UConn Department of Political Science
Late Fall 2022 | Vol. 10 No. 2
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A Note from the Department Head

Friends and colleagues: This is my last newsletter as department head. I will be leaving UConn in January to take a position at the College of William & Mary. It’s truly been a joy that four times per year I can share with you all the great things going on in our Department – and there are many. I’m especially excited about the Department’s future, as the new assistant professors we’ve hired are engaging the discipline in exciting new ways.

Thanks again for all your support of the Department over the years. And please allow me to wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season. If you have the chance, please drop me a line in Virginia.

David Yalof
Professor and Head, Department of Political Science

Department News

Scholar Focuses on Climate Change

In an article published in The Journal of Politics, Assistant Professor Talbot Andrews and her co-authors consider how institutions that constrain leaders help people prevent climate disasters.

A large group of students and faculty at the NEPSA conference.

A Road Trip to NPSA in Boston

Undergraduate and graduate students from the Department traveled to the most recent Northeastern Political Science Association meeting in November.

Matthew Singer

Bennett Honors Professor Wins NPSA Paper Award

Matthew Singer won the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Award for his co-authored paper, “Feeling Like a Winner? Coalition Status and Democratic Satisfaction in Latin America.”

Mason Holland

Rising Star Presents Research

Mason Holland ’23 (CLAS) presented his paper, entitled "What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Black Voters, Racial Resentment, and the 2020 Election,” at the University of Maryland’s Rising Scholars Conference in October.

Alumni Highlights

Pierre-Alexandre Aguirre ’19 (CLAS) is currently a master’s student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Public Service Fellows Program at SAIS, which seeks to “develop the next generation of public servants dedicated to making a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.”

Steven Manicastri ’20 Ph.D. is teaching two classes at Rutgers University. One of the classes, which he is teaching through the Union Leadership Academy at the Rutgers Labor Center, concerns the portrayal of the working class in pop culture and is free and available entirely online. The other class on contemporary labor issues in the U.S. as viewed through Marxist analysis is a one-credit course that helps struggling students remain enrolled full time at Rutgers. Additionally, Manicastri is the proud father of Athena Natlya, who was born to Steven and Roxanne on Sept. 8.

Andrew Colabella ’13 (CLAS) recently graduated from Fairfield University’s MPA program on the fast track with honors. He is currently the District 4 representative on the Westport, Conn. Representative Town Meeting Board.

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Faculty Achievements

Christine Sylvester gave several talks this fall: "Memorialized War Women in the USA, Vietnam, and the UK" at a program on Gender, Sexuality, Memorialisation held at York University; "The Present Re-dux, Re-IR’d, and Maybe Re-curating" at Central European University in Vienna; and "Who Owns National and World Heritage" at the European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity program on “Heritage, Memory and International Relations” at Warsaw University.

Stephen Dyson’s article, “Theresa May and Brexit: Leadership Style and Performance,” has been accepted for publication in British Politics.

Hind Ahmed Zaki participated in a panel discussion on “Sisters in Resilience: Women's Movements in Muslim Contexts." She was joined by leading gender and politics scholars in October at the Agha Khan University.

More faculty achievements

Student Success

This past summer, doctoral candidate Mohammad “Aynal” Haque participated in a three-day Duck Family Graduate Workshop at the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington. He presented one of his dissertation chapters entitled “Mitigating Climate Change: Cross-Country Variation in Policy Ambition.”

Doctoral candidate Imge Akaslan and her advisor, Shareen Hertel, co-authored a paper entitled “Brokering Compliance in Global Supply Chain.” Akaslan presented the work on a panel entitled “Pathways to Rights Fulfillment” at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Montreal this past September.

Ph.D. candidate Sercan Canbolat visited the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. last month to attend two events co-led by the USIP and EcoPeace Middle East. Canbolat also took part in an invitation-only roundtable titled "In Conversation with EcoPeace Middle East’s Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Directors: Addressing Climate Change, Building Cross-Border Trust.”

More student successes

Upcoming Events

Beyond Flow: Capitalism, Confinement, and Captivity

Presented by Ashley J. Bohrer, University of Notre Dame

Monday, Nov. 28
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Oak Hall, Room 408 and streamed online (Webex)

For more information, please email Matthew Singer, Bennett Honors Professor of Political Science

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