Update: Fall 2011 Speakers

Hi everyone,

Below is some updated information about the speakers we have lined up to come this fall.

Dr. Tom Birkland
B.A. Political Science, University of Oregon
M.A Political Science, Public Policy, Rutgers University
Ph.D. Public Policy, American Politics, Public Law; University of Washington

October 12-13, 2011


Dr. Birkland will present the results of his recent review of the literature on sudden, shocking events called focusing events. He sought to study their effect in his 1997 book After Disaster, and assesses whether we learn from these events in Lessons of Disaster. In his presentation, Dr. Birkland will review what a focusing event is, how it influences the agenda and can lead to policy change, and future research directions that will help develop improved models of event-driven policy change.


Dr. Thomas A. Birkland is the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Research, Extension, Engagement and Economic Development in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). He has studied the politics and policy dimensions of natural hazards and technological accidents for over nineteen years, as part of his broader work on theories and models of policy development and change. His current research interests are in the policy aspects of long-term recovery, and in matters of policy failure and learning following major disasters.
Before joining NC State, Dr. Birkland was an associate professor of public administration and policy and the director of the Center for Policy Research in the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. In 2006, Birkland was the program director for the Infrastructure Management and Hazard Response Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.


Dr. Birkland’s tentative schedule includes presentations on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 in OLDH538.

Political Science Department Brownbag from 11:30am–1pm

Dr. Michaels’ policy course from 6-9pm

Students and faculty will also be able to sign up for one-on-one meetings in David’s office starting September 19.  Birkland will also present at the Policy Center on Oct. 13.
His website: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~tabirkla/index.html

Dr. Jill Irvine
B.A. University of Michigan
Ph. D. Harvard University
President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma
October 5-6, 2011
Fields: Comparative Politics, East European Politics, Women and World Politics, Religion and Violence

Dr. Irvine is the author of The Croat Question, Partisan Politics and the Formation of the Yugoslav Socialist State (1995) and co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia, 1945-1991 (1997). She has published articles in East European Politics and Societies, Problems of Postcommunism and Politik and Gender, Nationalities Papers and contributed chapters to several edited volumes. She is also the author of several government reports including a co-authored report for USAID entitled “Croatia Democracy and Governance Activities Impact on Political Change: 1995-2000,” (2002). Her research interests focus on gender, democratization and ethno-religious conflicts worldwide.

Dr. Irvine will present her work to the political science graduate department on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 11:30am to 1pm in OLDH538.  Graduate student meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 5 from 9:30 to 10:30am in Oldfather 516.
Personal appointments with Dr. Irvine will be available on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday October 5.  A small group dinner is scheduled for Oct. 4, and a breakfast is scheduled for Oct. 5. Sign-up sheets will be available in David’s office starting Sept. 19.


About Tim Collins

Graduate student in American Politics and Biopolitics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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