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August 31, 2011

The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics

Kathryn Sikkink's book, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (Norton, 2011), received the WOLA-Duke Book Award for the best book on human rights in Latin America. The award will be presented to Kathryn upon a reading from her book at Duke University this fall.

Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb, who earned her BA in political science, won the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction for her first novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane.

August 29, 2011

Baby Marx Town Hall Meeting at the Walker Art Center with Professors Ben Ansell, Antonio Vazquez-Arroyo, and Joel Waldfogel

August 13, 2011

Situated amid the giant set pieces used to film the pilot episode of Pedro Reyes' Baby Marx, University of Minnesota professors Joel Waldfogel, Ben Ansell and Antonio Vazquez-Arroyo engage in a lively Town Hall debate on Communism and Capitalism at the Walker art Center, Minneapolis.

U of M Professor Wins Award

Professor Ben Ansell has received the American Political Science Association's William Riker award for the best book in political economy for 2010. The award is for his book From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of Education, published by Cambridge University Press. The award will be presented at the annual business meeting of the APSA Political Economy Section in Seattle.

August 26, 2011

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg presented with United Nations Award

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, alumnus and professor of politics at University of San Francisco, was presented with a United Nations award for winning the marketplace of ideas competition. She is the founder and executive director of Akili Dada, an international non-profit organization working to ensure that the next generation of Kenyan women leaders includes women from disadvantaged economic backgrounds. Akili Dada offers competitive and comprehensive scholarships to brilliant girls from impoverished Kenyan families while connecting them to a network of high level professional women who serve as mentors. As part of her work with Akili Dada she mentors USF students who undertake directly supervised internships with the organization. Read Full Article

August 25, 2011

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August 8, 2011

Recent Achievements in the Political Science Department

-Assistant Professor Ben Ansell's co-authored paper (with David Art), "Membership Matters: Radical Right Party Composition in Comparative Perspective," won the award for best paper by the European Politics and Society Section of American Political Science Association. The award will be presented to Professor Ansell at APSA in Seattle.

-Assistant Professor Dara Cohen won the American Political Science Association's Women and Politics Section award for best dissertation in 2010. Professor Cohen will receive the award at APSA in Seattle.

-Assistant Professor Jane Gingrich's book, "Making Markets in the Welfare State: The Politics of Varying Market Reforms," was published by Cambridge University Press in July.

-Regents Professor Kathryn Sikkink's new book, "Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics," will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in August.

-Associate Professor Dara Strolovitch's co-edited book (with Burdett Loomis and Peter Francia), "The CQ Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States," was published this summer.