Faculty note: Prof: Weinschenk publishes peer-reviewed article with undergraduates 

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) and 14 undergraduate students from his research lab recently had a paper accepted for publication. The paper is called “Have State Supreme Court Elections Nationalized?” and will appear in Justice System Journal, a peer-reviewed journal in political scienceThe paper was written as part of Weinschenk’s Political Science Research Lab, which he created and ran for the first time this past fall. 

Faculty note: Prof. Weinschenk paper accepted for publication

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science), recently had a paper on the psychological underpinnings of political orientations accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Intelligence. The article is co-authored with an international team of researchers from New York University, Brescia University College at Western University (Canada), the University of Bremen (Germany), and Bielefeld University (Germany). The paper is an interdisciplinary collaboration—two of the co-authors are political scientists, two are psychologists, and one is a sociologist.

Faculty note: Political Talk—The Political Implications of Pandemic Language

In CAHSS and Effect, UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen and David Coury look at the language used in regard to the current pandemic. “The spring of 2020 is now irrevocably intertwined with the word pandemic. On March 11, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed that, based on “the alarming levels of spread and severity” as well as “alarming levels of inaction,” COVID-19 must be characterized as a pandemic – something which could not easily be “controlled.” Other anxiety-inducing terms like crisis and emergency have also animated public conversations about the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 13, President Trump declared a “national emergency” in response to the spread of the coronavirus, drawing on executive authorities granted by the U.S. Constitution and laws such as the National Emergencies Act to activate a range of special provisions and presidential powers. In his presidential briefings, Trump has termed the virus a “medical crisis…a thing that nobody has seen for many, many decades.” Similarly, a wide range of media outlets have used the language of crisis in their coverage of COVID-19, with headlines in the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal repeatedly referencing “the Coronavirus Crisis.” It is easy to take these terms for granted as they increasingly saturate our media and political environments. But the words we use to describe situations like the current COVID-19 outbreak can be powerful, not only in shaping our interpretations and understandings of what is happening, but also in shaping our expectations of what constitutes appropriate responses. Let us begin with a deeper look at the origins of these terms.”

Professers Coen and Coury write about ‘political implications of pandemic language’

UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and David Coury (Humanities and German, Global Studies) combined their expertise across disciplines to write about the political implications of pandemic language. See CAHSS and Effect for their piece, Political Talk: The Political Implications of Pandemic Language.

Prof. Weinschenk pens piece for WisContext, ‘New Partisan Peak Of Wisconsin’s 2020 Pandemic Supreme Court Election | WisContext

Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk penned this piece for WisContext, “If there’s one truism in American politics these days, it seems to be that political division is pervasive. State Supreme Court elections in the battleground state of Wisconsin are a perfect illustration of the powerful role that partisan divides can play in ostensibly nonpartisan races, even when the vote is conducted in the middle of a pandemic. The spring 2020 elections in Wisconsin were certainly out of the ordinary, but even their dynamics reflected familiar partisan divisions in the electorate — and the courts.” Source: The New Partisan Peak Of Wisconsin’s 2020 Pandemic Supreme Court Election | WisContext

Alumnus Jake Immel wins Sheboygan County races

UW-Green Bay alumnus Jake Immel ’17 (Political Science and Public Administration) won his second term for Sheboygan Falls City Council and earned a seat on the Sheboygan County Board in the recent elections. He also works in customer service and nonprofit leadership. Immel was an RA, tour guide, teaching assistant and chair of the student resources committee for the Student Government Association. He was first elected to the city council at age 23, less than a year after graduating from UW-Green Bay.

‘Pandemic Poetry’ group, created by two UW-Green Bay Professors, is creating sense of community in isolation | Art Forward

Virtual groups, like the “Pandemic Poetry Group” on Facebook are helping artists stay connected while isolated at home. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. and Co-Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Jessica Van Slooten and Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science) are the creators of the page.

“I am comforted and inspired by our group as a supportive space for sharing art through words,” stated Coen. “The poems shared are sometimes humorous, sometimes somber and almost always descriptive of people’s different experiences and perspectives.”

Learn more via Manitowoc’s ‘Pandemic Poetry’ group creating sense of community in isolation | Art Forward

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.

UW-Green Bay faculty members create a Pandemic Poetry Exchange

UW-Green Bay Professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and Jessica Van Slooten (English, Women’s & Gender Studies) were featured in a local news story for their creation of an interdisciplinary Pandemic Poetry Exchange group. The pair talked to reporter Diana Bolander for the Herald Times Reporter.

Alise Coen
Alise Coen

The group has grown to more than 200 members on Facebook and offers a supportive creative space to help cope with physical distancing.

The Facebook group is called ‘VanCoen Pandemic Poetry‘ (a combination of their last names) and has more than 225 members. The group’s guiding principle is to be ‘a supportive space for members to read, create and share original poems (broadly defined) to help cope with social distancing and quarantine-like conditions during the COVID-19 situation.

Jessica Van Slooten
Jessica Van Slooten

Both Coen and Van Slooten said they find that the group helps them feel more connected to the world while in isolation.

Coen noted: “I am comforted and inspired by our group as a supportive space for sharing art through words. The poems shared are sometimes humorous, sometimes somber and almost always descriptive of people’s different experiences and perspectives.”



A poem and photo by Van Slooten:

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.Fold the paper vertically
and curve the scissors just
so: begin with a point,
flare into generous cures,
and finish in a deep cleft.
Unfold your heart.
Remember they come in all
shapes, sizes, colors.
Make a rainbow of hearts:
love is love is love.
Put two hearts together
to form wings, and fly.
Imagine every paper heart
beating steady, strong,
a talisman to heal broken
hearts, heart failure.
Tape the hearts on windows
and doors: spread the love

Not Aleppo by Coen

Tending to street cats
In the middle of war
The man in Aleppo
Knows far more
About trying to find peace.
Me with my books
With my smart phone in bed
Using words to escape
The traps in my head
Safely sprawled under fleece.

Still, I fell nervous
In my privileged bombless nights
Mulling over viral posts
Of healthcare worker plights
And epicenter quakes.
By the light of my screen
That comforting glow
The fear is well disguised
As a thing I need to know
So I read all the takes.

Prof. Weinschenk helps student to second place in national CSPAN contest

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) recently mentored Bay Port High School student Trevor Connaher on material for a video submission to CSPAN’s student cam competition. Connaher won second place for his video “America’s Digital Divide.” Second place included a $1,500 cash prize and his video aired on CSPAN. Although CSPAN was unable to hold the celebration for winners in Washington D.C, a number of people (including Weinschenk, some elected officials from the region, etc.) recorded video messages of congratulations to Connaher. See the website and video.