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Will France Attack Fuel Tensions? Public discussions of violent radicalization have hit the saturation point, writes Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence in the aftermath of reaction to last week's attack at a gas plant near Lyon.
Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, makes the case against the libertarian stance of presidential candidate Rand Paul in an essay for Reuters "The Great Debate".
Assistant Professor Peter Krause gave an extended interview on the fall of Ramadi and what it means for ISIS, Iraq, and the US
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.
Assistant Professor David Hopkins weighed in on the likely impact of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decisive victory on U.S. relations. Boston Herald
Assistant Professor Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner wrote an opinion piece for The Indian Express on recent anti-democratic moves to restrict candidacy for local elected office on the basis of educational minimums.
The Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda's stamp of approval allows the young democracy's first post-transition government to achieve a majority in parliament. In the short term, however, the larger secularist party Nida Tounes claims to be making the greater political compromise, writes Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence. Brookings
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.
Student Award Recipients, 2013-2014
Brooke A. Loughrin is the Donald S. Carlisle Award recipient for 2014. Brooke is a Political Science major and a Presidential Scholar. The Donald S. Carlisle Award was established by the Department of Political Science in memory of Donald S. Carlisle, Professor of Political Science at Boston College (1968-1997), and is given each year to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in political science.
Jonathan M. Makransky is the Frank J. Bailey, Sr. Award recipient for 2014. Jonathan is an Islamic Civilization and Societies major. The Frank J. Bailey, Sr. Award is the gift of the Bailey family, in memory of their father Frank J. Bailey, and is given to the graduating senior with the most distinguished academic record in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
Damian Mencini ‘14 won the John McCarthy, S.J. Award for his Scholar of the College project “From Pulling the Trigger to Pushing the Button: Historical Precedents for Targeted Killings and Signature Strikes." Charles Gallagher, S.J. (History) and Peter Krause (Political Science and International Studies Program) directed this thesis. Damian is a double major in Political Science and History. The John McCarthy, S.J., Award was established in memory of Rev. John McCarthy, S.J., a most beloved scholar, faculty member, and Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is awarded to those students whose Scholar of the College projects are deemed most distinguished in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences, or History.
Books published recently by department faculty:
Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade by David Deese. Edward Elgar Publishing
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.
Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Meld Shell. Harvard University Press.
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