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.
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A panel of scholars and community leaders will discuss “Mass Incarceration in America: Time for Reform?” from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.
Brandon Prins, professor of political science, and co-researcher Anup Phayal, postdoctoral research fellow with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, were recently featured as guest authors in the Washington Post. The article, “What do pirates want? To Steal Riches at Sea so They Can Pay for Wars on Land,” describes where piracy still frequently occurs and why it continues to be a profitable way of life for rebels.
President Donald Trump’s first order of business was signing an executive order that ordered federal agencies to ease the burden from Obamacare. WVLT interviewed political science professor, Richard Pacelle, to discuss the implications of Trump’s action.
Kiley McCoy, a senior in political science, wrote a guest column for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the need for an increase in minimum wage for the working poor.
The Knoxville News Sentinel included Rich Pacelle, head of the Department of Political Science, and Krista Wiegand, associate professor of political science and national security expert at the Baker Center, in a story examining what the administration of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration would look like.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 interviewed Anthony Nownes, professor of political science, about key election indicators that would offer clues about how local and national elections would work out.
Michael Fitzgerald, a professor of political science, spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel about the critical role North Carolina would play in the presidential election. He noted that the electoral college in that state would be a key to winning the White House.
The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Michael Fitzgerald, professor of political science, about potential changes that would need to be made in the Democratic Party following this month’s presidential election.
Media outlets turned to experts from UT to help better understand the election, its aftermath, and why the polls were so wrong.