Political Science Faculty
The Department of Political Science is delighted to welcome Nojang Khatami and Jacob Smith as our newest Assistant Professors.
Recent Awards and Fellowships
Dr. Meir Alkon received the 2021 Wilson China Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His research bridges political economy and interdisciplinary approaches to public policy, analyzing the behavioral and institutional foundations of environmental and economic governance.
Dr. Anjali Dayal was awarded the 2021 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace to conduct research on multilateral conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Dr. Thomas De Luca was awarded the 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar Award to Italy. He will teach a graduate course and conduct research at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome in the spring of 2023.
Dr. Christina Greer was the 2018 McSilver Fellow in Residence at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. The McSilver Institute Fellowship engages nationally recognized poverty and social justice scholars across disciplines to conduct research on the root causes of poverty and to explore policy solutions.
Dr. Boris Heersink and Dr. Jeffery A. Jenkins’s book, Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), was awarded the 2021 J. David Greenstone Prize from the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association and the 2021 V.O. Key Award from the Southern Political Science Association.
Dr. Zein Murib received the 2022 Cynthia Weber Award for Best Conference Paper annually awarded by the Sexuality & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In their paper, “The Not-So Silent B: Bisexuality, from a Cultural Movement to Political Identity and Praxis,” Dr. Murib demonstrates how early lesbian and gay activists viewed bisexuals as too radical, and thus a threat to the movement’s equal rights goals. Dr. Murib was also awarded the 2019 Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award, for the paper, titled "Identities under Surveillance: Politics of Gender, Race, and Ability at the Airport and in Survey Research." The award was presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association.
Dr. Olena Nikolayenko participated in the 2021 Summer Research Laboratory Program hosted by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received the Title VIII Research Award for her project, “Invisible Revolutionaries: Women’s Participation in the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine.” Her book project was also supported by the Simone Veil Fellowship, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (summer 2021) and the Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship, George Washington University (spring 2022).