Darab Ganji Calls on Trump to Support Freedom Movement in Iran

Tower Center Board Member and political economist Darab Ganji wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News after President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ganji opens his piece writing the decision was “a bold move that could be extremely positive or potentially disastrous for the civilized world.”

Read the article.

SMU Tower Center Awards Next Class of Undergraduate Fellows

The SMU Tower Center is excited to announce its newest class of scholarship awardees and undergraduate fellows for 2018-2020! Congratulations to our two Hatton Sumners Scholars, Sophomores Anna Grace Carey and Madeline Sophia Dixon. Carey is majoring in Political Science, Fashion Media, and Journalism and earning minors in Law & Legal Reasoning and History of Visual & Performing Arts. Dixon is majoring in English and History and earning a minor in Philosophy.

We also want to congratulate our three new undergraduate fellows!

Edwin L. Cox Undergraduate Research Fellow: Amanda Oh, majoring in Political Science and History.

Henry S. and Juanita Miller Undergraduate Fellow: Morgan Peterson, HCM Tower Scholar majoring in History and English.

Tom Bryant Medders, Jr. Undergraduate Fellow: Stephen Frantz, majoring in Political Science, Philosophy, and Human Rights.

The fellows, now sophomores, will work on a research project during their junior and senior years under the guidance of a faculty mentor culminating in a final paper and presentation.

Luisa del Rosal wins 40 under 40 award from Dallas Business Journal

We are so proud our own Luisa del Rosal, executive director of the Tower Center and Mission Foods Texas-Mexico, was awarded one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 awards this year. She’s the youngest executive director at SMU, and she is the only person to head two centers on campus.

 

 

Luisa del Rosal comments on Mexican tech show at SXSW

SMU Tower Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal was quoted by the Dallas Morning News in an article about the Mexican technology showcase at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. “Mexico is showing, look what we can do together because we have talented people, and look at the people that can come here and invest in the U.S. and in Texas,” she said.

Read the full article here.

Tower Center Experts Weigh in on Texas Primaries

Tower Center Senior Fellows Matthew Wilson and Harold Clarke commented on the record-breaking Democratic turnout in the Texas primary March 6.

“Tuesday’s results are a cautionary result for everybody,” Wilson said in the Dallas Observer. He cautioned against generalizing about the results.

“There are still more Republican voters than Democrats,” Clarke said in the Caller Times. “I think that’s sort of a reality check for the Democrats about the hill they have to climb in Texas.”

Tower Scholar Starts His Own Political Consulting Firm

Last year Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Zach Miller started his own political consulting firm, Atlas Consulting LLC. He’s now using the SMU network to launch himself deep into Dallas politics, already working as a finance director for an aspiring Texas senator.

Zach’s story was featured in SMU News. Read it here.

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.

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James Hollifield: Why Immigration Reform is so Hard

Tower Center Academic Director James F. Hollifield wrote an essay for the Bush Institute’s The Catalyst about the difficulty of immigration reform. He argues that international migration policy is a difficult problem to solve because of politically salient entry and exit laws, as well as questions of market influence and the impact of refugee-causing disasters.

“We must resolve these issues if we are to experience a virtuous cycle of greater openness, wealth, and human development, rather than falling back into a vicious cycle that leads the world into greater anarchy, poverty, disorder and war,” Hollifield wrote.

Read his essay here.

Experts: The ‘Trump Bump’ in the stock market is real. But it’s not helping Trump.

Tower Center Experts Harold Clarke and Marianne Stewart authored a post for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog with Paul Whiteley. The essay, “The ‘Trump Bump’ in the stock market is real. But it’s not helping Trump,” looks at data collected since Trump’s election to determine whether or not he really his the source of the stock market’s recent upward trend.

Read their analysis here.