Fellows and Associates Research Highlights — Spring 2017

FELLOWS & ASSOCIATES RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS, SPRING 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.
Caroline B. Brettell, Senior Fellow
  • Appointments
    • Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Gender, Families, and Immigration Policy” Society for Psychological Anthropology Plenary Session, New Orleans, March 2017.
    • Roundtable Participant, “Anthropological Writing: Engaging Various Audiences”, Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, March, 2017.
    • Discussant, “The New Comparativism”, Society for Psychological Anthropology, New Orleans, March 2017.
Cullum Clark, Fellow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
Harold Clarke, Senior Fellow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Book. Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley, Brexit – Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
    • (With Robert Blake). “Hospital Compare and Hospital Choice: Public Reporting and Hospital Choice by Hip Replacement Patients in Texas.” Medical Care Research and Review 42: 131-54.
    • (With Mattew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley). “Why Britain Voted for Brexit: An Individual-Level Analysis of the 2016 Referendum Vote.” Parliamentary Affairs 70: 439-64.
    • (With Tim Gravelle, Thomas J. Scotto and Marianne C. Stewart). “Like Father, Like Son: Valence Voting in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.” PS: Political Science & Politics. 50 (2017: 701-07).
    • (With Euel Elliott and Marianne C. Stewart). “Heuristics, Heterogeneity and Green Choices: Voting on California’s Proposition 23.” Political Science Research and Methods. 4 (2016: forthcoming).
    • Is This Really the Brexit Election” The Conversation (UK) (blog).
    • Why Did Older Voters Choose Brexit: It’s a Matter of Identity” The Conversation (UK) (blog).
Carrie Liu Currier, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Chinese Diplomacy in Middle East Conflicts,” for China in Conflict Zones: Competition or Cooperation? Sponsored by Georgetown University and the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., March 22, 2017.
Victoria Farrar-Myers, Senior Fellow
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting – Panelist on Former WPSA Presidents Roundtable on “The Impact of the Trump Presidency on Higher Education and Political Science”.
    • “All the Single Ladies”, an examination of the social and political implications of the “untethered woman” phenomenon, presented at Arlington on Tap public lecture series, February 15, 2017.
  • Media Appearances
Christopher Jenks, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Weapons Review of Learning Systems” presentation delivered as part of Program on Regulation of Emerging Military Technologies Future Wars & Public Conscience Symposium, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia, May 2017.
    • “Military Justice in the Modern Age: Characteristics & Challenges”, presentation delivered as part of Military Briefing Series, Geneva Academy, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2017.
    • “SOFAs in UN Peacekeeping”; “UN Police in Peacekeeping”; and “UN Peacekeeping and the ICC” presentations as part of Legal Aspects of Peacekeeping Operations Seminar with Moldovan Armed Forces, Chisinau, Moldova, May 2017.
    • “Key Instruments: Cease Fire Agreements and Peace Agreements”, “PSO: When Does IHL Apply?”, Conduct of Peacekeepers & Addressing Their IHL Violations” as part of Conduct of Peace Support Operations Course, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Deputy Course Director and Presenter, Sanremo, Italy, May 2017.
    • “Right Against Torture and Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment”; “Non-international Armed Conflict & the Law”; and “Targeting Under the Law of Armed Conflict” presentations as part of Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law Seminar with Hungarian Armed Forces, Debrecen, Hungary, Jan. 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • The Gathering Swarm: The Path to Increasingly Autonomous Weapon Systems, Jurimetrics, 2017.
    • A Matter of Policy: United States Application of the Law of Armed Conflict to Detention, Sw. L. Rev., 2017.
  • Media Appearances
Jeffrey D. Kahn, Fellow
  • Awards
    • Fulbright Research Scholar, University of Oslo, 2017-2018
    • Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship, SMU, 2017-2018
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • AT&T Legal Conference, Co-Presenter, “Supreme Court Update: The Nine” (with former Acting U.S. Attorney General Peter Keisler), Omni Hotel, Dallas, May 3, 2017.
    • Morning Keynote, “Terrorist Watchlists, Freedom of Movement, & the Meaning of Citizenship,” MSDS@SMU, Magnolia Hotel, Dallas, March 31, 2017.
    • Invited presentation, “The Unreasonable Rise of Reasonable Suspicion: Terrorist Watchlists and Terry v. Ohio,” at the Institute of Bill of Rights and William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal Symposium, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 24, 2017.
    • Keynote Address, “The Story of James Donovan: The Real-Life Inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies,” at the Institute for Honor Symposium From Redcoats to Red Spies and Beyond: Lawyers & Infamous Clients, Washington & Lee School of Law, Lexington, VA, March 14, 2017.
    • Organizer and Moderator, “Big Data” – A Panel Discussion on Database Technology, Liberty, and Privacy, February 3, 2017 (panelists Patricia Kosseim (OPC), Joel Reidenberg (Fordham), Justin Koplow (AT&T)).
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • The Richelieu Effect: The Khodorkovsky Case and Political Interference with Justice, in LAW AND JUSTICE IN RUSSIA (M. Kurkchiyan & A. Kubal, eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017).
    • Terrorist Watchlists, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF SURVEILLANCE LAW (D. Gray & S. Henderson, eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017).
