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Congratulations, Tanisha Fazal!

April 19, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Tanisha Fazal, who has received a Guggenheim Foundation grant. This grant will enable her to take a research leave next year. 


2016 Senior Thesis Winners

April 15, 2016, Lacey Barroso

We are pleased to announce the winners of the department's annual prizes! Thank you, Joshua Kaplan, for providing the below information. 

The John Roos Prize for the best senior thesis in the field of American Politics goes to Adam Henderson for his thesis, "Playing the Catholic Card: Catholic Candidate and Religious Cues." Adam's thesis was advised by David Campbell.

Congratulations, Sandra Botero!

April 15, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Sandra Botero has received the 2016 dissertation prize from the Law and Society Association, for her dissertation "Courts That Matter: Judges, Litigants, and the Politics of Rights Enforcement in Latin America."

Congratulations to Sandra, and to the co-directors of her dissertation, Scott Mainwaring and Dan Brinks.…

"Politics in church may hurt religion, but it helps churches"

April 13, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Graduate students Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver have recently co-authored an article for the LSE US Centre's daily blog on American Politics and Policy. View the entire article here. …

The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism winner

April 13, 2016, Lacey Barroso

The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism was presented to Maggie Bowers, from Wilmington, Delaware. This award is given to a graduating senior who exemplify the qualities of Moore, a former Notre Dame associate vice president, who was known for his integrity, character, commitment to Notre Dame and writing ability.…

Professor Campbell interviewed by PBS

April 07, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Professor David E. Campbell, Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy and chairperson of the Department of Political Science, was recently interviewed on the PBS show, "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly." Follow the link here

Fulbright Fellowship Winner

April 06, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Emily Migliore, a graduating senior, who has won a Fulbright Fellowship as an English Teaching Assistant  in Mexico! …

Congratulations to Catherine Zuckert!

April 05, 2016, Lacey Barroso

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Zuckert has been selected to receive the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C. Award for
Graduate Education. This is a tremendous honor. No one deserves it more than Catherine, given her tireless work on behalf of our graduate students.…

National Science Foundation Award Winners

April 05, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Jeremy Graham (IR) and Juan Valdez (American) who were both awarded a Graduate
Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.  

In addition, both Mark Brockway (American) and Andrea Pena-Vasquez (Comparative)
each received an honorable mention.…

Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award Winner!

April 05, 2016, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Nara Pavao who won the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award this year!

The Shaheen Awards recognize one outstanding graduate student from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School: Humanities, Social Sciences,
Science, and Engineering. This is a highly selective and competitive award, and we are thrilled to see one of our graduate students win it! …

Political science alumna brings passion for service to West Hollywood mayor’s office

March 31, 2016, Tessa Bangs

Lindsey Horvath '04

Lindsey Horvath ’04 had one goal for her future—to be of service to others. At Notre Dame, she developed a broad range of skills that would help her pursue that goal, both in her career and in her community. The political science and gender studies major now serves as mayor of West Hollywood, Calif., in addition to owning an entertainment advertising agency.

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam to Deliver 2016 Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. Lecture

March 14, 2016, Announcement

Inequality is increasing in America, widening the gap between rich and poor. What implications does this have for America’s youth and their chances for upward mobility? What can we do to help our youth grow and flourish?

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will discuss the growing “opportunity gap” faced by today’s youth amid the backdrop of an ever-growing income divide in his upcoming lecture, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.,” based on his recently published book of the same title. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in The Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at the University of Notre Dame Law School at 4pm on March 17.…

Washington Program Kickstarts Political and Policy Careers for Notre Dame Students

February 10, 2016, Brian Wallheimer


Through the Washington Program, a semester-long immersion into national politics and policy, Notre Dame students head to the nation’s capital for coursework and organized visits with policy leaders, journalists, and leaders in a variety of governmental and non-governmental offices. Participants also complete internships at the White House, congressional offices, major media outlets, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits.

Political Science Ph.D. Wins National Public Policy Dissertation Award

February 09, 2016, Aaron Smith

Michael Hartney

Michael Hartney, who earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, has won the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award—given annually to the best dissertation in the field of public policy. Hartney, whose research focuses on how politics shape educational opportunity, also won the Notre Dame’s Shaheen Award for the best graduate student in the social sciences.

Political Science Classes Offer Immersive Participatory Experiences

February 01, 2016, Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame Forum

Two recent undergraduate courses in the Department of Political Science have done away with the traditional classroom experience, instead opting for immersive participatory experiences. Whether designing, administering, and analyzing their own opinion poll or creating a mock Congress, students in these courses gain real-world experience that enlivens learning and can even give them an edge in the job market.

Political Science Alumna Translates Service Experience to Career at Facebook

January 28, 2016, Brian Wallheimer

Kaitlin Sullivan

Before the rigors of post-college life set in—before mortgages, family, a career, and all the other responsibilities that come with setting off into the world—Kaitlin Sullivan ’10 wanted to devote at least one year of her life to service. Sullivan remembers talking with professors and fellow students at Notre Dame about how the purpose of their education wasn’t just learning for the sake of learning, but to help them to go out and do good in the world. It’s a perspective she carried into her service experience—and in her professional career as a product policy manager for Facebook.

New Political Science Faculty Expand Department’s International Profile

January 28, 2016, Tom Lange

Karrie Koesel and Susanne Wengle

As students read news about China’s turbulent economy or about Russia flexing political muscle, two new professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science can provide them with context about what’s happening. Associate Professor Karrie Koesel and Assistant Professor Susanne Wengle have both lived in Russia and studied its culture and politics for years. Koesel has also worked and researched in China. The two new faculty members expand the breadth of Notre Dame’s international research and scholarship in political science.