CPS News

2015 Hanes Walton Memorial Lecture

Posted November 9, 2015. The Hanes Walton Memorial Lecture will be held on November 12, 2015 and the speaker will be Paula McClain. Her lecture is titled “From Ralph Bunche to Hanes Walton Jr.: An Intellectual Lineage”. Read more about this event at Hanes Walton Memorial Lecture.

James Morrow Gives Inaugural Lecture

Posted November 9, 2015: James Morrow gave his A.F.K. Organski Collegiate Professorship in World Politics Inaugural Lecture on October 14, 2015. The lecture was entitled “The Future of World Politics”. Read this LSA link for more information about his appointment. Watch the lecture video 

Christian Davenport Receives Award for Engaged Scholarship

Posted November 30, 2015: On October 7, 2015 Professor Christian Davenport received the award for Engaged Scholarship from the Sie Center at the Denver Dialogues on Peace and Security.

The Denver Dialogues on Peace and Security is part of a Sié Center initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This series of events is designed to create a public dialogue among academic and policy authorities on issues related to twenty-first century challenges to global peace and security, with a particular focus on nonviolent action in violent contexts.

Anna Grzymala-Busse Announced as President-Elect of ASEEES

Posted Sept 21, 2015: Anna Grzymala-Busse has been announced as the President-Elect of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) beginning January 1, 2016. Congratulations Anna!

Nancy Burns to receive APSA’s Martha Derthick Best Book Award

Posted July 20, 2015Nancy Burns will receive APSA’s Martha Derthick Best Book Award for The Formation of American Local Governments: Private Values in Public Institutions. Congratulations Nancy!

Ted Brader to receive the 2015 APSA Doris Graber Book Award

Posted July 20, 2015: Professor Ted Brader will receive the 2015 APSA Doris Graber Book Award, for Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work. Congratulations Ted!

Rocio Titiunik Receives Gosnell Prize

Posted July 9, 2015. Professor Rocio Titiunik along with Sebastian Calonico and Matias Cattaneo won the 2015 Gosnell Prize. This prestigious honor is for the best work in political methodology presented at any political science conference during the preceding year. The winning paper is Robust Nonparametric Confidence Intervals for Regression-Discontinuity Designs. Congratulations Rocio!

Anne Pitcher elected Vice President of the African Studies Association

Posted May 26, 2015: Professor Anne Pitcher (DAAS and Political Science) has been elected as the incoming Vice President (transitioning to President in 2016) of the African Studies Association (ASA), the world’s most eminent and established organization focused on Africanist scholarship. Anne’s achievement illustrates the high regard with which Africanists across our nation and beyond hold her and her work. Congratulations Anne!

Arthur Lupia awarded Carnegie Fellowship

Posted April 27, 2015: Arthur Lupia is among the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. The annual fellowship awards up to $200,000 to support humanities and social science scholars so they can devote a year or two to research and writing. Lupia will use this opportunity to transform the understanding of the public value of social science.

In Memory of Phil Converse

Posted January 5, 2015: Philip E. Converse, an authority on public opinion and electoral behavior and past Director of the Center for Political Studies (CPS), passed away on December 30, 2014. Converse’s wide-ranging contributions to the field of political science changed how the world understood political behavior, according to Donald R. Kinder, Research Professor at CPS. “By brilliant example, in paper after paper, Converse demonstrated the value of a quantitative approach to understanding politics,” said Kinder. “His influence is profound. He is surely one of the most important social scientists of the 20th century.”

Profile of Phil Converse 
Miller-Converse Lecture Series

Ron Inglehart Receives 2014 Dinerman Award from WAPOR

Posted Sept 8, 2014: Ron Inglehart was selected to receive the Helen Dinerman Award by the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR). This prize rewards a major advancement in survey research methodology. The award was presented at WAPOR’s annual conference in Nice September 4-6, 2014. Congratulations Ron!
Watch YouTube video of Ron’s thank you speech. 

