EPPS News

Sociology Professor Receives Top Honor

A research article co-authored by Dr. Sheryl L. Skaggs, associate professor of sociology, has been selected as one of 16 papers awarded the nominee honor in the annual competition for the 2015 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. read more...

Research Spotlight — Patrick Brandt

Dr. Patrick Brandt, associate professor of political science, is pursuing two new projects. The first examines the causes of transnational kidnappings while the second involves forecasting the spread of food-borne diseases. read more...

Study Examines Legal Odds in Refugee Cases

Immigrants seeking asylum are better off without a lawyer than with a poor quality one, according to a study by political science researchers at UT Dallas. read more...

Piquero Offers Analysis of Dallas Crime Rate

Why would the violent crime rate in Dallas jump in the first half of 2015 after more than a decade of either holding steady or declining? The Dallas Morning News posed that question to EPPS Criminology Professor Alex Piquero. read more...

Research Spotlight — May Yuan

Dr. May Yuan, professor of geospatial information sciences, is working on a spatial criminology project to develop a new space-time analytics approach that can identify specific locations susceptible to crimes. read more...

Research Spotlight — Nadine M. Connell

Dr. Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology, has just published two studies with colleagues Dr. Robert Morris and Dr. Alex Piquero that examine the various effects of school-based bullying and victimization over the course of the victim's life. read more...

EPPS Hosts International GIS Conference

The International GeoComputation Conference brought more than 125 scholars from around the world to The University of Texas at Dallas to discuss the latest research in this quickly growing field. read more...

EPPS' Outstanding Teachers Receive Awards

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for excellent teaching at a recent ceremony. read more...

EPPS Grads Headed to Yale and Harvard law schools

Each year, EPPS graduates go on to prestigious law schools at universities across the nation. The 2015 graduating class includes two students who are going to Yale University and Harvard University law schools, ranked number one and two respectively by U.S. News and World Report. We recently sat down with them to find out the keys to their success. read more...

Criminologist Joins U.S. Department of Justice Board

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology, was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member Department of Justice board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers. read more...

EPPS Professor Assesses Response to S. Korean Crisis

The outbreak of MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) in South Korea is generating widespread fear among the population, and has even prompted the shut down of more than a thousand schools. Dohyeong Kim, an associate professor of Public Policy, Political Economy and Geographic Information Sciences, told KERA News that the reaction is due in part to the public's distrust of the government's ability to handle the health crisis. read more...

EPPS Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. read more...

EPPS Professors Honored at Investiture Ceremony

Families, colleagues, students and friends celebrated 11 faculty members and the benefactors who helped establish endowed chairs and professorships at the University. read more...

Piquero Provides Analysis on Violent Crime Rate

The Dallas Morning News looked to Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, for an analysis of the recent spike in the city's violent crime rate. Although overall crime is down 2 percent in Dallas this year, violent crimes have increased 9 percent over the same time last year. read more...

Prof Offers Perspective on Local Terrorism Threat

The recent shootings outside a Garland, Texas event center that was hosting a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, has sparked debate about the future of terrorism in North Texas. Krys Boyd, host of the KERA talk show Think, turned to Dr. Robert Taylor, professor of criminology and an international terrorism expert, for his perspective on topics ranging from freedom of speech to ISIS.
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Faculty Honored with Outstanding Teaching Awards

Students nominated EPPS faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants in each of the school's degree areas for the EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet Awards. Click here to see a list of this year's winners.
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Seeking Answers to Society's Important Questions

President's Viewpoint: EPPS faculty are using statistics, big data analytics, computer mapping and remote sensing to answer some of the most important social questions of our time. read more...

Professor Studies Immigration of PhD Grads

Inspired by her own experiences, Dr. Meghna Sabharwal is studying why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay here, while others return to their home countries. read more...

EPPS Initiative Part of New Crowdfunding Tool

Nadine Connell, an assistant professor of criminology, is spearheading Mentor MAPS, an initiative that shines a light on the benefits of mentoring. Now, alumni friends and family can help turn Dr. Connell's idea into reality through Impact UTD the University's crowdfunding platform. read more...

IPE Major Elected Student Government President

Caitlynn Fortner, a junior majoring in international political economy, and her running mate, Grant Branam, were recently elected president and vice president of the UT Dallas student body. Their one-year terms begin May 1. read more...

Research Spotlight — Rodney J. Andrews

Rodney Andrews

As the gap in college completion rates continues to widen between rich and poor students, Dr. Rodney Andrews and his colleagues are examining the effects of targeted scholarship programs offered at Texas' flagship universities. The programs offer financial aid and a suite of services. read more...

Investiture Ceremony Honors EPPS Faculty

UT Dallas celebrated two of EPPS most accomplished faculty members with one of the highest academic honors the University can bestow, an Investiture Ceremony. Dr. Daniel G. Arce and Dr. May Yuan, both Ashbel Smith Professors, are among 11 faculty members that were honored.
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Study Challenges Solitary's Effectiveness

A new study by Dr. Robert Morris of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. read more...

