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New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

December 16, 2015, Carrie Gates

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A new interdisciplinary fellowship program launched by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives will train graduate students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods, allowing them to examine the impact of educational policies, programs, and practices. Beginning in fall 2016, the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship is open to prospective students applying to Ph.D. programs in economics, political science, psychology, and sociology who plan to pursue educational research.

Video: Political Science Major Researches Impact of Communist Ideology in Shanghai

December 13, 2015, Todd Boruff

Matt Souza

During the summer of 2015, Notre Dame history and political science major Matt Souza interviewed laborers in multiple Chinese cities. The goal of his research was to determine whether the official ideology of the Communist Party is still influential amongst Chinese citizens. “All of my findings, they’re actually quite different from all the previous research, and I really want to get my ideas and all my findings out to the public,” he said. Souza’s research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Marie Kissel ’83 on Study Abroad and the Liberal Arts as a Foundation for an International Career

November 16, 2015, Todd Boruff

Marie Kissel

Marie Kissel ’83 traces much of her success back to one key point in her Notre Dame experience: going overseas to Tokyo as an undergraduate. “I’ve got this great job, I’m in a region that’s very exciting—that would not have happened without my opportunities at Notre Dame, especially through the study abroad programs,” she said. Kissel is now vice president for government affairs for Asia at Abbott Laboratories, a global pharmaceuticals and health care products company.

A Letter from the Chair

November 11, 2015, David Campbell

David Campbell

While research in political science is not necessarily like an episode of Law and Order and “ripped from the headlines,” as a field of study we do speak to contemporary issues. We go beyond the headlines to explain the politics of the world around us. But beyond the research they do, our faculty members are busy in other ways. My colleagues are teaching innovative undergraduate courses—from simulating civil wars, to having students develop their own public opinion surveys, to lobbying legislators at the Indiana state capital. They are mentoring graduate students in their cutting-edge research.

Three Questions with Political Scientist Rev. Robert Dowd

October 28, 2015, Michael O. Garvey


Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science, is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of its Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. A popular teacher and scholar of religion’s impact on development and political institutions, he has conducted extensive research on communities and societies throughout Africa. His recently published book, Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa, provocatively argues that religious diversity in Nigeria and other African countries actually encourages, rather than inhibits, religious tolerance.

Fraga Brings Latino Studies Expertise to Political Commentary, Research

October 17, 2015, Arts and Letters

Luis Fraga

From the Supreme Court to Pope Francis to the 2016 presidential candidates, the issue of immigration is at the forefront of modern political conversations. And the national news media is looking to Notre Dame political scientist Luis Fraga as a trusted voice on the topic. His commentary has appeared in recent NBC News stories on the 1965 Voting Rights Act and barriers to Latino political participation, as well as stories in The Guardian on Pope Francis’ effect on the U.S. immigration debate and in the Houston Chronicle on attracting Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket.

Political Science Major Abby Davis Focuses on Global Migration

October 11, 2015, Jonathan Warren

Abby Davis

From Latvia to Chile, international experiences have become part of daily life for senior Abby Davis, a political science major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Davis has focused her studies on global migration, the politics of language, and international relations—a topic she is exploring further in a senior thesis examining Russia's motivations for annexing Crimea.

Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Awarded ACLS Fellowships

August 19, 2015, Arts and Letters

Eileen Hunt Botting and John Welle

Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won fellowships this year from the American Council of Learned Societies. John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and concurrent professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was awarded the fellowship to complete his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Eileen Hunt Botting an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, received the award to support her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

Professor Wins ACLS Fellowship to Explore Political Philosophy in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

August 12, 2015, Brian Wallheimer

Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Hunt Botting’s students have suggested, only half jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided. Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens. She will get to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship supporting her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

Glynn Scholar Anna Kottkamp Named 2015 Valedictorian

May 04, 2015, Sue Ryan

Anna Kottkamp '15

Glynn Scholar Anna Kottkamp, an environmental science major from Wenatchee, Washington, has been named valedictorian of the 2015 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Commencement invocation will be offered by Brendan Bell, a political science major from Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Senior Alex Genord Builds on Experiences Abroad

April 06, 2015, Jonathan Warren

Alexandra Genord

An internship at the Vatican. A year abroad at the University of Oxford. A senior thesis on extremist recruiting in the U.S. and the Islamic state. Senior political science and economics major Alex Genord said that each of these academic feats has been made possible by her participation in the University of Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program.

Record Year in Academic Placements for Political Science Ph.D. Program

March 10, 2015, Carrie Gates

Alexander Dukalskis

From the University of Oxford to Michigan State University to University College Dublin, recent graduates of Notre Dame’s Ph.D. program in political science are landing choice positions, even in a competitive job market.

New Hires Bring Expertise in Latino Politics and American Political Institutions

March 09, 2015, Carrie Gates

Luis Fraga

The latest faculty hires in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science bring expertise in the fields of Latino and American politics. Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the study of Latino politics, has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies (ILS) and a professor in the Department of Political Science. Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr., whose research focuses on American political institutions, joined the department this year as an assistant professor.

Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students

February 24, 2015, Michael O. Garvey

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in Thursday’s edition (Feb. 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Notre Dame Receives USAID Grant to Undertake Global Development Research on Three Continents

February 22, 2015, Joanne Fahey

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Twelve University of Notre Dame students, including four from the Department of Political Science, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India, and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

Graduate Students Show How Popular Movies Influence Political Views

February 22, 2015, Carrie Gates

Todd Adkins

Can mainstream movies affect our political views? Two Ph.D. candidates in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science say the answer is yes. Todd Adkins and Jeremy Castle published the results of their research in an article in Social Science Quarterly, titled “Moving Pictures? Experimental Evidence of Cinematic Influence on Political Attitudes.”

Department of Political Science Ranked Among Top 10 Nationwide

February 22, 2015, Carrie Gates

Michael Desch

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science has been named one of the top 10 undergraduate programs in political science nationwide, according to a list developed by College Factual. “The ranking is exciting for us,” said Michael Desch, professor and chair of the department. “It is always good to get this sort of external validation.”

Video: Political Scientist on Latino Civic Engagement in America

January 27, 2015, Todd Boruff

Luis Fraga

“I want to do research that provides some hints to both major political parties as to how they might be able to make effective appeals to Latino communities, and through Latino communities, to many other communities across the United States,” said Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.