EPPS News

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...

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...

Construction Work to Build Up This Summer

Engineering Building Progress will continue on several major UT Dallas construction projects, including the completion of the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center and the Brain Performance Institute. read more...

University Celebrates Newest Endowed Chairs

Goffman Family members, colleagues, mentors and benefactors gathered to pay tribute to 13 UT Dallas faculty members who received the highest award a university can bestow. read more...

Senior Week Events to Celebrate Class of 2017

Senior Week UT Dallas will honor its graduating students starting Monday, with activities that include a ring ceremony, live music, food trucks and special photo opportunities with the University's mascot, Temoc. read more...

Stage Is Set for Celebrating the Class of 2017

Memories on the Mall The newest graduates from The University of Texas at Dallas will celebrate their accomplishments during eight commencement ceremonies May 10-12 in the Activity Center. Approximately 3,480 students are expected to participate. read more...

UT Dallas Alumni, Supporters Honored at Gala

Alumni Awards Six distinguished honorees shared the spotlight at the 15th annual UT Dallas Awards Gala recognizing alumni and community leaders. read more...

Graduate Students Honored for Research Excellence

Recipients of the David E. Daniel Graduate Fellowship are Wenwen Huo, molecular and cell biology, and Sujeet Patole, electrical engineering. At a recent celebration, the University's Office of Graduate Studies introduced a new award program honoring the top doctoral dissertation in each school and bestowed fellowships and teaching awards. read more...

University Honors Stellar Student Leaders

Brooke Lopez Four students, an advisor and a student organization were recognized recently for their outstanding contributions to campus life at the Student Leadership Awards. read more...

Program Gives Teens a Heads Up to Success

Dr. Carol Cirulli Lanham 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...

Award Funds Student's Analysis of Crime in Guyana

Phillip Accetturo BS 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...

Accolades: Faculty Earn Research Support, Honors

UT Dallas logo Recent achievements include a professor earning a federal grant to study cognitive aging, a professor tapped as an outstanding alumna and a professor named president of an international academic association. read more...

Criminology Program Ranks No. 5 in Research Work

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots 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. read more...

New Student Success Initiative Seeks Name

UT Dallas logo The quality enhancement plan, which will be implemented in fall 2018, targets undergraduate first-time-in-college students, new undergraduate transfer students, new graduate students and new international students. read more...

Debate Team Finishes Season at National Event

UT Dallas Debate Team The UT Dallas debate team finished its season with their 14th consecutive appearance at the National Debate Tournament, notching wins against Georgetown, Trinity and Missouri State. read more...

New Student Leaders Focus on Improvements

J.W. Van Der Schans 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...

Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities

Colton Hattersley 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. read more...