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Rapoport and Mele on the Perot Legacy

Professor Emeritus Ron Rapoport and Nicco Mele, Class of 1999, evaluate the legacy of the late Ross Perot, business entrepreneur and two-time Presidential candidate.

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In 'Nature': The role of climate change in armed conflict

Exactly what size role does climate change play in civil unrest? A new study aims to find out. Philip Roessler, associate professor of government at William & Mary , is a co-author on the study, which was published today in the journal "Nature."

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Government Celebrates the Class of 2019

The rain that fell on campus during Commencement weekend did not dampen the excitement of this new beginning for Government’s Class of 2019

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Heir apparent: Jay Jones '10 lives up to legacy of leadership

Jay Jones ’10 holds the seat in the Virginia legislature once held by his father, Jerrauld Jones, who is currently a judge on the Norfolk Circuit Court. His mother, Lyn Simmons, is also a judge, in the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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Governor taps two graduates for summer fellowships

Georgia Allin ’19 and Rachel Becker ’19 are among 28 students from Virginia universities or Virginia residents attending college outside of the commonwealth to be chosen.

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A D.C. Affair

Professor Larry Evans and Professor Mike Tierney took students to visit the Irish Embassy, North Ireland Bureau, the State Department, and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

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A Government Two-fer in APSR

Those who love political science and love William & Mary should dive into the most recent issue of the American Political Science Review journal, which features articles by not one, but two of Government’s finest.

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Beto O'Rourke Visits W&M

2020 Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke visited William & Mary Tuesday the 16th of April to speak about his vision for America

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Settle takes Wakefield

William & Mary’s own Government Associate Professor Jamie Settle was recently awarded the distinguished Wakefield professorship

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Best of the Best on Diplomacy

Professor Marcus Holmes’ new book Face to Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations was awarded “Best Book on Diplomacy” by the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association

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Paid to Vote

Government alum, Nicco Mele '99 has a co-authored op-ed in the Washington Post titled, "How do we get people to vote? Let's try financial incentives."

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Salley the Senator

Our very own Salley Rowe, the Government Department’s Administrative and Fiscal Coordinator, has been elected as Senator to Staff Assembly

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Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society

William & Mary Government Department Sponsors Session on “Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society, Led by National Expert, Dr. Christopher Phillips

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Crossroads with Professor Sasser

On Friday the 15th of February, the William & Mary community had the privilege of hosting a TEDx event. Seven thought-provoking speakers showed up all hoping to spark discussions that would extend beyond the auditorium, including the Government Department’s own, Professor Jackson Sasser.

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W&M team aces EU foreign policy competition

Three William & Mary students outlast 16 other prestigious universities to win the Schuman Challenge, a foreign policy contest for undergraduates hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

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Lawrence Wilkerson, joins Walter Isaacson of CNN on the latest episode of Amanpour

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Book defends the value of face-to-face diplomacy

Marcus Holmes, associate professor of Government at William & Mary, has authored a new book, “Face to Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations,” in which he credits social neuroscience for restoring face-to-face interaction as an effective diplomatic measure.

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Selfish Reasons

Visiting Assistant Professor, Sean Burns has written an op-ed titled, "All the selfish reasons we need an anti-oil foreign policy. It's not just about climate" in USA Today.

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Using Data to Understand & Predict Human Behavior

Scott Wilkinson has never been one to live by the status quo. Having graduated from William & Mary in 1994 and returning for his MBA in ’99, he says one thing he’s learned is that life is unpredictable and it’s important to seek out your interests.

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Meet Professor Eric Arias

The William & Mary Government Department is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Eric Arias

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Government professor's book examines social media, polarization

Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America, is the culmination of William & Mary Associate Professor of Government Jaime Settle's years-long research into the impact of social media and political discourse in this country.

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Settle Discusses Fake News

Professor Jaime Settle talks about "fake news" on public radio's With Good Reason program.

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The Tuttle Legacy

Remembering Gerald "Jerry" L. Tuttle '90 and his scholarship that grants W&M students a chance to pursue their passion.

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Got questions about Congressional whips? Evans' book has answers

William & Mary Government Professor C. Lawrence Evans, assisted by 50 W&M students, reviewed 30,000 photocopied documents of roll call votes, personal interviews with lawmakers and staff, as well as the personal papers of dozens of former House and Senate leaders, especially former whips.

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Pressler Gives Back to Vets

Sam recognized the steep challenges that veterans face as they attempt to transition from the battlefield back to civilian life. His solution was to envision and then create a program, known as the Armed Services Arts Partnership.

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Mullen and Holmes Offer Analysis

Government faculty members, Rani Mullen and Marcus Holmes publishes articles in The Indian Express and the Washington Post

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Government Diploma Ceremony 2018

On Sunday, May 13th at 11 o’clock, graduating Government majors received their diploma at the Wren building.

