Political Science Department News Archive

2018

  • The Spring/Summer 2018 Political Science Post contains information on Germany, Winter 2018 student events, and a few spotlights.
  • Prof. Quinn Mecham spoke on BYUradio's Top of Mind on July 17. He discussed the thawing of a frozen conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Mexico's presidential election, and the status of the Brexit situation in the UK.
  • On April 5, Crystal Young-Otterstrom of the Utah Cultural Alliance spoke with students. She encouraged students to diversify their skill sets and, when seeking to build your career, always make time for family.
  • Prof. Mike Barber was on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose on April 2. He talked about Trump's effect on the GOP and the 2018 mid-term elections.
  • The Public Affairs Lecture Series on March 22nd featured Frank Pignanelli, founding partner of the law firm Foxley & Pignanelli. He stressed that treating people, both clients and colleagues, well is critical to both your reputation and a good career.
  • Royce Van Tassell of the Utah Association of Charter Schools was the featured speaker for the March 15th edition of the Public Affairs Lecture Series. He recommended that students listen and learn.
  • On March 8, Peter Valcarce of Arena Communications spoke at the weekly Public Affairs Lecture Series. He said one of the most important life lessons he has learned is to admit your mistakes and not be afraid to lose.
  • Prof. Quinn Mecham joined Julie Rose for BYUradio's Top of Mind on March 14, where he discussed three wold events, including Trump's tariffs, China's president, and the Italian election results.
  • The BYUPAS Salt Lake Chapter's Sunday Night Fireside on March 4 was a great experience. Ally Isom, Director of Institutional Messaging for the Church, spoke about learning from the frontier of life and discovering your identity.
  • We were fortunate to hear from Christina Tomlinson, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs for the U.S. State Department at Brussels, at the March 1 Public Affairs Lecture Series. She encouraged students to have a well-rounded life and to work hard to achieve their dreams.
  • The Public Affairs Lecture Series on February 22 featured Sam Lyman, chief speechwriter for Senator Orrin Hatch. Sam's advice included a recommendation that students both spend time cultivating their professional image always follow the Spirit.
  • The 2018 G. Homer Durham Lecture featured Mehrsa Baradaran of the University of Georgia Law School. Her topic was "The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap." Learn more about Ms. Baradaran and watch a recording of her lecture on our blog.
  • Neylan McBaine, co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020 and founder of the Mormon Women Project, spoke at the Public Affairs Lecture Series on February 8. She said the most important thing students can do in order to become a professional is to learn to write well.
  • The February 1 Public Affairs Lecture Series featured Taryn Davis Holland, senior associate at Development Gateway. Taryn's address focused on the importance of transparency when working with clients.
  • Prof. Adam Dynes spoke with Julie Rose on BYUradio's Top of Mind on January 31. He discussed President Trump's first State of the Union address and how the president defined his first year in office.
  • Over 50 BYU students met with 44 professionals in January for the annual BYUPAS Speed Mentoring Event at the Utah State Capitol. Each student received hands-on mentoring as well as advice on education plans and career goals.
  • Prof. Quinn Mecham appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose. Prof. Mecham evaluated several of his predictions from 2017 and made some new ones for 2018.
  • The Winter 2018 edition of the Political Science Post features Canadian Studies, in honor of Prof. Earl Fry, who will retire later this year. Learn more about current students, faculty, and alumni in this exciting edition of our department newsletter.
  • Rich McKeown of the Leavitt Partners Board of Directors came to BYU in January to share career lessons as part of the Public Affairs Lecture Series, which is offered during Winter semester for the first time this year.
  • Prof. David Magleby spoke with Julie Rose on BYUradio's Top of Mind this past January. He discussed Senator Orrin Hatch's legacy and what Hatch's retirement plans will mean for Utah and for the US Senate.

