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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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|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.].|
|Fr. Rudolf Heredia, S.J. visits SLU. During Fall 2013, Fr. Rudolf Heredia, S. J., will be the Visiting International Jesuit Professor of Social Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences. He will consult with faculty and students on how to promote justice to empower the vulnerable, to give voice and choice to people who are excluded and religiously and culturally marginalized. He will teach a class on Affirmative Action and Minority Rights in India. [more on Fr. Heredia]
|Department welcomes new faculty. In addition to Fr. Heredia, the department welcomes Drs. Robert Cropf and James Gilsinan, who have transferred from the Department of Public Policy Studies at SLU into the Political Science. Ms. Morgan Hazelton will join us to teach judicial politics; Dr. Adam Myers will teach courses on American political institutions; and Dr. Ann Wainscott will teach in comparative and Middle East and North African politics.|
|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."|
Heather Brocksmith - Outstanding student. Heather Brocksmith, a graduating senior in the Political Science Department, was selected to receive the James D. Collins award for Student Academic Excellence in Political Science in 2013. Heather will be attending Harvard Law School in the Fall.
Natalie Holden and Ian Moody received Honorable Mention.
|Caitlin Johnson wins award. Caitlin Johnson won the award for most Outstanding Position Paper in the General Assembly Third Committee at the Midwest Model U.N. in St. Louis in February 2013.|
|Dr. Ruth Groff publishes book. Dr. Ruth Groff's co-edited volume, Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism (with John Greco), was published by Routledge in December 2012.|
|Matthew Jones wins Grueber Award. Matthew Jones, a Political Science and International Studies major, was awarded a Grueber Award by the Center for International Studies. The Grueber awards recognize people who share the innovative and daring spirit of Johann Grueber, S. J. in advancing the global mission of Saint Louis University. Other awardees were Michael Barber, S. J., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Thomas Finan, Associate Director of SLU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Meiqing July He, an International Studies and French major.|
|New book on civic engagement. The American Political Science Association's new book on Teaching Civic Engagement contains a chapter by Dr. Michelle Lorenzini. Dr. Lorenzini's chapter describes her experiences helping students move from service to civic and political engagement through her Structure of Poverty course. The Structure of Poverty course was developed as part of the Global and Local Social Justice Program. Dr. Lorenzini also directs the Atlas program, a week on internationally-focused events involving the entire campus. For the Political Science department's contributions to the 2013 Atlas program, click here.|
|Dr. Jason Windett wins dissertation award. Dr. Jason Windett received the Christopher Z. Mooney Dissertation Award from the State Politics section of the American Political Science Association for his dissertation, "Understanding Female Candidates and Campaigns for Governor." The committee was particularly impressed with his data collection, careful attention to theory building, and nomination materials.|