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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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|Meaghan Gass wins best paper award AND an essay contest. Recent M.A. grad Meaghan Gass was awarded the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper at the 2014 Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science, April 4-5, 2014. Her paper was "Women in the Judiciary: An Analysis of Selection Processes." Meaghan also was a winner in an essay contest sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions. She received an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to attend two conferences and lobby on Capitol Hill.
|Eric Behna wins outstanding student award. Eric Behna was selected as outstanding undergraduate student in Political Science and received the College of Arts and Science Student Excellence Award in a ceremony on April 8, 2014. Geoffrey Jeyasingham, Mary Shannon, and Aida Vajzovic received honorable mention.|
|Ken Warren and Wynne Moskop honored. A number of long-serving SLU employees were honored at the Presidential Service breakfast on April 10. Dr. Kenneth Warren was recognized for an incredible forty years of service to SLU. Dr. Wynne Moskop was honored for twenty-five years of service.|
|Phoebe Heibeck Recognized. Senior Political Science and International Studies major Phoebe Heibeck received a Spirit of the Billiken award. Awardees represent what it truly means to be a Billiken and excel in academics, leadership, community service, commitment to Saint Louis University, and dedication to living the mission after graduation. Phoebe also received a Student Hall of Fame Award and a Servant Leadership Award for her work with student government and student advocacy.
|Dr. Andy Price visit. The Political Science department sponsored a visit by Dr. Andy Price, Principal Lecturer in the department of Psychology, Sociology, and Politics at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Dr. Price spoke on "Rights and Humanity: Pioneering the Human Rights Approach," during Atlas week. His visit was part of an inter-University exchange that also included talks by Dr. Kenneth Warren of SLU at Sheffield Hallam during fall 2013. Dr. Price formerly taught at SLU's Madrid campus. [more information about the talk]|
|Global and Local Social Justice Conference. Students presented papers at the conference, held in the Center for Global Citizenship on February 28th. Dr. Norm White provided the keynote address, "Spots on the Globe: Third World Communities in our Midst." The conference is part of the larger Global and Local Social Justice Initiative.|
|Fr. Elias Opongo, S.J. Fr. Opongo is the Director of the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya. He studies peacebuilding and conflict mediation, coordinates the African Forum for Catholic Social Teachings, and is a peace practitioner and trainer. From March to May 2014, he will be International Visiting Jesuit Professor of Social Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences. During Atlas week, he spoke on "Global Injustices, War, and Conflict in Africa." [more information on the talk]
|Dr. Amber Knight placed article in top journal. Dr. Knight published "Disability as Vulnerability: Redistributing Precariousness in Democratic Ways," in the Journal of Politics, January 2014.|
|Dr. Michelle Lorenzini published research on teaching. She published "From Global Education to Global Civic Engagement" in the Journal of Political Science Education, Volume 9, number 4, and "From Active Service to Civic and Political Engagement: Fighting the Problem of Poverty" in Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013), edited by Alison Rios Millet McCartney, Elizabeth Bennion, and Dick W. Simpson. Dr. Lorenzini directs the Atlas Program. Dr. Lorenzini was featured in an article in the St. Louis Business Journal.
|New M.P.A Program. The M.P.A. program, formerly part of the College of Education and Public Service, has been transferred into the Political Science department. We are excited to be able to offer expanded graduate programs to suit a variety of student interests. Learn more about the program: [M.P.A.].|
|New article by Dr. Wynne Moskop. Dr. Wynne Moskop's article, "The Balcony and the Street: Gender, Virtue, and Politics in George Caleb Bingham's Antebellum America," has been published in the June issue of American Quarterly, the main journal of the American Studies Association.|
|Dr. Ruth Groff wins book award. Dr. Ruth Groff has been awarded the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize for 2012 for her book, Ontology Revisted: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2011). The committee called the book a "finely chiseled and sustained demonstration of the inexorability of ontology."|