2017-18 Academic Year News



Prof. Nolette Featured on CBS Evening News


Prof. Paul Nolette was a featured expert in a CBS Evening News story on drug companies' efforts to challenge lawsuits by various U.S. states regarding the opioid crisis. The link to the story is here. The story was viewed by an estimated 11 million people, and it was also featured on the following day's CBS Morning News show. Prof. Nolette's research specialization includes the use of lawsuits by state attorneys general to alter national approaches to various policy problems.



Prof. Azari Leads Surge of "Public Scholarship" Works by Political Science Department Faculty


In recent years, faculty members of the Department of Political Science have played an increasingly visible role in the generation of politics-focused "public scholarship." Public scholarship works are shorter, research-based publications, whose audience includes policymakers and the general public. Unlike personal blog posts, public scholarship works are circulated by a news outlet or social media organization and go through a rigorous editorial process prior to publication. Popular public scholarship sites on contemporary politics include and the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" site (named for an H.L. Menken statement that "Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage").


In the last year, professors Julia Azari, Risa Brooks, Richard Friman, Susan Giaimo, Gerald Prout, Philip Rocco and Amber Wichowsky have produced public scholarship works published by a variety of national and local outlets. Prof. Azari's regular contributions to sites like and Vox have garnered a significant number of readers, helping the Department's public scholarship works to be viewed by more than half a million people in 2017 alone.


Some of Prof. Azari's most recent works include "Why Republicans Can’t Govern," "Trump Is A 19th-Century President Facing 21st-Century Problems," "Presidential Responses to Racial Violence Have Often Been Weak. Trump’s Is Weaker," "Trump Came In As A Weak President, And He’s Made Himself Weaker," "Why Russia Revelations Never Seem to Change Anything," "What Happens If the Election Was A Fraud? The Constitution Doesn’t Say," and "The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates."


Political Science faculty members also continue to publish a large number of traditional research articles and books, and they regularly participate in current events-focused interviews for local, state, and national print and electronic media outlets.




2016-17 Academic Year News


Prof. Brooks Discusses U.S. Civil-Military Relations in an Article on Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" Site


Prof. Risa Brooks published an article on civil-military relations under the presidency of Donald Trump. The article appeared on the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" site, devoted to bringing public scholarship from leading political scientists to the attention of policymakers and the general public.


A link to the article can be found here.



Prof. Azari on Trump Administration and the American Presidency


Prof. Julia Azari discussed the level of understanding of the institution of the presidency among Donald Trump's closest advisors. The article appeared on the Vox news website. The post is available here.



Political Science Professors on the Inauguration and Initial Days of Donald Trump's Presidency


Profs. Julia Azari, Paul Nolette, and Philip Rocco commented on early days of the Trump Presidency in a number of interviews, discussions, and written works of public scholarship.


An overview of some of these is available from the Marquette in the News site.



Political Science Professors Discuss the 2016 Election


Members of the Department of Political Science participated in a roundtable on the results and implications of the 2016 federal elections, including the presidential election. The event, open to all students, faculty, and staff, drew around 80 people on Friday, November 18th.


The discussion included brief presentations by each of the faculty members, followed by questions and answers from the audience.


Participants included Professors Amber Wichowsky, Paul Nolette, Philip Rocco, Susan Giaimo, Risa Brooks, Noelle Brigden, Barrett McCormick, and Lowell Barrington.



Large Turnout for Election Night Watching Party


Nearly 100 students attended an election night watching event, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Economics, the College of Communication, and the Les Aspin Center. The event was held in the J-Pad room in the Communication College's Johnston Hall.


Photos from the event include:








Prof. Karen Hoffman Named New Associate Director of the Les Aspin Center


Prof. Karen Hoffman is the new Associate Director of the Les Aspin Center. Based at Marquette’s campus in Milwaukee, she will oversee the Milwaukee-based state and local internship program created to complement the Washington, D.C. internship program. She will also serve as the point person for Marquette students interested in the Center’s D.C. program. She will continue to teach on a part-time basis in the Department of Political Science, offering courses in American Politics.



