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As President Trump arrived in Paris last Thursday to kick off an official visit with President Emmanuel Macron,  Jonathan Laurence discussed the meeting and its significance in an interview with Southern California Public Radio, among other broadcast outlets.

Kathleen Bailey

Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award
Professor of the Practice of Political Science Kathleen Bailey, co-director of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, associate director of the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program, and an energetic supporter of international education opportunities, is this year's winner of BC's Phi Beta Kappa teaching award. BC News


An initiative that aims to foster reasoned, respectful discussion among students offers a template for civic engagement, according to organizers of, and participants in, the Undergraduate Marshall Fellows Program--a component of the John Marshall ProjectBC News

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discusses his new book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win in an interview with NECN "The Take."


Associate Professor David Hopkins discusses the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the light they shed on his theory of asymmetric politics, in an interview with Salon.


The current liberal perspective on immigration policy representis a shift that has not received much scrutiny, writes Professor Peter Skerry, who provides historical background in the Boston Sunday Globe "Ideas."-- a piece also highlighted by the New York Times. |  Earlier this month, he wrote on the Muslim Brotherhood's U.S. presence for Foreign Affairs.


Associate Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discussed last week's U.S. air strikes in Syria, and the potential fallout, in an interview with NBC Boston.


O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick talks about how civil rights enforcement got swept into the culture wars, and what a new administration can do about it in the Hechinger Report

headshot of David Deese

Professor David Deese was appointed the Fulbright Scholar/Tallinn Professor at Tallinn University in Estonia for April-May 2017.  He will teach a graduate course on International Relations at the University's School of Diplomacy and give a few lectures.


Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence provided commentary on the Trump inauguration for French television news network BFM.

Donald Trump

What will the first 100 days of the Trump Administration bring for immigration, health care, the economy, the environment, and other areas? Political Science's Kay Schlozman, Dennis Hale, and David Hopkins weigh in for the Boston College Chronicle.

Professor Lindsey O'Rourke

According to Assistant Professor Lindsey O'Rourke, the U.S. tried to change other countries' governments 72 times during the Cold War. In an article for the Washington Post, she discusses what can be learned about Russian hacking in 2016 from past U.S. covert operations.  


Since the election, analyses have examined how Clinton supporters differ from Trump supporters by race, education and geographic residence. The persistence of partisan differences by age in American elections, however, has received somewhat less attention, writes Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins. Washington

Picture of Schlozman holding award

Professor Kay L. Schlozman was awarded the 2016 Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Lifetime Award, which "recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field," by the section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.

Marc Landy

Professor of Political Science Marc Landy discussed the significance of reports that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has ties to a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine, in an interview with NECN.

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In Print

Books published recently by department faculty:


Asymmetric Politics by David Hopkins.  Oxford University Press. 


Sophistry and Political Philosophy by Robert C. Bartlett. University of Chicago Press.

The Philippines

The Philippines: An Asiatic and Catholic Archipelago by Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. Jescom.

book by susan shell

Kant’s Observations and Remarks: A Critical Guide, edited by Susan Meld Shell and Richard Velkley. Cambridge University Press.

book by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly

The Challenge of Rousseau, edited by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly. Cambridge University Press.

book by Dennis Hale

The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline, by Dennis Hale. University Press of Kansas.

book bt Jennifer Erickson

Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation, by Jennifer L. Erickson. Columbia University Press.

book by Robert Ross

China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, by Robert Ross. 


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