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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.

Department of Political Science adds experts in American and comparative politics to faculty

January 30, 2017, Brian Wallheimer

Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science added two new faculty members this year, growing its roster of experts in American and comparative politics. Assistant Professor Jeff Harden, previously an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, studies American politics, including political representation, public policy diffusion, and state politics. Assistant Professor Michael Hoffman studies Middle East politics and democratization.

Video: Ford Motor Company Vice President Bill Dirksen ’82 on his liberal arts education

January 23, 2017, Todd Boruff

“The liberal education I received at Notre Dame really taught me how to learn, how to analyze, and, at the most fundamental level, how to problem-solve,” said Bill Dirksen ’82. “And that’s what most businesses are looking for—people who know how to solve problems.”

New article by professor emeritus, David Leege!

January 19, 2017, Lacey Barroso

David Leege, professor emeritus of political science, authored "What Does Vladimir Putin See in Donald Trump?" for The New York Times. Click here for the full article.…

New article by Steve Reifenberg!

January 19, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Steve Reifenberg, executive director of the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs and international development professor, recently wrote a fascinating article for the Chicago Tribune. See the full piece here

Congratulations to Patrick Deneen!

January 13, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulation to Patrick Deneen whose book, "Conserving America? Essays on Present Discontents," has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal. The full review can be found here. …

Dianne Pinderhughes quoted in WalletHub

January 09, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Dianne Pinderhughes has been quoted in WalletHub's recent piece about racial progress in 2017. You can find the article here.…

Videos: Alumni discuss how political science benefited them in consulting, labor negotiations, and foreign relations

January 08, 2017, College of Arts and Letters


Notre Dame political science majors have had remarkable success in finding careers in the U.S. and abroad.The skills they gain in writing and critical thinking through their time in the College of Arts and Letters make them competitive across a variety of industries, whether they’re working in business, government, or something else entirely.…

Political science alumnus Patrick Vassel plays pivotal role in success of Hamilton

January 07, 2017, Carrie Gates

Political science major Patrick Vassel '07 didn’t come to Notre Dame dreaming of a career on Broadway. But a path that began with acting and directing in shows on campus has led him to New York's biggest stage. He's now associate director of Hamilton, the blockbuster musical that's won Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the Pulitzer Prize. Vassel has been a key figure in the show's development, working with actors and technicians night in and night out.

A letter from the chair

January 01, 2017, David Campbell

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David Campbell

For good or for bad, politics is having a moment.

Whatever else might be said about America’s 45th president, there can be no doubt that Donald Trump has heightened attention to politics. For our department, this is thus an opportunity. While 2016 will be forever remembered for its rancorous presidential election, it has also reminded us of why we need a careful study of government and politics, both here in the U.S. and abroad.…