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Fred Kaplan, “America and the World in the Age of Obama”

October 22, 2014

Veteran journalist and Slate columnist Fred Kaplan served as the keynote speaker Tuesday afternoon for the most recent installment of Northeastern’s Controversial Issues in Security Studies series. You can read more about that event herePhoto by Matthew Modoono.

Prof. Max Abrahms discusses the Islamic State on The BBC

October 06, 2014

Phil D’Agati received a Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies

October 06, 2014


Adding to his great work with dialogues and Model UN/Nato/Arab League, Philip D'Agati received a Malone Fellowship from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and will be traveling to Qatar for a study and research visit in Arab and Islamic Studies this November and Early December 2014. Congratulations Phil!

Jock The Vote

September 10, 2014 Student athletes with an important reminder.

Prof. Mai’a Davis Cross elected a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations

August 01, 2014

Image: object subject, 2011One of the newest members of the Political Science Faculty at Northeastern has recently be named a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Mai'a Davis Cross joins Professor Max Abrahms, named last year, and Professor Steve Flynn, a permanent member on the CFR.

Prof. Dov Waxman’s article in The National Interest

August 01, 2014

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Another Northeastern Political Scientist is published in The National Interest. This time one of our newest faculty members, Dov Waxman writes, "A Cease-fire or Quagmire in Gaza?" A very timely and controversial issue, but one that Waxman knows intimately. You can read the article here.

PhD Student Matthew Cohen publishes article in The National Interest

July 31, 2014

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Second year PhD Student Matthew Cohen just had his article, "Israel's Big Decision: Time to Take Hamas Out?" published in the acclaimed journal The National Interest, you can read it here. Congratulations and good work Matt!

Prof. Max Abrahms’ TEDx Talk on Terrorism

July 25, 2014 How do governments respond to terrorism? Prof. Max Abrahms explained this on June 19th at TEDx Hollywood.

Prof. Orenstein’s latest article for Foreign Affairs

July 22, 2014 (David van Dam / Courtesy Reuters)

Professor Mitchell Orenstein's new article The Dutch Disaster Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Future of Dutch-Russian Relations recently appeared in Foreign Affairs you can read the article here.

Prof. Max Abrahms will present at TEDx Hollywood on June 19th

June 16, 2014

Professor Max Abrahms will be presenting at TEDx Hollywood on June 19th, as a Terrorism Expert in the section of the presentations called “Privacy Primacy.” You can see the schedule of presentations here

Prof. Denise Horn documents eventful Fulbright Scholarship in Asia

June 03, 2014

It's been an exciting time in Southeast Asia these last few months (Indonesian elections, Malaysian airline crash, China claiming islands...), not the least of which has been the coup in Thailand. If you're interested in a synopsis/evaluation of the situation, here's Professor Denise Horn's latest post in Relations International.

Department Chair Mitchell Orenstein on the Ground for Elections in Ukraine

June 03, 2014

Professor Orenstein spent his time in the city of Lviv, located in the western part of the country. There he attended a campaign event for Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian billionaire who won the presidential election on May 25 with 54 percent of the vote. For a more detailed account of Prof. Orenstein's trip read his brief interview with Joe O'Connell here.

Global Migration: The Basics, a new book by Prof. Tom Vicino

May 21, 2014

GlobalMigrationAssociate Professor Thomas J. Vicino has published Global Migrations: The Basics (Routledge) along with collaborator Bernadette Hanlon, Knowlton School Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning. Professor Vicino will be in Brazil from June - December 2014, as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research on the process of rapid urbanization and economic development planning in the largest metropolitan areas of Brazil.

From the publisher’s website:

This book challenges students of geography, political science, public policy, sociology, and economics to look beyond the rhetoric and consider the real and basic facts about migration. Through detailed examinations of the scholarly literature, demographic patterns, and public policy debates, Global Migration: The Basics exposes readers to the underlying causes and consequences of migration.


Professor Max Abrahms Gives Numerous Interviews on Crisis in Nigeria

May 14, 2014

Professor Max Abrahms gave several interviews this week on the crisis in Nigeria, specifically about the radical group, Boko Haram. His interviews were featured on BBC World News and Al Jazeera America. Please click the following links to watch: BBC World News 1 2 Al Jazeera


Professor William Miles to Publish New Book

May 14, 2014 Professor Miles is publishing his twelfth book. The book, available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press here, is titled Scars of Partition. The book is a study of British and French post-colonial legacies and represents the culmination of many years of study of the politics of developing countries. Congratulations to Professor Miles. You can look forward to the paperback version of this book becoming available next month.

Prof. Garcia Addresses the UN in Geneva about Robot Arms Control

May 13, 2014

Prof. Denise Garcia, who has led a dialogue to Geneva for many years, is today reading the International Committee for Robot Arms Control technical statement to the states and other high contracting parties at the UN in Geneva. This is a major achievement that puts her in the leadership of a major international arms control campaign to ban killer robots.
Prof. Garcia was asked to do this on behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots thanks to her recently published article in Foreign Affairs, "The Case Against Killer Robots: Why the US Should Ban Them."

Image courtesy of: Stephen Bowler / Flickr

Professor Rochefort receives the Portz Award

May 09, 2014

RochefortDavid A. Rochefort, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, has received the Portz Award for “his contributions and efforts on behalf of the Honors Program” at Northeastern University. The award was presented at the Eleventh Annual Honors Evening on April 8. Program Director Maureen Kelleher cited Rochefort’s long-term involvement with honors students through his interdisciplinary honors seminars, membership on the Honors Advisory Board, student advising, and other forms of service. The Portz Award was named after fellow Political Science faculty member John Portz in recognition of his accomplishments as Honors Program Director from 2001-04.

Professor Miles posts contribution to WBUR

May 09, 2014 Professor William Miles this week contributed a written piece to WBUR. He wrote about the crisis in Nigeria, specifically describing what 'Boko Haram' actually is. Please read his full article here.

Professor Mayer Celebrates Successful Book Launch

May 09, 2014 Professor Mayer this week discussed his almost completed manuscript, The Many Flaws of Karl Rove: How a Political Consultant Tried to Create a Republican Realignment and Almost Created a Democratic One Instead, at a seminar hosted by the political science department. Click here to learn more about the event, and click "read more" to see photos from the event! Read more...

Professor Max Abrahms comments on the Crisis in Nigeria

May 06, 2014 Professor Max Abrahms this week has been featured in a few different news outlets, commenting on the crisis in Nigeria including Nigerian radio stations, Voice of America and Radio France Internationale. The most recent of these appearances is linked here (via Radio France Internationale). Professor Abrahms is also publishing a study on the hostage-taking in Terrorism and Political Violence, which should provide some insight into the schoolgirl abductions. The link to his study can be found here

German Embassy honors NEU’s “European Campus Weeks” activities

May 02, 2014 Wrapping up a year of "European Campus Weeks" activities - organized by Johannes Eijmberts and Natalie Bormann (with help from Liz Moore and Logan Wangsgard), and funded by the German Embassy in D.C. Read more...

Three Northeastern Political Science Alum Throw Their Hats into the Political Ring

May 02, 2014

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Three Northeastern political science alum, Oscar Camargo, Mike Lake and Alex Morash, have decided to run for political office in Massachusetts. All of the candidates cite Northeastern as a qualifier for their decision to run, and for what gives them the necessary experience for fulfilling their duties, should they be elected. Read more...

Faculty and PhD Candidates at NEPSA

April 29, 2014

Ph.D. Candidates Veronica Czastkiewicz, Jennapher Lunde-Seefeldt, and Claudia Larson with Professor William Mayer at the 2014 New England Political Science Association meeting in Woodstock, Vermont.

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Professor Denise Garcia Publishes Article

April 10, 2014 Professor Denise Garcia this week published an article on the one year anniversary of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Read the full article here.  Read more...

European Campus Weeks 2013/14 conclude with Soccer Tournament

April 09, 2014 This year's European Campus Weeks - a series of events organized by Hans Eijmberts and Natalie Bormann with sponsorship from the German Embassy - concluded with a week-long soccer tournament. Students, faculty, and staff participated in the tournament, put together by Hans Eijmberts, Liz Moore, and Logan Wangsgard. The winners received gift vouchers, medals, and t-shirts of course. Read more...

Professor Mitchell Orenstein’s Written Work Featured in Several Publications

April 04, 2014 This past week, Professor Mitchell Orenstein's work has been featured in three different publications. You can access them here, here and here. The articles revolve around Cold War relations, Putin, and how all of this impacts the situation in Ukraine. Note: One of the articles is written in Polish, the other in German. If you are using Chrome you will be able to translate very easily.

