EPPS News

Men Outnumber Women 2-1 Among Trump's Top Aides

According to a USA Today analysis, men outnumber women 2-1 among top President Trump's top aides. Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, associate professor of public and nonprofit management in EPPS, has researched presidential appointments and explains why it's important to have more gender balance. read more...

Huffington Post Piece Highlight Juvenile Justice Problems

In a new article for the Huffington Post, Dr. Alex R. Piquero highlights research that shows juvenile justice facilities sometimes function like "schools for crime." Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS. read more...

Alumna's Path Leads Back to Old Classroom

Caitlin Maxwell had fond memories and longtime friendships from attending elementary school at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School in Dallas. Now she's back in class, this time as a teacher. read more...

EPPS Adds Social Data Analytics And Research Program

Beginning in fall 2017, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a new master's degree in data analytics and research that focuses on the social sciences. read more...

Editorial: Dallas is Forward Thinking in Screening Inmates for Mental Illness

In this editorial for the Dallas Morning News, Alex R. Piquero points out that the justice system in Dallas is forward-thinking in the way it deals with mentally ill offenders. Piquero, who is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, estimates one-third of Dallas County Jail inmates have some form of mental illness. read more...

Research Shows Self-Control Can Be Taught

A lack of self-control can impact everything from weight gain to criminal behavior. In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, Alex R. Piquero of the School of Economic Political and Policy Sciences and Francesca Filbey of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences discuss their new research which shows self-control can be taught and improved. read more...

GIS Professor Uses Drones To Track Rainforest Changes

Anthony Cummings, Assistant Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of EPPS, is working with indigenous Guyanans to use drones to track and study how farming plots affect the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem over time.
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Study: NCAA Athletes Should Put Academics First

According to a new UT Dallas study, NCAA student-athletes with the lowest average GPAs say they view themselves as athletes more than students and expect to pursue either a professional or Olympic career -- even though the vast majority (over 95 percent) will not. The research was conducted by Kurt Beron, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, and Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

Power-Sharing Rules Keep Peace Between Faiths

A new UT Dallas study examines why Christians and Muslims regularly clash in some parts of Nigeria, but live together peacefully in others. The answer lies in different electoral rules across districts.
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Political Science Student Earns Marshall Scholarship

Political science senior Nancy Fairbank has become the first UT Dallas student in 10 years to win the Marshall Scholarship, which supports graduate study in the United Kingdom. read more...

Study Finds Link in NFL Players' Bad Behavior

Research conducted by two professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than teammates. read more...

Researchers Focus on Fiscal Health of Local Government

While the news headlines tend to focus on federal government debt, the fiscal condition of local governments has a bigger impact on our day to day lives. In an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report, Evgenia Gorina, an assistant professor of public affairs at UT Dallas, and her coauthor explain how you can tell if your city or county is in fiscal trouble. read more...

Study Examines Factors that Lead to Human Trafficking

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS, finds that children who are sexually abused at home are more likely to fall prey to human trafficking. The study was based on an examination of over 900 girls and boys detained by the Florida juvenile justice system. read more...

Battaglio Takes Helm at Public Administration Review

The American Society for Public Administration has selected Paul Battaglio of the University of Texas at Dallas and Jeremy Hall of the University of Central Florida as the next editors-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), the leading professional journal in public administration research, theory and practice. read more...

Research Group Details Domestic Violence in Dallas

A report by UTD's Institute for Urban Policy Research gives a detailed picture of domestic violence in Dallas including 15,000 police calls and a shortage of shelter rooms for victims. read more...

Study Finds Correlations On and Off Field Among NFL Players

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and Nicole Piquero, Associate Provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology, examines the relationship between criminal arrests and penalties incurred by NFL players on the field. According to their analysis, those with a higher number of penalties also tended to have more off-the-field criminal arrests. read more...

PA Student Lands Role with U.S. Women's Group

Brooke Lopez serves on the Student Advisory Council of the American Association of University Women, an organization that seeks equity and education for women and girls. read more...

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas

UT Dallas researchers and their colleagues have developed geospatial science methods to help the Egyptian government determine how to avoid flooding in a coastal mountain region. read more...

Piquero says New Dallas Police Chief has Big Shoes to Fill

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, recently appeared on NBC 5 news to discuss the selection of a new police chief in Dallas, which was rocked by the killing of five police officers in July. read more...

Prof Explains How 1950s Theory Predicted Clinton Loss

As pollsters scratch their heads over the surprising outcome of the presidential election, political theory might provide insights. In an op-ed piece for the Dallas Morning News, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke says a theory from the 1950s can help explain why Clinton lost. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its seventh annual GIS Day on November 16, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. The event will start at 8:45 am in Green Hall with a light breakfast. It will continue until 2:30 with events throughout campus. read more...

How did the Pollsters Get it So Wrong?

