Geoff Layman quoted in The Atlantic

March 20, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Geoff Layman was quoted in The Atlantic's April 2017 issue in an article entitled, "Breaking Faith: the culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse." Read the full article here.…

Dianne Pinderhughes honored with creation of mentorship legacy award

March 02, 2017, Arts and Letters

Dianne Pinderhughes has been honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. The award provides funding for undergraduate students to attend the NCOBPS annual meeting. Created by her former students, it honors Pinderhughes’ positive influence on their careers and her longstanding commitment to mentoring.

Vice President Mike Pence to be honored as Notre Dame’s 172nd Commencement speaker

March 02, 2017, Paul Browne

Vice President Mike Pence Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana, provided his reflections on the life and legacy of former University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., at Hesburgh’s memorial tribute at Notre Dame on March 4, 2015.

Vice President Mike Pence will receive an honorary degree and serve as principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 21.

New chapter by Victoria Hui

March 02, 2017, Lacey Barroso


Victoria Hui wrote a chapter in the recently published volume, "Does War Make States? Investigations of Charles Tilly's Historical Sociology." Her chapter is titled, "How Tilly's state formation paradigm is revolutionising the study of Chinese state-making." You can learn more here

Notre Dame International Security Center begins significant expansion with new hires, paper series, and conference planning

February 20, 2017, Brian Wallheimer

The first pieces in the expansion of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) are in place, as the once-small program builds toward its long-term goal as a thought leader in American grand strategy. Led by Director Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science, NDISC recently hired three new faculty members and brought on board three postdoctoral fellows. 

Political science Ph.D.s land academic jobs after year in new 5+1 Fellowship Program

February 07, 2017, College of Arts and Letters

Department of Political Science Ph.D.s Andre Audette and Kathryn Boehlefeld are among the first recipients of Notre Dame’s new 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship—and the program has already helped them advance their research and land academic job offers. Audette—who spent his fellowship year revising his dissertation for publication, teaching a class, and developing a new project with a faculty member—will join the political science faculty at Monmouth College this fall. Boehlefeld, whose fellowship involved completing a special project for the Notre Dame International Security Center, will be a visiting professor teaching political science and international relations at Valparaiso University.

Three political science graduate students receive fellowships from NSF, APSA

February 06, 2017, Carrie Gates

Three graduate students in the Department of Political Science—Jeremy Graham, Mikaila Leyva, and Juan Valdez—have recently been awarded competitive national fellowships for their research. Jeremy Graham and Juan Valdez received 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and Mikaila Leyva received a 2016–17 Minority Fellowship from the American Political Science Association.

Professor pursues dual interests in Russian politics and global environmental issues

February 01, 2017, Carrie Gates

In her academic research, Debra Javeline leads two lives. She is passionate about sustainability—and how post-Communist Russia is perceived. She is focused on coastal adaptation to climate change—and on the response to political violence in a small Russian town. An associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, Javeline is pursuing multiple projects in two distinct research areas—one focused on politics, conflict, and protest in Russia and the other involving the environment and sustainability.

Institute for Latino Studies co-director wins career achievement award from Midwest Political Science Association’s Latino/a Caucus

January 31, 2017, Josh Weinhold

Luis Fraga, an esteemed scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics and co-director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has won a major award from the Midwest Political Science Association. The organization’s Latino/a Caucus will present Fraga with its Distinguished Career Award at the MPSA 2017 annual conference April 6-9 in Chicago. It will hold a special roundtable honoring his research, teaching, and service record. Fraga and other panelists will discuss his collaborative work, students he mentored, people who influenced and mentored him, and other topics.