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Professor Katrina Schwartz on
When I learned five years ago that I had got-
ten a job at UF as a specialist in the former So-
viet Union, I knew next to nothing about Flor-
ida. Still, one of my fields was environmental
management, so I did have a vague notion that
something interesting was going on in "the Ev-
erglades," whatever that was.
It turns out that Soviet studies is excellent
preparation for learning the surreal history of
southern Florida. In the 1940s, Stalin announce
lin Plan for the Transformation of Nature" that
ally change the climate in the country's vast se
increasing rainfall through massive forest p
1970s, Brezhnev's administration sought to rev
two Siberian rivers. Soviet history has much i
southern Florida's. Both were driven by the mod
of boundless technological optimism: in both ca
ered that when you re-engineer nature on a gra
ture comes back at you with some pretty serious
At UF I began teaching about the Everglades
tive Environmental Politics class, where I was
the Soviet-Florida comparison. But soon I
course on Florida Environmental Politics, which
second time this spring. The vast majority of ti
natives or near-natives of Florida, and yet almc
come to the class with any prior knowledge of
By semester's end, many are alarmed, outrag

Department of Political Science
University of Florida
Summer 2008
Florida's Political scientists On the Road Again
become popular every By K
By Ken Wald
four years. After la-
boring in deserved
obscurity for the first three years of an election cycle, an-
noying our students and exasperating administrators, we
suddenly become hot properties when presidential elec-
tions loom. Just as hanging is said to concentrate the mind
wonderfully, the prospect of voting induces academic pro-
grams to summon scholars who claim expertise about
mass political behavior.
In my case, this has produced a very heavy travel sched-
d his "Great Sta- ule and a lot of frequent flyer miles. In the last year or so,
intended to liter- I've given election-related talks at venues public (Texas-
mi-arid regions, Austin) and private (Fordham), urban (Wayne State) and
landings. In the rural (Grinnell), international (Toronto) and domestic
erse the flow of (Vermont), tony research universities (Harvard) and
n common with emerging undergraduate institutions (Alabama-
ernistworldview Huntsville).
ses, man discov- I say yes so often because these talks are fun. They don't
ndiose scale, na- usually pay well, sometimes covering expenses only, typi-
unintended con- cally providing a modest honorarium.
They can drain my time and energy. On
in my Compara- the plus side, one usually gets a couple
able to draw out of good meals at nice restaurants and a
designed a new chance to visit interesting places on
h I taught for the somebody else's nickel.
ose enrolled are More importantly, these talks give me
st none of them a chance to engage students, scholars,
the Everglades. community members, and persons from
ed, and, I hope,
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The end of any academic year represents a sort of passage for students and faculty alike, as well as an
opportunity to reflect upon the accomplishments of both groups over the preceding twelve months. This
year, however, we also had occasion to consider the results of more than twenty years worth of hard
work and professional commitment. In late January, the Political Science Department underwent its first
external review since the mid-1980s a process whereby leading scholars from other universities visit the
UF campus, assess the extent to which a department is fulfilling its various missions, and issue a written
report. Based on what they saw during their visit to Gainesville, our reviewers (Ted Carmines from Indi-
ana and Rogers Smith from Penn) observed that "the Department of Political Science at the University of
Florida has undergone a marked resurgence in growth, professionalization, and visibility during the last
two decades. In short, the recent history of Political Science at UF can be written as a major success
story, of a department emerging from a time of weakness and internal conflict to one that is nationally
respected, with a professionally active and accomplished faculty, and a small but successful doctoral
program." At a time of increasingly limited public resources, Professors Carmines and Smith urged UF's leaders not to risk los-

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doe isau
Summer 2008

contents page

professor katrina schwartz on 1
florida's everglades
on the road again 1
chair's corner 1
editor's introduction 2
news from the graham 3
center for public service
democratization by 4
women and politics in israel 5
united states institute on u.s. 5
foreign policy
the politics of education 6
the partisan interview: 7
thomas biebricher
terry mccoy 8
goran hyden 9
meet the staff 10
faculty news 11-14
graduate news 14-15
p.s. graduate student 16
undergraduate news 16
book corner 17-19

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a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The diversity of audi-
ences forces me to frame my work in accessible language and to think
about presentation style. I sometimes think of it as translation from
Social Science to English.
Although it's flattering to think that people attend my talks because
of a deep and abiding interest in the topic, I know better. Students
(read undergraduates) are usually bribed with extra credit or, in the
case of graduate students, threatened with sanctions for absence. Many
faculty show up only out of a sense of institutional loyalty (or out of
confusion that they're going to hear from Kenneth Waltz, a distin-
guished scholar of International Relations, or Steven Walt, coauthor of
the controversial Israel Lobby). Community members sometimes
show up with a firm sense that they know a lot more about the subject
than the speaker. (On occasion, they're right.) It's invigorating to con-
front those obstacles, sort of like teaching statistics on Friday after-
These talks focus on the broad theme of religion in American poli-
tics, the vineyard where I've been laboring for more than 30 years. I
spent the first part of my career trying desperately to persuade my col-
leagues in American politics that they were missing something impor-
tant by omitting religion from their models of American political life.
It wasn't an easy sell because most social scientists have minimal in-
volvement with religious communities and simply don't appreciate
how central these institutions are in the lives of many Americans.
Fortunately, if you hit them over the head with facts often enough,
even political scientists will eventually respond to reason. With the
institutionalization of the Christian Right as a more or less permanent
player in Washington and the explosion of religious/ethnic conflict
around the globe, it's been much easier to make the argument that
scholars need to attend to the religious factor. In fact, the challenge
now is to get people to understand that religion isn't the only thing that
matters in American or global politics. I now find myself warning peo-
ple not to over-interpret evidence of a religious presence in politics
and to appreciate the barriers to effective mobilization of religious
sentiments in public life.

To Our Departmental Alumni and Friends!
Welcome to the 2007-2008 edition of The Partisan, the newsletter of the Department of Political Science, University of
Florida! We hope you will like reading through "The Partisan." You will find some very familiar features, such as the
Chair's Corer, news from the faculty, and reports on the activities of our students, both graduates and undergraduates. But
there are some innovations as well. We have encouraged the faculty to be "audience friendly" in writing about their achieve-
ments. There are features on two retiring faculty members, Goran Hyden and Terry McCoy; both will be sorely missed.
There is a book corer, with suggestions for good reading that hopefully will appeal to our alumni and friends. Two major
conferences took place in the Department this year, and we thought you would like to know about them.
And we present a new feature we hope you like, called "The Politics of Education A View from Ander-
son Hall." It is a quick look at some developments on campus which affect the University community
generally, and the Department in particular. Enjoy!

Richard K. Scher
Professor, Department of Political Science
Editor, The Partisan

News from the Graham Center for Public Service
By David Hedge, Professor and Academic Program Director
Over the past year or so doctoral student Kim Martin and I have been working with faculty in political sci-
ence and throughout the university on the academic programs for the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
The first fruits of that effort is the Certificate in Public Leadership program that recruited its first "class" of cer-.
tificate students in the spring 2007 term. We now have 30 undergraduates participating in the program. Our. -,*
students come primarily from political science but we also have students majoring in journalism, history, eco-
nomics, criminology, sociology, and microbiology. In addition to the 15 hours of required coursework, certifi-
cate students serve internships in or near government, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with Gra-
ham Center speakers. Last year's speakers included Harvard professor Joseph Nye, former Secretary of State
Madeline Albright, Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough and Senators Graham, Chuck Hagel, and Jay
Rockefeller. (Howard Dean and Governor Crist are scheduled to speak at the Graham Center this fall). Two of
our students visited the Kennedy School with Kim Martin during the spring term to attend a conference on civic participation.
In 2007, three certificate students received Policy Scholar Program (PSP) grants to do original research with a
faculty mentor. Four additional PSP grants were awarded this past spring. We also awarded seven course devel-
opment grants to faculty last year and recently announced another 11 awards. Last year's recipients developed
some of the courses required in the certificate program including courses on the use of history to analyze public
policies, ethics and leadership, and micro-economics and policy analysis. A course on health policy was also de-
veloped and will be offered for the first time this fall. This year's course development grants will produce a num-
ber of new or enhanced offerings including courses on religion and public policy, Latino politics, policy analysis,
I telecommunications policy, and cultural diplomacy. In April 2008 we submitted an application to convert the
certificate into a 21-hour minor. We hope to receive approval for the minor sometime next year.
In October, 2007 we submitted pre-proposals for two new degree programs a bachelor of arts in public policy and a master
of arts in public policy and administration. The B.A. extends the certificate/minor to include additional courses on the sub-
stance of public policy while the MPPA builds upon the M.A. program in public affairs currently offered by the Department of
Political Science. While we were unable to secure support for the additional faculty lines needed to bring those programs on-
line, we will continue to work with faculty and the administration to develop degree programs that draw upon available aca-
demic resources at UF. We hope to submit a revised MPPA program in the fall.
In February of this year, the Graham Center and the Dean of Students Office hosted a leadership summit that invited repre-
sentatives from several leadership programs on campus to share information about their respective programs and discuss possi-
ble areas of collaboration. We are currently developing a "Leadership at UF" webpage that will provide a central site for in-
formation on the various leadership programs at UF and contain news on ongoing leadership events and initiatives across cam-
pus. We are also planning a leadership fair in the fall that will provide students with information on the range of leadership op-
portunities and programs currently available at UF.

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ing all that has been gained. Our hopes of becoming a leading department in the South, and a top-15 department among public
institutions nationwide, were thought to be achievable so long as those who control the purse strings are willing to step up and
make the necessary investments. Failure to do this would be, the report said, "a major tragedy, given the distance the depart-
ment has already come and its promise for the future."
As it happens, our standing within the UF community allowed us to escape the worst of the budget cuts that were made this
spring in response to Florida's weakening economy: We didn't lose any faculty or staff, and our overall budget for next year
was not cut as sharply as we had originally feared. Moreover, a combination of internal and external resources has actually per-
mitted us to achieve a small measure of growth during this period of austerity. New additions for '08-'09 include state senator
Mike Haridopolos (who will spend the fall as a lecturer in the department, and spring working with the Bob Graham Center for
Public Service), Visiting Professor Katrin Toens (a German Academic Exchange Scholar), and new CLAS dean Paul D'Anieri
(a political scientist). We will also welcome the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in January '09 and a new
Assistant Professor specializing in Political Theory in August '09 (a national search has already begun).
Institutions often use budget crises to reorganize and reprioritize, and recent events suggest that the department is well-
positioned to move forward as the state's economy recovers. Our ability to do so, however, depends to a considerable extent on
the support of our alumni and friends here in Florida and throughout the nation. In keeping with the University's current capital
campaign (see http://www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu/), we have established a Political Science Advisory Board to help us
achieve our fundraising goals. These goals include not only big-ticket items, such as endowed chairs and professorships, but
also support for a variety of everyday activities (student and faculty travel, internships, study abroad programs, graduate and
undergraduate research, a top-flight computer lab, and many more) that define the educational experience one might have at the
University of Florida. As competition for limited public monies becomes more intense, the "privatization" of higher education
is clearly the wave of the future. I hope that you will consider helping us in whatever ways, and at whatever level, you are able.

Democratization by Elections?
Department of Political Science November 30 -December 2, 2007

Last fall, Assistant Professor Staffan I. Lindberg organized
and the Department of Political Science hosted an interna-
tional conference on the role of elections in democratization.
Following the massive wave of democratization globally over
the past 25 years or so, and the academic
and international debate lately on the
value of elections in democratizing coun-
tries, this conference was very timely. It -
followed the publication of Lindberg's
own book Democracy and Elections in
Africa (Johns Hopkins, 2006) and a series
of panels at APSA's 2007 annual meet-
ing. An intense three days of discussions
of papers led to agreement among partici-
pants that we are seeing a new mode of
democratic transition in the world. Elections are not the end
of a transition phase. Rather, repeated elections are often
steps along the way with positive causal effects on democrati-
zation, and this has important real-world implications for sup-
port of democracy. All papers at the conference addressed the
question of how holding repetitive elections can set in motion
causal processes furthering democratization, even in authori-
tarian countries. Some papers took a global perspective, such
as those delivered by Marc Howard (Georgetown), Philip

Roessler (Oxford, UK), Axel Hadenius (Lund, Sweden), Pippa
Norris (Harvard), and Andreas Schedler (CIDE, Mexico). Re-
gional studies were presented by a long list of scholars, includ-
ing Ellen Lust-Okar (Yale), Valerie Bunce (Comell), Sharon
Wolchik (George Washington), Jennifer McCoy (Georgia
State), Jonathan Hartlyn, UNC-Chapel Hill), Gerardo Munck
(USC), Nicolas van de Walle (Comell), Lise Rakner (CMI,
Norway), and Jason Brownlee (UT-
LAustin). Both sets of papers will be part of
a book-length volume edited by Professor
I LLnidberg. Larry Diamond (Stanford U)
participated as discussant in the confer-
cnce and will also contribute a chapter to
thl volume.
From our own department, papers were
picsented by Larry Dodd, Leslie Ander-
son, and Bryon Moraski, while several
other faculty members (Goran Hyden,
Philip Williams, Conor O'Dwyer and Benjamin Smith) func-
tioned as panel chairs and discussants. About 100 students and
faculty from various institutions on campus followed the pro-
ceedings. The conference received funding from the Intera-
tional Forum for Democratic Studies/National Endowment for
Democracy, Department of Political Science, College of Lib-
eral Arts and Sciences, the International Center, the Research
and Grants Program, Center for European Studies, Center for
African Studies, and Center for Latin American Studies.

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ready to engage in the political process on behalf of a more sustainable Florida. I recently attended a two-week field course on
South Florida Ecosystems, where I saw firsthand everything that I have been teaching about, and met people who are doing the
things I have been reading about. I ate ropa vieja in Homestead with former Florida House of Representatives Speaker Dick
Pettigrew, who chaired Governor Lawton Chiles' Commission on a Sustainable South Florida. I heard a lecture by former U.S.
Attorney Dexter Lehtinen, one of Florida's many "green" Republicans, who sued the state in the early 1990s to clean up water
flowing into the Everglades. I asked a six-foot-something sod and sugar farmer preaching the free-market, anti-government
gospel to justify the long-standing sugar price-support system, to which he replied: "Ten years ago, I would have punched your
face in!" (I didn't mind, because he gave us sweet corn so delicious we ate it raw, right there by the side of his fields.).
I learned that there are up to 125,000 Burmese pythons in Florida, released into the wild by careless pet-owners, and that
these invasive exotics can grow up to twenty feet and have no natural predators. I learned that the new Water Treatment Areas
built to remove phosphorus from farms are the world's largest man-made wetlands (almost everything connected to the Ever-
glades is the world's largest something). Day after long, hot day, I learned the almost unbearable details of yet another
"problem from hell" (apologies to Samantha Powers), awesome in both its political and its technical complexities. While these
experiences were acutely depressing for me as a citizen, they were thrilling as a political scientist, since I had already decided
about a year ago that I wanted to do my next research project on Florida environmental politics, but didn't know how to focus
it. This trip not only pointed the way toward that focus, but almost every day I was muttering: "This has got to be my first case
What is fascinating for me about Everglades restoration is precisely its multilayered complexity: the overwhelming scientific
uncertainty, the political complexity in terms of stakeholder competition (Big Sugar, Big Development, five million people, the
Indian nations...), as well as an element that I discovered only during the field course: institutional complexity. The South
Florida Water Management District is the agency implementing restoration, and we met with officials running various projects
for the District (one of them a former Gator polisci major). They are all smart, conscientious, dedicated people doing their best
to get the job done, but every step of the way they are held back not only by lack of funds or by interest conflicts, but by insti-
tutional conflicts between various laws, legal settlements, or governmental departments.
If you are interested in learning more about these matters, please contact me at kzss@ufl.edu.