In the aftermath of the presidential election, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke was back on the radio explaining how the pollsters got it so wrong in predicting a Clinton victory. Listen to his interview on KERA's Think with Krys Boyd. read more...

Washington Post Piece Probes Controversial Law

Multinational corporations have controversial rights under international law to sue governments, including the U.S. government. In a Washington Post piece he co-authored, Clint Peinhardt, an associate professor of political science in EPPS, analyzes the implications of the so called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system. read more...

Study: Best Road to Peace Begins with Borders

A new UT Dallas study, authored by Dr. Paul F. Diehl, finds that settling territorial conflicts had a greater impact on rival nations' relations than democratization or ending civil wars. read more...

Poll Data Demystified in KERA Interview

Have you ever wondered how the poll data is collected in the presidential race? EPPS Political Science Professor - and polling expert - Harold Clarke, explains in this KERA interview. read more...

EPPS Professor Pens Debate Analysis for Fortune Magazine

The two presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, recently traveled to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. EPPS Political Science Professor Robert Lowry later wrote this analysis for Fortune Magazine. read more...

Criminologist to Speak on Meth Problem on Sand Mountain

The Sand Mountain area of Alabama has acquired the name "Meth Mountain" because of the prevalence of drug use in the area. Criminologist Heith Copes and photographer Jared Ragland will speak about their yearlong collaborative project in the area in their lecture Good Bad People on Friday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in Green Hall GR 2.302.
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EPPS Team Examines Construction Accidents in Gulf Region

Inadequate training, limited use of safety equipment and a lack of government oversight contribute to deaths and injuries among construction workers in the rapidly developing Arabian Gulf region, a UT Dallas study found. read more...

Professor Sheds Light on Latinos and Law Enforcement

What is Latinos' relationship to law enforcement? That's a question The Atlantic magazine sought to answer in a Q&A with Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS. read more...

Presidential Appointment Trends Examined

A new study found significant differences in the rate that minorities and women were appointed to top federal jobs under the Democratic and Republican presidents between 1993 and 2013. read more...

Criminologists Bolster Approach in EPPS

Two new professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences add expertise in police-community relations and the use of geospatial information sciences to solve crime. read more...

Criminologists Explore Motivations Behind Graffiti

Youths who paint graffiti on businesses and public property say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be easily erased, according to a new UT Dallas study. read more...

High Court Costs Linked to Recidivism in Nonwhite Juvenile Offenders

As part of news story focusing on how high court costs often entrap nonwhite poor juvenile offenders, The New York Times turned to Dr. Alex R. Piquero for expert analysis. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, said his research in Pittsburgh shows nonwhite offenders owe more on average than white offenders at the time their cases are closed, and those who owed the most were more likely to be rearrested. read more...

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn't Pay Off

Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to researchers in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 6

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 6 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

Professor Pens Opinion Piece on State Lawmakers

In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science Paul F. Diehl questions why Texas lawmakers are crafting legal solutions to problems that don't exist. Citing the state’s voter id law, abortion restrictions and the recent controversy over transgender bathrooms, Diehl suggests that public policy should instead be directed toward addressing the state's real needs. read more...

Political Science Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

UT Dallas alumnus Blake Eaton BA '16 will move closer to his goal of becoming an attorney this fall at the University of Chicago Law School, thanks to a $15,000 fellowship from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eaton is one of six graduate students in the U.S. to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, given to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. read more...

Prof Discusses Childhood Hunger and Adult Violence Link

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, recently co-authored a study that shows children who often go hungry are twice as likely to have impulsive, violent behavior while growing up -- and later in life. In a column for the Dallas Morning News, Dr. Piquero elaborates on how childhood hunger leads to adult violence. read more...

University Adds Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy

Starting this fall, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a bachelor's degree in public policy that will include new courses focusing on legal and legislative issues related to science, big data and the internet. read more...

Prof Discusses Implications of New Campus Carry Law

The new Campus Carry law, which allows Texas students to carry concealed handguns on campus, went into effect on August 1. Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology who chaired the task force charged with implementing the UT Dallas campus carry policies, discussed the implications of the new law in a media interview. read more...

Taxes May Have Worsened Housing Bubble

A UT Dallas economist found that property taxes did not reflect rising home values during the housing bubble that began in the early 2000s and led to the Great Recession. read more...

Career Opportunities are Plentiful in GIS

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Science and professor of geography and geospatial information science, said in an interview that there are many career opportunities for those willing to pursue advanced training in GIS. There is a particular need for extension of GIS knowledge into the field of analytics and problem solving, he said. read more...

Senior Publishes Book on Teen Homelessness

Proceeds from Nancy Fairbank's book, Throwaway Youth: Stories of Springfield's Homeless Teens, will benefit a nonprofit outreach center that seeks to end homelessness. read more...

New Study Tackles Public Health in Bangladesh

The study identified several issues — including a lack of collaboration between institutions and lack of trained personnel — that keep Bangladesh from fully adopting the use of spatial tools. read more...

