Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

Political scientist Roy Meyers analyzes the negotiations over President Obama’s final budget

In a new article in The Conversation, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers writes that President Obama’s final budget proposal highlights the growing divide between political parties and shines a light on recent efforts at budget reform. Continue reading Political scientist Roy Meyers analyzes the negotiations over President Obama’s final budget

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UMBC Supreme Court scholar argues former justice has best chance of winning confirmation

Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, there has been widespread speculation over the next steps to fill the vacant seat. William Blake, an assistant professor of political science, argues in a new Baltimore Sun op-ed that President Obama should nominate former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Continue reading UMBC Supreme Court scholar argues former justice has best chance of winning confirmation

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Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

Tyson King-Meadows appointed associate dean of College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Tyson King-Meadows, chair of Africana studies and associate professor of political science, has been appointed associate dean of UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), beginning in summer 2016. King-Meadows joined UMBC in 2003 and has held numerous … Continue reading Tyson King-Meadows appointed associate dean of College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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William Blake, Political Science, Explains the Supreme Court Long Conference in The New York Times

William Blake, a new assistant professor in the political science department, was quoted in a recent New York Times article about a study he conducted with two colleagues that investigated why the Supreme Court grants a smaller percentage of cases during the … Continue reading William Blake, Political Science, Explains the Supreme Court Long Conference in The New York Times

Social Sciences Forum: We are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond (9/24)

Social Sciences Forum Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, principal attorney, Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico Bárbara Suárez Galeano, Interpreter, Autonomous University of Social Movements, Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago Thursday, September 24 | 4:30 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery   Mexico is at a critical moment: the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers and college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. In the context of a war on drugs that has left more than 25,000 disappeared, Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez will speak on the human rights situation in … Continue reading Social Sciences Forum: We are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond (9/24)

Social Sciences Forum: Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture: Counter-Stories: Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Wartime (9/15)

Social Sciences Forum Mark Graber, Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law  Tuesday, September 15 | 4:30 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  Mark Graber examines the problems of how and why the U.S. has often enacted restrictive policies during wartime, and how military conflicts and tensions influence civil liberties and civil rights in the United States. Graber argues that the same factors explain why some rights are restricted, why some rights are expanded, and why some rights are protected during particular wars. These factors also continue to influence contemporary responses to … Continue reading Social Sciences Forum: Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture: Counter-Stories: Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Wartime (9/15)

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes ISN Article on What Makes a Modern World Power

Sunil Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, recently published an article in International Relations and Security Network (ISN) News on the establishment of world powers through norms and institutions instead of superior capabilities over others. Using the example of Britain, Dasgupta noted that despite its decline, its membership in international institutions ensures the country staying power on the world stage: “Britain remains a veto-carrying, permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, one of a handful of nuclear weapons states, a rich country, and one of the closest allies of the United States. Despite Prime Minister Cameron’s … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes ISN Article on What Makes a Modern World Power

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Analyzes Immigration Policy in the Huffington Post, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

Thomas Schaller, professor and chair of political science, along with colleagues at UCLA and Stanford, recently published a column in the Huffington Post that examined the legacy of President Obama’s Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action that took affect three years ago. DACA directed the government to temporarily defer action on young immigrants in the United States who came to the country at an early age as undocumented immigrants with their parents. Schaller, who is political director of the polling and research firm Latino Decisions, wrote about the political significance of the action on immigration policy. “While DACA’s primary, real-world … Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Analyzes Immigration Policy in the Huffington Post, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes about World Politics in ISN Following FIFA Arrests

Following the recent arrests of FIFA officials, Sunil Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, wrote an article for International Relations and Security Network (ISN) News about the arrests illustrating a key feature of American soft power. “Rather than blaming the media or the public for paying more attention to a sporting controversy than to developments in the South China Sea, this unlikely legal move by the U.S. Department of Justice should be taken as evidence of the symbolic nature of power in contemporary international politics. On the symbolic terrain of soft power, the governance … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes about World Politics in ISN Following FIFA Arrests