Donald Kinder Named Philip E. Converse Distinguished University Professor of Political Science

Posted July 21, 2014: Don has been named the Philip E. Converse Distinguished University Professor of Political Science. This appointment recognizes exceptional scholarly achievements. Recipients are the University’s most prestigious professors. Don joins the only other political scientists, Phil Converse and Bob Axelrod. Great and fitting company and a very big deal. Congratulations, Don!

New CPS Director Named

Posted July 20, 2014: Ken Kollman, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor and Professor of Political Science, has been named the new Director of CPS starting summer 2015, with Professor Michael Traugott agreeing to serve as interim Director from now until that time. Our thanks and congratulations to Nancy Burns, who after serving as Director of CPS for 10 years, is now the Chair of the Department of Political Science!

M. Kent Jennings Receives Harold Lasswell Award

Posted May 7, 2014: Kent Jennings, who was on our faculty for four decades and is currently Professor Emeritus, has just been selected to receive the Harold Lasswell Award from the International Society for Political Psychology. This award goes to a scholar who has made “distinguished scientific contributions in the field of political psychology.” Congrats to Kent on this well-deserved award!

Jim Morrow elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Posted April 23, 2014: James Morrow has been elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2014 class of new members, which includes leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs, and the non-profit sector. Congratulations, Jim!

Robert Franzese inducted at Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology

Posted February 5, 2014: The Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology have inducted Robert J. Franzese as a new fellow. He has contributed substantially, and over a long period, to the Society for Political Methodology, most recently serving as the previous President. He has also organized the Summer Meeting once (2008), served as Vice-President, associate editor of Political Analysis, co-editor of Political Analysis, served as methodology division chair at national meetings, and served on numerous Society committees. Congratulations, Rob!

Anne Pitcher’s Book Received Honorable Mention for the African Politics Conference Group’s 2012 Best Book award

Posted November 26, 2013: Anne Pitcher’s recent Cambridge book, Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies, just received Honorable Mention for the African Politics Conference Group’s 2012 Best Book award. The APCG is an organized section of APSA and also a related group of the African Studies Association. Congrats, Anne!

Nancy Burns to Receive Outstanding Achievement Award from Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science

Posted October 12, 2013: Congratulations to Nancy Burns, who was just selected to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science!

This award recognizes a senior woman in the discipline who has made substantial contributions as a scholar and mentor and who serves as a positive role model for women in the profession. Congrats, Nancy!

Arthur Lupia Receives the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award

Posted July 24, 2013: The Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship was established in 1995 by the Association to honor the memory and contributions of Ithiel de Sola Pool and to be given to a scholar selected to present a lecture exploring the implications of research on issues of politics in a broad range of scholarship pursued by Ithiel de Sola Pool. The lectureship is presented every third year at the APSA Annual Meeting. The lecturing scholar will evoke a broad range of fields pursued by Ithiel de Sola Pool including: political theory, political behavior, political communication, science and technology policy, and international affairs. Congratulations, Skip!

CPS Celebrates Bill Zimmerman’s 50th Anniversary

Posted June 26, 2013: The Center for Political Studies (CPS) celebrated Bill Zimmerman’s 50th anniversary at the University of Michigan. Bill was first appointed in 1963 as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science. During his tenure, Professor Zimmerman witnessed major changes concerning the discipline itself and the composition of the department. The major changes he recalls were “the behavioral revolution that has been followed by a new institutionalism and the diversification of the student body and the faculty.” Bill has many years of service to the University in an administrative capacity, as well, serving as Director of the Center for Political Science, Center for Russian and East European Studies, among others. CPS Director Nancy Burns noted that Bill was instrumental in getting space for the faculty in its current location in ISR-Thompson. Previously, the offices had been scattered throughout the building, which meant that the faculty didn’t often have an opportunity to interact informally. Bill’s response was that he’s long thought that architecture and a working coffee machine are key to fostering collaboration. Congratulations to Bill!

Gallup 2012 Presidential Election Polling Review

Posted June 10, 2013: CPS researcher Michael Traugott co-led a review of the pre-election polling methods used by Gallup during the time of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. The review focused on survey and sample design, field management, and data handling. The resulting report identified four factors that most likely contributed to the difference between Gallup’s estimate and the final results. Read the report here.