(Patricia Woods offers this essay,
written by her students, about her
new upper division undergraduate
This new class provided stu-
dents with the unique opportu-
nity to experience what many
take for granted in an increas-
ingly vocation-based education
system. Some students register
for courses that fit their sched-
ule, while others take courses
based on the recommendations
of friends and colleagues. Sever

Women and

Politics in Israel
By Hunter Sexton,
political science senior;
Meredith Butler,
religion and political
science senior;
and Khadija Ahmed,
women's studies

'al students in our class de-

cided to register for Women and Politics in Israel because of a
previous course with Dr. Woods. But whatever the reasons,
our class agreed that Women and Politics in Israel did not dis-
appoint. In discussing the class, we found our fellow-students
enjoyed the structure, methodology, and experience of such an
intimate and engaging course. No matter what the reasons for
taking the class, the consensus was clear: This class inspired
and challenged the lucky students who are a part of it. "The
participation in our class is unlike anything I've ever experi-
enced at the University of Florida," according to Hunter Sex-
ton. During our discussions we regularly saw five or six hands
up eager to make a salient point, while all the students contin-
ued to listen to the speaker. Amanda Mindlin explains,
"Because I'm a freshman and this is my first upper-level class,
I was initially intimidated and uncomfortable in voicing my
opinions. However, the discussion-based environment is mak-
ing it easier for me to voice my opinion in a group setting." In
the experiences of the authors, this class represented an un-
usual opportunity to hone critical thinking skills, practice pub-
lic speaking, and learn new material. The materials for this
class were also refreshingly varied. These works were broad,
insightful and, "applicable to everyday life, no matter your
gender, ethnicity or religion," says Sarah Krantz. Cross-listed
with Jewish Studies, the course drew on materials from politi-
cal scientists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and oth-
ers, and it offered the students information from a variety of
journals, articles, and books. It included attention to the poli-
tics of the ways gender is constructed, both feminine and mas-
culine, making the course salient to both women and men stu-
dents. Ashley Rountree phrased it nicely, "I registered for this
class because I wanted more knowledge about Judaism, Israel,
and women's involvement in politics outside of the U.S. Not
only did I find that Jewish women in Israel were quite similar
to me, I also learned how to find common ground with another
culture and religion and, as a Christian woman, I am learning
the importance of gender issues in the context of another won-
derfully complex culture."

United States Institute on

U.S. Foreign Policy, 2008

The United States Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy began
on June 9 and ended on July 20, 2008. The Institute's
theme-"Domestic Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy: Beyond
the Beltway, Behind CNN"-was incorporated into a four-
week academic residency program in Gainesville, and two
weeks of study tours to three economically, demographically,
and geographically-diverse loci of foreign policy-making:
Miami, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Additionally, the In-
stitute program included daylong visits to Orlando, Tampa,
Tallahassee, historic St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.
Participants learned from more than 30 experts in intera-
tional affairs and U.S. politics, including scholars, diplomats,
political leaders, lobbyists, journalists, and activists. The ob-
jectives of the Institute was that participants acquire a solid
grasp of competing analytical perspectives on U.S. foreign
policy; gain knowledge of classic and recent writings on U.S.
foreign relations; develop an appreciation for the complexity
of the foreign policy-making process and the important role
played by actors "beyond the beltway"; and last but not least,
acquire an enhanced understanding of the working of the
U.S. academic and philanthropic foundation system, espe-
cially in the area of international studies.
The Institute enabled participants to update course syllabi
and/or develop new courses on international affairs, U.S.
politics, and U.S. foreign relations. It also enabled them to
enhance their research in these areas, as well as to establish
links with UF and other U.S.-based scholars, which may re-
sult in collaborative research projects and academic ex-
change agreements.
Professors Aida Hozic and Ido Oren sern 'd
as the Institute's academic co-directors. Tihe
research and teaching are focused on interna-
tional relations, U.S. foreign policy, and thc
politics of U.S. and global culture; both of
them have taught, lectured, studied, and trav-
eled extensively overseas.

"Politics is perhaps the only
profession for which no preparation
is ;ih. ,li, t necessary.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Sepliti sofedncaion: (a vwnaenaM

By Richard K. Scher
NOTE: The views expressed in the following are wholly and
solely those of the author

The fall witnessed an incident which achieved interna-
tional attention, largely due to the impact of YouTube: the
tasering of a UF student who became unruly during a public
presentation by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass. and 2004
presidential candidate). Five UPD officers wrestled him to
the ground and shot him with a taser gun, giving rise to the
now famous cry, "Don't tase me, bro!" President Machen
ordered an investigation into the incident, and the police
officers were exonerated. There was never any evidence
that the student threatened the public safety.
The University, super-sensitive about its pub-
lic image, took a bit of a black eye on this one.
President Machen surprised everyone in
January by publicly endorsing John McCain in
thel Florida Republican primary. It is very
unusual, but not unprecedented, for university
presidents to make such endorsements:
Woodrow Wilson, while head of Princeton,
endorsed himself for governor of New Jersey, and Nicholas
Murray Butler never missed a chance to endorse conserva-
tive Republican office-seekers during his long tenure as
president of Columbia. It was not altogether clear why Ma-
chen took this step; some said he wants to be Secretary of
Education should McCain win the election, while others
said it was because of an aver-
sion to Mitt Romney. Machen
also gave a substantial donation
to the McCain campaign, and:
inexplicably listed his profession
as "retired."
Speaking of presidential elec-
tions, because the Republican- "
dominated state legislature
moved up the date of the Florida
primaries to January 29, both the
Republican and Democratic Na-
tional Committees decided to
penalize the state by seating only
half the number of delegates in
the case of the Republicans, and
potentially none for the Democrats. A recent decision by
the Rules Committee of the DNC allows the full Florida
delegation to be seated, but delegates (pledged and super)
will each only have V2 a vote. The decision rankled the
Clinton campaign, which claimed to have won the state; but
in truth its claims of victory lacked credibility because the
contest, to put it charitably, was flawed. But the result of
the legislature's decision was that none of the Democratic
contenders campaigned in Florida, with the exception of an
11th hour visit by Senator Clinton. The Republicans were

in Florida in droves, in fact Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) ba-
sically camped out in the state thinking that a victory in Flor-
ida would propel him to the Republican
nomination. He chose not to campaign in
other states. But he finished a dismal third
in Florida, and promptly retired from the
field. Giuliani's primary strategy was one
of the strangest, and arguably dumbest, ever
Tigert Hall played an elaborate game of
musical chairs this spring. President Ma- I
chen summarily fired his Provost, Janie M.
Fouke, during a public meeting; apparently she did not know
the pink slip was coming. He then hired as provost Joe
Glover, a former associate provost and acting dean of the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The College now has a new
permanent dean, Dr. Paul D'Anieri, who fortuitously is a po-
litical scientist. President Machen also appointed a new finan-
cial czar for the University, essentially putting all fiscal deci-
sions in his office. If the provost and deans cannot control the
money, one can only wonder what they will control.
And speaking of money, UF took a huge hit this spring,
when the legislature cut its budget by $47 million. Earlier in
the year UF had taken a smaller cut, whose impact was mini-
mal, but the big one is very serious. Over 100 positions were
closed (although some were empty, or were vacant because of
retirements or resignations), and a number of programs in lan-
guages, including German/Slavic and African/Asian, were gut-
ted. Criminology and some of the biological sciences were
completely reorganized. There have
been layoffs of staff and faculty, in-
cluding some who had lengthy ser-
Sice to the University. Fortunately
thc Department lost no faculty or
staff, but the budget for travel and
other expenses for next year will be
Slashed. It is of interest that a study
c conducted by the United Faculty of
F lorida revealed that even as the cuts
\ cre impacting UF, the University
had over $130 million in the bank,
none of which it chose to use to save
jobs or programs. It is of further in-
terest that in 2003 the University
completed renovations to Ben Hill Griffin football stadium at a
cost of $50 million, all of which was privately raised. The
still-to-be-completed "Gateway of Champions" built at the
stadium at a cost of $28 million was also underwritten by pri-
vate donations. No comparable fund raising efforts were made
to help the University's academic programs, faculty, or staff
through this very trying period.
That's a view from Anderson Hall. Stay tuned!

The Partisan Interview: thomas


SThomas Biebricher is a Vi ,iig Assistant Professor. He received
Shis doctorate from Freiburg University in 2002 and teaches courses
in political theory and comparative politics. The Partisan interview
with Professor Biebricher was recordedApril 3, 2008.

Partisan: How long have you been at that University of Flor-

Biebricher: I've been here for five years. I came in August,

Partisan: What kind of unexpected challenges did you con-
front in the move to Gainesville?

Biebricher: It's even hotter than I expected. I have to say it
was less of a struggle than I expected because people were
extremely helpful and really friendly. I think when it comes to
the mentality, I didn't feel as challenged. Having been in Can-
ada at least gives you an idea of the broader North American
mentality, not that there is such a thing, but there is a certain
family resemblance between Canadians and Americans. Al-
though Canadians would hate me for saying that.

