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Griffiths Piece on Why Secession Won’t Work for the US Published in the Hill

"Simply put, secession is a political solution for an ethnonational problem among regionally concentrated populations. The problem in America is one of political polarization," writes Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science.

April 20, 2023

Maxwell Faculty and Students To Be Honored at 2023 One University Awards

The One University Awards Ceremony, an annual event to honor members of the Syracuse University community who are making a difference through academics, scholarship, creative work and dedicated service, will be held Friday, April 21.

April 19, 2023

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Hern Examines How African Countries Achieve Political and Economic Success in New Book

Erin Hern

Erin Hern, associate professor of political science, has written “Explaining Success in Africa: Things Don’t Always Fall Apart” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2023). The book focuses on normalizing the success of countries and analyzing their progress amid adverse circumstances. 

April 12, 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

Lamis Abdelaaty Receives Gerda Henkel Foundation Grant to Support Book Research

The associate professor of political science will examine what constitutes a refugee crisis in her second book.

March 30, 2023

See related: Grant Awards, Refugees

Taylor Quoted in Vox Article on Russian Paramilitary Network the Wagner Group

“Wagner was a very useful stopgap in that period between when [Russia] had so many of their regular forces attrited and Putin came around to the realization that he had no choice but to bring in hundreds of thousands of more people. That may, in some sense, prove to be that Wagner is at its sort of height of influence,” says Brian Taylor, professor of political science.

March 27, 2023

Putin’s War of Recolonization

Renée de Nevers, Brian Taylor

"Putin’s War of Recolonization," co-authored by Maxwell professors Renée de Nevers and Brian Taylor, was published in the Journal of Democracy.

March 23, 2023

Huber Talks to Real Change News About Carbon Pricing Programs

The fact that the costs of compliance are typically borne by workers and consumers is a fundamental flaw of carbon pricing programs, says Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment. It’s one that, he suggests, has led to the Biden administration’s relatively skeptical stance on cap-and-trade programs.

March 20, 2023

Abdelaaty Receives ISA Ethnicity, Nationalism & Migration Studies Section’s Distinguished Book Award

"Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees" (Oxford University Press, 2021), written by Associate Professor of Political Science Lamis Abdelaaty, received the Distinguished Book Award from the International Studies Association's Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies section.

March 17, 2023

Russell Sage Foundation Awards Grant for Kristy Buzard’s Research Project ‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’

Buzard, associate professor of economics, is part of a three-member team that will explore the extent to which mothers are more likely than fathers to be contacted by their child’s school.

March 14, 2023

McCormick Comments on the Use of Military Force Against Mexican Drug Cartels in Dallas Morning News

Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history, says Mexico already has a significant police and military presence on its side of the border and efforts to confront the cartels militarily have not solved the problem. “It’s been tried and it has failed colossally,” McCormick says. “So the idea to sort of try it again to me sounds utterly irresponsible.”


March 14, 2023

Griffiths Contributes to New Book on Self-Determination and Secession

Ryan Griffiths, Aleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science, has contributed to and co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Self-Determination and Secession” (Routledge, 2023). It investigates debates surrounding issues of self-determination and secession as well as the legal, political and normative implications they give rise to.

March 10, 2023

Taylor Discusses Russian Political Stability at CNAS Forum and in Washington Times Article

As we pass the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, numerous factors such as the Russian military’s poor performance, Putin’s botched mobilization, mounting casualties, economic challenges resulting from sanctions and export controls, and increasingly visible elite fissures are raising questions about the political stability of the Russian regime. Brian Taylor, professor of political science, weighs in.

March 6, 2023

Thompson Quoted in France 24 Article on Nikki Haley and Donald Trump

"Nikki Haley has to negotiate the very thin line between differentiating herself from Donald Trump and still appealing to—or not alienating herself from—his supporters, who still constitute the vast majority of CPAC activists and GOP primary participants," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science.

March 3, 2023

Sultana Talks to Inside Climate News About the COP27 Loss and Damage Agreement

“When you can’t adapt to climate change at all and face interconnected issues surrounding loss and damage, the unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality is worsened,” says Farhana Sultana, professor of geography and the environment. “This means destruction, devastation and loss are so profound that one can’t finance one’s way out of it.”

March 3, 2023

Purser Discusses the Impact of Short-Duration Strikes in Bloomberg Law Article

“They capture the attention of management in a much more dramatic way than other forms of action and negotiation,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “They’re showing the capacity for the workers to take collective action.”

February 28, 2023

See related: Labor, United States

Griffiths Speaks with Pluribus News About American Secessionist Movements

“Those processes, they’re hard to pull off. You need to have both sides in agreement. It just doesn’t happen that much,” says Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science. “The thresholds for success are just too high to make it work.”

February 28, 2023

One Year Later: Taylor Talks to WRVO About the Invasion Into Ukraine

For Brian Taylor, professor of political science, the biggest take from the one-year anniversary is Ukraine is still standing. "A year ago a lot of people might not have expected that, given Russia’s size, the size of the population, the size of its army, the size of its economy," Taylor says.

February 27, 2023

See related: Conflict, NATO, Russia, Ukraine

Taylor Speaks with La Presse About the War in Ukraine, Russia’s Persistence

The concentration of troops in the east of the country shows that the Russian president has not given up on his goal of enslaving Ukraine despite multiple setbacks since the launch of the invasion, says Brian Taylor, professor of political science.

February 22, 2023

See related: Conflict, Russia, Ukraine

Taylor Speaks with La Presse About Russian Oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin

"My impression is that his power and visibility have increased a lot since the start of the war in Ukraine," says Brian Taylor, professor of political science. "He's a much more public figure than a year ago, and I think that reflects his ambition. And, up to a certain point, the impression it has of its current usefulness."

February 7, 2023

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Kathryn Ruscitto, Former President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She has had a career in public and private organizations which faced major issues. She solved them successfully using the collaborative models which she will reflect on during the discussion. She is a graduate of Maxwell and considers the classes from PARCC as having been essential in her career.

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