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Department of Political Science
University of Florida
Summer 2009

The 2008 Presidential Election in Florida

The 2008 election marked several mile-
stones. Hillary Clinton entered the cam-
paign as the first female frontrunner for a
major-party presidential nomination, only to
lose a long and arduous contest to Barack
Obama, whose fundraising and organiza-
tional prowess led to his becoming the first
African-American presidential nominee of a
major political party. John McCain's path to
SIth Republican nomination was more con-
\ cin1on, I after early favorite Rudy Giuliani
Sgshol ciid rwhy skipping the early primary and
caucus states is likely to remain a dubious
strategy. McCain chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the first
female Republican vice-presidential nominee, and she and Senator
Joe Biden became the first pair of running mates in memory to hail
from states with three
electoral votes each. In
the general election,
Obama eschewed public
financing, ostensibly so
that he could respond to I

any "swift boat" attacks that might be launched by independent
groups, and to pursue a 50-state strategy in an effort to change the
electoral map.
Despite the historic result, 2008 followed some more-or-less
usual patterns. The Obama campaign did shrink the GOP's geo-
graphic base but, in the end, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida re-
mained (as they were in 2000 and 2004) the key battleground states
through which McCain would try to mount one last comeback.
Also, in deciding how to cast their ballots, Florida voters relied on
two of the simplest and most time-tested cues available.
The first cue was partisanship. Among registered voters in a
statewide October pre-election survey, Democrats enjoyed a 38-34
percent advantage over Republicans in party identification, with the
balance (28%) identifying as Independents or expressing no prefer-
ence. Democrats were also slightly more
loyal in their vote intention, with 92% ei-
ther preferring Obama or leaning toward
him, while 88% of Republican identifiers
preferred or leaned toward McCain. In the
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On a recent Saturday morning in .lupilci Flonda a ILandful of pock0sLoC s coniiC,'atld outidcC ihk El Sol Nc,_'lihboi-
hood Resource Center. They weie piotesung against what tihe called the Centei's "pioniotion of illegal luring piac-
tices." Prior to the Center's opening in 2006, immigrant day laborers congregated in the mornings on street covers,
waiting for construction and landscaping contractors to hire them. Residents complained about traffic, and many
considered the day laborers to be a public nuisance.
In response, the Jupiter Town Council came together with several religious and civic organizations to find a con-
structive solution to the town's day-laborer issue. In 2005, after two years of intense lobbying by immigrant rights
advocates and counter-mobilization by anti-immigrant groups, the Town Council voted to allow Corn Maya (an immigrant advocacy group)
and Catholic Charities to use a town building to establish a neighborhood resource center. Today, the El Sol Center offers a safe environ-
ment for immigrant workers to be matched with employers and at the same time provides immigrants with a range of services, including
English language classes, computer courses, and vocational training.
Although Florida is no stranger to immigration, in many ways Jupiter is a microcosm of what's happening in many communities across
the country a shift that reflects the changing geography of Latin American and Caribbean migration to the United States. In the past, tradi-
tional gateway cities like Miami, Los Angeles, and New York received the bulk of new immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Between 1990 and 2000, however, the states with the fastest growing Hispanic population were located in the South: North Carolina (394%
growth from 1990-2000), Arkansas (337%), Georgia (300%), and Tennessee (278%). While Florida's growth rate (70%) was lower than
some of the other hyper-growth states in the South, 47 of 67 counties experienced increases of over 100%. Most interesting was that the
highest growth rates in the Hispanic population were not in Miami-Dade County, but in non-traditional destinations in central and northern
"New destinations" of Latin American and Caribbean migration has become a hot topic in migration studies. Since 2003, I have been
involved in a transnational, collaborative research project bringing together U. S. and Latin America-based scholars to explore the dynamics
of immigrant life in non-traditional destinations in the South. Funded by the Ford Foundation, our research team has explored the migration
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For those of you who may have vacationing In addition, it has been another outstanding year for our fac-
on another planet, this was a difficult year ulty both in the classroom and professionally. Philip Williams,
Sfor higher education in the state of Florida for example, was recently appointed director of UF's Center for
and for UF, the College of Liberal Arts and Latin American Studies; Larry Dodd was chosen vice presi-
Sciences, and the Political Science Depart- dent-elect and Ido Oren became vice president of the Southern
Sent in particular. In last year's newsletter, Political Science Association and the International Studies As-
I noted that an external review conducted in sociation, respectively; and Sharon Austin received the Erika
January '08 had described Political Science Fairchild Award (for her scholarship, mentoring of students,
as a "major success story" and urged the and collegial spirit) from the Women's Caucus of the SPSA.
university's leaders to continue investing in Faculty members also were asked to share their expertise with
us as we pursued our goal of becoming a colleagues, students, and the general public at locations
leading department in the South and a top- throughout the United States and around the world, including
15 department among public institutions University of Minnesota (Aida Hozic), University of Chicago
nationwide. Well . as you may have guessed, the concept of (Ido Oren), Yale University (Ken Wald), Oxford University
"investing" has taken on a whole new meaning lately as we've (Les Thiele), University of Cape Town in South Africa (Staffan
been forced to deal with economic and political realities that often Lindberg), the Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia
seem to shift from one day to the next. (Bryon Moraski), Central European University in Budapest
However, rather than complaining about; (Ben Smith), and many others. Finally, I
what we've lost (which isn't all that much would like to congratulate Dan O'Neill
compared to many other departments), let-. -_ and Beth Rosenson for having been
me take this opportunity to emphasize .-. awarded tenure and promotion to Asso-
what we've gained. First and foremost, we a ciate Professor in Spring '09, and Mi-
look forward to our first full year with four chael Martinez, who was promoted to
new colleagues: Michael Bernhard, who Full Professor.
joined us in January as the first holder of There are numerous other achieve-
the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich eminent mients (teaching accolades, books and
scholar chair in international studies; Laura articles published, grants received, civic
Sjoberg, who has established herself as a contributions) that deserve recognition,
leading scholar in the area of gender and but there is not enough room here for me
international politics; Michelle-Renee to give everyone his or her due. Suffice
Smith, a newly minted Ph.D. from Cornell it to say that, at a time of uncertainty and
whose specialty is black political thought and political theory gen- diminishing resources, the Political Science Department contin-
erally; and Dietmar Schirmer, a specialist in European politics ues to do its job, and to do it very well. As I begin my final
who will be a visiting professor under the auspices of the German year as department chair in '09-'10, I am confident that we will
Academic Exchange Service. weather the storm and emerge stronger than ever.

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trajectories and settlement patterns of Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican immigrants in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Jupiter, and
Immokalee, Florida. Our research focused on three interconnected clusters of questions: (1) the obstacles immigrants confront in building
collective solidarity within a climate of growing anti-immigrant sentiment; (2) the multiple roles that religion plays in facilitating immi-
grant incorporation; and (3) the extent to which immigrants in new destinations sustain transnational connections with their communities
of origin while at the same time trying to carve out new spaces of livelihood in the United States. The results of the first phase of our
study are contained in a recently published book, A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida's New Des-
tinations (Rutgers University Press 2009).
With another major grant from the Ford Foundation, for the past two-and-a-half years our research team has been studying the same
immigrant groups in the metro Atlanta area. The Latino population in metro Atlanta has grown at a remarkable rate over the past fifteen
years, presenting significant challenges for schools, churches, and civic organizations. The project is particularly concerned with the role
that religious congregations play in mediating this transformation, serving as spaces of encounter, cooperation, and sometimes conflict.
In this second phase of the study we've focused on the impact of recent large-scale migration on inter-ethnic relations. Unlike some of the
new destinations we examined in Florida, Atlanta has a deeply entrenched black-white racial hierarchy. The rapid influx of Latino immi-
grants threatens to destabilize this traditional biracial order and to produce conflict and public hostility towards immigrants. The ways in
which political, religious and civic leaders and organizations respond to new immigrants will have an important impact in determining
the outcome of these processes.
We plan to present the results of our latest research at a conference in Atlanta in March 2010. The idea is to bring together Atlanta-
based academics, activists, religious leaders, and policymakers interested in the city's changing demographics and the consequences of
these changes for inter-ethnic relations. We want to highlight already existing best practices and pastoral models for engaging inter-
ethnic relations, and to build networks among the academic, faith, social-services, and advocacy communities around the issues of cul-
tural and religious diversity. Our hope is that the conference will serve as an important first step in contributing toward a more informed
local and national dialogue on immigration reform.
Ifyou are interested in learning more about the project, please visit our website:
http://ww.latam.ufl. ...' I.i ..i j,.,.i,./index.shtml

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The Partisan Interview:

paul d' anieri

Kristine Zooberg: What attracted you the most about coming to

D'Anieri: The faculty. I came for the interview and was really
impressed with the quality of conversations I had with faculty
members all across the College. Even before the interview, the
first thing I did when I was asked to apply for the job was to
look at the faculty of Political Science because that's my field,
and I thought it would be the best way for me to get a sense of
what the place is like. I was very surprised to see that UF was so
much better than what I knew. In my field, which is the former
Soviet Union, UF has several great young scholars that I knew
of but didn't realize were here. Then when I started looking at
fields outside my own to see what people had done, I thought,
"Wow, this is a strong department." Reputation lags a long time
behind performance with colleges but when reputation catches
up with performance, we'll be seen as a national leader.

KZ: What experiences have you had as a political scientist that pre-
pared you for the responsibilities of being Dean of CLAS?

D'Anieri: There's a lot you learn when studying political sci-
ence and politics that prepares you well for being Dean, al-
though there have been good deans from almost every discipline
and everyone brings something to the table. But, especially with
my work in international relations, I think a lot about strategy.
You can define politics in lots of ways, but much of it is about
making choices. And that's what being Dean is about. So the
time I've spent thinking about strategy and choices has been
very useful. And in the political science that I studied, there was
also an overlap working with economics and, of course, that's
what deans spend all their time on: money. Essentially, you're
trying to lead a public institution, and in one way or another
that's what we study a lot in politics.

KZ: Compared to your last job, what similarities and differences
have you found in this new position?

D'Anieri: There are basic substantive and structural similarities
between CLAS at the University of Kansas and the one here at
UF, so the basic missions and the basic problems we face are
very comparable. The biggest difference is that the quality of the
University of Florida of the students, the faculty, and the
alumni is so high. Right now in the short term, the budget is a
much bigger problem at UF. But, the thing that keeps me moti-


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vated through this budget crunch is focusing on the fact that
regardless of what happens with the budget, the quality of
what goes on here may be diminished, but it will still be
very good.

KZ: Do you see things getting better any time soon?

D'Anieri: No. Maybe I shouldn't say it so casually because
I don't claim to be able to predict the future. I think this
country has spent 30 years building an unsustainable eco-
nomic situation and, quite frankly, an unsustainable public
finance system. It's going to take more than just a little hic-
cup to unravel all the unsustainable things that have been
happening. That said, within the parameters of the problems
we face right now, the government in Washington has done
more or less what they need to do with the stimulus pack-
age. How that will play out will have to be seen. The big
question, though, which has yet to be resolved, is whether
this country overall can come up with a growth model that
is not based on debt and is sustainable.

KZ: What have you enjoyed the most or what was has been the
most satisfying?

D'Anieri: The faculty, the students, and the alumni! All
those things I enjoy. We look at universities, especially in
Florida, and see how beautiful the campuses are with the
buildings and football stadiums, and so on, but universities
are ultimately about people. They're driven by the quality of
the people, and that's what I enjoy the most. One of the fun
things I've been able to do is go for a cup of coffee with
faculty members from, say, the Political Science department
such as [Professor Bryon] Moraski, just to talk about post-
Soviet politics. That's really enjoyable for me.

KZ: Not everyone in your position teaches, but you'll be back in
the classroom this fall for INR 2001 (Introduction to Inter-
national Relations). Tell me about that.

D'Anieri: I can't wait! I love to teach, and I love doing re-
search as well. I was just at a conference this week and I
miss being actively involved in research. But probably the
motivation to teach undergraduates is what drove me into
the field in the first place, because I knew that I loved teach-
ing before I knew that I loved research. So I'm really ex-
cited. Sometime in the middle of the fall semester when
things start piling up, I'll wonder whether or not it was such
a good idea. But I think the most important course that stu-
dents take is often the introductory one, and I really enjoy
teaching it. When a student has a fire lit underneath them
that says, "This is what I want to do!" it's fun for me and I'm
looking forward to it.

KZ: \Vluti mci ou doing to relieve all the stress from the job?

D'Anieri I like to run. I try to get outside as much as possi-
ble doing other things as well, but I try to run a couple of
times a week.

Zach Selden has been on leave
from the Department since January
2008, serving as Deputy Secretary
General for Policy at the NATO
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(NATO PA i Thli
NATO PA is .I.
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ganization lh1.ut
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members of I\p-
liament filo at
NATO mincbci
countries to discuss security issues and build consen-
sus across the Alliance. Zach oversees the work of
the NATO PA's five committees and manages its
outreach program with developing parliaments out-
side NATO. He also serves as a policy adviser to the
NATO PA's leadership, currently headed by U. S.
Congressman John Tanner (D-Tennessee). One of
Zach's current main projects is assisting the NATO
PA's leadership in developing their input to the new
NATO Strategic Concept. This document will be
under development through the end of 2010 and will
guide the Alliance for the next decade.

Zach still finds some time to write on the side. He
has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Common
Market Studies that compares the development of the
European Union's security policy with that of the
United States in the late 19th century, and is working
on another piece on the implications of shifting alli-
ance patterns in Eurasia.

Two graduates of the Political Campaigning Program have taken
their UF experience to Washington, D.C. as members of the U.S. House
of Representatives. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, class of 1990), first
elected in 2004 to represent Florida's 20th Congressional District, rose
rapidly within the ranks of her party's leadership.
She currently serves as Chief Deputy Whip for
the Democrats, and also as a member of the im-
portant Appropriations and Judiciary Commit-
tees in the House. During the 2008 presidential
election, she served as national co-chair for
Hillary Clinton and then later as a surrogate for
Barack Obama in the fall campaign. In addition
to her legislative interests (many of which in-
volve issues affecting children and families), she is a recent cancer sur-
vivor who works hard to increase awareness and provide help for
women who face similar struggles. Debbie has been married for 17
years, and lives in Weston with Steve Schultz and their three children.

Tom Rooney (R, class of 1996), became one of the few bright spots for
the GOP in 2008 when he defeated incumbent Tim Mahoney for the
right to represent Florida's 16th Congressional District. After leaving
UF, he attended law school and subsequently served for four years as a
member of the U.S. Army JAG Corps and, in 2002, as instructor at the
U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After leaving active duty and
returning to Florida, Tom worked as assistant attorney general under
Charlie Crist, as CEO of "The Children's Place
at Home Safe" (a home for abused and ne-
glected children), and as an attorney in private
practice. In Congress, he serves on the House
Armed Services and Judiciary Committees and
has sponsored legislation that focuses on im-
proved services for soldiers and veterans,
homeowner protection, and efforts to
strengthen local law enforcement. Tom and his
wife, Tara, reside in Tequesta with their three
young sons.

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November post-election survey, we see the more usual pattern of slightly stronger Republican partisanship in the voting booth: 92% of Re-
publican voters cast ballots for McCain, while Obama retained the support of 89% of Democratic voters in our sample. But that's not much
of a difference, especially considering that the Democratic loyalty to Obama followed a tough and grueling nomination struggle (in which
all major Democratic candidates bypassed Florida's controversial January primary) that resulted in the first major-party candidacy of an
African-American. The vast majority of voters cast ballots along partisan lines, leaving the balance of power in the hands of Independents.
The second cue that shaped people's votes was the incumbent president. George W. Bush left office as the most unpopular retiring presi-
dent in over fifty years: 84% of respondents in our October survey felt the country was on the "wrong track," 57% strongly disapproved of
the president's job performance, and 58% said that the United States had made the wrong decision to use military force in Iraq. Among the
majority of Floridians who strongly disapproved of Bush's performance, 82% preferred Obama in the pre-election survey. McCain, in con-
trast, was backed by 88% of those who either strongly or somewhat approved of Bush a figure that would be more impressive except that
it represented less than 30% of the state's registered voters.
Both candidates maintained that the 2008 election represented the clearest choice on issues in a generation; accordingly, they differed on
(among other things) the approach that government should take in providing services, reconciling the demand for energy with environ-
mental protection, and regulating abortion. In general, it appears that these issues shaped voters' choices through their evaluations of Presi-
dent Bush and their partisan loyalties. That is, most of those who favored restricting access to abortions, more offshore drilling, and fewer
government services identified as Republicans and expressed relatively favorable evaluations of the president, whereas voters who favored
abortion rights, opposed offshore drilling, and supported increased government services tended to be more Democratic and less positive
toward the incumbent. None of these issues outweighed the importance of how Floridians felt about the president in shaping their election-
day choices. Despite McCain's protestations that "I'm not President Bush," for all intents and purposes Floridians voted as if he were. In a
nutshell, that is why Barack Obama carried Florida's 27 electoral votes and won the presidency.
This is a condensed version of a paper that originally appeared in Florida Focus, which is available at
http://www.bebr itl ...', ij '.. iij' .' / i '.... 5 2 2009.pdf

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sustainability. i, -ACTION

This spring semester, Professor Les Thiele taught the inau-
gural capstone course for the new undergraduate minor in Sus-
tainability Studies. The course, Sustainabil-
ity in Action, is designed to help students
integrate the diverse forms of knowlctd-c
gained during their coursework for the mitnoi
through practical experience in internslips
service learning projects, and independent
research. The course aims to create a sense
of civic empowerment, develop collective
action and workplace experience, and foster
social and technical skills that will prove use-
ful for students in their future careers.
Students in Sustainability in Action meet
twice a week for the first three weeks of the semester while
their internships and service learning opportunities are initiated.
At this time, they explore historical and contemporary exam-
ples of individual and collective action in the arenas of environ-
mental protection, social justice, and sustainable economic en-
terprise. During the following eleven weeks, students are in-
volved in their internships, service learning opportunities, and
independent projects.
This year, students are working at an organic farm in a
community for special-needs adults, two local sustainability
civic groups, a local alternative media center, a local green
business, and two independent efforts to foster sustainable
behavior and reduce carbon emissions among students and
During the last two weeks of the semester, students return
to the classroom to present accounts of their learning experi-
ences and accomplishments.

Study of the United States Institute
on U.S. Foreign Policy

The second annual Study of the United States
Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy commenced on
June 8 and ended on July 17, 2009. The Insti-
tute's theme-"Domestic Sources of U.S. Foi-
eign Policy: Beyond the Beltway, Behind
CNN"-was incorporated into a four-week aca-
demic residency program in Gainesville, Florida,
and two weeks of study tours in three economi-
cally, demographically, and geographically di-
verse loci of foreign policy-making: Miami, Chi-
cago, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Institute program in-
cluded daylong visits to Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, and historic
St. Augustine. Participants learned from more than 30 experts in in-
ternational affairs and U.S. politics, including scholars, diplomats, po-
litical leaders, lobbyists, and activists. The objectives of the Institute
are that participants will 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 for-
eign policy-making process
and the important role
played by actors "beyond
die bcli" ay"; and last but
jnoi k ist acquire an en-
Iliiccd understanding of the
oikiniw, of the U.S. aca-
dc Ilic and philanthropic
loiUndi0iion system, espe-
cially in the area of interna-
tional studies.

Dr. Sharon Austin organized a trip for University of Florida students to attend the .,ionl ol, i.., i ofPresident-
Elect Barack Obama. Political Science major Parris Baker recounts his 1i s, : or,..11- Day experience.

To this day I look at January 20, 2009 with fond memories.
Washington, D.C. often bubbles with cynicism, but on this day
Capitol Hill buzzed with enthusiasm. During my experience at
the Washington Center's Presidential Inauguration Seminar, I
gained an optimism concerning the good human beings are ca-
pable of. The culminating moment of my 12 days in D.C. was
certainly Inauguration Day. However, the lessons learned
throughout the course of the seminar only bolstered the experi-
In the series of sessions and small group discussions during
the Inauguration Seminar, it seemed as though every speaker
addressed the significance of Barack Obama's election. With-
out fail, many mentioned how much of a privilege it was to be
alive and in D.C. during this historic moment. My sense of
gratitude for our country never left me, even as I endured fa-
tigue from the seminar's jam-packed agenda. In addition to
comments about the historic nature of President Obama's elec-
tion, the speakers also examined the relationship between poli-
tics and the media, the effect the media had on the election, and
the transition of power from one president to another. The line-
up of speakers was impressive as well. Respected journalist Ted
Koppel, ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson, former ABC news
anchorman Steve Bell, Pulitzer winner Clarence Page, and
many others spoke to us.

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While the speakers were admirable, Inaugu-
ration Day was the highlight of my trip. Now,
let me depict the situation. I got on the Metro
train at 4:10 in the morning and once I arrived
in downtown D.C., tens of thousands of people
were already waiting in line. Besides the swarming mass of people,
there was some confusion about where everyone should be. On top of
that, it was beyond freezing. Such a situation might have been a recipe
for disaster had it not been for the level of camaraderie and congenial-
ity in the air. It was moving to see the amount of cooperation and will-
ingness with which people helped one another. For example, in a crowd
of thousands, one's frontal visibility is limited to about two feet, mean-
ing one could trip over a curb or run into a fire hydrant if not careful.
However, the admonishments from people ahead always gave warning
about an upcoming curb or fire hydrant. The neighborliness among the
crowd was staggering. The bonding and fellowship we all shared be-
fore the inauguration makes the word "crowd" seem inappropriate for
what we were. We transcended that word. It was just us anticipating a
historic moment.
I cannot underestimate the impact this trip had on me. I'd like to
thank Dr. Sharon Austin and everyone else who helped make this event
available to students from the University of Florida. I'll never forget
the life lesson I learned from that trip.

new faculty faces

Michelle-Renee Smith will begin in Fall
2009 as Assistant Professor of Political The-
ory. Michelle received her doctorate from the
Government Department of Cornell in July of
this year. Her dissertation, entitled Theorizing
the Real, Unburdening the Possible: Self-
Representation and Cosmopolitanism in the
Political Theory ofAlain Locke, examines the
contributions of Alain Locke to democratic
and cosmopolitan theory. Michelle's teaching
and research interests include Contemporary
Democratic Theory, Black Political Thought,
and Critical Theory. In the Fall, she will be
teaching two courses: "Black Political
Thought" and "Hip Hop and Western Politi-
cal Thought." Originally an Africana major
as an undergraduate, Michelle explains her
decision to pursue
political science: "I
realized that oppres-
sion, exclusion, dis-
crimination and even
racial violence are
shared problems."

Laura Sjoberg will begin as Assistant Pro-
fessor of International Relations at Florida in
Fall 2009. She received her doctorate in 2004
from the University of Southern California
and a J.D. from the Boston College Law
School in 2007, and most recently held the
position of Assistant Professor at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Laura is the author of Gender, Justice, and
the Wars in Iraq (2006), and Mothers, Mon-
sters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global
Politics (with Caron Gentry, 2007). In Fall
2009, she will be teaching "Introduction to
International Security" and "Gender and In-
ternational Relations." Laura explains that
she wants students to
"come away understand-
ing that gender is more
than anatomy, and that
international politics is
deeply and fundamentally
built around socially con-
structed gender stereo-
types and gendered

Michael Bernhard holds the Raymond
and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar
Chair. Michael specializes in compara-
tive politics. His interests include de-
mocratization, development, compara-
tive historical analysis, and European
politics. His main lines of research have
included the role of civil society in proc-
esses of democratization, the political
economy of democratic survival, the
politics and ramifications of institutional
choice in new democracies, and paths
from dictatorship to democracy in late-
democratizing European countries. He
is currently working on papers on the
role of the state in development, the im-
pact of revolution on the state's war-
making capacity, the
effect of how de-
mocracy is measured
on findings in the
literature on regimes
and conflict, and the
legacies of fascism
and communism for
democratic political

This past year was an exciting one for the Graduate Program in Political
Campaigning, due in large part to the tremendous success of our many
graduates, the skilled practitioners who taught our applied politics
courses, and the generous e Yr
support of friends of the e "
Program. Most notably, C a- in p
Tom Rooney (class of '96)
was elected to the U. S.
House of Representatives from
S- Florida's 16th Congressional Dis-
trict. Tom joins alumna Congress-
woman Debbie Wasserman
Schultz (class of '90) in Washing-
ton. In Gainesville, our 16 cam-
paigning students took courses
F with talented adjuncts David
Wolfson (campaign management),
H2 David Hill (strategy), Damien
Filer (earned media), and Guy
Cecil (paid media). Finally, contri-
butions from supporters allowed
us to provide partial assistantships
to five students, and to recognize
Christy Bainer as the Walter G.
Campbell Leadership Award win-
ner as Campaigner of the Year. In
KENNEDY IJOHNSOI the fall, students helped to organ-
ize an exhibit, "Buttons, Badges
6 and Bumper Stickers," featuring
the political memorabilia collection of John Owen Clark (see picture).
They also assisted with a January conference, "Reflections and Projec-
tions: Election Conference 2009," which featured commentary on the '08
election and a look ahead to '10 from a variety of academics, consultants,
and political journalists.

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Elections and Democracy
For three weeks this summer in Ghana, West Africa,
Professor Daniel Smith and UF alumnus Kevin Fridy
(2005 Ph.D.) co-led a workshop on the broad topic of
Elections and Democracy at the University of Ghana,
Legon. The workshop, which was under-
written by a generous grant from the
Mellon Foundation and spearheaded by
the American Political Science Found.-
tion, brought together two dozen Aflnc.II
political scientists teaching at univc i'isic
across the continent and four Amc nicii-
based Ph.D. students (including one IUiF
student, Keith Weghorst). Each \\ckI
the program consisted of plenary and
small-group discussions on scholarly
readings, guest speakers, research presentations, collabo-
rative research efforts, and site visits to the National
Electoral Commission, political party headquarters, and
Parliament. They also found time for some extracurricu-
lar activities, including field trips to a slave castle in
Elmina, shopping for Asante Kente cloth in Kumasi,
swimming in Lake Bosomtwe, and dancing the night
away at Jokers Nightclub (located across the street from
the La General Clinic that President Obama visited
while they were there). Participants will have the
chance to publish a research pr6cis on their work in a
forthcoming issue of the journal PS: Political Science
and Politics.

Philip J. Williams, Timothy Steignenga, and Manuel
Vasquez. 2009. A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan,
and Mexican Immigrants in Florida's New Destinations.
Rutgers University Press. $25.95

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Paul D'Anieri. 2009. International Politics:
Power and Purpose in Global Affairs.
Wadsworth Publishing. $72.49

* Dustin Fridkin co-authored an article published in the
American Political Science Review with Professor Daniel
Smith. Entitled, "Delegating Direct Democracy: Interparty
Legislative Competition and the Adoption of the Initiative
in the American States," the article appeared in the August
2008 issue.

* Lance Bardsley was selected as a Hansard Research
Scholar and assigned to work with a member of the British

* Magda Giurcanu received a 2009 Haas dissertation sum-
mer fellowship (to support her research in Paris and Bu-
charest) from the European Union Studies Association.

* Aaron Hale was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation
Completion Fellowship.

* Abdourahmane Idrissa won a postdoctoral fellowship
(to spend one year at Oxford University and a second at
Princeton) from the highly competitive Global Leaders
Fellowship Programme.

* Marissa Silber's paper on presidential-congressional rela-
tions was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Paper pre-
sented at last year's Florida Political Science Association
annual meetings.


Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppen-
,,,,i1 ai heimer. 2008. Congress Reconsidered:
- - Ninth Edition.
CQ Press. $59.95

Patricia J. Woods. 2008. Judicial Power
and National Politics: Courts and Gender
in the Religious Secular Conflict in Israel.
State University of New York Press.

* Iran Rodrigues received a grant from the National Science
Foundation to support his dissertation research in Brazil.

* Jay Maggio's review essay of Benjamin Arditi's Politics on
the Edges of Liberalism appeared in Theory and Event (no. 4,

* Sean Walsh's article, titled "The Subversion of Eros: Dialec-
tic, Revolt, and Murder in the Polity of the Soul," was pub-
lished in Crime, Media, Culture (August 2008).

* Joseph Kraus gave an invited presentation, "The Impacts of
Corporate Social Responsibility on State Institutions and Gov-
ernance in Equatorial Guinea," at an international conference
hosted by Hofstra University in April 2009.

* Levy Odera won the Department of Political Science Award
for Best Graduate Student Paper.

* Winifred Pankani Lindberg won the Dr. Barbara Noreen
Roth memorial Award.

* The James W. Button Memorial Award was shared by co-
winners Joseph Kraus and Martin Maldonado.

* Christine Bainer won the Honorable Walter G. "Skip" Camp-
bell Leadership Award in Political Campaigning.

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Daniel I. O'Neill, Mary Lyndon
Shanley, and Iris Marion Young
(eds.) 2008. Illusion of Consent.
Penn State Press. $55.00

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