Felipe Filomeno, Political Science, Awarded Early Career Prize from the Latin American Studies Association

Felipe FilomenoFelipe Filomeno, an assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the Early Career Prize of the Economics & Politics Section of the Latin American Studies Association. The award comes in recognition of his article “Patterns of Rule-Making and Intellectual Property Regimes: Lessons from South American Soybean Agriculture”, published in the Journal of Comparative Politics in 2014. Below is a summary of Filomeno’s article:

Around 1980, states and corporations from core countries led by the U.S. government started to demand from other countries reforms that increased the scope and strength of private intellectual property rights. The resulting global upward ratchet of intellectual property protection has not developed uniformly across time and space. This study presents a theory of cross-national variation in intellectual property regimes based on a comparative-historical analysis of the making of intellectual property rules in South American soybean agriculture (Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay). It concludes that a corporatist pattern of rule-making is conducive to a weak intellectual property regime (Argentina), whereas pluralism (Brazil) and state capture and abstention (Paraguay) are more conducive to strong intellectual property regimes.

Tyson King-Meadows and Thomas Schaller, Political Science, on The Marc Steiner Show

Tyson King-MeadowsOn March 12, Tyson King-Meadows, an associate professor of political science and chair of Africana studies, was a guest on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show to discuss his experience attending the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march in Selma. King-Meadows shared the purpose and significance of attending the event, including celebrating those who marched in 1965 for voting rights in the face of brutality, and bringing awareness to a new and improved Voting Rights Amendment (VRA).

King-Meadows appeared on the program with Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and longtime community activist and mentor Ralph Moore. To listen to the full segment, click here.

Tom SchallerIn a March 13 segment on The Marc Steiner Show, Thomas Schaller, professor and chair of political science, discussed his new book The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House. To listen to the full segment, click here. For prior media coverage of Schaller’s book, click here.

Schaller also published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on March 17 in which he praised Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s leadership in heroin intervention and called for the state to pass physician-assisted suicide legislation. To read the full column, click here.

Laura Hussey, Political Science, and Donald Norris, School of Public Policy, Discuss Anthony Brown’s Decision to Run for Congress

After former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced he was running for the U.S. House seat vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards, reaction came in from across Maryland on Brown’s decision to jump back into politics after last year’s gubernatorial election.

Laura HusseyLaura Hussey, an associate professor of political science, was interviewed for an article in the Gazette about Brown’s decision, saying he is the likely front-runner in the race despite losing the gubernatorial election.

“He’s got name recognition in a huge way,” Hussey said. “Plus he’s in his home territory and he’s going to have more support in that area.” To read the full article with Hussey’s analysis, click here.

Donald Norris UMBCSchool of Public Policy director Donald Norris was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about Brown’s decision. Norris commented that, “It may be a very good strategic move for him. It will all depend on how he does and what kind of a campaign he runs.” To read the full article, click here.

UMBC Political Science and School of Public Policy Faculty React to Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Retirement Announcement

After Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement on March 2, reaction poured in from across the country and state of Maryland. UMBC political science and School of Public Policy faculty were interviewed by several local and national media outlets to provide perspective and analysis on Mikulski’s legacy and what the political future will hold after her seat is vacated in 2016.

Roy Meyers (UMBC)In an interview that aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” political science professor Roy Meyers said Sen. Mikulski’s legacy crossed party lines: “Many of the women that came into the Senate and the House, regardless of whether they were Republicans or Democrats, really viewed her as a role model,” he said. Meyers said Mikulski was “a groundbreaker in terms of making sure the voices of women legislators were taken seriously.”

Tom SchallerPolitical science professor Thomas Schaller reflected on Sen. Mikulski’s service to Maryland and the nation in an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun: “She will leave a legacy as one of the state’s most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress,” Schaller wrote in his column titled “A lifetime spent in service.”

Schaller was also quoted in a Washington Post article about former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s decision not to run for Mikulski’s seat, saying “I think this makes it pretty clear that he’s going to run for president or at least give it a shot.” Schaller was also mentioned in a Washington Post column by E.J. Dionne on his analysis of the national Republican party in his new book The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House.

