Brave New Neighborhoods:
The Privatization of Public Space
By: Peggy Kohn
On March 3, 2003, a lawyer named Stephen Downs was arrested for trespassing at the Crossgate
Mall in Guilderland, New York, a small town near Albany. He did not sneak into the mall after hours or
enter some "employees only" part of the property. He was arrested for wearing a T-shift that he pur-
chased at the mall with the slogan "Give Peace a Chance." On the eve of the war with Iraq, the message
was too political for the mall. Security guards ordered Downs to either take off the T-shirt or leave the
premises. When he refused, they summoned local police and he was taken away in handcuffs. According
to Downs, the security guards tried to convince him to comply with their orders, arguing that the mall
was "like a private house" and therefore he was acting inappropriately. Downs believed that his right to
political expression was protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. His mis-
take, however, was trying to exercise this right in a privately owned place. In the landmark decision
Pruneyard v. Robbins, the Supreme Court found that the right to free speech only extends to activity on
public, not private, property
Where does free speech begin
The incident at the Crossgate Mall is emblematic of restrictions on political expression prolifer-
ating across the United States. It illustrates the political impact of the privatization of public space. When
private spaces replace public gathering places, the opportunities for political conversation are dimin-
ished. Ironically, just as new malls are increasingly designed to recreate the atmosphere of old-fashioned
downtown, they are restricting the civic, political, and religious activity that gave city centers their
dynamism and variety.
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The Chair's Corner
The University of Florida's strategic plan highlights the internationalization of the .
campus and curriculum as a major goal for the entire University community. Political
Science faculty, alumni, and students have long been attuned to the importance that
global and regional factors play in shaping our politics and policies for many years, Michael D. Martinez
and members of our Department continue to play a prominent role in raising the Interim Chair
University's appreciation and awareness of the importance of international settings.
Last summer, U.F. was awarded four Title VI Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and I'm pleased to say that our
colleagues were the leading forces in three of those. The Center for African Studies was renewed for funding, which was a major
accomplishment for Leo Villal6n in his first year as Director. Moreover, political science faculty were at the forefront in securing
funding for two new centers.
Through Leann Brown and Dennis Jett's initiative, U.F. is part of a consortium that hosts a new Globalization and Transnational
Studies Center. The new Center for European Studies is the direct result of Amie Kreppel's singular dedication over several years.
These centers, along with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for International Business and Economic Research,
are the showcases for the internationalization of our campus, and we are all proud of our colleagues who made them happen.
Our faculty has been productive in providing new interpretations and creating new knowledge about international, transnational,
and regional politics through their research. Recent faculty publications have highlighted the relationship between a country's
involvement in international finance and motivations to lead in the international system (Sam Barkin 2003), our own discipline's
patterns of change in the way that political science characterizes America and America's chief enemies in the 20th Century (Ido
Oren 2003), and the policy dilemmas and opportunities in the areas of foreign policy and structural reforms (Ana Margheritis 2003).
We also look forward to the completion of current major research projects by Leslie Anderson and Larry Dodd on Learning
Democracy in Nicaragua, Philip Williams and his colleagues on religious identity, community, and globalization, Bryon Moraski on
institutions and electoral systems in Russia's regions, Aida Hozic on Mediterranean Merchants, and Patricia Woods's study of
social movements and the judicial process in Israel.
Many of our faculty have been enriched by international exchanges, including Fulbright Scholars Leslie Anderson (Argentina),
Leann Brown (European Union), Margaret Kohn (Italy), James Morrison (Poland), Richard Scher (Hungary), Daniel Smith (Ghana),
Kenneth Wald (Israel), Philip Williams (El Salvador), and myself (Canada). Our students have vicariously benefitted from the
insights that we have gained from our experiences, as well as those of Menachem Hofnung (a Fulbright scholar from Israel last year)
and Thomas Biebricher (a German Academic Exchange Service Scholar this year) who have recently taught courses here on politics
and political thought in their native countries.
