Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections

Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections (Cambridge Press 2017)

New book from Andrea Benjamin and Cambridge PressRacial Coalition Building in Local Elections, examines racial and ethnic coalition building in local elections and considers Black and Latino political incorporation more broadly... read more 

At the end of every year the department holds an awards reception for undergraduate and graduate students, here are the 2017 recipients. 


Undergraduate Award RecipientsCapstone Students

                          Undergraduate Award Recipients                                                                       Captstone Students                 

Graduate Award Recipients2017 Book Covers Cake

                               Graduate Award Recipients                                                                    2017 Book Covers Cake

Chair with AwardeesFirst Year Cohort

                         Department Chair with Awardees                                                                        First Year Cohort

Bill Horner

                          Bill Horner with Scholarship Donors

Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election

Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election (McFarland 2017)

Bill Horner and Heather Carver evaluate the impact of comedy on the 1976 election in their new book, Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election, from McFarland more  

We have 7 PhD graduates in spring and summer 2017: Jessica Anderson, Ken Bryant, Tom Guarrieri, Colton Heffington, Jeff King, Krisztina Pusok, and Clint Swift. All of them have successfully landed jobs to start this summer or fall! Their specific positions are:


Jessica Anderson


Jessica Anderson

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Louisiana-Monroe



Ken Bryant


Ken Bryant

Assistant Professor of American Politics

University of Texas-Tyler



Tom Guarrieri


Tom Guarrieri

Assistant Research Scientist

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

University of Maryland


Colton Heffington


Colton Heffington

Lecturer in Political Science

Santa Clara University



Jeff King


Jeff King

Assistant Professor in International Studies

American University of Sharjah



Clint Swift


Clint Swift

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

Sewanee: The University of the South



Krisztina Pusok

Sustainable Development Research Associate

Reason Foundation, DC Office


Stephen Graves

Stephen Graves is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity

Congratulations to Department of Political Science members who were recently recognized with campus-wide awards.

Justin Dyer


Associate Professor Justin Dyer received the 2017 Faculty-Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association. This award recognizes the achievements of faculty and alumni, in particular, their work as teachers, administrators and researchers. Dr. Dyer will receive the award during a banquet on November 3. The award began in 1968 by the university to recognize and express appreciation for faculty and alumni.



Stephen Graves


Postdoctoral Fellow Stephen Graves was chosen to receive the MU Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity.  This award recognizes members of the MU faculty who are working to elevate diversity and inclusion at Mizzou.




Rebecca Fallon


Undergraduate Advisor Rebecca Fallon was a 2017 Advisors Forum Excellence in Advising Awards Nominee, recognized at their ceremony in April. Rebecca was the 2016 recipient of the College of Arts & Science Blue Chalk Award for excellence in academic advising.




Ted Masthay


Ted Masthay was recognized by the MU Graduate Student Association as one of two Outstanding Graduate Student awardees. Ted was nominated for this award by his peers in the Graduate Association of Students in Political Science.


Dictators and Their Secret Police

Dictators and Their Secret Police (Cambridge, 2016)

Dictators and Their Secret Police by Assistant Professor Sheena Greitens has been named a co-winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Comparative Democratization.  The selection committee was “deeply impressed with the rigor of [the] comparative analysis and the magnitude of [the] book’s theoretical contributions to our understanding of coercive institutions.”  Sheena’s book will be recognized at the forthcoming APSA conference in San Francisco.

Dictators and Their Secret Police also received an honorable mention for the J. David Greenstone Award from APSA’s Politics and History section for the best book published in the previous two years.

Read a Q&A with the author here.


MU Political Science student Taylor Cofield learns of her Truman Scholar award from Provost Garnett Stokes.

MU Political Science student Taylor Cofield learns of her Truman Scholar award from Provost Garnett Stokes.

University of Missouri junior Taylor Cofield has been selected for the Harry S Truman Scholarship, a nationally-competitive award that supports students dedicated to public service. Selections for the Truman Scholarship are chosen on the basis of their academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Full story here.

MU Political Science Emeritus Professor Paul Wallace

MU Political Science Emeritus Professor Paul Wallace

From ABC17 News: COLUMBIA, Mo. - As the global community reacts to President Donald Trump’s strike against Syria this week, the United States is now investigating whether Russia took part in the most recent Syrian chemical weapons attack. University of Missouri political science professor Paul Wallace starts our conversation on "This Week" with some of the complications that could further complicate relations between Washington and Moscow.

Video interview here

2017 SLAMM

2017 SLAMM participants attend a presentation

The University of Missouri hosted The St. Louis Area Methods Meeting (SLAMM) in April.  Typically, the annual political science conference is hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, but MU political science professors Jay Dow and Laron Williams lobbied organizers to allow the Columbia campus to host the prestigious conference for 2017.

More here:

Cody Drolc's research explores the legacy and complexities of Edward Snowden and what advancements in insider threat detection m

Cody Drolc's research explores the legacy and complexities of Edward Snowden and what advancements in insider threat detection might mean for democracy and transparency in government. (Photo: flickr/Thierry Ehrmann)

MU PhD Student Cody Drolc, discusses his research “Bad bureaucrats? The future of whistleblowing in a post-Snowden world” for In The Moment on South Dakota Public Radio:

Drolc was in South Dakota to present his paper at his alma mater, Black Hills State University: