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.”  The book was recognized at the September APSA conference in San Francisco.

Dictators and Their Secret Police 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.

Greitens's book is also co-winner of the 2017 International Studies Association’s annual Best Book Award.  The selection committee was “truly impressed with the ambition of the book, the clear and persuasive theoretical logic, and the exceptionally rich case study evidence [she was] able to bring to bear to support [her] argument.”  The selection committee also noted:  “this is an important book that will have a substantial influence in the field.”  Sheena’s book will be recognized at the forthcoming ISA conference in San Francisco (April 2018).

Read a Q&A with the author here.


Justin Dyer


University of Missouri professor and Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy director Justin Dyer talks about polarization of legal interpretation on The Open Mind

Full show and transcript here.

Jesse Hall, University of Missouri

Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy director Justin Dyer and associate director Jeffrey Pasley write about the possibility of real dialogue in a university setting. Read their Kansas City Star commentary here.



MU Columns with Banners

Professors Adam Seagrave and Stephanie Shonekan explain in the Columbia Daily Tribune what the new Race and the American Story will bring to the Citizenship@Mizzou program:

Additional news coverage about the course:

KBIA's Thinking Out Loud (Radio Interview)

KOMU (TV segment)

The Columbia Missourian


The Rise of the Representative

Professor Peverill Squire's most recent book, The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America, is now out from University of Michigan Press.

Read an interview with Squire about his latest project here.




Brandon Park

Bandon Park attends a lecture at ICPSR

Three MU Political Science graduate students attended the prestigious Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan this summer. "ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations." ICPSR offers short statistical workshops during the summer allowing students to develop and improve their methodological skills. 

Hanna Brant


 Hanna Brant was awarded the Janet Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship. 

 This scholarship is "intended to encourage women and under-represented graduate students to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research."



Cody Drolc


 Cody Drolc was awarded the scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs. 

 "The Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs is awarded annually to a handful of graduate students who are conducting empirical research within the fields of public administration,  public policy, or public affairs."



Brandon Park


 Brandon Park was awarded the Clogg Scholarship.

 "This scholarship was established in 1995 by the ICPSR Council to commemorate the late Clifford C. Clogg, a prominent sociologist (who also had interests relevant to political science) and social methodologist."


DC Kinder Scholars 2017

Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program participatants (2017)

Twenty Mizzou students recently returned from The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program. The Springfield News-Leader covered the experience of political science honor society president Tricia Swartz here.



Lael Keiser

Lael Keiser, Truman School Director

Lael Keiser, professor of public policy and administration, has been appointed director of the Harry S Truman School of Public more

Greitens Testifies to Congress

Greitens Testifies to Congress, July 12

In July Dr. Sheena Greitens testified to Congress on the terrorism threat from ISIS-affiliated groups in the Philippines and how the US can design security cooperation with the Philippines to counter these threats.

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