UNH Political Scientist Named Visiting Scholar at Harvard

February 17, 2017

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Elizabeth Carter, assistant professor of political science, has been named a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. She is currently in residence at the Center for the spring 2017 term.

At CES, Carter is working on her book project “For What it’s Worth: The Politics of Market Barriers in European Luxury Markets.” The project investigates linkages between political organization, market protection and value construction in luxury markets in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the European Union. She is analyzing dynamics between trust and power across the supply chain, and their relationship to prices and perceived production quality.

Carter earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California Berkeley. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Her dissertation focused on producer organization and the creation of value in the French and Italian wine markets. Her current research interests include supply chain organization, regulatory politics and price theory.

This year, CES is hosting 25 social scientists from a range of disciplines who are carrying out innovative research on Europe while in residence at the Center. CES is the premier academic institution for the study of European history and culture, as well as for debate and discussion on contemporary Europe and its future role in world affairs.


UNH Political Scientist Publishes Two Books on United Nations

November 22, 2016

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Alynna Lyon, associate professor of political science, has written a book that explores the United States’ relationship to the United Nations. In “US Politics and the United Nations: A Tale of Dysfunctional Dynamics” (Lynne Rienner Publishers), Lyon examines the waxing and waning of U.S. support for the U.N., tracing events, actions and decisions from the end of World War I to the present.

U.S. Politics and the United Nations is available from the publisher and major online retailers.

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A second book, “The United Nations in the 21st Century” (5th edition, Westview Press), which Lyon co-authored with Karen A. Mingst and Margaret P. Karns, provides an introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional and theoretical foundations of the U.N. This newest edition focuses on major trends since 2012, including changing power dynamics, increasing threats to peace and security, and the challenges of climate change.

“The United Nations in the 21st Century” is available from the publisher and major online retailers.


UNH Hosts Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Bob Woodward Dec. 6

November 14, 2016

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Bob Woodward, renowned investigative journalist and author, will speak as part of the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency at the University of New Hampshire Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Granite State Room in the Memorial Union Building. His talk will focus on the age of the American presidency from Nixon to now. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He has authored or coauthored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers. His most recent book, “The Last of the President’s Men,” was published in October 2015.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”

Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate coverage, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called “All the President’s Men” by Bernstein and Woodward “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency is generously supported by J. Morgan ’84 and Tara Rutman. The series focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the modern and historical context of the American presidency. The 2016 Rutman Lecture is part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, celebrating 150 years of success at UNH and setting a bold course for the next 150 years.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Speak at UNH

September 22, 2016

David Shribman

David Shribman, the executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will deliver the College of Liberal Arts John T. Holden Lecture, “The New Architecture of American Politics,” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in 115 Murkland Hall on UNH’s Durham campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a regular panelist on “Washington Week in Review” and “Meet the Press,” Shribman has shared his political insights for over thirty years. For the Boston Globe he served as Washington Bureau Chief, as well as assistant managing editor and columnist. For the Wall Street Journal, he was a national political correspondent. And for The New York Times, his beat was Congress and national politics. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at the Buffalo Evening News, where he worked his way from covering City Hall to Capitol Hill. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his analytical reporting on Washington and the American political scene.

David Shribman has earned four honorary degrees, served on the selection committee of the JFK Library’s Profiles of Courage Award, and lectured and taught courses at universities across the country.

The Holden Lecture is supported by the John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts, which was established in 1995 in memory of John Holden, one of the university’s outstanding teachers of political science. The fund is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.

This lecture is part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, celebrating 150 years of success at UNH and setting a bold course for the next 150 years. Learn more.


2016 University Student Award Winners

May 20, 2016

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, seven liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 10.

Eden Suoth

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award Association Prize was given to Eden Suoth, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double major from Rochester, N.H. The award is given to a graduate who renders meritorious service to the University or its alumni organizations through faithful and continued effort in maintaining class or other alumni organizations, through active participation in alumni or University affairs, and/or by assisting and expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of the University. Eden is pictured here with one of his nominators, Professor Willem deVries.


Brittany Marien

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Brittany Marien, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lincoln, N.H. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Brittany is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Chris Reardon.


Madison Lightfoot

The Dean Williamson Award went to Madison Lightfoot, a social work and women’s studies double major from Davisburg, Mich. This award recognizes the senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University. Madison is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.


