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Political Science

The 2019 University of Mississippi Hall of Fame. Pictured are (front row, from left) Blair Wortsmith, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Makala McNeil, of Grenada; Mallie Imbler, of Tupelo; Jaz Brisack, of Oxford; Skylyn Irby, of Batesville; Randon Hill, of Oxford; (top row from left) UM Provost Noel Wilkin; UM Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc; Jarvis Benson, of Grenada; Levi Bevis, of Florence, Alabama; Elam Miller, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jacob Ferguson, of Randolph; UM Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks and UM Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Melinda Sutton Noss. Photo by Thomas Graning

Ten Seniors Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

Recipients honored for service, achievement and potential for success APRIL 6, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2018-19 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored Friday (April 5) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford […]


Barbour Center Offers Insider’s View of Washington

New American politics program holds class in Oxford and D.C. APRIL 4, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM   University of Mississippi students recently got an insider’s view of Washington’s political scene and mingled with movers and shakers there as part of the first class offered through the Haley Barbour Center for the Study of American Politics, […]


Robert Brown, professor of political science, was one of the recipients of the 2017 Thomas Frist Student Service Award. Photo by Kevin Bain

Nominations Sought for Annual Frist Awards

Honor recognizes UM faculty and staff members for outstanding service to students MARCH 18, 2019 BY MITCHELL DIGG Away from their families and hometown friends, many college students encounter challenges or hardships. But at the University of Mississippi, faculty and staff members often step in to lend a helping hand or words of advice and […]


Dr. Steven Cunningham (left), chair of the IHL Diversity Committee, and UM Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks (right) congratualte Sandra Cox-McCarty on winning one of hte board’s Excellence in Diversity Awards.

Law School Associate Dean Honored by IHL

Sandra Cox-McCarty is this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award MARCH 12, 2019 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Sandra Cox-McCarty, associate dean for administration and diversity initiatives at the University of Mississippi School of Law, is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. For more than 27 years, she has worked diligently to create an atmosphere of […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Dr. Steven Cunningham (left), chair of the IHL Diversity Committee, congratulates retired educator Peggy Sisson on being honored with the board’s Karen Cummins Community Service Award.

Board of Trustees Presents Annual Diversity Awards

Medical Center administrator and former UM educator honored for service, statewide impact FEBRUARY 28, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT The Mississippi board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning celebrated Black History Month with its annual Diversity Awards ceremony in Jackson. Campus and community leaders were recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and encouraging […]


UM law student Crawford Moore earned a NASA Space Law Network grant to attend the International Law Weekend conference in New York. Photo by Christina Steube

UM Student Awarded Grant for International Law Weekend

Crawford Moore’s interest is on issues surrounding air and space law NOVEMBER 16, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Crawford Moore isn’t just studying the law to make a difference in his home state and country, but also the world – and beyond. The second-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Law earned a NASA Space […]


Emelia Nordan speaking to the class. Submitted photo

Capitol View: UM Course Sheds Light on Legislative Process

Through floor debates and committee votes, students learn ins and outs of Legislature NOVEMBER 13, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Neal Lancaster wanted to gain practical knowledge about how the Mississippi Legislature functions. And thanks to an immersive University of Mississippi political science course aimed at preparing future state legislators, that’s what Lancaster is getting. […]


Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is donating his papers to the University of Mississippi’s Modern Political Archives. Cochran, an alumnus and supporter of the university, is shown speaking at Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter’s investiture in 2016. Photo by Kevin Bain/Communications

Law School to Host Tribute to Senator Thad Cochran

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (BA psychology ’59 JD ’65)  has left a lasting legacy on the University of Mississippi, as well as the state and nation. To honor his many contributions to the state, the UM School of Law is hosting a Nov. 11 tribute to the longtime political leader and […]


Conor M. Dowling, associate professor of political science, will receive the Don K. Price Award from the American Political Science Association in July. Photo by Thomas Graning

Political Science Professor Wins Second Award for Book

Conor Dowling, co-authors receive national praise with Louis Brownlow Book Award OCTOBER 26, 2018 BY ALLY LANGSTON   A book exploring the weaknesses of modern health care policy, co-authored by University of Mississippi political scienceprofessor Conor Dowling, has won the Louis Brownlow Book Award, a prestigious honor for scholars in the public administration field. This […]