Internationalization is also an important complement to many of our students' curricula. Our doctoral students' field research in
international settings has also enriched their contextual understandings of local politics while they gathered data for their disserta-
tion research. Michael Kenney's interviews of policymakers and drug enforcement agents in Colombia (funded by NSF), Lee
Walker's interviews of judges and local opinion leaders in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and Peter Von Doepp's interviews of ministers
and congregations in Malawi allowed each of them to develop important theoretical arguments embedded within rich contextual
frameworks. Our faculty have also been active in teaching and developing new undergraduate summer programs and courses
abroad, including Richard Conley's French Politics & Society in the Fifth Republic taught last summer in Aix-en-Provence, Marga-
ret Kohn's Italian Politics and Society which will be offered in Summer 2004 in Florence, and Amie Kreppel's Current Issues in the
Development of the European Union taught in Brussels last summer.
We've been fortunate in the past year that our Department Speakers Series has also brought us top international and domestic
scholars who have highlighted important international issues, including Tom Smith's presentation on civilians in war, Louis Balthazar's
presentation on Canadian relations with the United States, and Michael Walzer's presentation on terrorism.
The University's new focus on internationalization of the campus and the curriculum echoes our Department's long standing com-
mitment to enhancing our understanding of the global sphere through scholarship and teaching, and demonstrates again why our
Department remains central to the overall mission of our College and University.
Florida Political Science Association at UF!
On March 13, the Department of Political Science played host to the annual meeting of the
Florida Political Science Association. All but two of the events associated with the meeting
were held in Anderson Hall, which proved to be an excellent venue and showcase for the
meeting. FPSA was originally founded in the mid-1970s by the first Chair of the Political
Richard K. Scher Science Department, Manning J. Dauer. He felt that with the rapid growth of higher educa-
2003-2004 FPSA President tion in the state during the 1960s and 1970s, the time had come to create an organization
which would allow professional exchanges and interaction among political scientists at the
various state and private universities in Florida, and the community colleges as well.
This last point was important to Dauer; he felt that too often political science faculty at the state's community colleges
were left out and isolated from their professional colleagues, and it was important that they be included in the organiza-
tion as full participants.
In truth, the UF Department of Political Science was not especially active in FPSA in the years following Dauer's death
in the late 1980s. But beginning in the mid-1990s several faculty from the Department renewed their interest in FPSA,
served on its governing board and/or in leadership positions, and participated in various scholarly and academic activi-
ties such as presenting papers or joining roundtables on issues of professional interest.
Very importantly, the Department began to encourage graduate students to join the organization and participate in its
meetings. FPSA is an excellent venue for graduate students to enhance their professional socialization. The meetings
provide an opportunity for them to present aspects of their research (perhaps something that grew out of a seminar paper,
or might be a piece of master's or doctoral projects) in a low key but thoroughly professional atmosphere. They learn
how to present papers in a scholarly mode, receive helpful critiques and feedback, and discover that they can interact in
both professional and social ways with fellow graduate students, and faculty, at other Florida institutions. All of this of
course is helpful for their professional development.
At this year's March meeting, there were some 16 different panels and roundtables on a range of topics. Highlights
included one organized by graduate student David Ellis on the mid-east crisis. Professor Adam Silverman arranged a
roundtable on international terrorism. And as always, Professor Susan MacManus of USF hosted her famous roundtable
on Florida politics. UF participation was emphatic. Some 18 graduate students participated as panelists or discussants
or members of roundtables; UF by far had the largest presence of graduate students of any school in Florida. Seven
different UF faculty also served as panel chairs or presenters, and Ambassador Dennis Jett of this Department also
served as the banquet speaker. Other faculty and graduate students attended sessions during the day, adding to the
substantial UF level of participation.
The Department was proud to serve as sponsor for the FPSA annual meeting, and even more proud of the level of
support faculty and students showed through their participation. The success of the event bodes favorably for future
involvement of UF faculty and students in this worthy organization.
Focus on Undergrads
Congratulations to two of our majors, Anup Patel and Josh Pila! They were both selected to be on the USA Today's All-
USA College Academic Team. Anup was one of just twenty students throughout the entire United States included on the
'first team' while Josh was selected for the third team.