    • Hybrid Warfare, International Humanitarian Law, and the Case of Ukraine, in COMPLEX BATTLESPACES: THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT AND THE DYNAMICS OF MODERN WARFARE (C. Ford & W. Williams, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).
    • The Unreasonable Rise of Reasonable Suspicion: Terrorist Watchlists and Terry v. Ohio, 26 WILLIAM & MARY BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL — (forthcoming 2017).
  • Media Appearances
Rita Kirk, Associate
  • Appointments
    • William F. May Endowed Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibilty, February 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Book. Schill, D., Kirk, R., & Jasperson, A. E. (Eds.). (2017). Political Communication in Real Time: Scalable Multidimensional Response Measurement using a Mobile Platform. Routledge.
    • Schill, D., & Kirk, R. (2017). Angry, Passionate, and Divided: Undecided Voters and the 2016 Presidential Election. American Behavioral Scientist, 0002764217709040.
    • Kirk, R., & Martin, S. A. (2017). The Dark Power of Words: Stratagems of Hate in the 2016 Presidential Campaign. In The 2016 US Presidential Campaign (pp. 205-229). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
    • Kirk, R. (2017). New media, interactivity, and rapid response in presidential communication: The narcotizing dysfunction revisited. In S.A. Martin (Ed.), From columns to characters. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press.
LaiYee Leong, Fellow
  • Appointments
    • Associate Editor (Southeast Asia) for the Association for Asian Studies blog #AsiaNow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
Pia M. Orrenius, Senior Fellow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny, “Creating Cohesive, Coherent Immigration Policy,” Journal on Migration and Human Security, March 16, 2017.
    • Pia M. Orrenius, “New Findings on the Fiscal Impact of Immigration in the United States,” Conyuntura Demografica, May 26, 2017.
Edward T. Rincón, Associate
Carolyn Smith-Morris, Associate
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Smith-Morris, Carolyn. “Epidemiological placism in public health emergencies: Ebola in two Dallas neighborhoods”. Social Science & Medicine 179: 106-114.
Hiroki Takeuchi, Senior Fellow
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Political Economy of Rural China,” Lecture at the School of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki, Japan, June 2017.
    • “Free Trade Agreements and Domestic Politics of an Authoritarian Regime.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in Hong Kong, June 2017.
    • “Security Implications of Free Trade Agreements with Authoritarian Countries.” Paper presented at the Economics Workshop at City University of Osaka, Japan, June 2017.
    • “‘Globalized Texas’ and U.S.-China Relations,” Dallas CFO Executive Summit, Dallas, TX, May 2017.
    • “Post-TPP: The State of U.S.-Japan Relations from a Texas Perspective,” SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Symposium, “One Hundred Days In: The State of U.S.-Japan Relations Under the Trump Administration,” Dallas, TX, May 2017.
    • “Taiwan and East Asia.” Paper presented at the Taiwan Conference at University of St. Thomas, April 2017.
    • “Asia’s Contested Waters: The East and South China Seas.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, Canada, April 2017.
    • “Domestic Politics of Japan’s Security Policy.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, February 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
Jenia Turner, Associate
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Moderator and Discussant, Criminal Justice and New Technology, AALS Mid-Year Criminal Justice Section Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 12, 2017.
    • Miranda Safeguards Against Coerced Confessions, Should Criminals Walk Free When Constables Blunder? Exclusionary Rules as a Challenge to Criminal Justice Systems, University of Basel, Switzerland, May 19, 2017.
    • The Purposes and Functions of Exclusionary Rules: A Comparative Overview, Safeguarding a Fair Trial through Exclusionary Rules, University of Basel, Switzerland, May 18, 2017.
    • Plea Bargaining, Academy for Justice, ASU Law School, Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 11, 2017.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Plea Bargaining and International Criminal Justice, 48 MCGEORGE L. REV. 219 (2017).
    • Defense Perspectives on Fairness and Efficiency at the International Criminal Court, in OXFORD HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW (Kevin Jon Heller et al. eds.) (forthcoming 2017).
    • Plea Bargaining, in ACADEMY FOR JUSTICE, A REPORT ON SCHOLARSHIP AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM (Erik Luna ed., forthcoming 2017).
  • Media Appearances
Stephen Wegren, Fellow
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • Stephen K. Wegren, Alexander Nikulin, and Irina Trotsuk, “The Russian Variant of Food Security,” Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 64, no. 1 (2017): 47-62.
    • Stephen K. Wegren, “Food Security and Import Substitution in Russia,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 204 (June 2017): 2-5.
    • Stephen K. Wegren, Alexander Nikulin, Irina Trotsuk, and Svetlana Golovina, “Gender Inequality in Russia’s Rural Informal Sector,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 50, no. 2 (2017): 87-98.
    • Alexander Nikulin, Irina Trotsuk, and Stephen K. Wegren, “The Importance of Strong Regional Leadership in Russia: The Belgorod Miracle in Agriculture,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 58, no. 3 (2017): 316-39.
Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate
Matthew Wilson, Senior Fellow
  • Awards
    • President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Constitutionalism and American Civil Society, Bush Institute Liberty and Leadership Program, Burma.
  • Papers, Publications, and Other Writings
    • J. Matthew Wilson, “Mormons and American Political Life,” Politics and Religion, vol. 10, issue 1 (March 2017): 222-230.
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Hiroki Takeuchi: Japan’s in a good position globally despite Abe scandal