New Study Links Childhood Hunger To Violent Behavior

New research shows that children who often go hungry are twice as likely to have impulsive, violent behavior while growing up -- and later in life. Dr. Alex Piquero, one of the authors of the study, discussed the findings in an interview with KERA News. read more...

Prof Discusses What Brexit Means for Global Politics

In a column for Fortune Magazine, Euel Elliott, a professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Political Economy at UT Dallas, offers his analysis of British voters' decision to leave the European Union. "While the term 'historic' is vastly overused these days, it is hard to think of a word that better describes what has just happened in the U.K." read more...

UT Dallas MPA Program Ranked Among Best Values

Value Colleges has ranked the UT Dallas Masters in Public Affairs program at number 28 in their 2016 ranking of the Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs. The ranking was based on three metrics: average starting salary, annual cost, and U.S. News and World Report MPA rankings. read more...

Boots Receives President's Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology, received the President's Teaching Excellence Award for her teaching and mentoring accomplishments at the spring Honors Convocation. read more...

Alumnus Steps into Role as Assistant Police Chief

Kyle Coby Pewitt MBA'02, PhD'14, a 20-year veteran of the Richardson Police Department, was recently promoted ensuring his continued service to the city he has always called home. read more...

EPPS Honors Top Teachers with Awards

Students praised this year's winners, who were recognized at a ceremony in April, for inspiring them, making difficult subjects understandable and going out of their way to help them learn. read more...

Accolades: Associate Dean, Professors Win Honors

UT Dallas Recent achievements include an associate dean who received a leadership in education award, and an information systems associate professor who earned an early career award in his field. read more...

Career Expo Draws Students, Alumni, Employers

More than 3,800 UT Dallas students and alumni attended the spring Career Expo on Feb. 7-9 in the Activity Center. Sponsored by the University's Career Center, the expo attracted more than 130 organizations. read more...

Postwar Policies Fueled Prosperity Decades Later

Dr. Victor Valcarcel UT Dallas research contends that policies from the 1950s laid the foundation for low inflation and steady growth that the United States and seven other developed nations experienced from the mid-1980s until the recession of 2007. read more...

Almost 1,500 Students Earn Spots on Dean's List

University of Texas at Dallas logo Last semester, 1,494 undergraduates made the dean's list. It honors students who completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester with a GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

Alumna's Career Path Leads Back to School

Caitlin Maxwell UT Dallas alumna Caitlin Maxwell had fond memories and longtime friendships from attending elementary school at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School in Dallas. Now she's back in class, this time as a teacher. read more...

University Adds Social Data Analytics Program

Dr. Simon Fass Beginning in fall 2017, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a new master's degree in data analytics and research that focuses on the social sciences. read more...

University's Ring Ceremony Comes Full Circle

Ring Ceremony Fifteen years ago, Anchi Ku BS'81 helped UT Dallas create its unique ring ceremony. She recently returned to campus to help new recipients celebrate this enduring symbol of Comet pride. read more...

UT Dallas Named One of Top Colleges That Pay Off

Students For a fifth consecutive year, UT Dallas made The Princeton Review's list of Colleges That Pay You Back, a catalog of schools described as "giving you the best bang for your tuition buck." read more...

Accolades: Professor, Arts Dean Earn Honors

The University of Texas at Dallas logo Recent achievements include an associate professor who was named a co-editor of a journal, and the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities receiving a Confucius Institute award in China. read more...

'Selma to Stonewall' to Explore Movements

Michael Mims As part of Black History Month, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement will present a documentary and discussion about the intersection between the civil rights and LGBT+ equality movements. read more...

Gift Establishes New Name for Honors College

Margaret McDermott The University's home for programs for outstanding undergraduates will become the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College after a $10 million gift from Margaret McDermott. read more...

New Building Expands Dedication to Students, Services

Student Services Building Addition On Thursday, Feb. 2, the University will officially celebrate the opening of the Student Services Building Addition with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the building's second-floor atrium. read more...

UT Dallas Statement on Immigration Executive Order

Dr. Richard Benson From its founding, UT Dallas has benefited from the advantages of a diverse community, says President Richard Benson, who reaffirmed UT Dallas' commitment to serve the entire University community, regardless of race, religion, immigration status or nation of origin. read more...

Comets Make Fall Academic All-ASC Teams

Academic All-ASC teams Forty-two UT Dallas student-athletes were honored by the American Southwest Conference when it recently released its Academic All-ASC Teams for the league's fall sports. read more...

Professor Uses Drones To Track Human Impact on Rainforest

Dr. Anthony Cummings is working with the Makushi peoples in Guyana to measure human impact on the Amazon rainforest A UT Dallas professor is working with indigenous Guyanans to use drones to track and study how farming plots affect the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem and wildlife over time. read more...