News » Archives: October 2009

New Theory of Patriotism Caps Houser's Doctoral Studies

October 15, 2009,

Patriotism has its critics within the academy, but doctoral candidate Sarah Houser's dissertation makes the case that loyalty to one's country doesn't have to conflict with moral reasoning. Her work puts forth another view of patriotism: a type of friendship between patriot and nation.

Vision for Tocqueville Program Becoming Reality

October 15, 2009,

As the Department of Political Science pushes to carve a more prominent place for the study of religion and politics in the broader discipline, the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life will be at the center of the conversation.

Research Interests Draw Alumnus Back to Department

October 15, 2009,

After earning his Ph.D. in political science from Notre Dame in 2004, Daniel Brinks returned two years later to spend 2006–07 as a visiting fellow at the University's Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Now he's back on a more permanent basis, having joined the department's faculty as an associate professor this fall.…

Lopez's Work on Sanctions Earns U.S. Institute of Peace Fellowship

October 15, 2009,

Political scientist George A. Lopez, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Peace Studies, is spending the 2009–10 academic year at the United States Institute of Peace on a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship. During his residence at the institute in Washington, D.C., Lopez is working on a new book tentatively titled Can Sanctions Be Saved?

Notre Dame International Security Program Takes Shape

October 15, 2009,

Established in 2008, the Notre Dame International Security Program intends to bring to bear “the very best in scholarship to consider and address the most important international security policy issues.” It’s gotten off to a good start.

Notre Dame Elevates Study of Religion and Politics

October 15, 2009,

Tell someone that Notre Dame has a strong theology department, and it won’t likely amount to a “stop-the-presses” moment. But the University’s religious identity is also a catalyst to research in other fields, as the Department of Political Science can attest.