nate against women. If it is illegal to discriminate against women,
how do women worldwide earn 85% of men's income when thev
"ork, and provide the overwhelming majority of unpaid labor in the
Researchers who think about gender in 21"t century global politics
think about these questions as they relate to many of the major is-
sues in global politics. More than twenty years ago, feminist scholar
Cynthia Enloe asked a simple question about global politics,
"Where are the women?"
If women are underrepresented in the halls of power in global
politics, where are they overrepresented? What are women's lives
like across the spectrum of global politics? And why?
My own research has asked where women are in a variety of con-
texts related to war and militarism. My work on civilians in war has
shown that women are often disproportionately victimized by war
and violence, and that this victimization often comes in gender-
specific forms. Female civilians are more likely to be killed in
wars, and to suffer nutritional, health, shelter, and family structure
consequences. War impacts largely unique to women (wartime rape,
prostitution, forced impregnation, domestic violence) also seriously
impact women's lives. All this happens while civilians' advocate
organizations (like the Red Cross) and political leaders (like George
W. Bush) talk about the importance of protecting women from
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Do you think about the act of voting? Maybe you do about your choice of candidates or position on issues or even
whether or not to vote. But the actual casting of a ballot? Pretty mechanical. You show up at the polling station, you
produce some kind of ID, you sign in, they give you a ballot, you mark it, put it in a box or into a machine, and leave.
Then, out of mind until you find out the results.
For most people, the act of voting is simple. But for millions of otherwise qualified voters, they are not allowed to
cast ballots. They show up at the wrong polling station, or at a time wheni~l it is not open (they have not yet heard of "early
voting," a period before election day when it is possible to vote). Or they get to the right polling station only to discover
they are not properly registered, or don't have an acceptable form of ID. Or their name is on some kind of "list" which disqualifies them.
Or, consider the case of a young man registered to vote in the Florida panhandle, but who was not allowed to vote because he was
wearing an Obama tee shirt. Local officials claimed the shirt was an advertisement (in spite of thei 111ct that it did not meet the legal defini-
tion of an advertisement; clothing is eiI1! xe mpt unde the law, and Obama was not on the luIlloul Local officials, using their discretion if not
their best judgment, disenfranchised h1Int
But many other people are also disenfranchised: convicted felons (in a few states they can vote, and in many other countries): the physi-
cally and mentally challenged; non-citizens: Langlruagei mlll~~iin ntles i those i~ unde 15 IIn some states they can vote in some elections); and the
homeless (because they cannot prove a permanent address). For mluch of` ou InstIoIy certain population groups were denied the franchise.
African Americans, women, and various ethnlli I~lc nasonlist gruSlli (notal~bl h Iris and-l.UC Chinese) have systematically been denied the bal-
But even if you get to cast a ballot, how do you know it will be ieoidedi Ho\ll do you know it will be recorded and counted according
to your intent, and not for some other candidate? How do you know the annlounced~i results are accurate, and not cooked? You don't. Vot-
ing is more an act of faith than a predictable, accountable prlocediule You assume it is all done correctly and accurately and honestly. But
the evidence shows that often it is not. Indeed, the results of any e election have to be viewed as a probability statement, not absolute truth
carved on stone tablets. The closer the election, the greater the probability that the results are flawed because our vote -counting machinery
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Gender a nd Politics in the 21st Century
In September of 2008, Rwanda elected the
world's first woman majority parliament. Yes-
you read right. Rwanda. Rwanda, where, just
over 15 years ago, the quickest genocide in
human history led to just under a million
deaths in just under 100 days, and an esti-
mated half a million women were raped.
Following Rwanda, a handful of countries
have parliaments in which women are more
..than a third of the representatives (including
Sweden, Cuba, Finland, the Netherlands, Mo-
zambique, Argentina, Belgium, and New Zealand), but the global
average is just below 20 percent, and the United States ranks be-
low average (#89 in the world) at 16.8%. Scholars have calculated
that, at current growth rates, it will literally be centuries before the
United States House of Representatives is sex-equal.
Women's underrepresentation in positions of political power in
the United States and elsewhere is mirrored at the top levels of
business and industry. This is true in places with laws that restrict
women's right, in places with ostensibly sex-neutral laws, and
even in places like the United States where it is illegal to discrimi-
Department of Political Science
University of Florida
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is not accurate at the nano-level; the 537 vote margin between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 Florida presidential election (out
of 5 million cast), and its ensuing controversy, is evidence of this point.
