Almost all of our current students have become adept at using
computers for doing research, data analysis, and editing multiple
drafts of papers. But this spring, the only times that Political Sci-
ence senior Danielle Hatch used a computer for a class assign-
ment is to transcribe a wiretap and check in with her professor.
Danielle's internship with the enforcement division of the DEA is
just one of many examples of UF students testing and expanding
their knowledge about politics by working with the people who
This Spring, Professor Dan Smith, who coordinates the Under-
graduate Internship Program, supervised students working at all
levels local, state, and federal with government agencies and
political campaigns. Ray Garcia interned at the White House
with the President's Domestic
Policy Council, and his research
helped the Council address such
issues as human trafficking,
global competitiveness initia-
tives, Sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS
funding, and asbestos legisla-
tion. At the Department of Jus-
tice, Chris Gabriel summarized
depositions, reviewed document
collections, worked with FBI
personnel to determine the
status of civil investigations, and provided general support to liti-
gation activities. Danielle Hatch shadowed DEA agents on a va-
riety of activities, including surveillance, executing search war-
rants, and meeting with sources. At the local level, Rachel Con-
nors worked on a public information campaign for the April 2006
annexation referendum in Gainesville, creating brochures, letters,
Web site content and posters to inform residents about the possi-
ble effects of annexation. On the campaign trail, Alison Nadle is
helping the Jim Davis gubernatorial campaign mobilize student
support, while Marissa Berlin's experiences in Rod Smith's cam-
paign office have included the opportunity to work with the can-
didate's scheduling director. Students are universally excited
about these opportunities to learn what makes government and
campaigns tick. Professor Smith ensures that students reflect on
their experiences through analytical lenses by requiring a research
paper that blends the relevant academic literature with insights
gained from the student's internship. Smith observed, "Whether
it's working on a local political campaign for sheriff, staffing the
home office of a member of Congress, clerking in a circuit court,
or working for EMILY's List in Washington, D.C., our talented
undergrads are gaining practical insights during their internships,
connecting what they've learned in the classroom to the 'real
world,' and making invalu-
able contacts that will help
launch their careers after
they graduate from UF."
A partnership with Man-
agement Systems Interna-
tional and the Agency for
(MSI/US AID) enabled four
UF graduate students to in-
tern with MSI's Civil Soci-
ety/ Strengthening Democ-
racy and Governance program in Jamaica. Under Professor
Leann Brown's guidance, the interns conducted focus
groups in Jamaica during Summer 2005 and contributed to
an MSI report for USAID on strengthening civil society.
Fredline M'Cormack, a Ph.D. student interested in the role
of NGOs in democratization, found that the field research
in a developing country outside Africa (which is her pri-
mary regional focus), allowed her to be more open in the
research process, and provided her with additional ideas on
how to examine the relationships between civil society and
the state. The Jamaica internship showed Sara Messer, an
M.A. student in international relations, "how civil society
operates, how communities neglected by or disillusioned
with the state band together and take matters into their own
hands." The focus groups allowed Kelli Moore, a recent
UF Ph.D. in comparative politics, to learn how urban
women in Kingston view the challenges of crime, police
corruption, and gender issues and how rural residents in St.
Thomas cope with challenges posed by infrastructure, agri-
culture, and the environment. Jessica Peet, another Ph.D.
student, observed that "by talking with the focus groups, I
saw that human rights issues are women's issues; that chil-
dren are affected by crime making crime issues children's
issues; and that issues related to crime, children, and
women affect the community, making all these issues com-
munity issues. This internship gave me the opportunity to
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In This Issue:
Chair's Corner ........ 2 Faculty News ......... 6
Alumni News ......... 3 Book Comer ......... 9
In Memoriam ......... 4 Focus on Students ..... 10
New Faculty .......... 5 In Appreciation ....... 11
Deprtment of Political Sciece
Uinmvrsity of Florida
Putting Theory into Practice
During the past year I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with a number of alumni and
hearing about their experiences during their time at UF. One common theme that comes up
over and over again in conversations with our alumni is how UF provided them with the tools
S to be successful and how this has carried over into their professional lives after graduation. In
Political Science, our graduates point to the broad-based curriculum, the opportunities for stu-
dent-faculty collaboration, and hands-on learning experiences as contributing to their success.
SEven as our undergraduate and graduate programs continue to grow, students still find that our
faculty is very committed to undergraduate teaching and student success. I'm continually im-
pressed by the outstanding accomplishments of our students while at UF and beyond. Our
graduates are admitted to the best graduate programs and most prestigious law schools in the
country. Many have gone on to become leaders in politics, business, and the legal profession.
