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New article by Graduate Student Luis Schenoni

November 20, 2017, Luis Schenoni


Congratulations to Graduate Student Luis Schenoni for his article, "Of words and deeds: Latin American declaratory regionalism, 1994–2014" published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. His two co-authors,Nicole Jenne and Francisco Urdinez, are Assistant Professors at the Catholic University of Chile.…

New articles by Matthew Hall!

June 14, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Matthew E.K. Hall on two new publications.

Senior Thesis Prize Winners

May 22, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to these students and faculty, and to all the students who wrote senior theses this year and to the faculty who advised them!

  • The John Roos Prize for the best senior thesis in the field of American Politics goes to Matthew Kearney for his thesis "Betting the House: Tracing the Relationship Between Public Policy and Personal Financial Uncertainty Faced by Mortgagors," advised by Amitava Dutt.

Asher Kaufman, historian of the Middle East, appointed director of Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

May 11, 2017, Renée LaReau

Asher Kaufman

Kaufman, professor of history and peace studies, has been appointed the John M. Regan Jr. Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, effective July 1.

Professor Amy Barrett nominated to Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

May 10, 2017, Catherine Behan

Amy Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Chair in Law and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, was nominated Monday (May 8) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit by President Donald Trump.

Important information for Commencement attendees

May 10, 2017, Sue Lister


With the participation of Vice President Mike Pence, additional security measures will be in place at Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement ceremony May 21 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

New article by Eileen Hunt Botting

April 17, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Eileen Hunt Botting has published "The Early Rousseau's Egalitarian Feminism: A Philosophical Convergence with Madame Dupin and 'The Critique of the Spirit of the Laws'"  in History of European Ideas (April 2017), 1-13.  The link to free offprints is here

NEW BOOK by Gary Hollibaugh and co-authors

April 17, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Gary Hollibaugh and his co-authors Adam Ramey and Jonathan Klingler on their new book, "More Than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the US Congress." You can purchase it here

New article updated by Christina Wolbrecht and David Campbell

April 07, 2017, Lacey Barroso

View the full Vox article ("Did Jeannette Rankin inspire other women to enter politics?") here.…

NEW: International Security Studies Certificate Program

April 06, 2017, Lacey Barroso

The International Security Studies Certificate Program is now open to Political Science majors. The program helps students develop a broad understanding of international security theory and practice while building leadership and crisis management skills. Students wishing to participate in the program should apply in the spring of their sophomore year.…

Alan Dowty will receive award for excellence in research

April 04, 2017, Lacey Barroso

The Association for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the 2017 awards for excellence in research on Israel Studies. The awards will be presented at the 2017 AIS Annual Meeting at the Center for Israel Studies (Brandeis University) on Monday, June 12, 2017.  Alan Dowty (emeritus, University of Notre Dame) and Pnina Lahav

Mike Desch "weighs in on investigation involving Trump campaign, Russia."

March 23, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Prof. Mike Desch, director of Notre Dame's International Security Center, was interviewed by abc 57 about the current investigation involving the Trump campaign and Russia. View the whole interview here

Vincent Phillip Munoz: "Why I Invited Charles Murray to Speak at Notre Dame"

March 23, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Prof. Vincent Phillip Munoz has written a response to the faculty and students who question the invitation of Charles Murray, co-author of "The Bell Curve" and author of "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010," to speak at Notre Dame. Read the full article here

Geoff Layman quoted in The Atlantic

March 20, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Geoff Layman was quoted in The Atlantic's April 2017 issue in an article entitled, "Breaking Faith: the culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse." Read the full article here.…

Dianne Pinderhughes honored with creation of mentorship legacy award

March 02, 2017, Arts and Letters

Dianne Pinderhughes has been honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. The award provides funding for undergraduate students to attend the NCOBPS annual meeting. Created by her former students, it honors Pinderhughes’ positive influence on their careers and her longstanding commitment to mentoring.

Vice President Mike Pence to be honored as Notre Dame’s 172nd Commencement speaker

March 02, 2017, Paul Browne

Vice President Mike Pence Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana, provided his reflections on the life and legacy of former University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., at Hesburgh’s memorial tribute at Notre Dame on March 4, 2015.

