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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
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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|Dr. J.D. Bowen receives Fulbright Award. Dr. J.D. Bowen received an award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board 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. Graduating senior Bethany Glock 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.|