Partisan: I'm Canadian.

Biebricher: Oh no! Well... there's certainly a more outgoing
attitude Canadians and U.S. Americans share in comparison or
in contrast to Germans. It was expressed to me in the follow-
ing way: Americans are peaches and Germans are nuts. And
that makes sense in all kinds of ways.

Partisan: What is it you'd like students to get out of your

............................ ....................... .................... .............

"Americans are like peaches.
Germans are like nuts."

Biebricher: Well, what I would want that experience to
be like for the students is certainly a broadening of their
horizon. I'd like to confront them with perspectives
they're not familiar with, be it authors they're not familiar
with, coming from Germany or wherever; some strange
German Enlightenment figures, for example, that they're
not familiar with. So that would be a good thing, substan-
tive perspectives that they're not used to and trying to de-
fend them well and make them plausible so people are
challenged to deal with what amounts to a form of cogni-
tive dissonance. That's the task-to push people at least to
some extent out of their comfort zone. The task is to chal-
lenge them but at the same time provide support so they
can come along for the ride. If students leave my class at
the end of the term and they've just become more curious
and they become interested in things they weren't inter-
ested in before, at the most general level, that's the task I
would like to achieve.

Partisan: Who are your political-philosophy heroes? You
can list at least five.

Biebricher: (laughs) Alright, this is alphabetically. Marx,
Nietzsche, Habermas, Foucault, and Bob Jessop.

Partisan: That wasn't very alphabetical.

Biebricher: (laughs)

Partisan: If you had to choose one that stands out for you,
who would it be?

Biebricher: I would have to say it's between Marx and
Habermas; I think I'd have to go for Habermas. Because
obviously he's a very prolific writer and he incorporates
perspectives from all kinds of theoretical traditions,
schools if you will, into his own approach without falling
into a naive eclecticism where you add on stuff. He takes
elements and theorems and adapts them to his own frame-
work, and is able, thereby, to introduce ideas ranging from
systems theory to pragmatism to hermeneutics to Marxism
and critical theory.


By Professor Ana 3 kirglheriti
Department ofPolitical Science and Center for Latin American Studies

It is a challenge to write a tribute to recently retired Professor Terry McCoy without sounding too flattering, but truth be told
it is not possible to write anything but good things about him. He's been an insightful mentor who constantly encouraged me to
do better, a source of inspiration and sound academic advice, an enjoyable neighbor to come across every morning in Grinter
Hall, an always curious, well-informed, and knowledgeable expert on Latin American politics to chat with, and a true friend
who was sincerely happy for me in good times and kindly supported me in bad ones. I am lucky to have met him and count him
as a colleague and friend. I am grateful to him as much as others who graciously agreed to share the stories below.

hii,, ,,~ an office suite with Terry McCoy Marianne Schmink (Professor of Anthropology and Director, Tropical Conser-
vation and Development, Center for Latin American Studies):
It's a little-known secret that there is an internal door connecting my office with Terry McCoy's. My side of the door is
blocked by three filing cabinets, and his by a storage closet. Occasionally, we joke about opening up our secret passageway.
As my boss for 10 years, office-suite partner for another 10 years, colleague and friend for nearly 30 years, Terry has always
been supportive, insightful, and good-humored, making my days a little brighter.

Traveling with Terry McCoy-Andy Naranjo (Emerson-Merrill Lynch Professor of Finance):
Terry and I were walking up to the United Airlines check-in counter at Orlando International airport for our first International
Business Study organizing trip to Rio. It was Friday, October 5th, 2001 (about 3 weeks after 9/11), and the airport and check-
in area were ghostly empty -- except for a single attendant. In the flight from Orlando to Miami and then Miami to Rio, there
were nearly fewer passengers on the large airliner than flight attendants. In Rio, military jets and war ships raced up and down
the coast. The Cariocas were hungry to talk about what was going on in the U.S., and we were just as hungry to learn about the
company, institutional, and government sites that we were visiting. This backdrop was my first window into Terry's travels
down South. I knew he was a curious and adventuresome academic, and this unusual setting created a picture in my mind of
what it must have been like being one of the early North American academic trail blazers doing serious, embedded scholarly
research down South when few were doing so. In looking back, I could not have had a better study-tour travel partner to open
this window. Terry has been a tremendous Latin American scholar, source of information, and personal instructor. All of us
recognize and appreciate what he has done and given over these many years, and I look forward to our continued trips. Cheers
to my excellent colleague and good friend.

Politics in the Dominican Republic-Richard K. Scher (Professor, Department of Political Science):
In the early 1990s, I had occasion to consult on some political campaigns in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Terry was
a godsend! He gave me a crash course not just on the country, but the whole Caribbean basin. The prodigious information he
provided on the region's political culture and style proved invaluable. But that's Terry he gives far, far more than he re-
ceives, plentifully and unstintingly. He has shared his time between the Department and Center, to the tremendous benefit of
both. Indeed, in a Department full of active, generous, other-regarding citizens, Terry is at the top of the list. He will never be
replaced, and will be tremendously missed! Bon Voyage, Terry! Tener buen viaje! We wish you fair winds and smooth seas!

By Staffan I. Lindberg I4

Distinguished Professor Goran Hyden is retiring from our department "L- ~-L,{
and the University of Florida after 22 years of service. With a Ph.D. in
Political Science from Lund University, Sweden, Professor Hyden is one
of the few individuals who served on the faculty of all three of the found-
ing universities in East Africa. He was a lecturer in Political Science at
Makerere University in Uganda (1965-1967); a Senior Lecturer in Gov- "'::. '.'
emrnment at the University of Nairobi (1968-1971); and a Professor in Po-
litical Science at the University of Dar es Salaam (1972-1977). These
were formative years for these universities, and Professor Hyden gave
himself fully to their development and growth.
He came to University of Florida in 1986 after a series of appoint-
ments and visiting positions at Brown University, Dartmouth College,
Ford Foundation, and University of California Berkeley. Besides innu-
merable service assignments for the university and our department, in-
cluding Interim Director for the Center for African Studies, he has
chaired 17 Ph.D. committees and served as member on another 19, while
also chairing or co-chairing 29 M.A. committees and serving as a member on another 15. The students' nicknames for Pro-
fessor Hyden have evolved over the years with successive generations but in later years he became "Papa Hyden" because of
his warm demeanor and the great fun at social get-togethers at his home with his wife Melania.
Throughout his lifetime, Professor Goran Hyden established himself as a man interested in making a difference in the
world. During his teaching career he touched many lives in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States, and contributed to the
advancement of both Political Science and Public Administration, while at the same time shaping both development policy
and practice around the world. He has served on numerous international academic and foundation boards and editorial com-
mittees, and was the President of the African Studies Association from 1994 to 1995.
Professor Hyden is the author of 10 books, edited 13 volumes, published over 50 articles in peer review journals and over
60 book chapters in addition to a long series of professional reports on development projects and policies. His studies of Afri-
can politics and society in Beyond Ujamaa in Tanzania: Underdevelopment and an Uncaptured Peasantry, and the classic
No Shortcuts to Progress, have inspired more than one generation of scholars worldwide. He launched important develop-
ment concepts such as "the uncaptured peasantry," the "state suspended in mid-air above society," the "economy of affec-
tion," and "governance." His many contributions to the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration and Public Law have
been recognized by organizations like the World Bank, UNICEF, the African Development Bank, the United Nations, and
the United States Congress.
SIn recognition of the stellar contributions Goran
Hyden made to the fields of Political Science and
Development, the University of Florida is establish-
ing the Goran Hyden Endowment. This endowment
will support students who are pursuing a graduate
level degree in Political Science in the spirit of Go-
: ran's own work. On a yearly basis, a scholarship will
-5 be awarded to a Ph.D. or M.A. student who has dem-
onstrated real intentions in working upon graduation,
in the area of development and public policy for the
benefit of the African continent. We invite you to
1% join us in helping to establish the Goran Hyden En-
dowment. Please consider a gift of $1,000, $500,
$250, $100 or whatever amount you feel comfortable giving, in order to create this endowment. Your gift will help make this
goal possible and will honor a man whose profession transformed the field of Public Administration worldwide. Please ad-
dress any questions regarding your contribution to the Goran Hyden Endowment, to Norman E. Portillo, Director of Devel-
opment for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at (352) 256-2378 / nportillo@uff.ufl.edu.

