Tag: Political Science

Weinschenk publishes A Citizens Guide to US Elections

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the co-author of a text newly released this week by Routledge.

The book, A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, is intended for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience.

Weinschenk and his co-author, Prof. Costas Panagopoulos of Fordham University, make the case that although there may be widespread dissatisfaction with politics and the electoral process, the system isn’t actually broken. Instead, they write, Americans already have the power to fix what’s wrong within the existing system, provided they roll up their sleeves and get involved; what’s missing today is consistent and meaningful citizen participation.

Weinschenk, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Green Bay, joined the faculty in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in political science from UW-Milwaukee. His scholarship on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, mayoral politics, public opinion, declining turnout, and political psychology has been published in leading journals. The UWGB Research Council presented him the Research Scholar Award in fall 2014 to help complete work on A Citizens Guide.

For more on the book, go to https://www.routledge.com/products/978113885879

Book draws notice from prominent insiders — The book A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, co-authored by UW-Green Bay faculty member Aaron Weinschenk, debuts this week with positive reviews from two well-connected political analysts.

Nationally prominent consultant Robert Shrum, who was a senior adviser to the Gore 200 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns and now holds a named chair in political science at USC, and political handicapper and National Journal columnist Charlie Cook offer reviews posted to the Routledge website. Cook describes the book as “jam-packed with crucial information about contemporary politics and elections” and “required reading for serious students and citizens who want to understand the electoral process and back up their opinions with facts.” Writes Shrum, “It’s enlightening, a great read for political junkies, and a good one for any citizen who cares about democracy and each individual’s capacity and responsibility to make a difference.” See https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138858794


‘Global Terrorism: The World after the Paris Attacks’

UW-Green Bay faculty members in global studies, political science and the humanities will host a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 24) in Phoenix Room C of the University Union. The title of the event is “Global Terrorism: The World after the Paris Attacks.” Each of the four presenters will address the topic from their particular area of expertise, allowing time for audience questions and answers. The four presenters and their respective areas are:

  • Paris: the city and the symbol — Cristina Ortiz, professor of Humanities and Global Studies, chair of Modern Languages
  • Mourning all victims — Katia Levintova, associate professor of Political Science, Chair of Global Studies
  • Terrorism in a Global Age — David Coury, professor of Humanities and Global Studies, director of Center for Middle Eastern Studies
  •  US Federal and State Reaction to the Aftermath of the ISIS Attacks — Dave Helpap, assistant professor of Political Science and Public Administration

The program is free and open to the public.

Coury, Levintova join local roundtable on world refugee crisis

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships will be joining St Norbert College’s Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding for a round-table discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis last night (Nov. 12). The event, “We Can’t Look Away: A Conversation about the World Refugee Crisis,” took place on the SNC campus.  Featured panelists were Ozum Yesiltas, visiting assistant professor of political science (SNC);  Robert Pyne, senior director for community engagement (SNC);  David Coury, professor of Humanistic Studies and Global Studies (UWGB); and Katia Levinova, associate professor of Political Science and Global Studies (UWGB).

Faculty note: Weinschenk chapter

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, contributed a chapter to a new book (Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter, Lexington Books, November 2015). Titled “The Badger State as a Battleground: Wisconsin Politics Past, Present, and Future,” the chapter is co-authored with Neil Kraus of UW-River Falls. It focuses on explaining why Wisconsin is seen as “up for grabs” during presidential elections. It provides a historical overview of Wisconsin politics, discusses current electoral trends and results, and speculates about what is in store for Wisconsin during the 2016 election.

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Weinschenk previews GOP debate — Speaking of swing states, Prof. Aaron Weinschenk talks about the choice of Milwaukee for the Nov. 10 Republican presidential debate with NBC-TV 26.

Faculty note: Indiana reporter interviews Weinschenk on election options

UW-Green Bay political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, says switching local council and mayoral elections to coincide with higher-turnout November elections might be a good way to boost voter participation and encourage local candidates to address a wider and more diverse electorate. Weinschenk is quoted at length on page 3 (online) of a Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star analysis piece.

Former Congressmen Petri, Obey address public policy students

image1-news-postAssistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk’s Public Policy class enjoyed an opportunity Monday to hear first-hand from two veterans of the Washington, D.C., political scene. Former House Representatives Tom Petri (R) and David Obey (D), both of whom retired from Congress, visited the class to lecture and take student questions. The Congressmen visited Weinschenk’s class as the first stop in their Civic Participation Lecture Series. According to Weinschenk, “It is a amazing to have people of this caliber visit our campus. In a class focused on public policy, there is nothing better than hearing from people who were directly involved in the federal policymaking process for so long.” Wisconsin State Representative Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, was also in attendance to provide introductory remarks and to introduce Petri and Obey. Weinschenk, a political scientist, thanked staff members Scott Berg, Rick Warpinski, and Katie Stilp for their help in planning and hosting the event. Pictured in the photo, above, from right, are Weinschenk, Genrich, Petri, Obey and the teaching assistant for the Public Policy class, Gretchen Klefstad.

Weinschenk interviewed for Governing magazine

The research of political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is cited in a Governing magazine article on upcoming mayoral elections nationwide, the fact Democrats continue to dominate big-city races, and the relatively high degree of voter apathy. On this latter topic, the mention of Weinschenk (and UWGB) is near the end of the piece.

Weinschenk quoted on Walker

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, was quoted recently by NBC 26 News as part of a story on Gov. Scott Walker’s first formal appearance in Wisconsin after suspending his presidential campaign, what the governor says he will do next, and what analysts think he needs to do next.

Media can’t get enough of Walker talk (and Weinschenk)

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is among the UW-Green Bay experts getting plenty of phone calls from local media seeking insight on the 2016 presidential campaign and the candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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