Prof. Ryan Hanley in Documentary on Adam Smith


Prof. Ryan Hanley, who holds the Mellon Professorship in Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science, is featured prominently in a documentary that focuses on Adam Smith as a philosopher and political economist. The documentary, "The Real Adam Smith: Morality and Markets," is a two-part look at how understanding Smith requires one to examine both his moral philosophy and his economic analysis. It aired on PBS stations this past summer and is available for viewing online. The segments of the documentary involving Prof. Hanley were filmed on the Marquette campus last fall.



Prof. Paul Nolette Discusses VW Lawsuit


Prof. Paul Nolette commented on the lawsuit filed against Volkswagen in Oklahoma County district court, alleging it misled consumers over the attributes of its "clean diesel" line of engines. "Using outside law firms on consumer settlements is a practice increasingly used by state attorneys general, both Republican and Democrat," said Nolette. The story appeared on Story appeared on the Bloomberg website, News OK, and the Times Record, June 30, 2016.



2015-16 Academic Year News


Political Science Professors Discuss the 2016 Election


Prof. Julia Azari has become a regular contributor to the popular political news site In addition to participating on the site’s liveblogging in the evenings of primaries, caucuses, and candidate debates, she has written a number of articles for the site. These include "The Democratic Platform Is Unusually Focused On Trump,""The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates," "Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience," "A FiveThirtyEight Guide To Veepstakes Speculation," "Sanders Shouldn’t Drop Out For Clinton's Sake,"

"Thinking They're 'Unqualified' Is A Big Reason More Women Don't Run For Office," "From Wallace To Trump, The Evolution of 'Law And Order'," "When Parties Splinter," and "The Supreme Court Fight Probably Won’t Define The Election For Voters." Additional articles from Prof. Azari on are available here.


Prof. Azari has also been quoted in stories on the 2016 election in The New York Times, National Public Radio (and here), and Wisconsin Public Radio.



Prof. Paul Nolette commented on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's statement that he would not chair the Republican convention if presumptive nominee Donald Trump objected to him doing it. "If he's willing to step down from that ceremonial but nevertheless important role in the convention, then that indicates to me that his lack of embrace of Trump is real in many ways," Nolette said. The story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), on the local CBS affiliate, May 9, 2016.


He also discussed the considerable role in the results of talk radio in Wisconsin’s primary election. "Conservative talk radio was pretty much united against Trump," Nolette said. "I think it had a very large impact, actually. These stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), April 6, 2016. Prof. Nolette had previously discussed the results of the March 15th primaries during an in-studio appearance on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 15, 2016.



Prof. Amber Wichowsky discussed the turnout for the Wisconsin primary, which was the highest in a primary since 1972. Wichowsky said the increase in voter turnout at the polls was likely due to the races in both parties still being contested and Wisconsin's presidential primary being the only one in the country held that day. The story aired on the local NBC affiliate, WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), April 6, 2016.


Prof. Wichowsky also commented on the political impact of the changes for unions brought on by Act 10. "Union revenue is down considerably and as a result their spending is also down quite considerably," she said. "In the legislative session before Act 10, the Wisconsin Education Association Council spent just over $2 million. During the 2013-14 legislative session, the WEAC spent less than $200,000." The story appeared on WUWM-Radio (FM 89.7), March 8, 2016.


Marquette Discusses Its Connections to the Near West Side

On February 29, 2016, Marquette University hosted an event titled "Marquette, Race, and the Near West Side: Past, Present, and Future." The event was held in the Raynor Memorial Library, Beaumier Suites BC.

The event included a lecture by Joe William Trotter, Jr., Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University.

There was also a panel discussion on the topic. Topics and presenters included:

"Marquette and the Near West Side: Historical Contexts," Thomas Jablonsky, Professor of History, Emeritus, Marquette University.

"Democracy Lab and the Near West Side," Amber Wichowsky, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marquette University.

"The Center for Peacemaking and the Near West Side," Patrick Kennelly, Director, Center for Peacemaking, Marquette University.


John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series Brings Officials to Marquette; Prompts Large Student Turnout

On November 11th and 12th, the Department of Political Science hosted three events connected to Korea as part of our John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series.

On November 11th, Congressman Donald Manzullo, who is currently the President of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), spoke to and took questions from Marquette students. The talk, "From Member of Congress to the President of KEI: Lessons about Capitol Hill and Research Institutes," was designed for Political Science and International Affairs students to help them think about options after graduation.

