EPPS News

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...

EPPS Political Scientists Weigh In on Presidential Election

As the presidential primaries point to a Trump-Clinton contest in November, political science professors from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are weighing in with media analysis and insights on the presumptive nominees. read more...

Policy, Politics to Take Center Stage at Events

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recently hosted two conferences that brought leading scholars to UT Dallas to share research on a range of political topics. read more...

UT Dallas Debate Team Finishes in Top 10

The UT Dallas debate team capped off its season with a top-10 placement at the National Debate Tournament (NDT), beating the University of West Georgia in a 3-2 decision. Political science senior Jacob Loehr and public affairs senior Anthony Ogbuli — who have competed as a pair for three years — advanced to the octa finals, or the round of 16. read more...

Professor Boots Earns Unsung Hero Award

Dr. Denise Boots, associate professor of criminology in EPPS, has received the Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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EPPS to Play Host to State Politics and Policy Conference

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host the 16th Annual State Politics and Policy Conference May 19-21, 2016 on the UT Dallas campus. This year's conference will focus on the relationship between the federal government and states with particular attention to recent issues and controversies concerning states' autonomy and the 10th Amendment. read more...

Criminologist: NFL Not a Haven for Violent Offenders

In an op-ed published in the Dallas Morning News, EPPS professor Alex Piquero writes about his research that shows the crime rate among NFL players is not higher than among members of the national population. In a podcast with two reporters from the newspaper, Piquero says we should temper the notion that the allegations against people like Ray Rice and Johnny Manziel characterize the wider population of NFL players. read more...

EPPS Professor Honored with Endowed Chair

Dr. Paul Diehl, associate provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, was invested as the Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. The UT System Board of Regents created the Ashbel Smith Professorships in 1963 to honor the board's first president. Smith, who died in 1886, was surgeon general to the Republic of Texas, founder of the Texas Medical Association, and an advocate for university-level education in the state. read more...

Piquero Honored for Contributions to Criminology

Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, has been selected to receive the Western Society of Criminology President's Award. read more...

EPPS Alum is New University Archivist

Dr. Thomas Allen, who received his PhD in Public Affairs from UT Dallas in 2009 and previously a curator at the Eugene McDermott Library, has been named the new university archivist. In his new position, he will collect and catalog materials crucial to the University's history. read more...

Criminologist Featured on KERA's Think

Bullies terrorize their peers both in school hallways and online. Krys Boyd, host of KERA's Think, invited Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology to discuss her research on bullying. read more...

Study: Driving Curfews May Curb Teen Crime

The research found that driving curfews may prevent teens from committing crimes. Arrests among teens ages 16-17 fell by as much as 6 percent in states with laws that restrict nighttime driving for teens.
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EPPS Professor Earns Best Paper Award

Dr. James Harrington, assistant professor of public affairs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, received an award for his research on a financial aid program designed to prevent highly skilled students from leaving their home state for employment. read more...

Experts Address Taiwan's Future at EPPS Symposium

UT Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences hosted a symposium on the recent historic Taiwan elections that led to a victory for the state's pro-independence party. read more...

UT Dallas MPA Program Rises in U.S. News Rankings

The Master of Public Affairs program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences jumped 36 spots to number 68 in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of graduate schools, released last week. Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. read more...

Study Examines Bullying, Substance Abuse

Research by three UT Dallas criminologists discovered that students who were bullied in third grade did not have a greater risk of using drugs or alcohol by ninth grade. read more...

Study Doesn't Connect WikiLeaks List to Attacks

Dr. Daniel G. Arce, Ashbel Smith Professor and program head of economics, found no evidence that a secret memo published by WikiLeaks led to attacks on any of the 200 international sites listed. read more...

NBC News Features EPPS Criminologist

Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, shared the details of his professional journey with NBC News as part of their special coverage of Latino issues. In the Q&A, he describes how he went from aspiring DJ to one of the top criminologists in the world. read more...

Athletes Need More Academic Coaching

A new UT Dallas study analyzed surveys of 19,000 student-athletes at more than 1,100 colleges and universities to determine how various factors impacted their academic performance. read more...

Teaching Excellence at Core of New Center

The Center for Teaching and Learning is focused on championing teaching excellence across the University. Eight teaching leaders will help incorporate best practices and organize programs. read more...

Study: Most NFL Arrests Not for Violent Crimes

New research suggests that NFL violence is not as common off the field as it may seem. Instead, a 24-hour news cycle and social media may make violence appear to be more widespread. read more...

UT Dallas MPA Ranked Among Top 50 in Nation

The UT Dallas Masters in Public Affairs program has been ranked number 36 in the nation, according to Top Management Degrees. The ranking combines a number of measures for its rankings including two of the most influential higher education rankings, average graduate school tuition, and average career salary. read more...

