Political Science News

Washington Post: Why celeb endorsements matter

Political science professor Anthony Nownes was featured in a Washington Post blog entitled “Why celeb endorsements matter (Or, is George Clooney more like Jennifer Aniston or Peyton Manning?)”.

Iraq’s Ambassador to U.S. to Speak at UT’s Baker Center

Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2006, will be speaking at UT Knoxville on March 4. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. Advanced reservations are required.

UT Professor Finds Economic Inequality is Self-reinforcing

When the gap between the haves and have-nots gets larger, one would think the have-nots would want more help, most likely in the form of government programs, to fight rising inequities. Not so, says Nate Kelly, assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Folz Wins IPS Faculty Excellence Award

David Folz, professor of political science and public administration, is the recipient of this year’s Faculty Excellence Award from UT’s Institute for Public Service (IPS). Each year IPS recognizes a faculty member who has worked with the institute or its agencies in the last year and has demonstrated a commitment to public service and excellence in teaching or consulting.

Ready for the World: Our World in Need — UT Philosophy Professor Probes Bigger Questions about Poverty

What is poverty? When David Reidy asks his students that, he’s not looking for a number or a simple definition. He’s asking them to think about what poverty means — and how it can mean vastly different things to different people. Reidy, associate professor of philosophy and adjunct associate professor of political science at UT Knoxville, teaches courses that help students understand and evaluate political, social and legal issues. The discussion often looks at poverty and how it relates to trade, wealth distribution and government.