Senior Fellow & Director of the Sun & Star East Asia Program Hiroki Takeuchi discussed the U.S.-Japan relationship in light of the scandal surrounding the Abe administration in an interview on ANC Early Edition.

Takeuchi believes the Abe administration’s recent internal turmoil has not detracted from the overall stability of the administration, and will not prevent Prime Minister Abe from moving forward in claiming more leadership in the region and globally.

“Japan is now in a much more active position to play an active role and to cooperate with the United States,” he said.

Watch the interview here.

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“The Dallas Way of Urban Growth”

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with more than 7 million residents.

Tower Center Fellows Cullum Clark and Klaus Desmet wrote an essay for the Center for Opportunnity Urbanism looking at how and why Dallas has grown so much and so fast since 2000. They argue DFW  is more accessible to middle-income individuals and families than other major cities.

Read their essay “The Dallas Way of Urban Development.”

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Eric Bing | Using innovation to deliver health care in Africa

The Catalyst, a journal from the Bush Institute, interviewed Tower Center Fellow Eric Bing about how to deliver quality health care around the world.

Watch what he has to say:

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Tony Pederson on SMU’s resolved battle with student displays

SMU Young Americans for Freedom 9/11 display on Dallas Hall Lawn.

Tower Center Fellow Tony Pederson, Dean of SMU’s School of Journalism, wrote a blog post discussing the controversy of SMU’s week-long stance banning all student displays from Dallas Hall Lawn.

“SMU has an excellent record of free speech and open intellectual inquiry, including academic freedom,” Pederson wrote. “Beyond the embarrassment of the current case, let’s hope it’s an instructive moment for the public as well as students and faculty.”

Read Pederson’s blog here.

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Cal Jillson weighs in on Democratic Party in Texas

Tower Center Senior Fellow Cal Jillson weighed in on the Democratic Party’s chances in Texas with upcoming 2018 elections.

The Young Democrats of America held their national convention in Dallas Aug. 9. Jillson thinks it’s still too soon for the Party to see much change in Texas.

Read the CBSDFW article here.

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Matthew Wilson comments on White House staff changes

Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson was interviewed on the WBAP Morning News Podcast to discuss White House happenings after last week’s staff change-ups including General John Kelly replacing Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Tower Center Associate’s research featured in NYT Magazine

Tower Center Associate and SMU Law Professor Jenia Turner’s research was cited in an in-depth New York Times Magazine story looking at what happens when prosecutors violate the Brady rule and withhold key evidence from the defense.

Turner’s research, “Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison,” published in the Washington and Lee Law Review in 2016, contrasted North Carolina’s open-file model for access to evidence presented in plea bargain cases with Virginia’s closed-file model. Turner and her coauthor Allison Redlich found that the open-file model is more efficient and promotes informed guilty pleas without endangering the safety of witnesses who testify, contrary to common arguments opposing open-file.

Read the New York Times Magazine article here.

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Jim Hollifield | Revisiting “The Emerging Migration State”

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed by Migration Systems to revisit his 2004 essay “The Emerging Migration State.” In his essay, Hollifield advanced the idea that states could manage migration for strategic gain. Robert Westermann asks Hollifield to apply his theory to present-day politics.

“[President] Trump does not support multilateralism and efforts to build more open markets, and certainly not more open policies with respect to migration,” Hollifield said.

Read the interview here.

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Reformers and internationalists are likely partners in China

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Director of the Sun & Star Southeast Asia Program Hiroki Takeuchi reviewed Julian Gewirtz’ new book Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017).

“This book provides important insights that explore the implications of China’s rise in the twenty-first century as it reminds us that the origin of China’s current prosperity is not nationalism but internationalism,” Takeuchi wrote.

Read his full review on H-Net here.

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