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What is in a Keynote Speaker? Making a Splash at Conventions

Democrats have announced that San Antonio mayor Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker at that party's convention. In the past, that role has served as a platform for bigger things. Political scientist Costas Panagopoulos [QMSS Faculty], who studies party conventions, was at that 2004 Democratic convention when the then-unknown Barack Obama dazzled the delegates. He talks to host Guy Raz about what makes a great keynote speaker.  Click here to listen to the interview on NPR: All Things Considered.


Interactive Map: THe U.S. Shooting Epidemic

By Brian Abelson [QMSS Alum] & Michael Keller

Friday's horrific shooting in Aurora, Colo.—one of the deadliest in US history—has reignited the debate over gun control in America. Just how bad is the problem? Through media reports, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit lobbying group, has compiled a list of 431 shootings with more than one victim since 2005. 

Roll over or tap the interactive map below to see how your state compares, or explore the data in the spreadsheet below. If we missed one, let us know in the comments or at @mhkeller and @BrianAbelson.


Columbia Global Center | Middle East in Amman

The Research Roundtable Initiative is a collaborative community of research centers in Jordan. Discussions in previous roundtables identified skill-development workshops in research methodology for junior and mid-level researchers as a priority. To this end, intensive research training on “Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences” was delivered by faculty from the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) in December 2010.


Campaign 2012

Costas Panagopoulos, QMSS Faculty and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy at Fordham University, discusses the latest news in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.


Speculation, Embedding, and Food Prices: A Cointegration Analysis

The disparity between massive volatility in food prices and relatively slow changes in agricultural supply and demand since the beginning of the food crisis in 2007 has focused attention on the potential effects of financial speculators in food markets. The challenge of identifying the effects of such speculators has been complicated by a number of factors, key among which has been the criteria used to define speculative activity. This paper provides a more targeted analysis of one particular kind of speculator, and builds on a combination of sociological and econometric analysis to identify their presence in commodity markets during the food crisis.

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