Political Science in the News



  • John Aldrich cautions against overstating the longevity of any one particular poll on voters, in Spectrum News, he also participated alongside Deondra Rose in the panel, “North Carolina’s role in the 2020 election,” as part of the COVID-19 Media Briefings, for Duke Today 
  • Peter Feaver offers analysis of active-duty troops surveyed, in Military Times, and he offers comment on the erosion of relations between the military and President Trump, in USA Today 
  • Xiaoshu Gui, Zeren Li, Peng Peng, Griffin Riddler, Viola Rothschild, and Hongshen Zhu interview a group of scholars at the Getting China Right Conference 
    Melanie Manion
    Melanie Manion orchestrates proceedings at the 'Getting China Right' Conference in 2019
  • Kerry Haynie discusses the voter turnout levels necessary to carry North Carolina, in an interview for The Charlotte Observer 
  • Sunshine Hillygus offers insight into the value of civic participation for parents, in Good House Keeping and her appearance on Duke’s COVID-19 Media Briefing video series has a writeup summarizing it on Chapelboro.com 
  • Herbert Kitschelt’s research team launched a new website for the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project 
  • Michael Munger’s newest article, “Plato v. Mises: Mises Wins,” is published on AIER, and he discusses a range of topics connected to capitalism on the Free Thoughts podcast, for Libertarianism.org 
  • Spencer Kaplan, T’21 student, finished his internship with a writeup on aerospace security, for the Center for Strategic & International Studies 
  • Jill Karofsky, T’88 alum, is sworn in to office as a new Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice at the 35 mile marker of a 34 hour long, 100 mile ultramarathon, reports ABC NewsNPRWaPo, and ESPN 
  • Peter Feaver remarks on the Democrats efforts to level the playing field on national security and garnering more military votes, on the WXXI News podcast 
  • Kerry Haynie comments on voting trends in North Carolina, following new Biden Campaign TV ads targeting the Durham area, in Spectrum News 
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s new coauthored book, Making Young Voters, is profiled in the Ways & Means podcast 
  • Amanda Boston, M.A. ’12 alum, writes about gentrification in Brooklyn, for the Social Science Research Council 
  • Shayla Nunnally, Ph.D. ’05 alum, joins the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and leads a Black Lives Matters webinar series for the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, reports the Oak Ridger 
  • David Dow and Juan Tellez (Ph.D. ’19 alum) coauthor “The Human Impact of Deportation,” for Political Violence @ A Glance 
  • Peter Feaver comments on the continued slide away from the military’s nonpartisan history, for NPR 
  • Adriane Fresh’s finding of no evidence for the claim that voter discrimination occurred in N.C. as a consequence of relocation of polling places, is highlighted in Duke Today 
  • Kerry Haynie comments on the Biden Campaign’s mobilization efforts of Black voters, for News and Observer 
  • Ashley Jardina’s participation in the Duke Media Briefing series video is summarized in a new writeup, on Duke Today 
  • Rachel Myrick is profiled as part of Welcome the New Faculty, 2020, onDuke Today 


  • John Aldrich offers context to why Ocasio-Cortez nominated Bernie Sanders at the Democratic convention, for Politifact   
  • Kerry Haynie writes a response essay to the question, “What does it take to get women elected?” for the Boston Review and he discusses Black representation in state legislatures on Weekend Edition, NPR 
  • Sunshine Hillygus participates in a new Duke University Media Briefings series called “Tackling the misinformation polarizing America,” reports Duke Today and Triangle Business Journal and ABC News 11 
    Sunshine Hillygus
    Sunshine Hillygus prepares for her recording in early Spring 2020
  • Ian MacMullen offers comments on his first day of teaching back on campus, in Duke Today 
  • Edmund Malesky and coauthor Markus Taussig received the 2020 ONE-SIM Outreach Award from the American Academy of Management for public outreach of research 
  • Paula McClain is a guest analyst on a podcast episode of Perception Gaps, produced by The Christian Science Monitor 
  • Richard Salsman’s newest column, “Funding American Law Enforcement,” is published on AIER 
  • Danielle French, T’18 alum, is named battalion commander for Duke’s ROTC program, notes Duke Law 


