December 19, 2018 – from Tehran Times
"Theorizing religion in international relations not only feasible but essential"
December 13, 2018 – from Institute for Policy Research
"What Can the U.S. Midterms Tell Us About 2020? Northwestern researchers discuss implications for politics, media, and the economy"
December 6, 2018 – from Northwestern Digital Learning
Ed Tech Fellow wins award for upgrade to course site - Successful ETTF Collaboration Leads to More Efficient Class
December 4, 2018 – from The Journal of Politics
"How Incivility on Partisan Media (De)Polarizesthe Electorate"
November 30, 2018 – from El Tiempo
"Así se vivía en las zonas de Colombia bajo dominio de grupos armados Libro de investigación sobre la convivencia con la población civil ganó premio en Inglaterra"
November 30, 2018 – from Scholars Strategy Network
"What Gun Control Advocates Can Learn from Citizen Mobilization by the National Rifle Association"
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.'"
November 15, 2018 – from Washington Post, Monkey Cage
"Israel has a history of pursuing short-term gains in military operations on the ground, even when they risk undermining the larger national goals claimed by its political leadership."
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.
November 14, 2018 – from WTTW
"Blue Wave Sweeps Illinois, But Not the Nation"
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.
November 6, 2018 – from DW
'Migrant caravan could not be larger gift' for Donald Trump'
October 31, 2018 – from The Guardian
"Billionaires have plenty of media access, but most of them choose not to say anything at all about the policy issues of the day. They deliberately pursue a strategy of what we call 'stealth politics.'"
October 25, 2018 – from New Books Network
"Thurston shows the ways that federal policy makers excluded African Americans from the benefits of the policies in the 1930s and 40s, and later the way women were shut out of homeownership policies in the 1970s."
October 23, 2018 – from Washington Post
"Universities seek diversity because it produces a better educational experience."
October 8, 2018 – from The New York Times Magazine
"Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote? A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate"
October 3, 2018 – from Urban Affairs Review
"Chicago’s 2019 Elections and The Legacy of Rahm Emanuel"
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).
September 25, 2018 – from Institute for Policy Research
September 17, 2018 – from Chicago Tribune
President Donald Trump is an authoritarian too incompetent to destroy democracy, and he may help the nation by demonstrating how vulnerable our democracy actually is.
September 17, 2018 – from Chicago Tribune
Study conducted by Alvin Tillery of CSDD explores how race is viewed via the lens of genetics vs. identity
September 5, 2018 – from Chicago Tribune
"In Rahm Emanuel's tenure, a global vision bogged down by local issues"
September 5, 2018 – from BBC
Watch the interview and take notes.
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."
August 29, 2018 – from Texas Tribune
"Across the country, basements, offices and hotels play short-term host to people in ICE custody"
August 16, 2018 – from Northwestern Now
Poll finds attitudes about race not so black and white
August 16, 2018 – from Northwestern Now
Poll finds attitudes about race not so black and white
July 23, 2018 – from American Political Science Association
Read the article, linked.
July 17, 2018 – from Northwestern Research News
Turning Their Backs On Compromise: Presented beneficial solutions, some politicians still resist consensus, considering it a form of defeat. Northwestern political scientists explain why
July 16, 2018 – from The Hill
Implementing certain democratic reforms would not only help majorities of Americans get policies they favor; they would also help counter the contentious politics that increasingly divide us.
June 29, 2018 – from Boston Review
"The Border President"
June 28, 2018 – from Boston Review
'The Border President'
June 25, 2018 – from The Economist
Economist Debates: Should people be free to choose the country in which they live?
June 18, 2018 – from Washington Post, the Monkey Cage
"Trump’s tariffs aren’t the biggest trade problem. Will China step up to protect the WTO?"
June 13, 2018 – from Beyond The Beltway
Watch the interview here.
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.
June 5, 2018 – from Northwestern University
May 21, 2018 – from Jefferson Scholars Foundation
Lacombe’s dissertation project is titled “Beyond Money: The National Rifle Association and Interest Group Power.”
May 21, 2018 – from Contemporary Political Thought
"The 2016 elections and American exceptionalism: a view from the periphery"
May 15, 2018 – from The Daily Northwestern
Ian Kelly, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and current international studies lecturer, and the Georgian ambassador to the United States David Bakradze took part in a discussion and Q&A with Northwestern undergraduates.
May 9, 2018 – from Nightcap
Harbridge Yong breaks down the different races and what it might mean for the midterm elections in November 2018.
May 7, 2018 – from Iranian Labour News Agency
"No relationship between what Trump says and what he does"
May 3, 2018 – from American Bar Association
Kang's research project, based in part on her dissertation, investigates the practices of legal institutions in interpreting security laws, and how that generates an unexpected possibility of extra-judicial security measures.
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.”
April 30, 2018 – from International Studies Association
In 'How to Do Things with International Law,' Ian Hurd challenges this received wisdom. Bringing the study of law and legality together with power, politics, and legitimation, he illustrates the complex politics of the international rule of law.
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.
April 26, 2018 – from The Hill
Commentary: "Putin’s temporary dominance masks uncertain future"
April 25, 2018 – from Vox
“Hawks as far as the eye can see”: America’s alarming consensus on foreign intervention
April 23, 2018 – from Boston Globe
"How cities split the nation"
April 18, 2018 – from Office of Research News
Northwestern is the only US institution in a multinational, transdisciplinary study of refugees, human rights, and EU values
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.”
