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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. 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).|
|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. 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 2014. 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]|
|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.