Professor Miles Talks About His New Book, Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond

March 28, 2014 Professor Miles recently gave a talk on his book, "Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond," in Washington DC. To read more about the book or, even better, to purchase it, please follow  this link

Professor Steve Flynn published in New York Daily News

March 21, 2014 Professor Stephen Flynn this week published an article about Cold War anxiety and how it relates to our current defense approaches. Click here to read the full article.

Professor Abrahms featured on Fox, Voice of America

March 21, 2014 This week, a few of our professors were called upon to give their insight into several notable stories that have been circulating for the past two weeks. Here we have Professor Max Abrahms speaking on the Malaysian plane disappearance and on the Crimean annexation. Read more...

Natalie Bormann and Veronica Czastkiewicz give opening lecture during Holocaust Remembrance Week

March 20, 2014 Natalie Bormann and Veronica Czastkiewicz gave the opening lecture on March 18 at Northeastern's Holocaust Remembrance Week. The talk, entitled "Postcards from Auschwitz?: The Ethics of Visiting Sites of Trauma" dealt with the experiences and challenges of leading the Holocaust Dialogue to Germany and Poland.

Professor Orenstein to speak about ‘The Battle For Ukraine’

March 19, 2014 CISSukraine This will be the fourth event in the Controversial Issues in Security Studies series; featuring a lecture by Mitchell Orenstein, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, Northeastern University. Past events have been quite successful and no doubt this one won't disappoint. With the crisis in Ukraine on everyone's mind now's the chance to hear an expert on the subject. See the event page here for more info.

Professor William Miles Gives Lecture at Florida International University

March 11, 2014 On Monday, February 24, 2014, Professor William Miles delivered a lecture on Religion and Development in Africa at Florida International University, hosted by their school of International and Public Affairs. More information can be found here.

Professor Orenstein Publishes Article in Foreign Affairs

March 10, 2014 Department Chair, Professor Orenstein published an article in "Foreign Affairs" titled, "Get Ready for a Russo-German Europe: The Two Powers That Will Decide Ukraine's Fate -- and the Region's." Click here to read the full article.

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February 26, 2014 Daniel Shea was one of the winners of a Sochi German Gold Medal Count contest, organized by Johannes Eijmberts and Natalie Bormann, and sponsored by the German Embassy in D.C.

Annual Presidents Day Lecture to take place this Thursday February 20

February 20, 2014 This Thursday, February 20, 2014, Professor Michael Tolley will deliver the annual President's Day lecture on the limits of law on executive power and post-9/11 challenges. The presentation focuses on President Obama's expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, against suspected terrorists and the National Security Agency's data intercept and surveillance. This will take place in the Raytheon Amphitheater this Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3 p.m.

PhD Student Matt Cohen publishes paper with Charles Freilich

February 14, 2014 Matt Cohen, a PhD student in the Department, has recently published a paper with Charles Freilich, titled "Breakdown and Possible Restart: Turkish-Israeli Relations under the AKP," in the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. It argues that while Israel wanted to restore ties following a 2010 botched Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla, the AKP had desired the breakdown in relations since it came to power and worked to make sure it occurred. They then argue that ties are unlikely to return to the fairly friendly relationship the two nations had enjoyed despite the recent thaw, thanks to Obama's mediation. Click here to read the full publication.

Professor Denise Horn’s Students Accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in Phoenix

February 11, 2014 This week, Oceane Langreney, Colleen Maney and Annertte Blystad, three students from Professor Denise Horn's dialogue to Bali in Summer of 2013 have been accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in Phoenix. Their project is "Toya Wirasa" which looks to acquire food for local orphanages through selling water to local institutions. Click the linkto view their final video presentation from this summer.

Professor Orenstein speaks at Brown on Ukraine and the Geopolitics of a Divided Europe

February 11, 2014 Professor Mitchell Orenstein today spoke at Brown University as a part of a European Politics Seminar Series, in which he discussed the Geopolitics of a Divided Europe in Russia, the EU, and countries in between.

Professors Amilcar Baretto and Richard O’Bryant Interviewed by Northeastern News

February 10, 2014 Professors Amilcar Barreto and Richard O'Bryant were interviewed this week by Northeastern News 3Q's on racial divisions in Obama's America. The two professors will be hosting a day-long panel on gender and identity in March, and these three questions give a little insight into the expectations for that panel.

Professor Max Abrahms Featured on Al Jazeera America

February 10, 2014 This past week, Professor Abrahms was interviewed by a few sources, including Al Jazeera America, on the topic of counterterrorism security at the Sochi Olympics. Professor Abrahms has also done interviews with Radio Sawa, Canadian Radio CKNW AM980, and a Boston College podcast.

Professor D’Agati Sought as Expert Opinion on Security in Sochi

February 07, 2014 This week has been a busy one for the world's top athletes and our very own Professor D'Agati! He has been interviewed by multiple sources about security Olympics including The Boston Herald, NBC Chicago, and Northeastern News. “The IOC has no internal expertise on security matters, so they really do have to rely on the bids the hosts are making, their suggestions saying how they are going to protect the games,” said Professor D'Agati in an article published by the Boston Herald, to read more from the Herald, click this link. The NBC Chicago article, about the revival of Cold War tensions in wake of the Olympics, can be found here. In addition to these local and national media outlets, Professor D'Agati was also interviewed by Northeastern News and participated in the 3Qs section, which can be found here.

Massachusetts House Proposal would rename South Station the Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station

February 03, 2014 The Massachusetts House last week voted to rename South Station in honor of Governor Dukakis, an homage to all the work the former Governor did for transportation innovation in the Commonwealth. The amendment passed through the House on Wednesday, and awaits approval from the Senate, and a signature from Governor Deval Patrick. Read the full Globe story here. When asked by the Herald how he felt about the decision, the former Governor said "Boy, when they start naming things for you, you know you’re on your way out. Let me tell you, I’m 80 and I feel 20." Read more about the Governor's comments here.

Professor William Miles Publishes new book, Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond

January 30, 2014 Professor William Miles published a new book entitled Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond. The book launch took place in Renaissance Park and the Acting Consul-General of Israel, Ronit Nudelman-Perl and the Israeli Consulate's Director of Political Affairs, Northeastern alumnus and political science major Ross Parker were in attendance.

Professor Mitchell Orenstein Appears on Panel on Emerging Markets at Council on Foreign Relations

January 30, 2014 Professor and Chair of the Department Mitchell Orenstein spoke on a panel at the Council of Foreign Relations on the topic of the new emerging markets of Poland, South Korea, and Turkey. Visit this link to watch the discussion!

Professor Gilbert featured on Northeastern News

January 30, 2014 Professor Gilbert was featured this week on Northeastern News' 3Qs. Professor Gilbert answered questions about State of the Union. A link to the full interview can be found here.

Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, a book written by Professor William Miles, has just been named a National Jewish Book Award finalist.

January 27, 2014 Professor William Miles' book, Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey has been named as a National Jewish Book Award finalist. To read more about the book click here.

Professor Vicino Participated in a Roundtable on Poverty and Service Delivery in Suburban America

January 24, 2014 Professor Thomas Vicino participated in a roundtable on Poverty and Service Delivery in Suburban America on Tuesday, January 14. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosted the roundtable event. The panel was compiled of nationally recognized scholars, practitioners, policy experts, and government officials to discuss poverty and service delivery in suburban America and identify research and policy development needed to understand and address it.

Professor Mai’a Davis Cross has a new book published.

January 23, 2014 Professor Mai'a Davis Cross has a new book published entitled, "European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work. European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work pushes the literature on public diplomacy forward through a multifaceted exploration of the European case. In so doing, it fills an important gap in the international relations literature on the mechanisms behind soft power."

Click here to learn more about the book.

Professor Max Abrahms has two new articles published

January 23, 2014 Professor Max Abrahms has two new articles published, one co-authored with Matthew Gotfried entitled "Does Terrorism Pay? An Empirical Analysis," published in Terrorism and Political Violence, the other titled, "Deterring Terrorism: A New Strategy," published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. The second article was commissioned for a "special issue" edited by some Northwestern medical professors. Both articles are forthcoming.

Professor Max Abrahms was a Guest on Al Jazeera America

January 23, 2014 On January 22, 2014, Professor Max Abrahms was a featured guest on Al Jazeera America, where he spoke about the Geneva talks, and the Syrian Civil War. Please follow this link to watch the full discussion.

