Once Jessica Oaxaca (BA ‘17) took her first political science class, “there was no going back.” Support from the department and her own outstanding work secured her a position as deputy press secretary to Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan—and more recently as communications director for the Minnesota state senate.
Junior Jaden Lubarski had a hectic spring semester— he changed his major, and then classes went virtual. But amid the stressful circumstances, he kept his head up and didn’t let the pressure get to him. “I encourage everyone to focus on what you can control because I have learned that you really can do anything you set your mind to.”
Junior Robel Tedros used his time during distance learning to spend quality time with family and focus on physical and mental health. “What inspires me to keep moving forward is finding ways in which I can activate my own personal happiness.”
George Floyd’s killing triggered massive protests and renewed conversation about police brutality. Reporter Nat Jacobwith takes a look at the history and instances of police brutality by Minneapolis and St. Paul police.
"I tell my students, if you think the most important thing you can do is vote, how did someone like me, who at one time could not vote, get the right to vote?” Professor Nimtz is interviewed by the Star Tribune for this article.
The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically changing how many of us work. Even the U.S. Supreme Court is working remotely, and for the first time in its history, oral arguments are being live-streamed. This week on Dialogue Minnesota, Professor Timothy Johnson joins us to discuss the high court’s move to a digital platform that’s making its proceedings more accessible to the public.
For an African-American of my generation, I still marvel at the racially diverse composition of anti-police brutality protests today, virtually absent in the 1960s. Tuesday’s action, like 1992, was in its majority Caucasian. Professor August Nimtz writes this op-ed for MinnPost.
First-generation graduate student Kristin Lunz Trujillo hopes her work can halt the spread of misinformation surrounding health policies. But first she wants to understand the underlying psychology that makes people accept misinformation in the first place.
Bob was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, earned an undergraduate degree in History and Psychology from Hamline University, then went on to receive his PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 1957. Bob joined the political science faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1956 and remained here for his entire career.
Can a society based on the private ownership of the means of production and, more importantly, the values intrinsic to such a mode of production—self-interest—respond effectively to a collective problem? Professor of Political Science and African American & African Studies August Nimzt gives his insight.
“I can only make a judgment as governor that I believe is in the best interest, the health and safety of Minnesotans and stick with that,” Walz said during a recent coronavirus press briefing. Associate Chair of Political Science, Kathryn Pearson, is quoted in this Star Tribune Article.
The COVID-19 pandemic is dominating the headlines these days, eclipsing the political campaigns currently underway. How are the candidates adapting to the reality of social distancing that has upended traditional campaign strategies? And how is fear of the virus impacting the presidential primary elections? Associate Professor of Political Science Kathryn Pearson discusses the state of American politics in the era of COVID-19.