Department of Political Science News

Postdoc, Undergrads Pen Column in The Root About Flint Water Crisis

A team of UT undergraduates and one postdoctoral researcher penned a column for The Root exploring the causes of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and questioned which parties are to be held responsible. The water crisis poisoned Flint residents and a government investigation has brought forth charges as a result. The column’s writers include Louise Seamster,

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UT Professor Wraps Up Fulbright Experience in Manila

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines. Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year.

West Virginia Newspaper Features UT’s Role in Stargazing Party

Last month, UT co-hosted a stargazing party–the fourth annual Calhoun Stargaze–in Calhoun County, West Virginia. According to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which featured the event, without the bright lights of an urban setting Calhoun Park off West Virginia 16 outside of Grantsville has one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.

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UT Professor Wins Prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

For the first time, a UT professor has received a major Carnegie fellowship. Nicknamed “the brainy awards,” the fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Nathan J. Kelly, associate professor of political science, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Research Fellow. The recognition comes for his work studying how economic inequality reinforces itself through politics.

Oak Ridger: Fitzgerald Speaks on U.S.-Russia Relations at Recent Event

The Oak Ridger recently featured Michael Fitzgerald, professor of political science and senior teaching fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Fitzgerald was the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge’s Lunch with the League event on Tuesday, April 18. He spoke about U.S.-Russia relations, which is his area of study.

Expert: Supreme Court Nominee Could Decide Nation’s Course on Immigration, Free Speech, LGBT Rights

Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the US Supreme Court are under way in Washington, DC, this week. If appointed, he would have a hand in interpreting the Constitution and thus shaping the nation’s laws relating to primary issues including immigration and deportation; presidential power; free speech; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, said Richard Pacelle, head of UT’s Department of Political Science.