EPPS News

Research Explores Attitudes Toward Crime and Punishment

What do you think about the Kansas City Chiefs' decision to appoint Michael Vick as a coaching intern under head coach Andy Reid? According to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS, public attitudes about Vick's reinstatement into the NFL offer important insights. read more...

EPPS Executive in Residence Earns Terrell Blodgett Academician Award

Teodoro J. Benavides, executive in residence at UT Dallas, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Terrell Blodgett Academician Award for significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government. read more...

Political Science Graduate Wins Urann Fellowship

Nancy Fairbank BA'17, who plans a career in international law, is the second UT Dallas student in a row to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. read more...

GIS Experts Map Out Changing Coastlines

Major changes on the earth's surface are creating new challenges for digital mapping services that must quickly adapt to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape. In an interview with NPR's Science Friday, Denis Dean, professor of geospatial information sciences and dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, explains how it's done. read more...

Center to Provide Researchers with Federal Data

UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are leading a consortium of institutions working to establish a Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. read more...

Article Probes Policy Impact on New-Business Development

How are Trump administration policies impacting new-business development? That's one of the questions that WalletHub seeks to answer in this "Ask the Expert" feature with Donald A. Hicks, professor of public policy and political economy in EPPS. read more...

Study Links Low Self Control and Deadly Force

A groundbreaking new study from EPPS criminologists found that police officers dealing with divorce, debt and other factors linked to low self-control are more likely to use deadly force on the job. The Dallas Morning News editorial board weighs in on the study's potential impact. read more...

Was This a Brexit Election After All?

Was the 2017 general election in Britain actually a 'Brexit election' as well? Harold Clarke, EPPS political science professor an co-author of the new book, Brexit – Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, delves into that question in this blog post for the London School of Economics.
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Study Links Low Self-Control, Use of Deadly Force

Research conducted by two UT Dallas criminologists found that police officers who exhibit low self-control in their personal lives are more likely to use deadly force on the job. read more...

Boren Fellow Returning to Mideast to Study Arabic

Aysha Khan BS'15 will travel to Jordan in September to further her studies in Arabic during a yearlong Boren Fellowship. She spent the summer of 2015 in Oman as a recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship. read more...

MPA Alumni Connect at Annual Conference

A master's in public affairs provided Army veteran Brandon Friedman with a professional path to a role at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was among those recognized at the MPA alumni conference. read more...

Study Finds Benefits to Justice Dept. Oversight of Police

A new study by Criminology Professor John Worrall shows that Justice Department oversight of local police departments reduces civil rights lawsuits. The findings generated national media attention with articles in the Houston Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Star-Ledger.
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GIS Professor and student honored

Dr. Yongwan Chun, associate professor of geospatial information sciences at UT Dallas, received the inaugural Emerging Scholar Award from the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Hyeongmo Koo, a geospatial information sciences doctoral student, received a student paper award from the 2017 Korea-America Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences. read more...

Op-Ed: Lowering Corporate Tax Rate Makes Sense

President Trump recently called for lowering the federal corporate tax rate to 15 percent. In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, Seth H. Giertz, an associate professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences says the proposed change is encouraging.
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Economics Professor to Lead New Research Center

Kurt Beron, professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, will help coordinate the new Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center, which is designed to give researchers access to sensitive data. The data center is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of leading research institutions led by UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. read more...

Sociologist's Program Gives Teens a Heads Up to Success

A six-session class developed by a UT Dallas sociology researcher and her students is helping high school students steer past the pitfalls of substance abuse to pursue college degrees. read more...

Public Affairs Senior Named Student Leader of the Year

Brooke López, a public affairs senior in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences received the Student Leader of the Year Award for her leadership skills, impact on the campus community, and involvement in organizations and activities both on and off campus."As an outstanding leader, Brooke is a selfless individual who never says no when asked for help. She is the perfect person to represent this campus as the Student Leader of the Year," read one of her nomination letters. read more...

Washington Post: Why a "Hard" Brexit Makes Sense

In a new book Brexit — Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, EPPS Political Science Professor Harold Clarke and his co-authors explain why Britain is in a better bargaining position than some critics claim. They outline the case for a "hard" Brexit in this Washington Post article. read more...

Award Funds Student's Analysis of Crime in Guyana

Phillip Accetturo BS'16 and his co-authors found that crimes involving guns increased over a 20-year period and that crime fluctuated with changes in gold prices in the South American country. read more...

Piquero Takes Helm at Criminal Justice Academy

Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero, associate provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been named president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). read more...

EPPS Majors Take the Helm in Student Government

UT Dallas students have elected J.W. Van Der Schans, an international political economy senior, as their new Student Government president, and Alex Holcomb, an economics sophomore, as vice president. read more...