Ariel Pueyo Eninas

The Erskine Mason Award was given to Ariel Natalia Pueyo Encinas, a French and international affairs dual major from Cochambamba, Bolivia. This award recognizes that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement. Ariel is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Claire-Lise Malarte-Feldman.


Krysta Gingue

The Governor Wesley Powell Award went to Krysta Gingue, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lyndonville, Vt. This award honors that undergraduate student who has an expressed interest in public service as demonstrated through his/her course of study and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus. Krysta is pictured here with her nominator, Christine Zaimes of the TRIO Program.


Laura Rose Donegan

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Laura Rose Donegan, a political science major from Melbourne, Australia. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Laura Rose is pictured here with two of her nominators, Professor Dante Scala (left) and Principal Lecturer Lionel Ingram (right).


Ross Conroy

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Ross Conroy, a political science major from Berwick, Maine. This award recognizes that senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity. Ross could not accept his award in person because he is studying abroad in Rwanda this semester. Professor Chris Reardon accepted it on his behalf.

Congratulations to all!

Photos by Randy Schroeder


UNH Research Finds Changing Granite State Population Likely to Have Big Impact on Presidential Primary

January 27, 2016

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More than 30 percent of potential voters in the Granite State were either not old enough to vote in 2008 or lived in another state. These younger voters and recent migrants have the potential to change the political landscape of New Hampshire in the coming presidential primary and November election.

The state’s established voters (39 percent), those who have resided in the state since at least 2008, and recent migrants (38 percent) are more likely to identify as Republicans than young voters (33 percent). More young voters also consider themselves to be liberal (35 percent) than either migrants (26 percent) or established voters (23 percent). These findings are based on analysis of demographic, polling and voter registration data. The influence of young voters (129,000 celebrated their 18th birthday between 2008 and 2015) is heightened by the loss of 68,000 older residents from death.

“Young voters and people who have moved into the state in recent years are two powerful demographic forces that are reshaping the New Hampshire electorate,” said co-author Kenneth Johnson, Carsey School senior demographer and professor of sociology at UNH, who wrote the report with UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith and associate professor of political science Dante Scala. “Only 45 percent of the population residing in New Hampshire was born in the state. In comparison, nationwide 68 percent of the U.S.-born population lives in the same state where they were born. So judging what’s going to happen in the New Hampshire primary based on what’s happened in the past is perilous.”

The report finds that between 2008 and 2015, 197,000 potential voters moved to New Hampshire – including a substantial number from the Boston area. These newcomers, combined with the 129,000 young residents reaching their 18th birthdays, represent a significant change in a state with just over one million potential voters.

“The changing demographic landscape also underscores the need for political pollsters in New Hampshire to carefully assess their sampling methods,” said Smith, who is also an associate professor of political science. “The high percentage of new voters means that pollsters should not rely on lists of previous primary voters to draw samples because they would systematically exclude a high fraction of the electorate, including many young voters who have shown a propensity to support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.”

“New Hampshire has one of the most mobile populations in the nation,” said Scala. “In addition to these powerful demographic forces of change, mortality has further diminished the older generations of voters long associated with New Hampshire tradition as a bastion of Yankee Republicanism.”

To download a copy of the report, go to https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/nh-electorate.


Latest UNH Survey Center Poll Results are Out

January 22, 2016

Sanders Widens NH Lead, Almost Half of Democrats Still Not Decided

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has increased his lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders’ popularity among Democratic Primary voters continues to increase and a majority say he has the personal characteristics and qualities that a President should have. Just over half of Democratic Primary voters say they have definitely decided who they will support.

For complete press release and detailed tabular results, please click here.

Trump Still On Top in NH, Big Battle For Second, Most Voters Still Undecided

Donald Trump has maintained his double digit lead in the New Hampshire Primary race while the rest of the field remains tightly packed. However, Trump continues to be the candidate that New Hampshire Republicans say they are least likely to vote for.  Only thirty-one percent of New Hampshire Republican Primary voters say they have firmly decided who they will vote for in the Primary.

For complete press release and detailed tabular results, please click here.

Sanders Better Than Clinton Vs GOP in NH

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders currently has double digit leads over five potential Republican challengers in New Hampshire. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Republican frontrunner Donald Trump but is deadlocked with four other potential challengers. Unsurprisingly, most Granite Staters have not decided who they will vote for in the November general election.

For complete press release and detailed tabular results, please click here.

All findings are based by on the latest CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Primary Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.


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