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Four Scholars Join Political Science Faculty

November 21, 2012, Kate Cohorst

The Department of Political Science at Notre Dame welcomes four prominent scholars to its faculty this year, including professors Gary Goertz and Patrick Regan, both specialists in international relations, and associate professors Patrick Deneen in constitutional studies and Guillermo Trejo in comparative politics.

Faculty Employ Students in Research Apprenticeship

November 20, 2012, Chris Milazzo

Students in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science aren’t just reading about the latest research in the field—they are working alongside leading scholars to create it.

In the process, participants in the department’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program acquire invaluable experience and skills that will serve them no matter what path they choose after graduation, says Joshua Kaplan, the director of undergraduate studies.

Postdoctoral Fellow James Fetter Studies Virtues of Political Leadership

November 19, 2012, Mary Hendriksen

With the critical November elections now upon us, the work of political theorist James Fetter couldn’t be more timely. Fetter, who earned his Ph.D. from Notre Dame in Political Science in 2012, studies and writes about the virtues of political leadership.

Alumna Focuses on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy

November 19, 2012, Renée LaReau

Jessica Scanlan Bailey ’01 is the sustainable development program officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York, where she focuses on climate change. Her position involves allocating funds for research, advocacy, communications, and other efforts to organizations focused on advancing clean energy policies at the state and federal level. Bailey graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in government and anthropology and a minor in peace studies.

Political Science Ph.D. Alumnus Wins Warren E. Burger Prize

November 19, 2012, Kate Cohorst

Derek A. Webb, who received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science in 2008, was recently honored at the U.S. Supreme Court for his paper titled “The Original Meaning of Civility: Democratic Deliberation at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention.” Webb’s essay won the American Inn of Court’s prestigious 2012 Warren E. Burger Prize, named for the late Chief Justice and the founder and first president of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Climate Change Course Draws on Real-Time Research

November 19, 2012, Chris Milazzo

Bringing her latest research into the classroom, Debra Javeline, associate professor in the Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, is helping undergraduate students make a connection between politics and biology.

Moreau Fellow Studies Impact of Student Loan Policies

November 19, 2012,

Today, most students in the United States must rely on some combination of loans and scholarships to attend college. Over the course of her own journey through the higher education system, Deondra Rose, who recently joined the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science this fall as a fellow in the Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Program, says she became fascinated with the complicated history and politics surrounding the development of student aid.

Alumnus Named Ambassador to Mozambique

November 14, 2012, Kevin Clarke

Douglas Griffiths ’86 has been a professional globetrotter for more than two decades—not collecting postcards but rather serving his country in U.S. diplomatic outposts all over the world. Griffiths, who received his B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was appointed U.S. ambassador to Mozambique in July.

Political Science Major Makes Mark at Summer Institute

November 13, 2012,

Hours of class each day and frenzied paper writing into the early dawn hours is practically a Notre Dame tradition during finals weeks in December and May. Less so in the middle of July, but this is exactly what senior political science major Angel Mira found himself doing this past summer.

Four Notre Dame Alumni Elected to House, One to Senate

November 13, 2012,

Three University of Notre Dame graduates were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election. College of Arts and Letters alumnus Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the second graduate to be elected to the Senate, but the fourth to serve.