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Department of Political Science

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Jonathan Laurence

The Charlie Hebdo tragedy has evoked new questions about when speech or satire crosses the line from funny or enlightening into provocative, if not hateful, expression. Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence commented on this and other topics related to the terror attacks in France on CNN and in the Economist, Christian Science Monitor and Wall Street Journal.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of political science Peter Krause discussed the motivations and implications of the Paris attack and the French response. NECN BroadSide

David Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins discussed the "invisible primary"—attempts by important elements of each major party to anoint a presidential nominee before voting even begins—with

Peter Skerry

What Do Illegal Immigrants Want?
As they consider their substantive response to President Obama's recent initiative, Republicans need to ponder how they have arrived at this point, writes Professor of Political Science Peter Skerry. Weekly Standard


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.

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In Print

Books published recently by department faculty:

International Political Economy of Trade

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade by David Deese. Edward Elgar Publishing

The Unheavenly Chorus

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.

Arisotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Arisotle's Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins. University of Chicago Press.

Kant and the Limits of Autonomy

Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Meld Shell. Harvard University Press.


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