benefit police, but stressed that they have also killed many. "There are absolutely instances where using a Taser can help in lieu of other options that are more violent and more harmful and more life threatening. But that does not mean that they should be the go-to option,” Jackson says. “Tasers can still be very lethal.” Read more in the Asbury Park Press article, "Tasers, hailed as a way to avoid deadly police shootings, are seldom used in NJ."

     

    Van Slyke talks to GovExec Daily about public-private partnerships

    As Congress continues to negotiate an infrastructure bill, the role of public-private partnerships are key in the bill’s provisions. With the success of Operation Warp Speed in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, a new look at such partnerships is due. Dean David M. Van Slyke discusses paths to innovation and cooperation on the GovExec Daily podcast episode, "The Import and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships."

     

    Reeher quoted in CNY Central article on voters, marijuana dispensaries

    Several towns and villages in Central New York, voters will face a decision on whether or not to allow the recreational sale of marijuana. Hyper-localized referendums like the cannabis dispensary decision can lead to higher voter turnout, even in a non-presidential election year, according to Professor Grant Reeher. "If this is something that you're concerned about going on in your village or your town, again you're going to be more motivated to go out and vote for that," he says. Read more in the CNY Central article, "Some CNY voters will decide whether or not marijuana dispensaries can set up shop."

     

    Faricy discusses Syracuse's mayoral race with CNY Central

    Today is Election Day and we'll soon find out who will take Syracuse's mayoral seat. "When there isn't a president on the ballot, you get low percentages of voting and then you know, strange things happen," explains Christopher Faricy, associate professor of political science. "The notion of every vote counts is never truer than when we talk about local elections," he says. Read more in the CNY Central article, "Election Day is Tuesday, here's what's at stake in the marquee race to lead Syracuse."

     

    Reeher discusses inflation and supply disruption in Wash Examiner

    Inflation and significant issues with the supply chains that bring goods into the U.S. have driven up prices for almost every product Americans use—but the Biden administration has worked to frame the problems as minor inconveniences. Professor Grant Reeher says the Biden administration can draw few messaging lessons from previous White Houses that have weathered inflation because polarization has changed politics. "The county has lived through periods of high inflation in the last 40 years, more than one of them, but our politics I think was in a different place."  Read more in the Washington Examiner article, "Why is White House painting inflation and supply disruption as minor problems?"

     

    Syracuse mayoral candidates to debate on Campbell Conversations

    Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, will moderate a debate between Syracuse's mayoral candidates: incumbent Ben Walsh, an independent who is running on the Independence Party line, the Democratic Party nominee Khalid Bey, and the Republican nominee, Janet Burman. The debate will air in two 30-minute parts; Part 1, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m. and Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.; Part 2, Oct. 30 at 6:30 a.m. and Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. via WRVO local stations FM 89.9 and FM 90.3. More information can be found on the Campbell Conversations website.

     

    Reeher quoted in Newsweek piece on retiring PA, NC congress members

    Two fixtures of the Democratic party's presence in the House of Representatives will retire after 58 years of combined service. Representative Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, and Representative David Price, a North Carolina Democrat, announced that they would not seek reelection. Professor Grant Reeher expects each seat to remain blue. Find out why in the Newsweek article, "Could Retiring Congress Members in PA, NC Spell Trouble for Democrats Struggling Agenda?"

     

    Himmelreich named to Syracuse Surveillance Technology Work Group

    Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and researcher with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, is one of five community members named to the Surveillance Technology Work Group that Syracuse Mayor Walsh says will ensure “surveillance tools are implemented in a safe and well-governed way.”

     

    Gadarian discusses the polarization of the pandemic with Governing

    There has always been resistance to vaccines, but prior to the pandemic, it fell roughly evenly across political parties. From the very start of the pandemic, people’s willingness to change their behavior—for instance, by washing their hands more or staying home—has been determined more by partisanship than any other factor, including age, race or geography, according to Shana Kushner Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. She discusses the issue in the Governing article, "Partisanship = Death: How Vaccines Became a Polarizing Issue."

