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New Class: Political and Civic Engagement, PLAP 3500

Carah Ong Whaley Political and Civic EngagementInstructor: Carah Ong Whaley

This course analyzes and applies scholarship to understand the role of civil society in American political processes. We will study the role and impact of American political and civic organizations and institutions in the local and national context. To connect theory and practice, coursework entails research, engagement in political and civic organizations and working with others from a range of perspectives to better understand public issues.

New Class—Topics in Political Science: Quantitative Methods Frequentist and Bayesian Multilevel Models (PLAD 8500)

Connie Figueroa Schibber Quantitative Methods: Frequentist & Bayesian Multilevel ModelsInstructor: Connie Figueroa Schibber

This course covers statistical modeling with explicitly defined hierarchies. Social scientists encounter multilevel data all the time: voters clustered in electoral districts, students nested within classrooms, legislators clustered in congressional periods, countries nested within regions, and so forth. Classic time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data can also be thought as multilevel data, with observations clustered by unit and time period. In survey research, multilevel regression and poststratification (MRP) is a method to estimate public opinion across geographic units from individual-level survey data.

The course will focus on multilevel nested models and multilevel non-nested models for linear and generalized linear models. It will feature frequentist and Bayesian perspectives on inference and computation of hierarchical models.

A working syllabus is available here.

New Class: Political Economy of the Information Economy, PLCP 4500

Political Economy of the Information EconomyEver wonder how Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and the even more popular MySpace;) make money? Take this course and you will find out how, along with how that affects the way the US and world economy works.

How do global and national politics change as the main source of corporate profitability changes from control over production processes to control over intellectual property rights (IPRs) and the political process of regulation? This course explores the consequences of this shift in firms’ strategy and structure (industrial organization) for global regulation, globalization of production and the global and national distribution of income. Students will be expected to cross a 50 foot pit of flaming oil on a slack wire and battle two lions at the other end in lieu of a paper.

At the end of the course you will understand why your iPhone is so costly and how it actually works, along with the business model for social media companies.

Scholars Abroad: 2016 Quandt Fund Winners

 The Quandt Fund for International Research announced grant winners for 2016.
Yaping Wang, for search in China and Vietnam on territorial disputes in southeast Asia.
Robert Kubinec, for continuation of his research in Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria on the role of businessmen in political change during the “Arab Spring” events.
Samuel Plapinger, for continuation of his research on the dynamics of internal conflicts, with case studies of the Jordan crisis of 1970, as well as cases in Oman and Eritrea.
Sonal Pandya, Associate Professor of Politics at U Va, for research in Bombay on how Foreign Direct Investment affects the status of women.
Nicholas Favaloro, for research in South Africa on the role of jazz in the anti-Apartheid struggle.