Fellows and Associates Research Highlights: Fall 2017

Dominique Baker, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Undergraduate debt’s role in shaping students’ futures,” TG (formerly Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation), June 2017.
    • “Borrowing to get ahead: Undergraduate debt’s effect on graduate school decision-making,” Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis, March 2017.
    • “Beyond the incident: Institutional predictors of student collective action,” Midwest Political Science Association, April 2017. (with Richard S. L. Blissett)
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Baker, D. J., & Doyle, W. R. (2017). Impact of community college student debt levels on credit accumulation. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 671(1), 132-153.
    • Flores, S. M., Park, T. J., & Baker, D. J. (2017). The racial college completion gap: Evidence from Texas. The Journal of Higher Education. Published online first.

Alexander Betts, Fellow
Caroline B. Brettell, Senior Fellow
  • Appointments
    • Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Discussant, “Relationships in Transit: Marriage, family, and gender expectations in immigrant experiences”, American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, December 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • “Marriage and Migration”. Annual Review of Anthropology, volume 46, 2017, pp 81-97.
    • Forum Comment: “Migration and Cities” Urban Studies and Practice Journal 2017, no 1, special issue on “Migrants and the City”, edited by Anna Rocheva and Evgeni Varshayer (2017).
Marc Christensen, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Keynote speech with Prasanna Rangarajan, “Challenges for the future of imaging: what’s next and where can we draw inspiration from? (Conference Presentation)”, Proc. SPIE 10438, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence II, 1043805 (19 October 2017).
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • M. Madabhushi Balaji, P. Rangarajan, I. Sinharoy, D. MacFarlane, and M. Christensen, “Spatiotemporal Holography Using Flutter Shutter Camera,” in Frontiers in Optics 2017, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2017), paper FM3C.4.
    • A. Viswanath, P. Rangarajan, I. Sinharoy, M. M. Balaji, M. Christensen, and D. MacFarlane, “Exploiting Speckle Decorrelation Rate To Decouple Singly Scattered Light Reflected from A Scattering Surface,” in Frontiers in Optics 2017, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2017), paper JTu2A.7.
Karisa Cloward, Associate
  • Awards
    • Finalist, 2018 Charles Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Altruists on the Campaign Trail? Why Civil Society Workers Run for Office.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (November 2017).
    • “Altruists on the Campaign Trail? Civil Society Work as a Path to Political Office.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (September 2017).
Carrie Liu Currier, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Seven Up, Eight Down: China’s 19th Party Congress” for Political Reform in China, Baker Institute at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 6 November, 2017.
Paul Diehl, Associate
  • Awards
    • J. David Singer Award, International Studies Association-Midwest for The Puzzle of Peace, (Oxford University Press, 2016).
    • Finalist, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, American Political Science Association for The Puzzle of Peace.
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Paper and Presentation – Peace: A Conceptual Survey, “Transitioning Peace conference, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, December 2017.
    • Roundtable Participant – The Puzzle of Peace book, Annual Meeting of International Studies Association-Midwest, November 2017.
    • Roundtable Participant, Assessment in Political Science Classes and Curriculum, Annual Meeting of International Studies Association-Midwest, November 2017.
    • Discussant – Book Workshop on Peacekeeping, book manuscript by Jacob Kathman, Annual Meeting of the Peace Science Society (International), November 2017.
    • Presentation: Playing with Fire?:Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal, Dallas Democratic Forum, November 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • (with Daniel Druckman) “Not the Same Old Way: Trends in Peace Operations” Brown Journal of World Affairs, 24, 1 (2017): 249-260.
    • “Peacekeeping Research with Non-Peacekeeping Data” International Peacekeeping, 24, 1 (2017): 38-43.
    • (with Andrew Owsiak and Gary Goertz) “Border Settlement and the Movement Toward and From Negative Peace” Conflict Management and Peace Science, 34, 2 (2017): 176-193.
  • Media Appearances
    • Panelist, “A New Perspective on North Korea” McCuistion (public TV).
Victoria Farrar-Myers, Senior Fellow
  • Awards
    • 2017 Rising Star Award by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • “Presidents and the Constitution,” New Directions in the American Presidency, 2nd ed., Lori Cox Han, ed.
    • “Outside Influence & Political Communication,” Political Communication & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections, Tauna Sisco, Jennifer Lucas & Christopher Galdieri, eds. (co-author: Jeff Gulati).
Peter Gries, Associate
  • Appointments
    • Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director, Manchester China Institute.
Erin Hochman, Associate
  • Awards
    • Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss (Cornell University Press, 2016), was awarded the Hans Rosenberg Prize by the Central European History Society for best book published in 2016.
    • Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss (Cornell University Press, 2016), was awarded the 2017 Radomir Luza Prize, given by the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance and the Center Austria at the University of New Orleans for outstanding publication on Central European studies in the era of the Second World War.
Christopher Jenks, Associate
  • Appointments
    • Served on the U.S. Mission to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Lethal Autonomous Weapons Group of Governmental Experts in Geneva, Nov. 2017.
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Law and Policy of Targeting in Military Operations”, presentation delivered as part of Military Briefing Series, Geneva Academy, Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 2017.
    • “Conduct of Hostilities: Principles and Weapons; Conduct of Hostilities: Targeting Persons & IHL in Action: Perspectives from the Field”; presentations delivered as part of ICRC Introductory International Humanitarian Law Course for Humanitarian Practitioners, Geneva, Switzerland Nov. 2017.
    • “Other Loyalty: The U.S. Military’s Approach to IHL Violations”, Marine Corps Reserve Law of War Detachment, Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Virginia Nov. 2017.
Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence and Senior Fellow
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Keynote speech, “The Middle East Today,” Republican Club of Sun City, September 7, 2017.
    • Keynote speech, “What’s Happening in the Middle East Today: Can You Believe It?” Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge Fall Dinner, Dallas TX, October 3, 2017.
    • Crisis in Qatar,” World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, October 10, 2017.
    • “The Importance of Diplomacy in a Democracy,” Parish Episcopal School, Dallas TX, November 2, 2017.
    • Moderator, Presentation by Elliott Abrams, “Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After The Arab Spring,” Council on Foreign Relations/Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, December 18, 2017.
  • Media Appearances
    • CNBC Squawk Box, Upheaval in Saudi Arabia, October 23, 2017.
    • CNBC Squawk Box, Saudi reforms and governance, December 27, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Kahn, Fellow
Professor Kahn is a U.S. Department of State William J. Fulbright Research Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Lecture entitled “Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg,” presented at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Institute for the Study of International Politics and European Affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences, January 15, 2018.
    • Presentation to the Human Rights Research Group entitled “The Relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg,” PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Nov. 28, 2017.
    • Keynote address entitled “The Rule of Law under Pressure: Russia and the European Human Rights System” at the Tenth Annual Conference on the Development of Russian Law held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, Nov. 20, 2017.
    • Guest lecture on terrorist watchlists in the course, “Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights,” taught by Professor Cecilia Baillet, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Nov. 8, 2017.
    • Presentation at Ph.D. Seminar on “Russian Law and Human Rights” convened by Associate Professor Geir Flikke, Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Oct. 26, 2017.
    • Lecture entitled “Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Oct. 11, 2017.
    • Presentation to delegation of Russian human rights lawyers organized by the Norwegian Consul General in St. Petersburg, PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Aug. 30, 2017.
Daniel Nuckols, Fellow
  • Appointments
    • Council Chair for the COUNCIL FOR HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS.
    • Chair, Board of Directors of HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL.
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Chaired Panels on “Organic Farming & Ranching” and Chaired Session on “The Health of Bees,” both at the fall meeting of the FARM & RANCH FREEDOM ALLIANCE.
    • Planned and Implemented the WILL MANN RICHARDSON conference for 2018.
    • Presentation. “Repositioning Aristotle in the History of Economic Thought,” at the annual conference ASSOCIATION FOR CORE TEXTS & COURSES.
Pia M. Orrenius, Senior Fellow
Tony Pederson, Fellow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • “Keeping It Classified? Reportorial Privilege and Presidential Stonewalling in a Time of Terror,” a chapter in Columns to Characters, The Presidency and the Press Enter the Digital Age, Texas A&M University Press (2017). This book presents papers published as a part of the symposium similarly titled help at SMU in February 2015.
Edward T. Rincón, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Hispanic Heritage Month and Healthcare Considerations,” Presentation to UT Southwestern Medical School Latino Student Organization, Sept. 29, 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
Sandy Thatcher, Associate
Hiroki Takeuchi, Senior Fellow
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “International Relations Under the Trump Administration,” Keynote Speech to High School Model United Nations in DFW, Dallas, TX, October 2017.
    • “Sino-Soviet Relations in the 1950s: Situational Cordiality,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September 2017.
    • “International Relations of East Asia Under the Trump Administration: A View from Texas,” Lecture at the Korea-U.S. Student Conference, Dallas, TX, July 2017.
    • “Japan-U.S.-China Relations Under the Trump Administration: The ‘Globalized South’ Confronting ‘Anti-Internationalism'” (in Japanese), Lecture at Sumitomo Shoji Global Research, Tokyo, Japan, July 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • “The South Leading the American Economy with ‘Internationalism'” (in Japanese), Koken 652 (December 2017): 12-3.
    • “The Future of U.S.-China Relations and Japan’s Roles” (in Japanese) International Developmental Journal (June 2017): 16–9.
    • Reformers and Internationalists Are Likely Partners.” H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences (July 2017).
Jenia Turner, Associate
  • Appointments
    • Elected, Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Awards
    • Top 10% of Authors on SSRN by all-time paper downloads.
    • Article “Plea Bargaining and International Criminal Justice” was included in the “Worth Reading” section of the War Crimes Prosecution Watch e-newsletter.
    • Article “Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison” included in “Must Read” List for “Getting Scholarship into Court Project,” sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Discussant on Thea Johnson, Fictional Pleas, Criminal Justice Roundtable, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN, Nov. 18, 2017.
    • Plea Bargaining, Anglo-German Dialogue on Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., Sept. 18, 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Plea Bargaining, in Academy for Justice: A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform (Erik Luna ed., 2017).
    • Pluralism in International Criminal Procedure, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CRIMINAL PROCESS (Darryl K. Brown et al. eds.) (forthcoming 2018).
  • Media Appearances
Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate
Matthew Wilson, Senior Fellow
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Politics, Technology, and Governance: The Big Picture.” Lecture in The Feld Group Institute’s Technology Leadership Development Program (Aubrey, TX). Sep 25, 2017.
    • “Debating the Electoral College.” Presentation in the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s Civil Discourse Series (Dallas, TX). Dec 12, 2017.
  • Media Appearances
Mark Wynne, Fellow

 

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