     

    Thompson quoted in Times Union article on religious vaccine exemptions

    Debate over religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine is complicated, with employers having to determine if the objections are legitimate religious beliefs. Whether the religious belief is "sincerely held" is a primary metric used by employers when determining whether to grant the requests, says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "The question is whether people are consistent," Thompson says. Read more in the Albany Times Union article, "How does religious exemption to vaccine work?"

     

    Reeher quoted in The Hill article on Biden's challenge with Democrats

    President Biden is stuck in the middle of a heated Democratic fight, threading a needle between progressives who want expansive social spending and more conservative Democrats who are skeptical of that effort and prefer to focus on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. "He has got an enormous challenge, because somehow he has to balance all that," says Professor Grant Reeher. Read more in The Hill article, "The Memo: Biden stuck in middle of tricky Democratic fight."

     

    Art of Living, Virtual Memories Show podcasts feature Lasch-Quinn

    Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, professor of history, discussed her book, "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living" (Notre Dame Press, 2020), on the Art of Living podcast and the Virtual Memories Show podcast. In the book, Lasch-Quinn explores how different philosophies of the ancient Greeks and Romans continue to play out in our modern era.

     

    Elizabeth Cohen piece on immigration reform published in Wash Post

    "Avoiding past mistakes is key to Congress passing immigration reform that works," written by Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Cohen, was published in the Washington Post. Cohen discusses the history of immigration reform and how the U.S. can move forward, in particular, by updating the Registry Act.

     

    O'Keefe weighs in on renaming NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on NPR

    After investigating, NASA does not plan to rename the James Webb Space Telescope, despite concerns that its namesake, former NASA administrator James Webb, went along with government discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the 1950s and 1960s. The decision to name the telescope after Webb was made by a different NASA administrator, Sean O'Keefe, now University Professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. To O'Keefe, all of this controversy came out of the blue. But he understands the concern. He discusses the matter in the NPR article, "Shadowed By Controversy, NASA Won't Rename New Space Telescope."

     

    Lambright discusses the James Webb Space Telescope with JH Magazine

    The James Webb Space Telescope launches in December, 60 years after James Webb took over the helm of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). "Webb was always looking ahead from the standpoint of NASA and what it could do in the future," says Professor Harry Lambright. "It was clear to him that it would be important to demonstrate the usefulness of the capabilities that NASA was developing in the '60s, and one of the ways you could do that would be to show how useful you were to science, and a space telescope clearly would be very important for science," Lambright says. Read more in the Johns Hopkins Magazine article, "Mapping the Universe's Origin Story."

     

    Gadarian speaks to Associated Press about mask mandates

    Iowa is among at least eight Republican-led states that have limited the ability of school boards to impose mask mandates. More recently, arguments about masks heated up after federal Judge Robert Pratt blocked enforcement of the mask mandate ban, leading several school boards to require masks in their schools. Shana Gadarian, professor and chair of political science, says it’s important to weigh the motivation of politicians questioning public health measures proven to slow virus spread. "Politicians are trying to win reelection. They’re trying to keep their approval ratings up," she says. Read more in the Associated Press article, "Iowa focuses on masks as coronavirus deaths rise."

     

    Three faculty members named O’Hanley Scholars

    The Maxwell School is pleased to announce three new O’Hanley Faculty Scholars: Saba Siddiki, associate professor of public administration and international affairs; Martin Shanguhyia, associate professor of history; and Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science. Each was selected for outstanding teaching, scholarship and other accomplishments, including success with external grant support and service to the institution. The O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence was created with a major gift from Ron O’Hanley, a 1980 graduate of the Maxwell School with a B.A. in political science.

