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What's New in the Political Science Department

March 30, 2017

It has been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights in the Political Science Department:

  • Emily Thorson, formerly of George Washington University, joined us last fall and has been teaching courses on the media and its influence on public opinion. Two new faculty members will join us this coming fall: Paul Wilford (PhD, Tulane), who will teach courses in modern and contemporary political theory, and Lauren Honig (PhD, Cornell), who specializes in the politics of Africa.
  • A major multi-year grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation and the Jack Miller Center will fund the John Marshall Project to promote the study of citizenship and statesmanship in a democratic and constitutional republic.
  • Peter Krause shared his expertise on terrorism with Congressional staff on Capitol Hill and various media outlets in the U.S. See the News page of our department site for more faculty weighing in on current political issues.
  • Our graduate program continues to prosper and was further enhanced by a significant funding award from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for the support of graduate education.

In other news, enrollment soared once again this year, including a five percent increase in majors: from 742 a year ago to 782 in January, making us one of the most popular majors in the college.

Director of Undergraduate Studies Tim Crawford is piloting a program to help majors develop professional skills, building bridges between students and alumni. Last fall, the program hosted three professional workshops led by a diverse group of BC political science alumni. A fourth workshop this spring focuses on political and policy writing, with alumni from the world of political journalism.

We hope you will stay in touch and encourage local alumni to join us for some of the talks and presentations we have planned for this semester.

Sincerely,

Susan Shell
Chair, Department of Political Science

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