Congratulations to Ana Range! She is a double major in political science and economics. She has been selected for an
internship with the Environmental Protection Agency's Grants and Debarments Department in Washington, DC this
Mall managers are not the only ones using property rights to limit the circulation of heterodox views. In Califor-
nia, an apartment complex prohibited the tenants' association from distributing a newsletter under the doors of resi-
dents. In Maryland, the United States Postal Service had members of a political organization arrested for handing out
literature on a sidewalk in front of the post-office. In Utah, Salt Lake City sold a block of the downtown core to the
Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints, which subsequently banned non-sanctioned political and religious
activity on the public-private plaza. Each of these cases poses similar questions about the relationship between private
ownership, public space, and political activity.
My book explains how public life is undermined by the phenomenon of private government, which is growing
in the United States. Gated communities proliferate in the suburbs while Business Improvement Districts now
numbering over one thousand create privileged zones within the city. Furthermore, the suburban shopping mall, a
private alternative to the marketplace and the town-square, has been so successful that it has become the model for
retail development in city centers. This book considers how these changes affect democratic politics. It asks what can
be done to protect and revitalize public space in America. There are two different approaches to this question. Some
commentators call for more civility and vigorous enforcement of community norms in the form of policing and laws
against begging and loitering. Others take the opposite tack, arguing that the vitality of public space comes from its
diversity, heterogeneity, and even its disruptive quality. The two opposing views have been forcefully articulated in a
series of legal cases that highlight the tensions between private ownership, the public sphere, and the politics of
protest. Drawing upon political theorists such as Tocqueville, Habermas, Smith, Arendt as well as cultural analysis
and First Amendment jurisprudence, this book demonstrates that the privatization of public space has negative
consequences for democratic politics.
Brave New Neighborhoods (New York: Routledge, 2004) ISBN 0415944635 $22.95
International Center Dean Appointed to Council on Foreign Relations
Dennis Jett, Dean of the University of Florida's International Center, was selected as a member of the prestigious Council
on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank and publisher based in New York. Council members are leaders in
government, business, finance, media, academia and a wide range of nonprofit organizations dedicated to the belief that
the United States' peace and prosperity are firmly linked to that of the rest of the world. Quality, diversity and balance are
the key objectives sought by the council in the composition of its membership, and each candidate must be formally
proposed in writing by one member and seconded by a minimum of two other individuals, at least one of whom is a
As a member, Jett, who spent 28 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State before joining UF in
2000, said he will work to further the council's mission to increase Americans' understanding of the world and contribute
ideas to U.S. foreign policy. The council and its members accomplish this by appointing independent task forces on
significant foreign policy issues in an effort to enhance public debate on these international affairs, identifying and
nurturing future generations of the nation's foreign policy leaders and becoming the public's source of reliable informa-
tion on key international issues. Jett said he sees his participation in council activities as a way to further raise the
international profile of UF and as a means to promote the discussion of international issues on campus by encouraging
council members to come to Gainesville to speak. Among his assignments with the state department, Jett was U.S.
ambassador to Peru and Mozambique, worked at the Carter Center in Atlanta and served on the National Security Coun-
cil. He had postings in Liberia, Malawi, Israel and Argentina as well as numerous Washington assignments
Graduate Student Activities
Did you know? Since 1995, the Department of Political Science has graduated 49 PhDs!
Congratulations to Pei-te Lien! She will be a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan for the 2003-2004 academic year. Pei-te Lien
received her Ph.D. from UF in Spring 1995.
Congratulations to Ronald Behringer, one of our Ph.D candidates! His paper "Middle Power Leadership on Human
Security" received the grand prize in the Graduate Student Paper Competition at the International Studies Association -
South 2003 Annual Conference in October.
Congratulations to Erika Hamilton! She is this year's recipient of the 2004 B. Harold Farmer Scholarship. The scholar-
ship is offered by the Florida City and County Management Foundation and is open to any student enrolled as a full-time
master's program at a Florida-based university or college. It is designed to recognize graduate students pursuing careers
in city and county government management. The scholarship was awarded on the basis of interest in city and county
administration, career plans, academic achievement, school/community honors, and financial need. In addition to re-
ceiving $2500, Erika will be recognized at the FCCMA Annual Conference in May. Erika attended the University of
Florida and graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology. Currently, she is working towards her Masters in the
Public Affairs Program.
