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.
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. The video of the WISN-12 interview is available here.
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.
Dr. Susan Giaimo, Director of Graduate Studies for the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs, participated in a panel about health care exchanges and whether they will help Wisconsinites find affordable medical insurance. The interview appeared on Fourth Street Forum. Prof. Giaimo is currently teaching a course on comparative health care and will be offering a course on the politics of American health care policy in the fall.
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."
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.
A number of professors and graduate students from the Department of Political Science are participating in the Law School's 2012 polling project. Marquette Political Science Professors have assisted in the development of the polls and the analysis of polling data. Prof. Amber Wichowsky, for example, posted an analysis of the February 2012 data on the blog site for the project. Her analysis piece is available here. Graduate students from the Political Science and International Affairs program are taking a political polling graduate seminar taught by the head of the polling project, Prof. Charles Franklin, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and visiting professor of law and public policy at the Marquette Law School.
Prof. Duane Swank has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect 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 Vice President from Fall 2011 to Fall 2013; he will serve as Section President from 2013 to 2015.
Prof. Jeff Drope's new edited volume, Tobacco Control in Africa: People, Politics and Policies (Anthem Press, 2011), is the subject of a feature in the 2011 edition of Marquette's Discover, which highlights important research work by Marquette faculty. The book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of tobacco control policies across Africa. It is based on research that Prof. Drope has conducted for the last three years, supported by a grant from the Canadian government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Dr. Dong Wook Kim will be joining its faculty in the fall. Dr. Kim specializes in international law and organizations, human rights, and transnational activism. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2009. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was the Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is currently Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.
The Department of Political Science has completed its recruitment for the faculty line in International Security and is pleased to announce that Dr. Risa Brooks (Ph.D., UC-San Diego) will join the department during the 2010-11 academic year. Dr. Brooks is currently an assistant professor at Northwestern University. Read more.
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