Department of Political Science News

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

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.

News Sentinel: Secede from the Union? Some in Tennessee say aye

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.

Pregame Showcase: The Relationship between Politics and Income Inequality

Nate Kelly

How do politics affect income inequality in the United States? Nathan Kelly, associate professor of political science, will shed some light on that question when he presents The Politics of Income and Inequality in the United States at Saturday’s Pregame Showcase prior to the Vols vs. Akron football game.

Campus Groups Team Up to Present Foreign Policy Week

Foreign policy, globalization, global security—these terms are often used in news headlines and tossed about in political debates. But what do they really mean and why are these issues important to all of us? Those questions prompted the development of Foreign Policy Week, which will be held September 10–13.

UT Expands Public Administration Program with Baker Center for Public Policy

A UT master’s program that has trained hundreds of Tennessee’s government and nonprofit managers has been expanded to better serve the industry. This fall, UT began offering a new Master of Public Policy and Administration through a partnership between the Baker Center and the College of Arts and Science’s political science department.

UT Professor Looks at How Stars’ Endorsements Can Help—or Hurt—Politicians

Star-studded endorsements may be attention grabbing, but does it influence voters? Yes, it does, according to research recently published by a political science professor Anthony Nownes. Nownes found that celebrities who contribute to political campaigns can make a party more or less likable, depending on what voters think of the celebrities in the first place.