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2016

How The Black Vote Turned Blue

From Newsy.com: For decades, black voters have been squarely in the Democratic Party. But it wasn't always that way — it took more than a century for that party alignment to take hold. We teamed up with Dr. Marvin Overby from the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy to narrow down key events that led to the black vote turning blue... 

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Opposition presidential candidate, Hakainde Hichilema, arrives by helicopter at campaign rally in Ndola, Zambia

For the LSE Africa blog, Hangala Siachiwena and Michael Wahman discuss four key factors that could determine the outcome of the 2016 Zambian elections.

A. Cooper Drury

Interim Dean Pat Okker has selected A. Cooper Drury as a new associate dean of A&S. Drury currently serves as chair of the Department of Political Science. 

Sheena Greitens

EAI held an Expert Seminar of the EAI Fellows Program on March 29, 2016 with Professor Sheena Greitens from the University of Missouri. Professor Greitens presented on North Koreans’ resettlement in South Korean society, entitled “Post-Authoritarian Citizenship Among North Korean-Born Individuals in South Korea.”

 

MU political science professors Bill Horner and James Endersby

Most people who have attended the University of Missouri are familiar with the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center or have heard of Lloyd Gaines, the first African-American to apply to the MU law school, which denied his application. Until now, however, few have been aware of the legal battles Gaines and the NAACP waged to guarantee equal rights decades before the civil rights movement gained steam.

Anurag Chandran

When Anurag Chandran left his home in Dubai and moved to Columbia to start his freshman year at Mizzou, it was the first time he had traveled to the United States. As expected, he encountered a world of difference between Dubai and the U.S. For one thing, he couldn’t figure out the weather as he was used to measuring temperature in Celsius.

Clint S. Swift and Kathryn A. VanderMolen

Frustrated with legislative gridlock, many commentators have suggested term limits to ensure fresh ideas that will improve legislative efficiency. In new research which studies bill cosponsorship in 82 legislative chambers, Clint S. Swift and Kathryn A. VanderMolen find that term limits for legislators actually reduces bipartisan cooperation.

Emily Waggoner

As a freshman at Jefferson City High School, Emily Waggoner was having trouble fitting in. She was not performing well on the school’s softball team, and she was losing friends. She struggled with the transition to high school. That adversity eventually led to an eating disorder that left Waggoner weighing just 93 pounds.

People's Choice, Lincoln Sheets; First Place, Arianna Soldati; and Second place, Jessica M. Anderson.

Thirty doctoral candidates participated in the first annual Mizzou Three Minutes Thesis competition. From two preliminary nights, 12 winners advanced to the semi finals: Nathaniel Graham, Madeline Miller, Surya Sapkota, Arianna Soldati, TasiaTaxis, Jessica M. Anderson, Lincoln Sheets, Sarah Smith, Page Quinton, Scott Askinosie, Sarah E Lirley McCune, and Maria Jones.

 

Kinder Scholars Samantha Franks and Matt McKeown

Originally, Samantha Franks’ concentration area within her political science major was conflict, but she made the switch to constitutional studies. “I’m probably more interested in conflict,” says Franks, a senior from Nixa, Missouri. “It’s just that the constitutional studies stuff here is so good.”

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