Spring 2019 Newsletter from Political Science
We are closing in on our Mulford Q. Sibley Memorial fundraising goal but we still need your help! Our department is seeking to honor one of the most popular and beloved teachers the University of Minnesota has ever had. This fund will honor Professor Sibley’s legacy by funding a public conference and commemorating the grove that bears his name. Please consider a gift to the Mulford Q. Sibley Memorial Fund!
On the topic of widely popular political theorists, please join me in congratulating Professor Joan Tronto, one of the most cited women in political science, on her retirement from our department. Professor Tronto began her retirement by traveling to Rome, Florence, Modena, and Venice to deliver public lectures and lead stimulating seminars on “Caring Democratically: A Response to Neoliberalism.” There is no doubt that Professor Tronto will remain a publicly engaged scholar in the years to come. She will be missed by our students, our staff, and our faculty colleagues.
Please take a few minutes to read the stories below about the great work graduate students and faculty are doing.
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The 116th Congress is the most racially diverse in history. However, Latinx make up 18% of the US population and only 12.7% of Congress. Avi Muñoz’s PhD thesis examines the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and how it is gaining power in Washington. Read “Researching Representation”.
Associate Professor Helen Kinsella’s work focusing on gender and violence has taken her to Central America and Sri Lanka. She examines the sometimes blurry distinctions between combatants and civilians and is currently working on a book on war and sleep. Read "War Fatigue".
The United States, Great Britain, and South Africa have all utilized nuclear weapons in different ways. How are international politics affected by a country’s nuclear arsenal? Assistant Professor Mark Bell explores this question. Read "Nuclear Reaction".