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Notables

Spring 2014

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, spoke to the United States Embassies in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine about “The Power of Story and Social Change” as part of the U.S. State Department Virtual Lecture Series. 

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science & University Scholar, participated in a roundtable at the International Studies Association titled “Resistance as a Strategy for Peace and Justice?” He also co-chaired the annual Editorial Board meeting of the book series he co-edits for Rowman & Littlefield, New Millennium Books in International Relations.

  • Eric Selbin, University Scholar and professor of political science, was one of three scholars interviewed by the Iranian journal Andisheh Pouya (Dynamic Thought) for their March year-end review. The article is titled “Protest, it’s my business: To which direction are social movements rising from the new middle class going?” 

  • Eric Selbin, University Scholar and professor of political science, was on the Steering Committee for the 2014 Lozano Long Conference titled “Archiving the Central American Revolutions” that was held Feb. 19-21 at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin. The conference brought together scholars, activists, filmmakers, photographers and graduate students interested in Central America’s “revolutionary decades” (1970 through 1990). Selbin also moderated the conference’s closing panel on “Human Rights and Revolution in El Salvador.”

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, moderated a panel on “Pedagogy of Revolution” that was part of a conference on “Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution: Mexican Legacies of Global Change” sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Students Carly DennisAnnie Emswiler and Kevin Lentz attended parts of the conference.

Fall 2013

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Bielefeld University in Germany titled “Spaces and Places of (Im)Possibility and Desire: Transversal Revolutionary Imaginaries in the 20th Century Americas” and led a faculty/graduate student workshop on his work, “Local Stories−Global Impact? The Role of Stories and Imaginaries in Revolutions since the 19th Century.”

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, reviewed Hal Brands’ book, Latin America’s Cold War, for the Bulletin of Latin American Research. Read the review here.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on decentering international relations and decentering revolution.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, has been named a Research Fellow at theTeresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, has been invited to serve on the organizing committee of the 2014 Lozano Long Conference “Archiving the Central American Revolutions” sponsored by LLILAS Benson and to be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, at The University of Texas. The conference will bring together more than 250 activists and scholars from across the Americas and beyond.

  • Alisa Gaunder, professor of political science, had a chapter titled “The DPJ and Women: The Limited Impact of the 2009 Alternation of Power on Policy and Governance” published in Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance, which was edited by Kenji E. Kushida and Phillip Y. Lipscy and recently published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Spring 2013

  • Senior political science and international studies major Katherine Tanner has received a Rotary Global Grant that will enable her to study in London next year. She plans to earn a master’s degree in geopolitics and security fromRoyal Holloway, which is part of the University of London. Read more here.

  • Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, was invited to Rollins College to give a talk as part of a conceptual lecture series called “The Heist: Community, Identity, and Meaning in the New Millenium” sponsored by the African and Aftrican-American Studies program. Mariotti’s April 16 presentation was the final event in the series and was devoted to the theme of “The Witness.” She presented a paper that read the novelist Marilynne Robinson through the lens of political theory to show how both storytelling and political theorizing can perform the act of “witnessing” the “crimes” of conventional society, with a focus on exclusionary gender norms and racial injustices.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, presented a paper at the recent International Studies Association meeting titled “‘Becoming’ IR: The Implications of a Storied IR” and also was a participant in a roundtable titled “Inquiry as Invention: Telling Stories in International Politics.” Selbin also co-chaired the annual meeting of the Editorial Board of Rowman & Littlefield’s book series New Millennium Books in International Studies which he co-edits.

  • Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, was the panel discussant for “Comparative Issues” and the panel chair for “Undergraduate Research:  Ethnic Issues and International Relations” at the Southwestern Political Science Association Meeting in New Orleans March 28-30.

  • Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, presented a paper titled “The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays” at the Western Political Science Association conference in Hollywood, Calif., March 29.

  • Political science major Ben Bracher is presenting a paper based on his honors thesis at the annual meeting of the Southwest Political Science Conference in New Orleans March 27-30. The title of his paper is “The Economic Rise of Japan and China: is China following in Japan’s footsteps?”

  • Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, had a 150-entry annotated bibliography on the “Politics of Japan” accepted for publication by Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, which was edited by Rich Valelly and is being published this spring by Oxford University Press. Ben Bracher, a senior political science major, provided significant research assistance on the project last summer as part of a Southwestern University faculty-student research grant.