Political Science

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

February 2018

  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder’s article titled “‘Madonnas,’ ‘Assassins,’ and ‘Girls’: How Female Politicians Respond to Media Labels Reflecting Party Leader Strategy” was published in the most recent issue of the interdisciplinary U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal.





January 2018

  • Professor of Political Science  Shannon Mariotti  was invited to contribute the essay on “Adorno and Democracy” to the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to  Adorno , edited by Peter Gordon, Max Pensky, and Espen Hammer.





August 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor published an article titled “Easing Political Digestion: The effects of news curation on citizens’ behavior” in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. The article is coauthored with Danielle Psimas, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Politics Honors Program.





May 2017

  • Associate Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti was invited to contribute the essay on “Adorno and Democracy” for the Blackwell Companion to Adorno, a volume that will be edited by Espen Hammer, Peter Gordon, and Max Pensky. Her essay, “The Dispossession of the Public and the ‘Common Benefits’ Clause: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy through U.S. State Constitutions,” was also just published in American Political Thought: An Alternative View, edited by Alex Zamalin and Jonathan Keller (Routledge, 2017).





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor presented a paper titled “The Emotional Consequences of Political Incivility and Psychological Conflict Orientation” at the European Consortium for Political Research Joint Session Workshops in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The workshop, titled “Political Incivility in Parliament, Party Competition and Political Communication,” brought together scholars from 10 countries for four days of in-depth discussion on the topic.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti participated in a panel titled “Mindfulness, Meditation, and Politics: Practices of the Social, Practices of the Self” on Apr. 13, 2017 at the Western Political Science Association conference in Vancouver, Canada. Her paper was titled “Zen Democracy: Experience and the Political Value of Modern Western Buddhism” and draws from a new book project.





April 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor participated in the second research convening of the National Institute for Civil Discourse in Tucson, Ariz., on March 23–25.  She presented work she began with Southwestern alumna Grace Atkins ’16 titled “Signaling Incivility: The Role of Speaker, Substance and Tone.” She also presented her work on “The Emotional Consequences of Political Incivility and Psychological Conflict Orientation” at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Ill., April 6–9.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti presented a paper on April 1 at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities conference at Stanford Law School. Her paper was titled “Common Benefits and Equal Privileges: The New Progressive Federalism, State Constitutional Rights, and a Democratic Politics against Neoliberal Oligarchy.”





March 2017

  • Associate Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti accepted an invitation from the political science department at Trinity University in San Antonio to present a paper on March 23, 2017. She presented a talk, titled “The Experience of Meaningful Democracy: Adorno in America,” that drew from her recent book, Adorno and Democracy: The American Years (University Press of Kentucky, 2017).





  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder published a book titled Japanese Politics and Government with Routledge in March 2017. This book investigates Japanese politics in the postwar era from theoretical and comparative perspectives offering an in-depth exploration of postwar political institutions, political reform in the 1990s, the policymaking process, and the politics of economic growth and stagnation. It also draws attention to key policy issues including women and work, immigration, Japanese aging/low fertility society, security and trade.





  • Associate Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti gave an invited lecture at Oklahoma City University on March 2. Her talk drew from her new book project and was titled “The Common Benefits Clause: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy Through U.S. State Constitutions.”