There is also our long history of manipulating election results. For many interests, elections are too important to be left to the voters.
So struggles take place over manipulating the outcome. The announced totals are scarcely credible.
But what is all this about? Have we not been told, since the third grade, that voting is our duty and responsibility as citizens? Have
we not moved, since the end of the Civil War, to expand the franchise and extend it to more people and groups? Do we not congratulate
ourselves that our elections are fair and open and honest, a testament to the robust health of our democracy? Do we not try to export
American-style elections to "democratizing" nations whether they want them or not?
The answer to each of these questions is "yes." But matters run much deeper. Too often we do not view voting as a right, but as a
privilege, similar to getting a driver's license. It has to be earned. For white, middle-class people, securing the franchise is automatic.
But for the poor, and members of racial and ethnic/nationalist minorities, too often the franchise is denied. They don't "measure up."
The same is true for the other marginalized groups mentioned earlier.
The truth is, we restrict the franchise to "acceptable" groups in our population, and make it difficult for others to secure. How? By
antediluvian registration laws which serve to depress voter participation. By using complicated election machinery, often beyond the ken
of the poor, the ill-educated, the immigrant, the marginalized. By allowing local voting officials almost total discretion, we ensure that
only the "right" kind of voters "pass" and are allowed to cast ballots.
Is this what we want, or should we seek ways to enfranchise more people, not fewer? Do we want truly democratic elections, or just
pretend to have them?
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As I prepare to tumn the leadership reins over
to nw good friend Michael Martinez (see the
interview with him that appears on the follow-
ing page), it is natural for me to reflect on the
. accomplishments and disappointments that we
have experienced together during my three
years as department chair. Fortunately, the
former substantially outweigh the latter.
Especially in these difficult times, one is
tempted to think primarily in fiscal terms: how
much smaller our operating budget is today
compared to three years ago: the activities
(from support for faculty members who are
presenting papers at professional conferences, to guest speakers and
workshops, to grants for summer internships) that have been cut or
eliminated altogether because we can no longer afford them: the
constant threat of losing faculty to other universities who can offer
a more attractive financial package than is available here at UF: the
lost opportunities that might have brought us closer to achieving
our goal of becoming a top-15 department among public institutions
In fact, the answer to each of these questions is the same:
Scarce resources notwithstanding, Political Science is in some ways
even stronger today than it was when I became chair in the fall of
2007. As the quality of any department is measured first and fore-
most by its people, let's start there: We have welcomed three new
tenured or tenure-track faculty colleagues (all profiled in last year's
edition of The Partisan), with a fourth scheduled to come on board
next fall. Nine of our existing faculty were candidates for tenure
and promotion to Associate Professor, while two others were con-
sidered for promotion to Full Professor and all were successful,
reflecting the high standing of our department within the College
and the University as a whole. Larry Dodd was recognized as Uni-
versity Teacher/Scholar of the Year (the highest faculty honor be-
stowed by UF). Philip Williams and Dan Smith received highly
prestigious UF Research Foundation professorship awards. Dan
O'Neill was named a CLAS Teacher of the Year, and Ph.D. student
Sean Walsh received the highest award given at UF for graduate
teaching. Political Science remains the second largest producer of
undergraduate majors within the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences (over 1,200 last year). In the fall of 2010, we will wel-
come a new bumper crop of Ph.D. and M.A. students that may
be our best ever in terms of both quality and quantity.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Whether we are talk-
ing about books published, articles appearing in scholarly jour-
nals, offices held and awards received from professional organi-
zations such as the American Political Science Association, re-
search grants and Fulbright scholarships, the sponsorship of
workshops that allow outsiders to visit Gainesville and see first-
hand just how good a department we are our faculty members
(and many students, undergrad and grad alike) have accom-
plished all of this and more over the past three years, and I have
no doubt they will continue to set the bar high in the years to
None of this is to suggest, of course, that all is well in the
world of higher education. There are problems, and those prob-
lems are likely to continue for the foreseeable future as the econ-
onw both nationwide and here in Florida struggles to regain its
footing. Most of the disappointments that have marked my term
as chair (including a much reduced annual operating budget,
inability to add even more faculty who would help us to meet our
undergraduate teaching obligations and enhance the national
reputation of our graduate program, the general air of uncertainty
about the future that isn't likely to go away anytime soon) are a
reflection of this economic reality.
