Political Science Department Helps Organize 2018-19 Marquette Forum Events


The Department of Political Science will again play an important role in the Marquette Forum, which focuses this year on the topic Democracy in Troubled Times. The Marquette Forum engages students, faculty, staff and Milwaukee residents in a year-long series of inclusive conversations, bringing nationally known experts together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. This year's Forum will include a variety of events and speakers examining challenges to democracy in the United States and around the world. The Department also contributed to last year's Forum, Fractured: Health and Equity -- Local/Global.



New Faculty Join Political Science Department; Add to Existing Strength in the Area of Latin American Politics


The Department of Political is pleased to announce the hiring of two new tenure-track faculty members, who will be joining the department in the fall of 2018. Prof. Mónica Unda Gutiérrez studies comparative urban political economy in developing countries. Her previous work has focused on Mexico. Her faculty line is a joint position between the Political Science Department and the Economics Department. She recieved her Ph.D. from the University of London and has taught in Mexico for the last several years. Prof. Brian Palmer-Rubin studies the political economy of development, with a particular focus on Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley and held postdoctoral positions at Harvard Univerisity and in Mexico. Along with Prof. Jessica Rich and Prof. Noelle Brigden, these new hires give the department four tenure-track faculty who study and offer courses that examine the important region of Latin America.











Dr. Brian        Dr. Mónica                    

Palmer-Rubin  Unda Gutiérrez              



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.



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:










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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