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 received 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 University 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. Mónica                     Dr. Brian

Unda Gutiérrez               Palmer-Rubin




Political Science Dept. Announces Student Award Winners

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce its student award winners for 2018. Erica Ness is the recipient of the James M. Rhodes Student-Citizen Award. This annual award is given to the graduating senior in the Political Science Department who best embodies the commitment both to academic excellence and to service to Marquette University and the broader community. Gabriel Hicks is the winner of the Rev. Virgil C. Blum, S.J. Award. This annual award is given out for outstanding academic achievement in political science. Both awards are named for former professors in the Department of Political Science. The International Scholar Award is given annually to the top senior International Affairs major based on academic achievement, international experience, and international affairs-related service and work. The 2018 award winner is Jane Lorenzi. Congratulations to all of our student award winners!





Profs. Azari and Hanley Receive Prestigious Appointments for Spring 2019


Prof. Julia Azari has accepted a fellowship at the Library of Congress during the Spring 2019 semester. She will hold the position of Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library's John W. Kluge Center. During this time, she will work on a new book manuscript, Weak Parties, Strong Partisanship. She will also participate in the Center’s programming with policymakers and the public. Meanwhile, Prof. Ryan Hanley will be a visiting professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University in the spring. Congratulations to Profs. Azari and Hanley on these distinguished appointments.





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.


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Prof. Barrington Interviewed on Russia and the Ongoing Russian Investigation


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Prof. Nolette Featured on CBS Evening News


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


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       Alumni Spotlight: 

      Maxwell Bertellotti


Maxwell 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 Maxwell
        Bertellotti speaks with Marquette
        University President Michael Lovell
        in 2016.








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