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November 15th, 2013
11:30am - 12:30pm:
War and Civil Rights in American Political Development, Class Presentation with Steven White for American Politics
Join the Political Science Department in a class presentation by Steven White for American Politics. Please come and give your feedback!
November 14th, 2013
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
For Democracy and a Caste System? World War II, Race, and Democratic Inclusion in the United States by Steven White
Join the Political Science department for a research presentation by Steven White.
Scholars of American politics often assume World War II liberalized white racial attitudes, in turn prompting a liberal shift in the federal government’s position on civil rights. However, while intuitively plausible, this relationship is generally not verified empirically. Using both survey and archival evidence, I argue the war’s impact on white racial attitudes is more limited than is often claimed, but that the war shaped and constrained the executive branch’s civil rights agenda in ways institutional scholars have generally ignored. The evidence is presented in three parts: First, I demonstrate that for whites in the mass public, while there is some evidence of slight liberalization on issues of racial prejudice, this does not extend to policies addressing racial inequities. Second, there is some evidence of racial moderation among white veterans, relative to their counterparts who did not serve. However, the range of issues is limited in scope. Third, the war had both compelling and constraining impacts on the Roosevelt administration’s actions on civil rights. In summary, World War II had myriad implications for America’s racial order. It did not broadly liberalize white attitudes, but its effect on the White House was a precursor to the form of “Cold War civil rights” that would emerge in the 1950s.
November 12th, 2013
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
Justice Designed: How “Policy Infrastructure” Shapes Civil Rights by David Blanding
Join the Political Science department for a research presentation by David Blanding.
How does public opinion affect civil rights policy outcomes over time? What explains differences in policy outcomes across issue domains? This talk explores the recent evolution of policy outcomes in two salient civil rights issue areas: school desegregation and voting rights. Using historical statistical analysis, I show that the relationship between public opinion and policy outcomes depends on “policy infrastructure,” a term I use to encapsulate both the statutory language and institutional support undergirding public policies. The findings not only help to explain the distinct trajectories of policy outcomes in the two issue domains, but also challenge the conventional wisdom on the causal link between public opinion and public policy in democracies.
November 11th, 2013
3:00pm - 4:00pm:
Class Presentation with David Blanding for American Politics
Join the Political Science Department in a class presentation by David Blanding for American Politics. Please come and give your feedback!
November 8th, 2013
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
The Effects of Religious Commitment on Media Perception and the Acquisition of Political Information by Benjamin Gaskins
Join the Political Science department for a research presentation by Benjamin Gaskins.
Scholars have shown that religious involvement can prepare individuals for civic activity by endowing them with the skills and motivation to engage in politics. Others, however, assert that religious dogmatism may lead to disengagement with the secular world and politics more generally. These two perspectives have resulted in contradictory findings on a key aspect of civic ability: political knowledge. I argue that while religiosity may indeed increase individuals’ engagement in a wide array of political activities, religious commitment decreases the ability to acquire accurate information about certain types of political facts. This argument is tested with a number of national surveys, and I find that while religion has a non-negative effect on knowledge of general political structures and figures, it increases the perception of media hostility, which leads to lower levels of political knowledge about policy-specific and surveillance information.
November 7th, 2013
2:15pm - 3:00pm:
Class Presentation with Benjamin Gaskins for American Politics
Join the Political Science Department in a class presentation by Benjamin Gaskins for American Politics. Please come and give your feedback.
October 24th, 2013
3:30pm - 4:30pm:
Annual Prelaw Student Meeting
Todd Lochner, Associate Professor of Political Science and Prelaw Advisor for the College, would like to invite all interested students to an informational meeting to discuss the mechanics of law school applications, the LSAT, admission strategies, and how to figure out whether law school is the correct career choice for you.
If you have any possible interest in law school, attendance is strongly recommended.
Questions? Please contact Professor Lochner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 23rd, 2013
Political Science: Meet Your Major
Unsure about your major? Come hear from the Political Science department about why their major is the most exciting around! Already declared? Learn from faculty and upperclassmen about what’s coming up.
Refreshments will be served.
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September 10th, 2013
Watch Live: President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Syria
Tonight at 6:00p.m., President Obama will address the nation from the East Room of the White House.
The President will be speaking about the United States’ response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 civilians — including more than 400 children.
Hosted by the Campus Activities Board.
May 2nd, 2013
SENIOR THESIS PRESENTATION: Red Batons: Explaining Variation in Police Use of Force at Public Protests in the United States by Kris Lyon (Lewis & Clark College)
Red Batons: Explaining Variation in Police Use of Force at Public Protests in the United States
A recent report by the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of
Law documents the disproportionate use of force at Occupy
demonstrations by the NYPD. Similar stories have been published in
newspapers across the nation since the 1960s. Scholars have sought
to explain the causes of police repression at protests, but few have
examined the use of force at events with peaceful participants.
Moreover, a possible explanatory variable is missing from the
literature: the political ideology of the protest message. This study,
relying on newspaper accounts and large-N analyses, finds that police
violence at peaceful protests is extremely rare. Yet, liberal protests are
twice as likely to receive force from police and three times as likely to
receive police violence than conservative events. The predictive value
of this theory holds between 1960 and 1980, but becomes less
powerful after 1980.