Department of Political Science

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Dr. Angie Maxwell, assistant professor in Political Science and Diane D. Blair Professor of Southern Studies has a new book The Indicted South, due to publish on April 15 by the University of North Carolina Press. Maxwell received her bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Arkansas in 2000.

By the 1920s, the sectional reconciliation that had seemed achievable after Reconstruction was foundering, and the South was increasingly perceived and portrayed as impoverished, uneducated and backward. In this interdisciplinary study, Maxwell examines and connects three key 20th-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism, identifying in white southerners' responses a pattern of defensiveness that shaped the region's political and cultural conservatism.

Maxwell exposes the way the perception of regional inferiority confronted all types of southerners, focusing on the 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, and the birth of the anti-evolution movement; the publication of I'll Take My Stand and the turn to New Criticism by the Southern Agrarians; and Virginia's campaign of Massive Resistance and Interposition in response to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Tracing the effects of media scrutiny and the ridicule that characterized national discourse in each of these cases, Maxwell reveals the reactionary responses that linked modern southern whiteness with anti-elitism, states' rights, fundamentalism, and majoritarianism.

Dr. Patrick Stewart, Associate Professor joined Dr. Erik Bucy from Texas Tech to speak about Russian president Vladimir's body language on Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D., "Caveman Politics" blog on Psychology Today.

How evolution impacts politics Two experts "read" politicians' body language. Can you? About 10% of communication is spoken words. What are politicians' bodies saying? Published on March 20, 2014.

Dr. Angie Maxwell, assistant professor in Political Science and Diane D. Blair professor of Southern Studies has been honored with the 2014 Young Alumni Award.

The University of Arkansas Alumni Association bestows this award on individuals who must be a graduate or former student of the University of Arkansas and who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteer activities. The award has been in existence since 2000.

Margaret Watermann is a political science, history (honors), French, an Honors College major who is the recipient of the 2014-15 Presidential Scholar. 

Dr. Patrick Stewart, Associate Professor featured in New Republic. Body language experts analyze Vladimir Putin, by Alice Robb.

Patrick Stewart researches politicians' nonverbal communication:  "The decision to give a press conference while sitting in a chair without barriers and at the same height level as the press corps appears to be similar to that of someone who signals his formidability when trying to start a fight by sticking his chin out: It is a subtle indicator that he has nothing to fear."

"Displacement activities—touching the head or face, fidgeting with an item such as a ring or a pen, combing the hands through the hair—tend to indicate a level of stress. Putin touches his nose when discussing the legality of removing the president under Ukrainian law and again when talking about the Paralympics. There were also head scratches."  

Kay Collett Goss, internationally recognized lecturer, author and public service has joined the department of political science as its first Executive in Residence, spring 2014 semester. The department adopted its executive in residence program in 2013. The program brings high-ranking managers in the service professions and career executives to campus to interact with undergraduate and graduate students through lectures and professional seminars.

"We're honored that Kay Goss accepted our offer to serve as the first Executive in Residence," said Margaret Reid, chair of the department. "Her long professional career in high ranking government positions, her vast international experiences and her close connection with academia make her the ideal candidate."

Goss’ expertise in the fields of emergency management, risk communication and general resiliency have made her a highly respected authority who is admired by business leaders, government officials and social activists throughout the world.

Goss’ career has taken her from Arkansas all over the world. For 10 years, she served as senior assistant for intergovernmental relations for Governor Bill Clinton. Moving from the state capitol to the federal government, she became the first woman to hold the position of assistant director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in charge of national preparedness, training and exercises, presidential appointee, U.S. Senate confirmed.

Additional work experience includes serving as senior associate for Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA, senior principal and adviser for Emergency Management and Continuity Programs at Systems and Research Applications International, in Arlington, VA and senior adviser for Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Business Security at Electronic Data Systems Corp, in Herndon, VA.

With a strong commitment to give back to her community, Goss sits on the board of directors/trustees for the National Information Sharing Consortium, Union Institute and University, Global Community College in California and University of Arkansas Alumni Association. She serves as president of World Disaster Management LLC and the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation and as first vice president of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Istanbul Technical University.

Honored by many organizations for her public service and expertise, Goss serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, an ambassador for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, an advisory board member for the Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, vice president of the Every Child Is Ours Foundation and volunteer chancellor for the World Disaster Management Community College in Kanana, South Africa.

Goss earned a bachelor of arts in public administration and master of arts in public administration from the University of Arkansas. She is an emergency management columnist for the Domestic Preparedness Journal and has written five books. Her most recent book is Mr. Chairman: The Life and Legacy of Wilbur Mills (Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, Dec. 2012).

Dr. Patrick Stewart
Dr. Stewart is presenting a chapter of our book project at the University of Central Florida, 2/21/14. Red Tide, Blue Skies, or Purple Reign: Partisan donations during the 2012 Florida, presidential preprimary.

As Republicans and Democrats jockey to select their candidate for upcoming presidential elections, it is the year before the primaries that has the greatest influence on electoral outcomes. Donations during this period indicate the strength of the respective political parties and the geographic partisan strongholds.

In this presentation we consider the geographic distribution of campaign contributions in one of the four major electoral states, Florida. This will give us an overview of the nature of Florida partisanship during the 2012 election, when the Republican party was searching for a viable candidate and the Democratic Party rallied behind President Obama. We will then focus on implications this will have in future elections.


