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Book Manuscript Workshop

Friday, December 7, 2007 • 9:00 AM

BAT 5.102

The workshop will discuss current work by Daniel Brinks (UT-Austin) and Varun Gauri (Development Research Group, World Bank), tentatively entitled "Democracy by other Means? Legalizing Demand for Social and Economic Rights." Guest participants will include Robert Kaufman (Rutgers University) and Zachary Elkins (University of Illinois), who will contribute to the discussion and critique of the manuscript.



Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Adam Garfinkle, "Will the U.S. Attack Iran?"

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 • 12:00 PM

SRH 3.109

Adam Garfinkle will discuss Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions and U.S. efforts to frustrate them. He will sort out sense from sensationalism in the current debate over whether the U.S. should attack Iran and what will happen if it does.


Research Colloquium

Monday, December 3, 2007 • 3:30 PM

PAR 305

The Research Colloquium (GOV 391R) is a seminar for graduate students who are preparing their dissertation proposals. Government Dept. faculty and graduate students are invited to attend these sessions to offer their input. 25-minute presentations are followed by 25-minute discussions.


Linda Rabieh, "Just War and the Best Regime: Averroes on Plato's REPUBLIC"

Friday, November 30, 2007 • 4:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Bryan Jones, "Disruptive Dynamics in Policy Preferences"

Friday, November 30, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Research Colloquium

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 • 3:30 PM

PAR 305

The Research Colloquium (GOV 391R) is a seminar for graduate students who are preparing their dissertation proposals. Government Dept. faculty and graduate students are invited to attend these sessions to offer their input. 25-minute presentations are followed by 25-minute discussions.


Alexander Cooley, "Host Country Democratization and the Politics of U.S. Basing Agreements: Recent Lessons from Central Asia"

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 • 12:00 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room

Speaker: Alexander Cooley, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Barnard College


Janet Gornick, "Work-Family Reconciliation Policy: A Case of U.S. Exceptionalism"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room

Speaker: Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science, Baruch College


Frank von Hippel, "Managing Nuclear Waste: The Illogic of Reprocessing"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 • 5:00 PM

Texas Union 3.116 - Governors' Room

Speaker: Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.


Serdar Guner, "The Evolution of Second-Tier States' Foreign Policies in Unipolar Systems"

Friday, November 16, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Kirk Watson

Thursday, November 15, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Sally Kenney, "Femocrats, Gender, and Judicial Selection: The Inside Story"

Thursday, November 15, 2007 • 12:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Mariah Zeisberg, "A Relational Conception of Constitutional War Powers"

Monday, November 12, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Zachary Elkins, "Foreign Occupation and Constitutional Sediment"

Friday, November 9, 2007 • 2:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Rachel Meneguello, "Political Support for Democracy in Brazil: Insights about Public Opinion"

Friday, November 9, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


David Rivkin, "Executive Power Under Siege"

Thursday, November 8, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library and Museum, 10th Floor Brown Room

Speaker: David Rivkin, partner with the law firm Baker Hostetler LLP in Washington, DC.  Rivkin served in a variety of positions in the Reagan and the George H.W. Bush Administrations.


William Hurst, "The Roots of Unemployment and the Political Economy of Lay-Offs in Urban China"

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108




Christopher Achen, "The New Political Methodology"

Friday, November 2, 2007 • 2:00 PM

BAT 5.108


R.J. Hillhouse, "Who Controls the CIA? The Dangers of Outsourcing"

Thursday, November 1, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library and Museum, 10th Floor Brown Room


Susan Combs, "A New Day at the Comptroller's Office: Simpler, Smarter, Faster"

Thursday, November 1, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Methodology/Formal Theory Field Workshop

Friday, October 26, 2007 • 2:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Professors Lin, Enelow, Greene and others will be discussing upcoming course offerings, comprehensive exams and other matters pertaining to methods and formal theory.


Daniel Deudney, "Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Speaker: Daniel Deudney, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Theory, Dept. of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University


Timothy Burns, "Thucydides' Brasidas and the Limits of Politics"

Friday, October 19, 2007 • 4:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108



Susan Stokes, "Globalization, the Welfare Gap, and the Rise of the Left in Latin America"

Friday, October 12, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Speaker: Susan Stokes, John S. Saden Professor of Political Science and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy, Dept. of Political Science, Yale University.


Rep. Brian McCall, "From the Government and Here to Help: A Discussion of Texas Politics"

Thursday, October 11, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Francois Vaillancourt, "Language Policies in Canada and Quebec: Lessons for the USA"

Thursday, October 11, 2007 • 12:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Dr. Vaillancourt is Professor of Economics at the University of Montreal and is currently a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Kennesaw State University.


A Brave New World: Meeting the Global Challenges of the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 • 2:30 PM

Thompson Conference Center Auditorium


Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Junior Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


David Oshinsky, "The Death Penalty in America: A Fading Practice?"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 • 6:00 PM

Frank Erwin Center

Panelists: John Butler, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, George Forgie, Camille Parmesan, Mike Starbird


New Books by UT Comparativists - I: Political Regimes and Regime Change

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.108


Constitution Day 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007


Paul Sniderman, "The Political Logic of Spatial Reasoning"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 • 4:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


The University Lecture Series

Monday, September 10, 2007 • 6:00 PM

Frank Erwin Center


Stephen Cohen, "Beyond Today's Crises: South Asia in 2015"

Friday, September 7, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Texas Union 3.128


Fall Semester 2007 Classes Begin

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Orientation for New Graduate Students

Monday, August 20, 2007




Final Examinations for Nine-Week Courses

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Last Class Day for Nine-Week Courses

Tuesday, July 24, 2007






Last Class Day for First-Term Courses

Thursday, July 5, 2007


Independence Day Holiday

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


"Why Rules Matter: A Post-Session Post-Mortem on the 80th Texas Legislature"

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 • 11:45 AM

Santa Rita Cantina, 1206 West 38th St.

The 80th Texas Legislature came to an end on May 28th, but it would not go quietly. The challenges to Speaker Craddick in the House and continued debate about the “two-thirds” rule in the Senate played key roles in shaping the legislative session. Was it just political theater? Or were the fireworks this session over “the rules” a sign of what’s to come in 2009 and beyond?





Department of Government Commencement Ceremony 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007 • 9:00 AM

Gregory Gymnasium



The Politics of Peace and the Consequences of War

Sunday, May 6, 2007

LBJ Library and Museum, 10th Floor

War is among the most ancient and regular of human activities, but its consequences for domestic politics are poorly understood. Scholars routinely allude to war’s transformative power for the states and societies preparing for and waging them, but studies of war’s domestic political consequences are comparatively rare. Elementary questions remain unanswered, and policy suffers as a result.


Ahmed al-Rahim, "Greek into Arabic into Islamic: Political Thought in the Near East"

Friday, May 4, 2007 • 2:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Last Class Day

Friday, May 4, 2007


GSO Friday Workshop: Seeking Outside Funding

Friday, April 27, 2007 • 3:00 PM

BAT 5.102


Tse-min Lin: "The Minimum-Sum Point as a Solution Concept"

Friday, April 27, 2007 • 11:00 AM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Diego von Vacano: "Racial Identity in Hispanic/Latin American Thought: The Republican Tradition"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.102

Speaker: Diego von Vacano, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas AandM University.


Exporting Democracy: What Democracies Can and Cannot Do

Friday, April 20, 2007

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Susan Shirk, "The Fragile Superpower: China in the Twenty-First Century"

Thursday, April 19, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Registration

Monday, April 16, 2007


Sanford Levinson: "Our Undemocratic Constitution"

Friday, April 13, 2007

Location TBD


Gender, Globalization, and Governance Conference

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Eidman Courtroom, UT Law School


Legislative Blogrolling: An Afternoon with Bloggers of Texas Politics

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room

Featuring: Paul Burka of Burkablog, Eileen Smith of In the Pink Texas, and Jim Warren of Billy Clyde's Political Hot Tub Party.


