Government Professors Receive Teaching and Book Awards
Posted: August 28, 2008
Two LLILAS-affiliated faculty from the Department of Government, Profs. Henry Dietz and Ken Greene, were recent recipients of awards, one for teaching excellence and his work in Latin America and the other for his book on Mexico’s democratization.
Henry Dietz, University Distinguished Teaching Professor and LLILAS Graduate Adviser, received the 2008 Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years since his arrival at UT in 1972. In addition, Dr. Dietz was recently recognized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú for his four decades of dedication to Latin America and Peru in particular. The award was presented at the closing session of a symposium on political science in Peru, with special tribute paid to his book Pobreza urbana, participación política y política estatal: Lima 1970–1990 (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2001; previously published in English by University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998). Upon accepting the award, Dr. Dietz said, “The letter of recognition mentions that Peruvian scholars of politics are in my debt, but so far as I’m concerned it’s very much the opposite; my debt to them and to Peru in general simply cannot be repaid. I’m not at all sure that I deserve the award, but it is an enormous pleasure to accept it.”
Ken Greene, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Honors Thesis Program in Government, received the 2008 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization section for his book Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico’s Democratization in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Dr. Greene shows that dominant parties—including Mexico’s PRI and sixteen other dominant parties in Africa, Europe, and Asia—lose elections when economic privatization deprives them of access to the public resources they use to buy votes. A Ph.D. of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Greene came to the University of Texas in 2003. For more information on his book, visit the Cambridge University Press.