VT Graduate Student, Karamehic-Oates, Best Paper Award, Central Slavic Conference

| January 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

Virginia Tech graduate student, Adna Karamehic-Oates, in the School of Public and International Affairs is the winner of the 2015 Charles Timberlake Memorial Paper Prize for the Central Slavic Conference’s best paper. Her paper was titled, “Identity Negotiations of Bosnian Natives in St. Louis,” will continue on to compete for the national graduate student paper prize competition, the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

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Visiting Research Fellow Russo Quoted, ABCNews.com

| January 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

Visiting Research Fellow, David Russo, at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute was quoted in an ABCNews.com article on the 1000s of buildings in the city of Baltimore slated for demolition. To read the entire article, click here. To read more of Russo’s recently published research in the New Geography entitled “Deindustrialization, Depopulation, and the Refugee Crisis,” click here.   Photo Credit: google.com/maps

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Visiting Fellow Savitch, Pens Op-ed, Alexandria Times

| January 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

An opinion editorial piece was recently penned by Visiting Fellow, Hank Savitch, at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute in the Alexandria Times titled, “Is It Smart of Dumb Growth for Alexandria?“.  In the piece Savitch discusses  growth for the city of Alexandria.  To read more click here.    

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MI Visiting Fellow Savitch Pens Op-Ed, Boston Herald

| January 6th, 2016 | Comments Off

Visiting Fellow, Hank Savitch, at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute recently penned an op-ed piece for the Boston Herald titled, “No Easy Choices In Refugee Crisis .”  Throughout the piece, Savitch discusses how the fanciful of assurances of security won’t erase risks.  To read more click here or to read more about Hank Savitch, please visit here.

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Visiting Fellow Russo Offers Insight on the Refugee Crisis

| December 7th, 2015 | Comments Off

Visiting Research Fellow at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, John Russo, recently penned an article on the refugee crisis facing the Western Nations. The article titled, Deindustrialization, Depopulation and the Refugee Crisis was published online in the NewGeography.  NewGeography.com is an online site devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where we live and work. John Russo is a visiting fellow at Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University and the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. He is the co-author with Sherry Linkon of Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown in its 8th printing. To learn more about Professor Russo, visit the blog page for the Kalmanovitz institute. Photo Credit: NewGeography.com  

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New Article from Ariel Ahram

| December 1st, 2015 | Comments Off

Dr. Ariel Ahram, associate professor of Government and International Affairs, has just been published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.   His new article is titled, “Pro-Government Militias and the Repertoires of Illicit State Violence.”  You can access it here. Abstract: Most studies of pro-government militias (PGMs) take a narrowly functionalist approach. This article sees PGMs as the product of broader processes of state formation and regime dynamics that generate distinctive repertoires of violence. The article uses a cross-national dataset to shows that low state capacity is singularly correlated with the appearance and activity of all forms of PGMs. Once militias are active, they tend to endure even after initial conditions change, suggesting a strong measure of path dependence in how states PGMs evolve. Democracy curbs the activity of semi-official PGMs but not informal ones. Different authoritarian regime sub-types have varying propensities for militia activity. These findings have major implications for efforts

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Professors Sterett and Cook Attend Conference, Lanzhou China

| November 3rd, 2015 | Comments Off

Professors Susan Sterett, Director of Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, and Brian Cook, Professor in Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs, recently returned from a conference titled, Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership, that was held in Lanzhou, China. Scholars from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, China and the United States gathered for the conference, which focused on the rule of law in public management. Dr. Sterett presented a paper on American Images of the Rule of Law in China in collaboration with Anne Zobell, a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.  Also, Drs. Cook and Sterett gave a presentation to graduate students about publishing in English language peer-reviewed journals. Photo:  Sterett is in the second row, 7th from the right.  Cook is in the seated row, 7th from the left.

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Virginia Tech’s Professor Misra Honored for her Work on Smart Phones

| October 29th, 2015 | Comments Off

Shalini Misra, Assistant Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning, was recently honored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation for her study on how smartphones can have unexpected social effects. Her study, “The iPhone Effect: The Quality of In-Person Social Interactions in the Presence of Mobile Devices“, was recently published in the Environmental and Behavioral Journal, which focused on examining relationships between the presence of mobile devices and the quality of real-life in-person social interactions. Dr. Misra’s research interests include: (1) social, psychological, and health implications of the Internet and digital communication technologies; (2) environment and behavior studies, specially focusing on the psychological and health impacts of environmental stressors such as information overload and multitasking; and (3) “science of team science” or the study of the processes and outcomes of large-scale transdisciplinary collaborative scientific, training, and action research initiatives. For more information about Dr. Misra, please

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MI’s post-doc wins a research grant

| October 7th, 2015 | Comments Off

The Metropolitan Institute’s post-doc, Katie Wells, and her colleague, Kafui Attoh, I have received a research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  For 18-months, they will be examining the financial costs, benefits, and challenges of contingent, part-time work for UberX Transportation, one of the fastest growing on-demand mobile services.  Kafui is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies in the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the City University of New York. Dr. Wells will be working on the project from George Washington University where she will be a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Geography.  

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MI + SPIA Lecture Series Off to a Great Start

| September 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off

The 2015-16 MI + SPIA Lecture Series will kick off on Thursday and is full of hot topics! The first speaker in the series is Metropolitan Institute’s own Visiting Fellow, Michelle Cullen.  She will be presenting findings from her dissertation research on how cities have been able to and encouraged to incorporate information and communication technology into their current systems.  DC Inno has picked up on her lecture and tickets are going fast! For information about and to RSVP to the other lectures in this series, please pull down the Publications and Events menu and visit the Fall Series and the Spring Series.

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