That evening, Troy Stangarone, Senior Director at KEI, presented a talk titled "The Winding Road to Unification: Challenges and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula." The event also included time for questions from the audience, and a number of those questions came from students.

This series of events concluded on November 12th, with the John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series Keynote Address, given by Ambassador Sung Kim. The former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Amb. Kim is currently the Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the State Department. His presentation, "The U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance: Built to Last," took place in the Weasler Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Union. Over 200 students, and a number of other individuals, turned out for the talk. Once again, students had the opportunity to ask Amb. Kim questions, including queries about North Korea, Japan, and China, as well as the process for joining the Foreign Service. A short reception followed.


Political Science Student Receives National Award

The Department of Political Science at Marquette University and the American Political Science Association (APSA) are pleased to announce that Andrew Thompson, an undergraduate student at Marquette University majoring in Political Science, has been named as a 2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Award Recipient. Andrew will be joining the Ph.D. program in Political Science at Ohio State University this fall.


The Minority Fellowship Program was established in 1969 to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the political science discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. Fellows are college or university seniors, graduates, or Master's students who plan on applying to a PhD program in political science. APSA Minority Fellows are very active in the discipline as faculty members, researchers, and mentors.


2014-15 Academic Year News

Prof. Azari Quoted Widely in NY Times Article on WI Governor Scott Walker

A February 18, 2015 article in the Op-Talk section of the NY Times draws heavily on quotations from Prof. Julia Azari of the Political Science Department. The piece, on Governor Scott Walker's decision to fundraise through a 527 organization instead of the more traditional route of a political action committee, is available here.


Fall 2014 POSC/INIA Dean's List Awardees

Congratulations to our Political Science and International Affairs students that have been named to the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List for the Fall 2014 semester!


Political Science Mourns the Passing of Prof. Emeritus James Rhodes

It is with great sadness that the Department of Political Science announces that Professor Emeritus James M. Rhodes passed away on January 23rd after a courageous battle with cancer. A noted scholar of political philosophy, particularly for his work on Plato, Prof. Rhodes was also known as a challenging teacher with very high standards. He provided a wonderful example of putting students first and was an exemplar of the teacher-scholar approach that continues to serve as the model for faculty of the Department of Political Science. Just before his death, Prof. Rhodes completed work on a new book manuscript, which is scheduled to appear in print later this year.

To honor the memory of Prof. Rhodes, the Department of Political Science is naming our annual student-citizen award after him. The James M. Rhodes Political Science Student-Citizen Award will be presented annually to the Political Science undergraduate student whose performance at Marquette best demonstrates a commitment to both academic excellence and service to others.


Professors Contribute to National Discussion of the 2014 Elections

In addition to participating in recent conversations on local media outlets, Political Science professors have been frequent contributors to national-level discussions about the 2014 elections. Profs. Julia Azari, Paul Nolette, and Amber Wichowsky have been particularly active. Their posts and comments are available at the following links:

Democratic Heavyweights Take Aim

Republican Scott Walker Wins

Bourbon and Shellack

How National Are the 2014 Midterms

Did Clinton Really Have it Worse

The Empirical Presidency

A Narrative of Change

The Outlook for Judicial Appointments

Why We Should Care


Ukraine: Its Present and Future


As part of International Education Week at Marquette, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington joined Dr. Robert Lieber, professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, to discuss events in Ukraine and look forward. The discussion took place on November 20th. Profs. Barrington and Lieber discussed Ukraine's geographic, linguistic, historical, and political divides, as well as Russia's involvement in the region and the role of the United States moving forward. The event was sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Office of International Education.


Professors Join Students to Watch and Discuss Election Returns


The Marquette University Department of Political Science, the College of Communication, and the Les Aspin Center co-sponsored an election night event at the jPad (Johnston Hall) on Tuesday, November 4th. Several professors from Political Science and the College of Communication participated in the event along with approximately 75 students.