One reason wky we are able to remain optimistic has to do
with the generous support that we are receiving from the Politi-
cal Science Advisory Board, whose members are committed to
helping us raise the money needed to meet our long-term goals. I
have enjoyed meeting and working with these individuals during
nw time as chair, and look forward to continuing that work in the
years to come. Accordingly, let me close by asking all of our
alumni and friends (as I did in nw first Chair's Comner column
for The Partisan in 2008) to consider helping us in whatever
ways, and at whatever level, you are able. All things considered,
this is a pretty impressive department. I hope that if you are in
our neck of the woods for a football game or other occasion, you
will stop by and check us out for yourselves.
As Steve Craig's reign of terror comes to an end, The Partisan sat
down with the incoming Chair of the Department of Political Sci-
ence, Michael Martinez, to ask our new Glorious Leader a few
Partisan: Why don't you start by telling our readers a little about the
role and responsibilities of the Chair's position?
Martinez: The chair actually has multiple roles. One is being a
spokesperson for the faculty to multiple constituencies. One of
those constituencies is the Dean's Office and other administrators
in the university: to try to educate them about what we do and the
accomplishments of our faculty, graduate students, and under-
graduate students; and to fight for resources, whatever resources
they can give. In that sense, the Chair is the principal spokesper-
son and lobbyist for the department. A second important role that
I expect to play will be as a spokesperson for the current faculty
and students with our alumni. I think our alumni are a real strength
that we have in terms of giving us visibility in the state, in terms of
being a source of support, and I would like to keep them abreast of
new developments in the department. Also the Chair has to do
some administrative functions. I'm also going to have to play the
role of being a representative of the administration to the faculty in
saying, "There are university rules and other things that we have to
follow because we are part of a broader mission."
P: You're stepping into this position during a challenging economic
period. How dire is the budgetary situation confronting the depart-
Martinez: Quite frankly, this year, the expectations that I've heard
are not so bad. The big concern is going to be in the next academic
year, the year beginning the Fall of 2011. The econonw really has
to tumn around by that point in order for us to stay on a level play-
ing field because the federal stimulus money is going to run out.
The concern is whether the state's economy is going to tumn around
by the next budget cycle. The one lesson that I think that we have
learned is that we can't be dependent. The last couple of years
have taught us the importance of finding independent sources of
support. That would be development in terms of finding both big
and small donors who are willing to help the department through
difficult times, and encourage faculty and graduate students to get
grants to support their research and other activities.
P: What advice would you give to incoming graduate students?
Martinez: The advice that I try to give consistently to incoming
graduate students is to think of yourself as an apprentice. As an
apprentice you're here to leamn; you're here to leamn about the re-
search in your field, but you're also here to leamn how to be a po-
litical scientist, and leamn how to balance those responsibilities of
research and teaching. The first step in a successful graduate ca-
reer, to get beyond what you were as an undergraduate student, is
to not think like a student but think like an apprentice.
P: No interview with Michael Martinez could be complete with-
out the now legendary "Michael Martinez Question." There-
fore, I must ask, can you falsify the answers you have pro-
Martinez: Sure! If I run the department into the ditch, the
Dean will fire me.
P: So, this is falsifiable.
Martinez: Yes, this is an experiment!
P: The most important question we can ask you, the one that
most interests our readers is as follows: what is the secret of
the Martinez gumbo?
Martinez: If I told you it wouldn't be a secret.
P: So you are confirming there is a secret.
Martinez: My dad taught me that when I was cooking the
most important thing was to have an appropriate "lubricant"
for the cook nearby.
P: Will the Saints repeat?
Martinez: They are currently the world-champion New
Participates annually in the March of Dimes Walk for
Babies on the UF Poli Sci team
* Enjoys long bike rides through the woods
* Starred on the intramural depart-
ment softball team
* Studies electoral behavior and
public opinion and was a Ful-
bright Scholar at the University of
* As incoming Department Chair'
prefers to be called "Czar Marti-
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ma r tine z
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My work on women and political violence has shown that women do things we do not expect: they participate in insurgent organizations,
perform acts of terrorism, commit war crimes, engage in sexual violence, and perpetrate genocide. They are a minority of terrorists and war
criminals in most conflicts, but women commit political violence. My work on women and militaries find that women play different roles in
different state militaries, but are always a minority, and often subject to the dual requirements of being as capable as men at the physical and
mental tasks of soldiering but maintain their femininity. My work on women political leaders finds that there are very few of them, but that
they are often expected to display strength, rationality, and coldness while sporting a designer wardrobe and playing feminine roles in their
family structures. Even in Rwanda, people campaigned for the woman-majority parliament because of women's purported special relation-
ship with peace and Rwanda's need for peace.