S As part of our efforts to communicate better with political science alumni, this past year we
established the department's first development council, consisting of a number of outstanding
alumni and a retired faculty member. We held our first meeting in December 2005 to plan
forthcoming initiatives. The inaugural council will play a key role in building a network of loyal alumni and develop-
ing creative solutions to the challenges facing the department. One of our initiatives was to develop a new alumni
webpage as part of the department's completely revamped website, where alumni can find information about depart-
ment programs and events, alumni news, and ways to support the department. I encourage you to visit the website
(http://web.polisci.ufl.edu/alumni/index.html) and to send us your update for the newsletter or to be posted on the web-
This coming year we hope to organize some alumni events here on campus, including an "alumni college,"
where our alumni can return to attend lectures on current political topics. We'll be sending you additional information
in the coming months. If you're interested in hosting an alumni event in your area, please contact me or one of our
development council members.
To continue providing students with the best possible educational experience, the Department increasingly
depends on the private donations of alumni and friends. Through these contributions, we've been able to support un-
dergraduate and graduate students' travel to political science and policy conferences, a dynamic speakers series,
awards for our best student papers and thesis, and building our library collection. This past year we received a major
gift from the estate of Raymond Ehrlich, former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, to create an eminent
scholar chair in memory of his parents. This is the department's second eminent scholar chair. In addition, one of our
alumni recently earmarked her planned gift to UF to support undergraduate and graduate students in Political Science.
To encourage our alumni to invest in the department, our development council has established an Alumni
Challenge Fund to enhance students' political science experience. One of our council members recently pledged
$5,000 to kick start the fund. Our goal over the next two years is to raise $100,000 for a permanent endowment that
will support student travel to conferences, study abroad, and internships. I encourage you to consider contributing to
this and other funds in the department. We greatly appreciate your support.
Political Science Development Council
Tom Barber (B.A., 1989)
Jules Cohen (B.A., 1959)
(Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Jo Franklin (B.A., 1968)
Stephen Stanfield (B.A., 1992)
Kelli Taylor (B.A., 1994)
Albert Thweatt, II (B.A., 1991)
Jennifer Slone Tobin (B.A., 1992)
Marjorie Reitz Turnbull (B.A., 1962)
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see and experience firsthand the issues we, as scholars, discuss everyday."
In Spring 2006, Professor Brown's graduate seminar focusing on issues of
governance in Jamaica provided these students the opportunity to share
and reflect on their experiences with others who expect to participate in
the Jamaica internship program in Summer 2006.
These internship programs have allowed our undergraduate and graduate
students to experience the practical realities of domestic and international
politics, while reflecting on how the knowledge gained in the classroom
provides perspective and understanding of their observations. We look
forward to working with more students in the future as they put theory
Howard J. Wiarda (MA '62, PhD '65) is the new Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and Founding Head of the
Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia.
Michael Givel (BA '76) was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Political Science with tenure at the University of
Trenton E. Lewis (BA '79) currently serves as Staff Chaplain and Ethics Instructor for the US Army Soldier Support Insti-
tute and the Adjutant General School in Fork Jackson, SC.
Nancy Peek McGowan (BA '82) is currently raising five children and is active in the Republican Women's Club of Duval,
the Justice Coalition, and the Tom Gallagher for Governor campaign.
Dan Hoffman (BA '84) spent nine years working in Naval Intelligence and the last ten years in the corporate world.
Timothy C. Smith (BA '84) is the National Sales Manager at WCJB-TV in Gainesville.
Russell C. Silverglate (BA '85) is an assistant pastor and director of community life at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton.
Frank S. Reid (BA '87) teaches American History, Civics, and Government at a middle school in Jacksonville. He was re-
cently mobilized by the FL Army National Guard and is currently stationed near Kabul, Afghanistan.
Kelly (Boyles) Headrick (BA '88) has been appointed to serve as the Chief Government Relations Officer for the American
Cancer Society, High Plains Division. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.
Janet Gillis Helin (BA '88) taught political science courses at Russian universities (1997-99) as a Civic Education Project
Fellow. In 2003 she founded and currently manages a publishing company, Crickett Books of Plainsboro, NJ.
S. Scott Bluestein (BA '89) was elected Chairman of the Admiralty Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
He practices admiralty and maritime law with the Bluestein Law Firm, P.A. in Charleston, SC.
Shannon (Keyes) McAleavey (BA '91, MA '94) is Vice-President of Government Relations at The Walt Disney World, Co.
