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Former Chair of the Department from 1998 – 2004 Roderick MacFarquhar passed away on Sunday February 10, 2019

February 13, 2019

He was Leroy B. Williams Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Harvard University.

Professor MacFarquhar came to Harvard to pursue a master’s degree in East Asian Studies, graduating in 1955.  He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 1981. He was appointed the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science in 1984. He was the Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies from 1986-1992 and again from 2005-2006. A public memorial will be planned for the future, at which we can all pay tribute to him.

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AJPS Best Paper Award 2018 co-winner “Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing" by Prof. Daniel Carpenter, Prof. Clayton Nall (Stanford), Prof. Benjamin Schneer (HKS)

January 24, 2019

AJPS Best Paper Award 2018 co-winner “Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing" by Prof. Daniel Carpenter, Prof. Clayton Nall (Stanford), Prof. Benjamin Schneer (HKS) best article appearing AJPS Volume 62, Issue 1 (January 2018).

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“Primary Elections and Candidate-Centered Campaigns” has been named the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award winner from the 2018 conference.

January 15, 2019
“Primary Elections and Candidate-Centered Campaigns” has been named the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award winner from the 2018 conference. The SPSA presents this award annually to the best paper presented at the previous year’s meeting.  The paper is by Professor James Snyder, Jaclyn Kaslovsky (PhD Candidate), Michael Olson (PhD Candidate), and Professor Shigeo Hirano (Columbia).

 

Ana Catalano Weeks — 2018 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award Recipient

August 17, 2018

The American Political Science Association (APSA) will present the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award to Dr. Ana Catalano Weeks at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Ana Catalano Weeks is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages, & International Studies at the University of Bath. Before joining Bath, she was a...

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Professor Dustin Tingley, together with the former graduate students Molly Roberts and Brandon Stewart, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Society for Political Methodology Statistical Software Award

August 15, 2018

Professor Dustin Tingley, together with the former graduate students Molly Roberts and Brandon Stewart, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Society for Political Methodology Statistical Software Award for stm: An R package for Structural Topic Models. Structural topic models have enhanced and advanced the use of topic modeling for diverse text corpora by encompassing metadata and structure at the document level in model estimation....

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Christoph Mikulaschek is the recipient of this year's APSA Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of international relations, law, and politics

August 14, 2018

Christoph Mikulaschek is the recipient of this year's APSA Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of international relations, law, and politics. It is entitled, “The Power of the Weak: How Informal Power-Sharing Shapes the Work of the United Nations Security Council.”

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Professor Kenneth Shepsle has been named one of the Walter Channing Cabot Fellows for 2018

July 27, 2018

Professor Kenneth Shepsle has been named one of the Walter Channing Cabot Fellows for 2018. Walter Channing Cabot Fellow fellowships are given annually to few faculty in recognition of their achievements and scholarly eminence in the fields of literature, history or art. The award reflects Professor Shepsle's outstanding contributions to his field, including the publication of his recent book, Rule...

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Professor Jon Rogowski's and Aaron Kaufman’s 2017 APSA conference paper “Interbranch Conflict, Unilateral Action, and the Presidency” is the recipient of APSA Section Presidential and Executive Politics’ 2018 Founders Best Paper Award

July 27, 2018

Professor Jon Rogowski's and Aaron Kaufman’s 2017 APSA conference paper “Interbranch Conflict, Unilateral Action, and the Presidency” is the recipient of APSA Section Presidential and Executive Politics’ 2018 Founders Best Paper Award Honoring Dom Bonafede.

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Professor Matthew Blackwell, together with Avidit Acharya and Maya Sen, recently published Deep Roots

July 27, 2018

Professor Matthew Blackwell, together with Avidit Acharya and Maya Sen, recently published Deep Roots. How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics (Princeton, 2018). The book explores the lasting effects of slavery on contemporary political attitudes in the American South.

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