SMU Students Explore Research Avenues at the Library of Congress

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Dr. Joseph F. Kobylka, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, leads a Supreme Court seminar of 12 undergraduates every other spring, which allows these exceptional students to conduct research using the papers of Supreme Court justices in the Library of Congress. Read on to learn more about how the class came to be and experiences from some of his students. Dr. Kobylka on the origins of the Supreme Court Seminar: I have been doing research in the Library of Congress since the mid-1990s as a part of the research for my biography of former Justice Blackmun. In addition to uncovering a wealth of previously unknown-to-the-public information, working in the case files of Justices Marshall, Brennan, Blackmun, and White and [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:42:14+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU Students Explore Research Avenues at the Library of Congress

SMU professor talks about a shutdown showdown

FOX4 Originally Posted: December 21, 2018 Even without a shutdown, this week is being called the most chaotic week in Donald Trump's two years in office. SMU political science professor Cal Jillson talked to Good Day about the border wall funding, government shutdown, Russian investigation, Syria and more. WATCH

By | 2019-01-02T07:21:37+00:00 December 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU professor talks about a shutdown showdown

Tower Center Spotlight: How 19th Century Liberalism Informs Ideas of Citizenship Today 

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 20, 2018 How does a person qualify for citizenship? How do we determine those qualifications? We talked with the SMU Political Science Department’s newest professor, Gianna Englert, about her research and how it applies to questions being asked about citizenship today. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? My research is in political theories, specifically history of political thought, which means I look mostly at the past for insights that can inform political questions in the present. Specifically my work is on the 19th century and the history of liberalism in the 19th century. How do liberals deal with the question of political inclusion or citizenship, deciding who’s in, who’s out and why? We sometimes think of a [...]

By | 2018-12-06T10:49:36+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: How 19th Century Liberalism Informs Ideas of Citizenship Today 

SMU political science professor will speak at annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette academic symposium

Fox News 15 Originally Posted: December 10, 2018 Anthony and Matthew Wilson will share the podium in New Iberia, Louisiana, at the fourth annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette James Lee Burke Academic Symposium “James Lee Burke and Louisiana Politics” on April 6, 2019. The free event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, is part of the Books along the Teche Literary Festival to be held April 5 – 7. The two scholars and brothers, will speak from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Iberia Parish Library’s Main Branch (445 E Main St., New Iberia). Both Anthony and Matthew Wilson bring to their presentations strong credentials as well as their knowledge of Louisiana’s culture, politics and literature. Anthony Wilson, associate professor of English at [...]

By | 2018-12-11T09:10:16+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU political science professor will speak at annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette academic symposium

The Rev. Dr. Michael Waters is Leading Dallas’ Clerical Resistance

D Magazine Originally Posted: December 2018 issue The Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters earned a B.A. in political science and religious studies from SMU in 2002, followed by two degrees from Perkins School of Theology: the M. Div. cum laude and Doctor of Ministry with honors. On September 12, six days after 26-year-old Botham Jean was shot and killed in his apartment by an off-duty Dallas police officer named Amber Guyger, a press conference was held in the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall by citizens demanding the creation of an office of police oversight. They wanted an independent review board armed with subpoena power and the authority to investigate police shootings. What they really wanted was justice. This, at least, would be a step in that direction. [...]

By | 2018-11-29T11:24:07+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Religious Studies|Comments Off on The Rev. Dr. Michael Waters is Leading Dallas’ Clerical Resistance

Texas Democrats see bright spots, even if midterm wasn’t Shangri-La

Dallas News Originally Posted: November 7, 2018 Did Democrats enjoy a blue wave? The answer depends on how you characterize victory. The party mounted a respectable effort at the top of the ticket — which is an accomplishment of sorts. Democrats picked up some urban and suburban seats in Congress and the Legislature. Still, they failed to break through statewide. “I would call it a good night, not a great night” for Democrats, said Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. “A great night would’ve been Beto O’Rourke winning” in the U.S. Senate race, he said. “That was the fondest dream of Democrats in Texas. But O’Rourke’s candidacy and the mobilization that he generated is going to carry a couple of new [...]

By | 2018-11-07T08:16:39+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Texas Democrats see bright spots, even if midterm wasn’t Shangri-La

Can personality trump ideology in the Cruz-O’Rourke race?

Texas Tribune Originally Posted: November 1, 2018 Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson provides expertise in Trib Talk, a publication of the Texas Tribune. With less than a week to go before Election Day and early voters casting ballots at a record pace, the nation’s eyes are on the Texas mid-term U.S. Senate race. The contest between Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke pits a former GOP presidential candidate against one of the brightest young stars in the Democratic firmament and has drawn both unprecedented money and tremendous national media attention. Cruz seems to have the edge right now with a narrow but persistent lead in recent polls, but the race promises to be the closest statewide contest that Texas has [...]

By | 2018-11-01T08:47:08+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Can personality trump ideology in the Cruz-O’Rourke race?

Cal Jillson, Political Science, If Texas Senate race is ‘about the base,’ who’s wooing independents? Are any left?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 29, 2018 As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke crisscrossed the piney woods of East Texas late last week, Matt Steveson and Caleb Krnavek were curious attendees at rallies. Steveson, a Marine combat veteran of Iraq who works as a millwright on overseas power plants, said he wanted to see O’Rourke unfiltered. “Video could possibly be manipulated,” he explained at a crowded O’Rourke event at The Pines Theater in his hometown of Lufkin.  Krnavek, a college student, wore a Beto t-shirt to a morning Cruz rally at Austin Hall, a honky tonk in Nacogdoches. “I’m not a super far left or super far right guy,” said the Stephen F. Austin University junior geography major. “I just [...]

By | 2018-10-29T08:59:38+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, If Texas Senate race is ‘about the base,’ who’s wooing independents? Are any left?

SMU Professor On O’Rourke: ‘He’s Going To Have To Rethink His Advertising Campaign’

CBS 11 Originally Posted: October 12, 2018 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke is attracting big crowds and raising record amounts of money, $38.1 million in the last three months, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is still leading in the latest polls by nine points. SMU political science professor Cal Jillson said Friday, Rep. Beto O’Rourke must sharpen his advertising against Sen. Ted Cruz and stop playing Mr. Nice-Guy. Jillson said O’Rourke can still regain momentum. “He’s going to have to rethink his advertising campaign,” said Jillson. Jillson says O’Rourke must explain to voters why Texas would be better off with him as Senator than Cruz, something Jillson says O’Rourke has not done. “O’Rourke has been unwilling to do the negative stuff, but I [...]

By | 2018-10-15T08:01:53+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU Professor On O’Rourke: ‘He’s Going To Have To Rethink His Advertising Campaign’

Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU

SMU News Originally Posted: September 24, 2018 See what SMU faculty and staff experts have to say about the 2018 Texas and U.S. mid-term elections. https://youtu.be/FN4Tjx77_NM https://youtu.be/eSm0rxKhEpk https://youtu.be/xDVec0W97Ps

By | 2018-10-09T11:09:14+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU
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