Richard Hujber (BA '93) opened his immigration law offices in Boca Raton. He is the Chairman of the Immigration Com-
mittee for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Adrienne LeBas (BA '98) is currently a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and
accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University.
Mark Kaplan (BA '98) was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as his Chief of Staff
Karen Louise Probes (BA '99) currently serves as Investment Officer for Citigroup Private Bank.
Slade Dukes (BA '99, MA '01) was hired as a consultant for the Government Services Division in the Tallahassee office of
Government Services Group, Inc. He previously worked in the Florida Attorney General's office.
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Tragedy struck our community in September 2005 when Jim Button died suddenly. Jim was
considered the conscience of the Department, one of its most respected and beloved members.
Students will remember Jim as a mentor and friend who never hesitated to offer help and encour-
agement. Over the years, he acquired a reputation as an extraordinary teacher who demanded
much of his students but gave back more. Twice named "Teacher of the Year" by various units at
the University, Jim Button successfully conveyed his enthusiasm for the subject and created a
classroom environment that welcomed spirited discussion, whether politically correct or not. Con-
fronting a two-hour instructional block for the freshman course in state-local politics, he wondered
how to keep the course lively for the many non-majors who took the course more out of necessity
than choice. Jim hit on the idea of breaking the class at the midpoint with a Chinese-style group
exercise session and followed that with a joke-telling contest in which he awarded the best story-
teller with a small bonus on the next exam. Similarly, long before "active learning" became a buzz-
word, Jim required students in advanced classes to spend time in organizations related to the subject of study. Students were also
offered positions on his research projects, giving them direct field experience.
To his colleagues, Jim reminded us by his example of why we picked the discipline of Political Science as a profession. A con-
cern for the underdog, a word he would never have used, pervaded all of his scholarship. His wife traced Jim's inspiration to the
experience of working alongside the black migrant workers who came to his family's apple-cherry farm each year to pick the
fruit. He was impressed, among other things, by how the women worked as hard and at the same tasks as the men. He gained a
deep respect for their lives and a strong commitment to producing first-rate scholarship as an effective tool of social change. His
first book, Black Violence: Political Impact of the 1960s Riots (Princeton, 1978), displayed the traits that would recur in Button's
subsequent research-specifically, an important substantive research question, a multimode research design, and a provocative
answer. The principal finding was that violence worked-to a degree. Virtually every significant allocation decision by federal
agencies after the riots was assessed for its effect on the prospect of further urban violence. While these reactions fell far short of
promoting deep structural changes to address the poverty and inequality of life in urban America, they nonetheless suggested that
policy makers became attentive to the consequences of federal programs for urban social conditions. Button's second book,
Blacks and Social C i,,,igc (Princeton, 1989), assessed how the political opportunities created by the civil rights movement had
affected everyday Black life. Through visits to both "Old South" and "Nc%\\ South" communities, interviewing local leaders and
community activists, conducting archival research, and doing what later became known as "soaking and poking," Button found
that Black elected officials became critical agents of change, publicizing opportunities that might otherwise have gone unknown
in the Black community and recruiting African Americans for various positions in the public sector. While still conscious of the
limits to conventional political action, this book was more hopeful about the payoff from non-violent mass mobilization. The
Southern Political Science Association honored Blacks and Social C /i, i gc with the prestigious V. O. Key Book Award.
Jim also promoted social justice through service to the community. He was an elected member of the Community Action Agency
in Alachua County and an expert witness on behalf of minority plaintiffs in five federal voting rights lawsuits. He testified in
front of local government bodies in support of anti-discrimination legislation and on behalf of benefits for same sex couples. In
recognition of his steadfast commitment to improving the world through his research, teaching, and service, the University be-
stowed on him the President's Humanitarian Award in 2002.
To memorialize Jim, his family and friends have created the James D. Button Memorial Award to recognize a graduate student
who conducts outstanding research on the subjects that occupied Dr. Button during his career. The first recipient of the award,
Kelli Moore, recently completed her dissertation on the sources and effects of the riots between Asians and whites in England,
work that recalls Dr. Button's first book on the American urban riots of the 1960s. Like her mentor, Kelli believes that "we as a
society can do better at making the world a little more just and a little more comfortable for those who have been treated un-
fairly." She noted how much she had been influenced by his belief in a balanced life. "Being a better researcher and teacher is
important," she recounted him teaching her, "but being a daughter, a niece, a girlfriend, a mentee, a colleague and a friend" is
also very important.