Bob Press defended his Ph.D. in January 2004 and has a tenure track position in Political Science at Southern Mississippi
Richard Marcus, who graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department in 2000 and subsequently held a post-doctoral posi-
tion at Yale University for two years, has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Agnes Leslie, who graduated with a Ph.D. in 2003, has since been promoted to Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator in the
Center for African Studies at UF.
Adam Schmidt, who graduated with a Master's Degree in 2000, is currently working for USAID in Baghdad responsible
for arranging the national elections in that country.
Leslie Anderson has been working on a book called Politics on Faith:Trust and Rivalry in Making Democracy Work
during her sabbatical. It is an examination of the social capital argument in two new democracies that are currently
developing: Nicaragua and Argentina. She is studying Peronism in Argentina and Sandinismo in Nicaragua, arguing that
Sandinismo created horizontal ties and thus helps make democracy work while Peronism created vertical ties and hinders
democratic development. She was also invited to present papers at several conferences during 2003. Dr. Anderson
represented the International Political Science Association in Durban, South Africa. She participated in the First Central
American Congress of Political Science in San Jose, Costa Rica. Her paper from this conference has since been included
in an edited volume, Selected Proceedings of the First Central American Congress of Political Science (forthcoming in
Sharon Austin accompanied several members of the Black Political Science Association to the Annual Legislative Con-
ference of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. from September 24-27, 2004. The students attended
panels, presented research, attended a job and internship fair, and interviewed members of Congress for their research.
The students who attended were Basil Binns II, Gloria Bowens, Nicholas Ndah, Sisteria Mixon, James Holloway III,
Rejina St. Cyr, Kasmyene Hayes, Kimberly Hall, and Sanaa Hamilton. Also, from March 20-23, 2003, Dr. Austin
accompanied several McNair Scholars to the Annual Meeting of the Black Political Science Association in Oakland,
California. They presented research on African American politics and visited several colleges in the area. They students
who attended the conference were Gloria Bowens, James Holloway III, Funmi Olorunnipa, Natassia Kelly and Kelli
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The Florida Survey Research Center
at the University of Florida
The Florida Survey Research Center (FSRC), directed by Michael
Scicchitano and located at the University of Florida, was established
to meet the growing need for top-quality survey research. The FSRC
brings together the broad range of skills and experience of Univer-
sity of Florida faculty, staff, and graduate students who have years
of experience and training in survey research.
The FSRC manages all components of survey research from ques-
tionnaire development and population sampling to telephone inter-
viewing and statistical data analysis. The FSRC conducts a variety
of research and can oversee: telephone surveys, mail surveys, inter-
cept and in-person surveys, focus groups, data management and analy-
sis, grant support, and program evaluation.
The FSRC emphasizes quality control. Experienced supervisors, questionnaire pre-testing, extensive interviewer training,
telephone monitoring systems, and advanced computer programs ensure high quality results. The FSRC is a modem
research facility, utilizing a CATI (computer assisted telephone interviewing) system, an interactive front-end com-
puter system that aids interviewers in asking questions over the telephone. The answers are keyed into the computer
system immediately by the interviewer. The CATI system helps prevent errors as it prompts the researcher to ask
correct questions based upon built-in skip patterns and eliminates out-of-range responses. This supports extremely
complicated questioning patterns, branching, and multiple survey designs for the same project. Data is automatically
and instantaneously recorded into an ASCII format database. The data files are then analyzed using the comprehensive
statistical analysis package, the Statistical Analysis System (SAS).
The FSRC also utilizes experienced moderators and communications experts in implementing top-notch qualitative
research. Focus groups are coordinated and moderated by knowledgeable practitioners and in-person interviews are
conducted by veteran personnel.
The FSRC has implemented a large number of research projects involving telephone surveys, mail surveys, intercept
surveys, focus groups, and in-person interviews. Clients include the State of Florida, Alachua County, the City of
Gainesville, AvMed, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Lockwood Greene
Consulting, and Lee County, to name a few.
