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.
“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.