Center for Transnational Justice 2014-2015 Graduate Student Research Grant Competition

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice is pleased to offer funding for research conducted by graduate students enrolled in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The Center will be awarding two Graduate Student Research Grants of up to $2500 for work on an issue of economic, political, or social justice that crosses national borders. Issue areas include but are not limited to immigration, forced migration and human trafficking, human rights, economic development, global trade and finance, pandemic diseases, and climate change.



Political Science Professor Interviewed on WUWM

Professor Julia Azari discusses her new book, Delivering the People's Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate, in which she analyzes the influence and credibility of the presidential mandate with WUWM Lake Effect's Mitch Teich. Prof. Azari will talk about her book at Boswell Book Store on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Azari's work also addresses the role of informal norms and rules in American political institutions, ideological change in American political parties, the impact of presidential rhetoric on Congress, and the dilemma that presidents face between their roles as national and party leaders.


Prof. Hanley Announced as a 2014 Way Klingler Fellow

Prof. Ryan Hanley is one of two recipients of a 2014 Way Klingler Fellowship. The Way Klingler faculty fellowships are given to full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. One Way Klingler fellowship in science and one in the humanities are awarded each year. As the recipient of the 2014 award in the humanities, Prof. Hanley will use the funding for upcoming research projects that require time, access to information, and travel.


Prof. Wichowsky Announced as a 2014 WK Young Scholar Recipient


Prof. Amber Wichowsky is a recipient of a 2014 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award. These awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.



2013-14 Academic Year News


Prof. Barrington Interviewed by Fox 6 News on Conflict in Ukraine

Prof. Azari Article in Politico: Contradicting Criticisms of Obama's Leadership and Focus on Foreign Policy

Prof. Azari WUWM Interview: Internal GOP Conflict Will Continue

Political Science Professor One of the Business Journal's 2014 "40 under 40"


Jobs for Political Science Majors Event Draws Majors and Prospective Majors


On October 10, 2013, a panel of professors and alumni discussed the topic of “Jobs for Political Science Majors That Do Not Involve Going to Law School.” Despite being the first day of midterm exams, more than forty students turned out to listen and ask questions. Those presenting at the event included: Prof. Charles Franklin (Professor of Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School; Director, Marquette Law School Poll); Prof. Jerry Prout (Visiting Asst. Professor, Marquette Political Science Dept.; Former VP- Public Affairs, FMC Corp., Washington, DC); Ms. Andrea Tarrell (Marketing Director, HNI Risk Services, Inc., New Berlin, WI); Mr. Steve Schultz (Senior Communications Consultant, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI); and Mr. Alex Lombard (Employment Consultant, Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc., Milwaukee, WI). Following the presentations and Q&A, the presenters and the students continued to discuss the topic over refreshments.


U.S.-North Korea Relations

On October 1, 2013 Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, presented a talk, "Could the U.S. and North Korea Get Along? A Look Into U.S. and North Korean Relations and Nuclear Policy." There was a terrific turnout with many students in attendance and who asked excellent questions during the Q&A session.


Justice at the Intersection of Science and Policy

Marquette University, Great Lake Week and The Future of Ecology, a critical discussion on the future of the Great Lakes as seen through the lens of ecological justice was held on September 11, 2013. Professor McGee Young played a key role as organizer and panelist.


Political Science Professor Interviewed About Syria

Professor Julia Azari commented on the situation in Syria and how it has a major influence on the race for the White House.


Swank Wins Greenstone Book Award

Professor Duane Swank has won the 2013 J. David Greenstone Award of the American Political Science Association's organized section in Politics and History for his book The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 2012), coauthored with Cathie Jo Martin of Boston University.  The Greenstone award honors the best book published in the previous two years in the broadly defined area of politics and history.


2012-13 Academic Year News

Department Faculty Discuss Boston Bombings

On April 27th, Prof. Risa Brooks published an op-ed article in the Boston Globe titled "Homegrown Terrorism is Not on the Rise." The article complements her previous work on the level of threat to Americans posed by "homegrown" Muslim terrorists. The text of the op-ed piece is available here.

On April 19th and 20th, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington was interviewed regarding the backgrounds of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on WISN-12 and WTMJ-4. Barrington, whose research focuses on the territory of the former Soviet Union, discussed the suspects' connections to the Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan.


