Political Science and Public Policy Faculty Provide Additional Election Analysis

Following last week’s election, UMBC political science and public policy faculty continued to provide analysis as the final vote totals were tallied and future policy issues were discussed.

Tom SchallerPolitical Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller wrote a column in the Baltimore Sun in which he analyzed the results in Maryland’s gubernatorial election. He noted that Governor-Elect Larry Hogans’s victory was, “less about turnout than a conversion of the Maryland electorate.” Schaller discussed his column on WYPR’s “Midday with Dan Rodricks” (begins at 23:40) and WBAL’s “The C4 Show.”

Donald Norris UMBCPublic Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was interviewed for a Washington Post article in which he commented on how the Congressional elections will affect Maryland: “’It’s going to be a really ugly two years’ for Maryland, said Norris. In particular, he said, federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup will likely be at risk. Republicans may also do their best to blunt federal regulations governing the bay environment.”

Roy Meyers (UMBC)Political Science Professor Roy Meyers was quoted in Grist and discussed Maryland’s stormwater management fee. He stated, “there’s no way to reduce your tax burden if you come up with ways of mitigating stormwater runoff at your home.” Meaning, for example, if you install equipment in your roof that captures the rain, preventing runoff, you still have to pay the stormwater fee.

Tyson King-MeadowsTyson King-Meadows, Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Associate Professor of Political Science, was quoted in a Salt Lake Tribune article and discussed a political study in Utah that he conducted with colleagues at Brigham Young University on racial attitudes and campaign messaging.

To read and listen to complete election coverage by UMBC faculty during the week of November 10, click below.

Thomas Schaller:
Race had a role in Hogan’s win (Baltimore Sun op-ed) 
Midday with Dan Rodricks (WYPR)
The C4 Show (WBAL- audio not posted)

Donald Norris:
With new Congress, D.C. Region is Losing Clout (Washington Post)

Roy Meyers:
Was the shocking outcome of Maryland’s gubernatorial race about rain, or something else? (Grist)

Tyson King-Meadows:
Mia Love: Utahns care little about race (Salt Lake Tribune)

Dennis Coates, Economics, Participates in Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University Panel: “Olympic Opportunity: Going for the Gold or Spending in the Red?”

Dennis CoatesEconomics Professor Dennis Coates participated in a panel at Heinz College Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University, on the complex business of bidding for large scale events such as the Olympics. Coates has done extensive research on public choice, public finance, and sports economics.

Other panelists included Ngiste Abebe, Co-author, Bidding for Development, Trina Bolton, Co-author, Bidding for Development, and Chris Watts, Managing Director, 4POINT4. The event took place on Thursday, November 13 in Washington, D.C. and the description can be found below:

“This panel will explore the complex business of bidding for mega-events. The panelists will weigh a city’s potential for long-term strategic development against the extreme price tag of bidding to host. The dialogue will focus on the largest global mega-event, the Olympic Games, and span dynamic policy areas from transportation and urban development to sports economics and diplomacy. Panelists will also share insights from the recent Springer publication Bidding for Development: How the Olympic Bid Process Can Accelerate Transportation Development.”

For more information, click here.

Constantine Vaporis, Asian Studies, Presents Lecture on the Samurai in Japanese and World History

vaporisWhile on sabbatical this semester, Asian Studies Program Director and History Professor Constantine Vaporis recently presented a lecture at Leiden University in the Netherlands on the Samurai in Japanese and world history. A description of the event can be found below:

“It would be difficult to find any aspect of Japanese culture that has had as long and strong a hold on the popular imagination, both in Japan and abroad, than the samurai and the code of ethics and conventions associated with them, known asbushidô. Using literary works, print images, museum exhibitions, film and other elements of popular culture as sources, this lecture will focus on the theme of the samurai as metaphor or trope for Japan, as a symbol of national identity, and explore the uses to which the symbol has been put, in Japan and abroad.”

Vaporis has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. Earlier this year, Vaporis was named a Smithsonian Journeys expert for tours of Japan. As a director, the Smithsonian Journeys program will periodically ask Vaporis to lead tours in Japan, with the first one set for 2015.

For more information on the lecture at Leiden University, click here.

CAHSS Centers Fellowship Proposal Workshop (12/5)

facstaff5HRPresented by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, CIRCA, IRC, and MIPAR on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (ITE 456). Registration is required. Click here to register.

Registration is open for faculty who are interested in or planning to apply for a 2015 CAHSS Center Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (SFRF) and/or a Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellowship. The Center directors will discuss these fellowships, the application process, their evaluation criteria, and expectations for fellowship recipients. Participants will learn what makes a proposal successful and tips for creating effective applications. Time will be allotted for Q&A and small-group discussion.

Call for proposals for CAHSS Center SFRF will be issued by CAHSS in mid-November; proposals will be due on February 15, 2015. The Dresher Center Residential Fellowship application will also be issued this fall, with a May 1, 2015 deadline.

MLLI Public Lecture: Women, Race, and Political Representation in France (11/12)

On Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m., the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication Department presents “Women, Race, and Political Representation in France,” a public lecture in Sherman Hall Room 145. Bronwyn Winter, an associate professor in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney, will present the talk.

The event is sponsored by the MLLI Department, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, Global Studies, Language, Literacy, and Culture, the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the Mosaic Center, the Center for the Advancement of Intercultural Communication (CAIC), and the UMBC French Club. For more information, visit the MLLI website.

Humanities Forum: Civil Rights, Asian Americans, and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (11/19)

Helen ZiaOn Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., Helen Zia, author and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine, presents the Humanities Forum, “Civil Rights, Asian Americans, and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The event takes place in the University Center, Room 312.

In these challenging times, Asian Americans, LGBTs, and others are moving from the margins to the center on our campuses, workplaces, communities, and even the White House. Writer Helen Zia, the daughter of immigrants from China, explores our increasingly diverse future and the opportunities for all communities to move forward together to re-envision the new face of America. Through personal stories from her experiences as an Asian American, feminist and LGBT activist, she shows how hidden pieces of our common history can help to transform the dreams we have for ourselves and the world around us into positive change.

For more information on the event, click here.