2017

2016

  • Two department faculty appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose in December 2016:
    • Prof. Mike Barber spoke about gerrymandering in light of the SCOTUS arguments.
    • Prof. Josh Gubler discussed the latest development in Syria's civil war and how Israelis and Palestinians have reacted to the election of Donald Trump.
  • Three BYU faculty recently spoke with BYUradio's Julie Rose on Top of Mind:
  • Prof. Eric Hyer's article entitled "Is China ready to budge on the South China Sea? Here's why compromise is possible" was published in the Washington Post Monkey Cage.
  • The Daily Herald wrote about Prof. Jessica Preece's research in a recent article about how women are less likely to run for office when recruitment language is competitive. Read the article here.
  • Prof. Kirk Hawkins published an article in the Fall 2016 Comparative Politics Newsletter put out by the American Political Science Association (APSA). His article is entitled "Populism and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in Comparative Perspective."
  • BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose recently featured three department faculty:
  • Prof. Joel Selway recently published an article in the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, where he discusses the passing of the Thai king and nationalism in Thailand.
  • The BYU News featured Prof. Jessica Preece and her research on understanding and minimizing the gender gap in U.S. politics. Learn more here!
  • Learn more about current political science major Sarah Curry, FHSS Student Extra-ordinaire, who spent a few minutes with the writers of the FHSS blog.
  • Several students joined Prof. Dan Nielson in Africa this past summer to do social and political experiments with the Tanzanian people. Read more here!
  • The New York Times recently quoted Prof. Chris Karpowitz, co-director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, in an article about Mormons and Donald Trump.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Meet former student Kyrene Gibb, whose involvement as an undergrad helped her land a job as director of research at Y2 Analytics in Salt Lake City.
  • Top of Mind with Julie Rose recently featured two faculty:
    • Prof. Quinn Mecham talked about violence in Kashmir, unrest in Ethiopia, and the new UN Secretary General.
    • Prof. Kirk Hawkins discussed the voter rejection of the Colombian peace deal.
  • Prof. Earl Fry recently published an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail, which is widely considered to be the Canadian equivalent to the New York Times. Read the article here.
  • Three BYU graduates recently participated in a Global Development panel to discuss their work in non-profits, which resulted from their work with the WomanStats Project while studying at BYU. Read a review here.
  • Listen to Prof. Chris Karpowitz speak with Julie Rose on BYUradio's Top of Mind. He and Grant Madsen talked about how the upcoming presidential debates and the health of the candidates might affect the election.
  • Recent alumna Alejandra Gimenez was named a 2016-17 APSA Minority Fellowship Program recipient during the Fall 2015 application cycle. Learn more about her future plans here!
  • Congratulations to Prof. Wade Jacoby, who was named a Transatlantic Academy Fellow for 2016-17. Throughout the year, Prof. Jacoby will explore the topic of "Germany and the United States in the 21st Century." Click here for the press release.
  • Check out the most recent issue of Connections, the FHSS Magazine. You will find articles about Twitter and politics, gender in politics, a Q&A with Prof. Earl Fry, and a tribute to the late Prof. Bill Daynes.
  • Prof. Quinn Mecham appeared twice on the BYUradio show, "Top of Mind with Julie Rose." He first analyzed the foreign policy proposals of Trump and Clinton (listen here). His second appearance focused on the Colombian peace deal, worsening conditions in Aleppo, and the Paris Climate Agreement (listen here).
  • Click here to read an article on Prof. Earl Fry's discussion of the EU-US connection at the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affaris in Helsinki earlier this year. Tip: You will want to use Google Translate.
  • The BYUradio show, "Top of Mind with Julie Rose," featured two BYU faculty:
    • Prof. Joel Selway, who spent the summer in Thailand, gave some great perspective on the recent constitutional referendum. Listen here.
    • Prof. Quinn Mecham discussed Thailand, South Sudan, and Boko Haram. Listen here.
  • The Beta Mu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha won a Best Chapter Award for 2015-16. This marks the 5th year in a row that BYU has received this honor. Congratulations!!!
  • Click here to read Prof. Eric Hyer's article on how the South China Sea ruling affects U.S interests, which was recently featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Click here to learn more about the life of alumnus Ambassador Robert R. King (BA '66), who currently serves as United States special envoy for North Korean Human Rights issues.
  • Why is it important that we know more about the recent failed coup in Turkey and the resulting fall-out? Professor Quinn Mecham explains in this article from the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.
  • The BYU Radio show, "Top of Mind With Julie Rose," recently featured several BYU faculty:
    • Associate Professor Chris Karpowitz spoke about Trump's trailing status in recent polls. Listen here.
