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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. 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 receives APSA Best Paper award. Dr. Chryl Laird's paper, "Selling Out? The Politics of Navigating Conflicts between Racial Group Interest and Self-Interest," written with Ismail K. White and Troy D. Allen, received the American Political Science Association Best Paper award for the Race and Ethnic Politics section.|
|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.|
|Dr. Kenneth Warren publishes new article. Dr. Kenneth Warren published "Regulators Throughout American History Have Been Reluctant to Regulate Cigars and the FDA Still Is Today, but Why?" in Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, 8, issue 2 (Spring 2014).|
|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.|
|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. Eric is now a student in the department's M.A. program.
|Phoebe Heibeck Recognized. Political Science and International Studies 2014 graduate 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. 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.|