Professor Orenstein Publishes Article in “Foreign Affairs”

January 21, 2014 The article, titled, "Six Markets to Watch: Poland; From Tragedy to Triumph," is about the economic bond between Poland and Germany. Read more...

Incoming Professor Dov Waxman Featured in the News Media

January 20, 2014 Incoming Professor Dov Waxman was a guest on Al Jazeera's "Empire" Program on December 30th where he discussed the nuclear deal between the US and Iran. Professor Waxman was also a guest on "Crosstalk" by RT where he discussed US alliances and foreign policy. You can listen to Professor Waxman's guest appearance on "Empire" here, and to his appearance on "Crosstalk" here.

Professor Denise Garcia: “No Arms for Atrocities”

December 03, 2013 Professor Garcia's article entitled, "No More Arms for Atrocities: the US signs the Arms Trade Treaty" was highlighted as a feature story in the Academic Council for the UN System's quarterly newspaper. To read this article, click here. Professor Garcia's article begins on page 7.

Professor Max Abrahms featured in an article by The Voice of Russia

December 02, 2013 Professor Abrahms was interviewed in response to a recent video released by Al-Qaeda militants in Syria. The militants apologized for the mistaken beheading of a fellow anti-government fighter. Max Abrahms provided his thoughtful commentary on the matter, stating that "in some senses it is the most international conflict probably in human history." To read the article, click here.

Professor Dov Waxman wrote an article for the Isreali newspaper Haaretz

December 02, 2013 The article entitled "American Jews, embrace your dual loyalties" focuses on the impact of the recent Iran nuclear agreement for Jews living in the United States. Professor Waxman stresses that American Jews should remain faithful both to their heritage and the country that they live in, even though this is a difficult task. To read the article, click here.

Philip D’Agati was honored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

December 02, 2013 The National Council's Board of Directors on U.S.-Arab Relations has invited Philip D'Agati to join the Council's Advisory Board. The Council recognizes his contributions to the Model Arab League during his undergraduate years. The Department congratulates Philip D'Agati on this accomplishment.

Professor Robert Gilbert quoted in an article by ABC News

November 26, 2013 In this article, Professor Gilbert describes the impact of the Kennedy assassination. He states, "Now, presidents typically stroll nowhere except at Camp David and they no longer ride in open cars. The distance between the public and its leader has grown significantly -- but for good reason." To read the article, click here.

The German Information Center features the department’s event entitled “Germany in Europe”

November 26, 2013 The German Information Center highlighted the university's participation in a nationwide "Germany in Europe" Campus Weeks campaign. The department sponsored an event entitled "Is Germany too powerful for Europe?," and welcomed German Consul General Rolf Schütte as a speaker. Awards were given to three students based on the essays they wrote in response to the question. To read more, click here.

Professor Denise Garcia represented the department at the Empower Launch

November 25, 2013 Professor Garcia represented the Political Science department at the launch of the Empower Campaign. She attended with Jerome de Saddeleer, an important donor and former student of the university. Read more...

Professor Garcia successfully organized the discussion: “Drones and Killer Robots”

November 25, 2013 IMG_3699 In addition to Professor Garcia, speakers included Professors Stephen Flynn and Max Abrahms, as well as the Chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Noel Sharkey and Political Scientist Patrick B. Johnston. Read more...

Professors Crotty and Tolley presented papers for the Northeastern Political Science Association

November 21, 2013 At the Northeastern Political Science Association's annual meeting on November 15, 2013, Professors Crotty and Tolley presented papers on the Voting Rights Act. Read more...

Students awarded prize for best essay on ‘Germany’s role in Europe’

November 20, 2013 Liz Moore, Mackenzie Jones, and Marie Schulte-Bockum were awarded prizes (1. $200, 2. $100, 3. $50) for their outstanding essay contribution to a symposium on 'Germany in Europe'. The symposium was organized by Natalie Bormann and Hans Eijmberts as part of the European Campus Weeks, and with funding from the German Embassy in D.C. Read more...

Professor Abrahms on “China’s Coming Terrorism Wave”

November 08, 2013 Professor Max Abrahms wrote an article for The Diplomat entitled "China’s Coming Terrorism Wave" which predicts that China will face terrorist attacks within the next few years. To read the article, click here.

Stephanie Pollack is cited in “A troubling transit trend line” by CommonWealth Magazine

November 08, 2013 Associate director of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Stephanie Pollack was quoted in this article about the deteriorating ridership on the MTBA's commuter rail. Pollack states "This is a relatively recent phenomenon of declining growth and we wonder: Is it the beginning of a new trend?" She suggests that this problem can be ameliorated if the MBTA does a better job of marketing itself and upgrades service and equipment.

Academic Council on UN Systems publishes a review of Professor Garcia’s book

November 07, 2013 Professor Denise Garcia's book entitled Disarmament Diplomacy and Human Security: Regimes, Norms and Moral Progress in International Relations is reviewed by Miguel de Corral, a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank Group. To read the review, click here.

Professor Miles is featured by NPR’s Rhode Island Public Radio

November 04, 2013 NPR highlights Professor Miles's experience with an important momento, an Israeli phone card from 1979 which displays a picture of the Camp David Accords. To hear the broadcast, click here.

Assistant Professor Mai’a Cross Co-Authored Editorial for EU Observer

October 31, 2013 The article entitled "EU leaders should change tone when talking to rest of the world" details public perception surrounding the Eurozone. To read the article, click here.

Former US Ambassador talks about German-US relations

October 18, 2013 The Political Science Department, together with the German Consulate and WorldBoston, hosted a talk & reception by former US Ambassador to Germany. Read more...

Professor Miles delivered a guest lecture at the University of Miami

October 17, 2013 On Monday, October 14th, Professor Miles gave a lecture at the University of Miami on his book entitled "Jews of Nigeria." This event was cosponsored with University of Miami's African Studies Program and was highlighted by the Miami Hurricane in this news brief.

Celebrate Professor Dukakis’ 80th Birthday with the New England Center for Children

October 16, 2013 The New England Center for Children is hosting a birthday celebration for Professor Dukakis' 80th birthday on November 1st. Professor Dukakis is asking that all presents come in the form of donations to the center, which is looking to expand and create 40,000 square feet in additional space. The center has been monumental in advancing autism research. Its "Austism Curriculum Encyclopedia" has been used by educators worldwide who teach autistic students. To read more about the New England Center for Children, click here. To learn more about the birthday celebration, visit this website.

PoliSci Department sponsors successful panel discussion on Syria

October 15, 2013 Panel members included political journalist Rami Khouri, Boston College professor Franck Salameh, and Northeastern professor Valen­tine Moghadam. Professors Max Abrahms and Denis Sullivan moderated the discussion. To read more about the event, click here.

Barry Bluestone’s study is cited by the Boston Globe

October 10, 2013 Barry Bluestone, the director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, was quoted by the Boston Globe in their article entitled, "Home prices rebounding, but income stagnant." Bluestone cites positive results from his study on housing development in the Greater Boston area. To read the article, click here.

Professor Steve Flynn appears in the PBS broadcast entitled “Megastorm Aftermath”

October 09, 2013 On October 9th at 9:00 p.m., the television series NOVA on PBS is running a one-hour documentary on Hurricane Sandy entitled "Megastorm Aftermath." Professor Steve Flynn appears as a contributor in this broadcast. Professor Flynn speaks about a project he is conducting on Hurricane Sandy in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. To learn more about the documentary, click here.

Professor Denis Sullivan receives a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation

October 05, 2013 Professor Denis Sullivan has received $500,000 in funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, for the Middle East Center which he directs. This grant is available over the next two years and will make sure that Northeastern University continues to be the hub for Middle East studies in the Boston area. The funding will expand events and instruction in Middle East Studies and further understanding about current events.

Undegraduate Tori Porrell and Political Activist Srdja Popovic release “Making Oppression Backfire”

October 01, 2013

Making Oppression Backfire Tori Porrell, an International Affairs major in her fifth year at Northeastern, has co-authored a book with Srdja Popovic entitled "Making Oppression Backfire." Popovic is the founder of the Centre for Applied Non-Violent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS) and was a leader within Otpor!, a student movement that helped remove Serbian president Slobodan Milošević from power in 2000. The book is set to be released on October 1st and contains information about how nonviolent methods that can be used to overthrow and topple a dictatorial regime. For more information, see this article.

Professor Nicholas Beauchamp featured by the Washington Post

October 01, 2013 In the Washington Post article entitled, "The rise of the machines in the study of politics," Nicholas Beauchamp is cited as a contributor to the field of "text as data." Beauchamp's research describes how Twitter can be used to predict state polling during an election. To read his paper, click here.

