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  • Best Dissertation 2015-2016: Anabel López‐Salinas In February 2016, Anabel successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Exploring Transnational Economic, Social, and Political Participation of Mexican Immigrants in Oregon.” (Chair: Prof. Jack Corbett). It examines the barriers to civic participation for Mexican immigrants in the state and discusses pathways to increase their participation through non‐profit organizations, religious groups, schools, and transnational organizations.
  • Best Publication 2015-2016: Tiphaine Dickson: Tiphaine’s peer‐reviewed article “Shklar’s Legalism and the Liberal Paradox” was published in the June 2015 issue of Constellations. Tiphaine also in February 2016 successfully defended her dissertation entitled “"On the Poverty, Rise, and Demise of International Criminal Law" (Chair: Prof. David Kinsella) which critically examines the emergence of international criminal courts.
  • Best Community Engagement 2015-2016: Jane Carr, Erin Elliott, and Jennifer Joyalle: As instructors in the Civic Leadership Minor of the Department of Public Administration, Jane, Erin, and Jennifer partnered with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) to help the nonprofit educational organization Zenger Farm to strengthen its visibility and relationships in outer Southeast Portland. In addition to the benefits for Zenger Farm, their activities have generated active learning opportunities for 75 PSU students as well as research and publication opportunities for their own work.


  • Best Graduate Instructor 2015-2016: Andrew Dzeguze: Andrew has been a highly‐rated graduate instructor throughout his time in the program and this past year was no exception. In Fall 2015, Andrew taught PS 200: Introduction to Politics where students commended him for providing a “solid foundation for political science students” and for his “engaging discussions”. He also taught PS 421: The Supreme Court and American Politics where students commented that he was “always available to help and really concerned about his students” and that he was a “great teacher who requires lots of thought from his students.” In Winter 2016, he taught PS 422: Constitutional Law where one student described him as “one of the absolute best instructor’s I’ve had” and others that his teaching was “awesome”.
  • Best Conference Paper 2015-2016: Ashlie Denton: In March 2016, Ashlie presented the paper “Voices for environmental action? Analyzing the representativeness and accountability of narrative in environmental governance networks in the Pacific Islands” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Atlanta. The paper explores the representativeness and accountability of transnational environmental governance networks in the Pacific Islands based on results of discourse analysis on semi‐structured interviews with policy‐makers and practitioners in Fiji and Samoa.
  • Jamie Surface is the recipient of a $14,000 award for 2016-17 under the Oregon Graduate Fellowships for International Research of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) of the Tokyo Foundation. The award recognizes future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and the well-being of humankind. Jamie will be conducting field research on migration policy in Europe.
  • Jackie Dingfelder was awarded an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy worth $38,000 administered by the New Zealand Fulbright program for seven months of research in New Zealand. Two leading public policy professionals in the U.S. are chosen each year.
  • Anabel Lopez-Salinas will be a visiting scholar from January to June 2016 at the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. She will also be the Coordinator for the Latino Civic Participation Project at this center.
  • Erin Steinkruger was appointed a member of the Federal Advisory Committee of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
  • Alicia Imbody presented "Valuing Wilderness: The Need to Incorporate Non-Monetary Valuation for Cultural Ecosystem Services into Natural Resource Management Decision-Making in the Mt. Hood Wilderness" at the Sustainable Summits Conference in Golden, Colorado. Alicia was also elected as the chair of the Conservation Committee for the mountaineering and conservation organization the Mazamas, where she also serves as a member of the Research Committee.
  • Erin Elliot has been selected as one of 50 international Ph.D. students to participate in the summer seminar of the International Society for Third Sector Research in June 2016 in Stockholm.
  • Paul Manson and two co-investigators have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to survey Oregon coastal residents’ perceptions of marine use and interest to support new marine reserve and ocean renewable energy projects.  
    • Ashlie Denton presented “Transitioning Lands: Understanding Landowner Choice in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions” at the Duck Family Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Washington.
    • Jamie Surface presented "Arab Xenophobia in the European Union: Barriers to Reaching a Common Immigration Policy" at the International Studies Association- West conference in Pasadena in September 2015.