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Sara Plana receives inaugural Jeanne Guillemin Prize

Michelle English Center for International Studies

The prize, which provides financial support to women working toward a PhD in international affairs, will be applied toward her research into proxy warfare.

Informing Covid-19 preparedness in Sierra Leone

MIT Governance Lab MIT News

MIT Governance Lab and the Institute for Governance Reform, working with the government of Sierra Leone, conduct rapid-response surveys to address Covid-19.

Charles Stewart on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the 2020 elections

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Charles Stewart III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT and the founder of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab. SHASS Communications spoke with him recently about the broader impacts of the pandemic on the U.S. elections, in particular the decisions that need to be made, quickly, to increase the extent of voting-by-mail and other safe voting methods for the general election in November.

Why do banking crises occur?

Peter Dizikes MIT News Office

In a new book, political scientist David Singer finds two key factors connected to financial-sector collapses around the globe.

How door-to-door canvassing slowed an epidemic

Peter Dizikes MIT News Office

A study co-authored by an MIT professor shows how much that program, consisting of door-to-door canvassing by community volunteers, spread valuable information and changed public practices during the epidemic. The findings also demonstrate how countries with minimal resources can both fight back against epidemics and gain public trust in difficult circumstances. 

Best New Dataset Award

MIT Department of Political Science

Profesor In Song Kim is the recipient of the International Political Economy Society’s Best New Dataset Award for his LobbyView database.

MIT Political Science January 2020 IAP Offerings

MIT Department of Political Science

From exploring civil military relations, science and technology public policy making, or building a movement, we have the bootcamp or class for the policy-minded learner!

Clara Vandeweerdt: The power of group think

Leda Zimmerman MIT Political Science

While many people might find it difficult if not downright distasteful to dive into 1.5 million hours of partisan talk radio, Clara Vandeweerdt found it thrilling.

A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts

Peter Dizikes MIT News

Once upon a time — from the 1600s through the 1800s — Japan had a spy corps so famous we know their name today: the ninjas, intelligence agents serving the ruling Tokugawa family.

What makes for better bureaucracy?

Leda Zimmerman MIT Political Science

Civil servants and the political systems in which they are entrenched don't normally get much love. Charged with essential public service missions such as providing working infrastructure, effective schools and vital healthcare, bureaucrats often earn low marks. But new research by Guillermo Toral and Tugba Bozcaga, political science doctoral candidates, may begin to change perceptions.

Prof. Narang receives the ISSS "Emerging Scholar" award

MIT Department of Political Science

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Vipin Narang has won this year’s “Emerging Scholar” award from the International Studies Association’s International Security Section.

Looking under the surface of politics in Latin America

Peter Dizikes MIT News

Danny Hidalgo’s research involves looking under the surface of elections and political campaigns, and probing some of their questionable elements. It turns out there’s a lot to see down there.

News and Views

Peter Dizikes MIT News

MIT study finds partisan news coverage has a bigger impact on viewers without strong media preferences.