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October 01, 2013
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Connor Goddard receives Provost Undergraduate Research Award

September 30, 2013 Connor Goddard is an undergraduate student, advised by Denis Sullivan, who is an International Affairs / Political Science dual major and is minoring in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Provost Undergraduate Research Award for his proposal entitled "The Development of Political Parties in Jordan." The Department congratulates Connor and wishes him well with his research.

University of Rome recognizes Professor Max Abrahms

September 30, 2013 Professor Max Abrahms has been appointed as a member of the Board of Advisors at the new Center for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Rome. To read more, click here.

CNN Library unveils Dukakis Fast Facts

September 26, 2013

Want to learn a bit more about our Distinguished Professor of Political Science Michael S. Dukakis? Follow this link for a brief timeline of info and events in the life of the former Governor. 

Academic Council on the United Nations System features Denise Garcia on the crisis in Syria

September 25, 2013 Professor Denise Garcia wrote two articles featured by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). In the article entitled, "Why Arming the Syrian Rebels is not the Answer," she explains that the decision to provide arms to the rebels shows our nation's inability to learn from its own history. ACUNS also featured Professor Garcia in "The Power of Global Norms," where she details how global norms have shaped President Obama's actions in Syria.

Bali: Poverty, Development, and Immigration

September 22, 2013 Denise Horn and students traveled to Bali, where they spent their first week in Ubud learning about the region's art, music, as well as spiritual and political culture. Read more...

Politics and Culture of Japan in International and Comparative Perspective

September 21, 2013 Philip D'Agati and Teaching Assistants Daniel Sullivan and Holly Jordan traveled with 28 students to Japan, visiting the Modern and Metropolitan Tokyo, the rural, secluded and majestic Nagano, and Kyoto, the historic capital and center of Japanese history. Read more...

Professor Denis Sullivan led two dialogues to Jordan, Egypt, and the Balkans

September 20, 2013 Professor Sullivan and his students met with foreign dignitaries throughout the region and visited various historical landmarks on the dialogues Cairo: Post-Revolutionary Egypt and Arabic Language, and Balkans: Conflict Resolution and EU Accession Politics. Read more...

Professor Thomas Vicino leads Belo Horizonte: Brazil in the 21st Century

September 20, 2013 The dialogue entitled "Belo Horizonte: Brazil in the 21st Century: A Comparative Study of the Development of a Globalizing Nation: The FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Oil Reserves, and the Global Context of the Portuguese Language" takes students on a journey within an emerging global power. Read more...

Max Abrahms explains the political incentives behind terrorism

September 16, 2013 In this news@Northeastern article, terrorism theorist Max Abrahms explains the reasons that militant groups continue to use terrorism despite its weak political implications.

Professor Denise Garcia led Dialogue on Disarmament Diplomacy, International Security, and Humanitarian Action

September 13, 2013 Professor Denise Garcia traveled with 33 students to Geneva, where the group interacted with officials, diplomats, researchers, and activists from the United Nations. Highlights from the trip include a meeting with several 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, a visit to The Geneva Center for Security Policy, and the creation of the "NU UN Club," which will serve as a hub for Northeastern alumni and students visiting Geneva. Read more...

PoliSci Faculty Expert Max Abrahms on NUNews 3Qs: The implications of an attack on Syria

September 06, 2013 Max Abrahms, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and an expert in comparative politics, international relations, and the consequences of terrorism, says congressional approval to attack Syria would be give President Obama “a rare mandate to pursue his political preferences.” - See more here.

New Faces of Political Science Faculty

September 05, 2013

NU Students visit Auschwitz as part of PoliSci Dialogue on Holocaust

August 09, 2013 21 students, led by Professor Natalie Bormann and PhD Candidate Veronica Czastkiewicz, returned from a 5 week Dialogue of Civilizations to Germany and Poland, where they studied the history, politics, and memorialization of the Holocaust. Activities included visits to Dachau and Auschwitz but also seminars at the Villa Wannsee, the Nuremberg Trial Room (see photo), and the Anne Frank Center. Read more...

Professor Chris Bosso gives his opinion on Obama’s comments regarding criticism of the Keystone Pipeline. 

August 05, 2013 The department's affiliated professor was featured in a July 31 article "Keystone Kremlinologists Trying to Decipher Obama" as such:

Christopher Bosso, a political science professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said Obama’s comments may be less about a political calculation and more reflective of the fact that he doesn’t face re-election. “It’s a second-term president saying this is what I really think,” Bosso said. “I don’t think that politically for Obama it’s as dire as it might have been a year ago.”
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New Orenstein article published by “Global Social Policy”

August 02, 2013 Coming on the heels of his recent interview with Polish media on the subject of pension privatization Prof. Orenstein has co-authored an article, 'International organizations as policy actors: An ideational approach' with Daniel Béland focusing on that same issue. Read more...

Northeastern’s New PhD in Network Science

August 02, 2013 PoliSci's own David Lazer will be part of the core faculty for an exciting new doctoral program in Network Science. News@Northeastern's Angela Herring wrote a great piece on the upcoming program. Find it here.

What is Happening with Polish Pension Funds?

July 30, 2013 Professor Mitchell Orenstein did an interview on pension privatization in Poland for “Kultura Liberalna” [], a prominent Polish liberal socio-political online weekly established in 2009 by academics from University of Warsaw. The link to the actual article, in Polish, is here:

Professor Max Abrahms speaks on Radio Sawa about Egypt

July 16, 2013 One of the newest members of our faculty Max Abrahms was recently on Radio Sawa discussing his take on the ongoing crisis in Egypt. You can hear the 13 min interview here:

Former Governor Dukakis to address Westborough Democrats

July 08, 2013 Former Governor Michael Dukakis will be the guest speaker at the Westborough Democratic Town Committee meeting on July 16, at which he will share memories of former Westborough residents Jack and Nancy Lawton, who died in a 1991 car crash. For the full article see the MetroWest Daily News.

Professor Stephen Flynn speaks at the American Security Project Panel

May 31, 2013 Professor Stephen Flynn spoke, on Wednesday, at the American Security Project panel on Nuclear Terrorism and the risk of nuclear materials being smuggled through ports. You can read more about Professor Flynn's thoughts on the matter here.

Congratulations Class of 2013!!!

May 06, 2013 North­eastern cel­e­brated its 111th com­mence­ment at TD Garden on Friday, May 3, 2013. The graduate ceremony took place later that day at Matthews Arena. The Department congratulates all of its hardworking students who completed their degrees this past week. Click here to see photos of the ceremonies...

The global rise and fall of pension privatization

May 03, 2013 Professor Mitchell Orenstein has had an article published in Governance. His article argues that ideational as well as fiscal factors caused a temporary halt to the privatization trend. "The tables turned in 2005," Orenstein says, "with the rise of anti-privatization critiques within the World Bank and the high-profile rejection of pension privatization in the United States." Read the article

Torch Scholars reflect on life-​​changing experiences

May 03, 2013 Political Science Senior Sara Harris was one of several members of the third graduating class of the Torch Scholars who reflected on their experience in the program at a luncheon on Thursday afternoon in the Raytheon Amphitheater. Click here to read more...

Faculty Experts Reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombing

April 29, 2013 Professors David Lazer and Stephen Flynn were amongst the faculty experts present at the fourth event in Northeastern's yearlong educational series on civic sustainability. This last event focused on the recent bombings in Boston, with discussions on suspect motivation, the importance of resilience, and the role of social media. Read more...

Professor Crotty’s New Book Published

April 27, 2013 Winning the Presidency 2012 (Paradigm, 2013), a book edited and co-authored by Professor William Crotty, has recently been released in print and was featured by Paradigm Publishers at the MPSA (Midwest Poli Sci Annual Mtg) this past month. Read more...

How mobile phone data can improve emergency response

April 26, 2013 “Are you okay?” Words like these appeared on the screens of mil­lions of Boston res­i­dents’ and vis­i­tors’ mobile phones on April 15, the day two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. Read more...

Professor Miles on VOA French-to-Africa TV discussing Counterterrorism

April 26, 2013 On April 25th, Professor William Miles was interviewed on "The Washington Forum" a VOA French-to-Africa TV production. To see and hear his input on the program please follow this link and proceed to minute 6:40.

Four Things Boston Teaches us about Handling Terror

April 22, 2013 Stephen Flynn, founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and a professor of political science here at Northeastern University wrote a follow-up piece to his appearance on CNN this past weekend. Read more...

