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Portrait: Professor Timothy R Johnson


Professor Timothy Johnson wanted to shine a light on a rich primary source for researchers in political science and law--the handwritten notes of past Supreme Court justices. But first, he needed help from a few hundred citizen scientists.
Portrait of Mark Bell

Nuclear Reaction

The United States, Great Britain, and South Africa have all utilized nuclear weapons in different ways. How are international politics affected by a country’s nuclear arsenal? Assistant Professor Mark Bell explores this question.
Portrait: Joan Tronto

Democracy of Care

Caring for ourselves and others is a central part of human existence, so why isn’t it valued? In a society where economic gain is treated as the first priority, the need for care is going is mostly unaddressed. Professor Joan Tronto seeks to change this trend through her idea of a caring democracy.
Portrait of Madeleine Buchholz

ONE More Chapter

Junior Madeleine Buchholz was looking for a way to make a difference with her interests in law and development. She found it at a U2 concert where she was introduced to the ONE Campaign. When she learned that UMN didn’t have a chapter, she decided to take matters into her own hands to bring this nonprofit to the Twin Cities.
Portrait of Sonia Neculescu

A Space For Change

“My peers and I were really looking for a space to organize around social justice issues on campus,” says Sonia Neculescu. When they couldn’t find one, they started their own. This became Women For Political Change, which has inspired other groups to take on political activism.
Pictured left to right, Valentina Salas, Lisa Hilbink, and Bridget Marchesi

Equal Rights & Unequal Remedies

Justice is a fundamental human right. U of M political scientists Lisa Hilbink, Bridget Marchesi, Valentina Salas, and political science undergraduate Monica Delgado are working in Chile and Colombia to examine whether, when, and how their citizens would turn to their judicial systems to seek legal remedies for human rights violations.
Picture of Monica standing outside in front of a wall with art painted on it

Political Science in First Person

Monica Delgado, a third-year undergraduate Political Science student, has had experiences that have allowed her to see the implications of her coursework in the real world, including in her own community. From interning at the state legislature, to working with the local Cedar Riverside Partnership, to helping conduct research on judicial systems in Latin America, Delgado’s experiences have given her a perspective on politics that extends far beyond the pages of a textbook.