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Bear Braumoeller

Mershon affiliate Bear Braumoeller, associate professor of political science, was recently awarded the ISA (International Studies Association) Best Book Award for his book The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

The book received an excellent review from H-Diplo, and was featured in Popular Science and National Geographic.

Here is what the ISA Best Book Award committee, led by Joyce Kaufman, Jeffrey Hart and Vesna Danilovic, had to say about Braumoeller’s book:

"This is a truly exceptional book that draws on the accumulation of knowledge on theory on great powers and the international system. Professor Braumoeller masterfully builds on the body of past research while at times modestly describes the model he presents as a 'synthesis.'

"In reality, his 'nested politics model' is much more than a synthesis but represents an innovative approach to demonstrate that we do not have to choose in the agent-structure debate.  Rather, his theory presents international relations as an organic whole in which agents (states, not as block boxes, but broken into domestic constituencies and their leaders with domestic incentives) shape the international structure materially (power) and ideologically, and whose policies are, in turn, also shaped by that structure.

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Yana Hashamova

An article by Yana Hashamova, Mershon affiliate and director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, has won the Heldt Prize for best article from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

"War Rape: (Re)defining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood" was published in Embracing Arms: Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War, edited by Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova (Central European University Press, 2012).

The roots of both the article and book go back to the 2007 International Conference on Women and War, organized by Hashamova and Goscilo and supported by the Mershon Center.

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The latest book by Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History, has been named runner-up for best biography/autobiography by the Southern California Book Festival.  

Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale University Press, 2013) is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War.  Before coming to The Ohio State University, Mansoor was executive officer to Gen. Petraeus during the time the surge strategy was developed and implemented.

Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, Gen. Petraeus, and other U.S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington. 

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Philip Brown

Philip Brown, professor of Japanese and East Asian history, was among the 14 faculty members from The Ohio State University selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships for 2013-14.

Brown will research his project on "Dam Imperialism: The Case of the Wusantou Dam, Tainan, and Related Projects" at the Institute for Taiwan History at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, during spring 2014.

Brown is an expert in early modern and modern Japanese history with interests in the history of technology, environmental history and state-society relations from the 15th to 19th centuries.

He recently published a monograph on joint arable land holding systems (warichi), Cultivating Commons: Joint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2011).

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