Alumnae Lindsey Dietz (PhD '16, statistics) and Samantha Thi Porter (PhD '19, anthropology) are featured in If/Then, an exhibit that comprises more than 120 3D printed statues and opens May 15 at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas.
Although COVID-19 has presented unique academic and professional challenges for students, the Department of Political Science is still working hard to make their long-standing internship program still accessible and fulfilling. Learn about these four students’ internship experiences—and how the department helped them along the way.
Political science PhD alum Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot was recently appointed as the North American Representative on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her vision is for the rights of Indigenous peoples to “become as common sense and taken for granted as other human rights are so that it would be unthinkable to violate them.”
Gene Sperling (BA '82, political science) will serve as the coordinator overseeing the implementation of the newly signed COVID relief law. Sperling served as a top economic official in the last two Democratic presidential administrations.
Established in 1987, the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts was designed to encourage innovative, distinctive research or creative work that “questions established patterns of thought.” As the newest Winton Chair, Professor of Philosophy Alan Love fulfills that objective and more.
“True leaders operate in a service capacity. … It’s your responsibility to bring out the best in them or to transition them to an environment that is better for their needs” — Lisa Opoku (BA ‘93, sociology)
University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Tanisha Fazal has been named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program’s goal is to support scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting society. Fazal is one of 26 fellows selected this year out of 311 people nominated.
A December 2020 Honors graduate, Lilli Ambort began studying Chinese in high school and completed a minor in the language at the University of Minnesota and her BA In Global Studies. As a Yenching Scholar, she will join a cohort of 90 students from 37 countries and 27 Chinese students to complete a Master’s Degree in China Studies with a concentration in Law and Society.
“We often think of nuclear weapons as being a relic of the Cold War. I think...that that isn't the case,” says Assistant Professor Mark Bell. He explains his research on nuclear weapons—and how countries behave when they have access to them.
The College of Liberal Arts will benefit from Professor Lindquist’s innovative thinking and expertise in this critical role around diversity, equity, and inclusion during these times of change and opportunity.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities junior Gurtaran Johal has been named a 2021 Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards for undergraduates, recognizes outstanding leaders who plan to devote their careers to public service.
As a researcher, Craddock examines social, political, and environmental factors—including inadequate infrastructure and degraded living conditions—to help determine how and why certain populations of Americans experience particular diseases at a greater rate.
A new Living Learning Community (LLC) called the Dakota Language House will launch next fall to advance and support students’ learning of the Dakota language. The Dakota Language Program’s Living Learning Community will be housed in the Radius Apartments in Dinkytown.
The creation of the divide between the fine arts and sciences is a recent one. Throughout history, art, in many ways, has informed science and vice versa. Professor of History J.B. Shank helps dismantle this misconception with his course The Age of Curiosity.