Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.
Department of Political Science News
Following Tuesday’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama, political science professor Anthony Nownes spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about the varied response from the Republican party.
Schools that have more minority teachers have reduced minority teen pregnancy rates. That’s the finding of a new study done by Danielle Atkins, assistant professor of political science. Atkins collaborated on the study, which has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be on campus Tuesday, November 12, to participate in a panel about the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. Discuss topics will include regional change, issues, and challenges and opportunities for new growth in Appalachia.
Zack Condry, political consultant and UT alumnus, will return to his alma mater on Monday to talk about the increasing role of party committees and political action committees in American elections. Free and open to the public, “Confessions of a Political Consultant: Party Committees, PACS and the Negative Ads We All Secretly Love” will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.
Newly published research by Danielle Atkins, assistant professor in the UT Department of Political Science, shows schools that have a greater representation of minority teachers also have reduced teen pregnancy rates. The study, published in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, was featured in the London School of Economics and Political Science’s American Politics and
The marathon bombing suspects may have ethnic origins in Chechnya, a region on the border in southwestern Russia. WATE-TV spoke to Brandon Prins, an associated professor of political science, to learn more about the area’s connection with terrorism and Al Qaeda.
The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
John Scheb, professor and head of the Department of Political Science, is quoted in this Knoxville News Sentinel story about an online petition for Tennessee to secede from the United States. Scheb says that an 1869 US Supreme Court ruling made legal secession impossible.
A study coauthored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, political science professor has found that as the Republican Party’s control of Congress increases, so does the share of the nation’s wealth held by the top 1 percent of earners.