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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.

Connection, political science, and climate change: A Q&A with Associate Professor Debra Javeline

November 17, 2017, Tom Springer

Debra Javeline, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated faculty member of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, applies her knowledge to the “responses of ordinary people to hardship.” She spoke about her perspective in this Q&A session with ND-ECI.

Political scientist examines global impact of leaders on Communist Party

November 13, 2017, Brittany Collins Kaufman

In Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party (Princeton University Press, 2017), author A. James McAdams seeks to understand how such a significant institution could be so different from country to country and still flourish. To find the answer, McAdams traveled to every location with a history of communism to research this book, including China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union.

Nanovic Hall brings social sciences students and faculty together

September 06, 2017, Carrie Gates

For Luis Fraga, acting chair of the Department of Political Science, Nanovic Hall is a dream come true. The state-of-the-art new building is home to the Departments of Political Science, Economics, and Sociology, their affiliated centers and programs, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Nanovic Hall includes laboratory and research spaces, classrooms, and offices, all designed to encourage interaction between faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Political science professor wins prestigious book award for research on women’s suffrage

September 01, 2017, Emily McConville

In the nearly 100 years since women won the right to vote, a conventional wisdom about the aftermath of the 19th Amendment developed. Christina Wolbrecht believed that conventional wisdom needed to be challenged. In her book, the Notre Dame professor of political science and her co-author investigated and often upended long-held assumptions about women’s suffrage and offered new insight into the largest expansion of the electorate in American history. Their efforts earned them the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics published in the past year.

Professor’s research on state legislatures wins American Political Science Association book award

August 29, 2017, Renee Peggs

Jeff Harden, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has won the American Political Science Association’s Virginia Gray Award for the best book on U.S. state politics or policy published in the preceding three calendar years. In Multidimensional Democracy: A Supply and Demand Theory of Representation in American Legislatures, Harden examines the relationship between what citizens want from their elected state lawmakers and what legislators adopt as their top priorities while in office.

Video: After full-time service work, political science alumna excels in job at Facebook

June 20, 2017, Todd Boruff

“The liberal arts education is one of the best things Notre Dame offers,” said Kaitlin Sullivan ’10, now a product policy manager at Facebook. Sullivan majored in political science and minored in philosophy, politics and economics. After graduating, she completed two years of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps working in a rape crisis center. While working on a master's degree in public policy at George Washington University, Sullivan interned at Facebook and started a small project addressing gender-based hate speech on the social media platform, ultimately leading to her current job.

New articles by Matthew Hall

June 14, 2017, Lacey Barroso

Congratulations to Matthew E.K. Hall on two new publications — “Holding Versus Dicta: Divided Opinion Control on the U.S. Supreme Court,” in Political Research Quarterly, and “Macro Implementation: Testing the Causal Paths from U.S. Macro Policy to Federal Incarceration,” in the American Journal of Political Science.

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.

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

May 11, 2017, Renée LaReau

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. Kaufman, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2005, is an expert on border disputes and regional conflicts, specializing in the history and legacy of nationalism and colonialism in the Middle East. His research and teaching focus on the contested frontiers of Syria, Lebanon and Israel, and on Arab-Jewish relations more generally.

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

May 10, 2017, Catherine Behan

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.

Notre Dame political science professor wins Carnegie Fellowship to study political implications of secularism

April 27, 2017, Tom Coyne

David Campbell, the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his creative thinking and innovative research on the rise of secularism in the United States and its political implications. Campbell, chair of the Department of Political Science, will use the prestigious grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announced Wednesday, to study the growing number of people in America who identify as nonreligious and the political force they could become.

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

Political science major Rebecca Blais awarded 2017 Truman Scholarship

April 14, 2017, Carrie Gates

Notre Dame junior Rebecca Blais, a political science major from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has been named a 2017 Truman Scholar. Blais is one of just 62 college juniors to be selected for the prestigious scholarship this year, from a pool of 768 candidates nominated by 315 colleges and universities nationwide. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the award includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.

College of Arts and Letters to launch new certificate program in international security studies

April 07, 2017, Josh Weinhold

The College of Arts and Letters and the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) will launch a new certificate program in international security studies in fall 2017. Open to political science majors, the program will offer rigorous training for students interested in exploring career opportunities in international security and foreign policy. To earn the certificate, students must take the U.S. National Security Policy gateway course and two relevant electives, finish a two-semester senior thesis research project, complete an approved internship in the world of international security policy, and participate in NDISC’s seminar series and other events.

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 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.