Department Updates Fall 2008

New Assistant Professor, Ryan Carlin, along with his co-author won a grant from the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Small Grants Program and a working paper (entitled "Support for Polyarchy in the Americas") from the research will be posted to the LAPOP's working paper series in the coming weeks.

Graduate student, Kate Verleger, will be presenting a paper at International Studies Association NE in Baltimore regarding connections between oil price volatility and human rights violations.

Associate Professor, Allison Calhoun-Brown, has been named the University's Academic Director of Student Retention. With this new role, Dr. Calhoun-Brown will be supervising several academic programs as well as the Student Advisement Center and Undergraduate Studies.  Her focus will be to promote student achievement and retention.

Dr. Amy McKay has been selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, which allows her to work as a congressional staffer for a Member to be determined, paid for and selected by APSA.  Information about the program can be found at: