Watch: Welcome Back to the Hilltop!

SMU News Originally Posted: August 14, 2017 https://youtu.be/OdXg_K1Yk00 SMU’s faculty and staff prepared all summer for our students’ return to the Hilltop. Now we only have one week until we kick off the fall semester! From fostering innovation in the classroom to building spirit in the commons, the students bring campus to life. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Dr. K.C. Mmeje, Vice President for Student Affairs  

Trump’s “On Many Sides” remark draws criticism

Fox 4 Originally Posted: August 14, 2016 SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson responds to President Trump’s equivocating on Saturday on the violence in Charlottesville, saying it was initiated by “many sides,” prompting nearly universal criticism. WATCH

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Young Democrats Upbeat About Their Party In Texas Despite Challenges

CBS News Originally Posted: August 11, 2017 The Young Democrats of America’s national convention in Dallas has attracted 700 people from across the country. “It’s definitely exciting to have the Young Democrats of America convention in Texas. It’s a message Texas should be taken very seriously,” said Deputy Communications Director of the Texas Young Democrats, Jen Ramos. Ramos says they want and need to spread the excitement from here to the rest of Texas. “We’re reaching out to actual voters, we’re going to schools, we’re going to community events, we’re reaching out to people, registering voters in unprecedented numbers.” DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Young Democrats of America’s national convention in Dallas has attracted 700 people from across the country. “It’s definitely exciting to have the Young Democrats [...]

By | 2017-08-13T18:41:39+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Young Democrats Upbeat About Their Party In Texas Despite Challenges

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Some Bathroom Privacy Bill Supporters Say It’s Dead In Texas House

CBSDFW Originally Posted: August 11, 2017 NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – Bathroom privacy legislation is among the most controversial bills to be debated this year at the Texas Capitol. Now, after all the rallies and hearings, some of the bills’ strongest supporters acknowledge it won’t survive the special session. Republican State Representative Matt Krause of Fort Worth says, “I’d say for all intents and purposes any kind of privacy legislation is dead in the House.” READ MORE

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LISTEN: Dr. Matthew Wilson, Political Science, talks with WBAP

WBAP Morning News Originally Poster: August 2, 2017 LISTEN: Political Science professor Matthew Wilson joins WBAP morning news and discusses White House happenings. https://audioboom.com/posts/6162238-8-1-morning-news-dr-matthew-wilson?utm_campaign=embed&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

By | 2017-08-08T08:53:27+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on LISTEN: Dr. Matthew Wilson, Political Science, talks with WBAP

Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott launched his re-election campaign in San Antonio Friday, the same city he kicked-off his first campaign four years ago. He told the crowd, “To keep Texas the best state in the United States, I’m running for re-election for Governor of the great state of Texas.” . . . SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says Abbott is a sure bet for re-election. “He is as close to a lock as you can be. He’s had a very strong, largely uncontroversial tenure in office so far.” Wilson says it’s also difficult for Democrats to win statewide in Texas. But Democrat Jeffrey Payne of Dallas says he’s going to try.  . . . Wilson says the Texas [...]

By | 2017-07-21T08:55:08+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

Houston Public Media Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott kicked off his 2018 reelection campaign late last week. For the moment, he still largely has the field to himself. The Texas Democratic Party is having a difficult time recruiting an experienced candidate to run against him. Any Democrat who decides to challenge Abbott will face a steep climb. The governor has already built up a campaign war chest of nearly $41 million. “If I am, say, Julian Castro, and I’m wondering whether it’s time for me to run for governor and put my political reputation on the line, I might look closely at this race and say, ‘My prospects, even though I’m a well-known Democrat and I could raise a good bit of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:19:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

USA Today College Originally Posted: July 17, 2017 This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Texas is a large state with numerous higher education institutions. You have your choice of public or private schools, along with schools that focus on research or are grounded in the liberal arts. Each of these schools offers students something unique. Below are the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system. These schools rise to the top of over 60 four-year institutions in the state. You [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:15:03+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

San Antonio Express-News Originally Posted: July 14, 2017 If timing is everything in politics, Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election bid announcement on Friday came right on time. Held just days before the start of a special legislative session, Abbott’s event at Sunset Station was an opportunity to change a pesky, potentially perilous political story line: that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has driven the Legislature’s conservative agenda this year. Determined to see such legislation become law, Patrick effectively forced Abbott last month to call the special session. He did so by stalling a bill in the Senate needed to keep state agencies open.  . . . Nonetheless, the governor is struggling to reaffirm his dominance as the top Republican in Texas, said Southern Methodist University political [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:27:46+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

SMU News Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this fall's common reading selection, which every incoming SMU student is expected to read. There will be small-group discussions on the book written by Matthew Desmond. READ MORE  

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