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Huber Discusses His Book, “Climate Change as Class War” on Future Histories Podcast

June 7, 2023

"So if we can pair climate decarbonization with more increased secure access to people's basic material needs, you could start to build a much broader popular base," says Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment. 

McCormick Weighs In on Mexican President AMLO’s Seizure of Billionaire’s Rail Line in Bloomberg

June 2, 2023

Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations, says Lopez Obrador’s recent actions reflect the “sort of populist demagogue persona that he’s carved out for himself,” and that it’s all been part of a perfect recipe “for him to be go out there in public and remind people that he is, above all, for Mexico.”

Purser Discusses Syracuse’s Housing Market, High Rent Costs in Syracuse.com Article

May 24, 2023

“Certainly, there’s not enough affordable housing,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “You have a situation of high poverty and a really kind of outrageous rental market in Syracuse.”

See related: Housing, New York State

McCormick Discusses Biden’s Call with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Politico

May 9, 2023

“If the U.S. dismissed him wholeheartedly, it’s going to make these conversations—and again some of these are happening behind closed doors—a hell of a lot more difficult to be had,” says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair on Mexico-U.S. Relations, regarding the immigration talks between the U.S. and Mexico as Title 42 lifts this week.

Jok Comments on the Ongoing Conflict in Sudan on GLOBAL with JJ Green, Newzroom Afika and TRT World

May 5, 2023
"This has been a long time coming," says Jok Madut Jok, professor of anthropology 

Purser Quoted in NPR Article on Worker Safety Standards

May 3, 2023

“There needs to be greater regulation of the staffing industry,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “And we need to make it a lot easier for workers to unionize. All of the research has shown that in unionized workplaces, workers are far less likely to experience injury or fatalities.”

See related: Government, Labor, United States

Huber Weighs in on NY Using Nuclear Power to Reach Its Climate Goals in City & State Article

April 26, 2023

“It’s a generational thing,” says Matt Huber, professor of geography and the environment. “A lot of younger generations are really fixated on climate and understand that nuclear is one our best options to deal with climate, so we gotta keep it on the table.”

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

April 20, 2023

"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.

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

April 19, 2023

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.

See related: Awards & Honors

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

April 12, 2023

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. 

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

April 6, 2023

“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.”

Lamis Abdelaaty Receives Gerda Henkel Foundation Grant to Support Book Research

March 30, 2023

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

See related: Grant Awards, Refugees

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

March 27, 2023

“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.

Putin’s War of Recolonization

March 23, 2023

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

Huber Talks to Real Change News About Carbon Pricing Programs

March 20, 2023

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.

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

March 17, 2023

"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.

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

March 14, 2023

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.

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

March 14, 2023

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.”


Griffiths Contributes to New Book on Self-Determination and Secession

March 10, 2023

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.

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

March 6, 2023

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.

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Conversations in Conflict Studies- Margaret Susan Thompson

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"Sacraments as Weapons: Kyriarchy and Women’s Resistance in the 19th-Century Convent." Margaret Susan Thompson, Associate Professor, History and Political Science, Syracuse University.  
This talk will focus on extensive and repeated examples in 19th-century conventual archives of sacraments being used by clerics—and sometimes by female superiors, as well—as weapons to control both the spirituality and the behavior of Catholic sisters. These nuns repeatedly experienced the sacraments—or, more accurately, the deprivation of sacraments—as instruments of power and control wielded by priests and hierarchs against vowed women who were considered to be deviant or insufficiently submissive. The intent is to analyze the phenomenon as more than just a collection of exceptional or arbitrary cases, but rather as systemic and oppressive behavior. What might appear as an aberrant example if the focus is on only one community can emerge as part of an important pattern by using a broader analytical lens. This is a work in progress, for which feedback is both welcome and appreciated!


Conversations in Conflict Studies is a weekly educational speaker series for students, faculty, and the community. The series, sponsored by PARCC, draws its speakers from Syracuse University faculty, national and international scholars and activists, and PhD students. Pizza is served. Follow us on Twitter @PARCCatMaxwell, tweet #ConvoInConflict.

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