Criminology Program Ranks No. 5 in Research Work

A study, which assessed faculty articles published between 2010 and 2014 in top criminology scholarly journals, listed the UT Dallas program fifth in the nation.
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Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities

Sociologists at UT Dallas are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state. The project is the first comprehensive assessment of its kind in Texas.
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Symposium Examines US-German Relations in Trump Era

The International Political Economy program recently hosted a symposium on U.S.-German relations that featured Boris Ruge, Germany's Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, and other panelists.
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EPPS Pathway to Graduate School April 17

The EPPS Pathway to Graduate School event is designed for undergraduate students who are considering pursuing a master's degree in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
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New Masters in Data Analytics Meets a Growing Need

Inside Higher Education reports that as industries collect more and more big data, colleges and universities are responding by introducing new data analytics degrees. UT Dallas' new master's degree in data analytics and research is among the programs highlighted in this recent article. read more...

Op Ed: Setting the Record Straight on NCAA Athletes

NCAA athletes skip class, rarely graduate, and tend to be exploited and deserve to be paid. Or is this fake news? Kurt Beron, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, explains in this Dallas Morning News op ed. read more...

EPPS Students Raise the Bar with Moot Court Success

Moot Court at UT Dallas gives students an opportunity to sharpen their skills and practice for competitions in an authentic courtroom setting. The courtroom replica, housed in the Founders Building, is named for Dr. Anthony Champagne, professor emeritus of political science. This school year, EPPS students won several awards in regional and national competitions. read more...

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...

News Center Email Features New Format

UT Dallas monogram Beginning today, News Center subscribers will find something a little different in their inboxes - a fresh format for the newsletter. Changes include more items in a cleaner presentation and a twice-a-week distribution schedule throughout the year. read more...

University Rolls Out Transportation, Parking Upgrades

Comet Cruiser The fall semester brings several transportation features that make it easier for students, faculty and staff to arrive to campus, quickly find parking and conveniently get around UT Dallas. read more...

New Alumni Center, Dining Options to Make Fall Debut

Davidson Gundy Alumni Center This fall semester, UT Dallas will open new facilities, including two apartment complexes and an alumni center, and expand its dining options to further enhance the campus environment. read more...

More than 1,350 Students Make Dean's List

UTD monogram Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours during the spring 2017 semester with a grade-point average among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

Website Details Job Openings on University's Leadership Team

UTD monogram The new site features information on the recruitment of a new vice president of academic affairs/provost, dean of the Jonsson School, dean of undergraduate education, vice president for research and vice president for communications. read more...

Accolades: Provost, EPPS Teacher Earn Honors

UT Dallas monogram Dr. Inga Musselman was named a distinguished alumna of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, while Teodoro J. Benavides received the 2017 Terrell Blodgett Academician Award. read more...

Recent Graduate Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Nancy Fairbank Nancy Fairbank BA'17, who plans a career in international law, has received the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. read more...

University Welcomes New Class of McDermott Scholars

Margaret McDermott The University's McDermott Scholars Program has selected 23 incoming freshmen for the class of 2017. The cohort was selected from over 1,700 high school students representing 48 states, Washington D.C., and four countries who expressed interest in the program. read more...

Center to Provide Researchers with Access to Federal Data

Dr. Kurt Beron UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are leading a consortium of institutions working to establish a Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. read more...

UT Dallas Magazine: Portrait of a President

President Richard C. Benson Dr. Richard C. Benson is a data-driven, problem-solving nerd at heart. He is a music lover, avid hiker and skilled photographer, all of which make him a perfect fit to lead an idiosyncratic university. read more...

Trio Honored for Service, Achievement at Convocation

Desmond Blair The University recognized alumnus Desmond Blair BA'07, MFA'09, graduating senior Nancy Fairbank and advisor Chien Ho Paden at the spring Honors Convocation. read more...

Study Links Low Self-Control, Use of Deadly Force

Dr. Jon Maskaly Research conducted by two UT Dallas criminologists found that police officers who exhibit low self-control in their personal lives are more likely to use deadly force on the job. read more...

Boren Fellow Is Returning to Mideast to Study Arabic

Aysha Khan Aysha Khan BS'15 will travel to Jordan in September to further her studies in Arabic during a yearlong Boren Fellowship. She spent the summer of 2015 in Oman as a recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship. read more...

MPA Alumni Connect at Annual Conference

Brandon Friedman A master's in public affairs provided Army veteran Brandon Friedman with a professional path that led him to a role at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was among those recognized at the MPA alumni conference. read more...

Faculty Honored for Research Mentoring

Dr. Poras T. Balsara Dr. Poras T. Balsara, professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. Jonathan Ploski, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, received the 2017 Provost's Awards for Faculty Excellence in Research Mentoring. read more...