Roy Meyers publishes primer on the federal budget process, outlining anticipated hurdles for Trump administration proposal

“The bottom line is that the White House publicized a target of $54 billion…in cuts without receiving any feedback from agencies about the feasibility of making them,” writes Meyers, professor of political science. Continue reading Roy Meyers publishes primer on the federal budget process, outlining anticipated hurdles for Trump administration proposal

Michael Eric Dyson headlines Obama Effect 2.0 conference at UMBC

“This conference is not only significant to our understanding of the potential legacy of the first self-identified African-American president of the United States, but it is also timely as we approach one of the most contentious and polarizing presidential elections of our country’s history,” says Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American studies and lead conference organizer. Continue reading Michael Eric Dyson headlines Obama Effect 2.0 conference at UMBC

In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

“I’m writing this book now because we are at this precarious period where I think we can still save democratic legitimacy and we can still move forward with democratization,” says Grodsky. “But in order to do this we need to stop and we need to think about what people are after.” Continue reading In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

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Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

In a new article published in The Conversation, Anson focuses on two recent research papers in which he investigates how economic biases are formed and maintained and explores what the future of economic accountability might look like. Continue reading Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

The program was a tremendous success, with 83 percent of clients served receiving a refund and almost $126,000 in total refunds for the program. Almost two-thirds of the clients who received refunds said they planned to use it to pay off debt, pay past due bills, or save and invest the money. Continue reading First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

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Felipe Filomeno and students examine immigration policies and urban revival in post-industrial America

“In Baltimore, the number of immigrants increased 50 percent between 2000 and 2013, contributing to the first population growth the city experienced in decades,” write Filomeno and his students in the National League of Cities publication “The Weekly.” Continue reading Felipe Filomeno and students examine immigration policies and urban revival in post-industrial America

UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. This year, several UMBC faculty across disciplines are organizing conference panel discussions and presenting their research. Continue reading UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

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