Donald Norris (School of Public Policy) and Thomas Schaller (Political Science), Provide Analysis Ahead of Martin O’Malley’s May 30 Announcement

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to announce his presidential plans on May 30 in Baltimore. School of Public Policy Director Donald Norris was interviewed by WJZ Channel 13 and commented on what the Democratic party landscape could look like for O’Malley should he officially declare his candidacy. “There is an increasing number of voices that are saying we need an alternative to Hillary Clinton,” he said. Thomas Schaller, professor and chair of political science, was quoted in a Governing article about how the recent events in Baltimore could impact O’Malley’s presidential plans. “The bad news is that the country is paying … Continue reading Donald Norris (School of Public Policy) and Thomas Schaller (Political Science), Provide Analysis Ahead of Martin O’Malley’s May 30 Announcement

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes Article for ISN on Failure of Foreign Aid to Pakistan

Sunil Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, recently published an article in International Relations and Security Network (ISN) Digital Library News about the impact of foreign aid on curtailing extremist violence in Pakistan. In his article, Dasgupta outlined how Pakistan has been at the center of several international security concerns for years, is a source of Islamist extremism and violence, and possesses nuclear weapons. “Those invested in transforming Pakistan—the United States and the Western world in general, overseas and liberal Pakistanis—have concluded from these facts that the solution in Pakistan lies in strengthening the state … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Writes Article for ISN on Failure of Foreign Aid to Pakistan

UMBC Faculty Provide Perspective and Reflect on Recent Events in Baltimore

In response to recent events that have transpired in Baltimore over the last several days, several UMBC faculty have engaged in thoughtful reflection and dialogue in the news around the complex challenges facing the Baltimore community. The substantive commentaries come from different viewpoints and add various perspectives to the ongoing conversation of the past week’s events. In The Conversation, School of Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short wrote about three background factors that should be considered when asking why the violence and riots took place in response to the death of one young man: the momentum of the police brutality … Continue reading UMBC Faculty Provide Perspective and Reflect on Recent Events in Baltimore

Lipitz Lecture: India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons: Deterrence Stability in South Asia (5/7)

Humanities/Social Sciences Forum Thursday, May 7 | 4:00 p.m. Lipitz Lecture Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Studies, UMBC  Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  Recent events and scholarly analysis suggest that South Asia may be trending toward yet another nuclear-tinged Indo-Pakistani crisis. Meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India has stalled, the disputed territory of Kashmir has seen regular exchanges of fire across the Line of Control (LOC), and Indian strategic elites worry about the possibility of another Mumbai-style terrorist attack. This talk assesses the robustness of Indo-Pakistani deterrence stability. More specifically, it analyzes the likelihood that another mass-casualty … Continue reading Lipitz Lecture: India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons: Deterrence Stability in South Asia (5/7)

Laura Hussey, Political Science, on WYPR

Laura Hussey, an associate professor of political science, recently discussed on WYPR the police accountability bills that died in committees on the last day of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. In the story, Hussey said it was a lack of unity that may have led to the bills’ failure. “Activists need to have some sort of consensus around what’s going to be a viable policy solution to this issue and I don’t think that consensus is there yet,” she said. Hussey also discussed the belief among some that police accountability is mainly a Baltimore City problem. “Those in outlying … Continue reading Laura Hussey, Political Science, on WYPR

Felipe Filomeno, Political Science, Awarded Early Career Prize from the Latin American Studies Association

Felipe Filomeno, an assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the Early Career Prize of the Economics & Politics Section of the Latin American Studies Association. The award comes in recognition of his article “Patterns of Rule-Making and Intellectual Property Regimes: Lessons from South American Soybean Agriculture”, published in the Journal of Comparative Politics in 2014. Below is a summary of Filomeno’s article: Around 1980, states and corporations from core countries led by the U.S. government started to demand from other countries reforms that increased the scope and strength of private intellectual property rights. The resulting global upward ratchet of intellectual property … Continue reading Felipe Filomeno, Political Science, Awarded Early Career Prize from the Latin American Studies Association

