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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

November 15, 2010, Michael O. Garvey

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

November 11, 2010,

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

Ph.D. Students Named Mullen Family Fellows

November 10, 2010, Joan Fallon

Two University of Notre Dame Ph.D. students studying peace studies and political science have been named Mullen Family Fellows.

Germany Honors Political Scientist Donald Kommers

November 10, 2010, Michael O. Garvey

Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science emeritus and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Monday (November 8) at a ceremony in the office of the German Consulate in Chicago.

Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

November 01, 2010, Marie Blakey

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.

"American Grace" Authors to Speak at Notre Dame

October 06, 2010,

Notre Dame Political Scientist David Campbell and Robert Putnam, co-authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us will discuss their new book at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 13 in Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public

Political Scientist Michael Desch Comments on Peace Talks

September 24, 2010,

With Israel’s construction moratorium on Jewish settlements in the West Bank due to end this weekend, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are seeking a way to keep the peace talks going. But according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Michael Desch, these negotiations were over almost before they began.

Lecture examines Kennedy speech on separation of church and state

September 08, 2010,

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech on the separation of church and state, the University of Notre Dame will present “Remind Me: Why Did Anyone Care if JFK was a Catholic?” on Sept. 10 (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame Awarded Mellon Grant for Study on Influence of Religion

August 05, 2010, Joanna Basile

Given the secular nature of many aspects of society, scholars often neglect the role that religion has played—and still plays—in the development of virtually every aspect of civilization. It is impossible to look at world history, politics, or culture without taking into consideration the impact religion has had over the centuries. Now, with a $657,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project called “Religion Across the Disciplines,” faculty and graduate students at Notre Dame, along with other leading scholars from around the world, will “examine and report on how religious knowledge can be integrated into the study and teaching of their academic disciplines.”

Summer Institute focuses on teaching peace

June 25, 2010, Jennifer Laiber

Peace Camp t-shirt

More than 60 faculty from 19 colleges, universities and other organizations traveled to the University of Notre Dame last week to attend the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ second annual Summer Institute for faculty, “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century.”

The week-long institute, held June 13 to 18, was created in response to growing interest in peace studies at the college and university level. Participants came from Notre Dame and other institutions in the United States, Colombia and Israel, including: Abilene Christian University, Arizona State University, Austin Community College, Caribbean Citizens’ Reconciliation Commission, Coastal Carolina University, College of the Holy Cross, Marquette University, Norwalk Community College, Nyack College, Oklahoma City University, Portland Community College, St. Norbert College, United States Institute of Peace, University of Haifa, University of Louisville, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Valencia Community College.

The Summer Institute was created to guide teams of faculty seeking to launch or expand peace studies programs. George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, led the institute, along with about a dozen faculty and staff from the Kroc Institute.

Sebastian Rosato Says Worse Times Ahead for European Union

June 15, 2010, Susan Guibert

Though the recent collapse of the Greek financial system shook the European Union, that financial crisis was only a symptom of a much deeper issue, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Sebastian Rosato, author of Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community (Cornell University Press, 2011).

Graduate Student Awarded Mellon/ACLS Fellowship

April 27, 2010, Lisa Walenceus

Shannon Drysdale Walsh, a doctoral candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has received an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowship provides a stipend and research fund and covers university fees in the final year of dissertation work. Walsh’s dissertation, titled “Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America,” explains variation in the development and practices of the policy agencies, police units, and courts that address violence against women in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Michael Zuckert Receives ASFI Award for Distinguished Scholarship

March 09, 2010, Lisa Walenceus

Michael Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science and former chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, will receive the Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society at the association’s annual conference in May 2010 at Princeton University.

Study on ‘Untouchables’ Can Help End Human Rights Abuses, Scholar Says

February 10, 2010, Julie Hail Flory

The largest-ever study on the Dalits—the so-called “untouchables” of India—reveals widespread caste-based discrimination in every aspect of daily life, according to Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology and one of the co-authors of the research report.

New Book Suggests Liberal Public Policy Makes People Happier

February 03, 2010, Shannon Chapla

Liberal public policies, such as a state’s level of spending on social programs and the degree to which its economy is subject to political regulation, have strong positive effects on life satisfaction, according to a new book edited by Amitava Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff, professors of economics and political science, respectively.

Book by Latin America Experts Explores Democratic Governance

January 05, 2010, Elizabeth Rankin

Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge facing most Latin American democracies today, say Notre Dame political scientists Scott Mainwaring and Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., in a new book from Stanford University Press that they co-edited.