  • Pablo Beramendi, Adriane Fresh, Mike Hawley, Ashley Jardina, and Michael Munger are featured in a new video series highlighting Fall 2020 undergraduate courses, on Duke Political Science Courses 
    Multi Screen Mike Munger and Faculty
    Faculty participate in video series during the pandemic
  • Jared Clemons’s coauthored article “Set in Stone” and the corresponding writeup on Monkey Cage, and Peter Feaver’s commentary on Foreign Policy, are now featured in a collection of resources for understanding and confronting racism and its impact, for the Duke Office of Institutional Equity 
  • Peter Feaver remarks on civil-military relations after General Mark Milley’s Keynote Address to the National Defense University’s graduating class, for NPR 
  • Ashley Jardina’s research on white identity continues to be a touchstone for journalists and thinktanks, interviews with Jardina are recently in The AtlanticVox, and the Associated Press, and citation of her analysis and research are in the Minneapolis Post, the New York MagazineThe New York Times, and Center for American Progress 
  • Paula McClain’s reflection on the life and scholarship of renowned academic, Lucius J. Barker, is offered as tribute in The Washington PostStanford News, and PS Now 
  • Richard Salsman writes, “Fiscal-monetary ‘stimulus’ is depressive,” for The Hill 
  • Daniel Stegmueller’s new scholarship, “Reducing Unequal Representation,” is a guidepost for an article about political inequality and the influence of labor unions, in The Washington Post 
  • Alexandra Gara, current polsci student, is profiled in an Office of Global Affairs story about finding purpose during recent travel restrictions, on Trinity College 
  • Michael Rothenberg, current polsci student, earned 2020 Google Cloud Academic All-America accolades as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America, reports GoDuke 
  • Ibrahim Butt, alum T’19, will serve a two-year term for Duke as a Young Trustee on the Board, announced on Duke Today 
  • Cindy Cheng, alum Ph.D. ’17, collaborates on the public release of a large, hand-coded dataset of global policy responses to COVID-19, in Nature Human Behavior 
  • Matthew Fehrs, alum Ph.D. ‘08, receives a distinguished professorship at St. Mary’s College, reports The Southern Maryland Chronicle 
  • Nora Hanagan has accepted a Teaching Assistant Professorship in the UNC Department of Political Science and will also be affiliated with the new Program in Public Discourse 
  • Candis Watts Smith, alum Ph.D. ’11, is named Brown-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Liberal Arts, reports Penn State News 
  • Jan Vogler, alum Ph.D. ’19, published earlier this year, “Pandemics and Political Development,” which has prompted coverage by The Times and profile interviews for Pravda and The Archaeology News Network 


  • Jared Clemons is interviewed on TV discussing George Floyd’s death, and the backdrop of COVID-19, as both a maelstrom and catalyst for protestors, on Arirang News 
  • Peter Feaver coauthors analysis of tense civil-military relations in the context of their research, for War on the Rocks 
  • Peter Feaver comments on Trump’s use of the military for partisan domestic intervention, for Foreign Policy 
  • Ashley Jardina’s discussion of white identity politics is rebroadcast on public television, for Story in the Public Square 
  • Ashley Jardina is interviewed about partisan sorting along lines of race, for CNN 
  • Ashley Jardina’s emphasis that a significant percentage of white Americans do define themselves by race is cited in FiveThirtyEight 
  • Edmund Malesky coauthors “Reopening Vietnam: How the country’s improving governance helped it weather the COVID-19 pandemic, for The Brookings Institute 
  • Paula McClain signs a statement condemning systemic racism as President of APSA, reports Political Science Now 
    Paula McClain in Gross Hall 2
    Paula McClain has directed the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute on behalf of the APSA for decades, seen here in 2016
  • Paula McClain writes reflections on the killing of Georg Floyd and a path forward, for Duke Graduate School 
  • Michael Munger offers analysis for a news article on price gouging laws, for The Counter 
  • Michael Munger is profiled in an interview about price gouging, for Reason 
  • Michael Munger writes about the rise and fall of civilizations and reasons for optimism, for AIER 
  • Viola Rothschild writes “Under a COVID-19 Cloud, China’s Gig Economy Comes of Age,” for The Jamestown Foundation 
  • Gul Tuysuz, alumna T’07 and senior producer for CNN based in Istanbul, writes “Trump is reading out of the Middle East autocrats’ playbook,” for CNN 


  • Joe Brown’s graduate student profile video is featured among the Class of 2020 Stories, on Duke University 
  • Joe Grieco discusses international government cooperation during COVID-19, on video for Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
  • Kerry Haynie is serving on Duke’s Team 2030, reports Duke Today 
  • Ashley Jardina is interviewed in “Trump Reaches Back into His Old Bag of Populist Tricks,” for The NYTimes Opinion and she is interviewed about racial grievance and the overlap between George Wallace voters and Donald Trump voters, in The Atlantic 
  • Ashley Jardina’s course, “Racial Attitudes and Prejudice,” is profiled in Duke Today 
  • Edmund Malesky presents research in the official launch video for the 2019 Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, for PCI Viet Nam 
    Edmund Malesky Behind the Scenes
    Edmund Malesky prepares for a broadcast interview
  • Elliot Mamet interviews Geoffrey Garrett about the transition from political science to business school, for a Duke Graduate School Alumni Profile 
  • Paula McClain and Georg Vanberg are among 29 new Duke faculty who are receiving distinguished professorships, from Duke Today 
  • Michael Munger is cited in an opinion piece about cycling, for Business Insider 
  • Michael Munger writes, “Why Politicians Focus on Trivia in the Midst of Disaster,” for AIER 
  • Eion Gronningsater, graduating senior, is described as “one of the most successful fencers in program history,” by Duke Athletics 
  • Jill Karofsky, alumna T’88, wins seat on Wisconsin Supreme Court, reports the Duke Chronicle 