Jim Morrow Selected to Receive Collegiate Chair

Posted June 5, 2013: Jim Morrow has been selected to receive a collegiate chair, one of the highest honors that the University of Michigan bestows upon a member of the faculty. Jim has decided to name his chair after former Center for Political Studies faculty member Ken Organski. Jim is now the A.F.K. Organski Professor of Political Science. Congratulations, Jim!

Rob Franzese Receives EITM Founders Award

Posted April 19, 2013: Rob Franzese was presented with an EITM Founders Award at the alumni conference on Friday, April 12. Rob was one of the PIs on the original EITM grant back in 2002. The award is to thank and recognize them for their dedication and foresight for developing the EITM summer institutes. It was given on behalf of the first eleven cohorts of EITM alumni (2002-2012). Congratulations, Rob!

Scott Page Wins 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship Award

Posted April 11, 2013: CPS Research Professor Scott Page has won a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. He will use the award to explore how institutions–through incentive and informational structures–encourage and constrain various types of diversity and whether they produce the right kinds and levels of diversity. The project will involve collaborations with political scientists, mathematical economists, sociologists, and social psychologists. Congratulations, Scott!

In Memoriam: Hanes Walton

Posted January 15, 2013: We announce with great sorrow that Center for Political Studies (CPS) Professor Hanes Walton passed away on Monday January 7, 2013. CPS Director Nancy Burns notes that “Hanes Walton transformed a field. With his books on black politics, he created the theoretical and empirical building blocks for the study of African-American politics and political behavior. He was a key mentor to generations of scholars in the field. Walton was a generous and passionate scholar and colleague.”

Anna Grzymala-Busse selected to receive Faculty Recognition Award

This prestigious and competitive award is for mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the university through outstanding achievements in scholarly research, excellence as a teacher, advisor, and mentor, and distinguished service. Congratulations, Anna!

ISR Renews Global Partnership with Qatar University

The Institute for Social Research has renewed its partnership agreement with Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Institute (SESRI).

The agreement expands on a 2008 partnership to develop SESRI’s capacity as a leading social science research organization in Qatar and a key contributor to social science research in the Persian Gulf region.

Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and U-M Provost Philip Hanlon signed the agreement Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with SESRI Director Darwish Al-Emadi and ISR Director James Jackson looking on.

Also attending the signing ceremony were Susan Ziadeh, U.S. ambassador to Qatar; Humaid Al-Midfaa, QU vice president; Mazen Hasna, QU acting vice president for academic affairs; Saif Al-Sowaidi QU vice president for institutional planning and development; Nancy Burns, director of the ISR Center for Political Studies; and several SESRI faculty and students, and staff members of the U.S. Embassy in Qatar.

“In continuing this collaboration with ISR, we will benefit further from the experience of working with a premier research university known for its wealth of social science research and teaching experience,” Al-Emadi said.

“All of us at the U-M have consistently found our collaboration with SESRI not only enjoyable but also deeply rewarding,” said Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs.

“In four short years, SESRI has built a fully operational survey research institute that carries out studies of a quality and scope that are unmatched in the Gulf. Inspired and assisted by the ISR, the surveys SESRI conducts are state-of-the-art and consistent with the standards of leading survey research centers anywhere in the world.”

Liz Gerber Appointed Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy

Liz Gerber has been appointed as the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy, a collegiate professorship. This is one of the highest honors that the university can bestow on a faculty member. Congratulations, Liz!

Jacob Bowers Receives Political Methodology Emerging Scholar Award

Jacob Bowers has been announced as the winner of the Political Methodology Emerging Scholar Award. This award is designed to honor a young researcher, within ten years of their degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of political methodology. Congratulations, Jake!

Anna Grzymala-Busse Winner of Alexander George Award

Anna Grzymala-Busse has been selected as the winner of this year’s Alexander George Award. This award is given by the Qualitative Methods section of APSA for the best article published during the past year, and it goes to Anna for her Comparative Political Studies article, “Time Will Tell? Temporality and the Analysis of Causal Mechanisms and Processes.” Congratulations, Anna!