April 16, 2018 – from ABC 7 Chicago
Associate Professor Ian Hurd interviewed on the reasons behind the US bombing of Syria
April 13, 2018 – from Chicago Tribune
Commentary: "The U.S. can’t stay on the sidelines while Syrians face slaughter"
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."
April 12, 2018 – from ABC 7, WLS Chicago
Trump warns Russia: "Get ready" for attack on Syria
April 5, 2018 – from The Jakarta Post
Op-ed: "Urgency of quota system for women in regional elections"
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."
March 29, 2018 – from Political Behavior
"Pigeonholing Partisans: Stereotypes of PartySupporters and Partisan Polarization"
March 20, 2018 – from Chicago Magazine
“[Marie Newman's] challenge is to get new voters to the polls,” because the traditional voters are going to go for Dan Lipinski."
March 15, 2018 – from The National Interest
"Whomever masters and weaponizes blockchain first will determine their penultimate power and influence over others."
March 12, 2018 – from Northwestern University, Office of Fellowships
"Truman Scholar headed to DC for Carnegie fellowship"
March 6, 2018 – from The Hill
"Political polarization is no longer just a threat to our domestic political system. It increasingly is a threat to our national security. The former was frightening. The latter is cause for true hysteria."
March 5, 2018 – from The New Yorker
Matthew Lacombe's research cited on the NRA's rhetoric over decades for their post-Parkland gun control debate story.
March 5, 2018 – from Vox
Lacombe's cited research explores how gun ownership, and NRA membership specifically, became such a potent political identity.
March 2, 2018 – from Chicago Sun Times
“This is an unprecedented moment in the modern era, where the president can’t find top-quality candidates. . . . This president seems to have the reverse Midas touch.”
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."
March 1, 2018 – from International Studies Association
Dr. Henke's article is titled, "The Politics of Diplomacy: How the United States builds multilateral military coalitions."
March 1, 2018 – from Democracy Now!
“A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation”: Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault
February 28, 2018 – from National Law Journal
The American discourse on ethics and law lacks an understanding of how law may be constructed to shield questionable behavior.
February 28, 2018 – from WYNC, The Takeaway
Pearlman spoke with over 300 Syrian refugees, and started to piece together a narrative of Syria, one that she published last year in the book, 'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria.'
February 26, 2018 – from Northwestern University in Qatar, News & Events
"Contrary to what many people may think, U.S. intervention on foreign soil usually does involve bringing economic, religious, and political change to align the countries with U.S. interests."
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
February 20, 2018 – from Newsweek
"American democracy sold to the highest bidder"
February 16, 2018 – from CTV News Channel
Watch the interview on Facebook.
Congrats to PhD student Ethan Busby, who will be joining Clemson University in August 2018 as a tenure-track assistant professor
February 15, 2018
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.
February 9, 2018 – from Northwestern University, Office of International Relations
“One of the most interesting aspects of the project is that it’s also reciprocal in what it says about our own army.”
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.
February 2, 2018 – from Chicago Tribune
With TV reboots, everything old is new again — but at what cost to diversity?
February 1, 2018 – from The Globe and Mail
"Despite few new major policy announcements, Mr. Trump's measured and scripted speech will likely play well with his base and even beyond ahead of this year's midterm elections."
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.
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.
January 29, 2018 – from Harper's Magazine
'How to Do Things with International Law' by Ian Hurd
January 29, 2018 – from ABC 7 News Chicago
"Pressure mounts on Chris Kennedy as primary approaches"
January 29, 2018 – from WBEZ Chicago
Oxfam: In 2017, 82 Percent Of World's Wealth Went To Richest 1 Percent
January 29, 2018 – from US News & World Report
"The political polarization that surrounds the multiple Russia inquiries risks undermining America's readiness to respond to an ongoing threat."
January 25, 2018 – from Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research
“Regardless of what one believes when it comes to student-athletes’ protesting, our findings make clear that diversity among coaches generates a diversity in beliefs.”
January 25, 2018 – from Los Angeles Times
"Tillerson may envision a Syria free of violence, one to which refugees and displaced people could return. But the U.S. is doing little to make it so."
January 23, 2018 – from Social Science Research Council
“Politicians do not want to appear as though they are willing to capitulate on issues that these core voters care about.”
January 19, 2018 – from KJZZ (NPR)
"At issue here — a league of nations is embroiled in that country’s struggles."
January 16, 2018 – from Chicago Sun Times
"Most African-American respondents see the Black Lives Matter movement as effective in its advocacy for voting rights and police reforms, but many say they don’t see activity in their neighborhoods and they’d like to see a centralized leadership."
January 16, 2018 – from Northwestern Now
Funds will support the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar based on a set of legal case studies on law and religion.
January 15, 2018 – from The Daily Northwestern
This event was part of Sen. Feingold's visit to Northwestern University to deliver the opening address at the Reviving American Democracy Conference (Jan. 12-14, 2018).
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?
January 10, 2018 – from The Journal of Politics
"[A]n authoritative work for students and scholars to study and reflect on the institutions, power patterns, and modi operandi that continuously shape African politics."
January 5, 2018 – from International Affairs
"[The authors] point to a compelling explanation that many International Relations scholars have neglected in recent years: individual leader agency. "
January 3, 2018 – from The Economist
As partisanship grows, disciples of political parties become more likely to change their views to match those of their leaders. Back to top