Badredine Arfi holds two PhDs from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first in theoretical con-
densed matter physics (1988), and the second in political
science (1996). He comes to UF
from Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, where he served as an
assistant professor from 2003-2005.
Arfi's areas of research include
fuzzy logic, quantum game theory,
international politics and security,
ethnic conflict and human rights,
US foreign policy and national security, and Middle East-
ern, North African and Islamic politics. His book, Inter-
national C ii, igc and the Stability of Multiethnic States:
Crises of Governance in Yugoslavia and Lebanon, was
recently published by Indiana University Press. This
year, he taught undergraduate classes in Introductory In-
ternational Relations and International Security, as well
as graduate courses in Formal Theory and Data Analysis.
Won-ho Park has a joint appointment in the Department of
Political Science and the Asian Studies Program. He earned
his bachelor's and master's degrees from Seoul National
University, and is completing his PhD at the University of
Michigan. Park's research interests
include quantitative methods involving
ecological inference techniques on ag-
gregate electoral data, electoral dynam-
ics in new democracies with a special
focus upon South Korea and East Asia,
and how voting technology affects vot-
ing behavior. This year, he presented
his paper, "How to Count Parties: Statistical Inference with
the Effective Number of Parties", at the 2006 Southern Po-
litical Science Association Annual Meetings, and recently
finished a co-authored piece on the impact of the introduc-
tion of electronic voting machines in Michigan and Florida.
Park recently won a 2006 Internationalizing of the Curricu-
lum Award from UF's Transnational and Global Studies
Center, which will help him develop his new East Asian
Politics course that will be offered in Fall 2006. He plans to
spend part of the summer in Seoul, South Korea, and give
lectures at Seoul National University and the South Korean
National Election Commission. Park offers two graduate
courses in the quantitative methods sequence Linear
Models and Maximum Likelihood Theory and two un-
dergraduate courses Politics of East Asian Countries and
Politics of South and North Korea.
Michael T. Heaney earned his PhD from the University of
Chicago in 2004 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Uni-
versity during 2004-2005. His research focuses on organiza-
tional processes in American politics and public policy, with
particular attention to interest groups, political parties, social
movements, bureaucracies and legislatures. He has completed
studies on the role of lobbyist networks in shaping federal
health care policy and the organizational politics of the anti-
Iraq war movement in the US. Since join-
ing the department, he received thc Pamr
Politics Award from the American Polmii-
cal Science Association's section on Po-
litical Organizations and Parties and 'a\\
named a Seymour Martin Lipset Scholar
by the Policy Studies Organization Hi
article, "Brokering Health Policy: Coah-
tions, Parties and Interest Group Influence" will appear in the
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law in October 2006.
His current research projects examine the implementation of
the Medicare prescription drug benefit and the mobilization of
the antiwar movement in the United States. Michael teaches
courses on Current Controversies in Public Policy, Bureau-
cratic Politics, Interest Group Politics, and Social Network
Helena Alves Rodrigues has a joint appointment in the
Department of Political Science and the Center for Latin
American Studies. She earned her PhD from the Univer-
sity of Iowa in 2005, and her area
of specialization is Latino politics,
particularly Latino political partici-
pation and the political circum-
stances of Latino immigrants in the
US. Her dissertation, "Building
Bridges or Blockades? Latinos and
Coalitions with African-
Americans," examines support for inter-group political
alliances in different urban environments. Rodrigues's
research interests are within American politics and politi-
cal behavior, including minority politics and minority
political power. This year, she taught Latino Politics in
the United States, Politics and Public Opinion, and Intro-
duction to Latino Studies.
Leslie Anderson and Larry Dodd published a new book,
Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral
Choice, 1990-2001 (University of Chicago Press, 2005).
Anderson and Dodd have also won a new grant from the Na-
tional Science Foundation to continue their study of democracy
in Nicaragua by collecting data on the upcoming election in
November, 2006. This new phase of their work seeks to under-
stand how well a poor and poorly educated electorate copes as
citizens confront 'the dark side of democracy,' as seen in politi-
cal corruption, cynical elite power plays and assaults on consti-
tutional government. NSF awarded Anderson her first research
grant for this project in 1996, which formed part of the basis for
the original data sets used in Learning Democracy. Anderson
and Dodd have been invited to present portions of this work at
multiple national and international conferences and at several
Additionally, Leslie Anderson's doctoral seminar on the Con-
duct of Inquiry has now received national recognition. A chap-
ter describing this unique course appeared in Kristen Monroe's
edited volume, Perestroika (Yale University Press, 2005).
Earlier this year, Sharon D. Wright Austin and Richard T.