Donald Norris UMBCSchool of Public Policy director Donald Norris appeared on WJZ-TV and commented on what could happen in the race to fill the vacated Senate seat: “Who the Republicans field, if they field a very serious, well-funded candidate, the Democrats are going to have to match that. So yes, it could be very expensive,” said Norris. “There could be a huge number of Democrats in the primary,” he added in a Capital Gazette article.

For a list of complete coverage, see below:

Roy Meyers:
Sen. Mikulski, Groundbreaker for Female Legislators, Won’t Seek Re-Election (NPR)

Thomas Schaller:
A lifetime spent in service (Baltimore Sun op-ed)
O’Malley will not run for Mikulski’s U.S. Senate Seat (Washington Post)
The GOP’s big ‘yes’ to ‘no’ (Washington Post)

Donald Norris:
Race to Replace Sen. Barbara Mikulski Wide Open (WJZ-TV)
‘Free-for-all’ expected in wake of Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s retirement announcement (Capital Gazette)

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in ISN

In an article published February 25 in the International Relations and Security Network Digital Library News, Sunil Dasgupta analyzed the shifting balance of power between the United States and Russia in light of recent events in Ukraine.

Sunil Dasgupta

“Russia’s ability to defy the United States and other Western powers in Ukraine (as well as Moscow’s support of the Syrian and Iranian regimes) since late 2013 has suggested that the period of soft balancing is over. The return of traditional balance of power politics implies that a multipolar world, in which the United States is one of many similarly positioned great powers, may have arrived,” Dasgupta wrote.

Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, also noted that the balance of power could be affected by rising powers such as China and India and their decisions whether or not to side with Russia.

“If the road to multipolarity runs through Ukraine, however, not everyone is seeing the same view en route. On the one hand, it is clear that Russia has been able to use economic interdependence, modern technology, and a proxy war strategy to resist the United States and other Western powers. On the other, the dangers of overreach are all too evident. Russia is on the precipice of alienating Europe, revitalizing NATO, and bankrupting itself if energy prices remain low.”

To read the full article titled “Does the Road to a Multipolar World Run through Ukraine,” click here.

Roy Meyers, Political Science, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

On February 9, WYPR’s Maryland Morning hosted political science professor Roy Meyers to discuss education spending in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget. Meyers discussed in-depth what K-12 education spending looks like for schools in the proposed budget.

Roy Meyers (UMBC)

“There are two kinds of cuts in the governor’s budget for all the counties and the cities across the board. One cut is the cut in the Geographic Cost of Education Index which under law he is allowed to make in his budget. That’s about $68 million in savings,” said Meyers. “The other savings, about $76 million, is in proposed changes to the law that allocates funds by formula to the 24 local school boards, and the legislature will have to agree to those cuts for those to go into place.”

Over the course of the discussion, Meyers commented on the history behind the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) and how the proposed education spending will affect Baltimore City schools, among other topics.

To listen to the full segment and to hear more in-depth analysis from Meyers, click here.

Arthur Johnson, Political Science, Describes the Sondheim Public Affairs Program in The Faculty Voice

Arthur Johnson, provost emeritus and political science, penned an article in The Faculty Voice about how UMBC’s Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program contributes to the public good. The Faculty Voice is the independent faculty news source in the University System of Maryland.

sondheimIn the article, Johnson outlines the history of the Sondheim Scholars program, the impact of its alumni, and how the program continues to evolve. He emphasizes that public service is not defined by a career in government, but rather a desire to serve others and inspire social change. Johnson also recounted the program’s connection to Walter Sondheim, saying, “Mr. Sondheim’s career was an ideal model for illustrating the values of public service and dedication to the public interest. He is credited with leading Baltimore City school integration in the 1950s and driving the transformation of the Baltimore’s inner harbor…Today, we keep his memory alive by bringing in speakers who knew Walter and worked with him. We want our students to understand what a “life of purpose” looks like and the good it can accomplish, no matter their chosen career path.”

Click here to read “UMBC’s Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program: One Response to the “Quiet Crisis” in Public Service” in The Faculty Voice.