At the University of Minnesota, the Graduate and Professional Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award honors graduate students whose research focuses on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.
We want to say congratulations to the impressive number of Political Science majors who were selected for Phi Beta Kappa in Spring 2021. The Department of Political Science is proud of our outstanding majors.
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.
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.
“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.