On campus at the University of Florida, the FSRC has implemented research projects for academics, administrators,
and graduate students. Studies have been conducted with professors and students in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, IFAS, the College of Education, the College of Journalism and Communications, the College of Design,
Construction, and Planning, and the College of Pharmacy, as well as for the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice
President, the University of Florida Alumni Association, and the University of Florida Athletic Association. The
FSRC provides grant support for faculty, as well as research planning, design, and implementation.
With scientific sampling techniques and telecommunications technology, the survey research conducted by the FSRC
quickly provides accurate insight into the attitudes, preferences, and behavioral patterns of people and groups.
Faculty News Continued
In 2003, J Samuel Barkin's book Social Construction and the Logic of Money: Financial Predominance and Interna-
tional Economic Leadership was published by State University of New York Press. He also had several publications
including articles in International Studies Review and Global Environmental Politics. Dr. Barkin co-authored an article
(with Cassandra Moseley) in Hans Bressers and Walter A. Rosenbaum's book Achieving Sustainable Development: The
( hii,, gci of Governance Across Social Scales. Dr. Barkin received a Summer Research Award from the University of
Florida's Center for International Business Education Research and also was invited to present papers at both the Ameri-
can Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
Jim Button was one of seven CLAS recipients of the Teacher of the Year Award in 2004. He was also recognized as an
Anderson Scholar Professor for 2003-2004. Thanks to the Russell Sage Foundation Grant to study affirmative action
and black employment in six Florida cities, Dr. Button coauthored several articles, including "The Impact of Affirma-
tive Action: Black Employment in Southern Cities" (with Barbara Rienzo) and "White Women and Affirmative Action
in Employment in Six Southern Cities (with Barbara Rienzo and Ryan Bakker). Several other articles are in the works
as well as a book manuscript, Affirmative Action Inter-minority Competition and Black Employment in Southern Com-
Richard Conley published articles this year on presidential veto politics and White House legislative lobbying in Presi-
dential Studies Quarterly and White House Studies, as well as a co-authored piece with Eric M. Uslaner on social capital
and civic engagement in American Politics Research. Conley's edited volume Reassessing the Reagan Presidency was
published in 2003; his edited volume entitled Transforming the American Polity: The Presidency of George W Bush and
the War on Terrorism will be published in Summer 2004 by Prentice-Hall in the "Real Politics in America Series" and
features research articles from leading presidency scholars who were invited to UF in February 2003 to participate in the
conference "The Presidency, Congress, and the War on Terrorism: Scholarly Perspectives," which he organized. On
research-only assignment in Fall 2003, Conley spent the semester working at the Centre americain de Sciences-Po and
the the new UF Paris Research Center in Paris, France where he was gathering data for a book that will compare
presidential politics in the US and France. Conley is also Coordinator of Political Science Studies in Aix-en-Provence,
France and taught a course on French Politics there in Summer 2003 as part of the UF in Provence Program. The course
was designed to give political science majors greater opportunity for study-abroad, and Conley will be returning to Aix-
en-Provence in Summer 2004 to teach the course for the second consecutive year. Conley also led a group of 15
interdiscplinary students to Paris for a week-long course over Spring Break 2004 on "French Political Institutions,
History, and Culture" with the support of Dr. Gayle Zachmann, Director of the UF Paris Research Center. The intensive
Spring Break experience enabled students to combine lectures and readings with tours of political and historical sites
including the Parliament, the President's Palace, the Chfteau of Versailles, the World War II Resistance Museum in the
Invalides museum where Napoleon's tomb rests, and a day trip to Bayeux to view the 11th Century tapestry of William
the Conqueror, the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach, and the D-Day Museum that traces the Allied invasion of
Lawrence Dodd is spending the academic year in Washington D.C. as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars. The Center- the nation's living memorial to President Wilson is an international center devoted
to advanced learning, with a special focus on the relationship between the world of learning and the world of public
affairs. Dodd joins twenty fellows selected through international competition to spend the academic year working on
scholarly projects and taking part in related Center activities. The international fellows come from universities in
Africa, Russia, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Other U.S. fellows hail from UC-Berkeley, Duke, Michigan, Comell,