Walter Mebane Announced Winner of Best Statistical Software Award

Walter Mebane (along with Jas Sekhon) has been announced as the winner of the Best Statistical Software Award by the Political Methodology Section of APSA. The award is for genoud (Genetic Optimization using Derivatives), a free software package that Walter and Jas developed. Congratulations, Walter!

Ron Inglehart Receives Honorary Doctorate

Ron Inglehart has received an honorary doctorate from Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. Ron is the second person from our department to receive this honor from Leuphana; he joins Andy Markovits, who also received this award a few years ago. Congratulations, Ron!

Hanes Walton Elected Vice President of APSA

Hanes Walton has been elected Vice-President of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Congratulations, Hanes!

Donald Kinder Receives EPOVB Miller Award

Don Kinder received the honor of the APSA Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) Warren E. Miller Award honoring a career of outstanding intellectual contribution and service to the profession. He will be honored at the APSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans at a dinner following the business meeting reception. Congratulations, Don!

CLEA Wins 2012 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award

Ken Kollman, Allen Hicken, and Jill Wittrock along with David Backer (one of our PhDs, currently at Maryland) and Daniele Caramani have just been awarded this year’s Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award from APSA’s Comparative Politics section. Established in 1999, the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award is presented annually to the best data set in comparative politics. They’re receiving this prestigious award for their Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) database. The award will be presented at the APSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans during the business meeting. Congratulations!

Arthur Lupia’s Book Wins Robert E. Lane Award

Congratulations to Skip, whose book with Jamie Druckman, Don Green, and James Kuklinski, the “Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science”, won the Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology published in 2011!

Rocio Titiunik

The Department’s Executive Committee has selected Rocio Titiunik as the winner of this year’s Eldersveld Prize. The Committee was especially impressed with her recent APSR article and additional papers that are currently under review.

Sam Eldersveld generously donated funds to the Department to be used to honor outstanding research contributions by our students and faculty. According to his wishes, the award will alternate between a graduate student in one year and a faculty member in the next.

Rocio will be presenting a talk to the department based on her research in September. Congratulations, Rocio!

Vince Hutchings Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Vince Hutchings has been elected as a leader by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will be inducted at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 6, 2012. This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Vince!

Liz Gerber Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Liz Gerber has been elected as a leader by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She will be inducted at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 6, 2012. This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Liz!

Arthur Lupia Nominated as President-Elect of MPSA

Skip Lupia has been nominated President-Elect of Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), effective April, 2012. This is great news. Congratulations, Skip!

Arthur Lupia elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Skip Lupia has been named Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This is a well-deserved and major honor. Congratulations, Skip!

Ronald Inglehart Endowed Professorship Inaugural Lecture

Professor Ronald Inglehart received an appointment to the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professorship in Democracy, Democratization and Human Rights. His inaugural lecture “Evolutionary Modernization and Culture Change” will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheater where he will be introduced by LSA Dean Terry McDonald. A public reception will follow in the Rackham Assembly Hall. Congratulations, Ron!

Rob Franzese Named President of The Society for Political Methodology

Rob Franzese has been named President of The Society for Political Methodology. The Society for Political Methodology is the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association. Congratulations, Rob!

Allan Stam receives J. David Singer Award

Allan Stam, along with Scott Bennett (also a Michigan Ph.D.), was recently awarded the first annual J. David Singer Award. This award, given by APSA’s Conflict Processes section, recognizes the best data contribution to the study of political conflict, either within or between nation-states. Great job, Al!

Brian Min receives Gabriel Almond Award

Brian Min has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Gabriel Almond Award, given annually to the author of the best dissertation in Comparative Politics. Brian’s dissertation was titled “Democracy and Light: Public Service Provision in the Developing World,” and was co-chaired by Miriam Golden and Daniel Posner. Congratulations Brian!

Rob Franzese awarded Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology

Rob Franzese has just been awarded the Gosnell Prize for Excellent in Political Methodology! This award goes to the best paper in political methodology presented at any political science conference during the preceding year. Rob’s award-winning paper is “Modeling History-Dependent Network Coevolution” (co-authored with Jude Hays and Aya Kachi). Great work, Rob!