Debbie Wallen is the Political Sci- Andrew Blair is the
ence Office Manager. department's Senior
Partisan: What do you enjoy most :'." Secretary. Blair was:
about your work? born in Gainesville:
Wallen: The best part of my job is and attended East-'
getting to work with some really nice side High School,
people. I've been here 19 years and graduating in 2000.
these guys are like my family. Don't He studied theater at:
think there's any place I'd rather be UF and graduated in
unless Billy Donovan or Urban Meyer 2005. He describes:
needed an assistant. :) his time away from
Partisan: I'm told you're a St. Louis Cardinals fan, true? work as "usually pretty lazy" and can be found
Wallen: Yeah, I'm a big fan of both the Cardinals and Ga-: at home reading, or watching movies or the Discovery:
tors (but I like sports in general anyway). Last summer we : Channel. Blair tells us "There are two quotes that really
took a family trip home to Missouri and stopped in Atlanta on: sum me up: One is from Kurt Vonnegut, 'I will say anything
the way and saw the Braves beat the Cardinals, then when we i to be funny, often in the most horrible situations.' The other
got to Missouri we went to Kansas City and saw the Royals is from Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), 'I laugh at what's
lose to the Yankees and then on to St. Louis to see the Cardi- funny."'
nals beat their big rivals the Cubs. Managed to work in a water: Partisan: What was the last good book you read?
park along the way and see some family too. Blair: Necroscope by Brian Lumley.
Partisan: Do you have a favorite film? Partisan: What was the last good movie you saw?
Wallen: Probably my favorite movie would be "Field ofl Blair: I really enjoyed "There Will be Blood." I have an'
Dreams." No matter how many times I've watched it, and it'si affinity for unapologetic, crazy characters and watching
been a bunch, I start bawling when the little girl gets choked Daniel Plainview's progression from humble miner to alco-
on the hot dog and pretty much cry through the rest of the: holic monster was awesome. Daniel Day Lewis put on a:
movie. Bet you didn't know I was such a softie, did ya? | clinic.
Partisan: We had our suspicions. i Partisan: How did you get into acting?
Wallen: And an additional tidbit that you didn't even ask: Blair: My buddy and I were sitting in our middle school
for: This spring another mom and I took six 17-year-old girls I computer lab choosing electives for high school and he was
to Crescent Beach for a week for spring break, the beach being going to take drama. I was so scared about not knowing
probably my favorite place in the world. Yes, it was a lot like anyone in any of my classes when I got to high school that I
herding cats. I chose drama as well, thinking we would take it together. As
Sit turned out, we didn't. I didn't do my first play until I was
_, a junior in high school. I was up to get a roster spot on the
Sue Lawless-Yanchisin is the Political Science Graduate Secre- varsity soccer team, but one of my best friends, Heather,
tary. asked me to be in her play and I quit soccer to do it. I guess'
Partisan: What is the best part of your job? the rest is recent history.
Sue: My favorite part of my job is the interaction with our grad Partisan: What would be the theatrical role of your dreams?
students and faculty. I love being a part of our grad students': Blair: Iago. Period.
lives and having them be a part of mine. I definitely get attached:
and miss them when they finally leave here to make lives some-
place else.
Partisan: Do your cats have any special talents or interests?
Sue: Since our sons are grown, we have 4 cats with 4 very different personalities: lap cat (Calico girl -
13 yrs), recluse (mixed breed boy 12 yrs), loving bed cat (very large all black-furred boy 10 yrs) and
hyper bully (the baby boy who is a snowshoe breed 8 yrs). They even have their own portable pond with
clear sides so they can watch their goldfish and stay entertained!
Partisan: Where did you meet Mark?
Sue: I met Mark while we were both working second jobs at a retail store in Syracuse, NY. Both divorced, we went out as
friends for a while, but we both realized that we had found someone special. In 1994, Mark was offered a position in Environ-
mental Health and Safety here at UF, so we decided to make the move. It's been great and we love it here. We both love our
jobs and our lives here and, even though we've been here for almost 14 years, we are still finding new things to do and experi-
ence. As an example, we finally made it down to the Keys for a few days this summer. We had a very relaxing time, just swim-
ming and snorkeling. Another first was finally floating down the Ichetucknee on a raft. What a blast!

Beth Rosenson
Last spring, I offered a new graduate seminar called Political Communications. This course addressed the
history, nature, power, and influence of the American media, both mainstream and non-mainstream. It also
examined coverage of domestic politics and foreign policy, including the war in Iraq. In teaching this class
and others, and in working on my book manuscript and various articles, I have constantly circled the ques-
tion: How do the media shape political reality and public perceptions? Another related theme in my re-
search and teaching has been: How have the media defined the boundaries of, and influenced citizens' be-
liefs about, what is ethical or not in politics? What sorts of behavior have been considered ethically prob-
lematic in American politics past and present? Looking at this year's presidential campaign and the ethics
controversies that have touched virtually every major candidate, we can see the significance of these ques-
tions. This past year, I also did a lot of reading on slavery and the Civil War, including works by historians, novels, and biogra-
phies. One particularly powerful book was a collection of interviews with former slaves compiled by the Works Progress Ad-
ministration's Federal Writers' Project. I have incorporated slavery and the Civil War into my teaching in the past, for example,
in courses on American political development and ethics in American politics. The additional reading I did has underscored the
importance of race--and the legacy of slavery--in American politics, even where one might not expect to find it. For example, I
am currently working on a book about ethics investigations in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1798-2004. This re-
search shows many of the ethics investigations of individual members in the 1800s were in one way or another related to
deeper tensions over slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. I have completed more than half the manuscript for this book,
tentatively titled: Ethics Evolving: The ( ih, ig,, Content of House Ethics I,' i t~ig,,I, ~,. 1798-2004. I received two grants for
work on this project, one from the Dirksen Congressional Center and the other from UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Humanities Scholarship.

Sharon Austin
I substantially revised an Asian American Politics course and will offer a new course on Latino Politics
and Public Policy during the Fall 2008 semester. These courses fulfill important requirements for the
Asian American Studies certificate and the Latin American Studies Program. I read the following and
used them in my classes: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama; My Grandfather's Son by Clarence
Thomas; Race Rules by Baodong Liu and James Vanderleeuw; and Between Two Nations by Michael
Jones-Correa. I presented a paper at the Western Political Science Association which examines the beliefs
of African Americans and Haitian Americans in South Florida on politics and race relations. It is the be-
ginning of a new project I am working on. I conducted surveys for a book-length project on Concentrated
Poverty, Social Isolation, and Political Participation among Whites and Blacks in the Southern Black-Belt
and applied for a major grant from the Russell Sage Foundation. I mentored the following students: Samuel Edouard, a Politi-
cal Science undergraduate who will intern with the Department of State in Geneva, Switzerland this fall; Emmanuel Gamor, a
Political Science undergraduate who has recently been selected as a McNair Scholar for the 2008-2009 academic year; Venise
Dorestin, a Political Science major who was recently selected to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Internship Pro-
gram in Washington, D.C. this summer; Bryan Konig, a Political Science major who will intern in Austrailia this fall; and
Samiah Moustafa, an Environmental Studies major with an interest in Political Science who will intern in Alaska this summer.
Several of my students were recognized at the Multicultural Student Awards ceremony in May 2008. They are Elliott Arroyo,
Carolina Blanco, Pascalie Belony, Samuel Edouard, Hidahis Figueroa, Emmanuel Gamor, Adrian Gonzalez, David G. Hassan,
Anely Hernandez, Bryan Konig, Julie Liang, Nicole Liu, Brittany McCants, Gianncarlo Ortega, Felipe Plechac-Diaz, Brittany
Quintana, Elis Rojas, Christopher Sams, Tracey Tolbert, Howin Tsang, and Daniela Zekanovic.

Daniel Smith
In my 260-student, Fall 2007, POS2112 State and Local Politics course, I used the pre-publication edi-
tion of my coauthored textbook, State and Local Government: Institutions and Reform. Students were
given the opportunity to write their own mid-term and final exams. They were permitted to submit up to
three questions each for both exams. They received extra credit points for every question that I ac-
cepted, vetted, and reworked for the exam. This pedagogical innovation was well-received by the stu-
dents, and it unexpectedly led to students creating their own Facebook site (ingeniously named, "Beat
the System POS 2112") where students posted their proposed test questions and created a "Wiki" study
guide. My research this year was driven primarily by the question of why state legislatures in the early
1900s devolved institutional power to citizens by granting them the powers of direct democracy. Why
would state lawmakers willingly accede power to citizens? The answer, in a paper I co-authored with
Ph.D. candidate Dustin Fridkin, has to do with legislative competition, and the ability of minority par-

ties to appeal to the median voter's interests--even if it means selling out the institutional power of the legislature. The best
book I read this year was Peter Matthiessen's Bone by Bone, which chronicles the semi-fictional life of Edgar J. Watson and his
escapades and misdeeds leading to tragedy in the Florida Everglades. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to get a sense
of "Old Florida" at the turn of the 20th century. I'm very pleased with the publication of my co-authored textbook, State and
Local Politics: Institutions and Reform (Cengage, 2008). It is a rigorous yet readable assessment of how institutions help shape
politics and policies in the American states. I'm most proud of the forthcoming publication of an article I co-authored with a
former undergraduate student, Kristen Soltis, and two other scholars that helps to explain which Republican members of Con-
gress raise money for their party. It grew out Kristen's internship with the National Republican Congressional Committee and
was funded by a University Scholars Program grant in 2005.

Larry Dodd
In Spring 2007, I created a new graduate seminar called American Legislative Development. It focused
on the colonial roots and historical development of the U.S. Congress and the ways in which these fac-
tors continue to shape Congress today. The key question uniting my research and teaching this year had
to do with the ways in which high party polarization and uncivil member behavior are affecting ability
of the contemporary Congress to govern effectively. Polarized America, by McCarty, Poole and Rosen-
thal, is a book which makes a strong argument that growing inequality in America is a major factor gen-
erating heightened polarization between our two major parties in Congress. I used the book in my
Spring 2008 seminar on Congressional Politics and in my research with Scot Schraufnagel from UCF
on "Congress and the Polarity Paradox," which examines how polarization and member incivility has
affected the enactment of landmark legislation in Congress over the past century or so. I am most proud
of being selected as UF's Teacher/Scholar of the Year in 2007. I think the award speaks to the effort of our Department to ex-
cel in both teaching and scholarly research. I was very proud that Jordan Ragusa was selected to be co-recipient for the Best
Graduate Student Paper in 2008. Several faculty helped Jordan with the paper, including me as advisor and instructor for his
courses on congressional politics.

Richard Conle
I published three articles in the last year, including two with Ph.D. candidate Richard Yon, and a book
chapter I also taught an undergraduate course on Comparative Political Institutions at the University of
Floinda Pans Research Center (France) in Fall 2007 as part of the International Affairs in the Public
Sphere piroiam. which included an array of site visits for students to the French Assemblee national
(Parlhamknt). the H6tel Matignon (French Prime Ministers residence), the editorial offices of France's
largest dail1 newspaper, Le Monde, as well as visits to NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the
European Parliament in Strasbourg, the beaches of Normandy, and the artificial port constructed in
World War II at Arromanches. Along with Professor Leann Brown, I also headed a new "Summer Politi-
cal Studies in Dublin, Ireland" in Summer 2008. Students in the program spent six weeks on the Emerald
Isle, took courses on "Irish Government and Politics" and "Ireland and the European Union," toured Galway and Cork, and vis-
ited political and historical sites, including Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland, where they met with political leaders, hunger
strikers, and former political prisoners, as well as officials working on the peace process and new institutions in Ulster. My
book The Historical Dictionary of the George W. Bush Era will be published next by Rowman/Littlefield.

Leslie Thiele
This spring, I worked with students and faculty to develop a Minor in Sustainability Studies. One of
only a handful of such programs in the nation, UF's new interdiscplinary minor will be available to
students starting in Fall '08. Sustainability has been described as meeting the needs of the present gen-
eration without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is tradi-
tionally characterized by three overarching concerns: maintaining ecological diversity and environ-
mental protection; ensuring economic health; and achieving social justice. The aim of the new pro-
gram is to help students understand the ways these important goals are related and, practically speak-
ing, how they best can be pursued. A gateway course, Facets of Sustainability, will introduce students
to the various dimensions of sustainability. A capstone course, entitled Sustainability in Action, will
allow students to develop experience and practical skills through internships and service learning op-
portunities. If you're interested in knowing more about the Minor in Sustainability Studies, please
contact me at thiele@ufl.edu.

Michael T. Heaney
I spent the 2007-2008 academic year on leave as an American Political Science Association Congressional
Fellow, where I was honored as the William A. Steiger Fellow. I worked for the U.S. House Committee on
Energy and Commerce under Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) concentrating on heath-care issues (especially
nursing home regulation, long-term care insurance, Medicare, and prescription drugs). Beyond the fellow-
ship, my articles were published in the journals American Politics Research and PS: Political Science and
Politics. My article on coalition politics in the contemporary American antiwar movement is forthcoming
in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and C hii,,gc this fall. During the 2008-2009 academic year, I
will teach courses on Current Controversies in Public Policy, Health Politics and Policy, and Interest Group

Brvon J. Moraski
This year, I published two peer-reviewed articles investigating the autocratic resurgence that Russian politics witnessed under
former President Vladimir Putin. This research significantly reshaped the lens through which I saw my
classes. In addition to changes in my undergraduate course, Politics in Russia, I revised one of my gradu-
ate seminars, Comparative Elections and Party Systems and an undergraduate class, Democratization in
Global Perspective, to more explicitly consider authoritarian opportunities in states assumed to be transi-
itionming to democracy. During this same period, my research on electoral politics in the post-communist
s-pace took a new turn. I am now investigating the roles that the judiciary has played in resolving election
disputes in the former Soviet states of Armenia and Georgia. Winning an International Research and Ex-
chan11' Boards Grant to conduct fieldwork this summer in both of these countries stands out as one of my
imost important professional accomplishments. I am also proud to have mentored one of our graduating ma-
jors, Steven Minegar. Over the last year, Steven conducted research on the development of the Chilean ju-
diciary through the University Scholars Program, which funded his five-week stay in Santiago.

Ben Smith
I offered three new courses this year-undergraduate and graduate courses on communal violence and an upper-division under-
grad class called the Politics of Modernity. The former two engaged my current research on ethnic and
religious violence and thus were very rewarding The latter class was a "great books" course in com-
parative politics for advanced undergrads. I suppose if there was a central question or two motivating
my teaching and research they would be: Under what conditions can equitable order be constructed in
the post-colonial world? What causes order to break down into violence? Is violence necessary in order
for equitable order to emerge? I read a lot of good books this year. One of the most rewarding ones was
a detailed rereading of Barrington Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, which my
Modernity class read cover to cover. It humbles me to think how much better those 12 undergrads now
understand Moore than I did as an advanced grad student. Also very rich in both insight and unexplored
questions was Donald Horowitz's mammoth Ethnic Groups in Conflict, which I taught in both conflict
courses. And I did enjoy seeing my own first book come out last August. Somehow Hard Times in the Lands of Plenty seems
more substantial with a nice cover than as an unbound dissertation. Without question my nicest accomplishment this year was
to win one of CLAS's Teacher of the Year Awards. The reason is the students. I had nine undergraduates working with me as
research assistants this year, and all were stellar. Another student working with me completed a University Scholars research
paper on the politics of foreign investment in Vietnam after spending the summer of 2007 doing original fieldwork and dozens
of interviews there. And graduate students with whom I work received numerous research fellowships for their work in Bu-
rundi, Ghana, India and elsewhere. It has been very heartening to see them all accomplish so much.

Michael Martinez
I have continued my research on political participation, and presented "Voters and Nonvoters in Cana-
dian Elections" at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association in Vancouver this
summer. I am so proud of my students this year, including Kelly Lenahan, a sophomore who won the
Department's Best Undergraduate Paper Award for her paper, "Did Caring About the American People
Matter in 2004?" written for Political Behavior in Fall 2007. I served as Associate Chair of the Depart-
ment in 2007-08, and also was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Council of the Southern
Political Science Association.

Richard Scher
I spent the last few summers in places like Budapest, Sarajevo, and Istanbul, so it is great to be in exotic
Gainesville for this one. I want to stress to all readers of The Partisan that at some point in their lives,
sooner rather than later, they must visit the three cities I mentioned. They are, each in its own way, places
which will change your life and the way you view the world. I have designed and taught two new courses,
each incredibly exciting: Food Politics examines the cultural, political, and social forces which determine
what we eat. Students finishing the course no longer frequent fast food emporia. And Politics Beyond the
Beltway investigates political life outside the Washington Beltway (basically 1-495) and finds it much more
interesting, exciting, and meaningful than the out-of-touch drivel that goes on inside it.

