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Remembering a Maxwell Torchbearer: Michael O. Sawyer

The late professor was instrumental in shaping citizenship curriculum and impacted thousands of students in his more than 40 years on the faculty. 

June 18, 2024

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Maxwell’s First Female Full-Time Professor Was an ‘Indomitable Presence’

Marguerite J. Fisher was a revered teacher known for her international scholarship and activism for domestic social issues. 

June 17, 2024

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White Comments on Kari Lake Campaigning Under a Confederate Flag in Arizona Republic Article

“As a candidate, she’s not someone who’s really made an effort to go to the center. She’s really tied more to the Trump style of right-wing politics," says Steven White, associate professor of political science. "My sense is this kind of thing helps her appeal to a certain part of the base maybe, but probably is not great for swing voters.”

June 17, 2024

McCormick Talks to NewsNation About Mexico’s New President, Ability to Deal With Drug Cartels

“When she [Claudia Sheinbaum] comes in, she is inheriting this mess, but she doesn’t necessarily have the charisma that (López Obrador) does,” says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. “So it’s going to be a tall ask.”

June 14, 2024

Maxwell at 100: Expanding Views of Citizenship and a Wider World View

The Maxwell School has evolved to meet the needs of an increasingly interconnected world while continuing its focus on citizenship. 

June 13, 2024

Bendix Quoted in Associated Press Article on the Corral Fire in California

Though this fire is nearly contained, in general, fire burns hotter when the weather is hotter, says Jacob Bendix, professor emeritus of geography and the environment. He adds that drought contributes to dangerous fire seasons, but paradoxically, wetter years can too.

June 13, 2024

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Fairchild Receives Mellon Foundation Grant for Project Focused on Pandemic Backlash, Public Health

The educational and research resource will create “new, urgently needed, accessible opportunities for the humanities to speak to public health and broaden access to humanities higher learning opportunities,” says Professor Amy Fairchild, who is principal investigator (PI).

June 12, 2024

From the Dean: An Enduring Commitment to Citizenship

Dean David M. Van Slyke writes to alumni about Maxwell's 100th anniversary and our commitment to engaged citizenship.

June 12, 2024

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In Memoriam: Doris ‘Dottie’ Payson, Advisory Board Member, Philanthropist

Doris “Dottie” Payson ’57 passed away on Feb. 12, 2024, at the age of 87. She served on the Maxwell Advisory Board from 1998 to 2013 and was a life member of the University’s Board of Trustees, which she joined in 2000.

June 12, 2024

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In Memoriam: Ralph Hockley, Defender of Democracy

Ralph Hockley ’49 B.A. (RusSt) passed away on Nov. 8, 2023. He was 98. He fought valiantly to defend the U.S. and other allied countries against Nazis and threats to democracy through two wars and beyond. 

June 12, 2024

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In Memoriam: Roland Droitsch, Devoted Public Servant, Champion of Education

Roland Droitsch ’65 M.A. (PSc), who served as the deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 26, 2024. He was 82.

June 12, 2024

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PhD Candidate in Anthropology Receives Newcombe Fellowship for Doctoral Research in India

Nimisha Thakur is one of 22 scholars in the United States to receive the award, which the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation calls the largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values.

June 12, 2024

Taylor Discusses the Impact of Ukraine Using Western Weapons Against Russia With Fox News, La Presse

Brian Taylor, professor of political science, says that the authorization given by the U.S. and Germany to Ukrainian strikes on Russian soil with weapons they supply could have an impact on the balance of power on Ukrainian territory.

June 11, 2024

A policy design perspective on electricity rates

Nicholas Oesterling
This brief provides a summary of "A policy design perspective on electricity rates," authored by Nicholas Oesterling in the journal Policy Design and Practice.
June 10, 2024

Research in a Closed Political Context, COVID, and Across Languages

Darzhan Kazbekova, Rebcca Schewe
This brief provides a summary of "Research in a Closed Political Context, COVID, and Across Languages: Methodological Lessons, Messages, and Ideas," co-authored by Darzhan Kazbekova and Rebecca Schewe and published in the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
June 10, 2024

Ying Shi Named William T. Grant Scholar for Research on School Victimization

The Maxwell School assistant professor will conduct two studies on school victimization and hate crimes toward Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

June 10, 2024

Emotional Distress During COVID-19 by Mental Health Conditions and Economic Vulnerability

Michiko Ueda-Ballmer, Kohei Watanabe, Hajime Sueki
This brief provides a summary of "Emotional Distress During COVID-19 by Mental Health Conditions and Economic Vulnerability: Retrospective Analysis of Survey-Linked Twitter Data With a Semisupervised Machine Learning Algorithm," co-authored by Michiko Ueda-Ballmer, Kohei Watanabe, and Hajime Sueki and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
June 10, 2024

Evaluating Change in Representation and Coordination in Collaborative Governance Over Time

Saba Siddiki, Graham Ambrose

This brief provides a summary of "Evaluating Change in Representation and Coordination in Collaborative Governance Over Time: A Study of Environmental Justice Councils," co-authored by Saba Siddiki and Graham Ambrose and published in the journal Environmental Management.

June 10, 2024

The Crisis of Belonging: Building Alternative Communities for Care

Jenn M. Jackson, Amber E. Morris
This brief examines how marginalized peoples, like Black Americans, Latinx/e/o/a people, immigrants, disabled folx, queer and trans people, previously and currently incarcerated people, poor and working-class people, and many others in the United States often form alternative sites of camaraderie, citizenship, and togetherness to combat the violence and exclusion of mainstream white heteropatriarchal society and the watchful eye of the State.
June 6, 2024

Misunderstanding the Harms of Online Misinformation

Ceren Budak, Brendan Nyhan, David M. Rothschild, Emily Thorson, Duncan J. Watts

“Misunderstanding the Harms of Online Misinformation,” co-authored by Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Thorson, was published in Nature.

June 6, 2024
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