Scott Page elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Scott Page has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields”. Congratulations Scott!

Nancy Burns named president of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Congratulations to Nancy Burns, who in April 2011 was named predident of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)!

Festschrift for Ron Inglehart

In March 2011, scholars gathered for conferences at both Irvine, California and Lueneberg, Germany to present chapters for a festschrift for Ron Inglehart. The conference was organized by Russell Dalton (University of California at Irvine) and Christian Welzel (University of Lueneburg, Germany). From the conferences will be produced a book titled Global Cultural Change: Essays in honor of Ronald F. Inglehart. Congratulations, Ron!

Ron Inglehart receives the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Ron Inglehart has received the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science (in Swedish Skytteanska priset). The prize was established in 1995 by the Johan Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University, to be given “to the scholar who in the view of the Foundation has made the most valuable contribution to political science.” Ron has received the award along with Pippa Norris, professor in political science at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, “for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream approaches of research.” Congratulations!

Tessler, Kollman to Lead International Efforts in Revised Roles

As the university continues to advance global engagement opportunities for its students and faculty, Provost Phil Hanlon and LSA Dean Terrence McDonald have announced that Mark Tessler will take on the full-time role of vice provost for international affairs. He has served for six years in this capacity part time while also directing the International Institute. Hanlon and McDonald also announced, as part of this change, Kenneth Kollman’s appointment as director of the International Institute.

For more information, please see the University Record website .

Anna Grzymala-Busse to deliver the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professorship of European and Eurasian Studies Inaugural Lecture

Anna Grzymala-Busse is to deliver the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professorship of European and Eurasian Studies Inaugural Lecture on December 2, 2010. The title of the lecture will be “The Sacrilization of Political in Europe and Beyond.”

Abstract: Professor Grzymala-Busse will examine how churches influence politics, and why some have been so successful in framing policy debates and shaping policy outcomes. Familiar examples include abortion in Poland, stem cell research in Italy, and the teaching of evolution in the United States. In other countries, such as Croatia or Canada, churches have had much less impact on even the most sensitive areas of public policy. These differences persist even if we take into account levels of popular religious belief and practice, so that equally religious societies can produce very different public policy outcomes. In explaining these patterns, this talk will argue that the churches’ historical role in establishing the nation led both to claims of moral authority and to the diffidence of contemporary political elites to the churches.

Arthur Lupia to deliver the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professorship in Political Science Inaugural Lecture

Skip Lupia is to deliver the inaugural Hal R. Varian lecture on November 30, 2010. The title of the lecture will be “The Trouble with Voters and Those Who Try to Fix Them.”

Abstract: Many people believe that citizens don’t know enough to make good decisions on Election Day. Some of these people seek to improve what citizens know. But there is a problem with most of these people: they lack important information. As a result, they waste thousands of hours and millions of dollars on education campaigns that have little chance of success. This presentation is about how to improve citizen competence. Throughout the presentation, I integrate and make accessible important insights from the social sciences, cognitive sciences, marketing literatures, and current practices. Collectively, these lessons clarify when and how people who wish to improve citizen competence can do so more effectively and efficiently.

Ron Inglehart is one of three U-M researchers to receive grants from Russia

Ron Inglehart is one of three University of Michigan researchers who are among the winners of an international grant competition from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The grants are designed to attract leading scientists from around the world to Russian educational institutions.

Anna Grzymala-Busse receives professorship and directorship

Anna Grzymala-Busse will assume the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professorship of European and Eurasian Studies and the directorship of the WCEE and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, effective July 1.

ANES named to the NSF Sensational 60 list

The American National Election Studies (ANES) has been added to the American National Science Foundation’s Sensational 60 list, a list of 60 scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on American life.

Ted Brader delivers keynote speech to the European Association of Political Consultants

Congratulations to Ted Brader, who was a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Conference of the European Association of Political Consultants in Vienna, Austria in May 2010!