V -"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
Oscar Wilde

Roger Austin co-authored a chapter with Professor Stephen Craig entitled "Elections and Parti-
san Change in Florida." Their chapter appears in Government and Politics in Florida, 3rd ed..
edited by J. Edwin Benton (2008) and published by the University of Florida Press..

Donald Campbell currently is acting as a clerk for Judge Leslie Southwick of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His primary responsibilities during the clerkship have been to
conduct legal research and to frame draft opinions for various disputes, including recent
changes to the federal criminal sentencing guidelines, fair labor standard practices, and federal
employment discrimination. While fulfilling his clerkship, Donald has also been teaching a
course on professional responsibility and ethics for Mississippi College School of Law. In ad-
dition to these time consuming responsibilities, Donald is working on research with a professor
at Mississippi College. The two are starting a manuscript regarding legal ethics within the

Daniel Cicenia won the Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship to participate in the 2007 ICPSR Summer Program. This award is made
annually by the ICPSR Council and APSA Methodology Section to graduate students in Political Science and Sociology.
While in Ann Arbor, Dan's coursework covered techniques such as Factor Analysis, Cluster Analysis, Event History, in addi-
tion to models using panel data. Dan is currently completing a term as a graduate student representative to the University Fac-
ulty Senate. During Fall 2006, Dan worked with the Missouri Democratic Party.

Kenly Greer Fenio combined a community food distribution project for Rotary Clubs with her dissertation research in Mozam-
bique. The project distributed 750 kilograms of food to people affected by HIV in Mozambique. Kenly was invited to present a
discussion of this project to several hundred Rotary Club members at their conference in Jacksonville. Kenly offered a number
of lectures and discussions to technical schools, the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and various other groups throughout Mo-
zambique in 2007. Additionally, she published "The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Ethiopian
Orthodox Church, and Community Beliefs" in Health Knowledge and Belief Systems, edited by Toyin Falola and Matthew M.

Laura Kane, a Public Affairs Master's student, was a finalist for The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship, which is offered annually
by the Florida City and County Management Association. This scholarship is awarded to a Florida graduate student studying
public administration who aspires to a career in city or county government management. Laura attended the Florida City and
County Management Association 2008 Annual Conference at the end of May. In addition to being a full-time student, Laura
works in the Alachua County Manager's Office on various large community enhancement projects including the Alachua
County Fairgrounds Relocation Project and the Countywide Visioning and Planning Process. She is also the current coordina-
tor of the All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program, which seeks to attract area students to building a career in
local government.

Joe Kraus traveled to Equatorial Guinea in 2007 to conduct pre-dissertation research on oil and politics with funding from the
Hunt and Jeanne Davis Fellowship, the Madelyn Lockhart Award, and the Department of Political Science Summer Travel
Grant. Joe also presented a paper entitled "Big Oil and Corporate Social Responsibility in Equatorial Guinea" at the 2007 an-
nual meeting of the African Studies Association.

Ashley Leinwebber was awarded a pre-dissertation research grant from the African Power and Politics program. In addition,
she was awarded a grant from the Department of Political Science.

Jay Maggio had several publications this year. "Can the Subaltern Be Heard? Political Theory, Translation, Representation,
and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak" was published in Alternatives, "The Presidential Rhetoric of Terror: The (Re)Creation of Re-
ality Immediately after 9/11" appeared in Politics & Reality, and "Comics -1-- -
and Cartoons: A Democratic Art-Form" was published in PS: Political Sci- ..
ence and Politics. Jay also acted a reviewer for the journals Contemporary
Political Theory and Review of Politics. Jay presented another paper,
"Martha Nussbaum and the Problem of Political/Artistic Content," at the
Florida Political Science Association Conference. He also taught five sec-
tions of American National Government at Santa Fe Community College.

Kimberly Martin served as Academic Program Assistant for the Graham
Center for Public Service, coordinating student events, advising students, t.
and overseeing the internship program. Kim chaperoned undergraduate stu-
dents to participate in the National Conference for Civic Engagement at Har- Presentation of the Best Graduate Paper Award.
vard University. Kim has also been working with David Hedge to develop a Pictured: J. Ragusa (L), Graduate Coordinator
minor in Public Leadership and a BA and MA in Public Policy at the Gra- J.S. Barkin (C), Sean Walsh (R)
ham Center.

Winifred Pankani presented "Bringing Informal Institutions Back In" at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in
New York. She was also awarded a pre-dissertation research grant from the African Power and Politics program. Winifred also
served as a consultant for the Democratic Accountability and Citizen-Politician Linkage Project.

Jordan Ragusa was co-winner of the award for Best Graduate Paper from the Department of Political Science for his essay
"Contextual and Institutional Explanations of Macro-Level Policy Change: 1951-2002." This paper was presented at the An-
nual Conference of the Southern Political Science Association.

Ty Solomon attended a workshop on Relational and Interpretive Methods at the International Studies Association conference
in Philadelphia. He also presented an essay entitled "Negativity and Identification in International Relations" and another es-
say, co-authored with Ido Oren, "WMD: Words of Mass Distraction," at the International Studies Association conference in
San Francisco. His presentations were funded by grants from the University of Florida Graduate Student Council and the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sean Walsh published "The Use of Exile: The Revaluation of Power Between the Ancients and Modernity" in Crime Preven-
tion and Community Safety, based on a paper he presented at the 2007 Southern Political Science Association Conference.
Sean also presented "The Passion for Justice and the Scar of Politics" with Leslie Thiele at the Department of Political Science
Research Seminar in Politics. He was co-winner of the award for Best Graduate Paper from the Department of Political Sci-
ence for his essay "The Ghetto of Writing: A Genealogy of Fear in Ancient and Modem Political Thought."

Matt Wein was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame.

In the past year, the Political Science Graduate Student Council has worked hard to ac-
complish its goal of establishing an inviting and enjoyable environment by creating social
and academic opportunities for graduate students in the Political Science Department.
The PSGSC has created several different academic opportunities for graduate students in
the department. We have sponsored two academic talks, one with Ken Hechler and one with -
Joseph Nye. These talks were set up as forums for graduate students and faculty to ask the
two accomplished speakers questions about their research, experiences outside of academia,
and for advice for us as graduate students, including beginning our careers. The PSGSC also
participated in the Hagel-Rockefeller Event sponsored by the Graham Center. Members of
the PSGSC helped choose the audience questions that would be asked at each event. Individ-
ual field chairs also advanced academic opportunities by holding field meetings and boot
camps to prepare for exams. Also, the PSGSC has given all students the opportunity to at-
tend the Florida Political Science Association Conference in Tampa for free. We are especially proud that we could cover the
costs so that almost 20 students, M.A. and Ph.D., could attend the conference, either to present a paper or to watch.
We believe that graduate students should interact not only on an academic level, but a social level as well. We placed special
focus on helping new graduate students transition to life in Gainesville, and did so by creating a mentor/buddy system connect-
ing first-year students to current graduate students, sponsored a lunch at the New Student Orientation, and held a social event at
the Swamp at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year, social events have been held to help encourage the forming of
relationships among cohorts.
Marissa Silber
Political Science Graduate Student Council President

Yasser All, class of 2008, will attend the graduate school of education at Harvard University. He was also president of Islam
on Campus during the past academic year.

Jennifer Amores studied Arabic in Morocco during the summer of 2007.

Daniel Ben-Zadok interned with United Jewish Communities, a philanthropic network, this summer in Washington, D.C.

Katie Gillman participated in a European Union studies program in Salzburg, Austria last summer. The program emphasized
history and government.

Kim Gouz received a Best Paper Award from the University Scholars program.

Jessica Holley represented the University of Florida through Florida Blue Key and the Florida Fund Foundation, serving as an
intern in Tallahassee at the lobbying firm Smith, Bryan, and Myers, Inc.

Blair P. Scott interned during the Summer of 2007 for Congressman Cliff Steams in Washington, D.C.

Venal Shenoy attended the Public Policy and Leadership conference at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mara Sloan, was offered the position of Assistant Press Secretary in Senator Bill Nelson's office in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Thompson interned in Washington D.C. this summer for Representative John Mica.