Rochester, UCLA, Illinois, and UC-San Diego. The Fellows cover the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and
humanities, including anthropology, history, economics, literature, sociology, psychology, international relations, and
political science. Doff is spending his year working on two book projects. One is a study with Leslie Anderson of the
coming of electoral democracy over the past fifteen years in Nicaragua. The second is an analysis of the takeover of
Congress by Republicans in 1994 and what the "Revolution" tells us about Congress and elections. With a number of
scholars from Latin America at the Center, and with the Center hosting "The Congress Project" which highlights cutting
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Congress, it provides a perfect place for working on both books. The Center also provides direct daily access to the
Library of Congress, access to the Wilson Center Library, and a wide range of special electronic data files. While
providing time and resources for research, the Center involves Fellows in a myriad of activities. Each fellow gives three
lectures during the during the year on scholarly work, and takes part in two seminar meetings each week on the work of
other fellows and visiting scholars. In addition, the Center hosts a broad array of conferences on international affairs,
American public policy, and contemporary politics. The highlight of the year thus far has been the twenty-five year
commemorative conference on the Camp David accords. Held at the Center in September 2003, the conference included
former President Carter and most of the principals who are still alive. The day long conference provided a special
opportunity to see the principals up-close and hear their day-long retrospective assessments of the accords. According to
Dr. Dodd, the most vivid experiences are the daily luncheons in the Wilson Center Cafe where staff, fellows and Wash-
ington insiders discuss all aspects of contemporary politics and public policy, both domestic and international. Lee
Hamilton, President and Director of the Wilson Center, is often at the heart of these talks, which closely resemble
seminars exploring the 'realpolitik' of American political life. Hamilton was a Congressman for four decades and is now
Vice Chair of the Commission investigating the September 11 tragedy.
David Hedge, along with running for Congress, has been very active during the last year. He has been appointed to the
editorial board of the Policy Studies Journal and also been reelected as the treasurer secretary of the Public Policy
section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). This section is now one of the largest organized sections
within the association. He was also honored with a CLAS advising award for 2003-2004.
Goran Hyden will be on sabbatical leave 2004-05 and will spend the Fall Semester in the Department of Political
Science at Aarhus University in Denmark, one of the exchange programs that UF has in Europe.
Amie Kreppel has been very busy bringing a European focus to the Political Science department. Thanks to her efforts,
UF now offers a new EU studies minor. She has also been active helping develop summer aboard programs, the Brussels
summer aboard program at Vesalius/VUB and assisting in the creation of the New Prague program (offering a one unit
course on The new Europe: A View from the East). She has had three articles published during the year, in Journal of
European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, and Comparative Political Studies. Dr. Kreppel has also
been an instrumental force in developing the Center of European Studies at Florida. Through her grant from the Depart-
ment of Education, she was awarded funding to establish an interdisciplinary undergraduate Title VI Center for Euro-
pean Studies at the University of Florida. This center will organize and fund among other things: extensive outreach
activities, including the development of a language pedagogy resource center, annual business training workshops, film
festivals, and modem European art show (in collaboration with the Ham Museum) as well as new course development
(area and foreign language), new faculty hires, faculty mini travel grants, an annual thematic conference, the creation of
a website, newsletter and working paper series. Dr. Kreppel also helped develop the Workshop on the New Face of
Europe. a two day event that brought 12 Academics from Europe and the USA and Practioners from the EU institutions
to UF to discuss EU enlargement, the Draft Constitution and the future of Europe. In addition, Dr. Kreppel participated
in several conferences this year, including APSA, EUSA,and a workshop at the European University Institute (EUI),
Ana Ir,,i g A is's book, Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economy was published this year. In addition,
she also published an article in Desarrollo Economico in their April-June issue. She is now the coordinator in the
MALAS program for students with a political science concentration. Dr. Margheritis was also invited to several confer-
ences, including the VI National Congress of SAAP in Rosario, Argentina and the International Studies Association
Convention in Portland, Oregon.
Michael Martinez and Kate Tirronen presented a paper at the 2003 Meeting of the Florida Political Science Association.
