See the calendar on the right for the full schedule.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Merolla and Zechmeister to speak on terrorism and public opinion

Jennifer Merolla and Elizabeth Zechmeister will speak about "Terrorist Threat and Democratic Public Opinion" at 3:30 p.m. Friday (2/3) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Merolla is associate professor of politics and policy at Claremont Graduate University. Zechmeister is associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University. They are co-authors of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (Chicago, 2009). The book examines how worry about terrorism alters individual attitudes toward others in society, their evaluations of political leaders, and their foreign policy preferences. To register, contact powers.108 [ at ] by Thursday (2/2).

Friday, January 13, 2012

What makes a good review

There's a great post on that is relevant to our topic today. Titled "the editors speak: what makes a good review", the post includes observations, recommendations, and wish lists from 11 past and current editors of major journals, including the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and others. Although neither communication nor political science journals are represented, most of the advice offered transcend disciplinary boundaries. I highly recommend reading it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Symposium to examine Arab Spring revolution in Egypt

The Mershon Center is starting off the new year with a two high-level visitors from Egypt who will be giving us the inside scoop on the Arab Spring revolution during a two-part event on Monday, January 9. See the announcement below:

Please register now for a two-part symposium on "Egypt and the Arab Spring Revolution" to take place on Monday, January 9, 2012. First, Gouda Abdel-Khalek, Egyptian minister of supply and domestic trade and professor of economics at Cairo University, will speak at noon about "The Political Economy of Egypt and the Arab Spring: International Support Packages" at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. To register, contact Then, Karima Korayem,professor of economics at Al-Azhar University, will speak at 5 p.m. about "The Challenges of the Arab Spring Revolution in Egypt" at the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave., with discussion by Gouda Abdel-Khalek and Hassan Aly, professor of economics at Ohio State. Register at

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Still Time to Submit to CY

Deadline Approaching: Communication Yearbook 37A Publication of the International Communication Association
Editor: Elisia L. Cohen

CY 37 is a forum for the exchange of interdisciplinary and internationally diverse scholarship relating to communication in its many forms. Specifically, we are seeking state-of-the-discipline literature reviews, meta-analyses, and essays that advance knowledge and understanding of communication systems, processes, and impacts. Submitted manuscripts should provide a rigorous assessment of the status, critical issues and needed directions of a theory or body of research; offer new communication theory or additional insights into communication systems, processes, policies and impacts; and/or expand the boundaries of the discipline. In all cases, submissions should be comprehensive and thoughtful in their synthesis and analysis, and situate a body of scholarship within a larger intellectual context. For CY 37, the editorial board also welcomes commentary and essays that advance knowledge and understanding of communication research methodologies and applications.
  • Submit manuscripts electronically via a Word attachment to Elisia L. Cohen, Editor, at
  • Submissions for CY 37 will be considered from October 15, 2011 through February 15, 2012
  • Use APA style, 6th edition
  • Include a cover letter indicating how the manuscript addresses the CY 37 call for papers
  • Prepare manuscripts for blind review, removing all identifiers
  • Include a title page as a separate document that includes contact information for all authors
  • Following Communication Yearbook's tradition of considering lengthier manuscripts, initial manuscript submissions may range from 6,500 to 13,000 words (including tables, endnotes, references).
  • Incomplete submissions not adhering to journal guidelines will be returned to authors for revision.
  • For more information about CY 37 or this call for submissions, please contact Dr. Cohen at