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Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and department chair of political science, delivered a lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8.

Presented as a play that unfolds in seven acts, the ensuing drama provides readers with both a practical guide for how to conduct immersive participant-observation research and a sophisticated theoretical engagement with the relationship between ethnography as a research method and the operation of power.

Regine A. Spector, political science, is interviewed about her new book “Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia.”

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is using a joint fundraising committee along with her own political action committee and the Democratic State Committee to raise money, has adopted a system she previously opposed.

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a story about how understaffing at the U.S. State Department is damaging the foreign policy apparatus and he says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bears much of the blame.

Professors Diane Curtis and Jennifer L. Nye delivered a lecture on the process of applying to law school in Herter Hall on Wednesday evening.

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says President Donald J. Trump is doing very well at getting his judicial nominees confirmed by the U.S. Senate, despite his claims that Democrats are obstructing his judicial picks. He also says it “strains credulity” to say that Democrats are responsible for obstruction because Republicans “hold almost all the cards” in the process. (Los Angeles TimesChicago Daily Law Bulletin)

Paul Musgrave, mentioned in CNBC, says while diplomats and political people worry that President Donald J. Trump’s willingness to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran may harm efforts to negotiate with North Korea, the two situations aren’t really equivalent. 

Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and chair of the department of political science, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. The academy was established by Congress in 1967 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to help government leaders address critical management challenges and to develop more “effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations.”

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news analysis about why some political observers believe the atmosphere in the White House has become toxic, as evidenced by President Donald J. Trump’s public quarrels with his staff and cabinet. (Vox, MSNBC)