Past Events

April 30, 2014

How do race and gender simultaneously a ect voters' views of candidates? Does gender matter in an environment of racialized politics? Existing research has largely treated race and gender as independent identities, and generally ignored their interaction. Using an innovative survey experiment, this paper tests how race and gender together a ffect White individuals' campaign contributions to congressional candidates, and how gender matters when race is made salient. The results support the double bind theory, whereby Black women are particularly disadvantaged.

April 28, 2014

Are institutions under autocracy concessions or tools of control? With evidence from Kenya under one party rule (1969-1983), this paper investigates the conditions under which autocratic institutions serve as concessions to fellow elites and when they are used by autocrats as mere tools of control. It exploits leadership turnover in Kenya in 1978 occasioned by the death of the sitting autocratic president, and the fact that Kenyan presidents were constitutionally mandated to appoint sitting Members of Parliament to the Cabinet. Analysis of legislative election results shows that quasi-independent institutions populated by elites with independent power bases are more likely to emerge under strong and politically secure autocrats than under weak autocrats.

April 25, 2014






Sophia Reibetanz Moreau, J.D. (Toronto) 2002; Ph.D. (Harvard) 2000; B.Phil. (Oxford) 1996; B.A. (Toronto) 1994 is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law.  She is cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy.

Professor Moreau served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002-2003.  She has also been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, where she wrote a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Philosophy on practical deliberation, the nature of autonomy and the significance of character; and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she completed a B.Phil. in legal and political philosophy.

April 23, 2014






April 21, 2014

Why do foreign enterprises experience more labor protests than domestic enterprises in authoritarian states? This paper argues that presence of anti-foreign sentiment is one of the factors that induce higher incidence of labor protests at foreign enterprises. Evidence from a survey experiment in China reveals that anti-foreign sentiment produces higher willingness to engage in a labor protest at foreign enterprises mainly for three reasons.

April 18, 2014

The PSGSA is hosting a Panel discussion on the Crimea crisis. Political Science professors Steve Krasner, Mike McFaul, and Ken Schultz will share their thoughts on the recent events in Ukraine. The panel will take place on Friday, April 18, in the GSL from 11:30am-1pm (the regular IR workshop time) and lunch will be provided. Don't miss it and mark your calendars now!