Archer Fellowship Brings Life-Changing Opportunities

Nancy Fairbank, a senior political science major and McDermott Scholar, spent the fall semester working as a Judicial Liaison at the State Department. In a post for the McDermott Blog, she describes the life-changing experience of living in Washington D.C. read more...

National Geographic Features GIS Professor's Research

Anthony Cummings, assistant professor of Geospatial Information Sciences, is among the first researchers to investigate how logging, gold mining and hunting are affecting jaguars and other big wild cats in his native Guyana. His research has attracted the attention of National Geographic, which recently interviewed him about his findings. read more...

EPPS Celebrates 2015 Fall Graduates

The University, family and friends celebrated the accomplishments of 2015 fall graduates during commencement ceremonies. The commencement speaker for EPPS was Anna Shapovalova, who earned her bachelors and masters degrees in International Political Economy in less than four years. read more...

Agency Discusses Career Options at GIS Day

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency led a panel discussion that was part of GIS Day, an annual event that showcases UT Dallas' geospatial information sciences programs. read more...

EPPS Profs to Measure Mindsets of Hong Kong Voters

Two UT Dallas political scientists are studying voter behavior in Hong Kong elections, providing some of the first data on that city's public attitudes about electoral democracy. read more...

Institute Collects Dallas' Domestic Violence Data

The Institute for Urban Policy Research, an EPPS research group, completed a report for the Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce that details the city's response to the problem. read more...

Criminology Professor Offers News Analysis

In the aftermath of a mass shooting like the one in San Bernardino, it's natural for people to feel angry. But Criminology Professor Alex Piquero told the local CBS news affiliate, it's important not to attribute a mass attack to a mass group, especially without knowing all the facts. read more...

Week of Events Appeals to Needs of Graduate Students

UT Dallas Logo UT Dallas graduate students will be able to network and participate in professional development events during Graduate Professional Week on Oct. 3-7, presented by the Office of Graduate Studies. read more...

Presidential Appointment Trends Examined

sabharwal A new UT Dallas 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...

New Dean of Students Relishes Her 'Dream Job'

Dr. Amanda Smith Dr. Amanda Smith, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, joined UT Dallas in 2007 and has a track record of working collaboratively across campus. read more...

33 New Students Added to Terry Scholars Program

Terry Scholars The University of Texas at Dallas welcomes 33 new Terry Scholars this fall. The 23 freshmen - one of the largest and most competitive classes - are joined by 10 transfer scholarship recipients. read more...

New Hires Strengthen EPPS' Interdisciplinary Approach

Dr. Denis Dean Two new criminology professors joined the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences this fall, adding expertise in police-community relations and the use of geospatial information sciences to solve crime. read more...

Criminologists Explore Motivations Behind Graffiti

Vieraitis 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...

Faculty Mentors Host Student Researchers from Mexico

Mexico Research Fifteen undergraduates participated in a UT Dallas summer program that invites junior-level students from Mexico to explore careers in science and engineering research. read more...

University Celebrates 67 Doctoral Graduates During Summer Ceremony

UT Dallas recently recognized 67 graduates at the Summer 2016 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Friends, families and faculty applauded for those who were hooded by their supervising professors and deans at the ceremony. read more...

Volunteers, President Help Comets Settle In at Residence Halls

Move In Fall 2016 Dozens of volunteers and UT Dallas President Richard Benson lended a hand as more than 1,900 freshmen moved into their residence halls last week. The University will house about 4,700 students on campus this year. read more...

Events Full of Fun, Free Food to Welcome Comets

Convocation UT Dallas UT Dallas will greet new and returning students with more than 40 events, including "Harry Potter"-themed games, a silent disco and water activities, over two weeks. read more...

University Rolls Out New Parking Garage, Buildings

Parking Structure 4 As the fall semester begins, UT Dallas is unveiling its largest parking structure and the addition to the Callier Center. Construction continues for the alumni center, Student Services Building addition and on-campus housing. read more...

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn't Pay Off

Dr. Todd Sandler 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...

Newest Class of McDermott Scholars Set to Start Fall Semester

Mrs. Margaret McDermott Twenty-seven students will make up the 2016 class of the UT Dallas McDermott Scholars Program. The cohort was selected from nearly 1,350 high school students from 36 states and five countries who had initially expressed interest in the program. read more...

Political Science Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Blake Eaton UT Dallas alumnus Blake Eaton BA'16 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...

Study: Taxes May Have Worsened Housing Bubble

Dr. Seth Giertz Research by 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. Property taxes effectively fell because they did not keep up with the market changes. read more...