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Martin to serve on editorial staff of Journal of Politics

Lanny Martin, Rice University's Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science, will serve as comparative politics editor of the Journal of Politics beginning in January 2015.

Center for Civic Engagement renamed Center for Civic Leadership

Rice's Center for Civic Engagement has been renamed the Center for Civic Leadership to reflect its longtime commitment to developing what Associate Dean of Undergraduates Matt Taylor calls "distinctive leaders."

People are ‘hardwired’ to be either liberal or conservative

Are individuals "hardwired" to be either liberal or conservative? A new book from researchers at Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) suggests that this may in fact be the case.

Restricting Voting Rights Act could mean fewer African-Americans on city councils

Efforts to limit the reach of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the legislation that banned discrimination in voting, could negatively impact black political representation, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ohio University.

Rice poll finds Harris County voters would support ban on texting while driving

Eighty-eight percent of Harris County likely voters would support a Texas state law to ban texting while driving.

Poll finds Astrodome’s fate too close to call

Forty-five percent of Harris County likely voters support the county issuing a bond to raise $217 million to convert Houston's iconic Astrodome into a convention hall and exhibit space, according to a new poll conducted by Rice.

Rice University-run poll: Parker leads Hall by 20 percent

With six weeks till Election Day, a poll conducted by Rice University's Center for Civic Leadership shows Houston Mayor Annise Parker with a 20-percentage-point lead over former City Attorney Ben Hall.

Are women less corrupt? New study suggests it depends on cultural expectations

Women are more likely than men to disapprove of -- and less likely to participate in -- political corruption, but only in countries where corruption is stigmatized, according to new political science research from Rice University.