On Tuesday, October 22, Dr. Guy Whitten, Director of the European Union Center and Acting Department Head, hosted Consuls General from four European nations for a roundtable discussion in the Bush Museum Theater on “Trade, Migration, and Politics in Europe.” From left to right, Claire McCarthy from Ireland, Thomas Meister from Germany, Alexis Andres from France, Dr. Whitten, and Ioannis Stamatekos from Greece.
On October 2, a group of former students from the Department of Political Science visited with students who are currently taking POLS 209. This panel day was an opportunity for a group of former students to share their thoughts on how current undergraduate students can prepare themselves for life after college. The students also had an opportunity to ask how each panelist got to where they are, how to engage with companies and recruiters when seeking out internships or full-time employment, as well as ways that they can utilize the professional network of former students from the Department of Political Science.
Matt Barr ’05
Director, Government and Public Affairs
James Thurmond ‘69
Director of MPA Program
University of Houston
John Boerstler ’06
CEO, Combined Arms
Diego von Vacano will give lectures at Harvard University on Sept. 18th. He was invited to Professor Doris Sommer’s course on “Politics, The Greatest Art” at Harvard College. Prof. Sommer is Director of the Cultural Agents Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prof. von Vacano will lecture on Machiavelli’s break with the Platonic tradition and his influence on seeing politics aesthetically. He will also meet with graduate students from various departments, including German studies, to discuss Machiavelli’s influence on Nietzsche. Aesthetic political theory explains, for example, why race is a salient political phenomenon and how populist leaders use spectacle to gain power.
Dr. Scott Cook, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Mikyoung Jun, Professor of Statistics at Texas A&M University, were recently awarded a multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze patterns of terrorism.
The $315,999 grant (DMS-1925119) is funded by the Algorithms for Threat (ATD) program, a partnership between the Divisions of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Drs. Cook and Jun’s research will develop spatio-temporal Hawkes process models to better model interactions across terrorist attacks and groups. These statistical advances should allow greater leverage over the complex dynamics of global terror campaigns.
Yale University Press has published the third edition of George C. Edwards III, Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America. Dr. Edwards is Distinguished Professor and Jordan Chair Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Oxford. The author or editor of 26 books, he is one of the nation’s premier scholars of the U.S. presidency.