     

    Gadarian speaks to FiveThirtyEight about partisanship, COVID

    Polls and vaccination rates have shown Republicans are less likely to be vaccinated, and more likely to say they don’t plan to get the shot than Democrats. Based on research she and her colleagues have been conducting, Shana Gadarian says there has been a partisan split on all health behaviors (not only the vaccine but also mask wearing, hand washing, visiting one’s doctor) throughout the pandemic. "Partisanship is not the sole determinant, but it is the strongest, most consistent determinant, even controlling for age, education, where people are living, how many COVID-19 cases are in the area," says Gadarian. Read more in the FiveThirtyEight article, "Republicans Aren’t New To The Anti-Vaxx Movement."

     

    Reeher quoted in Eagle Tribune article on 9/11 attacks

    There's little doubt that the U.S. and the world was forever changed on September 11, 2001. At the time of the terror attacks, recalls Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, "There was great hope and expectation it would have a profound impact on our civil life and lead to a recapturing of some of what we lost in the decades leading up to it, that it would be a wake-up call for people to become more engaged." But, he says, "We fell very short of attaining the civic hopes that moment generated." Read more in the Eagle Tribune article, "In 20 years since 9/11 attacks, nation remains forever changed."

     

    Gadarian quoted in USA Today piece on TX abortion law, Republicans

    A Texas law, known as SB 8, and signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually at about six weeks. It includes a provision in which private citizens can sue abortion providers and anyone involved in "aiding and abetting" abortions, including someone driving a person to an abortion clinic. Shana Gadarian, professor of political science, weighs in on the impact of SB 8 on Republican voters in the USA Today article, "Texas abortion law could hurt Republicans in 2022 midterm elections, experts say."

     

    O'Keefe featured in CNN article on how 9/11 changed travel

    University Professor Sean O'Keefe, who in 2001 was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration, spoke with CNN about the enormous changes 9/11 brought to the airline industry. That September morning in 2001 "flipped the switch right away from almost non-existent security to unbelievable, in-your-face, all the time," says O'Keefe. He's featured in the article "How 9/11 changed travel forever."

     

    Thompson quoted in Spectrum piece on Kathy Hochul, Biden attending SU

    Prior to this year, no United States president, nor New York governor had ever graduated from Syracuse University. As of August 24, the college can claim both. "Certainly, the fact that Gov. Hochul graduated from the Maxwell School as an undergraduate meant that she was getting education in political science, economics, history and so forth, from some really leading people in the field," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "I think it will encourage applicants who have a desire to pursue careers in public service,” she says. Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Sitting U.S. president, NY governor both earned degrees at Syracuse University."

     

    Reeher talks with The Hill about vaccine refusual in spite of FDA approval

    Professor of Political Science Grant Reeher speaks with The Hill about polarization and entrenched views against COVID vaccination in spite of FDA approval.

     

    Keck study on international judicial behavior published in LSI

    "Diplomats in Robes: Judicial Career Paths and Free Speech Decision-Making at the European Court of Human Rights," co-authored by Thomas Keck, Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics, and Ph.D. candidate Claire Sigsworth, was published in Law & Social Inquiry. Their findings show that former judicial career is related to voting patterns in free speech cases. This relationship is clearest for former diplomats, who stand out both for their willingness to vote against freedom-of-expression claims and for their inclination to author dissents against holdings supporting such claims.

     

    Reeher quoted in Washington Times article on Kathy Hochul

    Incoming New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is a Democrat but her political background is far from left-wing. "The left is going to perceive a real window of opportunity here," says Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. "Their calculation is going to be that they’ll try to portray her as someone who’s not strong enough on the causes. And the assumption will be that there’s no way [Democrats] can lose the general election." Read more in the Washington Times article, "Hochul’s conservative lean likely to entice challengers from the left."

     

    O'Keefe weighs in on military vaccine mandate in Gray DC piece

    Military leaders recently announced that all 1.3 million active duty service members will be required to be fully vaccinated as soon as mid-September to fight the highly contagious Delta variant. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says this new requirement is critical to maintaining military readiness. University Professor Sean O’Keefe strongly supports the vaccine mandate. He points to the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt early in the pandemic, which sickened 1,200 sailors and killed one. "This virus isn’t discriminatory. It will take out people with unbelievably great health conditions," says O’Keefe. Read more in the Gray DC piece, "Florida Congressman raises concerns with military vaccine mandate."