Political Science Faculty Member Participates in Health Care Panel

Dr. Susan Giaimo, Director of Graduate Studies for the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs, participated in a panel about health care exchanges and whether they will help Wisconsinites find affordable medical insurance. The interview appeared on Fourth Street Forum. Prof. Giaimo is currently teaching a course on comparative health care and will be offering a course on the politics of American health care policy in the fall.


Department Chair Discusses Boston Bombing Suspects

on April 19th and 20th, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington was interviewed regarding the backgrounds of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on WISN-12 and WTMJ-4. Barrington, whose research focuses on the territory of the former Soviet Union, discussed the suspects' connections to the Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan.

Canadian UN Ambassador Speaks to Students

On April 16th, Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, spoke to Marquette Political Science students in three different settings. In the morning and early afternoon, he presented to and fielded questions from students in two Political Science Courses (International Security and International Organizations), before his late-afternoon presentation to an overflow crowd of students and faculty on the topic "The UN: From Canadian Eyes." The Department of Political Science thanks Ambassador Rishchynski for sharing his significant expertise with our students.

Political Science Faculty Member Participates in Health Care Panel

Dr. Susan Giaimo, Director of Graduate Studies for the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs, participated in a panel about health care exchanges and whether they will help Wisconsinites find affordable medical insurance. The interview appeared on Fourth Street Forum. Prof. Giaimo is currently teaching a course on comparative health care and will be offering a course on the politics of American health care policy in the fall.

Political Science Professor and H2Oscore Founder Highlighted in Business Journal Article

Prof. McGee Young's local start-up, H2Oscore, lets homeowners track their water use and earn credits for conserving water that can be redeemed for discounts at area restaurants and other businesses. His venture was discussed in a recent article in the Business Journal, available here. Prof. Young also discussed faculty entrepreneurship efforts in an interview with Mitch Teich on the program Lake Effect. More here.

Political Science Professors Discuss Fall Elections in National and Local Media

Department of Political Science professors have been busy discussing the fall presidential, congressional, and state elections in the media. Prof. Julia Azari was quoted in a Washington Post discussion of the impact of party platforms on the 2012 election; was a guest on the nationally syndicated public radio show "To the Point" with Warren Olney; and weighed U.S. presidential "coolness," in an article at Prof. Amber Wichowsky was twice interviewed for CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer about the U.S. Senate Race in Wisconsin, as well as by WUWM's Bob Bach about Paul Ryan's speech at the GOP convention in Tampa. Dr. Wichowsky shared her thoughts on Ryan's comments. These and other professors were also interviewed by local and national media sources on the day of and in the days after the election. For a partial list of these media appearances, see the "Political Science Faculty In the News" page here.

Political Science Student Awarded Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

Courtney L. Martin, battalion executive officer and a senior majoring in political science, was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Oct. 11. She is just one of six NROTC students in the United States to receive the award this year. She will be commissioned an ensign in May. The Legion of Valor is a U.S. organization comprising the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross award recipients. The Bronze Cross award, consisting of a bronze cross and certificate, is awarded annually to exceptional NROTC students who achieve scholastic excellence and demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities. A more detailed discussion of Courtney and the award can be found on the Navy's website.

Political Science Professor Interviewed on Entrepreneurship

McGee Young, associate professor of political science and founder of H2O Score, was named the first Faculty Fellow within the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship at Marquette University's College of Business Administration. He and Tina Quealy, the associate director of the Entrepreneurship Center, joined Mitch Teich in the studio to talk about the development of faculty entrepreneurs and what working faculty stand to gain.

Political Science Professors Meet with Japanese Consul

On June 6th, five members of the Department of Political Science -- Prof. Julia Azari, Prof. Amber Wichowsky, Prof. Paul Nolette, Prof. John McAdams, and Prof. Lowell Barrington -- met with Mr. Kotaro Matsuzawa, Consul of Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. The faculty members and Mr. Matsuzawa met on the Marquette University campus to discuss current issues in American politics, the impact of and lessons from the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, and factors most likely to influence the outcome of the November presidential election.


