Many individuals and several APSA committees and groups proposed names for the upcoming committee members. At its two-day meeting in Washington, DC, in February, the nominating committee considered all of the suggested nominations received as well as all of the recommendations made for APSA council or officers over the previous four years. With particular attention paid to regional balance within the United States as well as representation from outside the United States, the nominating committee looks to select nominees with records of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service as well as a broad commitment to advancing the multiple goals of the APSA and each of whom is distinguished in his or her own right and who are together representative of the diverse membership APSA.
Elected officers will assume office following action at the APSA Annual All Member Business Meeting in August at the 2012 APSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Congratulations Professor Aldrich!
Congratulations to Alexandra Swain, who is one of 6 members of the Duke-Durham Community that has been selected as 2012 "Sammie" award winners. The award, named for Samuel DuBois Cook, the first African-American faculty member at Duke.
The winners will be honored at the 15th annual dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. All were chosen in appreciation of their work in furthering Cook's legacy.
Cook was a political scientist, educator and human rights activist at Duke. The Cook Society was founded in 1997 to recognize and celebrate the African-American presence at the university.
Swain, a Duke junior and Durham native, is majoring in political science and music. Swain is the Duke Student Government's vice president of Durham and regional affairs. She has been involved in a number of activities at Duke, serving on the East Campus Council, the Young Trustee Nominating Committee and the Duke University Symphony Orchestra. As a campus leader she has encouraged Duke students to use public transportation, to increase interaction with peers at North Carolina Central University and provided opportunities for students to communicate with Durham's elected officials.
Danielle Lupton and Charlie Miller have each been award an Alona Evans International Relations Award. This award honors Alona Elizabeth Evans who received her Ph.D. at Duke University in Political Science, and was a prominent scholar of international relations and law, one of the first to systematically study terrorism, a professor and chair at Wellsley College, and the first woman elected President of the American Society of International Law.
Dominique Dery and William Wittels were awarded the James H. Hallowell award. This award honors Professor Hallowell. From the Duke Library Web: "At Duke University, Hallowell served on committees concerning athletics, fellowship on campus, research ethics, curriculum, and instructor development. He was Director of the Lilly Endowment Research Program in Christianity and Politics (1957-1968), a scholarship-granting organization supporting the study of theology and community service. Hallowell also led two political campaigns among his colleagues in North Carolina: a campaign in favor of Lyndon B. Johnson for President of the United States, and a campaign opposing the establishment of a Richard M. Nixon presidential library on campus. Outside of Duke University, he served with other theologians on the Commission for Church-State Relations, and as the President of the Southern Political Science Association (1963-1964). Some of Hallowell's publications include: The Decline of Liberalism as an Ideology (1943), Main Currents in Modern Political Thought(1950), and The Moral Foundation of Democracy (1953). Hallowell was the editor of Development, For What? (1964), Eric Voegelin'sFrom Enlightenment to Revolution (1975), Prospects for Constitutional Democracy (1976), and Journal of Politics.
Marco Fernandez and Sandra Ley have each been awarded the Walter T. Molano award. Walter Molano is a graduate of this department, a former Navy pilot, and worked on the political economy of Latin America during his graduate studies at Duke. He currently is the Managing Partner at BCP Securities and writes frequent commentary on the political economic situation in Latin America (e.g., http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2011/11/efsf-miracles-mark-630-44/). He endowed this award for helping doctoral students interested in Latin America through the difficulty period of doing dissertation research.