     

    Reeher speaks to Newsweek, WETM, WSTM about Gov. Cuomo's resignation

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday after an investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia James found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. "For a lot of people, they're going to hear this and say well more of the same," Professor Grant Reeher tells WSTM. "I wasn't really surprised first of all. More of the same. Here we go again." Reeher also spoke to numerous media outlets about Cuomo's resignation.

     

    Reeher discusses Gov. Cuomo's political future with WAER, WETM, WSYR

    A report released on Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a "hostile" work environment for women. The findings of her civil review into the harassment allegations have created a political firestorm around Cuomo, with Democratic leaders at all levels of government calling for him to resign. “I have not heard any prominent democratic voice calling for him not to resign and calling for him to continue to resist,” Professor Grant Reeher tells WETM. He also spoke to WAER and WSYR about Cuomo's political future.

     

    Thompson quoted in Global Sisters Report article on US sisters, racism

    Congregations across the United States are undergoing examinations of their histories and the lack of Black sisters and women of color. For many communities, sisters' efforts to eliminate racism are beginning by first addressing their own failures. The same way the United States cannot address institutionalized racism if it will not recognize the history that created it, Catholic sisters will not be able to build relationships with Black communities if they will not acknowledge how they have hurt them, says Margaret Susan Thompson. "They have to deal with their own histories to deal with the present," she says.  Read more in the Global Sisters Report article, "'Our reckoning': US sisters take up call to examine their role in systemic racism."

     

    Gadarian piece on COVID vaccine, partisanship published on Smerconish

    "Why Trump and the GOP Didn’t Claim Vaccines," co-authored by Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian, was featured on Michael Smerconish's blog. "There is now a large partisan gap between the vaccinated and unvaccinated that is growing over time. Many eligible Americans are choosing not to get vaccinated and increasingly, those who choose to remain unvaccinated and unprotected identify as Republicans and live in Republican counties," writes Gadarian and her co-authors. "There is, in fact, a strong negative correlation across nearly every state in the union between county-level Trump vote share in 2020 and vaccination rates, measured using data maintained by the CDC."

     

    Jackson discusses masculinity for Black boys and men in The 19th

    Young Black men are especially constrained by society’s narrow definitions of masculinity. That’s why having a safe place to be their authentic selves is crucial. Fostering self-care and self-love is part of building healthy masculinity, says Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science. "When it comes to young Black men and performing this masculinity, the stakes are really, really high,” Jackson says. "You can’t, as some people have told me in my research, you can’t wave your hands and be upset in public…when you look irate, you’re more likely to draw attention and you may end up in a confrontation with police officers.” Read more in The 19th article, "Building through affirmation: How one class helps Black boys define masculinity."

     

    Reeher discusses NY congressional redistricting in Daily Star

    In New York, drawing new congressional lines is likely to spark turf battles across political circles, as the state will lose one of its 27 congressional districts. Redistricting in New York, says Professor Grant Reeher, has produced "a paradox of good government goals running up against political realities." If the goal is to flip a seat from control by one party to another, he says, a possible target could be U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford. Because Tenney recaptured her old seat in the last election by a razor-thin margin, "you could make a difference pretty easily there" by modifying the district lines, Reeher says. Read more in the Daily Star article, "New Yorkers get chance to weigh in before new political maps take shape."

     

    Maxwell School announces 2021 faculty promotions

    The Syracuse University Board of Trustees has approved promotions for six faculty members at the Maxwell School. They are: Alan Allport, who was promoted to professor of history; Shana Kushner Gadarian, who was promoted to professor of political science; Dimitar Gueorguiev, who was promoted to associate professor of political science; Matt Huber, who was promoted to professor of geography and the environment; Guido Pezzarossi, who was promoted to associate professor of anthropology; and Junko Takeda, who was promoted to professor of history.

     
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