Middleton IV published "The Racial Politics of Gaming in the
Delta" in Resorting to Casinos: The Mississippi Gaming Indus-
try (University Press of Mississippi, 2006). Dr. Austin's sec-
ond book, The Transformation of Plantation Politics in the
Mississippi Delta: Black Politics, Concentrated Poverty, and
Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta will be published by the
State University of New York Press in July 2006. Dr. Austin
received a CLAS Humanities Enhancement Grant for $4,000
and a $3,000 summer research grant from the Department to
conduct research on "Concentrated Poverty, Social Isolation,
and Political Participation in the Southern Black Belt." She
was recently selected as a member of the Executive Council of
the Southern Political Science Association, and also is an active
member of the Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Eco-
nomic Sciences (ACSBE) Alliance Committee, which will help
recruit and support minority graduate students.
Samuel Barkin's latest book, International Organization:
Theories and Institutions, was published by Palgrave in March.
He has an article forthcoming in Global Environmental Politics
entitled "Discounting the Discount Rate: Ecocentrism and En-
vironmental Economics," and has published two book chapters
over the course of the past year, entitled "Pacific Salmon and
Canada-US Environmental Relations" and "The Environment,
Trade, and International Organizations." He recently gave an
invited talk at Georgetown University, and has presented papers
at the annual conferences of both the American Political Sci-
ence Association and the International Studies Association. He
and Aida Hozic are organizing a workshop in Budapest in May
on illicit economic activity and the sovereign state system, sup-
ported by grants from the International Studies Association and
U.F.'s Transnational and Global Studies Center and Center
for European Studies.
Steve Craig's edited book, The Electoral C /,,iik ,ig, Theory
Meets Practice, was published by CQ Press in February. He
also has co-authored recent articles in Political Research
Quarterly (on attitudinal ambivalence) and Political Commu-
nication (on campaign learning), a chapter on electoral
change for the forthcoming 3rd edition of Politics and Gov-
ernment in Florida, and a manuscript on voter response to the
Bush-Gore election that received 2004 Best Paper Award
from the APSA Organized Section on State Politics and Pol-
icy (and will appear later this year in Political Research
Quarterly). As director of UF's Graduate Program in Political
Campaigning, he is planning a conference to be held in
Gainesville next January that will be a retrospective on the
2006 election and a look ahead to 2008.
Larry Dodd has begun a new research project on "Incivility
in the U.S. Congress" with Scot Schraufnagel of the Univer-
sity of Central Florida. Dodd and Schraufnagel presented
their first paper at the 2006 Southern Political Science Con-
vention in Atlanta. They argue (based on newly-gathered
original data) that the current period of high incivility, party
polarization and policy deadlock is the longest such period
since the American Civil War. Dodd also served this year as
the Chair of the Nominations Committees for the Legislative
Studies Section and for the Elections, Public Opinion and
Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science
In February, Goran Hyden, Distinguished Professor in the
Department, received the College's only and the Depart-
ment's first Advising and Mentoring Award from the U.F.
Graduate School. In addition to having advised some twenty
doctoral students of his own during his twenty-year tenure at
U.F., he has served on many other doctoral and master's
committees. During the Fall Semester 2005, Hyden was also
recognized by the Center for International Studies with an
honorable mention as "International Educator of the Year".
In January 2006, Cambridge University Press published Afri-
can Politics in Comparative Perspective. During summer
2006, Hyden has been asked by the Norwegian Research
Council to lead an evaluation of the Christian Michelsen In-
stitute in Bergen, one of the most prominent development
research institutes in Europe. He will also conduct an evalua-
tion of research funding support by the Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for universities in
Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.
Peggy Kohn's recent research has focused on the issues of
race, colonialism, and the law. She has published several arti-
cles, including "Frederick Douglass's Master-Slave Dialec-
tic," (Journal of Politics), "Kafka's Critique of Colonial-
ism," (Theory & Event) and "A Tale of Two Indias: Burke
and Mill on Empire and Slavery in the West Indies and the
Americas" (with Daniel O'Neill in Political Theory). She has
also been invited by several universities, including Columbia,
University of British Columbia, and UNC Chapel Hill, to talk
about her book, Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privatiza-
tion of Public Space. In the fall, she will be taking over as
Graduate Coordinator for the department.
Ana Margheritis published "Why Do Presidents Fail? Politi-
cal Leadership and the Argentine Crisis, 1999-2001" (with
Mariana Llanos) in Studies in Comparative International De-
velopment, Winter 2006, as well as a book review of Jeffrey
Lesser's volume on transnationalism in The Latin American-
ist, Spring 2005. She carried out program development activi-
ties in Argentina for the Latin American Business Environ-
ment Program (in collaboration with the Warrington College
of Business Administration). As a result, a study trip to Bue-
nos Aires for MBA students will be launched in October
2006. She also contributed to the design of a proposal for an
interdisciplinary program on Crime, Law, and Governance in
Latin America. She conducted research on state-led transna-
tionalism and international migration and delivered papers at
the Latin American Studies Association and International
Studies Association conferences. She is currently working on
a book entitled Wayward Argentina: Foreign Policy and De-
mocracy Promotion in the Inter-American System.
Michael Martinez returned to the classroom this year to
resurrect the graduate seminar in Political Participation, as
well as step back into the rotations for the undergraduate Po-
litical Science Research Methods class and the introductory
American Federal Government course. His publications for
this year included an article in Journal of Politics (with Jeff
Gill), and a co-edited book (with Steve Craig) on Ambiva-
lence, Politics, and Public Policy. The gang of four (Steve
Craig, Michael Martinez, Jason Gainous, and Jim Kane)
received the Best Paper Award from the APSA State Politics
and Policy section for their 2004 APSA paper on voter re-
sponses to the Bush-Gore election. Each of the winners spent
their share of the cash prize in one place.
Terry McCoy delivered an invited paper on "The Gulf of
Mexico Region as a Transnational Community" in March at
the State of the Gulf of Mexico 2006 Summit hosted by the
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas
A&M University-Corpus Christi. In February, he was a
member of a keynote session on the business consequences of
key economic and political trends of the Channel Focus Latin
America 2006 Conference in Miami. In January he moder-
ated the "Cuba after Castro" forum hosted by the Global Con-
nections Foundation and Daytona Beach Community Col-
Bryon Moraski completed several projects and began a few
new ones. His first book, Elections by Design: Parties and
Patronage in Russia's Regions, was published by Northern
Illinois University Press. Also in June, The Journal of Com-
munist Studies and Transition Politics will publish his article,
"Prospects for Professional Parliaments in Russia's Regions."
In May 2005, he was invited to discuss Ukraine's 2004 presi-
dential election at the Foreign Affairs Breakfast Series of the
Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies at Florida
International University in Miami. In August, he attended the
American Political Science Association Meeting in Washing-
ton, DC, and presented a paper that examines some surprising
changes to how the Russian parliament will be elected in 2007.
Most recently, in April 2006, Professor Moraski presented one
paper at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in
Chicago that considers how changes to Russia's law on politi-
cal parties impacted the 2003 parliamentary election and an-
other (with Thomas Biebricher) that reevaluates the operation
of the German electoral system in the post-reunification era.
In summer 2005, Conor O'Dwyer and his wife, Ingrid Klees-
pies, organized and led the U.F. Summer Abroad Program in
Prague, the Czech Republic. The program exposed students to
politics, culture, and language in one of the European Union's
newest member states. Since fall 2005, Conor has been serving
as faculty advisor to the undergraduate honors society in politi-
cal science, Pi Sigma Alpha. Over the past year, he has been
revising his book manuscript, Runaway State-Building: Patron-
age Politics and Democratic Development, for publication with
Johns Hopkins University Press in fall 2006. Next year, he will
be on research leave as an Academy Scholar at the Weather-
head Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
In March 2006, Ido Oren led a group of 19 undergraduate stu-
dents on the second Spring Break Study Tour of Berlin. This
weeklong tour was an add-on to Ido's course on War and Peace
in World Politics. In June 2005, Ido traveled to China in con-
nection with the recent publication of the Chinese translation of
his book, Our Enemies and US: America's Rivalries and the
Making of Political Science. He lectured at Fudan University
(Shanghai), Remin University (Beijing), Jilin University
(Changchun, Manchuria), and Guandong University of Foreign
Studies and Zhongshan University (both in Guangzhou). His
article "Can Political Science Emulate the Natural Sciences?
The Problem of Self-Disconfirming Analysis" was published in
Polity in January 2006.
Beth Rosenson has a forthcoming article in Political Research
Quarterly, entitled "The Impact of Ethics Laws on Legislative
Recruitment and the Occupational Composition of State Legis-
latures." She also presented a paper at the annual American
Political Science Association meeting in Washington D.C., en-
titled "The Congressional Ethics Investigations of Wright, Gin-
grich and DeLay: Beyond a 'Partisan Ethics Wars' Interpreta-
tion." In Fall 2005, Professor Rosenson used a $3,000 grant
from the University of Florida International Center to expand
the international dimension of her undergraduate course on Me-
dia and Politics, bringing in outside speakers and adding new
materials that dealt with media coverage of Iraq, other wars,
and other aspects of foreign affairs.
