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"A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
James Madison, 1822
Are you interested in law? Social justice? International relations? The world around you?
If so, then Political Science is the right field of study for you! Political scientists study power and the various institutions set up by people to help them live and act together - from legal systems and legislatures, to social movements and international organizations. Their understanding of power and institutions enables political scientists to act as agents of positive change in their communities and in the world.
Mission.The Political Science department analyzes the exercise of political power as it relates to governance, citizenship, and justice at all levels: local, national, and international. Insight of this kind is crucial to understanding, and potentially solving, fundamental social problems like war, poverty, and oppression in all its forms. In its teaching, the department aims to enable SLU students to assess the root causes of political phenomena, thereby preparing them to be truly men and women for others: informed and engaged world citizens and effective leaders able to make positive contributions to society.
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|International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry to meet at SLU in July 2015. Dr. Ruth Groff (Political Science) and Dr. Gregory Beabout (Philosophy) are the conference planners for the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, which will be held at SLU July 22-25, 2015. For more information on the conference, see the conference website. For a draft program, click here.
|Isaac Singleton selected for APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of the American Political Science Association, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute encourages students to pursue academic careers in political science. Isaac is double-majoring in political science and communication. He serves as Vice President of External Affairs for the SLU chapter of the NAACP and is a member of the African American Male Scholars Initiative. He is interested in studying social justice issues with the African American community and sickle cell disease and its impact on African Americans.|
|Four Political Science faculty members receive Presidential Research Fund awards. J.D. Bowen received $24,537.85 for his project, "Political Economies of the Possible: Contesting Economic Orthodoxy in Latin America. Steven Rogers and Jason Windett received $25,000 for their project, "The Determinants of Gubernatorial Vetoes: Spatial Proximity Models versus High Veto Configurations." Ken Warren is part of a team of professors from Arts and Sciences and the Law School who were awarded $50,000 for a project, "Municipal Courts' Role as Revenue Source and Discriminatory Impact."|
|Dr. J.D. Bowen receives Fulbright Award. Dr. J.D. Bowen received an award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a project entitled, "The Politics of Sustainable Development in Colombia: What is Development and What Makes it Sustainable?" Dr. Bowen will travel to Colombia in Spring 2015.|
|Bethany Glock receives FLAS Scholarship. Bethany Glock (BA, 2014) received a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to study Polish language and European Union Studies.|
|Dr. Jason Windett awarded NSF grant. Dr. Jason Windett is part of a research team that was awarded a $128,096 NSF grant to the University of Notre Dame. Other members of the team are Matthew Hall, Jonathan Crabtree, and Thu-Mai Christian. The team will examine the institutional foundations of judicial independence.|
|Dr. Steven Rogers receives two APSA dissertation awards. Dr. Steven Rogers received two American Political Science Association dissertation awards. He won the William Anderson Award for best dissertation in the field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics, and he was co-recipient of the State Politics section Christopher Mooney Award.|
|Dr. Chryl Laird publishes in top journal. Dr. Laid, assistant professor of political science and African American studies published an article, "Selling Out?: The Politics of Navigating Conflicts Between Racial Group Interest and Self-Interest," in the November 2014 volume of the American Political Science Review. The American Political Science Review is the top-ranking journal in political science. The article examines decision-making by black Americans within constrained political conditions.|
|Dr. Ruth Groff publishes edited volume. Dr. Ruth Groff's latest book was published in April 2014. Subject and Object: Frankfurt School Writings on Epistemology, Ontology, and Method is a thematic collection of classic works by Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse, designed to foreground the authors' philosophical concerns.|
|Jesse Doggendorf wins law scholarship. Jesse Doggendorf (B.A. 2014) won the Thompson Coburn law firm's Thomas Eagleton Diversity scholarship, which includes a $10,000 award, a year of mentoring from a partner in the firm, and a paid internship for the summer after the first year of law school Jesse is attending Washington University law school.|