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The Department of Political Science and the Department of Classics present: Shakespeare and Nietzsche on Rome and Christianity

Paul Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor, Department of English, University of Virginia

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 12:00pm
Terrace Room
Lunch will be served

The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event with additional support from the Department of Classics. Paul Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia will present Shakespeare and Nietzsche on Rome and Christianity. Professor Cantor's subfields are comparative literature, Renaissance, and Romanticism. This event will take place on April 17th from 12:00pm until 1:30pm in the Terrace Room on the Medford Campus. Lunch will be served. For more information on the event email Peter Morency, Staff Assistant, Department of Political Science.


"Recent Developments in the Use of Data and Modeling in Political Science"

Friday, April 10, 2015 | 12:00-2:00pm
Room 206, Eaton Hall
Lunch will be provided

Daniel Scarvalone is the winner of the Tufts 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Dan is passionately committed to the democratic process. Starting as a volunteer during the winter break of his senior year, he has worked on two presidential campaigns and one US Senate campaign and is now the Director of Data and Modeling for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he oversees voter research, identification and mobilization for the campaigns across the country.

Dan will offer his thoughts on new techniques and technologies for identifying voters and mobilizing them to vote, including an analysis of the most recent midterm elections. He will answer questions about his work and is happy to give advice to Tufts students who are considering work on political campaigns. He will also be available to meet in a small group following his talk.


"Breaking the Glass Ceiling: An Analysis of Women in American Politics"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 12:00-1:00pm
Terrace Room, Paige Hall
Pizza & drinks will be served

On Wednesday, Tufts Professors Deborah Schildkraut (Political Science), Virginia Drachman (U.S. History), and Ronna Johnson (English and Women's Studies) are coming together for a lively discussion on the status of Women in American politics as seen through various lenses: historical, feminist, and political.

Women have made huge advances in American politics over the last few decades, but just how remarkable are these advances? Women still only make up 20% of the Senate and 18% of the House. And there's still that glass ceiling women have yet to crack: the one to the White House.

Join us and help to put a few more cracks in the glass ceiling!

This bipartisan event is hosted by Tufts for Hillary and supported by the Department of Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha.
Contact us: tuftsforhillary@gmail.com


Book Talk - Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Laureates of African Descent

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 6:00-8:00pm
Cabot Center, Room 703, The Fletcher School
View event flyer >

Sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Society for Diversity in International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Africana Studies Program.


Political Science Majors Event & Luncheon

Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 12noon
Packard Hall, 2nd floor

Interested in a Political Science major or minor? Let Political Science faculty and students answer your questions.



Political Science-Fletcher 2014 Fall Seminar Series presents Religion in International Relations and Comparative Politics

Sponsored by the Frank C. Colcord Fund and The Fletcher School

Open to all Political Science and Fletcher School faculty and all Fletcher School students

  • "An Ethic of Political Reconciliation: A Religious Contribution of Global Politics"
    Monday, October 20, 2014 | 5:00pm
    Crowe Room (310), Goddard Hall, The Fletcher School
    Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Director for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame
  • "When God Speaks Does Anyone Listen? Experimental Evidence From Egypt"
    Monday, November 10, 2014 | 5:00pm
    Murrow Room, The Fletcher School
    Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard


Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series

Supported by the Department of Political Science

For more information please contact Jessica E. Byrnes, Special Projects Administrator, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

  • Matt Bai, A90, national political columnist
    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 6:00-8:00pm
    Alumnae Lounge; Buffet dinner

    Featured as part of Tisch College's Distinguished Speaker Series, Matt Bai, A90, will give engaging discussion about his latest book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. Bai is currently the national political columnist for Yahoo News and previously was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns. Bai also currently serves as a member of the Tisch College Board of Advisors.

    Launched in early 2014, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series will bring leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues throughout the academic year. During their visits, these distinguished guests will connect with students and faculty for educational and informative discussions. Learn more at activecitizen.tufts.edu.

    Generously sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, this event is free and open to the public.

    RSVP is requested at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/speakers/
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA)
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Alumnae Lounge
    Congresswoman Clark will moderate a discussion on gun control policy
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
    Monday, September 15, 2014 | 12:00noon
    Cohen Auditorium
    Lecture
  • Congress to Campus Event
    Sunday, September 28, 2014 — Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Former members of Congress Bob Carr (D-MI, 1975-1995) and Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY, 2011-2013) will be visiting Tufts University classrooms and to discuss the public service and social consensus


Machiavelli's The Prince: "Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared"

Professor Benedetto Fontana, Professor and Chair for the Department of Political Science, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, The City University of New York

Monday, November 24, 2014 | 4:00pm
Pearson Hall, Room 106
Post-talk Reception, Laminan Lounge, Olin Center

The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event with additional support from the Department of Romance Languages, The Department of History, the International Relations Program, and the Department of Classics. Professor Benedetto Fontana, Professor and Chair for the Department of Political Science, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, The City University of New York will present: Machiavelli's The Prince: "Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared."

