Department of Political Science
at boston college
Constitution Day Lecture on September 30
To commemorate Constitution Day 2014, the Political Science Department is pleased to announce that William A. Galston will give the Jack Miller Center Constitution Day Initiative Lecture entitled “Constitutional Surprises: What James Madison Got Wrong” on September 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium, Room 121. A reception will follow the lecture.
William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization. Full biography
The lecture is free and open to the public. This lecture is part of JMC’s 4th annual nationwide Constitution Day Initiative.
Constitution Day was mandated in 2004 when Congress passed legislation requiring that every institution of higher education receiving federal funds hold an educational program on the Constitution on September 17, the day delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787 to sign the completed Constitution.
The Jack Miller Center (JMC) is a nonpartisan 501 (C) (3) public foundation dedicated to reinvigorating education in America’s Founding Principles and history.
Young Latin Americans are paying the price for America's policy blunders, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry. Weekly Standard
Germany is investigating two Germans suspected of spying for the U.S., and has expelled America's top intelligence official in Berlin. Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence discussed the developments with BBC/PRI 'The World,' Australian Broadcasting Co.'s 'The World Today,' The Hill and La Repubblica, among other media.
The Gaza conflict
Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause writes on the 'price' of radical flanks and the conflict in Gaza. Washington Post
Presidents on Holiday
The first family will return to Martha's Vineyard in August. Political Science Professor Marc Landy weighed in on the appropriateness of presidential vacations in an interview with Fox News Boston.
First Article Prize
The Council for European Studies 2014 First Article Prize in the Social Sciences was awarded to Assistant Professor Jennifer Erickson for her 2013 article, "Market Imperative Meets Normative Power: Human Rights and European Arms Transfer Policy," European Journal of International Relations 19 (2):209-234.
Erickson was also runner-up for the 2013 Nils Petter Gleditsch Journal of Peace Research Article of the Year Award for her 2013 article, "Stopping the Legal Flow of Weapons: Compliance with Arms Embargoes, 1981-2004," Journal of Peace Research 50 (2):159-174.
The Crisis in Ukraine
As the crisis in the Ukraine continues to hold a firm grasp on the attention of the U.S. and much of the world, Political Science Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Christensen discussed the evolving situation in an interview with NECN.
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.
Timothy Brennan has been awarded this year's Behrakis Prize for outstanding essay in Hellenic political thought.
Gregory Burnep and Kimberley Stewart Burns were among a group of graduate students who won the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards in recognition of their excellence as teaching fellows or teaching assistants. The awards, named after the former dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, were presented to the students by Candace Hetzner, associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, at a campus ceremony on April 30.
Books published recently by department faculty:
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.
Globalization and Its Effects, by David Deese. Ashgate Publishing.
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