Headlines 2017

Vipin Narang named to Open Minds 2017


Vipin Narang is named to Open Minds 2017. On their 2017 list, Open explains "India, we are often told, is a country with a chequered past and an uncertain future. But as a nation, it has managed to flourish and triumph against daunting odds and terrifying prophecies, thanks to people such as these who play a pivotal role in championing truth and action. This list, therefore, is a celebration of our faith in hope and our ability to push boundaries, fight off challenges, overcome the odds, solve problems, invest in aspirations, and, above all, dream big."

Posen wins 2017 Frank E. Perkins Award

MIT Institute Awards

Barry Posen is the 2017 recipient of the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The Frank E. Perkins Award is presented to a faculty member who, as a graduate student advisor, demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication towards students.

Nielsen, Stewart, & Acemoglu, awarded Carnegie fellowships

Peter Dizikes MIT News

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and political scientists Richard Nielsen and Charles Stewart III have been named to the 2017 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, a prestigious honor supporting research in the social sciences and humanities. The MIT trio is among 35 scholars and intellectuals receiving the fellowships, which are awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Each fellow receives up to $200,000 to support a research sabbatical.

An ear for political language

Leda Zimmerman MIT Political Science

Doctoral student Tom O’Grady maps the rise of anti-welfare rhetoric in decades of parliamentary speeches

Grounded in Geology

Sarah C. Baldwin MIT Political Science

PhD student Renato Lima de Oliveira examines how a country's natural resources affect its politics and policies.

Bern Notice

Peter Dizikes MIT News

In MIT speech, Bernie Sanders contends future of U.S. politics “must be” progressive.

India May Be Rethinking Nuclear First Strikes

Max Fisher The New York Times

India may be reinterpreting its nuclear weapons doctrine, circumstantial evidence suggests, with potentially significant ramifications for the already tenuous nuclear balance in South Asia.

3 Questions with Richard Nielsen: How political science helps combat terrorism

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Richard Nielsen is an MIT assistant professor of political science who writes on international law, the political economy of human rights, political violence, and political methodology. His current book project, Deadly Clerics, explores why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant jihad while most do not.

Election Data and Science Lab Launches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology       

The MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL)

A new enterprise dedicated to researching and improving elections based on scientific principles launches today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) will generate, advance, and disseminate scientific knowledge in an effort to develop a comprehensive evidence base about the conduct of elections in order to improve their performance.