Make a Difference
Assisting Undergraduate Students
Majors in the department of Political Science receive an excellent education at a modest price. With generous support from our alumni and friends we offer scholarships to particularly able students, or those of modest means. We also fund undergraduate research, sponsor presentations at professional conferences, and honor students at our annual awards ceremony.
Supporting Graduate Students
Today’s graduate students are tomorrow’s professors of political science in universities and colleges across the nation. With your help we can enrich their training in research and teaching by providing fellowships, funds for research, and opportunities for professional advancement. We also defray the cost of specialized instruction at other universities.
Aiding Faculty Research
With your help we will increase support for projects like those below. We can also expand opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to join research teams led by faculty in political science. This type of apprenticeship is invaluable and richly rewarding for all members of our learning community.
Tim Hellwig studies political economy and voting behavior in advanced industrial democracies. His current work looks at how globalization reshapes the basis of political representation. He also is examining the extent to which politicians' messages can be used to evade blame for poor economic outcomes.
Professor Robinson does research on equality and how ideas and practices about addressing inequalities evolve in society. She has done research on gender and inequality in China, in France, and in Poland; currently she is part of a project that examines the public debates about overcoming inequality in US education, especially through the federal policy Title IX.
Bill Scheuerman is presently researching the implications of globalization for democracy, and especially the question of whether new political and legal structures can and should be constructed beyond the nation-state. He just completed a book on the international thought of Hans J. Morgenthau, and is now writing another one about the Realist tradition of international political theory.
Abdulkader Sinno researches civil wars, ethnic strife and other territorial conflicts with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Muslim countries. He is also interested in Muslim representation in Western liberal democracies and Islamist parties’ participation in elections in Muslim countries.
Dina Spechler's research attempts to explain the foreign policy behavior of states, especially the ways in which domestic and international forces interact to shape that behavior. She is presently engaged in a study of major innovation in foreign policy, i.e., in an effort to understand some of the most important instances in which states have radically shifted course—redefining their national interest, abandoning policies that have been in place for decades and acting ways that previously would have seemed unthinkable. Examples include the Soviet decision to withdraw from Eastern Europe, the U.S. decision to recognize Communist China, the Egyptian decision to make peace with Israel, and the Israeli decision to recognize and reach a formal agreement with a Palestinian authority.