A publication of the College of Liberal Arts

Special Government Issue

Notable Alumni

A sampling of government graduates who have entered politics:

• The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison, B.A. 1962, has been U.S. Senator from Texas since 1993 — the first and only woman elected by Texas to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.

• The Hon. Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. 1998, is a three-term member of …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Inside the Beltway

Professor immerses students into the real world of politics

For the past nine years, Associate Professor Sean Theriault has taken a group of undergraduate students to the nation’s capital to learn, behind the scenes, how the legislative process works and …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Teaching Awards

A Job Well Done

The Department of Government is especially proud to be home to some of the university’s most distinguished teachers. Among others, these include:

Henry Dietz, Latin American Politics – 2008 Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship; 2006-07 FRIAR …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Professor Advises Drafters of New Kenyan Constitution

Professor Advises Drafters of New Kenyan Constitution

Zachary Elkins helps East African nation

Assistant Professor Zachary Elkins joined several other constitutional scholars to advise the Kenyan leaders on a new national constitution that voters there approved in August.
Elkins and his colleagues counseled officials on everything from establishing …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Capitalism Promotes Peace

Capitalism Promotes Peace

And other provocative findings from our faculty’s honored research and publications

Associate Professor Patrick McDonalD’s “the Invisible Hand of Peace: Capitalism, The War Machine, and International Relations Theory” won the 2010 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from the International History and Politics Section of the …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Political Theory on the Rise

Political Theory on the Rise

Government scholars help answer the great “so what” question of political science

When the Department of Government recruited Thomas Pangle in 2004 to become the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies, the goal was not simply to become a powerhouse …

posted: Oct 5th, 2010

Department of Government Timeline

100 years of excellence

1910 – Board of Regents divides School of Political Science into three units: government, economics and institutional history

1915 – Frank Mann Stewart receives first B.A. in government

1919 – Southwestern Political Science Association founded by …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

James Roach, 1922-2010, and Melvin Hinich, 1939-2010

James Roach, Professor Emeritus

The Department of Government is sorry to report the passing of James Roach, government professor emeritus.

Roach had a long and distinguished career that included prizewinning teaching in international relations, South Asian politics and U.S. foreign policy.…

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

A Latin American Boom in Austin

A Latin American Boom in Austin

A presidential initiative takes Texas to new heights

“We should become the nation’s most important source of expertise about Latin America,” former University of Texas President Larry Faulkner declared in his first State of the University address on Oct. 6, …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

Terrorists, Insurgents and Guerillas

Terrorists, Insurgents and Guerillas

Professor provides data to help fight terrorism

As global terrorism has become a greater danger over the past decade, Professor Ami Pedahzur has been at the forefront of studying that danger and developing the data governments need to respond. Central to …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

The Founding of the Government Department

The Founding of the Government Department

How socialism, frogs and the “Mafia” shaped a department

In the early 20th Century, word was spreading that a socialist was running the School of Political Science at The University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Lindley Keasbey’s controversial political leanings …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

Public Policy to the Fore

Public Policy to the Fore

Bryan Jones leads a resurgence

Public policy has traditionally been a centerpiece of political science at The University of Texas at Austin.

Emmette Redford was an early leader in the field. He sharpened his expertise through real public service in …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

From Batts Hall to the Pink Dome

From Batts Hall to the Pink Dome

The Texas Politics Project and Government Department Internship Program

The picture postcard view of the Texas Capitol dome from the top of the South Mall is only a few steps from the front doors of Batts Hall, the Government Department’s …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

Student News

Ultimately, everything we do centers around our students. Here is a sampling of their incredible work.

Graduate Student News

William Blake’s research, “The Brooding Spirit of the Law: Supreme Court Justices Reading Dissents from the Bench,” was featured in …

posted: Oct 3rd, 2010

Message from the President

Message from the President

Congratulations to the Department of Government on 100 Years of Excellence

For the past century, the Department of Government has been at the heart of The University of Texas at Austin’s research, teaching and civic missions. Its students have gone …

posted: Oct 1st, 2010

100 Years

100 Years

Our Centennial

This year the Department of Government celebrates 100 years of teaching and research. We are glad to present this special edition of Life & Letters, the magazine of the College of Liberal Arts, in honor of our centennial.…

posted: Oct 1st, 2010