Book Launch Party: The New Trail of Tears with Author Naomi Schaefer Riley

We invite you to join us for a book launch party and signing  for The New Trail of Tears with author Naomi Schaefer Riley hosted by the Independent Women's Forum.  Ms. Riley has lectured at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies several times.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Date: Tuesday, July 26
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location:  1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, DC

RSVP here.

About the book:

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history. There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it is our policies today–denying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizens–that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth.

The tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination immediately—not only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerous—but also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. They are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly need—the education, the legal protections and the autonomy to improve their own situation.

If we are really ready to have a conversation about American Indians, it is time to stop bickering about the names of football teams and institute real reforms that will bring to an end this ongoing national shame.


Center Chair Benjamin Ginsberg receives Teaching Award

Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg, Chair of the JHU Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University 2016 George E. Owen Teaching Award.  He also received the award in 2000.  

This award was established by the 1982 Student Council to honor George E. Owen, who was dean of the Homewood Faculties. It is awarded annually by the Student Council for outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduates. The award may be given to a faculty member in either the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Ginsberg!


Congratulations 2015- 2016 Graduates!

Dr. Ben Ginsberg addresses students, families and facultyCongratulations to the JHU Center for Advanced Governmental Studies Graduates.  We had 107 students this past year earning their masters degrees and certificates.  It was a great weekend of celebrations, starting with our Center graduation reception on Sunday and the AAP graduation ceremony in Baltimore on Monday.  We are so proud of all our graduates and hope you will be active alumni!


Andrea Hill, one of the first students who matriculated through the Government Analystics Masters Program is congratulated by Dr. Ginsberg. Here is a listing of the awards that were given at our reception on Sunday:


The Harold Seidman Award

Jill Khoury, "Contingent Convertible Capital:  A New Capital Requirement to Sovle Too Big to Fail"

Rowan Braybrook, "Payment for Environmental Services:  Sustainable Development of Water Resources in Rwanda"

The William F. Clinger, Jr. Award

Douglas Andres, "Congress and Why Process Matters"

Best Masters Thesis in the Area of Governance and Technology

Charles Yarborough, "Silicon Valley as a Political Institution:  Its Birth and Influence in the 21st Century"

Best Masters Thesis in the Area of Case Study Analysis

Matthew Coughlin, "Changing the Face of Society:  Biometrics, Convenience, and Privacy"

Best Masters Thesis in the Area of Global Studies

Michael Hughes, "Afhanistan's Troika of Instability:  Political Illegitimacy, State-Building, and Pakistani Realpolitik"

Best Masters Thesis in the Area of Strategic Studices

Kathryn Grant, "The Health of the Force:  Mental Health Care Implications for Readiness and Strategic Planning"

Student Service Award

Sonali Brahmbhatt and Maurice Urbain

Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

Dorothea Israel Wolfson

 Dorothea Wolfson receives the Teaching and Mentoring Award from Dr. Ginsberg


Facial Recognition Technology: Notes of Caution for Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

This month's Government Analytics Breakfast Forum featured Alvaro Bedoya, Clare Garvie and Jonathan Frankle of Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology for a discussion about the privacy concerns raised by law enforcement's increasing reliance on facial recognition technology.

Facial recognition technology can be used to both verify a person's identify and identify an unknown individual.  It has both positive and negative applications.  For example, many would argue that being able to pay for something with facial recognition would be highly convenient (Google is experimenting with this).  On the other hand, a store owner using facial recognition to target potential shoplifters raises serious concerns about the invasion of privacy and racial profiling.

Racial profiling is, indeed, one of the biggest concerns with increased use of facial recognition technology.  The few studies that have been done demonstrate that existing technologies are significantly less accurate when identifying individuals who are not old, white and/or male.  There are many disturbing implications of inaccurate facial recognition, including the labeling of innocent people as crime suspects.

There are currently very few limits on how law enforcement agencies can use facial recognition.  Going forward, policymakers at both the state and federal should devote attention to developing a legal framework that governs the use of this powerful technology. 

A recording of the event can be viewed here.



Congratulations to Alum Kristen Soltis Anderson ('2009)


Congratulations to Kristen Soltis Anderson who was named by Elle magazine as one of "The Ten Most Compelling Women in DC." The article profile of Kristen includes how working on her thesis for the MA in Government Program provided her with the opportunity to develop further her ground breaking research on the voting preferences of the millenial generation.