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Ken Godwin (1944-2018)

   April 17, 2018

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is sad to announce that Dr. Ken Godwin passed away on Sunday, April 15. From 2001 until he ended phased retirement in 2013, Dr. Godwin was the Marshall A. Rausch Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and over his career he published 12 books as...

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Conrad to Talk 'U.S. Global Engagement and the Military'

   February 22, 2018

Justin Conrad, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will discuss “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” as the final speaker of the 2018 Great Decisions Lecture Series. This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Charlotte International House, 1817 Central Ave., No. 215....

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Dr. Justin Conrad's paper wins award

   December 19, 2017

Dr. Justin Conrad's paper, "Competition, Government Enforcement and Political Violence", presented at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in April 2017, has been chosen to receive the award for best paper on the topic of international relations. Dr. Conrad is an associate professor in the Political Science department.

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New book: Gambling and War: Risk, Reward and Chance in International Conflict

   October 13, 2017

Dr. Justin Conrad's new book, Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict, brings readers a war college course taught at a Las Vegas casino. To succeed in poker, it is not enough to simply anticipate the actions of other players and try to outsmart them. A successful player must also understand and...

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With NSF Funding, Conrad to Study Insurgents, Terrorists

   August 22, 2017

With a $405,818 National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Justin Conrad will research how
competition influences the behavior of insurgent groups, terrorist organizations, and pro-
government militias. The work will address a gap in understanding of the impact of competition
between such non-state groups.

The project, “Violent Non-State Rivalry and Organizational...

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Book Explores Reasons For Rejection of Policies

   August 22, 2017

Dr. Mary Layton (Mel) Atkinson’s new book considers why members of the public frequently
reject public policies that seem to give them exactly what they want. The book, Combative
Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press), looks
at the impact of news media’s impact on this phenomenon.

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Model United Nations Delegates Win Honors

   August 22, 2017

UNC Charlotte Model United Nations students in spring 2017 competed internationally at the
Harvard World United Nations in Montreal, Canada, where they vied against 2,000 university
students from more than 115 countries. Our delegates brought home highest honors for
individual participants, with two awards for verbal communications.

Despite 17 inches of snow...

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Student Interest in Honors Program Grows Dramatically

   August 22, 2017

The Political Science Honors Program has grown significantly since the department developed
clear admissions criteria two years ago. The program currently has more than 20 students, who
benefit from opportunities for targeted research, in-depth study and mentoring and career
coaching by faculty and alumni.

During the 2016-17 academic year, 11 students...

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Public Management Academy Launches With Full Contingent

   August 22, 2017

In its commitment to grow the knowledge of regional public sector managers, UNC Charlotte’s
Master of Public Administration Program launched the MPA Public Management Academy
Professional Development Certificate program in spring 2017, with a full house of 35
participants from across the region.

The fall 2017 offering also is full, as the Academy addresses the...

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Seniors Recognized for Service, Leadership and Academic Achievement

   May 12, 2017

UNC Charlotte administrators honored 11 outstanding seniors for their service, leadership, and
academic achievement at a spring awards ceremony. Grant Parker, a political science major, and
Justice White, a communication studies major, were among the students presented the
Chancellors Citations for Leadership and Service.

The citation, given by Chancellor...

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