Department of Political Science
at boston college
The Forecast for Politics
A look at tournament "superforecasters", nonexperts who can make extraordinarily accurate predictions about future political events, includes White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Jennifer Erickson. Chronicle of Higher Education
Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence discussed the limits of state secularism in France in an interview with World Politics Review.
The Ideology of Libertarianism
Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, writes on libertarianism as a political movement and an outlook on life in an essay for Commonweal.
A Federal Raid on Local Schools
A directive on "equal access" by the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights ignores the law and won't achieve its intended goals, writes O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
Jennifer Erickson, the White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies, was one of the experts interviewed for an article by VICE News.
Assistant Professor Peter Krause argues that recent West Bank attacks on Palestinians reflect a deeper debate over the nature of Israel in a new article in War on the Rocks.
2015 Truman Scholar
Marissa Marandola is a Gabelli Presidential Scholar and Honors student majoring in Political Science, with minors in American Studies and Management and Leadership. A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, she has interned in the RI Dept. of Attorney General and Family Court and with the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, an independent think tank. On campus she is the Editor in chief of Elements, BC's undergraduate research journal, and an executive board member for BC Splash, an organization that seeks to connect disadvantaged high school students with the possibilities offered by higher education. After graduation she plans to pursue a law degree and hopes to become an advocate for children as an education attorney.
Student Award Recipients, 2014-2015
Alexander Barton has been awarded this year's Behrakis Prize for outstanding essay in Hellenic political thought.
Matthew Berry and Maria McCollester received the 2015 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards, which recognize graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows who distinguished themselves in classroom instruction.
JCM Constitutional Day Initiative Lecture
To commemorate Constitutional Day 2015, the Political Science Department is pleased to announce that Michael Zuckert will give the Jack Miller Center Constitutional Day Initiative Lecture entitled “The Constitution in the Extreme Situation: Lincoln, Habeas Corpus, and the Rule of Law” on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., in McGuinn Auditorium, Room 121. A reception will follow the lecture.
Books published recently by department faculty:
Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Meld Shell. Harvard University Press.
The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady. Princeton University Press.
The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims: The State's Role in Minority Integration by Jonathan Laurence. Princeton University Press.
Alan Wolfe, Political Evil: What It Is, and How to Combat It. Random House
Arisotle's Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins. University of Chicago Press.
Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade by David Deese. Edward Elgar Publishing
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