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"Some lines threaten to haunt the reader long after the book is set down. Perhaps they should." Irish Times reviews Prof. Pearlman's book 'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria'

November 29, 2018 – from The Irish Times
"This is not simply a Syrian story, because this is not simply a Syrian war. There is anger evident in many of the accounts, at how the wider world left promises unfulfilled or funded certain factions at the expense of a unified response. Oil and other interests have profoundly shaped the international response – including whether help was offered, and to whom. As Pearlman put it in one interview, 'atrocities have happened on our watch.'"

Will Reno | Faculty Spotlight: Will Reno

November 15, 2018 – from Northwestern Buffett
Northwestern University political science professor and Buffett Institute faculty fellow Will Reno researches how countries affected by conflict use military aid.

Congratulations to Profs. Bullock, Gans-Morse, Ogorzalek, and Seawright on being named to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll for 2017-18

November 12, 2018 – from Associated Student Government
Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, Associated Student Government (ASG) collected nominations for the Faculty Honor Roll from the student body. Nearly 200 students submitted faculty members, writing thorough and complex portraits of the educators who make Northwestern the institution that it is. ASG wishes to honor the work of the faculty whose dedication and care for students led to their inclusion on this list. Here is your 2017-2018 Faculty Honor Roll.


Giuseppe Cumella successfully defended his dissertation, "Aristotle on Political Activity," on September 28, 2018

October 1, 2018

Giuseppe is a specialist on the history of political theory and was active in the cross-disciplinary  ancient philosophy program as well as the graduate classics cluster  His second field in political science is American politics and he has been a welcome participant in many workshops across fields during his studies.  Congratulations to Giuseppe from his committee: Professors Monoson and Dietz (political science), Kraut (philosophy) and Wynne (classics).



Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Nelson for winning the 2018 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for his work 'The Currency of Confidence: How Economic Beliefs Shape the IMF's Relationship with Its Borrowers'

August 29, 2018 – from Cornell University, Peter Katzenstein Book Prize
"The Currency of Confidence is an outstanding and innovative analysis of the political economy of decision making by the International Monetary Fund. Nelson argues convincingly that the IMF is not the apolitical technocracy that its advocates would have us believe, but rather, guided by an insular set of American-trained economists, the Fund makes policy choices (and political decisions) driven by a shared set of economic beliefs."



The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce that Ph.D. candidate Dara Gaines has been named as a 2018-19 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Fellow

June 12, 2018 – from American Political Science Association
Gaines is interested in deepening the field’s understanding of Black Rural Consciousness and Millennial/Gen Z political activists. She hopes this work will add nuance to the discussion of both race and age as variables of interest in understanding political behavior and policy effects.


Congratulations to Dr. Ana Arjona on winning the 2018 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book 'Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War'

May 2, 2018 – from Conflict Research Society
Judges on the prize committee described the work as a “truly innovative and a unique study.” They praised the way this study “shed light on another under-explored area that of social order during civil wars, non-state actor governance, and the dynamics of combatant-civilian interaction.”


ISTA special guest speaker Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II discusses transformations affecting religious Islamic authority and how its exercised in a globalized Africa

April 26, 2018 – from Daily Northwestern
The Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa's two-day long Islam in Global Africa Conference brought together more than a dozen scholars from Africa, Europe and the U.S. to explore what it means to be African and Muslim — and how the meaning of Islam is negotiated at the intersection of local, regional and global encounters, as well as in narratives, perceptions and exchanges.

Medill News profiles and launches a new multi-media site on the Deportation Research Clinic

April 18, 2018 – from Medill News
The Deportation Research Clinic, founded by Political Science Professor Jacqueline Stevens in 2012, employs several graduate and undergraduate students who research and analyze misconduct in deportation proceedings nationwide on a case-by-case basis. The Clinic has a self-described “special expertise on the unlawful detention and deportation of U.S. citizens and the unlawful dollar-per-day wages paid to U.S. residents in custody under immigration laws.”

Congratulations to Dr. Shmuel Nili on being named a 2018-19 Kaplan Institute Fellow!

