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O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick talks about how civil rights enforcement got swept into the culture wars, and what a new administration can do about it in the Hechinger Report

headshot of David Deese

Professor David Deese was appointed the Fulbright Scholar/Tallinn Professor at Tallinn University in Estonia for April-May 2017.  He will teach a graduate course on International Relations at the University's School of Diplomacy and give a few lectures.


Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence provided commentary on the Trump inauguration for French television news network BFM.

Donald Trump

What will the first 100 days of the Trump Administration bring for immigration, health care, the economy, the environment, and other areas? Political Science's Kay Schlozman, Dennis Hale, and David Hopkins weigh in for the Boston College Chronicle.

Professor Lindsey O'Rourke

According to Assistant Professor Lindsey O'Rourke, the U.S. tried to change other countries' governments 72 times during the Cold War. In an article for the Washington Post, she discusses what can be learned about Russian hacking in 2016 from past U.S. covert operations.  


Since the election, analyses have examined how Clinton supporters differ from Trump supporters by race, education and geographic residence. The persistence of partisan differences by age in American elections, however, has received somewhat less attention, writes Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins. Washington

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor Peter Krause conducted interviews with MSNBC, WGBH and NECN on the weekend attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, as well as the U.S. response to terrorism.

Picture of Schlozman holding award

Professor Kay L. Schlozman was awarded the 2016 Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Lifetime Award, which "recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field," by the section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.

Marc Landy

Professor of Political Science Marc Landy discussed the significance of reports that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has ties to a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine, in an interview with NECN.

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Lectures - Spring 2017

Friday, March 23 
4:00 p.m., Cushing 001 
Henry Higuera, Tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis
“God and Philosophy in Descartes’ Meditations
Dinner/Discussion to follow lecture in the McElroy FDR
Respondent: Nasser Behnegar, Political Science, BC
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Additional Upcoming Lectures

In Print

Books published recently by department faculty:


Sophistry and Political Philosophy by Robert C. Bartlett. University of Chicago Press.

The Philippines

The Philippines: An Asiatic and Catholic Archipelago by Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. Jescom.

book by susan shell

Kant’s Observations and Remarks: A Critical Guide, edited by Susan Meld Shell and Richard Velkley. Cambridge University Press.

book by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly

The Challenge of Rousseau, edited by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly. Cambridge University Press.

book by Dennis Hale

The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline, by Dennis Hale. University Press of Kansas.

book bt Jennifer Erickson

Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation, by Jennifer L. Erickson. Columbia University Press.

book by Robert Ross

China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, by Robert Ross. 


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