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Assistant Professor Jennifer Erickson presents
The White Family Sesquicentennial Inaugural Lecture:
"Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and the UN Arms Trade Treaty"
Thursday, November 20, 4:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Athletics Center

Jonathan Laurence

France, jihadism, Jewish flight
Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence looks at French jihad movements and Jewish flight in a piece for Brookings 'Upfront'.

Peter Krause

Canada and the ISIS Threat
Concerns about ISIS came to the forefront in Canada last week when a gunman killed a reservist in Ottawa, then stormed into parliament–two days after a "radicalized" man killed a soldier with his car. Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discussed the situation in an interview with NECN.

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.

David Hopkins

Politics and Polarization
Research by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins of the gap in the way Democrats and Republicans today approach governing and legislation, and why the two parties seem to fail to understand one another, was highlighted by the Washington Post and


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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