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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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|Global and Local Social Justice Conference, February 28th. Students will present papers at the conference, to be held in the Center for Global Citizenship on SLU's campus. The conference begins at 2pm. Dr. Norm White will present 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. will visit SLU. 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.|
|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. Jason Windett published three articles in 2013: "Expanding the State Supreme Court Data Project," in State Politics and Policy Quarterly (with Matt Hall), "Racial Stereotypes, Racial Context and the 2008 Presidential Election," in Politics, Groups, and Identities (with Kevin Banda and Thomas Carsey), and "The Contextual Effects of Race, Racial Representation, and Elite Campaign Cues on Voter Behavior in Statewide Races," in The National Political Science Review (with Thomas Carsey).|
|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.|
|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."|