Office of the Provost

Eric Selbin Appointed to Another Term as University Scholar

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    Eric Selbin

Political science professor studies revolutions and Latin American politics

Eric Selbin, a professor of political science at Southwestern University whose research focuses on theories of revolution and Latin American politics, has been re-appointed to another five-year term as University Scholar.

The University Scholar program was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who have achieved national recognition in their field, and who have made significant contributions to Southwestern over a substantial period of time.

University Scholars are provided with opportunities that will enable them to focus on their research pursuits for a specified period of time. These opportunities include a reduced teaching load, more frequent eligibility for sabbatical leaves, research stipends, and funds for the support of research and professional activities.

Selbin was first appointed to the position in 2006. Since then, he has published several articles and book chapters, and written two books − one titled Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story and another titled Decentering International Relations that was written with Southwestern graduate Meghana Nayak. Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story has also been published in Germany and India, and is forthcoming in Arabic, Spanish and Turkish. 

Selbin is currently working on a book titled Understanding Revolution with Jack Goldstone from George Mason University and John Foran from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since 2004, he also has been co-editor of the book series “New Millennium Books in International Studies” for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Selbin said another term as a University Scholar will enable him to complete some new articles related to who writes and tells stories of revolution and who hears and acts upon them. He also is working on another book that is tentatively titled Local Struggles, Global Challenges: Small Worlds, Slow Memory/ies, and Redes (“Redes” is a Spanish word that roughly translates as “networks”). He said the book will seek to broaden notions of revolution to include some of the more recent phenomena and other ways our conceptions of revolution are changing as well as continuing to try to answer the questions of how come revolutions happen here not there, now not then, and among these people and not those.

Selbin is currently co-authoring two papers with Southwestern students − one on the recent uprisings in Spain and another on the 1909 Uprising of the 20,000 in New York City (also known as the New York shirtwaist strike), working on an article about social media/technology and revolution, and preparing to teach a summer short course for faculty and graduate students from across Europe at the University of Tallinn’s School of Social and Cultural Studies in Estonia.

Selbin joined the Southwestern faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor of political science. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor and tenured in 1998, and promoted to the rank of professor in 2003. He was chair of the International Studies Program from 1996-1999, served as chair of the Division of Social Sciences in 2003-2004 and served as chair of the Political Science Department from 2005-2009.

Selbin’s teaching and research have previously been recognized with several awards, including the Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in 2001-2002 and an appointment as a Brown Distinguished Research Professor from 1999-2003.

“Dr. Selbin’s reappointment to this position is an acknowledgement of his continued excellence as a teacher-scholar at Southwestern,” said Provost Jim Hunt. “His commitment to research, combined with his deep commitment to furthering the core mission of Southwestern through exemplary teaching and his many contributions to the university community, is truly worthy of this type of recognition.”