Hello, Political Science students, and welcome back! I just wanted to touch base with you briefly on a few quick points:
1. This is an unusual semester to say the least. Most of our courses are remote synchronous, and a few are fully online and asynchronous, and we are doing our absolute best to deliver the highest quality of education to you. We want you to get everything out of your courses that you would be getting if we were sitting in the classrooms together.
2. All the faculty and staff of the Political Science Department are here to help you, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We enjoy talking with students!
3. If you have any issues, concerns, or questions about a Political Science course that you want to share with me, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>, or call me at 312-413-3782, and I will try to help you with it.
Best wishes for a great Fall semester!
Congratulations Eliska Schnabel!
Eliska’s paper “Local Rebels: How Counties and Municipalities Get around Federal and State Laws to Resist New Mosques” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Her important work looks at local governments and their responses to immigrants. You can find an abstract of her work below. Please join us in congratulating her for her hard work and accomplishment!
Counties and municipalities are de jure subservient to higher-level governments. However, local governments often exercise powers reserved for state or federal governments and even engage in illegal acts. Such local noncompliance acts have been underexplored in the scholarly literature, especially regarding less visible methods. To fill this gap, this article uses cases of resistance to new mosques in Chicago’s suburbs to illustrate how municipalities use delays, denials, and revenues to get around federal and state laws to violate minority rights. The three methods improve a typology of local noncompliance and illustrate the limits and possibilities of local democracy. Local governments can ignore new federal and state laws; vote on policies and permits; delay decisions or implementation; use fiscal powers; and engage in symbolic acts.
Meet E. J. Fagan!
The Political Science Department is happy to announce that E. J. Fagan has joined us as an Assistant Professor. E. J. received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He studies political parties, Congress, think tanks, agenda setting, lobbying, and economic policy. In particular, he is interested in how legislatures process information and solve problems, and how party elites influence policy. He is also a faculty associate with the Policy Agendas Project. Before entering academia, E. J. worked for five years in Washington, DC. From 2011-2014, he was Deputy Communications Director for Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. GFI works to study and curtail illicit financial flows from developing countries. When not working, E. J. spends his time cooking, hiking, and watching baseball. He writes about baseball at Baseball Prospectus. He also hosts and produces a weekly baseball podcast on the New York Yankees.
Faculty in the News - New York Times
Alexandra Filindra, UIC professor of political science, is quoted and her research is cited in a New York Times column by Thomas Edsall, who writes about ethnicity and race in the Republican Party’s political strategy and the role of racism in the party’s current political agenda. “In the context of increased social diversity, portions of the public are willing to support calls for an exclusionary moral community of virtue at the expense of norms and institutions of democracy,” Filindra wrote in a 2018 paper. The column appears online (with subscription) via The New York Times or without a paywall via news aggregator DNYUZ.com.
Dr. Filindra has co-authored this project with Beyza Buyuker, based on her dissertation work. Beyza’s work recently received the best paper award from MAPOR (The Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research). The two have co-authored work out with Social Inquiry now, and Beyza has solo-authored work currently out for review as well.
The entire department wishes both congratulations and are proud of their accomplishments!
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science Richard Johnson Remembered
Richard M. Johnson, 85, professor emeritus of political science, died Jan. 7.
Johnson, whose research interests included American politics and government, urban politics and political behavior, served in a variety of academic and administrative leadership positions over three decades at UIC before retiring in August 2000.
He was assistant and associate professor of political science at SUNY-Buffalo before coming to UIC, where he was hired as professor and head of political science in 1969. He served as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1972 to 1974 and acting dean from 1973 to 1974. He was chair of political science from 1987 to 1991.
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Ignite Event for Incoming UIC Students!
Professors Petia Kostadinova and Evan McKenzie, our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Department Head, attended the Ignite event on April 6, with thousands of accepted first-year students and their parents. They met with dozens of incoming students who are interested in majoring in Political Science.
Astrida Tantillo, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Studies, joined the conversation and told parents and students that Political Science is one of the fastest-growing majors at UIC, with a variety of job prospects for graduates.
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“It wasn’t really that I immediately chose UIC, so much as UIC took the time and effort and sought out minority students from underrepresented counties in Illinois and had enough courage to believe in me. They also offered me a financial award that allowed me to receive a college education in the first place. This, to me, is what UIC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is all about.”LAS 2017, Political Science Department, UIC|
“Education extends from the classroom to the environment around you. The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Political Science department challenges me to escape my comfort zone and learn from all of the diverse perspectives that I am exposed to on campus and the city around me.”LAS 2016, Political Science Department, UIC|
“My research, but more importantly, my development as a graduate student and emerging scholar, would not have been possible without the support from my advisors, UIC’s support and the research support of several national institutions. I was able to benefit from many departmental awards including Milton Rakove Memorial research and paper awards, and the Lynn Ragsdale Fellowship, which helped support my study of Hindi in Jaipur, India. I was able to learn Hindi and complete my initial research in India with the support of awards, like UIC’s Dean’s Scholar Award, and National-level awards, such as the Critical Language Scholarship, and a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship. Not only did my advisors encourage and support me to pursue many research opportunities, but also we celebrated together as I found success in these awards. Probably the defining moment was at this past American Political Science Association conference (2015) where I received the Norton Long Young Scholar award in front of my main three advisors-Dr. Sultan Tepe, Dr. Dennis Judd, and Dr. Yue Zhang as well as a friend, former student, and now assistant professor, Dr. Annika Hinze. I’ve benefited immensely from the intellectually stimulating supportive environment that Chicago and UIC have provided.”PhD candidate, Political Science Department, UIC|
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