What do all of these stories have in common? What do they tell us about why women occupy different places in global politics and eco-
nomics than men do?
What all these women in vastly different positions have in common is that gender stereotypes affect and constrain their lives. If ii\" is
whether people are biologically male, female, or intersex, gender is the social expectations we have of people based on their sex.
"Masculine" qualities include strength, rationality, aggression, independence, dominance, competitiveness, and directness, while "feminine"
qualities include submission, emotion, passiveness, interdependence, sensitivity, peace, and maternity. In many ways, we value masculinity
over femininity even when we characterize men and women as equal. Women civilians are framed as war's helpless victims by fighters and
humanitarian advocates, but their suffering is sometimes silent because it is outside of the securityv" sector. Women who commit war
crimes do two "wrongs": the crime they commit and violating the gender stereotypes that say women are incapable of committing political
violence. Women who work in militaries and in politics subject to a double standard of manliness and femininity experience the constraints
of gender subordination.
The spectrum of things we think women are capable of has widened. We now think women can work outside the home, run for office, be
soldiers in militaries. We are comfortable with women in many of the roles traditionally reserved for men even in the global political
arena. The widening of those boundaries, however, has made them almost invisible. But constraints remain women are helpless in war,
incapable of wanton political violence, and expected to be manly, but not men in politics and war. So long as there are constraints on one
woman, there are constraints on all women.
Researchers who think about gender in global politics are interested in how gender impacts and constrains people's (women's and men's)
lives and states' policy decisions. We look for trends and stories that help us understand global politics better and make policy suggestions
to bring women (and gender) into the mainstream in global politics.
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The MA Political Campaigning Program had much to be
proud of during the past academic year. In addition to academic
courses taught by Political Science faculty, students took a dy-
namic course on Lobbying, taught by three new adjunct faculty:
Doyle Bartlett, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist with deep Florida ties:
David Mica, Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Council:
and Ian Rayder, a Staffer to Representative Debbie Wasserman
Schultz and an alumnus of the program. In
the spring, students took Jim Kane's semi-
nar on survey research, learning how to read
and write political and other types of polls.
Kane, who began political polling in Florida
in 1972, has a unique gift of being able to
blend academic research with practical poli-
Students also had the chance to interact Lk$- C
with several elected officials and campaign
professionals who took time out of their
busy schedules to talk shop. Among our Political consultant Jim
guests, GOP insider Charlie Black spoke in
the fall about his work as a lobbyist in the nation's capital, as well
as his experiences advising past presidents and serving as senior
advisor to Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.
Also in the fall, Democratic State Senator Nan Rich spoke with the
second-year campaigning students, discussing the role of the legis-
lature in the process of direct democracy. Jacksonville-based di-
rect mail consultant Robin Lumb gave a detailed presentation on
how to create an effective political mailer. Orlando-based political
consultant Jim Kitchens (pictured below) spoke to students in the
spring about how to construct an effective messaging strategy.
In early March, the campaigning students spent a day shadowing
Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee. Most of the students--who hail
from around the country as well as internationally-made strong
connections with the legislators they shadowed, and with legisla-
tive staff members. Each student was paired with a legislator and
followed him or her throughout the day to
gain a better understanding of what it is like
to work in the capital. Among the many
= =:.highlights, several students were let onto the
=:. floor of the state Senate, a real rarity. Stu-
dents also chatted with Senators Steve Oel-
rich and Paula Dockery who joined them for
lunch, and capped off the day swapping sto-
ries with alumni at a local watering hole
frequented by pols.
Students in the program continue to land top
ens speaks to students jobs after graduation and summer intern-
ships--working as fundraisers and as field
directors for U.S. Senate, House, and gubernatorial campaigns
across the country and conducting polls and crafting direct mail
pieces for campaign consultants. Our alumni, who Steve Craig
and I have been meeting across the state and in the nation's capital,
continue to impress us with their achievements. With their help, as
well as with the generosity of other friends of the program, we
hope to continue to grow the program while maintaining excel-
lence in the classroom.
