Department of Political Science
Wehr Physics Building, Room 468
1420 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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 Department of Political Science 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.
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 Department of Political Science 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.
Prof. Lowell Barrington has been interviewed several times on Wisconsin Public Radio's afternoon show Central Time. The interviews have focused on Russia's actions against the United States during the 2016 elections and the continuing investigation of these actions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The audio files of these conversations are available by clicking on the following dates, each of which correspond to the date of the interview: 2-19-18, 12-14-17, 9-22-17, 9-1-17, and 5-30-17.
Faculty members of the Department of Political Science discussed aspects of the first year of the Donald Trump Presidency during two on-campus events in February. A capacity audience turned out to see the first panel, held on February 2nd, which focused on domestic politics and public policy. Participants included Profs. Julia Azari, Susan Giaimo, Paul Nolette, Philip Rocco, Duane Swank, and Amber Wichowsky. The topics discussed included President Trump’s approach to the presidency in his first year, recent changes to health care policy, the effects of tax reform, judicial appointments, how women’s political views have changed in the first year of Trump’s presidency, and the Administration’s use of numbers and data.
The second panel, held on February 9th, centered on issues of foreign policy and international relations. Participants included Profs. Lowell Barrington, Mark Berlin, Richard Friman, Karen Hoffman, and Barrett McCormick. The panelists on the February 9th panel covered a variety of topics including global action on climate change, past and ongoing Russian cyber actions against the United States, relations with China and the situation in North Korea, arguments about the presence of a "deep state" its impact on U.S. foreign policy, and how international relations scholars would view the Trump Presidency through different theoretical lenses. Each member of each of the two panels made a short presentation, and at the end of the presentations the panelists took questions from the audience.
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.
Prof. Paul Nolette was a featured expert in a CBS Evening News story on drug companies' efforts to challenge lawsuits by various U.S. states regarding the opioid crisis. The link to the story is here. The story was viewed by an estimated 11 million people, and it was also featured on the following day's CBS Morning News show. Prof. Nolette's research specialization includes the use of lawsuits by state attorneys general to alter national approaches to various policy problems.
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.