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ND political science department ranks No. 10

November 12, 2014, Peter Durbin

The article can be found here.

This August, Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science earned national recognition as the 10th-best political science program in the country from College Factual, a data-collecting college analysis website, according to a USA Today report.…

Political Science Department Ranked Tenth in Nation

November 12, 2014, Dan Loesing

The article can be found here.

Michael Desch, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, describes Notre Dame as a “dream school” and political science as a “dream major.”  The two are also a dream combination, according to College Factual, an online college rating site that rated Notre Dame among the top 10 schools in the nation for political science.

Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

October 22, 2014, Carrie Gates

Adam Newman

If you want to land a job in the political realm, it is very useful to have an internship first, said Adam Newman ’14. And he should know. Newman, a political science major and business economics minor, completed a total of six internships, from private sector roles with the American Medical Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers to federal government positions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and most recently—the White House.

Video: Arts and Letters Alumnus Bob Conway, Senior Director, Goldman Sachs

October 21, 2014, Todd Boruff

Bob Conway ’66

“The breadth of studies that I had at Notre Dame, whether it was in philosophy, or theology, or economics, or history, all developed a context for me and will for any liberal arts student,” said Bob Conway ’66. Conway is senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in London, England. He feels that the writing and communication skills he gained as a government major were critical to his success and are essential in any career.

Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

August 29, 2014, Elizabeth Rankin

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America.

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to deliver Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security

August 28, 2014, College of Arts and Letters

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 6 (Saturday) — the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan.

ND Expert: Don’t Panic Over ISIS

August 28, 2014, Shannon Chapla

Michael Desch

As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progress, but not panic. “ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.”

Political Scientists Win USAID Grants to Investigate Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Africa

August 22, 2014, Elizabeth Rankin

Jaimie Bleck, left, and Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

When USAID announced winners of a new, nationwide competition for innovative projects in the field of democracy, human rights, and governance last week, scholars from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and Kellogg Institute for International Studies had won two of the nine awards.

Political Science Graduate Students Awarded Fellowships

March 06, 2014, Carrie Gates

In recognition of their research, three graduate students from Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science have been awarded prestigious fellowships. Ph.D. student Sandra Botero has won both an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Michael Hartney has received a dissertation fellowship from the National Academy of Education (NAEd) / Spencer Foundation, and Ryan Anderson has received a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Heritage Foundation.

Political Science Hires Bring Diversity, Commitment to Excellence

March 06, 2014, Mike Danahey

Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science welcomed four new hires last fall and recognized the accomplishments of a faculty fellow as she entered her second year at the University. “In hiring Susan Collins, Sarah Daly, Tanisha Fazal, and Matt Hall, and by appointing Deondra Rose as a Moreau post-doctoral fellow, the Department of Political Science continues its tradition of bringing the very best scholar-teachers to Notre Dame’s intellectual community,” says Professor and Department Chair Michael Desch.

Alumnus Adam Cowden Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 22, 2014, Carrie Gates

Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall. Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.

Four ILS Faculty Fellows Publish First Books

January 24, 2014, Arts and Letters

Four faculty fellows from Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies have recently published their first books. The Institute will host a book launch and reception on Monday, February 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall, honoring affiliated faculty members Jaime Pensado, Yael Prizant, Ricardo Ramírez, and Jason Ruiz. There will be a brief presentation at 5 p.m.

Daniel Philpott Appointed to Direct Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights

January 08, 2014, Michael O. Garvey

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), effective Jan. 1. “Professor Philpott brings an ambitious vision for building the CCHR into a leading center for impactful research to his new role,” said J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “He is a highly accomplished scholar who will support and enhance the center’s position as a beacon for civil and human rights, guided by the tenets of Catholic social teaching.”