2011-12 Academic Year News

Graduate Students Present Papers at Political Science Conferences

Three students in Marquette's master's program in International Affairs presented papers at the Midwest Political Science Association conference. The conference, widely considered the best regional political science conference in the country, took place April 11-14 at the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. The three students were Mujtabi Isani, who presented the paper "How Globalized is the Muslim World?"; John Porten, whose paper was titled "Management, Membership and Incentives: An Exchange Theory of Violent Group Behavior"; and Matt Surey, who presented a paper titled "China and the International Human Rights Regime."

In addition, Nathan Conroy, a graduate student in the Political Science master's program presented a paper at the 2012 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, held February 17-19th in Washington, D.C. This annual conference brings together political science professors from around the country and is designed to promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the political science classroom. The theme for the 2012 conference was "Teaching Political Science: Relevance in a Changing World." Nathan's paper, "Civic Engagement through an Entrepreneurial-Experiential Learning Model Applied in the Political Science Classroom," was co-authored with Prof. McGee Young.

Graduate Students Win Best Paper Award

Mujtaba Isani and Benjamin Stewart were co-winners of the 2012 Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper presented by a graduate student, for their papers presented at the Illinois State Conference for Students of Political Science. The conference attracted students from across the country. Isani and Stewart were two of three winners of the award. Their papers will be published in the journal Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics.

Political Science Professors and Graduate Students Contribute to Marquette Law School's 2012 Polling Project

A number of professors and graduate students from the Department of Political Science are participating in the Law School's 2012 polling project. Marquette Political Science Professors have assisted in the development of the polls and the analysis of polling data. Prof. Amber Wichowsky, for example, posted an analysis of the February 2012 data on the blog site for the project. Her analysis piece is available here. Graduate students from the Political Science and International Affairs program are taking a political polling graduate seminar taught by the head of the polling project, Prof. Charles Franklin, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and visiting professor of law and public policy at the Marquette Law School.

Marquette Students Discuss Public Service and the State of Politics

Six Marquette University students, five of whom are Political Science majors, spoke about leadership and the future of Wisconsin politics as part of "Commitment 2012 Special Report — Divided We Stand." This story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Feb. 9th, 2012.

Prof. Duane Swank Is New VP and President-Elect of APSA's Comparative Politics Section

Prof. Duane Swank has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. The Comparative Politics Section, with nearly 2,000 members, is the largest organized division within APSA. Professor Swank will work with other officers of the CP Section to appoint and oversee standing and awards committees, monitor the production of the CP Section's newsletter/journal APSA-CP, and develop and implement initiatives that benefit section members. Prof. Swank will serve as Vice President from Fall 2011 to Fall 2013; he will serve as Section President from 2013 to 2015.

Prof. Amber Wichowsky Interviewed for NPR Story

Prof. Amber Wichowsky was interviewed for a National Public Radio story on how contentious experiences during a presidential primary process can affect the nominee in the general election. The resulting article from, "Why A Fight To The Finish May Not Be A Bad Thing," is available at the website. Prof. Wichowsky received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2010. She spent last academic year at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University on a postdoctoral fellowship. She joined the Marquette Political Science Department in the fall of 2011.

Prof. Jeffrey Drope's Book Featured in Discover

Prof. Jeff Drope's new edited volume, Tobacco Control in Africa: People, Politics and Policies (Anthem Press, 2011), is the subject of a feature in the 2011 edition of Marquette's Discover, which highlights important research work by Marquette faculty. The book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of tobacco control policies across Africa. It is based on research that Prof. Drope has conducted for the last three years, supported by a grant from the Canadian government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Political Science Department Welcomes Profs. Amber Wichowsky, Dongwook Kim, and Paul Nolette to Its Faculty

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that three new professors joined its faculty in the fall of 2011.

Dr. Amber Wichowsky received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2010. She spent the past academic year at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University on a postdoctoral fellowship. Her research interests include urban politics, state and local government use of federal funds, competition and electoral accountability in the United States, and American mass attitudes and ideology.

Dr. Dongwook Kim received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He served as the Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He also taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago before coming to Marquette. His research and teaching interests include international law and organizations, human rights, and transnational activism.

Dr. Paul Nolette received his Ph.D. from Boston College in 2011. He also has a law degree from Georgetown University and subsequently served as the legal counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. His research and teaching interests include public and constitutional law, American federalism, and the role of courts and litigation in American political development.


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