Katrina Schwartz's book, Nature and National Identity after
Communism: Globalizing the Ethnoscape, is in production at
the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her recent articles include
"'Masters in Our Native Place': The politics of national parks
on the road from Communism to 'Europe,'" (published in Po-
litical Geography); "Tolerance in Latvia. Gay Rights: United
in Hostility," (Transitions Online) and '"The Occupation of
Beauty': Imagining Nature and Nation in Latvia," forthcom-
ing in East European Politics and Societies. She gave invited
presentations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center
for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia last June and at the
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Russian, East
European, and Eurasian Center in October.
Ben Smith published "Life of the Party" in World Politics
and "The Wrong Kind of Crisis" in Studies in Comparative
International Development in 2005-06. He presented
"Democracy Despite Oil" with Joe Kraus at the 2005 APSA
annual meeting, a paper on decentralization in Indonesia at
the 2005 meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, and a
paper titled "Oil Wealth and Regime Change" at the annual
meeting of the European Association of Development Insti-
tutes in Bonn, Germany. With sterling research assistance
from Ph.D. students, Jennifer Forshee and Joe Kraus, and
undergraduate Chinese-economics-political science major,
Matt Hiemenz, he completed a dataset on states and religious
and ethnic minorities around the world and began to construct
a second dataset on authoritarian regimes in Asia, Africa, and
Latin America. The two datasets are the foundation of new
research aimed at illuminating (and overcoming) the obsta-
cles to effective representation in post-colonial countries.
Dan Smith is currently serving as a Senior Research Scholar
at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center , a
nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Professor
Smith published several articles and book chapters last year,
including: "Veiled Political Actors and Campaign Disclosure
Laws in Direct Democracy," in Election Law Journal (with
Beth Garrett); "Representation and Direct Democracy in the
United States," in Representation: The Journal of Represen-
tative Democracy (with Caroline Tolbert); and "Initiatives
and Referendums: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Can-
didate Elections," in Steve Craig's edited volume, The Elec-
toral C hi, gllii Theory Meets Practice (CQ Press). He has
two forthcoming journal articles that examine the impact of
the 2004 ballot initiatives banning same-sex marriage on
voter turnout and the presidential election. He looks forward
to getting back into the classroom in the fall to teach his Po-
litical Parties graduate seminar, as well as his State and Local
Government course to 300 appreciative undergrads.
Les Thiele chaired the University of Florida Sustainability
Committee and saw his labor rewarded this spring with the
establishment of a campus-wide Office of Sustainability and
the hiring of its full-time Director. The mission of the Office
of Sustainability is to make the University of Florida in its
operations, pedagogy, research, and outreach serve as a
model of sustainability, integrating the goals of ecological
preservation, economic development, and social equity. Les
also won a Humanities Scholarship this academic year, and
published articles in Political Theory and The Hedgehog Re-
view. In the summer of 2006, his newest book, The Heart of
Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Neuroscience, and Narrative
(Cambridge University Press), will be on the shelves.
Leonardo Villal6n's co-edited book, The Fate of Africa's De-
mocratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions, was published in
the fall by Indiana University Press. Co-editor Peter Von-
Doepp holds a PhD in Political Science from U.F. The book
comparatively examines the political evolution of those African
countries that made successful transitions to democracy in the
early 1990s. Villal6n was the featured scholar ("L'invite du
numero") in a special issue on Africa of the French journal Ho-
rizons Maghrebins, including a written interview on the study
of African politics in the United States. In the past year, he has
participated in conferences and given talks on Islam and on Af-
rican politics at: UNESCO in Paris, Obafemi Awolowo Univer-
sity in Nigeria, The US State Department, The Command and
General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, The Univer-
sidad de la Laguna in Tenerife, Spain, and the Universite Mon-
tesquieu de Bordeaux, France. In April, he co-taught an inten-
sive course on "The African Presence in France" at U.F.'s Paris
Ken Wald has returned to Gainesville after a calendar year sab-
batical spent in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington,
DC, two of the most cosmopolitan and insular cities in the US.
