It has been another busy year in the Political Science Department! Once again, the American political drama has brought more students to our door: Our majors have grown to 870 students. At the same time, we also saw a record number of placements for our PhD students at such institutions as Holy Cross and Arizona State. Here are some further highlights from the past year:
- J. Joseph Moakley Professor Kay Schlozman received the 2016 Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association.
- Numerous faculty members have weighed in on current political conflicts and controversies this year. Assistant Professor Lindsey O'Rourke wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about Russian hacking. See the News page of our department site for more.
- The department sponsored a conference on the American jury, prompted by the publication of Associate Professor Dennis Hale's book, The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline (University Press of Kansas, 2016).
- Recent and forthcoming faculty publications include: Assistant Professor Peter Krause's Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, forthcoming April 2017); Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies Robert Bartlett's Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates (University of Chicago Press, 2016); Professor Bob Ross' Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia, co-edited with Øystein Tunsjø (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2017); recently promoted David Hopkins' Divided by Region: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017); and Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats [with Matt Grossman] (Oxford University Press, 2016).
We have also found innovative new ways to teach students how to conduct political science research. Peter Krause enrolled 25 student research assistants for his project National Movements and Political Violence, allowing students to learn and conduct research for books and articles.
Two new faculty members will arrive in September: Lauren Honig (PhD, Cornell) will teach courses on African and comparative politics, and Michael Hartney (PhD, Notre Dame) will teach American political institutions and environmental politics.
A final appeal in the wake of new and emerging political developments: Never, perhaps, in the recent history of Boston College and of our nation has the promotion of "civic formation" mattered so clearly. Your contributions to our programs in support of that vital and urgent task are needed now more than ever.
Chair, Political Science Department