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The Political Science Department is pleased to announce that the Best Thesis Award for 2010 is awarded to Michael Gaubinger, for his thesis titled, "A Roadmap for Prevention: Water Scarcity, Political Stability, and Terrorism in Yemen." Laura Reed supervised the thesis and Peter Haas served as a second reader.


“My dream is to be an agent of change for my generation,” says Jonathan Johanntoberns-Tabb ’11 (political science/history), who received both an SBS Opportunity Scholarship and an Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship this spring. “Foreign service, intelligence work, or working on public policy in D.C. are my goals for the near term after graduate school for government and international relations.”

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Associate Professor Brenda Bushouse was an invited speaker at the University of Colorado, Denver at an event featuring Elinor Ostrom,  2009 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics.  The presentation was part of a symposium on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework developed by Ostrom and colleagues at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.  Papers from the symposium will be published in a special issue of the Policy Studies Journal.

Professor Jillian Schwedler invited to be a featured speaker on May 4 at the Dubai Initiative Conference "Adaptation and Innovation in the Middle East," organized by the Dubai Initiative of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Associate Professor of Political Science Dean Robinson has been selected as a 2010 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellow.  The fellowship will enable Professor Robinson to conduct research this summer in Australia and New Zealand on health disparities in those countries and the policies pursued by their governments to address the disparities.

Like Barack Obama, Billy Kenoi ’93 is a native Hawaiian who ran against an older, more experienced candidate for office last November. And, like Obama, Kenoi triumphed. “Seeing the newspaper with the headlines ‘Obama Wins; Kenoi Wins’, gave me goose bumps,” he says.

Professor Fountain’s keynote, “E-Government: Institutional Challenges and Building Regional Knowledge Sharing” addressed the major institutional hurdles to and developments in e-government in the United States over the last decade. It also outlined steps taken by the current administration to use new technologies to bring about openness in government.

Gerard Braunthal (Prof. Emeritus, Political Science) is the author of the recently published book "Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany" (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009). This volume surveys the right-extremist scene in Germany primarily since unification in 1990. It covers the three major rightist parties, the neo-Nazi groups, and the skinhead gangs that are challenging the political status quo.