Political Science Faculty Discuss the First Year of the Trump Presidency


Faculty members of the Department of Political Science will discuss the first year of the Trump Administration during two upcoming, on-campus events.


The first panel, on Friday February 2nd at 2:00 p.m., will focus on domestic politics and public policy. Participants include Profs. Amber Wichowsky, Paul Nolette, Philip Rocco, Susan Giaimo, Julia Azari, and Duane Swank. This event will be in Room 227 of the Alumni Memorial Union and will conclude by 3:30 p.m.


The second panel, on Friday February 9th at 2:00 p.m., will center on foreign policy and international relations. Participants include Profs. Richard Friman, Barrett McCormick, Lowell Barrington, Mark Berlin, and Karen Hoffman. This event will be in Marquette Hall, Room 200 and will also conclude by 3:30 p.m.


For both events, each member of the panel will make a short presentation, and there will be time for questions from the audience. The events are free and open to all members of the Marquette community.



Prof. McCormick and Prof. Rich Launch the Marquette Democracy Project


Profs. Barrett McCormick and Jessica Rich are spearheading a semester-long series of events that include bringing several democracy activists to Marquette. The Marquette Democracy Project was inspired by a talk at Marquette during the Fall semester by the president of the National Endowment for Democracy, Carl Gershman, and the energized response from the large number of students in attendance.


Details of upcoming events can be found on the Democracy project website. The Marquette Democracy Project is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of International Education, The Center for Transnational Justice, and the Department of Political Science.



Prof. Brooks Discusses U.S. Civil-Military Relations in an Article on Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" Site


Prof. Risa Brooks published an article on civil-military relations under the presidency of Donald Trump. The article appeared on the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" site, devoted to bringing public scholarship from leading political scientists to the attention of policymakers and the general public.


A link to the article can be found here.



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Political Science Professors to Discuss the 2016 Election


Members of the Department of Political Science will participate in a roundtable on the results and implications of the 2016 federal elections, including the presidential election. The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.


The discussion will include brief presentations by each of the faculty members, followed by a significant amount of time for questions and answers.


This important discussion will take place on Friday November 18th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 227 of the Alumni Memorial Union. Participants include Professors Amber Wichowsky, Paul Nolette, Philip Rocco, Susan Giaimo, Risa Brooks, Noelle Brigden, Barrett McCormick, and Lowell Barrington.


A flyer on the event is here.



Large Turnout for Election Night Watching Party


Nearly 100 students attended an election night watching event, including students in the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs. The watching event was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Economics, the College of Communication, and the Les Aspin Center. The event was held in the J-Pad room in the Communication College's Johnston Hall.


Photos from the event include:








MUCTJ 2016-2017 Graduate Student Research Grant Competition


The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice is pleased to offer funding for research conducted by graduate students enrolled in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. In 2016-2017, the Center will be awarding four Graduate Student Research Grants of up to $2500 each for work on an issue of economic, political, or social justice that crosses national borders. Issue areas include but are not limited to immigration, forced migration and human trafficking, human rights, economic development, global trade and finance, pandemic diseases, and climate change.

John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series Brings Officials to Marquette; Prompts Large Student Turnout

On November 11th and 12th, the Department of Political Science hosted three events connected to Korea as part of our John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series.


On November 11th, Congressman Donald Manzullo, who is currently the President of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), spoke to and took questions from Marquette students. The talk, "From Member of Congress to the President of KEI: Lessons about Capitol Hill and Research Institutes," was designed for Political Science and International Affairs graduate and undergraduate students to help them think about options after graduation.


That evening, Troy Stangarone, Senior Director at KEI, presented a talk titled "The Winding Road to Unification: Challenges and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula." The event also included time for questions from the audience, and a number of those questions came from students.


This series of events concluded on November 12th, with the John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series Keynote Address, given by Ambassador Sung Kim. The former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Amb. Kim is currently the Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the State Department. His presentation, "The U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance: Built to Last," took place in the Weasler Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Union. Over 200 students, and a number of other individuals, turned out for the talk. Once again, students had the opportunity to ask Amb. Kim questions, including queries about North Korea, Japan, and China, as well as the process for joining the Foreign Service. A short reception followed.





Prof. Barrington Interviewed by Fox 6 News on Conflict in Ukraine


Students Talk with Marquette Alums about the Foreign Service  

On February 20, graduate students from the Political Science and International Affairs programs participated in a discussion with two alumni of Marquette University about the life of a Foreign Service Officer and the process of joining the Foreign Service. The presenters were Jonathan Bass, an alumnus of the Applied Economics master's program, and Ashley Tikkanen, an alumna of the International Affairs master's program. Both recently completed a tour of service in New Delhi, India.


Prof. Duane Swank Elected President of APSA's Comparative Politics Section 

Prof. Duane Swank has been elected President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. The Comparative Politics Section, with nearly 2,000 members, is the largest organized division within APSA. Professor Swank will work with other officers of the CP Section to appoint and oversee standing and awards committees, monitor the production of the CP Section's newsletter/journal APSA-CP, and develop and implement initiatives that benefit section members. Prof. Swank will serve as Section President from 2013 to 2015.


Swank Wins Greenstone Book Award 


Professor Duane Swank has won the 2013 J. David Greenstone Award of the American Political Science Association's organized section in Politics and History for his book The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 2012), coauthored with Cathie Jo Martin of Boston University.  The Greenstone award honors the best book published in the previous two years in the broadly defined area of politics and history.


Consul General of Egypt To Speak on US-Egyptian Relations  

Marquette University welcomes the Honorable Maged Refaat Aboulmagd, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Chicago. On Tuesday, April 23rd, he will discuss, "The Prospects Between Egypt and America -- Post January 25th Revolution." Two years after the Egyptian revolution, its effects are still being felt in the Middle East and globally. The Consul General's presentation will cover what really took place in Egypt during the revolution and how recent developments will affect future U.S.-Egyptian relations and U.S.-Middle East relations at large. The talk will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Beaumier Suite A of the Raynor Library. A reception will follow.


Political Science Chair Discusses Boston Bombing Suspects  

On April 19th and 20th, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington was interviewed regarding the backgrounds of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on WISN-12 and WTMJ-4. Barrington, whose research focuses on the territory of the former Soviet Union, discussed the suspects' connections to the Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan.


Canadian UN Ambassador Speaks to Students 

On April 16th, Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, spoke to Marquette Political Science students in three different settings. In the morning and early afternoon, he presented to and fielded questions from students in two Political Science Courses (International Security and International Organizations), before his late-afternoon presentation to an overflow crowd of students and faculty on the topic "The UN: From Canadian Eyes." The Department of Political Science thanks Ambassador Rishchynski for sharing his significant expertise with our students.

Graduate Students Present Papers at Midwest Political Science Association Conference 

Three students in Marquette's M.A. program in International Affairs presented papers at the Midwest Political Science Association conference. The conference, widely considered the best regional political science conference in the country, took place April 11-14 at the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. The three students were Mujtabi Isani, who presented the paper "How Globalized is the Muslim World?"; John Porten, whose paper was titled "Management, Membership and Incentives: An Exchange Theory of Violent Group Behavior"; and Matt Surey, who presented a paper titled "China and the International Human Rights Regime."


Graduate Students Win Best Paper Award 

Mujtaba Isani and Benjamin Stewart were co-winners of the Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper presented by a graduate student, for their papers presented at the Illinois State Conference for Students of Political Science. The conference attracted students from across the country. Isani and Stewart were two of three winners of the award. Their papers will be published in the journal Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics.



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