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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. 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 plans to attend law school and has already been accepted by a number of excellent programs, including Georgetown, NYU, University of Chicago, Berkeley, Duke, and UCLA.
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.|
|Dr. Christopher Witko wins grant. Chris Witko's grant application (with Peter Enns of Cornell and Nate Kelly and Jana Morgan of the University of Tennessee) has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation for $192,163. The project, "Campaign Funding, Political Rhetoric, and the Public (Non)Response to Rising Inequality," is likely to have a major impact on our understanding of why the public has tolerated rising inequality over the last few decades.|
|Drs. Jason Windett and Matthew Hall win national grant. Drs. Jason Windett (left) and Matthew Hall were awarded a $5000 research grant for their project, Estimating Gubernatorial Common Space Scores in the 50 States. Their proposal was one of nine selected by the Center on the American Governor as part of their first national research program, "The American Governor: Politics, Policy, Power and Leadership."|
|Dr. Matthew Hall wins national book award. Dr. Matthew Hall's book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge, 2011) has won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts from the American Political Science Association.|