Tyson King-Meadows and Thomas Schaller, Political Science, on The Marc Steiner Show

On March 12, Tyson King-Meadows, an associate professor of political science and chair of Africana studies, was a guest on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show to discuss his experience attending the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march in Selma. King-Meadows shared the purpose and significance of attending the event, including celebrating those who marched in 1965 for voting rights in the face of brutality, and bringing awareness to a new and improved Voting Rights Amendment (VRA). King-Meadows appeared on the program with Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and longtime community activist and mentor Ralph Moore. To listen to the full segment, … Continue reading Tyson King-Meadows and Thomas Schaller, Political Science, on The Marc Steiner Show

Laura Hussey, Political Science, and Donald Norris, School of Public Policy, Discuss Anthony Brown’s Decision to Run for Congress

After former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced he was running for the U.S. House seat vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards, reaction came in from across Maryland on Brown’s decision to jump back into politics after last year’s gubernatorial election. Laura Hussey, an associate professor of political science, was interviewed for an article in the Gazette about Brown’s decision, saying he is the likely front-runner in the race despite losing the gubernatorial election. “He’s got name recognition in a huge way,” Hussey said. “Plus he’s in his home territory and he’s going to have more support in that area.” To read the full … Continue reading Laura Hussey, Political Science, and Donald Norris, School of Public Policy, Discuss Anthony Brown’s Decision to Run for Congress

UMBC Political Science and School of Public Policy Faculty React to Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Retirement Announcement

After Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement on March 2, reaction poured in from across the country and state of Maryland. UMBC political science and School of Public Policy faculty were interviewed by several local and national media outlets to provide perspective and analysis on Mikulski’s legacy and what the political future will hold after her seat is vacated in 2016. In an interview that aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” political science professor Roy Meyers said Sen. Mikulski’s legacy crossed party lines: “Many of the women that came into the Senate and the House, regardless of whether they were … Continue reading UMBC Political Science and School of Public Policy Faculty React to Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Retirement Announcement

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in ISN

In an article published February 25 in the International Relations and Security Network Digital Library News, Sunil Dasgupta analyzed the shifting balance of power between the United States and Russia in light of recent events in Ukraine. “Russia’s ability to defy the United States and other Western powers in Ukraine (as well as Moscow’s support of the Syrian and Iranian regimes) since late 2013 has suggested that the period of soft balancing is over. The return of traditional balance of power politics implies that a multipolar world, in which the United States is one of many similarly positioned great powers, … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in ISN

Roy Meyers, Political Science, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

On February 9, WYPR’s Maryland Morning hosted political science professor Roy Meyers to discuss education spending in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget. Meyers discussed in-depth what K-12 education spending looks like for schools in the proposed budget. “There are two kinds of cuts in the governor’s budget for all the counties and the cities across the board. One cut is the cut in the Geographic Cost of Education Index which under law he is allowed to make in his budget. That’s about $68 million in savings,” said Meyers. “The other savings, about $76 million, is in proposed changes to the law that … Continue reading Roy Meyers, Political Science, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

Arthur Johnson, Political Science, Describes the Sondheim Public Affairs Program in The Faculty Voice

Arthur Johnson, provost emeritus and political science, penned an article in The Faculty Voice about how UMBC’s Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program contributes to the public good. The Faculty Voice is the independent faculty news source in the University System of Maryland. In the article, Johnson outlines the history of the Sondheim Scholars program, the impact of its alumni, and how the program continues to evolve. He emphasizes that public service is not defined by a career in government, but rather a desire to serve others and inspire social change. Johnson also recounted the program’s connection to Walter Sondheim, … Continue reading Arthur Johnson, Political Science, Describes the Sondheim Public Affairs Program in The Faculty Voice

