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Two new publications by Matthew E.K. Hall!

September 21, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Matt Hall, who has two new publications:

One is in the American Journal of Political Science, "Macro Implementation:
Testing the Causal Pathways from U.S. Macro Policy to Federal
Incarceration." You can find it here

Matt Hall presented Saturday Scholar Lecture. Full video included!

September 14, 2016, Lacey Barroso

U.S. Supreme Court justices are often viewed as rational actors who strategically pursue multiple goals, including policy influence, collegiality, and leisure. Yet these models rarely account for the possibility that justices with different personalities prioritize different goals. In this study, I use an automated textual analysis program to estimate “Big Five” personality scores for U.S. Supreme Court justices. I find that the justices’ personality traits are associated with a variety of judicial behaviors.

Video: Why Mallory Brown ’06 hires Arts and Letters majors at her global consulting firm

September 08, 2016, Todd Boruff

A political science major and a German minor in the College of Arts and Letters, Mallory Brown has spent her entire career with Egon Zehnder, a global management consulting and executive search firm, and is now based in its Berlin office. When hiring entry-level researchers, Brown said that she looks for students with a broad educational background. “I'm targeting Arts and Letters majors because I know they can write well, and they've also had exposure to a broad number of topics,” Brown said. “We deal with every industry, every function, and every geography, so the broader the type of candidate and the type of student we can interview, the better."

Video: John Phillips ’66, U.S. ambassador to Italy, on the many benefits of the liberal arts

September 08, 2016, Todd Boruff

“A liberal arts education gives you really good foundation,” said John Phillips ’66, a College of Arts and Letters alumnus who majored in government and international studies. President Barack Obama appointed him ambassador to Italy in 2013. Phillips is the president’s personal representative in Italy and is responsible for managing a wide range of diplomatic issues, including military, commerce, immigration, and foreign policy matters.