EPPS News

EPPS Adds Experts in Political Science, Economics

Three new tenure-track faculty members whose interests range from the state court system and voter behavior to microeconomic theory joined the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences this fall.
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EPPS Freshman Excels at Debate

UT Dallas freshman Ragya Kaul may spend all her free time honing her skills as a member of the debate team, but she thinks it's well worth it. "Debate teaches you the skills you need to be successful: how to be a public speaker, how to think like an attorney and how to do problem-solving on the fly at a rapid pace. It enhances whatever you decide to do," said Kaul, an international political economy and global business double major who hopes to work for women's rights with a nonprofit government organization. read more...

BBC Features EPPS Professors' Election Research

According to an article co-authored by two UT Dallas political science professors and posted on the BBC website, the June 2017 general election in Britain was the moment when the internet finally delivered on its long-awaited promise of having a big effect, both on how individual people voted and the overall outcome of the election. Ashbel Smith Professor Harold Clarke and Professor Marianne Stewart were part of the team that carried out the election research. read more...

GIS Internship and Career Event October 13

GISSO is hosting its annual GIS Internship and Career Event on Friday, October 13 at 6 pm in Green Hall 3.402. UT Dallas GIS students and alumni will share their internship experiences and insights.
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Piquero Comments on Rise in Violent Crime

The Texas Tribune reported on new FBI data that show violent crime is up for the second year in a row, and is rising in Texas at a faster rate than the nation. But according to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS it's important not to jump to conclusions based on two-year trends. read more...

UT Dallas Introduces Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program is a unique opportunity for UT Dallas undergraduate students to combine their coursework, volunteer service, and hands-on experience while advancing toward a certificate offered by the Peace Corps. Students enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep Program will be better prepared to serve as Peace Corps volunteers in the future or to work in any other global setting that requires specific skills to excel as a professional. Attend an October information session to learn more. read more...

GIS Professor Receives Two Honors for Research

Dr. Daniel A. Griffith, Ashbel Smith Professor of geospatial information sciences, has received two new honors that recognize him for profoundly influencing how researchers analyze spatial data. read more...

EPPS Alum Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Sarah Islam, who graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2005, was named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. read more...

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...

Author to Speak on IBM and the Holocaust

On September 13, you can learn the true story of how one of the world's best-known corporations colluded with Nazi Germany beginning in 1933. Edwin Black, award-winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, with be giving two lectures that day co-sponsored by the Public and Nonprofit Management program and the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 5

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 5 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. 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...

University to Celebrate Founders with Activities, Photo Salute

Founders Day 2015 On Friday, students, faculty and staff will mark the legacy of the University's founders - Eugene McDermott, Cecil Green and Erik Jonsson - with games, food truck snacks and activities on the campus mall. read more...

University Launches Future Comets Program

Future Comets The program, which includes on-campus activities in math enrichment and leadership development, is preparing students from underserved communities to become Comets before they even enter high school. read more...

Brightest Students Selected to Join Phi Kappa Phi

Vanshika Poddar Top UT Dallas students were surprised in their classes recently when they were "tapped" to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines. read more...

EPPS Adds Experts in Political Science, Economics

Dr. Denis Dean Three new tenure-track faculty members whose interests range from the state court system and voter behavior to microeconomic theory joined the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences this fall. read more...

Young Talent Gives Debate Team a Convincing Edge

Freshman Ragya Kaul and sophomore Ali Rizvi Director Scott Herndon said debate team members like freshman Ragya Kaul and sophomore Ali Rizvi shouldn't be underestimated. The team's recent top-10 finish at the University of Missouri, Kansas City tournament is proof. read more...

Alumnus Named New Chair of Development Board

Mike Brodie The UT Dallas Development Board has appointed Mike Brodie BS'76 as its new chair, leading the group's efforts to promote the University in the community. read more...

Accolades: Biology, Public Affairs Students Earn Honors

UTD emblem Karthik Hullahalli has received a Raymond W. Sarber Award from the American Society for Microbiology, and Rashmi Chordiya has been selected as a 2017 NASPAA Emerging Scholar. read more...

Campus Celebrates Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Opening

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center The UT Dallas community marked the opening of the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, a 30,246-square-foot facility designed to deepen bonds between students and graduates. read more...

Comet Families Come Together for Annual Tradition

Family Day UT Dallas students can show off their campus and share Comet spirit during Family Day festivities Saturday, Oct. 7. Organizers expect more than 1,200 parents and siblings to participate. read more...

Events Connect Grad Students with Peers, Professors

Rahel Usman and Maleeha Kazmi at Graduate Professional Week From practicing yoga to writing lit reviews, graduate students at The University of Texas at Dallas can participate in a variety of workshops and events during the second annual Graduate Professional Week from Oct. 2-6. read more...

New Dean Aims to Build Collaboration

Dr. Jessica Murphy Dr. Jessica C. Murphy, associate professor of literary studies, assumed the role of dean of Undergraduate Education on Sept. 1. read more...

Photos: Comets, Recruiters Connect at Career Expo

Garima Dahiya Sponsored by the University's Career Center, the expo recently attracted more than 4,300 students and alumni, and brought in 158 organizations seeking candidates for jobs and internships. read more...

Accolades: Professors Recognized for Contributions

UTD monogram Dr. Daniel A. Griffith was honored for advancing research in geospatial information science, and Dr. Gil Sik Lee was recognized for his informal educational work. read more...

UT Dallas Recognized for Value, Diversity

The University is the second best value out of all public schools in Texas, and 11th nationwide in campus ethnic diversity, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. read more...

Terry Scholars Program Expands with Newest Class

Terry Scholars The University welcomed 21 new Terry Scholars this fall. The Terry Foundation's mission is to improve and develop Texas by assisting students to attend the state's finest public universities. read more...