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Jessica GerrityDr. Jessica C. Gerrity, Ph.D., 2006, serves as Managing Director in the Higher Education practice at McAllister & Quinn, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

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Tim Rich

John Dugas, Ph.D. 1997, was named the Margaret and Roger Scholten Associate Professor of International Studies.

John Dugas began his career at K in 1995, teaching international politics, international studies and U.S. foreign policy courses, with a particular focus on Latin American politics. Dugas’ ongoing scholarly work (four book chapters, a refereed article and numerous conference presentations) focuses on political reform and democratization in Columbia. His research is informed by a commitment to human rights and participatory democracy, and it is guided by an intellectual curiosity regarding the empirical causes of, and obstacles to, democratic reform. He has expanded the geographic scope of his work, receiving a Fulbright Grant for Research (2010-2011) to study in Quito, Ecuador. At Kalamazoo, Dugas has served as chair of the political science department, and he regularly serves as program director of International and Area Studies. He also mentors the Model United Nations student organization. Read more »

Tim Rich

Tim Rich, Ph.D. 2012, Comparative Politics and Methodology.

Graduate students seldom know how to navigate the publishing process, yet a growing expectation is that new hires are capable of immediately producing publishable research as well as teaching. Considering the current state of the job market, graduate students should plan early to take advantage of the opportunities to publish early in their graduate career. This article provides suggestions for beginning the publishing process. Read more »


W. Richard MerrimanW. Richard Merriman, Ph.D. 1986, has been named the 12th president of the University of Mount Union

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Daniel BeersDaniel Beers, Ph.D. 2011, in comparative politics and international relations.

Professor Beers is currently an assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science and International Relations at Knox College and the recipient of the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching.


Ambassador James McGeeOn October 5, 2012 Ambassador James McGee received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. In 1977 Ambassador McGee earned his B.A. in political science, and entered the Foreign Service in 1981. From 1998-2001 he was Administrative Counselor at the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. In 2002 he became the American Ambassador to Swaziland. This was followed by stints in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, and finally, Zimbabwe, where he earned high praise for his outspoken defense of human rights. Currently, he is a consultant with the Africa Command on such matters as illegal fishing, illegal oil bunkering, maritime transport of narcotics, human trafficking, and piracy. Read more »

Steve SandersSteve Sanders has been named the 2012 recipient of “Political Science Distinguished Alumni Award.” Steve Sanders received his BA in Political Science and Journalism from Indiana University in 1984. Steve is currently a faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School, an appellate lawyer, and an author and commentator on issues pertaining to sexuality and the law, constitutional rights, and higher education. Steve will join the faculty of the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington in January 2013. Read more »

Adam Robinson

Jane PauleyJane Pauley, BA'72, LHD'96
...in Chicago before starting her 13-year tenure as cohost of NBC’s Today show in 1976. The winner of numerous Emmy awards, she later spent 12 years as a host of Dateline NBC. The other IU alumni who were inducted into the hall of fame were James W. Brown, MS’70, MBA’75, PhD’77, executive associate dean of the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI, and Craig Klugman, BA’67, editor of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette since 1982.

Donald FehrDonald M. Fehr, BA’70
The department’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Donald M. Fehr, BA’70. Fehr, 61, majored in government at Indiana University . As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the 61-year-old presided over three significant MLB work stoppages: a two-day midseason strike in 1985, a 32-day spring training lockout in 1990, and the seven-and-a-half month strike in 1994–95 that wiped out the World Series and delayed and shortened the following season. The past 14 years of his leadership have seen relative peace between players and owners. Read more »

Angelo PizzoAngelo Pizzo is an accomplished screenwriter and film producer. The son of a Sicilian immigrant, he grew up in Bloomington, where he graduated from Indiana University in 1971 with a B.A. in Political Science. Read more »

Stephen R. PattonStephen R. Patton, BA’75

Senior litigation partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. Practiced with Kirkland & Ellis since 1978 and has been a partner since 1984. Currently serves as chairman of Kirkland's Firmwide Litigation Management Committee and is past chairman of Kirkland's Litigation Management Committee. Read more »