Caitlin Jewitt, an assistant professor from the Department of Political Science, published The Primary Rules: Parties, Voters, and Presidential Nominations (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2019).
Bettina Koch, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, edited Inventing Modernity in Medieval European Thought, ca. 1100–ca. 1550, Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture 51 (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018), with Cary Nederman.
Koch’s individual contributions to the volume were “Introduction: Inventing Modernity,” pp. 1–14, with Nederman, and “Defensor Pacis Transformed: Marsilian Ideas in Sixteenth Century Politics,” pp. 115–34.
Timothy Luke, a University Distinguished Professor from the Department of Political Science, published “Democracy and Imperialism: The United States and Three Modes of Empire” and “Two Years of `Making America Great Again,’” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 185 (Winter 2018): 9–34 and 187–91.
ASPECT doctoral student Caroline Alphin and François Debrix, director of ASPECT and a professor in the Department of Political Science, presented “‘Necro-geopolitics’ Exploited Vulnerabilities, Disadvantaged Lives, and Death-Making” at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, which was held November 8–11 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Emma Braxton Miller, a sophomore Political Science major, participated in the student conference, SCUSA 70: Cooperation Reimagined: American Influence in Increasing Complex World, which was held October 24–27 at West Point. The conference focused on terrorism and non-state actors; Miller worked with other students from around the world in teams. Participation was funded by the Hume Center and West Point; it is an annual opportunity for a Virginia Tech Political Science or International Studies student.
Mauro Caraccioli, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and ASPECT core faculty, published “A Problem from Hell: Natural History, Empire, and the Devil in the New World,” Contemporary Political Theory 17.4 (2018): 437–58.
François Debrix, director of ASPECT and a professor in the Department of Political Science, published “The Viral Mediation of Terror: ISIS, Image, Implosion,” in ISIS Beyond the Spectacle: Communication Media, Networked Publics, and Terrorism, ed. Mehdi Semati, Piotr Szpunar, and Robert Brookey (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 77–91, with ASPECT alumnus Ryan Artrip.
Scott Nelson, director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science, served as a Visiting Scholar at the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, from September 21 to October 19. During his stay, he hosted academic seminars, presented lectures on his research, and explored student exchange opportunities.