Political Science professor Cal Jillson on Cruz and Trump via the Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

Originally Posted: April 6, 2016

Cruz win keeps GOP race on track toward contested convention

Ted Cruz firmly won the Wisconsin primary, and he’s in the race until its end, but he doesn’t stand a realistic shot of winning the Republican nomination through the primary vote.

Now the question becomes: How much can he narrow the delegate gap between himself and Donald Trump, and how much does it matter? Such questions are subject only to speculation, since no precedent for this scenario exists in recent memory, and because the party’s rules for the process are months from being formed.

But experts agreed: The future of this race lies with the delegate tallies.
Even with a sweeping victory — Cruz won 33 Badger State delegates and Donald Trump won 6 — the Texas senator is not poised to win a majority of delegates before the party convenes to pick a nominee. READ MORE

Dedman College students Aubrey Chapman, Carly Shuttlesworth, and Hannah Dudley discuss early graduation

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: March 28, 2016

Aubrey Chapman, a junior double majoring in psychology and religious studies, is looking forward to graduating in May of 2016, a year earlier than her peers. After graduation, Chapman will immediately move on in her studies and get her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at seminary.

Even though Chapman has heard many say that college is the best four years of your life, she has no qualms about missing out on her senior year. She said she has enjoyed her time at SMU.

“Personally, graduating early is allowing me to step into seminary sooner to receive the education that is in complete alignment with what I want to do in the future,” said Chapman. “I’m excited to be in an atmosphere that will strengthen and encourage me in my specific dreams and goals.”

Chapman is one of many students graduating early. Michael Tumeo, the director of institutional research at SMU, said that of the students who started at SMU in 2009, 67 percent graduated in four years or less. That statistic includes students who graduated “on time,” a semester early, or an entire year early. More specific data on those who have graduated in three years or three and a half years was not available.

Completing college a semester early is much more common across the nation and has even become a growing trend at some universities. According to a 2014 study at Duke University, there was a 30 percent increase in students graduating a semester early since 2010. READ MORE

#MustangsGiveBack is March 24! Support a Dedman College project and make a real difference for students

What will you support at SMU? Make a gift on March 24, 2016 and be a part of Mustangs Give Back, our one-day giving challenge.

Below is a list of Dedman College projects:

DedmanFund-300x200-11. Support Dedman College Scholars for a semester. 

Help us fund one semester for a Dedman College Scholar student next year! CLICK HERE


DallasBusTour1-600x4002. Introduce new students to Dallas

Introduce new SMU students to Dallas with a day-long bus tour of the city’s historic sites. CLICK HERE


Dedman3-300x2003. Create a new section of microeconomics

Fund a new section of this always-oversubscribed course, allowing students to take it when it best fits their schedules. CLICK HERE


Dedman2-300x2004. Support Minds, Brains and Robotics

This will provide funding for Minds, Brains and Robotics, a popular course in philosophy. CLICK HERE


Dedman4-300x2005. Create a new course in digital humanities

Help SMU create a new course in Digital Humanities. CLICK HERE


Dedman1-300x2006. Support the One-Day Jewish University

Provide classroom materials for guest lecturers for the annual SMU One-Day Jewish University. CLICK HERE


CivilRights1-300x2007. Send students on a journey into history

Provide partial scholarships for 8 students to experience the Civil Rights Pilgrimage. CLICK HERE


SupremeCourt-300x2008. Support Supreme Court scholarships

D.C. bound! Send 5 students with Professor Kobylka to learn about the Supreme Court. CLICK HERE


Refrigerator1-300x2009. Replace the rusty refrigerator

Help us retire the rusty old refrigerator in Dr. Son’s Chemistry lab. CLICK HERE


SchweitzerFellows-300x20010. Fund orientation for Schweitzer Fellows

Help us fund the overnight leadership orientation program for 10-15 graduate fellows. CLICK HERE


SantosRodriguez-300x20011. Fund a new human rights scholarship

Raise one semester’s worth of funds for a compelling new scholarship honoring Santos Rodriguez. CLICK HERE

National security expert Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, on Brussels attacks

SMU News

Originally Posted: March 22, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – Joshua Rovner, international policy and national security expert at Southern Methodist University, says that if ISIS is to blame for the Brussels attacks, as it has claimed, the action may be an attempt to reclaim lost ground.

“ISIS has already claimed responsibility for this morning’s attacks,” Rovner said. “The group is losing momentum in Iraq and Syria, and it may be lashing out abroad. Other declining terrorist groups have acted similarly in the past.” READ MORE

Two Dedman College professors discuss the Supreme Court nominee and the politics of a nomination in an election year

Fox 4

Originally Posted: March 16, 2016

Reaction to SCOTUS nominee Garland

Two SMU professors discuss the nominee and the politics of a nomination in an election year. WATCH

SMU’s Tower Center sponsoring panel on Texas-Mexico relations

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: March 11, 2016

Once upon a time, Mexico and the U.S. were friendly neighbors. They even talked about forming an imaginary North American community with a free flow of labor and trade.

Occasionally, the two neighbors might have a diplomatic dust-up. But they remained committed to an economic and political relationship that benefited both countries.

Those days seem like a fairy tale now.

Today, presidential candidates talk about building walls and sending drones along the border and deporting millions of Mexican workers from our country. READ MORE

SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage has strong ties to Department of Political Science and Embrey Human Rights Program

SMU Forum

This years travelers with the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage will experience a different kind of spring break. They’ll join 50 others on an eight-day bus journey (March 4-12) to experience the history of the civil rights movement firsthand. I will be one of those lucky travelers.


This program, started in 2004, continues to grow each year. In 2008, the pilgrimage joined forces with Dr.Dennis Simon‘s Political Science course. Now the trip is also a requirement for undergraduate human rights majors and is offered to students in the Master of Liberal Studies Program.


SMU experts weigh in on Super Tuesday 2016 results

The Oregonian

Live updates: March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday took place on March 1. This post provided hour-by-hour news, analysis, exit polls and results throughout the day of the contests.

Super Tuesday wrap up

With a string of Super Tuesday victories, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton confirmed that they are the true presidential front-runners for their respective party nominations.

Trump, the real-estate magnate and reality-TV star, is looking unbeatable with about a third of the delegates now chosen for the Republican nomination. What Trump is doing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday night, is not simply a campaign; “it’s a movement.”

By winning Oklahoma, Alaska and his home state of Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz can now strongly assert that he is the best alternative to Trump. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio appears to be the odd man out among the GOP’s so-called Big 3, though he did manage to win his first state. He hit Trump hard over the past week, hurling insults at every opportunity, but ultimately found that such tactics only work for Trump. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson also remain in the Republican race. Kasich surprised by placing a close second in Vermont.

Former Secretary of State Clinton’s performance on Super Tuesday was as impressive as Trump’s, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders scored some significant victories. Sanders has largely set the agenda on the Democratic side and will continue to battle Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton was made a better candidate thanks to Bernie Sanders engaging her in a race to the top on popular economic populism issues like debt-free college, expanding Social Security, and jailing Wall Street bankers who break the law,” the liberal political action committee Progressive Change Campaign Committee stated tonight. “Had she run away from Elizabeth Warren-style ideas instead of working to ride an economic populist tide, many Super Tuesday results likely would have been different.”

Super Tuesday winners:

Alabama: Trump (43%), Clinton (78%)

Alaska: Cruz (36%), No Democrat caucus

Arkansas: Trump (33%), Clinton (66%)

Colorado: No GOP candidate caucus, Sanders (59%)

Georgia: Trump (39%), Clinton (71%)

Massachusetts: Trump (49%), Clinton (50%)

Minnesota: Rubio (37%), Sanders (62%)

Oklahoma: Cruz (34%), Sanders (52%)

Tennessee: (Trump (39%), Clinton (66%)

Texas: Cruz (44%), Clinton (65%)

Vermont: Trump (33%), Sanders (86%)

Virginia: Trump (35%), Clinton (64%)