This past year has been a busy one.
Despite an extended chair search that kept us
all on the edge of our seats, the department
continues to grow in both numbers and
quality We have currently about 1,400
undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate
. students in our Masters and Ph.D. programs.
The Department has 34 tenured and tenure-
accruing faculty members engaged in cutting-
S edge research. We have been successful in
recruiting some of the best junior faculty
from the top programs around the country.
This year we welcomed three new faculty
members to the department, Conor
P M O'Dwyer (Central and Eastern European
Politics), Ben Smith (Asian Politics),
and Sharon Austin (Minority and Urban
Politics). Also, after a very active hiring
season, we hired four new faculty members who will be joining us in
the fall: Badredine Arfi (Methodology and International Relations),
Won-ho Park (Methodology and Asian Politics), Michael Heaney
(Public Policy), and Helena Rodrigues (Latino Politics in the US).
Our faculty have been busy organizing conferences, bringing
in prominent speakers, and developing new international programs.
Steve Craig and the Campaigning Program put together an excellent
conference focusing on campaigns and elections. Aida Hozic
organized a fascinating lecture series on Transnational Informal
Economies and Security. Yours truly organized (with Manuel
Vasquez) a lecture series on Immigration, Politics, and Religion in
the Americas. And Ido Oren developed a new Berlin study tour
for students in his undergraduate international relations course this
Since beginning my term as chair, I've had the pleasure of
announcing the publication of new books by Dan Smith, Rich Conley,
Goran Hyden, Steve Craig and Michael Martinez, Peggy Conway,
Leslie Anderson and Larry Dodd. In addition, Goran Hyden was
invited to the University of Aarhus, Denmark as a Visiting Professor
and Ken Wald was invited to Harvard's Weatherhead Center as a
Visiting Scholar. Mike Scicchitano assumed the editorship of the
journal State and Local Government Review.
And Conor O'Dwyer won the 2004 prize
for the best dissertation in the field of In This issue
European Politics and Society. Alumni New
A few of our faculty were also
recognized for their contributions here at "Hard Times
UF. Amie Kreppelwas the recipient of one by Ben Sr
of two UF International Educator of the
Year Awards. Sharon Austin was honored F
as both the CLAS and University-wide Faculty New
Advisor of the Year; Leslie Anderson was
nominated by the College for the Doctoral New Book C
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Dissertation Advising/Mentoring award;
and Dan Smith and Peggy Kohn received
Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Awards
for Summer 2005.
Our undergraduates are among the very
best in the College. Nine of our students were
acknowledged at the Multicultural Student
Awards banquet; Mark Villegas and Tashiba
Robinson graduated last month as CLAS
Valedictorians; one of our recent graduates,
Karen Harmel, received a Fulbright fellowship
to study in Dublin, Ireland during the 2004-
2005 academic year; two of our undergraduates
will be attending Harvard's Kennedy School of
Government next fall, and another will begin
Harvard Law School. Our graduate students
continue to impress: Emilia Gioreva, won the
"Best Dissertation Fieldwork Award" from the
Comparative Democratization Section of the
APSA; Guillermina Seri received a prestigious
postdoctoral fellowship at Colgate University;
Brian Williams won a Fulbright fellowship to
Brazil; and David Ellis and Waleed Mousa both
received 2005 CLAS Dissertation Awards.
As we look to the future the department
faces a number of challenges: we need to manage
better the size of the undergraduate program
while maintaining a quality undergraduate
experience; we need to enhance the quality
of our graduate programs and placement of
graduate students; we need to build on our
recent successes in securing external funding
to support new program initiatives; we need
to continue to make quality hires not only to
fill gaps in the curriculum but that strengthen
new programmatic initiatives; and we need to
develop intermediate and long-term solutions
to space constraints that undermine our capacity
for growth. In the coming year, I look forward
to working with the
Dean and our alumni
and friends to develop
creative solutions to
these challenges so
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to provide our students
with the high-quality
education and training
On February 24-25, 2005 Professor Steve Craig organized a
workshop for academics and consultants entitled Studying Politics: What
We Know and Don't Know about Campaigns and Elections, which was
held at the Hilton Hotel in Gainesville.
Traditionally, the academic community and those who operate in
the real world of politics have not had the highest regard for one another.
When the Graduate Program in Political Campaigning was first created in
the mid 1980s, it drew a skeptical reaction from both sides of this divide:
Political professionals frequently expressed their hope that we would have
our students do more than just "read books," while many of our academic
colleagues worried that the program offered vocational training absent any
serious intellectual content.
Tensions between the two groups have eased over the years, in
part because graduates of the UF Political Campaigning program have
repeatedly proved their mettle in the practical realm but also because,
increasingly, researchers are asking questions that are of great interest
to candidates and their advisers: How much do campaign events such
as speeches and debates actually shape voter preferences? Are paid ads
(and especially negative ads) as persuasive as they often seem to be? Is
advertising or personal contact with voters more cost-effective? How is
conventional campaigning likely to be transformed by increasing use of
the internet by parties, candidates, and groups? How much of an impact
does campaign spending have on the outcome of elections?
The conference brought together academics and consultants for
the purpose of discussing this research, considering its limitations, and
identifying avenues for future inquiry. An impressive group of scholars
agreed to write review essays that described the state of our knowledge
in a particular area, while several prominent consultants from both
sides of the partisan aisle provided their perspective as well. These
essays and comments will be forthcoming in a book to be published by
Congressional Quarterly Press.
Participants in the conference included Thomas M. Holbrook
(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Daniel M. Shea (Allegheny
College), Thomas E. Patterson (Bradlee Professor of Government
and the Press, Harvard University), John C. Green (Director, Ray
C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron), Lynda
Lee Kaid (University of Florida), Kenneth M. Goldstein (University
of Wisconsin-Madison), Dennis W. Johnson (Graduate School of
Political Management, George Washington University), Daniel A.
Smith (University of Florida), Peter W. Wielhouwer (formerly of
Regent University), David A. Dulio (Oakland University, Michigan),
Paul S. Herrnson (Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland),James A. Thurber and R. Sam Garrett
(Center for Presidential and Congressional Studies, American University), David Beattie (Hamilton Beattie & Staff, Fernandina
Beach, FL and Washington, DC).
Consultant participants included David Beattie (D Hamilton Beattie & Staff), Rich Davis (D Dixon/Davis Media Group),
David Hill (R Hill Research Consultants), Michael Hudome (R MH Media), Chris Ingram (R 411 Communications),
Wayne Johnson (R JohnsonClark Associates), Donna Victoria (D Victoria Research & Consulting), and Amy Walter (Cook
Facilitators included Roger Austin (R general consultant), James G. Kane (Florida Voter polling organization), Susan
MacManus (University of South Florida), and David Wolfson (R OSI Research & Consulting).
Former Florida Governor and U.S.
Senator Bob Graham, a graduate of the
University of Florida, recently delivered
an address at the Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University. Fellow
UF Alumnus Robin Gibson, in whose name
the Gibson Term Professorship is awarded
to UF faculty, is to Graham's left.
Bethany A. Dibble (B.A. 2001)
received a Master's of Professional Studies
in Community Services Administration
(Public Admin) from Alfred University "
in Alfred, NY (Magna Cum Laude, May '
2004). She is currently employed as a
contract support assistant for the county's
community action agency, Allegany
County Community Opportunities and Rural Development
Corporation. Her duties include writing grants for homeless
and domestic violence services.
Stephanie Toothaker (1991) served as Special Counsel to
United States Senator Bob Graham in Washington, D.C.
Mara Krause Donahue (B.A. 1993) recently left the Policy
division at PhRMA (Rx trade assoc) to become the Director of
Chronic Disease Policy at ASTHO (Association of State and
Territorial Health Officials). At PhRMIA, Mara was the lead
analyst working on the Medicare Rx legislation. At ASTHO,
she will manage a CDC Cooperative agreement to work with
states to address chronic diseases.
AdamJ. Newmark (B.A. 1995) received a Ph. D in Political
Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(May 2003). He is currently Assistant Professor at Appalachian
State University. His research interests include state and local
politics, interest groups and lobbying, public policy, and public
Luke Garrott (Ph. D 2001) is still at Utah (asst. Professor
- lecturer); was named 2004 2005 "Community Scholar in
Residence"by University/Neighborhood Partners for combining
teaching, research, and service on the west side of Salt Lake
City. He is currently involved in a project, through a service-
learning class entitled "Neighborhood Democracy," that places
undergrads in the community to (1) help community councils
increase participation and (2) research the effectiveness of the
councils in linking citizens and the city. No one knows it, but
Luke keeps his Florida degree rolled up in his back pocket every
Christina Goodwin (B.A. 1999)
was promoted to Vice President of The
Tarrance Group, a polling/survey research
firm in Alexandria, VA. She continues to
be very active in Florida politics, working
for the Republican Party of Florida, Florida
S Medical Association, and on countless
Congressional, State House and State
p L Michael D. Cohen (Ph. D 1996) has
founded Cohen Research Group, a political
polling and market research firm based
in Washington, D.C. He is working on
his first book with Rowan and Littlefield
publishers on national issue campaigns.
Cohen worked for Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, a
Republican polling firm, for three years as vice president and
the Gallup Organization as senior research director for five
years. He began his career in public opinion as a graduate
assistant to the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic
and Business Research. He is married to Lisa M. Cohen
(formerly Herzog, BA, Political Science, 1997) and they have
two children (Jessica, 3 and Ryan, 7 months).
Carl B. Garcia (1982) was recently awarded the Stanford
Certified Project Manager designation. This certification
is in addition to the MBA in Accounting & Finance from
Marymount University, MS in Food Marketing from St.
Joseph's University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
from the University of Florida. He is the Financial Manager,
Systems & Strategic Project Management for Wakefern Food
Corporation headquartered in Elizabeth, NJ. Carl's oldest son
Bryan is a freshman attending the University of Notre Dame
in South Bent, IN and is a Pre-Med major. His wife Debra is
a Director of Sales for Oracle Corporation and his youngest
son Brandon is a competitive motocross racer in addition to
being an outstanding 7th grader. He and his family reside in
Princeton Junction, NJ.
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In the weeks after the Hard Times in the Land of Plenty:
fall of Saddam Hussein's Oil, Opposition, and Late Development Benjamin Smith
government in Iraq in April
2003, Vice President Dick Cheney expressed optimism about Iraq's future, suggesting that the country's rich oil reserves could
rebuild the country's economy and bolster its new democratic government. Notwithstanding his earlier statements to the contrary',
Cheney's rosy forecast stands in contrast with the empirical record in oil-rich countries. Oil-rich developing countries are home
to some of the world's most long-lived authoritarian regimes. However, they have also seen some of the most spectacular regime
and state failures of the late 20th century-in Iran, Nigeria, and elsewhere.
Accounting for this variation requires looking back in time to a common starting point in the economic development
of the world's large oil exporters. Before the "Washington Consensus" made market-friendly economic policies a condition of
receiving international assistance, the World Bank in the 1960s encouraged developing countries to take a state-led approach to
development. It strongly endorsed state ownership of major corporate enterprises and other direct forms of government market
intervention to encourage industrial growth.
One starting point for grasping these developments is the dramatic sociopolitical changes that state-led, or "late" economic
development induced in many oil-rich countries. Not only did late development fundamentally change the way that most citizens
in countries such as Indonesia and Iran produced, bought, and sold goods, it also directly implicated rulers in the process of
development, making these governments the first place to look if economic performance began to suffer. The oil price "bust" of
the 1980s brought boom era spending binges to a halt and also brought serious political crises to many exporting states. What
differed was the ability of rulers across the oil-exporting world to manage political crises. Some rulers, such as the Shah in Iran,
collapsed under the weight of oil-induced strains. Others, including Indonesia's Suharto, Malaysia's Mohammed Mahathir and
Syria's Hafez al-Asad, rode out similar crises. I suggest in the book that their abilities to manage these crises are rooted in the
political choices made years earlier at the onset of "late development."
Some regimes, such as Suharto's New Order, Asad's Ba'ath Party and, notably, Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party, embarked
on late development in the face of highly organized opposition parties that threatened to mobilize their supporters against these
incoming governments. In order to survive, they had to build counter-coalitions. And, these hard political times were compounded
by a lack of easy access to revenues such as those derived from oil exports. Lacking such revenues to buy off supporters, these
rulers had little choice but to make political concessions to potential supporters. Suharto's government, for example, gave into the
demands of powerful student organizations by giving 12 economists complete control of the country's economic policy apparatus.
Suharto brought major Islamic organizations into the coalition by giving them control over the Ministries of Religion and
Education. His regime also invested heavily in building a powerful ruling party of its own, GOLKAR, which helped to give this
coalition an institutional shape and a predictable source of access to the center of political power.
What emerged from these early hard times were authoritarian governments bolstered by robust support systems that were
independent of oil revenues. On the other hand, regimes such as the Shah's began late development with little organized opposition
and, often, with ready access to oil revenues. Rulers with such a wide array of options as this could "buy" a coalition in support of
their economic plans, and could avoid the politically costly step of making serious concessions to potential societal allies. These
early years of late development created enduring patterns of political authority and of state development.
When the first oil boom came in 1974, it magnified these patterns. A few years later, when the economic effects of the
oil boom created inflationary crises in many exporting countries, the state's centrality in the economy-and in choosing how to
allocate oil revenues-made it the prime target of protesters. The ability of rulers to manage these crises, and to prevent them
from growing into mass-based opposition movements, were alternately constrained and enabled by the choices they had made
even decades earlier. In Iran, years of neglecting important urban social groups and their interests left the Shah's regime with few
means of dealing with dissent other than coercion, which ultimately proved insufficient. In Indonesia, the regime relied heavily on
preexisting ties to opposition leaders to co-opt them when possible and to placate others by making tactical concessions that split
protesting groups before they coalesced. The long-term effects of building, or not building ties, to important social groups proved
crucial. On January 16, 1979, the Shah fled into exile in the face of a revolution led from abroad by the Ayatollah Khomeini. By
contrast, at the beginning of the same year Suharto reestablished political order and went on to rule for another 20 years.
One of the most important, if also most gloomy, conclusions to draw is that we should expect the structures by which
political power is exercised in oil rich countries to prove very robust, despite pressure from within and from without. It is worth
noting that, even after a full-blown American-British invasion and occupation that removed Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime
from power, the party continues to serve as the primary means by which resistance to the occupation is mobilized. To take another
example from recent headlines, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would allow rival candidates to
contest the presidency belies the fact that the constitution gives his ruling National Democratic Party the exclusive right to judge
candidates' eligibility. Ruling parties such as his, unfortunately, remain the cement holding many highly repressive governments
together. It is these ruling parties crafted during the early years of late development, rather than the simple fact of oil wealth, that
will likely prove the greatest obstacle to political reform. For those of us interested in understanding the conditions under which
authoritarian regimes display vulnerability that can provide openings for political change, such insights into the origins of durable
autocratic rule are key to evaluating the most likely sources of resistance.
Benjamin Smith's book Hard Times in the Land of Plenty: Oil, Opposition, and Late Development will be published by Cornell
University Press. 1. In 1996, then Halliburton CEO Cheney noted at an energy conference in New Orleans that, "The problem is
4 that the good Lord didn't see fit to put oil and gas reserves where there are democratic governments."
Leslie Anderson published Learning Democracy:
Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in N:'.,. ... ,.
1990-2001 (co-authored with Lawrence Dodd) with the
University of Chicago Press. The book seeks to explain
the electoral revolution by which voters in Nicaragua
embraced and reaffirmed the move from revolutionary
socialism to democratic conservatism. Addressing issues
largely unexamined in Latin American studies, Learning
Democracy probes how the country's mass electorate
moved beyond revolutionary struggle to establish a more
stable democratic government by realizing the vital role of
citizens in democratization processes. Professor Anderson
also published (with Lawrence Dodd) "Democratie Envers
et Contre Tout: Comportement Electoral au :'. i,.. ,.
1990-2001, "Revue Le Banquet (Paris, October, 2004).
Sammy Barkin's recent articles include "Realist
Studies Review,vol. 6,#2 (June 2004),"Time Horizons and
Multilateral Enforcement in International Cooperation,"
International Studies Quarterly, vol. 48, (June 2004), "The
Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests, and Orders, by
Richard Ned Lebow," International Studies Review, vol.
6 (September, 2004), and "International Organizations,"
in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (Great
Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2005). In January
2005 he was invited to present a paper entitled "Forum
Shopping to Win" at the Workshop on Forum Shopping
and Global Governance in Miami, FL.
Richard Conley's edited book Transforming the
American Polity: The Presidency of George W Bush and the
War on Terrorism was published by Prentice-Hall. The
chapters are a product of the February 2003 conference
at UF organized by Conley, who wrote the introduction
to the volume and a chapter entitled "Presidential and
Congressional Struggles over the Formation of the
Department of Homeland Security." He also published
"President Clinton and the Republican Congress, 1995-
2000: Political and Policy Dimensions of Veto Politics
in Divided Government," Congress and the Presidency 33
(Autumn 2004) and a co-authored piece with colleague
Richard Scher entitled "'I Did It My Way': Governor Jeb
Bush and the Line-Item Veto in Florida," The Florida
Political Chronicle 15 (2004). His recent book chapters
include "The Veto as an Effective Tool for Governing" in
Robert P Watson and David A. Freeman (eds.), Debating
the Presidency (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing,
2004) and "The War on Terrorism and Homeland
Security: Presidential and Congressional Challenges"
in Tom Lansford and Robert P Watson (eds.), George
W Bush: A Political and Ethical Assessment at Mid-Term
(Albany: SUNY Press, 2004).
Stephen Craig's co-edited book with Michael
Martinez, Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion,
was published by Palgrave Macmillan last fall; a companion
volume, Ambialence, Politics, and Public Policy, will appear later
this year. He also has articles forthcoming in Political Research
Quarterly (also on ambivalence) and Political Communication
(on campaign learning). As director of UF's Graduate Program
in Political Campaigning, he recently hosted a conference
that brought together a distinguished group of academics and
professional campaign consultants to talk about the factors that
shape election outcomes. Papers presented at this conference,
along with reactions from the practitioners, will be published by
Congressional Quarterly Press in a book titled Studying Politics:
What We Know and Don't Know about Campaigns andElections.
Lawrence Dodd recently published the eighth edition
of Congress Reconsidered, co-edited with Bruce Oppenheimer.
The book was first published in 1977 and revised editions of
it have appeared every four years (following each presidential
election). It is the only edited volume on Congress honored
as a "landmark" book in a recent article on "Landmarks in the
Study of Congress Since World War II" by Nelson Polsby and
Eric Schickler. Thirteen of the nineteen articles in this edition
are new and six are fully revised essays from the previous
edition. Professor Dodd himself had written or co-authored
three of the essays. Also noteworthy in the eighth edition is an
essay contributed by Joshua Gordon, one of the department's
recent PhDs, entitled "The (Dis)integration of the House
Appropriations Committee," which is drawn from Gordon's
doctoral dissertation. Professor Dodd is also co-author, with
Leslie Anderson, of Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement
and Electoral Choice in A'. .. ,. 1990-2001 published by the
University of Chicago Press this year.
David Hedge has several forthcoming articles, including
"Data on the American States"(with RendeJohnson) in Kimberly
Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
(San Diego: Academic Press-Elsevier) and "Bootstraps and
Benevolence: A Comparative Test of the States' Capacity to
Effect Change in Welfare Recipients" (with Rende J. Johnson
and departmental graduate Marian Currinder) in State andLocal
Government Review. Professor Hedge was also re-elected as
secretary-treasurer of the public policy section of the American
Political Science Association, was program chair of the Florida
Political Science Association (FPSA) meeting in March 2005,
and was elected President of the FPSA. His ongoing research,
with Rende Johnson and Jeff Gill, examines the impact of
presidential popularity on congressional control of regulatory
agencies during the Clinton administration. Professor Hedge is
also working with doctoral student John Livannis on an analysis
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of regulatory federalism in the European Union.
Goran Hyden served as senior author of a book titled
Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from Sixteen
Developing Countries published by Lynne Rienner in September
2004. He also has a book entitled African Politics in Comparative
Perspective to be published by Cambridge University Press in
August 2005. Professor Hyden also authored a background
report for the African Development Bank in Tunis (2005), a
paper for the Governance and Democracy Working Group
(made up of representatives of the international donor agencies)
in Dar es Salaam (2005), and a paper titled "Mainstreaming
Informal Institutions" for a workshop in Ebeltoft, Denmark in
December 2004 that focused on what the organizers called "the
area studies controversy."
Amb. Dennis Jett (Ret.), Dean of the UF International
Center, has written a number of op-eds thus far in 2005,
including "Karen Hughes: Promoter of Bush's Policy" (Miami
Herald), "Democracy is More Than a SoundBite" (The Christian
Science Monitor), "Bush, Putin vs. the Press" (Orlando Sentinel),
and "The Failure of Colin Powell" (Foreign Service Journal).
Terry McCoy published a book chapter "9/11 and the
Americas: End of an Era?" In James E. Harf and Mark Own
Lombardi (eds.), The Unfolding Legacy of 9/11 (University Press
of America, 2005). Professor McCoy also took part in the
U.S. Embassy Speaking Program in Peru on Free Trade in the
Americas in May 2005.
Ana Margheritis published (with Anthony W. Pereira)
"A Am6rica Latina e o fim do <,"
Relacoes Internacionais, IPRI, (Lisbon, Portugal, December
2004). She also presented papers at the Southern Political
Science Association in New Orleans, the Second International
Congress of the Latin American Association of Political Science
(ALACIP) in Mexico City, and at the Second International
Conference on European and International Political Affairs in
Athens, Greece. Her invited presentations include a seminar on
"Democracy and the World: 2005"at the Global Studies Institute,
Culver Academies, in Culver, Indiana and her participation in
the "Immigration, Ethnic Communities and Host Societies"
Perspectives from the European Union" symposium at Florida
International University in Miami.
In October 2004, Michael Martinez was invited by the
U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information
Programs to speak at several venues in Atlantic Canada about
the (then forthcoming) U.S. elections. His itinerary included
meeting with business development officials in Prince Edward
Island and Nova Scotia; public lectures at University of Prince
Edward Island, University of New Brunswick St. John, and St.
Mary's University (in Halifax); conversations with students and
faculty from Mt. St. Vincent University, Dalhousie University,
Atlantic Baptist University, and Universit6 de Moncton, as
well as with the U.S. Consul General in Halifax; and media
interviews in St. John and Halifax. Although Dr. Martinez had
traveled previously in Western Canada, Ontario, and Qu6bec,
this was his first trip to the "Far East." His co-edited book with
Stephen Craig, Ambivalence: The Structure of Political Opinion,
was also published this year.
Bryon Moraski participated in the 2004 Summer
Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and
Eurasia at the University of Illinois. While at the
University of Illinois, he collected information on the
institutionalization of Russia's regional parliaments.
During the fall semester, he spent a month in Moscow
supplementing the data collected at the Summer Research
Laboratory and collecting data on Russia's 2003 national
parliamentary elections at the regional and national levels.
A paper on the topic was then presented at the Southern
Political Science Association's Annual Meeting in New
Orleans. Professor Moraski also signed a book contract
in March with Northern Illinois University Press for
Elections by Design: Electoral System Choice and Patron
Politics in Russia's Regions. It should be available in April
2006. In terms of teaching, Dr. Moraski was recognized
as an Anderson/CLAS Scholar Faculty Honoree at the
2004 Fall Convocation.
Conor O'Dwyer's dissertation Runaway State-
Building: How Parties Shape States in Post-Communist
Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia" won the Best
Dissertation Award of the European Politics and Society
section of the American Political Science Association
(APSA) in 2004. Professor O'Dwyer published "Runaway
State Building: How Political Parties Shape States in
Postcommunist Eastern Europe," World Politics 56 (July
2004) and just signed a contract with Johns Hopkins
University Press for his book Runaway State-building:
Patronage Politics andPoliticalDevelopment. Together with
his wife Ingrid Kleespies, he has been organizing a Prague
study abroad program for Summer 2005 and will teach a
class entitled "Return to Europe? Politics and Culture in
East Central Europe from Empire to European Union."
Beth Rosenson's book The Shadowlands of Conduct:
Ethics and State Politics was published by Georgetown
University Press this Spring. The book examines the
passage of state ethics or conflict of interest laws in the
American states between 1954 and 1996, focusing on why
states vary in the content and enforcement of this type of
legislation as it applies to legislators. Professor Rosenson
also has several forthcoming articles, including "Costs
and Benefits of Ethics Laws?" in the International Public
Management Journal and a co-authored chapter (with
Ken Wald and department graduate Elizabeth Oldmixon
at the University of North Texas) entitled "Conflict over
Israel: Religion, Race, Party and Ideology in the U.S.
House of Representatives, 1997-2002" in Terrorism and
Political Violence and to be reprinted in The Religious
Dimension of WorldPolitics, eds. Jonathan Fox and Shmuel
Sandler (London: Frank Cass). Professor Rosenson also
won a $3,000 grant from the UF International Center to
expand the international component of her undergraduate
Media and Politics course.
Katrina Schwartz's article "'European Wilderness,'
Latvian Ethnoscape: Imagining Sustainable Development
in the Post-Soviet Countryside," will be published in
Cultural Geographies 12 (2005). Her article "Teaching
Nations and Nationalism in the (former) Soviet Union,"
was published in AAASS NewsNet 44, (August 2004). In
addition, Professor Schwartz gave an invited paper at
the Institute for European Studies, Cornell University,
entitled ""Masters in Our Native Place": The Politics of
Latvian National Parks on the Road from Communism
to 'Europe'," as well as a paper entitled "Europeanizing the
Ethnoscape: Discourses of Nature and National Identity
in Latvia" at the International conference on Political
Cultures, Values and Identities in the Baltic Sea Region,
University of Latvia, February 2005.
Michael Scicchitano was appointed Editor
of the journal, State and Local Government Review,
effective January 2005. State and Local Government
Review is jointly sponsored by the Carl Vinson
Institute of Government (University of Georgia) and
the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and
Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public
Administration. SIAM is the section ofASPA dedicated
to state and local as well as intergovernmental teaching
Benjamin Smith signed a contract with Cornell
University Press to publish his book, Hard Times in the
Land of Plenty. He also presented papers at the annual
meetings of the American Political Science Association
and the Association for Asian Studies, and gave a lecture
at the University of Miami's Department of Political
Science. Smith also completed an initial draft of a co-
authored paper with UF Political Science PhD student
Joe Kraus, which they presented in the department's
brownbag speaker series in advance of the 2005 meeting
of the Southwest Political Science Association and
American Political Science Association.
Leslie Thiele published several articles and
chapters recently, including "A (Political) Philosopher by
Any Other Name: The Roots of Heidegger's Thought,"
Political Theory, 32 (August 2004), "Nietzsche, Irony and
Democratic Politics," in Nietzsche and Modern European
Thought (St. Petersburg: European University, 2004). He
also gave several invited papers including "Must Political
Theory Be Utopian," presented at the Political Theory
Colloquium, Texas A&M University, February 2005 and
"The Rhizomatic Caress of William Connolly," presented
at the conference on Weak Ontology and the Affirmation
of Moral and Political Life, Northwestern University,
Ken Wald has returned to the Department after
five and a half years as Director of the Center for Jewish
Studies. Well, not exactly. Reversing the wisdom of
countless generations, he picked January to migrate
from Florida to Boston. He is spending the first half
of his research leave as a Visiting Scholar affiliated
with Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs. In the Fall 2005 he will move
south to Washington, DC for a semester. In both places, he is
catching up on his reading and working on two books, a revised,
fifth edition of his Religion and Politics in the United States
and a new book about Jewish political behavior. By January of
2006, he'll be back in Gainesville for the duration. Professor
Wald recently published "Religion and Presidential Politics in
Florida: A List Experiment" (with James G. Kane and Stephen
C. Craig) in Social Science Quarterly 85 (June 2004): 281-93,
and during 2004 gave invited papers and talks on religion and
politics in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Columbia, South Carolina,
Waltham, Massachusetts, and Hanover New Hampshire, as
well as at the Goethe-Institut in Munich, Germany.
Philip Williams and Manuel Vasquez (Department
of Religion) published "Introduction: the Power of Religious
Identities in the Americas," in Latin American Perspectives Vol.
32, No. 1 (Jan. 2005). The essay introduces a special issue of
the journal, guest-edited by Williams and Vasquez, devoted to
the theme of religion and identity in the Americas. Williams
continues to serve as co-director of the Latino Immigrants
in Florida Project, supported by a major grant from the Ford
Foundation. This spring, with generous support from the
Center for Latin American Studies and the Barcardi Family
Endowment, he organized a lecture series on "Immigration,
Politics, and Religion in the Americas."
PatriciaJ. Woods was a Visiting Research Fellow at the
Groupe d'Analyse des Politiques Publiques at the ENS-Cachan
in Cachan, France, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the
Birkbeck College of Law at the University of London in summer
2004. She was on the Screening Committee for the Social
Science Research Council International Dissertation Research
Fellowship 2005 competition. She was faculty discussant and
Association for Israel Studies organizer for an AIS-ISIME
(Denver University) international dissertation workshop. She
published articles in Israel Studies Forum (on a national survey
she conducted on women's movement mobilization in Israel);
and in The World's Cause Lawyers Make: StructureAndAgency In
Legal Practice (Sarat and Scheingold, eds., Stanford University
Press). She was discussant for the APSA theme panel on
"Democratization and Judicial Reform," and she presented
work at the APSA and WPSA conferences, the UF Gender
Conversations series, and the University of Miami.
Sharon Wright Austin published (with Richard T
Middleton IV) "The Limitations of Deracialization Concept
in the 2001 Los Angeles Mayoral Election" in Political
Research Quarterly (June 2004). Her book The Transformation
of Plantation Politics in the Mississippi Delta: Black Politics,
Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta
is forthcoming with SUNY Press. Professor Wright Austin was
also a fellow at the National Poverty Center of the University
of Michigan's "Analyzing Poverty Trends Using Census 2000
Data,"June 13-18, 2004.
Retired Faculty On The Move
Peggy Conway, who retired from the Department several years ago, won a highly deserved distinction. At the 2004
American Political Science Association (APSA) meeting she was awarded the prestigious Frank J. Goodnow Award for
contributions to the development of political science as a discipline and the building of the APSA organization. She also
continues to publish actively. Her books include the second edition of Women and Political Participation (with Gertrude
Steuernagel and David Ahern, Congressional Quarterly, 2005) and the third edition of Women and Public Policy: A
Revolution in Progress (with David Ahern and Gertrude Steuernagel, Congressional Quarterly, 2005). Her article entitled
"Group-Based Resources and Political Participation among Asian Americans," co-authored with Pei-te Lien and Janelle
Wong, appeared in American Politics Research 31 (2004): 1-31.
Wayne Francis, a specialist on state legislative politics, is working on yet another project that he says may threaten to
surface soon. In the meantime, Professor Francis and his wife plan on spending May of this year in China, and October in
Spain. There goes his newly acquired French!
In November 2004,James Morrison was awarded the "Officers Cross of the Order ofMerit"by Aleksander Kwasniewski,
President of he Polish Republic, in recognition for his service in organing a major exchange program between the University
of Florida and the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland (1974-1992).
Fifteen undergraduate political science students participated in a study tour of Berlin, Germany, led by Professor Ido
Oren during Spring Break, 2005. The tour was a capstone experience added-on to Professor Oren's course "War and Peace in
World Politics."The course covered several interpretations of the origins ofWorld War I,World War II, and the Cold War-all
conflicts in which Berlin played a pivotal role as a diplomatic hub and/or as a battlefield. The tour thus provided a tremendous
learning opportunity for students, bringing to life names and places covered in the readings. The group visited, among other
sites, the Reichstag building (where the delegates endorsed Germany's declaration of war in 1914, and where Red Army
soldiers famously flew the Soviet flag in 1945), the House of the Wannsee Conference (where Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf
Eichmann and other Nazi bureaucrats met in January 1942 to systematize
the final solution of the Jewish question), the memorial to the Anti-Nazi
resistance (located in the former Wehrmacht (Army) headquarters-
where Hitler was applauded by his generals in 1933 after presenting to
them his plan to extend Germany's "living space" Eastward, and where
the leading conspirators against Hitler were executed eleven years later),
the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Stasi (East German secret police)
museum, and the monumental memorial to the Red Army's victory over
Nazism. Additionally, students attended a fabulous concert of the German
UF group in Ihe Red Army Viclory Memorial. Symphony Orchestra and sampled other aspects of Berlin's vibrant cultural,
Treplower Park (pholo by Nicole Boyle) street, and culinary scene. Professor Oren plans to conduct the Berlin Tour
again in Spring 2006.
Price Awards Undergraduates
to Outstanding Graduate Students
in American Politics
Doug Price and I have been colleagues since the 1960s
when we were at Syracuse Univerity. Huge Douglas Price
was an Associate Professor when I arrived there for my first
teaching position. He was far and away the most informed
person on Congress and national politics that I had ever met.
His mentor was V.O. Key, the dominant American politics
scholar during the 1950s and early 1960s. When Key died,
Doug, his former graduate student at Harvard, was asked to
come in and take over his courses. He then stayed on for the
remainder of his career. One of Doug's daily routines was to
read the New York Times in its entirety, and then clip out
all interesting tidbits, placing some of them in his teaching
folders, and others in the mailboxes of his acquaintances. If
you had lunch with him on Friday, you could be sure that at
least three clippings would be in your mailbox on Monday,
each pertaining to part of your conversation on Friday. We
all knew that this was Doug's way of showing friendship,
and it has occurred to me since then that perhaps he thought
some of us were too buried in our technical research. He
was a great colleague and fine political scientist who rose
up from a foster-care environment to excell in his studies at
Florida and Harvard. It is so nice to see his mark left on the
education of our graduate students.
Diana Cohen, Jamie Pimlott, and Richard Yon
(pictured below, from left to right) were the recipients this
year of $1,500 in research assistance from the H. Douglas
Price Memorial Award, established in memory of Professor
A number of Political Science undergraduates were
recognized at the University of Florida's Multicultural
Awards Ceremony on March 29, 2005. The ceremony honors
outstanding minority students from throughout the university.
The presentations were made by departmental faculty Sharon
Wright, Sam Stafford, and Richard Scher. The honorees
included Maru Smith, James Chio, Mariana Madrid, Crystal
Patterson, Justin Travis Saar, Dina Renae Rubio, Christopher
L. Busey, Demone W. Lee, Sisteria Mixon, Jessica Goodman,
Jonathan Riley, and Tashiba Robinson.
Nine members of the Black Political Science Association
presented papers at the annual meeting of the National
Conference of Black Political Scientists in Arlington, Virginia
in March 2005. The students were Sisteria Mixon, Lydia
Washington, Christopher Busey, Christian Bell, Kanitra Ponder,
Jonathan Riley, Brandie Stallings, Hannah Kissonhal, Roseberte
Pierre, and doctoral student in history Keshia Duncan.
Roseberte Pierre is a McNair Scholar whose research
examines trends in African American turnout during presidential
elections and has been selected as a member of Who's Who
Among American College Students.
Jonathan Riley has recently been invited to join Savant
UF--a leadership honor society.
Teshiba Robinson has been selected as a Valedictorian in
the may 2005 graudation ceremony. She has a 4.0 grade point
Karen Harmel, class of 2004, was a Fulbright Scholar in
Ireland and has been accepted into the Masters program at the
John E Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mark Villegas recently hosted two political forums: "Jam
for Justice" and a forum on Black/Asian-American relations at
UE He has a 4.0 grade point average and graduated in May
H. Douglas Price, to support graduate students in American
Government. Diana is researching the Internet and elections,
Jamie is studying political behavior, and Richard is interested Social Science
in presidential politics. Methods Symposium
During the weekend of March 11th and 12th the
Political Science Graduate Student Council hosted the
Inaugural Social Science Methods Symposium on the campus
of the University of Florida. The purpose of the event was to
highlight the methodologically plural approach the Political
Science Department at the University of Florida has used in the
development process of graduate students. As part of the event, the Graduate Student Council invited a number of prominent
social scientists to discuss what it means to be methodologically plural. Dr. Kathleen Bawn (UCLA), Dr. James Johnson
(University of Rochester), Dr. Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. James Mahoney (Brown University), and the
University of Florida's Dr. Ido Oren all presented substantive papers, which also engaged the question of methodological
pluralism. The above-mentioned scholars, in addition to the departments own Dr. Larry Dodd and Dr. Badredine Arfi,
also participated in a roundtable discussion. The symposium was a great success. It was supported by: The Center for Latin
American Studies, The Center for European Studies, the Department of Political Science, the College of Liberal Arts and
Science, and the Manning J. Dauer Endowment.
IH[ AHNRICAN POIIIY I
Richard S. Conley (ed.), Transforming the
American Polity: The Presidency of George
W Bush and the War on Terrorism. Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall "Real
Politics in America" Series, 2005. $25.00.
Daniel A. Smith and Caroline J. Tolbert,
Educated By Initiative: The Effects of
Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political
Organizations in the American States. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004.
Leslie Anderson and Lawrence C. Dodd,
Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement
and Electoral Choice in A'. '. 1990-
2001. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 2005. $24.00.
M. Margaret Conway, Gertrude A.
Steuernagel, and David Ahern, Woman
and Political Participation, third edition
Washington, DC: Congressional
Quarterly, 2005. $31.95.
Beth A. Rosenson, The Shadowlands
of Conduct: Ethics and State Politics.
Washington, DC: Georgetown
University Press, 2005. $26.95.
Goran Hyden, Julius Court, and Kenneth
Mease, Making Sense of Governance:
Empirical Evidence from 16 Developing
Nations. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2004.
NimIng Sens. of
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Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce
I. Oppenheimer (eds.), Congress
Reconsidered, eighth edition.
Washington, DC; Congressional
Quarterly, 2004. $49.95.
Stephen C. Craig and Michael D. Martinez
(eds.),Ambivalence: The Structure ofPolitical
Opinion. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan,
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