Academic Advising

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Matthew Waxman

Monday, April 9, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library, Brown Room

Matthew Waxman is the Principal Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, on the staff of the Coalition Provisional Authority, and on the National Security Council Staff, and he clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joel M. Flaum. In this talk, he will discuss the appropriate standards of evidence that the government should us




Michel Rosenfeld: "A Cross-National Comparison of Judicial Responses to the War on Terror"

Thursday, April 5, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Hein Goemans: "Leaders and International Conflict"

Friday, March 30, 2007 • 3:00 PM

MEZ 2.126



Racialized Religion

Friday, March 30, 2007

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

The conference will focus on the various ways that religious beliefs and institutions factor into the political behavior of racial minorities. Scholars specializing in studies on race, religion, and poltical behavior will present their research.


Kenneth Wald, "Homeland Interest, Hostland Politics: American Arabs and Jews as Mobilized Diasporas"

Thursday, March 29, 2007 • 12:00 AM

Texas Union Eastwood Room, 2.102


Jane R. Burbank, Frederick Cooper: "Empire and Citizenship, 212-1946"

Monday, March 26, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Sheffield Room, Townes Hall, 2.111

Speakers: Professors Jane R. Burbank and Frederick Cooper, History Department at NYU.


Ronald King: "Narratives of American Politics"

Monday, March 26, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Deadline

Monday, March 26, 2007



M. Taylor Fravel: "Explaining China's Use of Force in Territorial Disputes"

Friday, March 23, 2007 • 1:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Speaker: M. Taylor Fravel, Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT



Ran Hirschl: "The New Constitutionalism and the Judicialization of Pure Politics Worldwide"

Thursday, March 22, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108



Deadline

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Ethan Kapstein: "The Fate of Young Democracies"

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library, Brown Room

Ethan Kapstein is the Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development at INSEAD and a visting fellow at the Center for Global Development. A specialist in international economic relations, he has published widely in professional and policy journals, and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the International Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He is the author or editor of eight books, the most recent of which is Sharing the Wealth: Workers and the World Economy.


---CANCELLED---Ahmed al-Rahim, "Greek into Arabic into Islamic: Political Thought in the Near East"

Monday, March 19, 2007 • 4:00 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Spring Break

Monday, March 12, 2007


Stathis Kalyvas: "The Logic of Violence in Civil War"

Friday, March 9, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Robert Vitalis: "The Unbroken Past of Hierarchy on the World Mineral Frontiers"

Thursday, March 8, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Theresa Whelan, "African Security and U.S. Interests: The Problem of 'Ungoverned Space"'

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library, Brown Room

Theresa Whelan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs. She has fifteen years of experience in defense policy, twelve years of which have emphasized African issues. In this talk she will discuss each region of the African continent and the particular problems faced by the U.S. with "ungoverned space."


Carolyn Boyle

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room


Rebecca J. Scott: "Plessy v. Ferguson and the Concept of 'Public Rights': Uncovering a Vernacular anti-Caste Framework"

Monday, March 5, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Sheffield Room, Townes Hall, 2.111

Speaker: Professor Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan Law School


Government Graduate Student "Dry Run" Conference

Friday, March 2, 2007 • 10:00 AM

BAT 5.108

OPEN TO ALL GOVERNMENT GRADUATE STUDENTS.


Morris Dees: "And Justice For All"

Thursday, March 1, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Jeffers Courtroom, UT Law School


Government Graduate Student "Dry Run" Conference

Thursday, March 1, 2007 • 12:00 PM

BAT 5.112

OPEN TO ALL GOVERNMENT GRADUATE STUDENTS.


Martha Olcott, "Central Asia: Strategic Asset or Security Liability?"

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Speaker: Martha Brill Olcott, Senior Associate with the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Seventh Annual Conference on State Politics and Policy

Friday, February 23, 2007

Joe C. Thompson Conference Center

The Seventh Annual State Politics and Policy Conference will be held at the University of Texas at Austin. The theme, "Policymaking in the American States: Causes and Effects," will feature over sixty research papers that examine a wide range of policy, political, and governmental topics important to the American states.


Social Models Conference

Friday, February 23, 2007

Thompson Conference Center


Stephen Macedo: "Whither Democracy? Global Governance and National Sovereignty"

Thursday, February 22, 2007 • 4:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


GSO Workshop Series: "Transitions"

Thursday, February 22, 2007 • 2:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Featuring: Professors Brian Brox (Tulane University), Joe Giammo (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Danny Hayes (Syracuse University), Seth McKee (University of South Florida).


Dan Shea, "The Coming Civic Crisis: Youth Apathy about Politics"

Thursday, February 22, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


Law School Student Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 • 3:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


A Discussion on Internships with Dr. James Henson

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 • 2:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108



Comparative Politics Workshop

Friday, February 16, 2007 • 3:00 PM

MEZ 2.126

Featuring: Professors Rob Moser, Ami Pedahzur, Kurt Weyland, and Ph.D. Candidate Natasha Sugiyama. The workshop will provide a broad overview of Comparative Politics, a discussion of new developments and trends in the field, and some information on the preliminary exams.


Steven Smith: "On Leo Strauss's Critique of Hermann Cohen"

Friday, February 9, 2007 • 3:30 PM

GEB 3.312, Dean's Conference Room

Speaker: Steven Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University.


GSO Friday Workshop: Writing for Conferences and Publication

Friday, February 9, 2007 • 3:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Featuring Professors Wendy Hunter, Andy Karch, and Gary J. Jacobsohn, and Ph.D. Candidate Brian Arbour.



Jay Winter: "The Birth of the European Human Rights Movement"

Monday, February 5, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Sheffield Room, Townes Hall, 2.111

Speaker: Professor Jay Winter, Department of History at Yale University


Robert Moser, "Representing Ethnic Minorities: Is Proportional Representation Always Best?"

Monday, February 5, 2007 • 12:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108


The 27th Annual Student Conference On Latin America

Thursday, February 1, 2007 • 6:30 PM

Thompson Conference Center

The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Assciation will host its 27th annual conference, the oldest student-run academic conference on Latin America in the world.


Husain Haqqani: "The Promise and Threat of South Asia"

Thursday, February 1, 2007 • 3:30 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108

Speaker: Husain Haqqani, Director of the Center for International Relations and Associate Professor of International Relations at Boston University.

The South Asian sub-continent, home to more than one billion people, is emerging as an important player on the global stage. India is one of the fastest growing economies. Afghanistan and Pakistan remain centers of extremist Islamism. The India-Pakistan conflict remains unresolved and the possession of nuclear arms by both countri


Conference: "The Future of the Welfare State"

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Frank Erwin Center and Eidman Courtroom

Keynote Speakers: E.J. Dionne and Joseph Stiglitz


Twelfth Class Day

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Review of the 2006 Midterm Elections

Friday, January 26, 2007 • 3:00 PM

Batts 5th floor, 5.108



"What is a Veteran at UT?"

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 • 6:00 PM

Santa Rita Room 3.502, Texas Union


Jane Holl Lute: "Current Challenges in UN Peacekeeping"

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 • 5:00 PM

LBJ Library, Brown Room

Dr. Jane Holl Lute is the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. She has extensive operational experience with peacekeeping both at the UN and on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council, which she combines with an analytical perspective honed as the head of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and J.D. from Georgetown.


"Restoring Broad-Based Growth: Responding to the Challenges of Globalization and Technological Change"

Thursday, January 18, 2007 • 5:15 PM

UT Club, President's Room, 7th floor

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs welcomes Roger C. Altman, chairman and cofounder of Evercore Partners, and Jason Furman, senior fellow and director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Altman and Dr. Furman will discuss the prospects for restoring broad-based economic growth in response to the challenges of globalization and technological change.


Spring Semester 2007 Classes Begin

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Registration

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Registration

Wednesday, January 10, 2007



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