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Wife honors late husband’s legacy with $1 million gift

The late Richard “Dick” Perles ’62 will impact generations of faculty at William & Mary through a $1 million gift made in his memory to fund a government professorship at the university.

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Government Graduate on the Board of Visitors

Doug Bunch, a W&M ’02 graduate has been serving on the Board of Visitors since 2016, and he credits the department for compelling him to think broadly about the world.

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A Real-Life Charlie Young

Seth Opoku-Yeboah, William and Mary ’17, takes on the West Wing role of Charlie Young while working for Governor Ralph Northam

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Professor Holmes and Professor Settle Make Tenure

The Board of Visitors approved tenure for Assistant Professors Marcus Holmes and Jaime Settle. They both will assume the title of Associate Professors this coming fall.

The EU and Neighbors

Professor Brian Blouet has published a new edition of his book.

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Jaime Settle is a 2018 “Rising Star”

Professor Jaime Settle is among the winners of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia’s 2018 “Outstanding Faculty Awards.”

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2018 Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. Politics

Professors Larry Evans and Christine Nemacheck are hosting a one-credit Government seminar titled Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. Politics. Speakers will visit to talk about important topics on race, U.S. politics, and public policy in 2018.

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#MeToo continues to evolve, says W&M professor

Visiting Assistant Professor of government Caitlin Brown studies social movements. By strictest definition, #MeToo didn't qualify as one at its inception. But times have changed.

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W&M Government Faculty Attend APSA Conference

The William & Mary Department of Government was excited to send eleven professors to this year’s American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

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Book Workshop Brings All Ideas to the Table

In Fall 2016, the Government Department hosted a book workshop to discuss and critique Professor Settle's manuscript in process. Students in the SNaPP Lab attended.

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Meet Professor S.P. Harish

The William & Mary Government Department is excited to welcome Assistant Professor S.P. Harish!

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FaceTime vs. face time: Diplomacy in the age of technology

Twitter may be quicker, but when it comes to matters of utmost international importance, W&M Government Professor Marcus Holmes says nothing can beat good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction between world leaders.

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Simon Stow's Latest Book

Professor Simon Stow's book, American Mourning, published by Cambridge University Press.

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Professor Sasser’s Class Visits the US Supreme Court

Students in Jackson Sasser’s “Death is Different,” a capstone seminar on the death penalty, heard arguments at the Supreme Court on Monday, 24 April. Three hours in line through intermittent drizzle earned the class seats to two death penalty cases that resonated amply with their recent discussions.

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Faculty on topic: the historical cost and consequences of using force

According to Clayton J. Cleveland, governments of countries around the world are more likely to work together in joint military operations because the monetary costs of unilateral action are becoming too high and are being viewed as politically inappropriate.

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‘Political chameleons’ conform to avoid discomfort

Around one group of people, he seems to be a Democrat. Around another, a Republican. In yet another, a Libertarian. He’s a political chameleon, someone who engages in a type of social shape-shifting in order to blend in with those he is surrounded with, and his behavior is not unusual, according to researchers at William & Mary.

Peterson and Holmes Receive Awards

Professors Sue Peterson and Marcus Holmes have both been honored for their commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and the broader application of their scholarly interests.

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Chris Howard's New Book on Research Methods

The William & Mary Government Department is proud to announce that Professor Chris Howard recently published his new book, Thinking Like a Political Scientist: A Practical Guide to Research Methods.

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Matthew Bondy ’17 Wins Best Paper Award

Matthew Bondy ’17, an International Relations major of William & Mary, received the Best Paper Presented as a Poster Award, among undergraduate presenters, from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).

Roessler on Congo Crisis

Government Professor Phil Roessler's assessment of the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo recently appeared here in the Washington Post.

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W&M alumnus to serve in White House

William & Mary alumnus Vince Haley '88 will serve on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s White House policy team, according to announcement made Jan. 5.

Roessler Book Tour

Professor Phil Roessler' latest work on the dynamics of civil war draws interest worldwide.

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New poll shows slight lead for Clinton in OH

A polling partnership between TargetSmart and William & Mary is producing voter surveys in battleground states leading up to the November Presidential Election.

The path forward: Brian Goebel and the American dream

Goebel’s latest creation, 2040matters.com, is a non-partisan political blog that highlights the declining trend in civic engagement and offers creative alternatives for political problem solving.

W&M student awarded Udall Scholarship

The scholarships are reserved for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment or American Indian nations.

Michael Gerson to serve as 2016 Andrews Fellow

Washington Post columnist, author and former presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson has been named the 2016 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics at William & Mary.

What to expect from the 2016 New Hampshire primary

Professor of government John J. McGlennon recently joined William & Mary News to discuss the upcoming 2016 New Hampshire primary, which is scheduled to take place February 9.

Student lobbyists shine in 20th annual Road to Richmond

William & Mary's Road to Richmond is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Student Assembly that connects students with their representatives to advocate for the university.