Episode 2

2 - Not My Generation - Chaos is King!

Dr. Emily Stacey and Professor James Davenport discuss the chaos created in the U.S. House of Representatives when a small faction of Republicans were able to oust the current Republican Speaker. Who will be able to satisfy the various factions in the GOP House Conference to win - and keep - the Speakership? And which Oklahoman has been named as a possible "dark horse" candidate for Speaker?

At the state level, Republicans also created some chaos as Governor Stitt's special session on reducing taxes ended almost as quickly as it began. Despite having large majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, the governor failed to effectively coordinate with legislative leaders, especially Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, and saw his effort go down in flames.

Internationally, Dr. Stacey explains why the BRIC nations are expanding and what that means for the United States and the West in general. Also, why do women seem to still lack representation in national and international democratic bodies - including the U.N.?

With so much going on it can be hard to keep up, but James & Emily explain what leads to some of the craziness of national and state politics while keeping an upbeat attitude and recognizing the need for compromise.

If you have a question or comment about this episode, or would like to suggest a topic or guest for a future episode, you can reach us at NotMyGeneration@raider.rose.edu

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Dr. Emily Stacey

Emily Stacey is a Political Science professor and Program Coordinator for Political Science at Rose State College. Dr. Stacey has the privilege of coordinating events, including the Great Debate panel series, Liberal Arts and Sciences colloquia, and the Political Science book club. Dr. Stacey was honored as a DaVinci Institute Fellow in 2023, an award given for innovative teaching in higher education. She successfully completed her dissertation defense in November 2016, and formally graduated with her doctorate in July 2017 from Swansea University (Wales, UK). Emily’s dissertation research focuses on the necessity of bureaucratization in contemporary social movements, namely those using digital technologies to mobilize and sustain dissent. She has participated in the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (2013) and Oxford University’s Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program (2014).

Emily has published multiple works thus far, Combatting Internet-Enabled Terrorism (2017), which focuses on the use of digital technologies and the internet by terror organizations, with emphasis on the Islamic State. Nationalism, Social Movements, and Activism in Contemporary Society was published in 2018, and analyzes the rising tide of nationalist politics around the world, with emphasis on U.S. politics (the rise of the Tea Party, election of Donald Trump and juxtaposing that against the Black Lives Matter movement). Emily’s most recent work (2023) focuses on deglobalization and the shifting world order. You can follow Emily on Twitter at: @politikphd.
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James Davenport

James Davenport is the Associate Dean for Social Sciences and a professor of political science at Rose State College. He is a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma Political Science Association's (OPSA) "Teacher of the Year" award and a recipient of OPSA's "Excellence in Public Service" award. He has also earned the Rose State College "Excellence in Teaching" award. He earned the "Excellence in Public Service" Award from the OPSA in 2023.
James brings practical experience in politics to his academic training as a political scientist. He has worked for a member of Congress, a county commissioner, a public opinion research firm, and owned a public relations and campaign consulting firm. In addition, he has also be the host of a radio talk show.
In 2023, James founded the Center for Civic Engagement, which fosters positive conversations on challenging issues and builds bridges of communication between the academic community, policy makers, and the general public.
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