Daniel McGinnis is a Chicago native and a double major in Political Science and History. He is interested in American and world politics, has worked on political campaigns, and has become a leader in the Saint Louis University community. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national Political Science honor society), Phi Alpha Theta (the national History honor society), and Omicron Delta Kappa (the national leadership honor society). After graduation in 2009, he joined Teach for America.
Dan has been active with the Great Issues Committee, including service as Chair for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Great Issues Committee brings many speakers to campus, and Dan has been involved in all aspects of their visits, from planning security to organizing receptions. Dan has also been a part of the Student Conduct Board, serving as Chief Justice during the 2008-2009 academic year.
Dan worked on two political campaigns: as a field staffer in Iowa for the John Edwards for President campaign and as a staff assistant for Steve Rauschenberger's bid for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. He has also had internships in the DuPage County State Attorney's Office and in the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service at Georgetown University.
During summers, Dan participated in foreign travel programs with the International Scholar Laureate Program. In 2007, he spent three weeks in China (as pictured above); in 2008, he spent three in South Africa.
Dan says, "The department of Political Science has educated and challenged me both inside and outside the classroom. They offered a number of excellent internships that allowed me the opportunity to apply the skills I learned in the classroom in the real world."