May 11, 2022

April Faculty Updates

CGA Professor John V. Kane recently wrote about his co-authored research on The Washington Post's "The Monkey Cage" blog. The research examines how different kinds of messaging can promote U.S. public support for funding the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) enforcement operations. Kane, along with co-author Ian G. Anson (University of Maryland) find that information about recent funding cuts to the IRS, as well as information that resonates with partisans' political values (i.e., deficit reduction for Republicans, and inequality reduction for Democrats) can both increase support for IRS funding and promote greater interest in this issue.

John Kane chart

On April 4, Professor Jennifer Trahan spoke on a panel entitled "Ukraine War: Blue Helmets and the Role of the UN Security Council, sponsored by the Conflict and Resilience Research Institute Canada. The panel also featured a member of Canada's Parliament, Senator Mari Lou McPhedran.

Professor Trahan's publication, "Revisiting the History of the Crime of Aggression in Light of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine," was published on April 19 by the American Society of International Law "Insights," vol. 26, issue 2, and can be found at Revisiting the History of the Crime of Aggression in Light of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine | ASIL.

Her book Chapter, “Contributing to Cyber Peace by Maximizing the Potential for Deterrence: Criminalization of Cyber-Attacks under the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute,” was published in the book Cyber Peace: Charting a Path Toward a Sustainable, Stable, and Secure Cyber Space, ed. by Scott Shackleford, Frederick Douzet, and Christopher Ankersen (Cambridge University Press 2022). The book can be found online at Cyber Peace: CHARTING A PATH TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE, STABLE, AND SECURE CYBERSPACE (

Professor Trahan was also invited to join the Council on Foreign Affairs at the New York City Bar Association.

Burdin Hickock successfully defended his dissertation on April 4, completing all requirements for the Doctor of Business Administration degree. He will get "hooded" and receive his diploma on May 5 from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Along with his DBA, Dr. Hickok has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business programs.

On April 8, 2022, Professor Mary Beth Altier presented her paper "Armed and In Office: Support for Violent Political Parties in Democratic Elections" on the panel "Violence, Identity, and Voting" at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference.


Mary Beth Altier

Chloe Demrovsky served on the advisory committee for the newly released report from the Council on Foreign Relations, authored by Stewart Patrick. It describes the need for information and policy on reflecting sunlight from the atmosphere, or "solar climate intervention" (also called solar geoengineering) to reduce climate risks. 

Professor Christian Busch gave a TEDx talk about how to create meaningful connections in a (dis)connected world.

Christian Busch TEDx talk

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