HONORS PROGRAM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Each year outstanding students will have an opportunity to join the political science department's honors program. Those admitted to the program will be given the opportunity to conduct research and write a thesis on a political science topic of their choice. Students who complete successfully the requirements of the program will graduate with Honors in Political Science.
Admitted students enroll in a highly selective two-semester honors thesis seminar, Political Science 391 (Fall Semester) and 392 (Spring Semester). Honors students must have a minimum college and departmental GPA of 3.5 to be admitted to the program.
To learn more about the Honors Program in Political Science, we are inviting you to an information session on Monday, November 18 at 4:00 pm. in VKC 210. Professor Dennis Chong (Department Chair) and Professor Stanley Rosen (Director of Undergraduate Studies) will provide an overview of the Honors Program and answer any questions. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you.
Diana O'Brien, Assistant Professor of political science, was awarded the best dissertation prize by the American Political Science Association's Women and Politics Research Section for her thesis When Women Matter: The Relationship Between Women's Numeric and Policy Representation in Western European States. http://www.apsanet.org/sections/sectionAwardDetail.cfm?award=SEC16ABDA
Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science & Gender Studies, has been elected co-President of the APSA Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section and named to the editorial boards of Perspectives on Politics and Politics and Gender journals.
Lee Epstein received the Law & Courts Service Award, for service to the section and the profession, presented by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, August 2013.
- Lee Epstein's service as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar began in September 2013.
- Lee Epstein is serving as a Guggenheim Fellow, September 2013-August 2014
Professor Richard H. Dekmejian of the Department of Political Science won a Dornsife 2020 Resisting the Path to Genocide Research grant, administered by Shoah Institute, to investigate comparatively case studies of the utility of precognition of preconditions/determinants as instruments to resist/prevent genocidal outcomes and assess the effectiveness of existing Global Risk/Early Warning systems in preventing genocidal atrocities.
Professor Alison Dundes Renteln was awarded a 2013-2014 fellowship to The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Science (CASBS) at Stanford University. Fellows pursue their own research for the full academic year while contributing to the CASBS community through weekly seminars, occasional public lectures, and informal conversations over daily lunch.
Chosen through a rigorous selection process, the group represents some of academia’s most innovative scholarship across these behavioral sciences: anthropology, communication, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, public health, psychiatry, psychology, science & technology, and sociology. The scholars hail from 21 universities in the United States, as well as from universities in Canada, England, and Sweden.
During their CASBS year, Fellows address some of the most pressing problems of our day, seeking insight and innovation that will advance humanity at all levels – whether on the international stage, the workplace, or within the individual psyche. Among planned areas of study for members of this year’s class:
- the notion of peoplehood and its implications in the Israel/Palestine conflict;
- the manufacture of rayon – a textile marketed as ‘green,’ yet highly dangerous to the people who make it and the environment;
- the economics of sexual orientation;
- psychobiological triggers of mania in an individual;
- the development of creativity in adolescence;
- implications of copyright law and emerging technologies;