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7/27/2016 - Professor Scott Gehlbach and coauthor John Earle have been awarded a $430,000 NSF grant for their project "Collaborative Research: Political Connections and Firm Behavior" (the link is for a related paper). The project examines the effect of political connections on firm behavior in Ukraine.
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7/18/2016 - Professor David Canon talks about Wisconsin's representation at the Republican convention.
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7/18/2016 - Professor Byron Shafer featured in an article by University Communications about attending the party conventions
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7/18/2016 - Professor Howard Schweber discusses what it means to be patriotic in a recent post that ranks the patriotism of the 50 states.
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7/11/2016 - Professor David Canon is cited in this New York Times article about Speaker Paul Ryan his legislative leadership and Donald Trump.
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5/11/2016 - Department mini-retreat: Department priorities and recruitment
5/12/2016 - Political Behavior Group: "The Effects of Non-Cognitive Skills on Political Participation"
Byron Shafer's Home
5/13/2016 - Undergraduate Graduation Reception
9:00 AM Gordon Commons
5/13/2016 - International Relations Colloquium: ┬┐Together at the Coalface: When, Why, and How Theorists influence Policymakers┬┐
12:00 PM Ogg Room
9/15/2016 - Department Picnic
Brittingham Park, 829 West Washington Avenue
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Aili Tripp Where do African women have more power? Surprise — in countries emerging from war, Monkey Cage, Washington Post. July 15, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/07/15/womens-rights-in-africa-grow-stronger-after-conflicts-heres-why/  
Simon Haeder, David Weimer, Dana B. Mukamel . 2016. "Secret Shoppers Find Access To Providers And Network Accuracy Lacking For Those In Marketplace And Commercial Plans." Health Affairs 35 (7):1160-6.
http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/7/1160.abstract?sid=5fb917a3-6bf9-4127-8250-9c5798b67fd6  
Donald Downs “The Purposes of Higher Education: The Moral Act and Military Education” in Alan I. Marcus, ed.,  Science as Service: Establishing and Reformulating American Land Grand Universities, 1865-1930 (University of Alabama Press, 2015)   
Donald Downs “Liberal Education, Politics, and the Problem of Freedom,” in Daniel Cullen, ed., Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy (Lexington Books, Forthcoming 2016).   
Donald Downs “The Wisconsin Fight for Academic Freedom,” with Stanley G. Payne, Academic Questions, Summer 2016:
https://www.nas.org/articles/the_wisconsin_fight_for_academic_freedom  
Katherine Cramer "The Turn Away from Government and the Need to Revive the Civic Purpose of Higher Education." Perspectives on Politics 14(2): 442-450.   
Jonathan Renshon, Julia Lee, Dustin Tingley. Emotions and the Micro-Foundations of Commitment Problems in International Politics (accepted at International Organization).    
Jonathan Renshon. Status Deficits and War (in press at International Organization)   
Jonathan Renshon, Gary D. Sherman, Jennifer S. Lerner, Robert A. Josephs & James J. Gross. The Interaction of Testosterone and Cortisol is Associated with Status Attainment in Male Executives (2016), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 110/6: 921-929.   
Jonathan Renshon, Julia Lee and Dustin Tingley. Physiological Arousal and Political Beliefs (2015),  Political Psychology 36/5: 569-585.   
Jonathan Renshon. Losing Face and Sinking Costs: Experimental Evidence on the Judgment of Political and Military Leaders (2015) International Organization 69/3: 659-695.    
Jonathan Renshon, Gary D. Sherman, Jennifer S. Lerner, Christine Ma-Kellams & Samantha Joel. Perceiving Others' Feelings: The Importance of Personality and Social Structure (2015) Social Psychological and Personality Science  6/5: 559-569.