Social Sciences Forum: The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House (2/11)

On Wednesday, February 11, Political Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller will present the Social Sciences Forum “The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House,” at 4:30 p.m. in the University Center Room 310. Once the party of presidents, the GOP in recent elections has failed to pull together convincing national majorities. Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential races and lost the popular vote in five of the last six. Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” set in motion a vicious cycle, Schaller contends: as the GOP became more conservative, it became more Congress-centered, and … Continue reading Social Sciences Forum: The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House (2/11)

Susannah Prucka, Political Science, and UMBC Students Visit U.S. Supreme Court

Susannah Prucka, an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science, and four UMBC students visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 20 to sit in on oral arguments and meet with two of Justice Samuel Alito’s law clerks. The students were part of a fall course titled the “Judicial Process,” in which they studied the judicial branch and judicial decision-making. William Rice, Lereiya Edmonson, Nelly Waribe, and Ellis Zapas were the students who participated in the visit and are all juniors and political science majors. During their time at the Supreme Court, the students saw oral arguments in two cases: Williams-Yulee … Continue reading Susannah Prucka, Political Science, and UMBC Students Visit U.S. Supreme Court

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in Eurasia Review

In a recent article published in Eurasia Review, Sunil Dasgupta provided analysis on al-Qaeda’s announcement that it is launching a branch in the Indian Subcontinent. Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, examined why a terrorist group with a substantial presence in the region would need to make a formal announcement about activities in that part of the world. “The answer may be an alarming one,” Dasgupta wrote. “The move may be part of a broader strategy to enlist elements of India’s disenchanted Muslim underclass in the service of the group’s global agenda.” In his column, Dasgupta discussed … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in Eurasia Review

Roy Meyers, Political Science, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

On Friday, January 9, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers appeared on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast to discuss Maryland’s budget process for the upcoming year. Meyers was a guest on the program along with The Daily Record Government Reporter Bryan Sears. Meyers offered insight into what Maryland Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan will encounter with negotiations with the legislature when he takes office next week. He discussed mandated entitlement spending, discretionary spending, and analyzed Maryland’s unique budget process. “Every year the governor makes a budget proposal. That budget proposal not only includes recommended spending levels for agency operations which the legislature can’t increase, but … Continue reading Roy Meyers, Political Science, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

In his January 6 column in the Baltimore Sun, Political Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller wrote about his new book “The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House,” published this month by Yale University Press. In his column, he discussed the core argument of his book: “My main contention is that the Republicans — and, I suppose, the Democrats too — have reached a point of ideological-institutional confluence. Specifically, in our protracted modern era of partisan polarization and divided government, it makes sense that the more conservative party dominates Congress rather than the presidency.” In the column, … Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

Roy Meyers, Political Science, on MarylandReporter.com

In a December 15 column published on MarylandReporter.com, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers shared his thoughts on why there are no easy budget fixes in Maryland. He responded to an earlier column written by Barry Rascovar which outlined potential solutions to solving state budget deficits. Meyers addressed state revenue estimates, adjusting the start time of the fiscal year, and sweeping under-projected revenues into the state’s surplus, all of which were discussed in Rascovar’s column. “It’s important to remember that just as with budgets, for the budget process there is no such thing as an ‘easy fix,’” Meyers wrote in his … Continue reading Roy Meyers, Political Science, on MarylandReporter.com

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in Bloomberg and the Daily Beast, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

Political Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller has been in the news recently analyzing the future of the Democratic Party in the South. In a Bloomberg Politics article examining how Democrats will rebuild after the recent midterm elections, Schaller discussed what could be next for party. “The irony for me is that even I would say, at this point, there’s no place to go but up for the Democrats,” Schaller said. “There’ve been five federal cycles, and in every single count there’re fewer Democratic officials from the South in almost all of those elections.” “Look at the Republicans,” Schaller added. “At one … Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in Bloomberg and the Daily Beast, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun