Faculty News

What the professors are doing this academic year

Lawrie Balfour remains Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Associating Professor for Distinguished Teaching at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University for the 2008-09 academic year; in spring 2009 she is offering an interdisciplinary course on slavery and the politics of memory.

James Ceaser was appointed by the President to a four-year term to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

John Echeverri-Gent was named to the Editorial Advisory Board of Political Science Quarterly. He was also selected to serve as Treasurer of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Jeffrey Legro is chairing the American Political Science Association Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World. The Task Force was commissioned by APSA President Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University and includes twenty scholars from around the country. The Task Force is investigating the causes and consequences of U. S. Standing and how it can be improved.

Carol Mershon has a grant from the UVa-Rome Faculty Exchange for 2009.

Eric Patashnik has been appointed Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

R.K. Ramazani has had a Festschrift devoted to him by the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., in a special edition of its journal, Viewpoints. The volume contains articles by 53 scholars, including a lead article by Professor Ramazani himself, on the theme of "The Iranian Revolution at 30." See the web link at: http://www.mideasti.org/files/Iran_Final.pdf.

Todd S. Sechser received the Walter Isard Award for the Best Dissertation in Peace Science from the Peace Science Society, International. He also received an award for his 2007 dissertation "Winning Without a Fight: Power, Reputation, and Compellent Threats in International Crises." 

Denise Walsh remains on leave for the 2008-09 academic year at Dartmouth College, where she has a fellowship at the Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Vesla Weaver is currently working with Deborah McDowell, the Director of the Woodson Institute and Claudrena Harold (History) on planning a Symposium, on, "The Problem of Punishment: Race, Inequality, and Justice," to take place April 16-17, 2009 at the University of Virginias Carter G. Woodson Institute. Two dozen experts across various scholarly disciplines, perspectives, and methodological approaches will present fresh research on race and inequality in the criminal justice system and the effects of mass incarceration on minority groups economic mobility and political inclusion during four panels and a roundtable, as well as a keynote address by Angela Davis (author most recently of Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire and Are Prisons Obsolete?). They are pursuing the option of publishing the proceedings of the symposium in an academic volume.  

Brantly Womack discussed the effects on China and Vietnam of the new era of global economic uncertainty at the Third International Conference on Vietnam Studies in Hanoi and at the National University of Singapore, East China Normal University in Shanghai, and Jilin University in Changchun. He also presented his theory of asymmetric international relationships at the National Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Hanoi, and in Changchun discussed the historical significance of President Obama's election. The provincial government of Jilin awarded him their Changbaishan Friendship Prize for 2008.