3Qs: Boston Shows Compassion, Resiliency in Face of Tragedy

April 18, 2013 Stephen Flynn is the founding co-​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity and an expert in com­mu­nity resilience and crit­ical infra­struc­ture pro­tec­tion with a fac­ulty appoint­ment in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence. In spite of the dearth of clues and ram­pant uncer­tainty, the community’s rapid response to the attack, he said, “shows the world how a tragedy can be met with com­pe­tence and compassion.” Read more here...

Professor Orenstein Book translated to Polish

April 17, 2013 Professor Mitchell Orenstein, Chair of the Department of Political Science, had his book, Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform translated and published in Poland. For a review of the Polish publication of this work please click here...

“We’re All One”

April 17, 2013 North­eastern stu­dents reflect on the tragic events at the 2013 Boston Marathon and the impor­tance of coming together as a com­mu­nity in sol­i­darity to sup­port one other.

Political Science Undergraduate featured in Northeastern Magazine

April 16, 2013 University Scholar and Political Science major, Rose Leopold, was one of three students featured in Northeastern's Alumni Magazine. To read more about Rose and the University Scholar's program please click here...

Faculty Senate Approves New Master’s Program in Security and Resiliency Studies

April 11, 2013 Wednesday, the Master of Science in Security and Resiliency Studies program was approved at the Faculty Senate meeting. The program, created primarily through the efforts of several full-time faculty in the Department of Political Science, will provide an interdisciplanary focus on key issues related to security and resiliency. Read more here...

PhD Student Co-writes Analysis on Voting Trends in Boston

April 10, 2013 PhD student, James Sutherland, co-wrote a recent article in Commonwealth Magazine, with former Boston City Council President, James S. DiCara. The article provides a geographic analysis of shifting voting trends in Boston and how they differ during National, State, and Local elections. Click here to read the article...

Professor David Rochefort and alum Kevin P Donnelly publish a chapter in Routledge Handbook of Public Policy

March 27, 2013 Prof. David A. Rochefort has published a chapter on “Agenda Setting and Political Discourse” with Kevin P. Donnelly in the new Routledge Handbook of Public Policy (2013). Read more...

Alumna writes the book on ‘Whitey’ Bulger

March 14, 2013 Shelley Murphy, who grad­u­ated from North­eastern in 1980 with a degree in polit­ical sci­ence, cov­ered the Bulger case for The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe, where she now reports on orga­nized crime, home­land secu­rity, and legal affairs. She returned to her alma mater yes­terday to dis­cuss her new book, Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gang­ster and the Man­hunt That Brought Him to Jus­tice, which she co-​​wrote with Globe colum­nist Kevin Cullen. Read more...

PhD Candidate honored by Local Nonprofit

March 13, 2013 PhD Candidate, Chris Chanyasulkit, has been featured in the newsletter, of ASPIRE, Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence. Chris will also be speaking on her involvement in the community on April 18th in an ASPIRE event. Read more...

Northeastern reflects on conflict, civility, and respect.

March 12, 2013 North­eastern fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors on Monday evening encour­aged stu­dents to embrace their diver­sity across cul­ture, race, reli­gion, eth­nicity, sexual ori­en­ta­tion, and many other forms in an effort to build a stronger and more resilient campus community.

Northeastern alumnae Ellen Quinn hired as Speaker DeLeo’s Administrative Aide

March 08, 2013 Ms. Quinn, who graduated from Northeastern in December, was recently hired by Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo as an Administrative Aide. Read more...

Michael Trudeau wins competitive award from German Embassy, D.C.

March 07, 2013 Political Science student Michael Trudeau won the first prize in a national competition on Transatlantic Relations in Washington D.C., following his participation in the 'Think Transatlantic Week' on campus led by Professor Natalie Bormann and Johannes Eijmberts and with a grant from the German Embassy. Read more...

White House Internship Reveals Promise of Social Business

February 28, 2013 Laura Mueller-Soppart, now on co-op with Massachusetts’ Federal Grants Management Office, a division of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, realized the potential for social enterprise to create powerful change while working on the Obama administration’s Domestic Policy Council. Read more here...

3Qs: North Korean nuclear tests challenge US, China

February 19, 2013 Ear­lier this week, North Korea det­o­nated a nuclear weapon that it says brings the secluded nation a step closer to having the capa­bility to attack the United States with a nuclear mis­sile. We asked Suzanne Ogden, a pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence and an expert on U.S.-Asian policy, to weigh in on how the test impacts for­eign policy and how nations like the U.S. and China can act to pre­vent fur­ther nuclear proliferation. Read more here.

CSSH Presents: Conflict, Civility, Respect, Peace: Northeastern Reflects

February 06, 2013 Professor Aoun addressed the Northeastern community on Monday and encouraged that we be a model for the community, a model of excellence and one that promotes respect of human dignity. Read more...

PhD Candidate Blogging about Politics

February 05, 2013 Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD Candidate, recently added to her many activities related to local politics, including serving on the Brookline Town Meeting and as a member of the MA Commission on the Status of Women, by becoming a blogger with To read about Chris's most recent blog post on Women in Office please click here...

PhD Candidate Publishes Article in International Journal on World Peace

January 25, 2013 PhD Candidate, Chris Cunningham, has had his article, "COUNTERTERRORISM IN XINJIANG: THE ETIM, CHINA, AND THE UYGHURS" selected for publication in the International Journal on World Peace. Please click here for information on this journal...

Notes from the Field- Some “Borderline” Activity in West Africa

January 24, 2013 Earlier in January Professor William Miles traveled to St. Louis, Senegal to participate in the African Borderland Research Network (ABORNE) policy workshop on governance. Read more...

Congratulations to Professor Rodine-Hardy on new book

January 24, 2013 In her new book, Professor Kirsten L. Rodine-Hardy argues that international organizations – not national governments or market forces – are the primary drivers of policy convergence in the important arena of telecommunications regulation: they create and shape preferences for reform and provide forums for expert discussions and the emergence of policy standards. Yet she also shows that international convergence leaves room for substantial variation among countries, using both econometric analysis and controlled case comparisons of eight European countries. Click here to read more about her new book...

Critical Social Theory Cluster off to Strong Start

January 23, 2013 The Critical Social Theory Cluster, co-run by Natalie Bormann, Academic Specialist in Political Science, was created to facilitate a vibrant intellectual culture in radical thinking and social critique. - which can be thought of as covering interactions between the explanatory, the normative and the ideological dimensions of social and political thought. The Cluster will be meeting again this Friday, January 25, 2013. Read more...

Students Join Global Leaders’ Climate Change Mission

January 09, 2013 Last month, three North­eastern stu­dents attended the 18th United Nations Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change in Doha, Qatar. The event ran from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, and con­vened some 19,000 del­e­gates from more than 190 coun­tries to nego­tiate a frame­work for reducing green­house gas emissions. Read more...

Notes from the Field- Democracy Up Close in Somaliland: Reflections of an International Election Observer

January 02, 2013 Notes from the Field is a new feature on our Website in which we have faculty and students provide first hand accounts of research and experiential learning in their own words. The first in this series is from PhD student, Dustin Turin, who served as an election monitor in Somaliland in November 2012. Read more...

Global Social Policy

December 21, 2012 Professor Mitchell Orenstein served as a guest editor for a Special Issue on Governing Pension Fund Capitalism in Times of Uncertainty published by Global Social Policy. Please click here to read more...

MPA Student Earns Congressional Recognition

December 19, 2012 MPA student, Aung Khaing Min, was awarded a Congressional Recognition Award in October 2012 for his work advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma. In addition to this honor Aung Khaing has been interviewed on the radio and other news outlets about his personal experiences and his work for the refugee community throughout the world. Read more...

Ian McManus and Michael Trudeau win German Embassy competition

December 13, 2012 Ian McManus (PhD student) and Michael Trudeau (Senior), both in Political Science, have won a campus-wide competition for best paper submission on transatlantic relations. This was part of a 'Think Transatlantic' initiative, organized by Natalie Bormann and Hans Eijmberts with a grant from the German Embassy. Both students have qualified to participate in a nation-wide competition in D.C. in Spring 2013.

PhD Candidate to Join Faculty at Bentley University

December 12, 2012 PhD candidate, Rob A. DeLeo, was recently offered and accepted a full-time tenure-track position at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Rob's area of specialization at Northeastern University was Public Policy and he successfully defended his dissertation titled, ""Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why it is so Hard" on September 7, 2012.