For additional information contact Laura Baffoni-Licata, Sr. Lecturer, Romance Languages, or Jeannine Lenehan, Communications Coordinator, Department of Political Science.
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The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord Luncheon and Lecture:
When Does Gender Matter?: Women Candidates in American Elections

Kathleen Dolan, Professor and Chair, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Monday, October 20, 2014 | 12noon
Barnum 104, Barnum Hall
Pizza will be served beginning at 11:45am


Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 12noon
Packard Hall, 3rd floor
Reception immediately following

The Induction Ceremony welcomes new members and is open to all PSA members and Political Science faculty and staff.


The Washington Semester Program: Information Session and Luncheon

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 12noon
Packard Hall Conference Room

You don't have to be a political science major to experience the Washington Semester Program. Come to the information session and meet an American University representative. Learn about interning in Washington, D.C. and meeting top decision makers.


The Department of Political Science and the Office of The President present the 2014 Constitution Day and Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: A Constitutional Update

Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 12:00-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45am)
Crane Room, Paige Hall
Buffet lunch will be served
This event is open to the public

"If you or someone you know partakes in sex, drugs, rock & roll, or simply carries a cell phone, your civil rights and civil liberties are on the line. Join the discussion regarding your rights and how you can protect them. Because freedom is more fun than the alternative."Carol Rose | Learn more about Carol Rose >

If you have questions regarding this event please email Jeannine Lenehan, Communication Coordinator for the Department of Political Science.


Information Session for PS 99

Monday, September 8, 2014 | 12:00-1:00pm
Olin 103

Come join Political Science professor Shin Fujihira for an information session about Political Science 099, "Internship: Fieldwork in Politics." It is suggested to review the following websites prior to the meeting:
Course website >
Frequently Asked Questions >

Contact Prof. Fujihira with any questions at: shin.fujihira@wcfia.harvard.edu




In The News

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics, discussed Donald Trump's rise in the polls for the Republican nomination for President of the United States and the politics of white insecurity with vox.com. "There's something about bad economic situations that's leading people to feel like they're under siege, and almost kind of cling to their group a little more, and feel like their group is threatened," Schildkraut explained. Read more >

Jeffrey Taliaferro, Associate Professor of International Relations and Security Studies, was a guest on "Broadside with Kelly Bates" on NECN. Professor Taliaferro and Kelly Bates discussed the nuclear deal between Iran and Western Nations. Watch interview >

In the Summer 2015 issue of Political Science Quarterly, David Art, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Political Economy and Europe, examined Germany's role in the Eurozone crisis. Read article >

In the July 13, 2015 edition of Tufts Now, reporter Marjorie Howard sat down with Assistant Professor Michael Beckley to discuss the exaggeration of the decline of the United States as a superpower. Professor Beckley argues that the United States will be the world's hegemon for the rest of our lives. Read article >

In the Spring 2015 issue of International Security, Professor Michael Beckley argues that US entanglement is rarer than scholars think. Read article >

Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics, discussed the evolution of the non-white majority shift in the U.S. in the May 19, 2015 edition of Bloomberg View, "Whites surprisingly chill about becoming a minority," and the June 7, 2015 edition of Lexington Herald-Leader, "Has American identity uncoupled from racial ancestry?"
While this is a significant transition in U.S. history, the white backlash has been unremarkable. Schildkraut cited theories which include increasing acceptance of the idea that American identity has been decoupled from racial ancestry.
Read Bloomberg View article >
Read Lexington Herald-Leader article >

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics moderated a discussion on "The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis" with former Congressmen Martin Frost, D-Texas and Tom Davis, R-VA who shared their insights on the rancor and gridlock in Washington. This program was sponsored by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series. Read more >

Elizabeth Remick, Associate Professor Comparative Politics and East Asia is the recipient of the Tufts Distinction Extraordinary Colleague Award which recognizes faculty who consistently surpass expectations in their pursuit of and commitment to excellence. Professor Remick was recognized for creating a work environment that supports achievement and celebrates everyone's success in addition to her active pursuit of opportunities to create and reinforce a constructive, dynamic, and rewarding professional experience for her peers and colleagues.
More information on Professor Remick >
More information on Tufts Distinction Awards >

The February 12, 2015 edition of The Washington Post highlights the analysis of Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, post-Communist region, that military assistance to Ukraine should be part of a wider plan in order to end the conflict in Ukraine. "Washington should seriously contemplate military assistance as part of a broader strategy for ending the conflict in Ukraine," Professor Shevel explained. Read article >

Richard Eichenberg, Associate Professor of International Relations, Foreign Policy and Political Behavior is the recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award, which recognizes a faculty member from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering for outstanding teaching and advising.
More information on Professor Eichenberg >

In the February 9, 2015 edition of Foreign Affairs,published by the Council on Foreign Affairs, Associate Professor Kelly Greenhill discusses the risks and challenges in counting casualties in Nigeria's Countless Casualties: the Politics of Counting Boko Haram's Victims. Read article >

Congratulations to Professors Jeffrey Berry and Deborah Schildkraut on the release of their book "Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics," 13th Ed. (Cengage Learning, 2014). This edition of "The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics, the Essentials" introduces new co-author Deborah Schildkraut to this team that includes with Jeffrey Berry, Kenneth Janda, and Jerry Goldman. This best-selling American government text explores three themes: freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate; and globalization's effect on American politics. More information >

The February 6, 2015 edition of The Boston Globe highlights Lecturer Katrina Lantos Swett's dramatic challenge to take the floggings for Saudi activist and blogger Raif Badawi. Lecturer and human rights & justice activist Katrina Lantos Swett recently challenged the Government of Saudi Arabia. Swett is prepared to take a physical beating for 31 year old Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi. Badawi was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam though electronic channels. In 2013 Badawi was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 600 lashes. He was later resentenced to 10 years and 1000 lashes in addition to a fine.
Read article "From N.H., a dramatic challenge to Saudi government"
Read the February 6, 2015 article in Union Leader: "Drew Cline: Are you as brave as Katrina Lantos Swett?"
For more information, please visit takelashes4raif.org and The Lantos Foundation.

In the February 2, 2015 edition of ThinkAdvisor Professor Deborah Schildkraut comments on how concepts of what being American means might be changing, in an article about how diversity might affect business and investing. As the American experience evolves so do notions of American identity. Read article >

Political Scientist James Glaser has been named Dean of Arts & Sciences. Dean Glaser will lead the university's largest school with 5,200 students and more than 650 faculty members. Dean Glaser served as Professor & Chair for the Department of Political Science at Tufts University, as Dean of Undergraduate Education for Arts, Sciences, & Engineering, and most recently as Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences, before being named Dean ad interim of the School of Arts & Sciences. Learn more >

Daniel Scarvalone, former Political Science student and Tufts Alum ('08) has been selected for the Tufts Alumni Association's 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Daniel is committed to the democratic process. Starting as a volunteer during the winter break of his senior year, he has worked on two presidential campaigns and is now the Director of Data and Modeling for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he oversees voter research, identification and mobilization for the campaign across the country.

In the January 11, 2014 edition of the Lowell Sun, Professor Jeffrey Berry speaks with journalist Chelsea Feinstein and weighs in on the political influence of newcomer Representative Seth Moulton of Salem, Massachusetts. Journalist Chelsea Feinstein highlights Massachusetts' proud congressional history and its current time of transition from an all-Democratic delegation in a Congress now controlled by Republicans. Newcomer Representative Seth Moulton [of Salem] was named to the House Armed Services Committee joining Representative Niki Tsongas [of Lowell] giving two voices to one of the House's most influential committees. "Seth Moulton is not going to have any significant influence as a freshman," Tufts University professor Jeffrey Berry said. "It's not anything to do with Moulton, it's just the way of the House of Representatives. Freshman are largely there to be seen and not heard. He can talk all he wants to the press, but the reality is he's at the bottom of the pecking order in the minority party." Read article >

Congratulations to Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of American Politics and to Dennis Rasmussen, Associate Professor of Political Theory on their tenure and promotion [effective fall 2014]. More information on Professor Masuoka | More information on Professor Rasmussen.

In the October 13, 2014 edition of The Boston Globe, "Baker, Coakley Step Lively to Reach Voters at Boston Parade," Globe reporter Joshua Miller spoke to Jeffrey M. Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics and Political Behavior, on his observation of Baker and Coakley's walk along the East Boston Columbus Day Parade in an attempt to connect with voters. Professor Berry explains the more human aspect to participating in a march, "There's the reciprocity factor. If you don't show up, you have an opponent who might." Read article >

In the October 27, 2014 edition of The Wall Street Journal, "Massachusetts Democrat is Locked in Another Tight Race: Martha Coakley, Who Unexpectedly Lost 2010 Senate Race, Faces Uphill Battle in Governor's Race," Jeffrey M. Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics and Political Behavior, weighed in on the Governor's race. Professor Berry explains that survey reveal voters think that Baker will do a better job in handling the State's economy. "I think voters have become increasingly comfortable with Baker as they come to know him." Read article >