Kay Goss inducted as Fellow of National Academy for Public Administration, November 2013

Kay Goss

Kay Goss with Academy President and CEO Dan Blair and 2012-13 Board Chair Diane Disney.

The Academy has inducted over 750 Fellows—including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. The Fellows have a deep understanding of financial management, human resources, technology, and administrative functions at all levels of government, and direct most of the Academy's studies.

They contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of Academy projects and provide general guidance of the organization. Fellows are also the Academy's primary resource for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government through their participation in various Standing Panels. To be inducted conveys a high honor and recognition of significant contributions Fellows have made to the profession.


Victoria Hui
Victoria Hui was awarded the 2013 Arkansas City Management Association's Henry Alexander scholarship.

Victoria Hui


Jebaraj Named to Leadership Arkansas Program
Mervin Jebaraj of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business recently accepted an invitation to join the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Arkansas Program.

The program encapsulates a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas, providing Jebaraj and fellow participants with an opportunity to address these issues.

"I am excited about the opportunity to meet and work with leaders from other parts of the state to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges and respective visions of the state, " he said. "This serves as a chance to learn from each other and work on ideas that will help the entire state grow economically."

The program involves attending seven seminar sessions, each about a month apart. The first was in Hot Springs and focused on Arkansas tourism. There are sessions in Little Rock about the political set-up of the state and in Fort Smith about the manufacturing sector in the state.

Other sessions are in El Dorado, Bentonville, West Memphis/Jonesboro, and Central Arkansas and will cover the economies in those geographic areas.

Jebaraj received a bachelor's degree in economics and international relations in 2007 from the University of Arkansas. Following graduation, Mervin began working for the Center for Business & Economic Research. In 2011, he earned a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in public policy.

"I enjoy the great people and the culture of the workplace here," Jebaraj said of the Walton College. "People work hard, and at the same time, there is a lot of work/life balance."

In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling around the world. Next year he plans to embark on a four-day hike of the Inca Trail in Peru.


Thomas SeligUniversity of Arkansas Announces 2013 Sturgis Fellows
Thomas Selig
graduated from Lakeside High School. He is a National Merit Scholar, Advanced Placement scholar with distinction and Arkansas Times Academic All Star. His leadership experience includes serving as a delegate to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program, secretary of state for Arkansas Boys State, National Honor Society president and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica national Spanish honors society vice president. He has volunteered at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, at St. Mary's Catholic Church and as a mathematics and chemistry tutor. Selig plan to study political science, business economics and Spanish. His parents are Mary Jo and Paul Selig.

A committee of Fulbright College faculty and staff members chose the recipients based on a rigorous application that included an academic resume, essays, book lists, letters of recommendation, high school transcripts and interviews. Read more...


Nathan Coulter Named Harry S. Truman Scholar
University of Arkansas junior Nathan Coulter of Little Rock has been selected as a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Coulter is majoring in political science and economics in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Honors College. Coulter is one of 62 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to be awarded the prestigious scholarship this year. He will receive $30,000 to be used toward his graduate study.

Truman Scholars are selected based on academic excellence and a commitment to public service. This is the second consecutive year that a U of A student has been named a Truman Scholar, and Coulter is the university’s 12th Truman Scholar in the last 20 years.

“Nathan Coulter is clearly a student who will go on to a distinguished career in law and in politics,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “He has an extensive record in advocacy and volunteer work. He represents the University of Arkansas very well as a student committed to a career in service.”

Coulter learned that he had been selected when the chancellor asked him to speak to the campus executive committee about a student matter Friday afternoon. Instead he was surprised by a group of supporters who wanted to congratulate him on being selected as a Truman Scholar.

Nathan Coulter

"The Truman application was very demanding,” said Coulter. “And the interview process was tough as all of the finalists were more than qualified, so I knew the odds were long. I am excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to earning this recognition.”

Coulter was named director of National Student Advocacy for the Associated Student Government and will work with the state advocacy director to lobby lawmakers on issues that affect higher education. This spring, Coulter participated in the presentation of approximately 1,000 donated books to the library at Whitten Elementary in Marianna. He has teaching experience himself, having taught supplemental instruction for basic economics classes for underclassmen for the past three semesters. Coulter has also served as a volunteer at Little Rock’s Harmony Health Clinic, a free clinic for residents of Pulaski County who lack any insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.

Coulter plans to pursue a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. He plans to seek a position at a non-profit organization that provides legal aid or advocates on behalf of low-income families. Coulter’s long-term plans are to enter politics, beginning by running for office as a state legislator.

“The department of political science was thrilled to hear that Nathan Coulter has been selected as a Truman Scholar,” said Margaret F. Reid, chair of the department. “This selection reflects both his strong commitment to learning and his enduring passion for addressing social causes through a life of public service. I am grateful to all my colleagues, notably Dr. Janine Parry, who have supported him throughout his academic career on our campus. We are convinced that we will reading more about his many accomplishments in the years to come.”

Recent University of Arkansas Truman Scholars include Catherine St. Clair, international business, 2005; Dwayne Bensing, political science, 2006; Olivia Meeks, political science and economics, 2008; and Mike Norton, agricultural business and poultry science, 2012.

In 2002, the University of Arkansas received the Truman Honor Institution Award for its commitment to assisting students interested in a career in public service.

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