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Maxwell School Announces 2023 Faculty Promotions

Six faculty members were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor and three were promoted to professor.

July 31, 2023

Like-Minded Sources on Facebook Are Prevalent but Not Polarizing

Brendan Nyhan, Jaime Settle, Emily Thorson, Magdalena Wojcieszak, et al.

"Like-minded sources on Facebook are prevalent but not polarizing," co-authored by Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Thorson, was published in Nature. The study is focused on the prevalence and effects of "echo chambers" on social media.

July 27, 2023

Thompson Discusses the Legacy of Far-Right Women’s Groups in the US on WORT 89.9FM

"There have been women involved for a long, long time. For example, there was a very active women’s branch of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920s. And many of those women, but not all, had been members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science.

July 27, 2023

Keck Discusses the Conservative Supermajority of the US Supreme Court in Al Jazeera Article

The “dominant theme” of the court’s recent term is that the bench remains staunchly conservative. Over the last two years, the conservative supermajority has overseen “multiple, rapid” shifts in the law that appear “ideologically driven,” says Thomas Keck, professor of political science.

July 13, 2023

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Jackson Joins WCNY Connected for a Panel Discussion on LGBTQIA+ Issues Facing New Yorkers

"What I think is the best mode is for the government to step back and to support community organizations who are often at the forefront of these conversations and are often populated by people who are directly impacted, and who are the very people who have the expertise because they are the people we are talking about," says Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science.

June 28, 2023

Reeher Talks to HuffPost, Newsweek About the Crowded 2024 GOP Field

Grant Reeher, professor of political science, tells Newsweek that a crowded primary field benefited Trump in 2016 when the higher number of candidates allowed Trump to win the primary with only about 45 percent of the vote.

June 20, 2023

Gadarian Speaks to France 24 About Trump and the 2024 Presidential Race

"DeSantis would most benefit from Trump dropping out of the race but he seems to have calculated that they have many of the same potential voters so doesn't want to alienate them," says Shana Gadarian, professor and chair of political science.

June 12, 2023

Future Facing: Maxwell Scholars Respond to the Rapid Rise of AI and Autonomous Systems

Amid the rapid rise of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, Maxwell scholars are gathering critical data, designing policy and informing future leaders.

June 8, 2023

Reeher Comments on How to Solve Gun Violence Issues in Alabama Reflector Article

Grant Reeher, professor of political science, says no single law will solve the issues of gun violence. “You have to think very specifically about it,” Reeher says. “There is no one blanket policy that is going to say, ‘OK, this is going to reduce gun violence and it is going to apply equally to everybody.’ You have to think of the pockets and where the risk is.”

June 5, 2023

Sean O’Keefe ’78 MPA Joins Government Hall of Fame

The University Professor and Phanstiel Chair in Leadership was recognized for his public service roles, including four presidential appointments. 

May 31, 2023

Racial Resentment and Support for COVID-19 Travel Bans in the United States

Shana Kushner Gadarian, Sara Wallace Goodman, Thomas Pepinsky

"Racial resentment and support for COVID-19 travel bans in the United States," co-authored by Professor and Chair of Political Science Shana Gadarian was published in Political Science Research and Methods.

May 31, 2023

Gadarian Speaks with WBUR About the Politicization of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Democracy

“It turns out that partisanship just swamped everything else as early as March of 2020," says Shana Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. 

May 26, 2023

Elizabeth Cohen Speaks With Washington Examiner About the Ending of Title 42

“Title 42 is only the most recent of a long history of using health concerns as a justification for free movement restrictions," says Elizabeth Cohen, professor of political science. "For example, it was only in 2010 that restrictions were removed on the entry of persons who are HIV positive."

May 19, 2023

Gadarian Discusses the Role of Loneliness in Extremism and Politics in Newsweek Article

"People are looking for that kind of connection, and if they can find it with a group that they don't know online, they don't necessarily see the bad parts of what's happening," says Shana Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. "Then with the technological part of it where extreme voices get more airtime on the internet, you can see how people get radicalized."

May 18, 2023

Reeher Weighs In on CNN’s Trump Town Hall, Debate Over Media Coverage in The Hill

Trump “is a former president. He is, whether we like it or not, a legitimate candidate for the nomination. So I think it is entirely appropriate to host a town hall,” says Grant Reeher, professor of political science.

May 10, 2023

Reeher Talks to The Hill Article About the Battle for the GOP Presidential Nomination

An Economist/YouGov poll last week asked respondents whether or not they wanted Trump to run for president again in 2024. A resounding 57 percent said no, while just 30 percent said yes. “That is the lane” for other Republican candidates says Grant Reeher, professor of political science.

April 22, 2023

PhD Student Curtis Edmonds Found Community, Cultivated Political Passions on Campus

Last summer, Edmonds's involvement went from volunteering his time and his expertise to assisting his fellow Black students, especially incoming Black students, with facilitating their transitions to campus, to a paid position as 119 Euclid’s Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, an inaugural position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

April 14, 2023

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Schmeller Contributes Article to Collection of Essays on Democracies in America

Mark Schmeller

Associate Professor of History Mark Schmeller's article, titled "Public Opinion," was included in "Democracies in America: Keywords for the Nineteenth Century and Today" (Oxford University Press, 2023).

April 13, 2023

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Reeher Quoted in The Guardian and Newsweek Articles on the AR-15

Discussing the AR-15's appeal on the right, Grant Reeher, professor of political science, tells Newsweek: "In large part, I think it's because this particular rifle has become such a public target for Democrats and liberals regarding gun regulation and control. ...The rifle has become a symbol of the debate over gun control, and the political right is more associated with gun ownership and rights."

April 7, 2023

Thompson Discusses Trump’s Arraignment with CNY Central, 570 WSYR

“This is not the end of what may happen,” says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. “It may in fact be the beginning. We've never seen this before, and I don't think we can dismiss it as a partisan political act. Certainly, there have been other presidents who have had strong opposition in the past and yet they have not faced this kind of jeopardy.”

April 6, 2023

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