Department of Political Science News

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet


Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.

UT Student Chosen for Prestigious International Humanity in Action Fellowship

Ediobong "Edi" Ebiefung

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.

UT Researcher Finds Minority Teachers Can Help Lower Teen Pregnancy Rate

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.

Panel on Appalachia Includes Federal Figure

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.

Alum to Give “Confessions of a Political Consultant” Lecture on Monday

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.

American Politics and Policy Blog: Schools that employ more minority teachers have lower minority teenage pregnancy rates

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

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WATE: UT Professor Talks About History of Violence in Chechnya

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.

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.