The Record  

News from the Center

LaDonna Sullivan
 

Lauren Cohen, a fifth-year Carl Albert Fellow, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, beginning with the fall 1999 semester. Cohen is now in the process of completing her dissertation, "Warring Factions: Senators, Nominees, and Interest Groups in the Senate Confirmation Process." An essay based on her dissertation research, "Missing in Action: Interest groups and federal judicial appointments," was published in the November-December 1998 issue of Judicature. 

Associate Director Gary Copeland, Assistant Professor Keith Gaddie, and Carl Albert Fellow Craig Williams served as editors of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 1999-2000, the second volume in a new series published by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. 

Williams and the Center's director, Ron Peters, presented their paper "Can Speakers Lead? Exploring Transformational Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives" at the 1999 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. 

Copeland was elected to the position of President-elect at the 1999 annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association. At the same event, the Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper at the 1998 meeting was presented to Gaddie and Carl Albert Fellow Lesli McCollum for their coauthored paper, "Estimating the Incumbency Advantage: A New Approach to an Old Problem." A related study that builds on that paper will appear as a chapter in This Old House: Remodel or Rebuild? (Greenwood Press), edited by Joseph P. Zimmerman and Wilma Rule. 

The University of Oklahoma Press has accepted another manuscript for the Congressional Studies Series: Constituents, Parties, and Southern Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives by Stanley P. Berard of Southern Arkansas University. This will be the second volume in the new book series. Volume 1, Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics, by Robin Kolodny, was published in 1998. Center director Ron Peters serves as editor of the series. 

Plans are underway for special events in academic year 1999-2000 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Carl Albert Center, which was founded on July 1, 1979. Theda Skocpol, Harvard professor of government and sociology, will deliver the 1999 Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government on October 26, 27, and 28. In conjunction with the Rothbaum Lecture, the Center will also sponsor a reunion of Carl Albert Fellows during that same week. In April 2000, a conference on women and Congress, led by Assistant Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal, will include numerous scholars as well as former congresswomen and members of the media. 

Assistant Curator Todd Kosmerick, Archivists Carolyn Hanneman and Michael Lovegrove, and Graduate Assistant Megan Benson are preparing two special exhibits to celebrate the Center's anniversary. Utilizing materials from the Center's archives and from other sources, "The Modern Speaker" will explore the changing role of the Speaker of the House from 1971 to the present. The second exhibit will focus on women and Congress. 

During the past year, the Center has displayed four new archival exhibits: 

  • "Rated G: Hollywood Goes Political," a look at the attention garnered when politicians and stars get together;
  • "Out of the Darkroom: Shutterbugs Focus on Politicians' Family and Friends," a reminiscence of Oklahoma's prominent political families of the twentieth century;
  • "Those Gallivanting Politicians - The Spectacle of Political Travel," a pictorial review of the era of political junkets; and
  • "Give 'em Hell, Harry," a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Harry Truman's 1948 whistle stop campaign.
At the 1998 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, Assistant Curator Todd Kosmerick chaired a session on using the World Wide Web as an outreach and reference tool. He also presented a paper "Unplowed Ground: Studying Native American History through Congressional Papers" at the 1998 annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 

Archivist Carolyn Hanneman is coauthor of the essay "Taking the Initiative: Cherokee Indians React to the Wheeler-Howard Act" in the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1 (1999). 

Robert D. Schulzinger, professor of history at University of Colorado and a past recipient of a Visiting Scholars Grant at the Carl Albert Center, was awarded the Ferrell Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for his book A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975 published by Oxford University Press. The Los Angeles Times Book Review listed A Time for War as one of the 100 best books of 1998. 

Former fellows of the Carl Albert Center continue to make significant contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and administration: 

  • Kenneth Cosgrove has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Bethany College.
  • William E. Granstaff is the author of a forthcoming book with Praeger Press, Losing Our Democratic Spirit: Congressional Deliberation and the Dictatorship of Propaganda.
  • Karen Kedrowski has received the Outstanding Young Professor Award at Winthrop University where she is an assistant professor of political science. Kedrowski has also been accepted to the NSF-sponsored 1999 Chautauqua Short Course on "The Economics of Health Care" to be taught by David Cutler at Harvard University in May.
  • Robin M. LeBlanc, assistant professor of political science at Washington and Lee University, is in Japan this year to continue her research on citizens and assemblies under a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Her recently published book, Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999), is based on her earlier research in Japan under a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • L. Marvin Overby, associate professor of political science at University of Mississippi, is the new executive director of the Southern Political Science Association. He has also received a grant from the Canadian government to travel this summer to the new Intuit-run province of Nunavut to observe the establishment of their new political institutions. Overby is coauthor of "Party and Free Votes in Canada: Abortion in the House of Commons," published last year in Party Politics and another essay, "Partisan Preferences in Two Institutional Dimensions, Policy Balancing, and Voting for Congress in the 1996 National Elections" that will be published this year in American Journal of Political Science.
  • John David Rausch, Jr., assistant professor of political science at West Texas A&M University, is coauthor of a journal article, "When Women Lose: A Study of Media Coverage of Two Gubernatorial Campaigns," that will be published this year in Women & Politics. In 1998, articles by Rausch were published in Comparative State Politics and in Oklahoma Politics. Rausch is also the author of a chapter, "Direct Democracy in Oklahoma," in the first volume of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics.
  • Jean Shumway Warner also contributed to that almanac a chapter on Oklahoma governors.
 
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