Prof. Azari Leads Surge of "Public Scholarship" Works by Political Science Department Faculty


In recent years, faculty members of the Department of Political Science have played an increasingly visible role in the generation of politics-focused "public scholarship." Public scholarship works are shorter, research-based publications, whose audience includes policymakers and the general public. Unlike personal blog posts, public scholarship works are circulated by a news outlet or social media organization and go through a rigorous editorial process prior to publication. Popular public scholarship sites on contemporary politics include fivethirtyeight.com and the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" site (named for an H.L. Menken statement that "Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage").


In the last year, professors Julia Azari, Risa Brooks, Richard Friman, Susan Giaimo, Gerald Prout, Philip Rocco and Amber Wichowsky have produced public scholarship works published by a variety of national and local outlets. Prof. Azari's regular contributions to sites like fivethirtyeight.com and Vox have garnered a significant number of readers, helping the Department's public scholarship works to be viewed by more than half a million people in 2017 alone.


Some of Prof. Azari's most recent works include "Why Republicans Can’t Govern," "Trump Is A 19th-Century President Facing 21st-Century Problems," "Presidential Responses to Racial Violence Have Often Been Weak. Trump’s Is Weaker," "Trump Came In As A Weak President, And He’s Made Himself Weaker," "Why Russia Revelations Never Seem to Change Anything," "What Happens If the Election Was A Fraud? The Constitution Doesn’t Say," and "The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates."


Political Science faculty members also continue to publish a large number of traditional research articles and books, and they regularly participate in current events-focused interviews for local, state, and national print and electronic media outlets.



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


Profs. Barrett McCormick and Jessica Rich organized a semester-long series of events in Spring 2017 that included bringing several prominent democracy activists to Marquette. The Marquette Democracy Project was inspired by a talk at Marquette during the Fall 2016 semester by the president of the National Endowment for Democracy, Carl Gershman, and the energized response from the large number of students in attendance.


The Spring 2017 events featured overflow crowds of students and community members. Details can be found on the Democracy project website. The Marquette Democracy Project is an ongoing effort, 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.


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            Alumni Profiles:

             Max Bertellotti



     Max Bertellotti graduated in 2016 with

     a B.A. degree from Marquette. He

     majored in both Political Science and

     International Affairs. Max currently works

     in the Department of Nuclear Sciences

     and Applications of the International

     Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.





    Political Science alumnus Max Bertellotti speaks
    with Marquette University President Michael
    Lovell in 2016.