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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

Peter Krause

Torture Report
Political Science Professor Peter Krause did an extended interview with NECN on the implications of the Senate's Torture Report.

Jonathan Laurence

Eyes on Tunisia
Europe should watch Tunisia, which can already lay claim to the most democratic success story in the uncertain post-Arab Spring period, writes Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence. Brookings UpFront | The Economist

Alan Wolfe

Shared Blessing for a Far-Flung People
At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews, the latest book by Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, was reviewed in Sunday's "Books of the Times." New York Times.


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.

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Books published recently by department faculty:

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.

Globalization and Its Effects

Globalization and Its Effects, by David Deese. Ashgate Publishing.


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