  • Joe Grieco headlines a public lecture at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 
  • Kerry Haynie’s public discussion with Duke PhD alumna, Candis Watts Smith, is available to watch on Duke AAAS YouTube 
  • Kerry Haynie appears on radio discussing the context of Super Tuesday, for WUNC The State of Things 
  • Sunshine Hillygus discusses her new coauthored book, Making Young Voters, on the radio for Chapelboro.com, and her book is cited by turnout activists, on Medium.com 
  • Paula McClain reflects on the legacy of Ida Stephens Owens, Duke’s first black female PhD, in quote featured on The Graduate School 
  • David Rohde offers reasons for why he chose to donate to candidates, in the Duke Chronicle 
  • Georg Vanberg’s public discussion with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne was covered by the Duke Office of Global Affairs 
    Georg Vanberg’s public discussion with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne
    French Ambassador Philippe Étienne in conversation with Georg Vanberg, in February
  • Ismail White’s coauthored book, Steadfast Democrats, continues to garner interest, including a television appearance on MSNBC, and reviews on Bloomberg Opinion and Yahoo! Finance and Bowdoin.edu 
  • Ismail White coauthors, “Why So Many Black Voters Are Democrats, Even When They Aren’t Liberal,” for FiveThirtyEight 
  • Justin Sherman, current polisci major, discusses cybersecurity and surveillance, in new piece from the Atlantic Council 
  • Geoffrey Brennan appears alongside Michael Munger in PPE video series, “Public Choice Economics,” for the Institute for Human Studies   
  • Sunshine Hillygus coauthors, “A Wish for Super Tuesday: Get Young People to Vote,” for New York Daily News 
  • Ashley Jardina’s analysis of group identity voter preferences is quoted in op-ed for the Washington Post 
  • Michael Munger writes, “The Future of Academic Publishing,” for AIER 
  • Michael Munger appears in filmed lecture, “Is Capitalism Sustainable?” sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, and in a video series, “How Markets Fail,” a PPE video series for the Institute for Humane Studies  
  • Deondra Rose offers post-Super Tuesday election analysis, on air with WFAE Charlotte Talks 
  • Ismail White’s coauthored essay, “Why Black Voters Stick with Democrats,” is cited in a NYTimes Opinion 
  • Geoffrey Garrett, PhD alum, presents alumni lecture at Duke and is quoted in Duke Today 
  • Justin Sherman, poli sci major, is interviewed about Paul Singer’s investment in Twitter, (starting at the 48-minute mark) on BBC News radio 
  • Ashley Jardina offers distinctions toward working definitions for words like racist and racism, in an interview for a NYTimes Opinion 
  • Peter Feaver offers analysis on the reduction in size of the National Security Council, in an interview for the Christian Science Monitor 
  • Justin Sherman, polisci undergrad, writes about cyber diplomacy and Beijing’s ‘digital authoritarianism’ in Lawfare 



  • Jared Clemons forthcoming co-authored article, ‘Set in Stone?’ about Confederate monuments, is previewed in his new co-authored writeup for Monkey Cage 
  • Peter Feaver argues that there is skepticism among Republicans about Trump’s policy in Russia, in The Atlantic; he argues that Trump interfered with the chain of command in the recent SEALs case, reports AXIOS; he appraises Trump’s foreign policy strategy in the wake of Soleimani's death, for CNN; he coauthors an article for Defense One; his campus interview with Samantha Power is covered by Duke Today 
  • Kerry Haynie’s service on Academic Council continues to be covered by Duke Chronicle; he appeared as a roundtable radio guest discussing the upcoming election season on WUNC The State of Things   
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s forthcoming co-authored book, Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action, is highlighted in UVAToday 
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, is highlighted in Vox and in two Monkey Cage articles (1 and 2); her co-authored article, “The Genesis of the Birther Rumor,” is tracked among the top 5% of research shared on Twitter in 2019, according to Altmetric                 
  • Michael Munger is giving many of his published articles new life by recasting them on his new YouTube Channel 
  • Jordan Roberts has accepted a tenure track position at Coastal Carolina University; more updated 2019-2020 placements can be found on our PhD Alumni Placement page 
  • Viola Rothschild’s writeup about the global conference ‘Getting China Right’ is featured in our Department News 
  • Georg Vanberg is interviewed about the large victory for Britain’s Conservative Party, in Duke Today 
  • Spencer Kaplan, polisci major, is profiled, discussing concerns of anti-Semitism on college campuses, in the NYTimes 
    Spencer Kaplan
    Spencer Kaplan alongside friends Amy Kramer and Sabriyya Pate, in his Sophmore year of 2018
  • Peter Feaver is asked about veterans’ political attitudes in the wake of Soleimani’s death, in the New York Times 
  • Sunshine Hillygus is interviewed about her new book, Making Young Voters, on The Measure of Everyday Life, WNCU Public Radio 
  • Melanie Manion steered a conference, Getting China Right, that is now highlighted on the Henry Luce Foundation 
  • Donald Moratz, recent MAPE program alum, answers “I knew I belonged at Duke when…” in a video for the Duke Graduate School 
  • Peter Feaver’s AGS guest speaker, former national security advisor John Bolton, draws student interest, in The Chronicle 
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, helps frame an op ed commentary on CivilBeat.org 
  • Michael Munger’s decision to run for a N.C. House seat, draws student interest, in The Chronicle