The Year in Political Campaigning
Every year, over six thousand political sci-
entists meet just before Labor Day week-
end at the American Political Science
Association annual meetings to share
ideas about research and teaching. This
year' s meeting will be in Washington,
D.C., and the University of Florida will
again be well-represented.
Panels on which scholars present their lat-
est research and receive (hopefully) con-
structive feedback from panel discussants
form the core of the APSA meetings. Sev-
enteen UF Political Science faculty (Michelle Smith, Les Thiele,
Dietmar Schirmer, Conor O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Michael Bemnhard,
Bryon Moraski, Sam Barkin, Zach Selden, Dave Hedge, Dan
Smith, Badredine Arfi, Sharon Austin, Rich Conley, Michael Mar-
tinez, Steve Craig, Staffan Lindberg, and Katrina Schwartz), eight
current graduate students (Cara Jones, Keith Weghorst, Wendy
Whitman, Lyman Smith, Marissa Silber Grayson, Paulina Rippere,
Ashley Leinweber, and Richard Yon), three recent Ph.D.s (Hyun
Jung Yun, Aaron Hale, and Fredline M'Cormack-Hale), and one
UF statistics professor (George Casella) are authors or co-authors
on papers that will be presented at the APSA meetings. In addition,
Rich Conley organized the APSA Presidency Research section.
APSA also provides opportunities for matching potential employ-
ers with job candidates, attending short courses, networking, and
catching up with old friends. If you're in the Washington area,
please feel free to stop by our reception (Friday, September 3, at
7:30 pm in the Columbia 2 room at the Washington Hilton), and
let us know how you're doing.
'Pofessror of th~ Year
Beth Rosenson was named Political Science Advisory Board
Professor of the Year for 'O9-'10. Dr. Rosenson, whose major field
is American Politics, has attained a national
reputation for her research on the institutional
development of legislatures and, more spe-
cifically, legislative ethics and reform. Her
book, \1o...;.n i~, ii of Conduct: Ethics and
State Politics, was published in 2005 by
Georgetown University Press, and she cur-
rently is hard at work on another book-length
project dealing with partisanship and ethics in
the U.S. House. She also is doing research on
media coverage of state legislatures, and has
published a number of book chapters and
articles in such journals as I~.. ihernl .. Studies Quarterly, Political
Research Quarterly, and Foreign PolicyAnalysis.
In addition to being one of the department's outstanding
teachers, she has directed our Honors Program for the past seven
years. This program is a cornerstone of the Political Science major
and a gateway to graduate school for many of our best students; it
is regarded so highly that Dr. Rosenson has been asked on occa-
sion to consult with other departments wishing to upgrade their
own curriculum. She received her Ph.D. from MIT, and has been
at the University of Florida since the fall of 2000. Previous win-
ners of the Professor of the Year Award are Dan Smith ('07-'08)
and Ken Wald ('08-'O9).
A group from the comparative politics
faculty in the department was awarded the
L editorship of the newsletter of the Com-
parative Democratization section of the
American Political Science Association.
SUntil recently, the newsletter limited itself
to news about the membership and a list-
ing of new articles and books about de-
mocratization. The section issued a call
for a group of faculty to provide more
substantive content discussing develop-
ments and controversies in the study of
regimes, regime change, and democratiza-
tion. With the support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
and of the Department, the group put in a strong bid and was
awarded the editorship for two years.
The editorial committee is composed of Kate Baldwin, Mi-
chael Bemnhard, Petia Kostadinova, Staffan Lindberg, Bryon Mo-
raski, Conor O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Leo Villalon, and Philip Wil-
liams. The committee will be chaired by Bemnhard, recently ap-
pointed to the department's Ehrlich Eminent Scholar chair. The
first issue of the expanded newsletter will appear in the fall of
2010 and will be devoted to a retrospective assessment of the last
thirty years of research on democratization and a discussion of new
avenues of research. The participants in that discussion will be
Giovanni Capoccia (Oxford), Thomas Carothers (Camnagie Endow-
ment), James Robinson (Harvard), Dietrich Rueschemeyer
(Brown), and Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard).
MtF Model Mwited Naitlo~s
The University of Florida Model United Nations (UFMUN) is a
student organization that has represented UF (and the Department
of Political Science) over the past 15 years. While any student
from any discipline may participate in the club, the largest bloc of
students in UFMUN consists of Political Science majors. The
Model UN group travels to conferences around the country where
they debate international security, economic, and social issues and
participate in simulations of UN and
MODEL( other international organizational
fL: forums. In recent years, the UFMUN
%j=ltraveled to conferences at Penn State,
UVA, FSU, Atlanta, New York,
Berkeley, Chicago, Montreal, Wash-
UNITED NATIONSington, D C., nd Seattle. d r f
UFMUN hs a very good recordo
acluevement, garnering many group and individual awards. Al-
though the group receives a nominal allocation from student gov-
emnment, it relies mostly on its own fimdraising (often out of
pocket) to finance its operations and travels. In addition to partici-
pating in conferences worldwide, UFMUN works closely with the
local United Nations Association to increase public awareness of
the UN's missions and issues the international community faces.
Many students involved in UFMUN have gone on to work in the
State Department or other government agencies dealing with U.S.
The Partisan, Summer 2010
Politics in Real-Time
The Political Science Department's undergraduate internship pro-
gram continues to roll along. This academic year (Fall 2009-Summer
2010), 81 students worked at least 150 hours each as a
political intern. Locally, students gained practical
knowledge working closely with elected officials and '
professional staff in the 8th Circuit Court system inl
Gainesville, the U.S. Federal Court, Southemn Legal
Counsel, and the office of the Gainesville City Man-
ager. Several students worked on political campaigns
including the hotly contested races for Gainesville city
commission and mavor.
Students also earned Political Science credit work-
ing far away from UF. One student interned in San Francisco with
Greenpeace. Several interned in Washington, D.C. with members of
Congress, including Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Cathv Castor, Cliff
Steams, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Senator Bill Nelson. In
the spring, as political campaigns started heating up for the 2010 mid-
term elections, students honed their political skills on the campaign
trails of Alan Grayson, Kendrick Meek, Bill McCollum, and Marco
Rubio. In addition to logging their weekly activities in a journal, each
student consults with Dr. Daniel Smith to craft an essay that reflects
critically on their internship experiences, comparing and contrasting
those experiences with what political scientists have found in their
research. Judging by the essays, they are learning a lot.
This year, Ido Oren was one of two College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences faculty members awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to
teach overseas. Dr. Oren travelled to China and
spent the Spring 2010 semester as a Fulbright
Lecturer at China Foreign Affairs University in
Beijing. He taught two masters-level courses:
Theories of Intemnational Relations and U.S.
Foreign Policy. Additionally, Ido gave lectures
on U.S. foreign policy at Northeast Normal Uni-
versity in Changchun, Southwest University in
Chongqing, Shanghai Intemnational Studies Uni-
versity, and Taiyuan University of Technology.
The Fulbright Scholar Program was established in 1946 and
operates in over 155 countries. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Edu-
cational and Cultural Affairs within the United States Department of
State and sends 7,500 scholars (faculty members, professionals, and
students) abroad each year to teach and conduct research across a
wide range of academic and professional fields. By providing indi-
viduals the opportunity to study overseas, the program facilitates the
exchange of ideas and supports scholars whose work seeks solutions
to shared international concerns.
eptsteMolog y and Method
in International Relations
On March 26-27, 2010, the Department of Political Science
hosted a workshop on the Relationship between Epistemology
and Method in 'Doing' IR, or, what drives the methods that
scholars choose to do their research. The Intemnational Relations
faculty and graduate students engaged in conversations with
several invited guests (including nationally reputed methods
scholars Patrick Jackson of American
University and Audie Klotz of Syracuse
University) about how to study global
politics in a way that is inquisitive,
I: critical, and relevant to the biggest
\' problems of global politics.
The workshop featured eight papers
and sixteen discussants and provided
students many networking opportuni-
ties. Conversations addressed the uses
(and abuses) of statistical and mathematical methods, ways to
analyze speech and meaning, and what a "science" of global
politics might look like. Participants concluded that a pluralist
model of Political Science that embraces rigor in all its forms,
much like that espoused by the department at the University of
Florida, is the right model for the study of politics in the 21st
century. The full workshop program can be found at:
http://www.1aurasj oberg.com/workshop. htm
Research Frontiers in Arican Politics
During the last weekend of January, the Department wel-
comed PhD students from prestigious schools such as Comell
University, UCLA, New York University, and UC Davis to a
conference on Research Frontiers in African Politics. In a
very successful arrangement, six papers authored by visiting
students and papers by three of
our own covered cutting-edge
research areas and methods such
as field experiments, list experi-
ments, collective action traps.
rebel movements, determinants of
vote buying and term limits, and
state capacity and institutional
change. In addition to the partici-
pation of many excellent discuss-
ants, commentary guidance came
from special guest Associate Pro-
fessor Macartan Humphreys of Columbia University.
The conference was organized primarily by two students'
Keith R. Weghorst (UF) and Jainue Bleck (Comnell), assisted
by several of our other Africanist PhD students. A faculty
group including Michael Bernhard, Dan Smith, Brvon Mo-
raski, Leonardo Villalon, and Staffan I. Lindberg facilitated
the organization and served as chairs for the various sessions.
Funding for the event came from the Department of Political
Science, the Center for Mfrican Studies, the Raymond and
Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair, Professor Michael
Bemnhard, and Staffan I. Lindberg.
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Stephen C. Craig and David B. Hill (eds.).
2010. The Electoral C I,,rll,. .. Theory
Meets Practice. CQ Press. $41.95
Leslie E. Anderson. 2010. Social Capital
in Developing Democracies: e..""'1""
and0 p it~,r,, I Compared.
Cambridge University Press. $27.99
1. 2009. De-
Laura Sjoberg (ed.). 2009. Gender
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Richard S. Conley. 2009. Historical Dic-
tionary of the George W. Bush Era.
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Todd Donovan, Christopher Z.
Mooney, and Daniel A. Smith.
2010. State and Local Politics: In-
stitutions and Reform. Wadsworth
J. Samuel Barkin. 2010. Realist Construc-
tivism: R, th,,, i.-na& International Relations
Theory. Cambridge University Press. $85
James Button, Barbara Rienzo, and Sheila
Croucher. 2009. Blacks and the Quest for Eco-
nomic Equality: The Political Economy of Employment in Southern
Communities in the United States. Penn State University Press. $60
Ana Margheritis. 2010.0 ;,,r,, Ga's For-
eign Policy: Domestic Politics and De-
mocracy Promotion in the Americas. First Forum Press.
* Cara Jones and Steve Lichty were named principal candidates
for Fulbright-Hays doctoral fellowships.
* Dominic Lisanti, Ramon Galinanes, and Ann Witulski were
named Boren National Security Education Program grant recipi-
ents for 2010-2011.
* Sean Walsh was chosen as recipient of the 2009-2010 Calvin A.
VanderWerf Award, the highest graduate teaching award at UF.
* Nic Knowlton was accepted to the International Peace and Se-
curity Institute Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution,
and Reconciliation in Bologna, Italy.
* Ty Solomon published an article, "Social Logics and Normali-
zation in the War on Terror," in Millennium: Journal oflnterna-
* Ashley Leinweber and Jessica Peet won Delores A. Auzenne
Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Spring 2011 and Fall 2010,
* Dominic Lisanti and Lorna Bracewell shared the Department
of Political Science Award for Best Graduate Student Paper.
* Jessica Peet and Ingrid Erickson were recipients of the Dr.
Barbara Noreen Roth Memorial Award.
* Levy Odera won the James W. Button Memorial Award.
* Amanda Seng won the Honorable Walter G. "Skip" Campbell
Leadership Award in Political Campaigning.
* Meredith Johnson won the Ralph Gonzalez "Independent
Spirit" Award in Political Campaigning.
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1 Barbara Roth Memorial Fund (8909) awarding students who make a difference in the community
o Political Science Library Fund (8767) supporting the purchase of resources in our library
o Ralph Gonzalez Memorial Fund (14089) supporting students in Political Campaigning
o Walter G. "Skip" Campbell Fund (7646) recognizing the outstanding student in Political Campaigning
o Florida Legislative Aides Scholarship Fund (2998) supporting students in Political Science
lo Distinguished Professor Goran Hyden Fellowship Fund (14625) supporting a student in African Studies
Stephen C. Craig
Michael D. Martinez (Aug 16)
Benjamin B. Smith
Daniel I. O'Neill (Aug 16)
Bryon 3. Moraski
Stephen C. Craig
Paul ina Ri ppere
Aida Hozic (Aug 16)
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