Arab Barometer receives APSA Comparative Politics Section Data Set Award

The Arab Barometer has just received the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award given by the APSA Comparative Politics Section. The Data Set Award is for a publicly available data set that has made an important contribution to the field of comparative politics.

Mike Traugott receives 2010 AAPOR award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement

Congratulations to Mike Traugott, who this last weekend received the 2010 AAPOR award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. The award, by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the Association’s higher honor, in recognition of lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution to the field of public opinion research.

Nancy Burns reappointed Director of ISR Center for Political Studies

Nancy Burns has been re-appointed Director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). A political scientist who has studied the reasons for gender differences in political participation, she was the first woman named to lead an ISR Center.

NSF awards $10 million for American National Election Studies

The American National Science Foundation has awarded $10 million to fund the American National Election Studies to study voter participation and decision-making in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, and in the mid-term elections of 2010.

Mike Traugott Elected President of MAPOR

Mike Traugott was elected president of Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) in November, 2011.

Ron Inglehart named the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization and Human Rights

Ron Inglehart has been named the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization and Human Rights in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.

John Jackson and Walter Mebane named members of first class of Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology

John Jackson and Walter Mebane have been named members of the first class of Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology. Selection “honors individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the development of political methodology, and whose methodological work has had a major international impact on subsequent scholarship in the field, in the discipline more broadly, and where appropriate in other areas.”

Ted Brader wins the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of APSA

Ted Brader has been awarded the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award for the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. The Emerging Scholar Award is awarded to the “top scholar in the field who is within 10 years or her or his Ph.D.”

Rob Franzese named Vice President of The Society for Political Methodology

Rob Franzese has been named Vice President of The Society for Political Methodology for the period 2009-2010. The Society for Political Methodology is the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association.

Sarri Receives Civil Liberties Champion Award

Rosemary Sarri has received the Civil Liberties Champion Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for her work in juvenile justice, family and child welfare.

Ron Inglehart named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ron Inglehart has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields”.

Scott Page receives the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

Scott Page has received the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, which is given to faculty members at the University of Michigan who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity. Much of Scott’s current research has been on the topic of diversity; you can read more about this work on his website at “http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~spage/diversity.html”.

Mark Tessler named a Carnegie Scholar

Mark Tessler has been named a Carnegie Scholar. His award from the Carnegie Corporation recognizes and supports “innovative individuals whose research will extend understanding of issues related to intellectual and policy developments in Islam and Muslim Communities.”

John Jackson named a winner of the 2009 Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

John Jackson has been named a winner of the 2009 Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. This award “honors exceptional achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, teaching, service and other activities that have brought distinction to the University of Michigan.”

An Evaluation of the Methodology of the 2008 Pre-Election Primary Polls

The AAPOR Ad Hoc Committee on the 2008 Presidential Primary Polling has released their report “An Evaluation of the Methodology of the 2008 Pre-Election Primary Polls.” The committee was chaired by Michael W. Traugott

Anna Grzymala-Busse Receives Ed A. Hewett Book Prize from AAASS

Anna Grzymala-Busse has received the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) for her book, Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies. The award is for an outstanding publication on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their transitional successors.

Jim Morrow Selected as President-Elect of The Peace Science Society International

Jim Morrow has been selected to be President-Elect of The Peace Science Society International, beginning in October 2008. The Peace Science Society describes itself on its website as “a scientific association of individuals developing theory and methods for the study of peace.”

John Jackson Receives 2008 Political Methodology Career Achievement Award

John Jackson has received the 2008 Career Achievement Award from the Society for Political Methodology, a section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The APSA website describes the Political Methodology Career Achievement Award as honoring “an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the Political Methodology field.”

Anna Grzymala-Busse (with Keith Darden) Receives 2008 Luebbert Article Award

Anna Grzymala-Busse has received the Gregory Luebbert Article Award from the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The Luebbert Article Award is for the best article in the field of comparative politics published in the previous two years. The award, presented in 2008, was for her article “The Great Divide” with co-author Keith Darden of Yale, which appeared in the October 2006 issue of the journal World Politics.