Nobel Laureate to Speak on Gendercide in UT Dallas Talk

Amartya Sen

Nobel laureate and Harvard University professor Amartya Sen will address "Global Gendercide and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Growth" in a lecture co-sponsored by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

His talk, which is set for Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall, will be the inaugural event in the Jaya Lecture Series, hosted by the UT Dallas Asia Center. read more...

EPPS Plays Host to Korean Students

A new internship program created by UT Dallas professor Dr. Dohyeong Kim is teaching urban policy and architecture students from South Korea about how Dallas is building its future. read more...

Study Shows Lack of Mental Health Care for Inmates

New research by UT Dallas criminologist Dr. Nadine M. Connell has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions. read more...

Author to Discuss Journey to Justice on March 12

Michael Morton, who was released in 2011 after spending 25 years in prison following a wrongful murder conviction, will discuss his journey to justice at a lecture on March 12. Morton, author of Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. A reception and book signing will follow and beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Register before March 9 for this lecture sponsored by the school of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

EPPS Professor Featured on PBS News Hour

High-profile hostage cases involving Islamic State kidnappers have ignited fierce debate about whether the U.S. government should be paying ransom to free American citizens. In an interview on the PBS News Hour, Todd Sandler, the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said that would only help fund more terrorism. read more...

Political Science Prof Heads New Honors College

Dr. Ted Harpham will be the dean of the new Honors College, which will better coordinate programs that advance excellence in undergraduate education at UT Dallas.
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PA Faculty and Alum Develop Analytical Model for City

Ted Benavides, Executive in Residence in the Public Affairs Program, along with two alumni of the PA doctoral program recently offered an assessment of city services in the Dallas suburb of Sachse in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession. read more...

EPPS Students Excel in Debate

DThe UT Dallas debate team has started off the new year with strong results against a slew of competition. In the first half of the Texas Two-Step held last month at UT Dallas, juniors Jacob Loehr and Anthony Ogbuli advanced to the final round before losing 2-1 to a team from The University of Texas at Austin. read more...

EPPS Researchers Offer News Analysis

Reporters turned to EPPS researchers for expert opinions on both local and international news stories at the start of the new year. read more...

UT Dallas GIS Program Gets Top Ranking

A new ranking of Top Graduate Geography Programs for Spatial Careers includes UT Dallas among the leading schools for students interested in GIS-related graduate studies. The UT Dallas Geospatial Information Sciences program received a top ranking in both the GIScience/Computation and Spatial Analysis/Statistics categories. read more...

Moot Court Team Primed to Make its Points

Alen Samuel and Vrithika "Vinni" Anandham, both senior political science majors at UT Dallas, will compete in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship Tournament. read more...

EPPS Alumnus Delivers Keynote at Doctoral Hooding

Earning a Ph.D. requires setting lofty goals, overcoming adversity, and believing in yourself. That was the message EPPS alumnus, Dr. Michelle Adams, delivered at the December doctoral hooding ceremony. read more...

EPPS Frosh Reflects on First Semester

Semester One: Check. When I started here at UT Dallas almost five months ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never been to Texas let alone gone to a Texas school. I didn't know what to expect from the school, from the professors, from my peers.
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Partnership to Improve Resources for Victims

UT Dallas researchers are working with Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in a planning grant designed to better serve victims of domestic violence in Texas.
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Team Examines Effects of Employer Policies

A study by UT Dallas public affairs researchers found that family-friendly policies are beneficial for increasing productivity of employees in public organizations. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Clint Peinhardt

Political scientist Clint Peinhardt is currently completing a book with UT Dallas economist Todd Sandler for Oxford University Press. The book, entitled The Political Economy of Transnational Cooperation, examines different types of global problems from the common framework of collective action theory. read more...

Archer Fellow Lands Internship with Brookings Institution

Curtlyn Kramer, a senior majoring in Public Affairs in UT Dallas's School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, has recently accepted an internship position at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. read more...

Introducing Texas Connects

Texas Connects is an online funding newsletter for the nonprofit and public sector provided by the Public Affairs and Sociology faculty at UT Dallas. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Asli Leblebicioglu

Asli Leblebicioglu's research program is centered on international trade and financial linkages between countries. Her current work focuses on how global financial conditions affect domestic and international investment decisions. read more...

EPPS researcher examines Childrens' Health, Insurance

Texas' uninsured rate for children remains among the highest in the nation, according to the latest report from researchers at UT Dallas and Children's Health. read more...

New Dean's Suite Bears the Name of EPPS Alum

Dean Denis Dean and the administrative team of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recently inaugurated a new dean's suite named after one of the school's distinguished alumni. read more...

