Women are dramatically underrepresented at every level of office in the United States, and that won’t change after election night. Women comprise only 19 percent of the U.S. House; 23 percent of the U.S. Senate; 26 percent of all state legislators; and 12 percent of governors. However, a record-number of women are running for office in 2018, and it is all but certain that the number of women in elected office will increase. The question is: how much will the gender gap in representation narrow?
The chance to study diverse subjects is just one of the many perks for a liberal arts education. Ash Eberle’s experience exemplifies the many paths to success that CLA provides. From Asian language and literature to political science to Spanish, this recent grad takes full advantage of the opportunities that come her way.
From country to country and person to person, Nigel Purvis works to make the most ethical policy. Now his liberal arts education helps him be successful as president and CEO of Climate Advisers, where he makes a cleaner future possible.
Research analyst Shaun Williams-Wyche (MA '11 & PhD '14, political science) translates data into effective stories for policy makers that work to improve access to higher education. He uses his liberal arts background to make information accessible, translating important messages and closing knowledge gaps.
Today the United States faces multiple challenges: the dramatic and disorienting effects of globalization; increasing polarization among elected officials and the mass public; rising racial tension; wage stagnation; increasing income inequality; and deep concerns over the health and viability of our political institutions.
Joanne Miller, professor of political science, explains the reasons behind political conspiracy theories and ways to properly address them. This may include not attacking the belief itself, "but rather the reasons people believe in conspiracy theories," she says.
The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in Political Theory beginning fall semester 2019.
“This nominee is very important what we would call in political science a 'critical nominee',” says Timothy Johnson, professor of political science and law, of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court vacancy.
Political science professors Howard Lavine and Wendy Rahn co-author this article in the New York Times, and explain why they believe Trump's approach to the issue of immigration will eventually help Democrats more than Republicans.
The reboot of "Roseanne" has been cancelled as a result of the comedian's recent tweet about Obama's former advisor Valerie Jarrett. Keith Mayes, an associate professor of African American and African studies, and Howard Lavine, a professor of political science, comment on the larger cultural context.
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.
Assistant Professor Jane Sumner wanted to find a better way to figure out the gender and race balance in bibliographies and syllabi. “I decided just to solve my own problem,” Sumner says and took to technology.
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.