May 2023 Newsletter

Spring blossoms bloom in front of Northrop Auditorium


I am excited to be writing to you all for the first time as chair of the Department of Political Science. I have been a professor of American politics in the department since fall of 2010, and am honored to be stepping into this new position. Thank you to Paul Goren for six years of hard work and dedication as department chair.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Dr. Arash Davari, who has joined the department as an assistant professor of political theory. We are excited to have Dr. Davari bring his experience and expertise to the department. 

Last semester, the department presented our signature event, Views from the U: The Political Science of Election 2022. Experts from the department explored questions about this midterm election on partisanship, polarization, and more.

We also have much to celebrate this year with regard to our faculty’s research, service, and mentorship of students. To highlight, members of the department published and are slated to publish books with some of the top presses in the discipline; we authored peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, review essays, articles, op-eds, and more. Additionally, our faculty were invited to talks and other scholarly presentations across the globe, a marker of excellence and scholarly visibility. 

As ever, thank you to our students for their hard work and dedication this year. It is an honor to watch you all show up and face the challenges with which you have been presented. I look forward to continuing to be your department chair.

As the academic year comes to a close, please consider making a gift to our department that will support faculty research funds, undergraduate scholarships, and graduate student fellowships. Your generous gifts to the Department of Political Science are a critical part of maintaining the distinguished reputation of our department, and they help us better serve our students.


Andrew Karch
Department Chair

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