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Undergraduate Spotlight- Deanna Kolberg

April 08, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Deanna Kolberg is a Junior Political Science major. She is a member of the Kellogg Institute International Scholars Program and recently won a grant to study in Vietnam for the summer. 

Undergraduate Spotlight- Ryan Schultheis

April 05, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Ryan Schultheis is a Political Science undergrad interning at Durham Immigration Law and working as a research assistant for Michael Coppedge's "Varieties of Democracy" project.

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Colin Slaggert

April 05, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Colin Slaggert is a 2013 Political Science graduate.

Undergraduate Spotlight- Chris Newton

April 05, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Chris Newton is currenly a second-year Political Science major.  

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Kelly McRaven

April 05, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Kelly McRaven is a PoliSci major who is involved in Women in Politics, Beyond Politics, and Pi Sigma Alpha.  

Arts and Letters Students Celebrate Senior Theses

April 03, 2013, Ben Horvath

Each year, approximately 30 percent of seniors in the College of Arts and Letters complete a yearlong thesis project, working one-on-one with a faculty member or graduate student to make an intellectual contribution to their chosen field of study.

ND Expert: Kenya’s Election Important for Growth, Development and Security of Entire Region

March 08, 2013,

A peaceful presidential election in Kenya would bolster efforts to promote economic growth, human development and security not only in Kenya, but throughout East Africa, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., who specializes in African politics with particular expertise in Kenya.

Political Science Ph.D. Student Awarded SSRC and NSF Grants

March 06, 2013, Elizabeth Lawton

Sandra Botero, a Ph.D. student in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has won two prestigious fellowships to support her research on the policy outcomes of judicial decisions in Colombia and Argentina. Botero received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project, “High Courts and Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America.”

ND Expert: African Pope Would Reflect Church’s 'Shifting Center of Gravity'

March 06, 2013,

Over the past several years, the number of Catholics in Europe has plummeted to the point that it is no longer the most Catholic region in the world, and the election of a non-European pope would reflect that change, according to Naunihal Singh, a University of Notre Dame political scientist specializing in African politics.

Two Arts and Letters Faculty Win Christianity Today Book Awards

February 25, 2013, Chris Milazzo

Daniel Philpott, associate professor of political science and peace studies at Notre Dame, and Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, were awarded 2013 book awards by Christianity Today. The magazine reviewed more than 450 entries to determine the best new book in each of 10 categories.

New Research: Mali Villagers Say Basic Humanitarian Relief Most Important

February 01, 2013,

As French forces continue battling Islamist militants in Mali and the international policy community debates additional foreign intervention, the voices of those most affected by this political instability are rarely heard—until now. University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Jaimie Bleck, who specializes in Malian politics, has completed extensive research in Mali where she interviewed some 600 Malian villagers living on the border of rebel-claimed territory.

ND Expert: U.S. Right to 'Indirectly Support' Mali Government

January 21, 2013,

“America neither should nor needs to take the lead in every front on the global struggle against violent terrorism,” says Michael Desch, University of Notre Dame political scientist and expert in international security and American defense policy.

Senior FTT and Political Science Major Patricia Harte Faces the Nation

January 18, 2013, Chris Milazzo

Well before graduation, University of Notre Dame senior Patricia Harte has already put her Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) and political science majors to work at multiple broadcast journalism internships—and begun networking with alumni in her chosen field. Currently a production assistant at WNDU, Harte interned at Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer during her spring 2012 semester in Notre Dame’s Washington, D.C. program and worked through the summer as an intern for Cox Media Group, where she covered events at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and even at the U.S. Supreme Court.