Department of Political Science
at boston college
The Republican-Democrat Difference
Democrats are motivated by specific policy deliverables while Republicans are motivated by broader philosophical principles, according to research by Assistant Professor David Hopkins, featured by Vox.com.
Assistant Professor Peter Krause analyzed ISIS attacks on tourists and debates over U.S. policy on NECN.
Political 'belief echoes'
Exposure to negative political information continues to shape attitudes even after it has been discredited, according to a paper by Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Thorson in Political Communication. She discussed the subject on WHYY 'Radio Times' and with Agence France Presse, here via the Japan Times. Her research is cited by Vox's 'The Weeds.'
France, Muslims, Europe, Refugees
The relationship between Muslims living in France and their adopted homeland has long been a complicated one. Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence was interviewed about it on NPR "All Things Considered," and about the Paris attacks on WCVB-TV News (begins at :54). In a piece for the New York Times "Room for Debate," he calls for more scrutiny of those who go to Syria, as well as a long-range view on refugees in Europe. In Germany, controversy grows over "spying on friends" by the nation's foreign intelligence service. He weighed in on the subject for national broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
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.
Books published recently by department faculty:
Kant’s Observations and Remarks: A Critical Guide, edited by Susan Meld Shell and Richard Velkley. Cambridge University Press.
The Challenge of Rousseau, edited by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly. Cambridge University Press.
The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline, by Dennis Hale. University Press of Kansas.
Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation, by Jennifer L. Erickson. Columbia University Press.
China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, by Robert Ross.
At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews, by Alan Wolfe. Beacon Press.
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