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Provost Briefs

Department of Political Science

This year Jodi Dean published The Communist Horizon (Verso). Dean also delivered invited talks at Yale, Brown, Ohio University, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Trent University and in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Nottingham, Manchester, Copenhagen, and Vis (Croatia).

Iva Deutchman coordinated the 7th annual Day on Hill (with DeWayne Lucas), and also served on the American Studies Steering Committee. Deutchman delivered numerous talks regarding the 2012 election, including invited talks in the UK as well as a panel presentation at the Northeast Political Science Association. This spring she delivered an invited lecture on gender and politics at Keuka College. In May, she and Chris Hatch will be delivering a paper on baseball and American culture at the annual baseball conference in Cooperstown this May.

Kevin Dunn published Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict with Morten Bøås (Zed Press). He also published three journal articles: "’If it Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk’: Walter Benjamin's Progressive Cultural Production and DIY Punk Record Labels" in Journal of Popular Music Studies, “Anarcho-Punk and Resistance in Everyday Life” in Journal of Punk and Post-Punk Studies, and “’We ARE the Revolution’: Riot Grrrl Press, Girl Empowerment and DIY Self-Publishing” (with May Farnsworth) in Women’s Studies. He also gave invited lectures in the US, Norway and Scotland, as well as conference presentations for African Studies Association and International Studies Association.

David Ost published entries on “1989” and “Central Europe”, in two different versions, in the Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics, and the Oxford Companion to International Relations, and an entry on “Solidarity” in the Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics. He also published “Journalism and Revolution: review essay on Ryszard Kapuscinski,” in Dissent (Winter 2013), a book review on Vladimir Tismaneanu, Promises of 1968, in Slavic Review, and an essay published in Polish, “Reality Fermenting: Social Movements in Poland,” in Kultura Liberalna, June 26, 2012. He also presented at National Convention of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, Poznan Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, and at Barcelona University, Spain. He provided active service on editorial boards of two prominent journals, Politics and Society, and East European Politics, Societies, and Cultures, reviewing around 30 articles for these two journals, as well as serving as reviewer on scholarly submissions for the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Ethnography, Polish Sociological Review, Studies of Transition States and Societies, and Studie Socjologiczne (in Polish).

Earlier this year, Paul Passavant published an essay on the 2011 occupation of the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin: "Uneven Developments and the End to the History of Modernity's Social Democratic Orientation: Madison's Pro-Union Demonstrations," in Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols, eds., The Ends of History (Routledge, 2013). In 2012, he published four essays: "Democracy's Ruins, Democracy's Archive," in Ruth Buchanan, Stewart Motha and Sundhya Pahuja, eds., Reading Modern Law (Routledge, 2012); a contribution to a symposium on "Justice and the American Metropolis,' in Perspectives on Politics (September, 2012) (one of the two flagship journals of the American Political Science Association); and two encyclopedia essays in George Ritzer, ed, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Earlier this year, Passavant was invited by the Yale Law School to speak at a conference the law school hosts every year on public interest lawyering, where he addressed faculty, students, legal practitioners, and activists on the policing of Occupy Wall Street and how lawyers can help check abusive policing. He also served on the program committee for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH) annual conference hosted this year by the Birkbeck College of Law in London. Last year, he served on the program committee of the Western Political Science Association as head of one of its largest sections. Additionally, he finished a three year term on the governing body of ASLCH, where he also served as chair of its graduate student affairs committee and founded its annual graduate student workshop. In the last year, Passavant was also appointed by the Geneva City Council to serve on the City's Planning Commission.

Stacey Philbrick Yadav’s book Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon was released in April, with a book launch hosted by Project on Middle East Political Science in Washington, DC. She was invited to speak on the Yemeni transitional process at the Atlantic Council, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and Chatham House. Philbrick Yadav was also invited to present academic papers at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the New England Middle East Politics Workshop. She participated in a series of workshops in Jordan for a group of Yemeni youth activists strategizing for the National Dialogue Conference. She was elected to the executive board of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies, in the role of treasurer. Philbrick Yadav also published four chapters in academic edited volumes and an essay in Foreign Policy.