An Update from the O’Neil Chair in Public Life

December 12, 2012 William Crotty, Professor of Political Science and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, has had a busy year of many accomplishments and work related primarily to the 2012 Presidential Elections but also as a top-scholar in the field and as a hard-working Professor. Read more...

PhD Candidate wins Dissertation Completion Fellowship

December 12, 2012 Chris Chanyasulkit (PhD Candidate) was awarded a Spring 2013 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Office of the Provost. Read more...

Professor Vicino has new book Published

December 12, 2012 Professor Thomas Vicino's new book, Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy, (Lexington Books) is being published on December 16, 2012. Please click her for more information...

A Long Season of Campaigns and Elections

December 12, 2012 It’s hard to believe the fall semester is almost over! A lot has happened between September and December in the world of politics. As a nation we re-elected a president and the most diverse bodies of Congress this country has ever seen. Northeastern University was full of pre-election events and related activities, including students working for campaigns, faculty in the news, and cutting-edge research combining traditional social science approaches with visualized computational representations. Read more...

O’Rourke Scholarship Awarded

December 12, 2012 The following students were recently awarded the Sean Patrick O’Rourke Scholarship: Dominic Contreras, Christopher Knecht, Andonis Marden, Jessica Robinson, Benjamin Stuart, Elizabeth Steyngrob, and Tiana Voegelin. Established in 1989 through the generosity of Larry O’Rourke in memory of his son, Sean Patrick O’Rourke, a class of 1990 junior political science major, the award is given each year to a select group of students in honor of their academic accomplishments. All the recipients had the honor of attending a dinner with Larry O’Rourke and Mitchell Orenstein, Chair of the Political Science Department.

New PhD Candidates

December 11, 2012 The Department wishes to congratulate the following PhD students on reaching Doctoral Candidacy: Claudia Larson, Jennapher Lunde-Seefeldt, and Yipin Wu.

Engaged Leader of Student Veterans

December 11, 2012 Michael Trudeau, Political Science Senior and President of the Student Veterans Organization, served as the Master of Ceremony at Northeastern University's 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony. Michael was also recently appointed to the Massachusetts Governors Student Veterans Advisory Board. Read more...

Thinking “TransAtlantic”

December 06, 2012 Northeastern University was one of 30 Universities and Colleges nationwide that received a grant to launch an interdisciplinary campaign on “Think Transatlantic: The United States and Germany in the 21st Century”. In cooperation with the Germany Embassy in Washington D.C., Professor Natalie Bormann and Ph.D. candidate Hans Eijmberts, both in Political Science, organized the Northeastern University campus activities. Read more...

Northeastern Students Attending UN Climate Change Conference in Doha

November 30, 2012 For the third year in a row, Northeastern University has sent a delegation to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Professor Denise Garcia has again organized student participation and funding for this experience and has coordinated participation by undergraduate students, Michael Green, Andonis Marden, and Victoria Porell. This year’s summit is taking place through December 7, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Read more...

3Qs: America’s First ‘Pacific President’

November 30, 2012 Professor Suzanne Ogden, an expert in U.S. policy in Asia, explains the social, polit­ical and eco­nomic ram­i­fi­ca­tions of Pres­i­dent Obama’s four-​​day, three-​​country tour of South­east Asia ear­lier this month. Read more...

On Presidential Campaigns, A Look Forward

November 30, 2012 Titled "The Presidential Election of 2012: A Blue or Red Future", this year's O'Neil conference, a day-long event which included speakers both from Northeastern and invited guests was a great success. Read more

Newest NU-PR Published

November 19, 2012 The newest edition of Northeastern University's Political Review has been published both in-print and on-campus. Articles are student written and cover both domestic and international political issues. To read the most recent edition and past editions click here...

Professor Interviewed on WBUR

November 13, 2012 On November 12th, Professor Miles was interviewed on WBUR's "Here and Now" about his newest book, “Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey”. In his book, Bill Miles shares life stories from the community, as well as his own experiences, as he celebrates Hanukkah and a Bar Mitzvah with “Jubos” in Abuja. Read more...

Political Science Students at Veterans Day Ceremony

November 13, 2012 On November 12, 2012, graduate students in Professor Stephen Flynn's Homeland Security and Resilience Policy course attended Northeastern University's annual Veterans Day Ceremony and, afterward, met with the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Click here to see a video of the ceremony...

Election 2012: All-​​Day Analysis

November 07, 2012 A day after the nation went to the polls, North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers were talking about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, which came despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Read more...

Election Day 2012 at NU

November 06, 2012 Whether it is to view election results with fellow huskies, to re-cap some expert analysis from before voting started, or for some great post-election events, Northeastern offers a slew of election related events and research. Read more...

3Qs: Sandy’s Impact on the Election

November 02, 2012 Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, discusses what the devastating hurricane might mean for the presidential race - and how the Electoral College factors into the equation. Read more...

3Qs: Lessons from Sandy

November 01, 2012 Hur­ri­cane Sandy killed dozens and left mil­lions in the dark. Stephen Flynn, the founding co-​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity, and an expert in com­mu­nity resilience and crit­ical infra­struc­ture pro­tec­tion, sug­gests that the key to with­standing such fierce nat­ural dis­as­ters lies in taking care of our nation’s crit­ical infrastructure. Read more...

NUPR- Interview with Elizabeth Warren

November 01, 2012 The domestic editors of Northeastern University's Political Review recently had the opportunity to talk with Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Click here to read the interview...

Co-​​op Hits the Campaign Trail

October 31, 2012 Two political science students, seniors Kate Buckley and Mike Fox, are leading campus campaign efforts on behalf of Massachusetts senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. Read more...

Money and Memes in Politics

October 26, 2012 Led by Professor David Lazer, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers have been using com­pu­ta­tional models to dis­till mas­sive amounts of pres­i­den­tial cam­paign data into nuggets of infor­ma­tion that the human brain can comprehend. Read more...

Professor Gilbert on Town Hall Debate

October 17, 2012 Robert E. Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor, ana­lyzes Tuesday night’s match up, calling it “one of the most dra­matic and lively TV debates between pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in the 50 years we’ve had such encounters.” Read more...

3 Questions: VP Debates

October 12, 2012 Professor Bill Crotty was amongst those providing feedback on the Vice Presidential Debates and what they mean for the Presidential Elections. Read more here...

Review of “Half the Sky”

October 11, 2012 Noreen Leahy, NU undergraduate, recently wrote a review of the new documentary, "Half the Sky" for the NU Political Review. Click here to read her review and other articles written by students on current Political issues...

Summers versus Mankiw: How to Recover the Economy

October 10, 2012 Laura Mueller-Soppart, Political Science and Economics '13, wrote an interesting article on Larry Summers and Greg Mankiw talking about the Nation's Economy as an event organized as part of this semester's Open Classroom series through the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Read more...

The Political Science Department to host ‘Think Transatlantic’ Week

October 09, 2012 Northeastern University is one of 30 Universities and Colleges nationwide that received a grant to launch an interdisciplinary campaign on “Think Transatlantic: The United States and Germany in the 21st Century”. Read more...

Fall 2012 O’Neill Conference Announced

October 09, 2012 Details on the November 29th, 2012 Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life conference are now available. This year's title is The Presidential Election of 2012: A Red or Blue Future?. Governor Michael Dukakis, Professor of Political Science, will be on hand to give a special presentation. Read more...

The World’s First ‘Internet Jews’

October 03, 2012 In “Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-​​Judaic Odyssey,” Professor William Miles tells the story of the world’s first “Internet Jews.” Read more...

Data for the Debates

October 03, 2012 Professor David Lazer‘s lab has created a real-time data visualization tool allowing for a real-time view of twitter activity related to the Presidential debates and other election season issues. Read more...

Campaign 2012

October 01, 2012 The Department of Political Science, Political Science Student Association, and the O'Neil Chair in Public Life, amongst others, have put together several events discussing issues surrounding the 2012 Campaign. Read more...

Gilbert on “Dangerous Political Territory”

September 25, 2012 Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence recently offered some insight on the impact of off-the-cuff com­ments and the cur­rent state of the race to the White House between Romney and Pres­i­dent Obama. Read more...

Taking the Plunge- Research in Lebanon

September 14, 2012 This past summer, partially through support by the Department of Political Science, MA Student, Victoria Gilbert, engaged in research, experiential learning, and language training in Beirut Lebanon. Read more...

Congratulations, Rob A. DeLeo

September 14, 2012 Our congratulations go out to Rob A. DeLeo on the successful defense of his dissertation, "Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why it is so Hard" on Friday, September 7, 2012.