Tirronen was an Honors Student in Political Science, and this paper is a portion of her Honors Thesis research. She is
now a graduate student at George Washington University and a part-time inter on Capitol Hill. Dr. Martinez and Jeff
Gill also presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia in
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Faculty News Continued...
Congratulations to Albert Matheny! Dr. Matheny was honored with the National Advising Administrator of the Year
Award by the National Academic Advising Association.
Byron Moraski was invited to present at the annual meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, the American
Political Science Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In addition, Dr.
Moraski participated in the International Conference of State Legislatures at the Federal University of Minas Gerias in
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dr. Moraski's article "Electoral System Design in Russian/Onlasti/and the Republicas: A Four
Case Comparison" was published in Europe-Asia Studies. He also co-authored a paper with Bill Reisinger entitled "Ex-
plaining Electoral Competition across Russia's Region published in Slavic Review.
Dan 0 'Neill has been an energetic addition to our faculty! In addition to presenting at the Southern Political Science
Association in New Orleans, Dr. O'Neill has recently had pieces published in History ofPolitical Thought and Polity. He
also currently has a book proposal under review and received UF's Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Award (Summer
2004) for "Commerce, Civilization, and Savagery:The Scottish Enlightenment and the American Founding."
Ido Oren's article, "The Enduring Relationship Between the American (National Security) State and the State of the
Discipline," was published in the January 2004 issue of PS: Political Science and Politics. In November 2003, Dr. Oren
gave the Distinguished Ernest Fraenkel Lecture at the Free University of Berlin. The topic of the lecture was Oren's recent
book, Our Enemies and US: America Rivalries and the Making of Political Science. Ido Oren was also honored with a
teacher of the year award from the UF in the 2002-2003 school year. Dr. Oren served as the organizer and program chair
of the annual meeting of the International Studies Association-Southern Region, which took place on campus in October
2003. The meeting brought to Gainesville more than 100 scholars and graduate students, who participated in thirty panels.
Professor Terry McCoy was the featured speaker in the meeting's plenary luncheon. Ido Oren was also elected president
of the International Studies Association-Southern Region for 2004.
Beth Rosenson was invited to present a paper at an international conference on "Governance of Political Ethics" at the
University of Montr6al in May 2004. This conference was designed to foster the exchange of ideas regarding the regula-
tion of governmental ethics. Both normative issues and institutional arrangements for regulating politicians' ethics in
different national settings were explored. Dr. Rosenson also co-authored a paper in Terrorism and Political Violence with
Kenneth Wald and Elizabeth Oldmixon. The paper, "Conflict Over Israel: The Role of Race, Religion, Party and Ideology
in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-2002" will come out soon.
Ben Smith published "If I Do These Things They Will Throw Me Out: Economic Reform and the Collapse of Indonesia's
New Order" in the Fall 2003 issue of the Journal of International Affairs, "Oil Wealth and Regime Survival in the Devel-
oping World, 1960-1999" in the April 2004 issue of the American Journal of Political Science, and "Collective Action
With and Without Islam" in Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach (ed. Quintan Wiktorowicz, Indiana
UP, 2003). He made a research trip to Indonesia in October 2003 and received a fellowship from the United States-
Indonesian Society to continue that research, on the electoral impact of political decentralization, in March and April 2004.
Smith presented a paper on single-party regimes at the APSA annual meeting in Philadelphia and presented papers at
Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. He also will lead a session on the politics of oil wealth at a Democracy Council workshop
titled "Transparency and Accountability in Government" in Dili, East Timor, in March 2004.
Dan Smith has had a very busy year. He has recently done more than two dozen media interviews, mostly about the
California recall election. Dr. Smith was interviewed for both All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation on National
Public Radio. He has also recently published articles in PS: Political Science and Policy Quarterly and State Politics and
Policy Quarterly. In addition, he was an invited panelist at the New York Bar Association, and the National Academy of
Public Administration. Dr. Smith has also presented papers at several political science conferences this year, including
APSA, Southern, Western and Midwest.
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Faculty News Continued...