Vice President Mike Pence will receive an honorary degree and serve as principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 21.

New chapter by Victoria Hui

March 02, 2017, Lacey Barroso


Victoria Hui wrote a chapter in the recently published volume, "Does War Make States? Investigations of Charles Tilly's Historical Sociology." Her chapter is titled, "How Tilly's state formation paradigm is revolutionising the study of Chinese state-making." You can learn more here

Notre Dame International Security Center begins significant expansion with new hires, paper series, and conference planning

February 20, 2017, Brian Wallheimer

The first pieces in the expansion of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) are in place, as the once-small program builds toward its long-term goal as a thought leader in American grand strategy. Led by Director Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science, NDISC recently hired three new faculty members and brought on board three postdoctoral fellows. 

Political science Ph.D.s land academic jobs after year in new 5+1 Fellowship Program

February 07, 2017, College of Arts and Letters

Department of Political Science Ph.D.s Andre Audette and Kathryn Boehlefeld are among the first recipients of Notre Dame’s new 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship—and the program has already helped them advance their research and land academic job offers. Audette—who spent his fellowship year revising his dissertation for publication, teaching a class, and developing a new project with a faculty member—will join the political science faculty at Monmouth College this fall. Boehlefeld, whose fellowship involved completing a special project for the Notre Dame International Security Center, will be a visiting professor teaching political science and international relations at Valparaiso University.

Three political science graduate students receive fellowships from NSF, APSA

February 06, 2017, Carrie Gates

Three graduate students in the Department of Political Science—Jeremy Graham, Mikaila Leyva, and Juan Valdez—have recently been awarded competitive national fellowships for their research. Jeremy Graham and Juan Valdez received 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and Mikaila Leyva received a 2016–17 Minority Fellowship from the American Political Science Association.

Professor pursues dual interests in Russian politics and global environmental issues

February 01, 2017, Carrie Gates

In her academic research, Debra Javeline leads two lives. She is passionate about sustainability—and how post-Communist Russia is perceived. She is focused on coastal adaptation to climate change—and on the response to political violence in a small Russian town. An associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, Javeline is pursuing multiple projects in two distinct research areas—one focused on politics, conflict, and protest in Russia and the other involving the environment and sustainability.

Institute for Latino Studies co-director wins career achievement award from Midwest Political Science Association’s Latino/a Caucus

January 31, 2017, Josh Weinhold

Luis Fraga, an esteemed scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics and co-director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has won a major award from the Midwest Political Science Association. The organization’s Latino/a Caucus will present Fraga with its Distinguished Career Award at the MPSA 2017 annual conference April 6-9 in Chicago. It will hold a special roundtable honoring his research, teaching, and service record. Fraga and other panelists will discuss his collaborative work, students he mentored, people who influenced and mentored him, and other topics.

Department of Political Science adds experts in American and comparative politics to faculty

January 30, 2017, Brian Wallheimer

Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science added two new faculty members this year, growing its roster of experts in American and comparative politics. Assistant Professor Jeff Harden, previously an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, studies American politics, including political representation, public policy diffusion, and state politics. Assistant Professor Michael Hoffman studies Middle East politics and democratization.

Video: Ford Motor Company Vice President Bill Dirksen ’82 on his liberal arts education

January 23, 2017, Todd Boruff

“The liberal education I received at Notre Dame really taught me how to learn, how to analyze, and, at the most fundamental level, how to problem-solve,” said Bill Dirksen ’82. “And that’s what most businesses are looking for—people who know how to solve problems.”

New article by professor emeritus, David Leege!

January 19, 2017, Lacey Barroso

David Leege, professor emeritus of political science, authored "What Does Vladimir Putin See in Donald Trump?" for The New York Times. Click here for the full article.…

New article by Steve Reifenberg!

January 19, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Steve Reifenberg, executive director of the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs and international development professor, recently wrote a fascinating article for the Chicago Tribune. See the full piece here

Congratulations to Patrick Deneen!

January 13, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulation to Patrick Deneen whose book, "Conserving America? Essays on Present Discontents," has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal. The full review can be found here. …