The following are recent department updates and some of the many accomplishments of our faculty and students. For archives of our newsletters please see here.
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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
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
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.
Fall 2013 Newsletter
October 01, 2013
Our Departmental newsletter is out today. If you didn't receive it via email, go here and subscribe. You can see it online here.
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.
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.
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.”
For the full article go to bloomberg.com
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” [www.kulturaliberalna.pl], 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: http://kulturaliberalna.pl/#5
Professor Max Abrahms speaks on Radio Sawa about Egypt
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, 2013Winning 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
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.
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...
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 CommonwealthMagazine, 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.
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.
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.
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...
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, 2012Professor 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...
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, 2012Professor Thomas Vicino'snew 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...
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, 2012Professor 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...
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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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, 2012Governor 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.