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Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

September 27, 2018

In an analysis of thousands of tweets from Star Wars fans, associate professor of political science Bethany Lacina found that offensive language doubled and hate speech jumped by 60 percent when those tweets were directed at actress Kelly Marie Tran or her character Rose Tico, the first nonwhite female lead character in the franchise.

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Creating a ‘citizen economist’

Creating a ‘citizen economist’

September 12, 2018

In this episode of the Quadcast podcast, two University professors offer their thoughts on how a fundamental understanding of economics helps us make better decisions.

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For future social worker, Rochester is a place to thrive

For future social worker, Rochester is a place to thrive

May 4, 2018

The senior from Warner Robins, Georgia, has crammed a lot into four years of college, and Kat Bakrania is not done learning. “When I graduate, I’m going to leave here with some really solid friendships and some amazing experiences.”

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US democratic performance declines on most measures

US democratic performance declines on most measures

May 2, 2018

Both the general public and political science experts rate the performance of US democratic institutions significantly lower than half a year ago, according to the fifth and latest survey from Bright Line Watch.

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Celebrating student employees of the year

Celebrating student employees of the year

April 20, 2018

Luke Meyerson ’18 and Blake Harriman ’16, ’18W (MS) — student workers in the Department of Political Science and the Medical Center’s Edward G. Miner Library, respectively — are 2018 student employees of the year.

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Political scientists monitor threats to US democratic institutions

Political scientists monitor threats to US democratic institutions

April 11, 2018

“One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable.” That’s the tagline of Bright Line Watch, which neatly sums up the group’s motivation. Made up of four political scientists including University of Rochester professor Gretchen Helmke, the non-partisan initiative has set out to monitor democratic institutions in the United States and potential threats to those practices.

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Federal budget process is broken

Federal budget process is broken

March 27, 2018

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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Concerns build about growing national debt

Concerns build about growing national debt

February 19, 2018

In the wake of the Trump administration’s $4.4 trillion federal budget proposal last week, Rochester political scientist and author David Primo says he’s worried about the long-term effects of the growing national debt.

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Does it matter if government is dysfunctional?

Does it matter if government is dysfunctional?

January 22, 2018

David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, sought to put the recent government shutdown into perspective on a guest appearance on NPR.

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