April 12, 2018 – from Northwestern University, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
"My book project ('Integrity, Personal and Political') seeks to show that a democratic polity has its own morally important integrity, and to examine the relationship between this political integrity and personal integrity, deriving practical implications for both individual and collective conduct. These implications range from the proper political response to foreign and domestic corruption, through questions regarding the 'clean hands' of political operatives serving dangerous presidents, to highly controversial public monuments, commemorating political figures whose integrity is intensely disputed."

Dr. Jacqueline Stevens on "When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves"

April 5, 2018 – from The New York Times
"We’re familiar with grim stories about black-shirted federal agents barging into apartment complexes, convenience stores and school pickup sites to round up and deport immigrants. We’ve heard far less about the forced labor — some call it slavery — inside detention facilities."


Dr. Wendy Pearlman on "Life Under Assad’s Bombs in a Damascus Suburb"

March 2, 2018 – from Time Magazine
"The campaign has left at least 500 civilians dead and thousands injured. Attempts by the U.N. to forge a lasting cease-fire have failed; Secretary-General António Guterres has called the situation “hell on earth.” Relief workers say regime forces are using chemical weapons in their daily bombardments. The people of eastern Ghouta are also speaking for themselves."


The FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast cites Ph.D. Candidate Matthew Lacombe's article on the NRA. Click 'All News' below to link to the article and podcast

February 21, 2018
Read Lacombe's article "This is how the NRA ‘politically weaponized’ its membership" from the Washington Post's 'Monkey Cage' blog and listen to the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast: The Gun Debate (go 8 minutes in to hear).

Congrats to PhD student Ethan Busby, who will be joining Clemson University in August 2018 as a tenure-track assistant professor

February 15, 2018

Dr. Chloe Thurston on "Black Lives Matter, American political development, and the politics of visibility"

February 12, 2018 – from Politics, Groups, and Identities
This essay highlights a mode of politics common to BLM and its predecessors that involves rendering the state’s role in producing racial inequality visible and legible, in order to contest it. This mode of contestation is a product of a “post-racial” era in which the formal colorblindness of government institutions promotes a narrative in which inequalities in outcomes are linked to personal choices rather than political ones.

Dr. Jaime Dominguez, "Save the Dream, Don’t End it"

February 8, 2018 – from Latino Policy Forum
Regardless of which way the negotiations unfold, one thing is very clear. Dreamers should not be held as a bargaining chip in order to appease the hardliners who prefer to support anti-immigrant policies.


Congrats to Mona Oraby (Ph.D. Northwestern University '17) on becoming Assistant Professor at Amherst College Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought Department.

January 31, 2018

The Amherst College Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought Department welcomes Mona Oraby as our new full time tenure track Assistant Professor. Mona Oraby is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. She also serves as Managing Editor of The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council's interdisciplinary forum dedicated to questions of religion, secularism, and the public sphere. Her research and teaching are in the areas of comparative law and religion, law and society, as well as global and postcolonial legal regimes. Before joining Amherst, she was the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Mona's current book project is Administering Religious Difference: Secularism, Minorities, and the Rule of Law. Using modern Egypt as a case study and other comparative cases in the region and elsewhere, the book examines administrative conflicts that arise from dual constitutional commitments to religious establishment and legal equality. This study departs from existing scholarship that focuses on the situation of particular minorities by instead analyzing the legal processes through which minority and majority populations are constituted over time.

Congrats to Dr. Mary Dietz on receiving a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities Without Walls Grant

January 31, 2018 – from Northwestern Now
Dietz’s project, “Arendt on Earth: From the Archimedean Point to the Anthropocene,” was co-authored and originally conceived by political science doctoral student Alexandra Neame, who will serve as program coordinator. Doctoral students Gina Giliberti (political science) and Harrison King (religious studies) will partner on the project as researchers and graduate lab practicum leaders.

Dr. Laurel Harbridge Yong on congressional term limits

January 12, 2018 – from NBC News
Imposing term limits on members of Congress has always been popular idea among the American public, especially now, as Congress heads into a midterm election year after a 2017 full of scandals and gridlock. But what if term limits aren’t such a great idea?