Jessica Weeks

Jessica Weeks is fascinated by the “dark side” of international relations: dictatorships. But her award-winning research combats the black-and-white view of authoritarian regimes and democracies. Dictators at War and Peace, published in 2014, classifies regimes to better understand them: bosses/strongmen, with an unchecked personalist leader; juntas, with influential military elites; and machines, with influential political elites. Weeks, a UW associate professor of political science, spoke to members of the U.S. intelligence community in Washington, DC, last year as they grappled with how to contain North Korea.

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New Faculty Focus: Carolyn McAndrews

She brings a focus on transportation planning, policy and design to the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. 

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New Faculty Focus: Justin Hsu

He brings to the Department of Computer Sciences an interest in differential privacy. 

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New Faculty Focus: Kevin Black

The new physics professor specializes in elementary particle physics. 

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New Faculty Focus: Paige Glotzer

The John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor in the History of American Politics, Institutions and Political Economy studies the history of housing segregation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Book club serves up an ‘intellectual feast’ for retired faculty members

For 23 years, a group of retired UW–Madison professors and administrators has met monthly to discuss works of historic and scholarly import.

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New Faculty Focus: Mikkel Sølvsten

He joins the Department of Economics, focusing on econometrics.

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Want to fight cyberthreats? Start with clean code

Barton Miller has a surprise for his University of Wisconsin–Madison class of 250 software programming undergraduates this fall: No code assignment is complete until it’s declared weakness-free by a suite of software analysis tools.

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New Center Prepares for Success

The Public Leadership Board for the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership took action on a number of important items that will set the stage for the Center's success.

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