Department of Political Science
at boston college
The World vs. ISIS
Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause weighed in on ISIS, U.S. foreign policy, and the continuing debate over Syrian refugees in an interview on WBZ-AM. (2nd article for Friday, November 20, begins 1:41)
France, Muslims, Europe, Refugees
The relationship between Muslims living in France and their adopted homeland has long been a complicated one. Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence was interviewed about it on NPR "All Things Considered," and about the Paris attacks on WCVB-TV News (begins at :54). In a piece for the New York Times "Room for Debate," he calls for more scrutiny of those who go to Syria, as well as a long-range view on refugees in Europe. In Germany, controversy grows over "spying on friends" by the nation's foreign intelligence service. He weighed in on the subject for national broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
U.S. Party Politics
Research by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins that points to a fundamental asymmetry in U.S. party politics is cited in a piece on Paul Ryan's future as Speaker of the House. Slate | He commented on the likely effect of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony on her presidential bid in the International Business Times.
Is economic liberty necessary for individuals to lead truly flourishing lives? A panel of experts discussing the topic at the American Enterprise Institute included Professor of Political Science Susan Shell. National Review
The Forecast for Politics
A look at tournament "superforecasters", nonexperts who can make extraordinarily accurate predictions about future political events, includes White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Jennifer Erickson. Chronicle of Higher Education
The Ideology of Libertarianism
Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, writes on libertarianism as a political movement and an outlook on life in an essay for Commonweal.
2015 Truman Scholar
Marissa Marandola is a Gabelli Presidential Scholar and Honors student majoring in Political Science, with minors in American Studies and Management and Leadership. A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, she has interned in the RI Dept. of Attorney General and Family Court and with the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, an independent think tank. On campus she is the Editor in chief of Elements, BC's undergraduate research journal, and an executive board member for BC Splash, an organization that seeks to connect disadvantaged high school students with the possibilities offered by higher education. After graduation she plans to pursue a law degree and hopes to become an advocate for children as an education attorney.
Student Award Recipients, 2014-2015
Alexander Barton has been awarded this year's Behrakis Prize for outstanding essay in Hellenic political thought.
Matthew Berry and Maria McCollester received the 2015 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards, which recognize graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows who distinguished themselves in classroom instruction.
Books published recently by department faculty:
Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Meld Shell. Harvard University Press.
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.
The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims: The State's Role in Minority Integration by Jonathan Laurence. Princeton University Press.
Alan Wolfe, Political Evil: What It Is, and How to Combat It. Random House
Arisotle's Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins. University of Chicago Press.
Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade by David Deese. Edward Elgar Publishing
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