Rob Salmond Receives 2008 Carl Albert Award

Rob Salmond has received the 2008 Carl Albert Dissertation Aard from the Legislative Studies section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for his dissertation “Parliamentary Question Times: How Legislative Accountability Mechanisms Affect Citizens and Politics.” The Carl Albert Award is awarded annually to the best dissertation in the area of legislative studies.

Jim Morrow Awarded 2009 CICS International Development and Security Fellowship

Jim Morrow has been awarded a 2009 International Development and Security Fellowship from the University of Michigan Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS). Jim’s research “addresses international relations theory, explanations for why conflict and cooperation occur in international politics, and the application of noncooperative game theory, drawn from economics, to explain international conflict.”

John Jackson Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

John Jackson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as part of its 2008 Class of Fellows. As described on its website (http://www.amacad.org/), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is “an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems” and its elected members are “leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs.”

Hanes Walton (with Tasha Philpot) Receives the Best Paper Award from the American Journal of Political Science

Hanes Walton has received the 2008 Best Paper award from the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), for the best paper appearing in the journal in the previous year. Professor Walton received the award for his paper with Tasha Philpot of the University of Texas at Austin, titled “One of Our Own: Black Female Candidates and the Voters Who Support Them” and appearing in the January 2007 issue of AJPS. The award was presented at the 2008 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), with additional information appearing on the MPSA website.

Von Stein Awarded CICS Human Rights Fellowship

The Center for International and Comparative Studies has awarded two faculty fellowships for 2007-2008, one in the area of human rights, and one for work on international development and security. The Fellows will offer an undergraduate seminar for students enrolled in the International Studies Minor, and will deliver a public lecture.

Jana von Stein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been named the 2007-2008 Human Rights Fellow. Her primary field of interest is International Cooperation (particularly compliance with international agreements), and her work more generally covers International Relations, Quantitative Methods, and Comparative Politics subfields.

She will teach a course for the International Studies Minor in the fall of 2007 (CICS 401) entitled International Law and the Politics of Human Rights. She will deliver the Human Rights Lecture in October 2007 on The Origins and Effects of International Human Rights Law.

Sarri Receives Mentoring Award

Rosemary Sarri, Professor Emerita of Social Work and Research Professor Emerita at the Institute for Social Work, has been selected to receive a 2007 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award.

Sarri completed her graduate work at the Universities of Minnesota and Michigan. Her research focuses on juvenile justice and child welfare, as well as on the impact of federal and state policy on the well-being of children. She has been involved in international social work education for many years in Asia, South America, and Australia. She is currently assisting in the development of graduate social work education at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her most recent book, co-authored with Josefina McDonough, is Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment and Resistance.

Lupia to Receive AAPOR Innovation Award

Skip Lupia (along with co-PI, Diana Mutz at the University of Pennsylvania) will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) as recipient of the Warren Mitofsky Innovators Award, (formerly the the AAPOR Innovators Award). The award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. Lupia and Mutz are being recognized for the creation of TESS (Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences) an NSF-funded infrastructure project that offers researchers opportunities to test their experimental ideas on large, diverse, randomly-selected subject populations.

Bednar and Page Awarded Fellowships

Jenna Bednar has been awarded a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, CA for the 2007-08 academic year. She will focus on her research on the coevolution of culture and institutions.

Scott Page will be visiting the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences for the 2007-2008 academic year. While at CASBS, Scott will be working on his institutions and culture project that is part of the Air Force MURI grant that he and Jenna Bednar received along with scholars from UM, MIT, and Northwestern. This project applies agent based modeling, game theory, and learning theory to the study of institutional performance and choice.

Lupia Wins 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship

CPS Research Professor Arthur “Skip” Lupia has won a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and will use the award to complete a book on political knowledge and civic engagement.

The 2007 Fellowship winners include 189 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from almost 2,800 applicants for awards totaling $7,600,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which includes six members who are themselves past Fellows of the Foundation.

Page’s Book, The Difference, is Published

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

(Summary From Princeton Press)

In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to each other. The Difference is about how we think in groups, about how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity-not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities.

