Happy Holidays 2018

Last month I wrote about the multi-year death spiral at Iowa Wesleyan University. My 2017 column for Inside Higher Ed discussed four broad signs that a small college or university is headed toward failure. But how can a faculty member employed by a tuition-dependent institution like Iowa Wesleyan get a firmer grip on his or […]

Using Hidden Brain to Teach Research Design

Today we have a guest post by Sarah Fisher, assistant professor at Emory & Henry College. She can be reached at sfisher[at]ehc[dot]edu. For undergraduates, the research methods course is often the most dreaded component of the political science curriculum. Students’ fear of mathematics, gaps in content knowledge, and lack of software experience (I’ve had students […]

Public Health Simulation

This is a guest post from Sarah Fisher, Assistant Professor Politics at Emory & Henry College, written with Roger Yu, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Public health crises require coordination between scientists, government officials, and the public. This past summer, we had the opportunity to combine courses on […]

LeBron James, Realist: A Paper Assignment for Intro to International Relations

This is a guest post from Sarah Fisher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory & Henry College. Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper has his quirks, but his deeply rooted concern for relative power and hegemony, whether winning a Nobel Prize or crushing trivia, is pure realism. LeBron James’ contract details reflect the fluidity of alliances, another realist. […]

Mathematical Fairness in a Constitutional Convention

This is a guest post from Sarah Fisher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory & Henry College and Rachel Bayless, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Agnes Scott College.  As a political scientist and a mathematician we come from seemingly disparate fields- and what often are in an academic setting (quantitative political science notwithstanding). This summer, we had the […]

Learning from (other people’s) failures

We talk a lot about failing here on this blog, possibly because we do it a lot. As such, it’s always good to see other people fail too, and also pick themselves up from it. Today’s example is the apparent failure of British psephologists/pollsters to predict the outcome of the general election last week. Pretty […]

Simulation and Game Index

A relatively up-to-date index of posts about simulations and games as well as class exercises and activities; some items appear in more than one category: Theory  Bargaining model of war; 25 July 2016 Beer game: system-imposed constraints on decision making; 24 November 2013 Collective Action Problem Game, the collective action problem; 18 March 2015 Democracy vs. […]