Friday, December 9, 2016

Great Graduate Fellowships in Political Economy

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has a good graduate program in political economy and economics and some great fellowships.  They are currently accepting applications for four graduate programs for students interested in political economy and public policy:

Political Economy Fellowships for PhD Students

The PhD Fellowship  is a competitive, full-time fellowship program for students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty. It is a total award of up to $200,000 over five years. Candidates must also apply to or already be participating in the PhD program in Economics at George Mason University. The application deadline is February 1, 2017.

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship for graduate students attending PhD programs at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Adam Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. It is a total award of up to $10,000 for the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2017.

Economics and Public Policy Fellowships for Graduate Students

The MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in pursuing careers in public policy. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience as a research assistant working with Mercatus scholars. It is a total award of up to $80,000 over two years. Candidates must also apply to or already be participating in the MA program in Economics at George Mason University. The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Frédéric Bastiat Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on public policy. It is a total award of up to $5,000 for the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2017.

For more information, contact 

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch at
Deputy Director of Academic & Student Programs
Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dr. John Moser's Op-Ed Published on

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and printed a guest column written by Dr. John Moser, AU  Professor of History and Co-Chair of the master's program in American History and Government at the Ashbrook Center. 

Dr. Moser's article, titled "Pearl Harbor at 75 -- Japan's pivotally mistaken views on how Americans would react," discusses why the Japanese made this fateful decision. 
While the United States was the only country capable of interfering with Tokyo's efforts to dominate East Asia, the chances of defeating the Americans in a war seemed pitifully small.
Even in 1941, the U.S. Navy was considerably larger, although most of its strength was based in the Atlantic. More impressive still was the United States' industrial output, which even during the worst of the Great Depression was seven times greater than that of Japan -- and by the end of 1941, it was closer to ten times greater.
These statistics were no closely guarded secret; they were common knowledge among the leadership in Tokyo. Certainly for the Japanese to initiate a war against the United States must have represented some kind of death wish.

Read the full column at to learn more, including why the Japanese attacked in spite of these odds.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Call for Submissions - Georgetown Journal of History

The Georgetown Journal of History is now accepting submissions for the 2016-2017 academic year!

The Georgetown Journal of History is an academic journal run by undergraduates at Georgetown University, and entering its second year of publication. We publish undergraduate history work covering all regions and eras. Submissions are open to all majors, but must be historically-oriented.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on January 15, 2017. Submissions should be emailed (in Microsoft Word format) to and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Articles should not exceed 6,000 words, but should be no less than 2,500 words (Title Page and Bibliography included) 
  • Each submission should be accompanied by a short biography of the author of about 150 words, and a title page with the author’s name, college/university affiliation, position (undergraduate, graduate student, professor, etc.), degree(s), and contact information
  • Papers previously submitted to classes may be submitted as long as the class, professor, and date submitted are included on the title page 
  • The Georgetown Journal of History will not accept any articles currently under review from other academic journals, publications, or conferences

 Please direct any questions to

For more information about the journal, editorial board, or previous submissions, go to

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Opportunity for History majors at Historic Deerfield, MA

Historic Deerfield Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture
 Tuition-free program gives college students the opportunity to explore history and material culture studies, conduct original research, and experience working at a museum
Deerfield, Mass. (November 17, 2016)---Historic Deerfield, Inc., invites applications from college juniors and seniors to take part in an intensive, nine-week Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. College juniors (graduating in 2018), and seniors who expect to graduate in 2017 are eligible for 7 openings in the program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Material Culture, Preservation and Museum Studies.

This unique residential living-and-learning opportunity takes place at Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Each participant receives a full fellowship that covers all expenses associated with the program, including tuition, room and board, and field trips. A limited number of stipends are awarded to students with demonstrated need to help cover lost summer income. Financial aid awards are need blind and application for assistance has no impact on your program application.

The 2017 program begins June 12 and ends August 14. Applications are now being accepted online at  The application deadline is February 10, 2017. Notification of acceptances will be announced in March.

For More Information:
Contact: Barbara A. Mathews, Public Historian and Director of Academic Programs

About Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bryanna Austin Co-authors Report

Political Science senior, Bryanna Austin, did an internship at the Buckeye Institute in Columbus, OH, this summer.  She worked on several projects, but one resulted in a this Policy Brief on reforming occupational licensing requirements.  Among other benefits of reform would be that it would help military families, who must move frequently. The report was co-authored with Rea S. Hederman Jr.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WOIO Cleveland 19 News Election Coverage to Feature Dr. Sikkenga

AU Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga will be a featured guest tonight on WOIO Cleveland 19 news as part of their election coverage.

Dr. Sikkenga will share his insights on regional ballot issues and hot button topics such as the city income tax increase as well as offer observations on trending election results throughout the night.

UPDATE: Here is a clip of Dr. Sikkenga's commentary.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Decline and Fall of History

Niall Ferguson, the Harvard Historian, gave a terrific (short) speech recently on the problem of history teaching at America's most prestigious universities.  Referring to Lin Manuel Miranda's hit musical, "Hamilton," Ferguson said that "even as history smashes the box office, it slumps where it should be best protected and promoted, at our universities."  He follows with a good discussion of what exactly passes for history today (hint: it's not what we do at AU) and why it is such a serious problem. View the speech here.