Laurel Wheeler was admitted to the University of Texas and the University of British Columbia for graduate studies in politi-
cal science. Laura plans on returning to the village of Venda near the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique to assist a devel-
oping volunteer organization. She intends to serve as a teacher in the village, assist with the construction of a community cen-
ter, and set up a recycling program.

the be

What books have the faculty in the Political Science Department been
stuffing into their heads? We asked, and now their secrets are revealed!

Ben Smith said:

I thought that Scott Straus's book on
Rwanda, The Order of Genocide,
was really good. Another really good
one that I didn't teach but that im-
pressed me was The Travels ofa T-Shirt in the
Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli.

Dan O'Neill told us about:

SCarole Pateman's new book, co-
authored with Charles Mills, enti-
tled Contract and Domination,
which just came out in 2007. It is
a very thought-provoking book,
one whose arguments have deep
and wide-ranging implications.

Albert Matheny said we should read:

The Great Derangement: A Terrify-
ing True Story of War, Politics, and
Religion at the Twilight of the Ameri-
can Empire by Matt Taibbi. Pub-
lished by Speigel & Grau, 2008.


Conor O'Dwyer said:

S I'll just recommend one, How to
Talk About Books You Haven't
EditorsT,_-- Read by Pierre Bayard -- useful
choice for teachers and students alike! But
seriously, this is an extremely enter-
taining and stimulating book, and in the end, it's
a very thoughtful consideration of how and why
we read.

BadredineArfi said we should read:

Cmii,,i ""g Justice: Women, Islam, Law,
and Society. by Ahmed E. Souaiaia. 2008.
SUNY press. The author combines contem-
porary methods such as content analysis
and statistical analysis with historical narra-
tive to explore some hot issues of concern to
women in Islam, such as marriage, polygamy,
inheritance, and property rights. Some of the au-
thor's conclusions go against conventional wis-
dom in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world
on the role of religion in society. All the while the
book is very accessible to a general audience.
The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representation
of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard. by Ian Al-
mond. 2007. I. B. Taurus. The book, addresses the
issue of how key leading contemporary thinkers
of the West have sought to appropriate Islam as
the Other in their work. As the title says it, the
author believes that we have here a new brand of
Orientalism, much different of what Edward Said
described three decades ago. The book clearly
highlights the still difficult task of speaking of
Islam as the Other.

Zach Selden said we should read:

SOccidentalism: A Short History ofAnti-
Westernism by Ian Buruma and Avishai
Margalit. This is interesting in that it ties
current radical movements back to their
philosophical roots in early 19th-century European
philosophy. State Building: Governance and World
Order in the 21st Century by Francis Fukuyama. This
addresses contemporary foreign policy ways within a
broad theoretical framework (but in an approachable
and readable way).

Ana Magheritis said:

My book recommendation is After
SExile, by Amy Kaminsky. It offers a
sophisticated look at the work of
some well-known writers to explore the relation
between physical uprootedness and national
identity or, more precisely, an individual's iden-
tity as a national subject. The key question is:
Can an exiled writer ever really go home again?
This touched me not only as a migrant but also
as a (scholarly) writer, a fan of literature pieces,
and a woman. By describing exile as a complex
process (sometimes of acculturation, sometimes
of alienation) and incorporating the author's
background on gender studies, it might be of;
interest to my colleagues and students working
on international migration, long-distance and
other types of nationalism, re-construction ofi
identities in relation to space and place, and
gender issues.

Aida Hozic told us about:

Ester and Ruzya: How My
Grandmothers Survived Hit-
ler's War and Stalin's Peace by
Masha Gessen, Dial Press
Trade Paperbacks, 2005. As it
turns out, most of us have had grandmothers that braved
political turmoil, but we never bothered to ask them
about it. Masha Gessen did, and she wrote this wonder-
fully warm account of her grandmothers' struggle and
survival in Hitler's and Stalin's Europe. The book stole
the hearts of students in the Media and War class that I
taught in Spring 2008. I am sure it will capture yours too.


Ido Oren suggested:

The best book I have read this past year,
and one of the most memorable books
I've ever read, was The Lost: A Search for
Six of Six Million, by Daniel Mendelsohn
(HarperCollins, 2006). Numerous books
have been published about the Holocaust but few if any
of them reconstruct the prewar lives of individuals who
perished in the Holocaust. Mendelsohn has traveled
around the world in search of the handful of surviving
Jews and Ukranian witnesses who have known the
family of his great-uncle Shmiel in Bolechow, the
Ukraine. He has produced a moving and beautifully
written account of the family's life in Bolechow prior to
the war and of how individual members of the family
were killed by the Nazis.

S Les Thiele said:

SI'd recommend Paul Hawkin's book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Move-
ment in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming.
L Hawkin, author of the best-seller Ecology of Commerce, addresses the rea-
sons why the environmental movement and the social justice movements
have joined forces in recent times to address the most pressing problems fac-
ing humankind. Also, David Whyte's Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimmage
of Identity. Whyte, a poet, provides an autobiographical and prescriptive account of how
our careers and jobs can become vocations that allow for an integrated and depthful life.
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Katrina Schwartz said:

S. I would like to recommend two books,
both of which I taught last year in my
undergraduate Comparative Environ-
mental Politics class and my interdisci-
plinary graduate Water Politics seminar.
The first is When the Rivers Run Dry by Fred Pearce
(Beacon Press, 2006). This book provides a gripping an
eminently readable -- albeit pretty dam terrifying -- over-
view of the emerging global water crisis. Pearce, an envi-
ronmental journalist at the magazine New Scientist has
been writing about water issues for over twenty years; he
manages to present a huge amount of facts and figures in a
narrative that comes alive through fascinating case studies
ranging from the dried up Rio Grande to the Aral Sea in
former Soviet Central Asia to Palestine to China's Yellow
River and more. I lent the book to my parents last winter
when they passed through on the way to their time-share in
Marco Island, as yet another shot across the bow in the
never-ending battle with my father, the "environmental
skeptic" who doesn't believe in global climate change. To
my amazement, they returned to Gainesville two weeks
later raving about the book. They were just as thrilled as I
was when I reported to them later in the spring that Pearce's
book was selected as the Common Reading for the Fall
2008 First Year Florida Program. A timely and hugely im-
portant choice! My second recommendation brings the wa-
ter crisis closer to home: Mirage: Florida and the Vanish-
ing Water of the Eastern U.S., by Gainesville's own Cyn-
thia Bamett, a journalist for Florida Trend magazine. I also
used this book, to excellent effect, in my graduate water
class and in my undergraduate Florida Environmental Poli-
tics class. If you haven't already realized that all politics in
Florida is or will ultimately be water politics, then this
book will help you figure that out.

Michael Scicchitano recommended
we read:

Presidential Courage by Michael
Beschloss (2007) and Team of Rivals
by Doris Keams Goodwin (2006).

Richard Scher recommended:

John Hope Franklin, Mirror to
America. The autobiography
of one of America's most dis-
tinguished historians, and cer-
tainly the dean of this coun-
try's African-American scholars. Franklin is a
man of immense courage, who writes about the
pre- and post-civil rights South as only a proud,
sensitive, insightful black man could. His
thoughts about continuing racism in America are
more valuable than everyone else's put together.
Mark Kurlansky, The Big Oyster. A history of
New York City from the perspective of its oyster
beds, once the richest in the world, now polluted
and destroyed. A superb social history of man's
collision with his environment, with the result
that nature and then man lose.
Michael Ruhlman, The Reach of a Chef The
third in Ruhlman's investigation of the cultural
politics of food in America. This one focuses on
celebrity chefs, their role as culinary shapers and
arbiters, and their impact on what we eat, or
think we should.

Patricia Woods suggested:
Martin Shapiro, The Supreme
Court and Administrative Agen-
cies (1968). It does a wonderful
job of explaining the conflict be-
tween judiciaries and administra-
tive agencies of the executive
branch. When read now, in retrospect, this book
looks like it does an amazing job of predicting
just the conflict between judiciaries and adminis-
trative authority that has become so central in the
rising power of judiciaries around the world. It is
on the U.S. case.

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Michael Martinez
Editor: Benjamin B. Smith (beginning Fall 2008)
Richard K. Scher
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Sean Walsh
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David Hedge
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