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Jan
14
2019
Jan. 14, 2019
The number of parks, libraries and natural resources in the state where you reside might have a great deal to do with how happy you are, according to a study by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “Public goods are things you can't exclude people from using — and one person using them doesn't stop another from doing so,” which may account for the fact that government spending on them is less politically controversial. “They're typically not profitable to produce in the private market, so if the government doesn't provide them, they will either be under-provided or not at all.”
Jan
11
2019
Jan. 10, 2019
In this article, Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes that Europeans generally do a poor job of understanding how the U.S. Constitutional system works — but “virtually every error and distortion concerning such matters that we read in (say) the British press can easily be paralleled in U.S. outlets, and some of the worst offenders are Americans.” Many reports — among them some about impeachment — do not make clear extensive checks and balances specified in the Constitution.
Jan
10
2019
Jan. 8, 2019
AUDIO: Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, roads and police protection, according to a study by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The new study in the journal Social Science Research found that public goods spending allows people folks to feel more connected while boosting home values and civic pride. Flavin also noted that “public goods tend to be less controversial… I think there is less political conflict over public goods spending simply because if the government doesn’t provide them, they won’t be provided at all.”
Jan
8
2019
Jan. 7, 2019
Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, according to a new study by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. However, public goods are not evenly distributed, just like the income that pays for them. "It could be that happier citizens self-select by moving to states that spend comparatively more on public goods," Flavin said. "It also is possible that happier citizens support higher spending on public goods and elect state officials to deliver on that policy."
Jan
7
2019
Jan. 7, 2019
Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, according to a study by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. He noted that “public goods tend to be less controversial between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans… I think there is less political conflict over public goods spending simply because if they government doesn’t provide them, they won’t be provided at all.” Flavin’s research was published in the journal Social Science Research. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media and Public Relations, is pitching Dr. Flavin’s research to national media. She covers political science research and faculty.)
Dec
12
2018
Dec. 11, 2018
Column lauds the years-long effort by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and the Religious Freedom Institute to restate the country’s commitment to freedom of religion. After extended and sometimes difficult dialogue, agreement was reached on the American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience, signed by 75 distinguished Americans and released in Washington, D.C., last month.
Dec
1
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2018) - Baylor University released a statement today regarding the death of President George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
Nov
27
2018
Nov. 20, 2018
Baylor University and the Religious Freedom Institute hosted an event Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act. At the event, Yazidi advocate Pari Ibrahim said her people look to the United States government for help. “If the U.S. says something, then the whole world will listen,” Ibrahim said. The act, which supporters say offers persecuted religious groups the best chance for relief, though by some estimates, more than 80 percent of the world lives in religiously restrictive environments.
Nov
19
2018
Nov. 19, 2018
Presidential rhetoric expert Martin J. Medhurst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about President Trump’s shift in rhetoric and policy priorities before and after Nov. 6.
Nov
19
2018
Nov. 19, 2018
Presidential rhetoric expert Martin J. Medhurst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about President Trump’s shift in rhetoric and policy priorities before and after Nov. 6.
Nov
12
2018
Nov. 9, 2018
Jeremy Everett, M.Div. ’01, founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, told the Together at the Table Hunger and Poverty Summit that confrontation and shaming may produce temporary victories, but shared power built on mutual trust leads to sustainable solutions. “Ultimately, if we intend to build a system that works for all Americans regardless of their socio-economic level, we have no choice but to find our shared power,” Everett said. “I am convinced the uniting power and prophetic witness of sowing seeds of mutual trust, collaboration and commitment are critical to cultivating hunger-free communities in our time of contention.”
Nov
12
2018
Nov. 12, 2018
Hunger-fighting ministries should not allow lesser goals, such as distributing a prescribed amount of food, to substitute for truly worthy goals of eliminating hunger and helping families emerge from poverty, speakers told participants at a Baylor University conference. A Fort Worth-based charity saw its work transformed when it shifted from serving mass numbers to adopting as its mission “ending poverty one family at a time,” Heather Reynolds, former president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, told participants at the Together at the Table Hunger and Poverty Summit.
Nov
12
2018
Nov. 12, 2018
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III, B.A. (Political Science) ’10, is the team's nominee for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. Presented annually by USAA and the NFL, the award honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.
Nov
9
2018
Nov. 9, 2018
The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom called for renewed activism on protecting faiths around the globe on Friday, Nov. 9, as religious liberty advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act. The event sponsored by the Religious Freedom Institute and Baylor University drew more than 100 people to the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel on Capitol Hill.
Nov
9
2018
Nov. 8, 2018
Hundreds of people attended a three-day "Together at the Table" Hunger and Poverty summit hosted by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, as more than 300 people learned about innovative ways to address food insecurity or hunger in their local communities. Jeremy Everett, M.Div. ’01, THI’s founder and executive director, was interviewed for this story.
Nov
9
2018
Nov. 9, 2018
The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom called for renewed activism on protecting faiths around the globe on Friday, Nov. 9, as religious liberty advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act. The event sponsored by the Religious Freedom Institute and Baylor University drew more than 100 people to the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel on Capitol Hill.
Nov
9
2018
Nov. 7, 2018
Patrick J. Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about competitive local races in McLennan County.
Nov
6
2018
Nov. 5, 2018
Patrick J. Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was a guest Monday on FOX44 in Waco to discuss early voter turnout. Flavin will serve as a guest analyst tonight on FOX44, providing insight as returns come in.
Nov
6
2018
Nov. 6, 2018
Scientists at Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research (CASPER) got a surprise when examining data from the International Space Station orbiting 248 miles above Earth, where gravity is much weaker. Rather than bouncing around randomly, the dust often wiggled around in straight lines, even without gravity. “Gravity on Earth is at least as strong as the electric forces between the dust grains. In microgravity we expected the dust particles to spread out,” said Truell Hyde, Ph.D., director of CASPER, who leads the study. “Instead, we found that the small forces between the dust particles and the atoms in the plasma impose order on the system.” The research group is presenting the findings at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Portland, Ore. The research is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA.
Nov
6
2018
Nov. 2, 2018
An economic conference on “Trade Integration In the Americas” will unfold at Baylor University this week, with fodder for debate breaking out daily as refugees from Central America continue their march toward the United States, NAFTA faces tweaking and the president’s tariffs continue to create controversy. “It should really make for interesting discussion,” said Stephen Gardner, Ph.D., director of the Mayo McBride Center for International Business, The Herman Brown Endowed Chair in Economics and professor of economics at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
Nov
5
2018
WACO, Texas (Nov. 5, 2018) – Kenneth M. Pollack, Ph.D., Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), will present the 25th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Baylor University.
Nov
1
2018
Oct. 30, 2018
VIDEO: Pat Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed for this story addressing how a presidential executive order could unilaterally change the doctrine of birthright citizenship. Flavin’s research and teaching interests include political inequality, the impact of politics and public policies on citizens’ quality of life, U.S. state politics and political behavior.
Oct
31
2018
Oct. 30, 2018
Baylor Law School Professor Laura Hernandez, J.D., an expert in immigration law and co-founder of Baylor Law School’s Immigration Clinic, is quoted in this article about President Trump’s comments that he is considering an executive order that would challenge the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s policies regarding birthright citizenship. “The Fourteenth Amendment is strong in defending that anybody born in U.S. geographic territory is a citizen,” Hernandez said.
Oct
30
2018
Oct. 30, 2018
Presidential rhetoric expert Martin J. Medhurst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about U.S. presidents and the tone of discourse.
Oct
30
2018
Oct. 26, 2018
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about the race for Texas’ 17th Congressional District.
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