Forest of Advocacy

September 14, 2012 The Forest of Advocacy is a project of the LazerLAB and the Northeastern Centers for Computational Social Science and Digital Humanities (NECSS/NEDH) headed by Professor David Lazer Read more...

Dukakis moderates First Open-Classroom Discussion

September 14, 2012 Professor Michael Dukakis moderated a discussion between former Harvard president and Obama adviser Larry Summers and Gregory Mankiw, an adviser to Mitt Romney. This event was the first of several on Policy issues related to the Presidential Elections. Read more...

PhD Alum Lands Position in Japan

September 13, 2012 David Green (PhD'12) has just been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nagoya University, ranked among Japan’s top 10 universities for many years. Read more...

Professor Miles’ New Book on Jewish Population in Nigeria

September 12, 2012 Professor William Miles' newest book titled, The Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, has been published by Markus Weiner Publishers. To read more about this new publication please click here...

Professor Sliva at Cybersecurity Conference in Sarajevo

September 12, 2012 Professor Amy Sliva will be speaking at the international conference, Balkan Security, Technology and Education - The Challenges within Cyber Infrastructure on September 13, 2012, in Sarajevo. Read more...

New Book On Computational Analysis and Terrorism

September 12, 2012 Professor Amy Sliva's new book, Computational Analysis of Terrorist Groups: Lashkar-e-Taiba, will be published later this month by Springer. To read more about this book please click here...

Advice for New Freshmen

September 11, 2012 Professor Denise Horn was amongst those offering advice to our new freshman. Click here to read the comments from her and other professors...

Moving Beyond the Conventions

September 10, 2012 Former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor and 1988 Demo­c­ratic nom­inee for pres­i­dent Michael Dukakis, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, weighs in on the Presidential race after the conventions. Read more...

Defending the “Soul of the Senate”

August 31, 2012 Richard A. Arenberg, a part-time professor in the Department of Political Science, saw the release of his book, Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate last week. Co-authored with Robert Dove, the Parliamentarian-Emeritus of the U.S. Senate, the book offers an informed and spirited new defense of the Senate’s tradition of the Filibuster. Read more...

From the Battlefield to the Classroom

August 31, 2012

Michael Trudeau, Political Science Undergraduate and cur­rent pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion, was featured in an article regarding veterans at orientation. Read more...

Partisan Politics and the Party Platform

August 30, 2012 Professors Crotty and Mayer provide some insight on the Republican Convention in this recent addition of 3 Q's on NU News. Read more...

New Website on the Election Process

August 21, 2012 A new web resource developed by Northeastern faculty aims to give voters in-depth information about the American political system in preparation for November’s presidential election. Included in the site is a video of Governor Michael Dukakis, Professor of Political Science. Please link here to review the site...

Professor Crotty’s Views on Romney VP Pick

August 13, 2012 William Crotty, polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, ana­lyzes what the selec­tion of Ryan means for Romney’s cam­paign and the pres­i­den­tial race. Read More...

Students Honored at Spring Awards Dinner

August 03, 2012 This year’s Political Science Recognition dinner was held in April, with the incomparable Master of Ceremony, Professor Woody Kay, overseeing both the evening, the laughs, and the awards. The event was sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Delta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honorary Society. Read more...

Strong Connections to International Engagement

July 31, 2012 The Dialogue of Civilizations program first began in 1994 with Professor Denis Sullivan leading a group of 10 students to Egypt. Since that time the program has expanded to over 40 countries and regions around the world. This summer faculty in the Department led trips to nation of the former Yugoslavia, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, and Switzerland. Read more...

Professor Crotty’s Book Reviewed in Choice

July 24, 2012 The June 2012 issue of Choice reviewed Professor William Crotty's book, A Defining Moment: The Presidential Election of 2004 in their feature issue, "Camelot to Gridlock: Significant Choice Reviews on the Presidency". Read more...

Panel Discussion on Affordable Care Act

July 18, 2012 Governor Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, participated in a panel dis­cus­sion about the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, spon­sored by Northeastern University's School of Law. Read more...

Co-op Update: Euro­pean Public Law Orga­ni­za­tion

July 17, 2012 A spring inter­na­tional co-​​op in Greece with the Euro­pean Public Law Orga­ni­za­tion taught North­eastern Uni­ver­sity junior John Hub­bard, a dual major in Political Science and International Affairs, how to proac­tively address human-​​rights issues around the world. Read more...

Professor Flynn testifies before Senate committee

July 11, 2012 Stephen E. Flynn, Professor of Political Science and founding co-director of the Kostas Research Institute, discussed homeland security with a Senate committee on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Read more...

Professor Mayer wins APSA Paper Award

July 10, 2012 Professor William Mayer won the APSA Political Organizations and Parties section best paper award for his 2011 APSA paper, “Theory Meets Practice: The Presidential Selection Process in the First Federal Election”

The Bruce Wallin Memorial Internship Award

July 10, 2012 In memory of Professor Bruce Wallin who passed away this past December, a committee of faculty selected three MPA students as recipients of the Bruce Wallin Memorial Internship award. Read more...

Building Social Businesses in Bali

July 05, 2012 In Professor Denise Horn's Dialogue to Bali, students focused on using social entrepreneurship to improve community life. Read more...

Professor Sullivan Co-leads trip to Jordan

June 28, 2012 Professor Denis Sullivan co-led a group of journalism students on a trip to Jordan this summer as part of the Dialogues of Civilization program Read more>>>>>

The State of the 2012 Presidential Campaigns

June 05, 2012 Political Science Professor Bill Crotty weighs in on the presidential race between Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Read more...

Network Analysis and Political Donations

June 04, 2012 Northeastern network scientists have collected information on the amount of money raised by presidential candidates over a year period and have found a dynamic way of visualizing the data. This research is coming out of the lab of Professor David Lazer. Read more here>>>

The Significance of Obama’s Endorsement of Same-​​sex Marriage

May 15, 2012 Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence , recently provided an assessment of the social and polit­ical impli­ca­tions of Obama’s announce­ment regarding gay-marriage, which has largely been viewed as a sym­bolic ges­ture by both pun­dits and White House aides. Read more...

“Jewish? African?” Being Both, as Told by a Spiritual Pioneer

May 14, 2012 On March 14, the spiritual leader of one of the most extraordinary minority groups to emerge in modern times – the Jews of the West African nation of Cameroon – spoke on campus. The speaker was Serge Etele – a teacher, educator, and computer software technician. Read more...


May 07, 2012 The Department wishes to congratulate all undergraduate and graduate students who completed their degrees on May 4, 2012. To read more and see videos of the ceremonies, click here>>

Students Set for Cultural Immersion in Brazil

April 30, 2012 The students engaging in Professor Thomas Vicino's annual faculty led trip to Brazil this summer had the honor of meeting Ambas­sador Fer­nando de Mello Bar­reto, Consul Gen­eral of Brazil in Boston. Read More>>>

Department Honors Master’s and Doctoral Students

April 30, 2012 On April 27, 2012 the Department of Political Science honored MA, MPA, and PhD students completing their degrees this year in a Morning Coffee Reception. Click here for photos of the event>>>

Professor Flynn Testifies at Congressional Hearing

April 26, 2012 Professor Stephen Flynn, the founding co-director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, addressed members of the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Read more>>>

Identifying the ‘Engines of Change’ in the Middle East

April 18, 2012 Since the Arab Spring began in late 2010, rulers in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia have been ousted while other upris­ings have spread throughout the Arab world — cap­ti­vating the globe’s … read more »

Tackling Global Challenges through Experiential Learning

April 17, 2012 Political Science undergraduates were amongst those honored for exceptional co-op experiences. Read more...

New Chair to Head Department of Political Science

April 11, 2012 We are very happy to report that Professor Mitchell A. Orenstein will be joining Northeastern University in August 2012 as the new Chair of the Department of Political Science. Read more...

Co-op, Alumnus Strive to Make Campaign ‘Effortless’

April 03, 2012 An Alum of the Department and a sophomore political science student discuss their work on the Romney 2012 campaign. Read more...

Examining the Affordable Care Act

March 28, 2012 Professor Michael Tolley was amongst those speaking on a panel about the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments related to the Affordable Health Care Act at the Northeastern Law School. Read more...

3Qs: Representing a New Syria

March 27, 2012 The Northeastern International Relations Council, tied for first in a recent Model Arab League competition. Read More...

Northeastern Leads Congressional Briefing on Cybersecurity

March 22, 2012 Professor Stephen Flynn presented at a congressional briefing on cybersecurity on Wednesday, March 21. Read more...