Life After the UT Dallas MPA

I enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs program at UT Dallas in order to help solidify my position within the City of Richardson and prepare myself for advancement. The real benefit I found in the coursework and degree was a firm understanding of the role of the public sector in society. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its fifth annual GIS Day on Nov. 19 in Green Hall, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. read more...

EPPS Students Share Archer Experiences

Ten UT Dallas undergraduates and one graduate student learned the ins and outs of the federal government while gaining experience in their fields during internships in Washington, D.C. read more...

Criminologists Try to Determine Who Will Kill

A study co-authored by Dr. Alex Piquero shows that the similarities between people who will commit homicide and those who won't outweigh their differences.
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GIS, Economics Programs Name New Hires

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, believes the new professors will help the school increase interdisciplinary activities. read more...

Criminal Justice Forum Slated for November 1

On Saturday, November 1, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office is partnering with the John Marshall Pre-Law Society and the Office of Undergraduate Education for a Criminal Justice Forum, a first of its kind in Dallas County. read more...

Slideshow: Students Find Fresh Start - From Move-In Day to Finals

Monica Lisot During the past school year, communications specialist Paul Bottoni and former student photographer Kevin Yang chronicled the first semesters of four freshmen for the spring edition of UT Dallas Magazine. Daniel Colina, Monica Lisot, Carlos Rodriguez and Jamesha Taylor were among the first residents of the new Residence Hall West. Here are their journeys. read more...

Wildenthal Begins New Role as University President Ad Interim

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal Dr. Hobson Wildenthal has assumed the responsibilities of president ad interim of the University and has set priority on a seamless transition between the presidential administration of Dr. David E. Daniel and the administration of the next president of UT Dallas. read more...

Entrepreneurial Graduates Tap into Growing Craft Beer Industry

Michael Peticolas UT Dallas alumni are helping lead an explosion of craft beer breweries throughout North Texas. Along the way, they've collected national beer awards, patented new tap systems and used crowdfunding to market their ventures. read more...

Reception to Honor Daniel on His Last Day as University President

Dr. David E. Daniel Students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and community members, will have the opportunity to thank Dr. David E. Daniel for his service and wish him well at his new position in Austin. The event will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Galaxy Rooms in the Student Union Building. read more...

Richardson Police Volunteer Earns Real Hero Award

on right, Joshua Gonzalez, recipient of the Real Hero Award, Richardson Police UT Dallas student Joshua Gonzalez recently received the Richardson Real Hero Award for his volunteer work - more than 2,200 hours - with a youth program operated by the Richardson Police Department. read more...

Over 1,000 Students Earn Spots on Dean's List for Spring Semester

UT Dallas logo For the spring 2015 semester, 1,028 undergraduate students made the dean's list. It contains the names of students who completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester with a grade-point average among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

Refugees Burdened by Inexperienced Lawyers

Dr. Banks Miller Immigrants seeking asylum are better off without a lawyer than with a poor quality one, according to a study by political science researchers at UT Dallas. The attorney's capability is a primary factor in whether an applicant will win asylum or be deported. read more...

Juneteenth Celebration to Commemorate Day That Defined Freedom

Juneteenth at UT Dallas UT Dallas will celebrate Juneteenth at 5 p.m. on Friday with an event featuring barbecue, live music, games, a health fair and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. read more...

EPPS' Outstanding Teachers Receive Awards

on right, Dr. Donald Arbuckle The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for excellent teaching at a recent ceremony. read more...

Rings, Sentiments at Ceremony a Reflection of Dedication to Education

UT Dallas Ring Ceremony 2015 A resounding message was delivered by UT Dallas ring recipients at a recent ceremony: The support of family, friends, classmates, and University faculty and staff is crucial to reaching the graduation milestone. read more...

Criminologist Joins U.S. Office of Justice Programs' Advisory Board

Dr, Alex Piquero Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers. read more...

Distinguished Professors, Benefactors Celebrated at Investiture Ceremony

Dr. Daniel Cohen with his daugheter Families of the faculty honorees as well as colleagues, students and friends attended the April 2 event that recognized 11 individuals and the benefactors who helped establish endowed chairs and professorships at the University. read more...

Three to Study Overseas Through Critical Language Scholarships

Josette Rophael The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. read more...

Exceptional Student Employees Earn Recognition

Andrew Grant Five student workers have been recognized by their supervisors for their professionalism, work ethic and performance as part of National Student Employment Week. Andrew Grant, a lead Comet Cab driver, was named Student Employee of the Year. read more...

Jonsson School Grad Leaves His Mark on Robotics Lab

Hazen Eckert As a freshman, Hazen Eckert asked to join Dean Mark Spong's team and immediately made a lasting impact on its work. He will graduate this week with his second bachelor's degree from UT Dallas, this one a double major of computer science and computer engineering. read more...