    • Professor Kelly Patterson discussed the DNC and Clinton's campaign prospects. Listen here.
    • CSED Co-Director and Associate Professor Jeremy Pope spoke on the GOP Convention, Puerto Rico Recovery, and Economic Mobility. Listen here.
    • Associate Professor Scott Cooper spoke on possible U.S. and Russia relations under Trump or Clinton. Listen here.
  • Click here to read Professor Sven Wilson's paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper is entitled "Persistent Social Networks: Civil War Veterans who Fought Together Co-Locate Later in Life."
  • Click here to read Professor Eric Hyer's short essay in The National Interest, "The U.S. and Japan May Literally Start a War over Rocks in the South China Sea," about recent territorial disputes in that region. The Permanent Court of Arbitration recently handed down a decision in the case.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Click here to learn more about alum Bryant Montgomery (BA '92 in IR), who serves as city manager of Oakley, CA and frequently travels to Mexico and other parts of Latin America with the International City/County Management Association.
  • This year, Sigma student authors received cash awards as part of the Dr. Garth N. Jones Student Writing Award, which is a  new addition to the department. Click here to read more about the award, the authors and their papers.
  • Click here to read an article in the Economist that mentions a public working paper by Professors Darren Hawkins and Jay Goodliffe. The paper is regarding the impact of foreign aid distribution to well-run countries versus those that are managed poorly.
  • Prof. Kirk Hawkins recently published an article about Hugo Chávez and his movement. The article is titled "Chavismo, Liberal Democracy, and Radical Democracy," and was published by the Annual Review of Political Science.
  • Congratulations to junior Soren Schmidt, who was granted a $2,000 scholarship from Pi Sigma Alpha for his internship in the office of Senator Jeff Flake! This is the second year in a row that a student from BYU has received this honor.
  • Nearly 100 BYU students attended Beyond BYU 2016, which was held May 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Click here for an article in the Daily Universe and click here for a post on our department blog.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Click here to read about 1987 alum Douglas Hudger, who started the ABC (Assistance in Breaking the Cycle) Court in Henderson, NV, to help habitual offenders transition into a new, stable lifestyle. 
  • The Stan A. Taylor Endowed Fund was recently set up to honor emeritus faculty member Stan Taylor and to help students in Political Science and International Relations. Click here to learn more.
  • Congratulations to James Martherus, Jenah House, and Clarissa Gregory, who placed in the 2017 Fulton Mentored Learning Conference in April 2016! Over 600 students participated in the event, with nearly 300 posters.
  • The American Political Science Review recently published a study in which Professor Donna Lee Bowen and Perpetua Lynne Nielsen showed a distinct correlation between poor government and poor treatment of women.
  • Over 50 BYU students were inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, at the annual department awards banquet held in March 2016.
  • Alumni Spotlight! Johnny Harris is a 2013 alumnus in International Relations. He is currently a multimedia producer at Vox, based in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more about what Johnny has been up to since graduation!
  • Click here for an in-depth look at the significant international events discussed in the January 2016 issue of the Political Review, which is the university's only political op-ed publication.
  • Congratulations to Soren Schmidt and Rachel Stone, who were selected as 2016 Truman Scholarship Finalists! Soren interviewed for Idaho and Rachel interviewed for Utah.
  • The BYUPAS Salt Lake Chapter hosted BYU students at the Utah State Capitol in late January. It was a day of networking and mentoring. Click here to read more!
  • On February 4th, Prof. Roger Porter from Harvard University gave the 2016 G. Homer Durham Lecture. His topic was "Presidential Leadership in a Challenging Time: How Should We Measure the President?"
  • Click here for an in-depth look at the significant international events discussed in the January 2016 issue of the Political Review, which is the university's only political op-ed publication.
  • Click here to read an article from the Washington Post Monkey Cage by Professors Chris Karpowitz and Jeremy Pope. The article is titled: "Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders had a good caucus. But primaries are another matter."
  • Prof. Jay Goodliffe was in Washington, D.C., participating in a panel commemorating the 40th anniversary of Buckley v. Valeo, a key Supreme Court case on campaign finance. The panel was broadcast live on CSPAN2. Click here to watch!
  • Prof. Dan Nielson participated in a panel on "Global Governance in Transition," along with other leading experts on foreign aid. Read about it here.
  • The Fall 2015 Public Affairs Lecture Series was a resounding success. Click here for some highlights as well as career and general advice from the speakers.
  • A hearty congratulations goes to Prof. Ken Stiles, whose book, State Responses to International Law, was awarded the Best Book Award by the ILAW section of ISA!