Building Bridges of Peace and Coexistence

March 20, 2012 Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, spoke at Northeastern on March 19, 2012. In his lecture he urged leaders in America and in the Muslim world to engage in constructive dialogue. Read more

MPA Program moves up in US News and World Report Rankings

March 15, 2012 The Department was very glad to see verification of the hardwork of our faculty, staff and students in the newest US News and Word Report Rankings. In a span of just three years the program has moved up in the rankings by nearly 30 places. To view the new rankings and learn more on the measurements used please click here...

PhD Candidate appointed to the Asian American Commission

March 13, 2012 Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD candidate, was recently appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. In addition to this honor Chris has been appointed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center OB Advisory Board and to the Brookline Dukakis Recognition Committee. She also just won re-election to Brookline's Town Meeting. Read more...

3Qs: Few Surprises on Super Tuesday

March 08, 2012 Ten states held primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday, one of the biggest days of this year’s election season. We asked Professor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, to weigh in on the latest election results. Read More...

An Inside Look at Politics

March 05, 2012 Several Northeastern students are completing co-ops and internships at the Massachusetts State House for the Patrick administration. Read more>>

Lobbying on Beacon Hill

February 29, 2012 Political Science students and alumni were amongst those lobbying for need-based financial aid at the Massachusett's State House on February 28, 2012. Read more...

IRC Nabs Top International Model NATO Honors

February 23, 2012

Northeastern’s International Relations Council, which also runs model Arab League and United Nations programs, fielded two delegations representing the United Kingdom and Lithuania in the international competition, at the International Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Read more...

When AI meets Political Science

February 13, 2012 In this video, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Computer Science, Amy Sliva, discusses her research interests...

Professor Miles Speaks at Maxwell School

February 09, 2012 On February 8, Professor William Miles gave a lecture titled "Mental Maps, Mideast Peace: Evolving Israeli Perspectives of Their Borders". To read more about the lecture series and to see a video of Professor Miles' presentation click here

Professor Wallin Memorial Service

January 26, 2012 Professor Bruce Wallin passed away on December 29, 2011 after a battle with cancer. Bruce was a colleague and friend in the Political Science Department for 21 years. On January 24, 2012, a memorial service was held at the Curry Student Center Ballroom. Over 175 colleagues, friends, students, alumni and family attended this celebration of Bruce's life and his many accomplishments. Read more...

Blogging at the DOER

January 25, 2012 After five years in private sector supply chain management in both the aerospace and software industries, Dan Burgess (MPA ’11), moved to a position in the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Read more...

3Qs: Super PACs changing landscape of U.S. politics

January 24, 2012 Richard Arenberg, a political science lecturer in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, explains how Super PACs are reshaping the political landscape. Read more...

3Qs: Seeing politics from the front lines

January 10, 2012 As the Republican presidential contenders engaged in a full-court press of campaigning ahead of today’s New Hampshire primary, a group of 17 political science students were in the Granite State on Sunday to experience it first-hand. Read more...

3Qs: All eyes on Iowa caucuses

January 05, 2012 On Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses by a grand total of eight votes over Rick Santorum, whose surging candidacy overshadowed the former Massachusetts governor’s slim victory. William Crotty, who specializes in American political parties and elections, analyzed the implications of the opening round of the GOP race for the White House. Read more...

3Qs: What will come from new leadership in North Korea?

December 22, 2011 Professor Natalie Bormann, discusses how Kim Jong-un, the new leader of North Korea, is perceived within North Korea and globally. Read more...

NU Delegation at Climate Talks in Durban South Africa

December 14, 2011 Professor Denise Garcia led a Northeastern Delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Summit on December 3, 2011, in Durban, South Africa. Read more...

3Qs: What’s Next for Europe?

December 12, 2011 Ioannis Livanis, a lecturer in political science and the international affairs program at Northeastern, analyzes the new deal among European leaders, and the significance of Britain opting out. Read more

Dukakis and Portz’s New Book on the Leader-Manager

December 09, 2011 Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and John Portz, professor of political science had their book, “Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results” highlighted in Northeastern's "Faculty Reads" feature. Read more...

Professor Crotty delivers Lecture to Alumni as part of Insights Series

December 01, 2011 On November 29, 2012, Professional William Crotty, spoke as part of the Insights: Faculty Lecture and Dinner Series. Professor Crotty, who in addition to being a Professor of Political Science is the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, gave a lecture titled, “The Presidential Election of 2012: Perspectives on an Historic Contest.”

3Qs: What will come of Egypt’s Elections?

November 29, 2011 After a week of clashes with the military council, Egyptians cast their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak was removed from power. We asked Professor of Political Science Denis Sullivan, director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, to assess this historic event. Read more...

Students Seek to Bag Global Pollution

November 28, 2011 Every year, more than one trillion plastic bags are circulated across the globe — roughly one million every minute. Northeastern students Kelly Benoit and Adrian Van are working to reduce that number, starting on Huntington Avenue. Read more…

Professor Miles Speaks at Roundtable

November 19, 2011 Professor William Miles convened and chaired a Roundtable on "Rethinking Counter-Terrorism in the Trans-Sahel" at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C. on November 18. In his own presentation Professor Miles addressed the topic of "development projects as counter-terrorism tools."

Understanding Complex Networks

October 25, 2011 Northeastern University network scientists David Lazer and Alessandro Vespignani have been awarded $1.1 million as part of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the interdependence between complex networks in natural, social and technological systems. Read more…

An Oral History after Years of Public Service

October 19, 2011 Richard Arenberg, who has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on the U.S. Congress and public policy at Northeastern for the last several years, had served as a staff-person for three separate senators over the span of more than three decades. Read more...

Michael and Kitty Dukakis Awarded Franklin Medal

October 14, 2011 Distinguished Professor and former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, and his wife Kitty, were awarded the Franklin Medal for Community and Public Service by the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology on October 14, 2011.  The recipients of the Franklin Medal are honored for their lifetime of contributions to the community, public service, education, and international relations.

Tutoring Students for the Gates Millennium Scholarship

October 10, 2011 Northeastern University has always prided itself on its positive relationship with the Boston Community and there are many opportunities for Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students to participate in activities that help Bostonians of all ages. A great place to look for ways you can volunteer in our community, as a Northeastern student or alum, is at the Center for Community Service. MPA student, Charlotte Flemmings, who started her graduate studies this September, wrote the following about her experience helping tutor Boston High School students applying for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Read more...

Experiences Abroad and At Home

September 23, 2011 For most of our students, engaging in an internship in Washington, D.C. would be considered an experience in their nation’s capital and an internship in Kyoto, Japan would be considered an experience abroad. Read more...

Department Welcomes New Professor

September 01, 2011 Amy Sliva recently joined the Northeastern faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science with a joint appointment in the College of Computer and Information Science.  Read more...

PhD Candidate Wins Best-Paper Award

August 20, 2011 PhD Candidate, Lacey Bradley-Storey, won the 2011 Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) Women’s Caucus Paper Award for the Best Paper by a Woman Political Scientist.  Read more...

Professor Lazer Awarded Heinz Eulau Prize by APSA

August 10, 2011 Professor David Lazer was awarded the The Heinz Eulau prize by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for his 2010 article, “Who Wants to Deliberate--And Why?”.  The Heinz Eulau prize is awarded annually for the best article published in the American Political Science Review. His article was co-written by Michael A. Neblo, Kevin M. Esterling, Ryan P. Kennedy, and Anand E. Sokhey.  To read this article, please click here.

PhD Candidate Primary Author on Book about Religion and Political Conflict

July 01, 2011 Marian Simion (PhD Candidate) was primary author of Religion and Political Conflict: From Dialectics to Cross-Domain Charting, published by the Presses internationals Polytechnique of Montreal.  The first part of this book contains the proceedings from a lecture series on religion and conflict which was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations, while a rotating member in the UN Security Council. The lecture series included Marian Gh. Simion of the Boston Theological Institute, Professor David Little of Harvard University, and Ambassador Mihnea Motoc of the UN Security Council. The second part of the book contains a cross examination and a proposal for an integrative approach to the study of collective violence in the fields of religious studies and political sciences, and it is authored by Marian Gh. Simion, a theologian and political scientist.

PhD Candidate Appointed to APHA Policy Committee

July 01, 2011 Chris Chanyasulkit (PhD Candidate) has been appointed to the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Joint Policy Committee (JPC). Additionally, in keeping with her public health background, she is a Mentor Mom for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Parent Connection Program. Finally, Chris was appointed as co-chair of the Brookline Commission for Women.