During sabbatical, he completed extensive revisions for the
fifth edition of his Religion and Politics in the US and made
progress on his project about Jewish political behavior. He re-
cently published a chapter comparing Jewish and Catholic po-
litical behavior in the Studies in Contemporary Jewry series, as
well as a lengthy article on religion and politics in the Annual
Review of Political Science. During his sabbatical, he gave in-
vited talks at Harvard, Georgetown, the University of Mary-
land, and Hebrew Union College. Last fall, his coauthored Poli-
tics of Cultural Differences (Princeton University Press) was
honored as the outstanding book on religion and politics pub-
lished between 1999 and 2004 and the book will be the subject
of a roundtable at the 2007 meeting of the American Political
Science Association in Philadelphia.
Philip Williams and Manuel Vasquez (in the Department of
Religion) received a $150,000 grant from the Ford Foundation
to support their project, "Latino Immigrants in the New South:
Lived Religion, Space, and Power." The grant will enable Wil-
liams and Vasquez to extend the scope of their current research
on Latino immigrants beyond Florida to conduct preliminary
research in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. The grant will
allow them to begin to assess the impact of migration in the
New South, a "hyper-growth" area for Latinos, and the roles
that religion plays in generating, mediating, and resolving inter-
J. Samuel Barkin, International
Organization: Theories and Insti-
tutions. Palgrave Macmillan.
Leonardo A. Villal6n
and Peter Von Doepp (eds.), The
Fate ofAfrica's Democratic Ex-
periments. Indiana University
SStephen C. Craig and Michael D.
Martinez (eds.), Ambivalence,
Politics, and Public Policy.
Palgrave Macmillan. $69.95
Goran Hyden, African Politics in
Cambridge University Press.
Bryon Moraski, Elections by De-
sign: Parties and Patronage in
Northern Illinois University Press.
Thomas Biebricher, Selbstkritik
der Modern: Foucault und Haber-
mas im Vergleich.
Stephen C. Craig (ed.),
The Electoral C hd/ik i,-: Theory
Leslie Paul Thiele, The Heart of
Judgment: Practical Wisdom,
Neuroscience, and Narrative.
Cambridge University Press.
Badredine Arfi, International
C( ii,,gc and the Stability of
Indiana University Press.
Focus on Students
These are just a few of the outstanding Political Science undergraduate students selected
for prestigious awards and leadership positions at UF and beyond.
Christian Packard accepted an offer from Harvard to join their MA program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. Jennifer
Gustetic received a full scholarship to attend MIT's Science and Technology Policy Program. Sarah Lowe was a finalist for the
Rhodes Scholarship. Lauren Murphy received a Rotary scholarship to spend 2006 in Ecuador. Justin Bangs was selected as
one of forty Gates Cambridge Scholars from the U.S. to study for an M. Phil. degree at Cambridge. Daniel Villanueva was
awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Ashley Bittner and Bruce Haupt won Truman Scholarships to
support their graduate studies.
Three of our students won University Scholar Awards to pursue their individual research projects in 2006-07. Bryan Arbeit will
be working with Professor Peggy Kohn, Steven Flood will work with Dr. Lynn Leverty, and Emily Hedrick will work with
Professor Michael Heaney.
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brLnght to support, 1 disscifl4 resaTrch ,Tqrkc\ Stephen Bodyle recei ed a -rant from the "Bush Piesidential Librarn at
Tc\as .X&NI to ,ipportiprchlll fsihi?. :li forlijalisscrtation Nataiha Christie \\as a\\arded the IDloIrcs A. Auzennc Giadluatr
Scholars F ,lloI ~ 'hB 2(0 .y4 and Io(Jy Pen io 'nd Fredliine "lCorinack both \\oni RLutih MlicQtuon Ischolaisluip
Jason Kassel \\on tlhe Dclpa nmnt's Bc'st Gaduatc Papcr .A\\aid fotr his papc'i on "TlTh Co'ntinntal C'OInI' and thl Sc'at of
Government: Experiential Learning as Political Development, written under the supervision of Professor Larry Dodd.
Jamie Pimlott won the Department's Best Graduate Teacher Award (sponsored by Longman Publishers) and the Barbara
Noreen Roth Memorial Award.
Jeanette Matero won the Honorable Walter G. "Skip" Campbell Leadership Award.
Kelli Moore won the inaugural James D. Button Memorial Award for her dissertation research on the sources and effects of the
riots between Asians and whites in England.
Susan Orr received the H. Douglas Price Award for her research on "Labor Politics in Contemporary America: Assessing the
Effect of Organizational Division."
The Department ofPolitical Science wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of those who con-
tributed to our program between February, 2005, and November, 2006.
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The Honorable Vincent E. Giglio
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United Church of Gainesville
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and Dr. Robin Lea West
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Department of Political Science
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