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September 26, 2011

The Justice Cascade

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University are proud to announce Kathryn Sikkink's new book The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (Norton, 2011) as the winner of the 2011 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

Judges for this year's competition called the work "compelling" and "eye-opening," recognizing it for making an important contribution to the field of human rights and accountability. The award will be presented later this fall.

The Justice Cascade opens with a look at the author's own experience living in Uruguay during the brutal military dictatorship of the 1970s, when few could imagine the government ever being held accountable for its crimes. Weaving together personal experience, quantitative analysis, and case studies from Latin America, Europe, and Africa, the author examines the development of the practice--and the very idea--of prosecuting state officials for human rights violations.

September 23, 2011

David Peterson

Iowa State University professor of political science, David Peterson (Ph.D., Minnesota), has been selected to serve as the interim director of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, a nonpartisan center housed at Iowa State that would focus on studying issues in the realm of public policy and public affairs.

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

Regents' Professor Kathryn Sikkink argues in *the New York Times* that countries that prosecute human rights offenders have a better chance of ending repression than those that do not. In research comparing these two types of countries, she found that, contrary to what some contend, *prosecutions of atrocity crimes* tended not to exacerbate human rights violations, undermine democracy, or lead to violence. Writes Sikkink: "Countries that have prosecuted former officials exhibit lower levels of torture, summary execution, forced disappearances and political imprisonment. Although civil war heightens epression, prosecutions in the context of civil war do not make the situation worse, as critics claim."
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For more information, see Professor Sikkink's book, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World
(2011, W.W. Norton).

September 21, 2011

Philip C. Carruthers

Philip C. Carruthers (B.A. in political science, 1975) has been appointed
to the bench of Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District Court, which covers Hennepin county.

September 19, 2011

Chris McCall

Chris McCall joined the Bipartisan Policy Center in September 2011. He
works with BPC's development team after serving as the department's intern the previous summer. Originally from Wisconsin, McCall is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Political Science. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Policy at Georgetown University. After graduating from Minnesota, McCall directed political canvassing offices for various progressive organizations during the 2008
election cycle. He also worked for two years as an aide to the Transportation Committee in the Minnesota State Senate.

Howard Lavine

Associate Professor and Arleen C. Carlson Chair in Political Science Ph.D., 1994, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Professor Lavine returns to the University of Minnesota from State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was associate professor of political science and psychology.

Professor Lavine has published on a variety of topics in political psychology with his principal focus on the political behavior of the American electorate and particularly the functioning of political attitudes and political reasoning/judgment. Among the most important insights in the psychology of decision making is that preference judgments are reached through a diverse and flexible set of cognitive strategies. In his recent work he proposes a general psychological framework of political choice, one that considers how decision strategies are contingent on variation in political engagement and attitude strength, key aspects of the political environment and most important, on the nature of voters' goals as they seek to learn about and appraise political candidates, issues, and events.

He has a much-anticipated coauthored book, The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy forthcoming with Oxford University Press. has several manuscripts in progress, including a second book, Metaphor
and Political Persuasion

James Hollyer

Assistant Professor in Political Science Ph.D., 2011 (expected), Department of Politics, New York University.

Professor Hollyer will join the University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science, faculty beginning in January, 2012. Currently Professor Hollyer has a fellowship in The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

Professor Hollyer works in the fields of comparative and international political economy, on such topics as bureaucratic politics, corruption, and the interaction between domestic politics and international relations. He employs formal models to develop predictions regarding political phenomena, and uses quantitative methods to test these predictions.

September 9, 2011

Political Science Grad Nominated to Key Post

Asim Dovoric (B.A. in Political Science, Class of 2005) has been nominated and accepted the position of the Chief of Cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mike Griffin

Mike Griffin, BA, 2010, political science, will challenge Phyllis Kahn for the DFL endorsement as state representative of the University's district. Kahn is currently in her 20th term serving the district, and the DFL has stood behind her since her first re-election. Griffin plans to use his political experience -- first as an intern for Sen. John Kerry's unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004 and then with Students Organizing for America during President Barack Obama's campaign -- to mobilize student voters. To see full Minnesota Daily story, go to http://www.mndaily.com/2011/09/08/2010-grad-challenges-seasoned-kahn

September 8, 2011

Statehouse to Whitehouse

Andrea Mokros (Political Science '99 BA) is leaving the Dayton administration for the White House as director of scheduling and advance for First Lady Michelle Obama.

September 6, 2011

Marcus Sherels

Marcus Sherels,who earned his BA in political science last year, made the final cut for the Minnesota Vikings and is now a Minnesota Viking. Go Vikings!

Thomas Trehus

Thomas Trehus, a current University of Minnesota political science
student, got to meet President Barak Obama during his visit to Cannon Falls,
MN this month. To see the full story go to:

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Jennifer Holmes (Ph.D. 1998) -- Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas AND Dr. Amy E. Jasperson (Ph.D. 1999) -- Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, were presented with the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award on August 24, 2011. This award is offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine University of Texas System academic institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor.