Graduate Students Awarded Best Paper at Western PSA

By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
May 31, 2013

Two graduate students of the political science department, Carrie Skulley and Chris Haynes, recently won the Western Political Science Association Paper Award on Asian Pacific Islander Americans. It is given to the most outstanding paper that deals with the concerns and issues facing Asian Pacific Islander Americans. According to Ms. Skulley, the paper “examines perceptions of linked fate amongst Asians living in the United States and makes the argument that a co-ethnic examination of linked fate offers more leverage than the traditional pan-ethnic approach used by many scholars.” Papers are first nominated by members/panels and then reviewed by the Asian Pacific Islander committee within WPSA. Winners receive recognition and a $250 award. According to the WPSA, the association was founded in 1948 and includes over 1350 poliitcal scientists who gather at its annual conference to promote the study and teaching of government and politics, foster research, and facilitate the discussion of public affairs.

Ms. Skulley is a fifth year graduate student whose research explores representation and elections, accountability and responsiveness, and gender. She is particularly interested in how traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups gain representation. Ms. Skulley is currently working on her dissertation, titled “It Takes a Winning Candidate: Why are so few women elected to Congress?” which examines the sources of underrepresentation of women in Congress. In addition to the WPSA Paper Award, she has received a Graduate Research Mentorship Program fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

In addition to the WPSA Paper Award, Mr. Haynes has recently accepted a tenure track job as an assistant professor at University New Haven, where they have tentatively agreed to allow him to start a new MUN program, build the department, start new courses, and provide ample resources to continue researching. He is “very excited to take this position” as it is “truly the type…that [he] had hoped for,” and expresses great appreciation for/towards his professor and advisor Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan for helping him reach this point.


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