Greg Markus named to NCID Faculty Fellows

The National Center for Institutional Diversity is very pleased to support the work of five distinguished faculty fellows during the 2006-2007 school year: Deborah Carter, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; Rosie Ceballo, Psychology and Women’s Studies; Greg Markus, Political Science, Center for Political Studies (ISR); Ian Robinson, Sociology, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (with community practitioner Elena Herrada); Toni Villarruel, School of Nursing, Center for Health Promotion (with faculty members Lynn Wooten, Richard Redman, and Ricardo Guzman). 

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) aims to prepare people for active engagement in a diverse society and works toward building productive inclusive communities at the University of Michigan and beyond. Each NCID Fellow will be expected to work on a significant project of data gathering and analysis, or other creative activity that furthers the mission of diversity at Michigan and beyond. The participants will work with a team that consists of either graduate or undergraduate students, U-M staff, and/or community partners.

Burns and Kollman Awarded CASBS Fellowships

Nancy Burns will be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Palo Alto from September, 2006 through May, 2007. She will be writing a book, coauthored with Donald Kinder, examining the consequences of gendered and racial ideas for political thought and action.

Ken Kollman is also on sabbatical at CASBS from September, 2006 through June, 2007. He will be researching and writing a book on leadership in federations. The book project includes studies of leadership accession in a variety of historical time periods and settings, including the modern European Union, 19th Century United States, the Roman Catholic Church, the Plains Indian federations, and the AFL-CIO.

Robert Franzese Named Acting Director of CPS

Robert J. Franzese, Jr. has been appointed Acting Director of the Center for Political Studies for 2006-2007, beginning in late August, while Nancy Burns is on leave. Professor Franzese’s research interests center on the comparative and international political economy of developed democracies. His work has focused on how political and economic (a) institutions (e.g., electoral & governmental systems, central bank independence, labor-market organization, etc.), (b) structure (e.g., income distribution, party-system polarization and fractionalization), and (c) circumstances/events (e.g., elections, terms-of-trade shocks, etc.) affect macroeconomic policymaking: its character and its efficacy.

His research agenda has produced several journal articles and conference and working papers on the monetary-, fiscal-, and other economic-policy effects of, for example, participation, representation, veto actors, delegation, central bank independence, wage bargaining institutions, and international context and institutions. It has also produced his book on the democratic (mis-)management of the Keynesian Welfare State: Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2002. From this central agenda in macro-, positive, political economy, Professor Franzese’s research and teaching interests branch into related issues in the comparative and international politics of developed democracies and quantitative empirical methodology.

CPS Welcomes Koremenos and von Stein

Barbara Koremenos joined Michigan as an Associate Professor of Political Science in September 2005. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1999. She also received an M.P.P. from Chicago in the early 1990s.

Much of her research applies game theory to issues of institutional and agreement design. She has published in International Organization, Journal of Legal Studies, Rationality and Society, and American Political Science Review. She is co-editor of a special issue of International Organization (Fall 2001) entitled, “Rational Design: Explaining the Form of International Institutions,” in which she co-authors the theoretical framework article as well as the conclusion.

She is the second political scientist ever to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award ($250,000) for her project entitled, “Designing International Agreements: Theoretical Development, Data Collection, and Empirical Analysis,” which addresses the continent of international law from a political science perspective.

Jana von Stein’s broad areas of research and teaching interest are: international cooperation and institutions; the relationship between domestic politics and international relations; and statistical methods. Jana’s current research seeks to understand when and why states comply with the international legal commitments they make. To understand what impact international law might have on state behavior, she also examines why states initially sign international agreements. The research project examines the questions of why states commit and why they comply in three areas of international cooperation.

In the realm of economics, the study looks at the relationship between commitment to the International Monetary Fund and current account restrictions. In the realm of human rights, the project examines the relationship between ratification of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Minimum Age Convention and child labor; and the relationship between ratification of the ILO Equal Remuneration Convention and gender wage equality.

Finally, in international environmental affairs, the study looks at the relationship between commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and greenhouse gas emissions. Jana von Stein joined the faculty at Michigan in September 2005.

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