Les Thiele was very active in 2003. He was the recipient of both a Humanities Scholarship and a College of Natural
Resources and Environmental Research and Outreach Grant. The second edition of Thinking Politics: Perspectives in
Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Political Theory was released as well. He authored a book chapter, "The Ethics and
Politics of Narrative: Heidegger + Foucault," in Foucault and Heidegger: Critical Encounters. Dr. Thiele was also
invited to give a lecture at the United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica in September 2003.
In 2003, Leonardo A. Villal6n (Political Science and Center of African Studies director) directed a two-week institute for
faculty on "Contemporary Islam in West Africa: Senegal in Perspective," at the West African Research Center in Dakar,
Senegal. Twelve US-based faculty members from eight institutions took part in the program. In July, Villal6n traveled to
Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, as one of the four academics invited to facilitates a week-long seminar on compromise and
reconciliation sponsored by the US State Department. Delegations from each of the parties signatory to the Marcoussis
accords, which sought to end the Ivoirian crisis, took part in this meeting. In September Villal6n participated in a
conference on "Sufism and the 'Modem' in Islam," held in Bogor, Indonesia and hosted by the Indonesian Center for the
Study of Islam and Society. He presented a paper entitled "Debating Modernity in Contemporary Senegal: Religious
Dynamics in a Sufi-dominant Society," At the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Boston, Villal6n
participated in a roundtable on the theme of"Islamism in West Africa." In early November, he also presented "Changing
Dynamics of Political Islam in the Western Sahel: The Senegalese Case in Regional Context," as part of a seminar on
"The Terrorist Challenge in Africa's Sahel" at the US Department of State.
Ken Wald will transition back in Fall semester 2004 full-time to the Department from his job as Director of the Center for
Jewish Studies. Over the past year, he witnessed the publication by Rowman and Littlefield of the fourth edition of his
Religion and Politics in the United States and two book chapters in edited collections, 'A Necessary Annoyance' The
Christian Right and the Evolution of Party Politics in Florida" (with Richard K. Scher) and "The Probable Persistence of
American Jewish Liberalism." His research took him to Tel Aviv, where he presented a paper on the contours of Con-
gressional support for Israel with former student Elizabeth Oldmixon and current colleague Beth Rosenson. Wald was
honored in the fall semester by Florida Blue Key, receiving its Distinguished Professor Award. This created a momentary
dilemma for someone who has long made fun of Blue Key. In the end, seduced by the prospect of riding in the Homecom-
ing Parade, he squashed his scruples. It may not be entirely coincidental that he was subsequently invited to present a
paper in Munich, Germany, site of another famous betrayal of principles. :-)
Philip Williams is directing a major three year study of religion and transnational migration in Florida the Latino
Immigrants in Florida Project funded by the Ford Foundation. During the first phase of the project (2003-2005), a
multinational research team is collecting detailed accounts of social, cultural, and religious life in three immigrant com-
munities in Florida. The project will produce an annotated volume of oral histories, accompanied by a video to be used
for educational purposes in immigrant communities, high schools, and universities. In addition to these research activi-
ties, Williams published a chapter with Guillermina Seri (Ph.D. candidate) in an edited volume, Christian Democracy in
Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2003).
Patricia J. Woods is currently on research leave as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard
University. She was Program Chair for the 2003 Association for Israeli Studies' international conference in San Diego,
California, which was held in April. She presented papers to the Law and Society Association, the Association for Israeli
Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. In addition, she presented her work on compet-
ing social visions of left-wing social movements and religious constituencies in Israel as part of the UF Center for Jewish
Studies Shorstein Lecture Series in October. She published new articles in Israel Studies Forum, Droit et Societe, has a
forthcoming piece in Scheingold and Sarat's new edited volume on Cause Lawyering, and submitted a fourth co-authored
article on cause lawyers as knowledge holders for the state. Two preciously written, longer term projects were published
in Field Methods, and Joel Migdal's edited volume on Boundaries and Belonging. Woods was awarded two visiting
fellowships for research in May and June 2004 on judicial communities, religious freedom and women's rights: she will
be a Visiting International Research at the Group d'Analyse de Politiques, Ecole Superieur Normale de Cachan, France,
10 which is part of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck
College of Law at the University of London. She returns to UF in fall 2004.
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