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Political Science Student Shares Melady Scholarship Experience

Political Science StudentMy name is Janae Staicer and I am a junior Political Science major here at Duquesne. This fall, however, I am studying and interning at American University in Washington, D.C. This is made possible by American University's Washington Semester Program. This is a very well developed program in which you get to choose from 12 different programs of study and apply for an internship.

The program seminar in which I am participating is Justice & Law: Public Law. This is unlike any class I have taken before. The professor, a lawyer and former staffer for several committees in the House of Representatives, has a plethora of connections and many years of experience on the Hill and in D.C. Some days we will meet in a classroom on campus for lectures, but most days we spend out in the heart of D.C. meeting important lobbyist, Congressman, and taking site visits to rare-privileged locations.

Once you're admitted to the program, you have access to a database with literally thousands of organizations in D.C. and surrounding areas looking for interns. These postings include law firms, think tanks, governmental agencies, news stations, lobbying firms, and many more. After much consideration, I am doing my internship at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Colombia.

This is truly an amazing experience. There is an assumption that the price is costly, but since Duquesne is a member school there is a large tuition adjustment as well as financial aid available. In fact, I am the first recipient of the Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at staicerj@duq.edu.

Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Scholarship

Faculty News

Dr. Jennie Schulze is the Pre-law advisor for the academic year 2014-2015.  She can be reached at schulzej@duq.edu

The department has added an optional Law and Politics concentration in Pre-Law for Political Science majors.  Please go to Major and Minor programs for details.

The department congratulates Christopher Paul on his receipt of the 2014 Harold J. Webb, Jr. Award for Excellence in Political Science award.  We also congratulate Gannam Rifkah on winning the 2014 McAnulty College General Excellence Award.

Dr. Haas will give a talk, "Population Aging and the US-Japanese Alliance," at a conference co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, October 9, 2014.  The conference is titled:  "The Foreign Policy and Security Implications of Global Aging for the Future of Japan-U.S. Relations"

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. MARK HAAS FOR WINNING THE MCANULTY COLLEGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. KENT MOORS UPON HIS RETIREMENT IN DECEMBER 2013 AFTER 33 YEARS AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. HAAS AND DR. IRWIN FOR PROMOTION TO FULL PROFESSOR AND TO DR. SCHULZE FOR PASSING THIRD YEAR REVIEW.

Dr. Charles Rubin has published a new book, Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress (Encounter Books 2014)
The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East (Westview Press 2012, co-edited with David Lesch).
The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with largely peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes Rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the causes and immediate and long-term consequences of the revolutions in the region and internationally. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations.
Dr. Lew Irwin has published, Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning From America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation
Dr. Clifford Bob has published, The Global Right Wing and The Clash of World Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, 2012).
Dr. Mark Haas has published a co-edited volume, The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies (5th edition), published by Westview Press. The co-editor is David Lesch. Dr. Haas also contributed two chapters to it: The Introduction (co-written with David Lesch) and "Ideology and Iran's American Policies, 1997-2008."
The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security (Oxford University Press, 2012).
This book examines how leaders' ideological beliefs have shaped America's relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey since the end of the Cold War. Most notably, the book demonstrates how ideologies have greatly affected policymakers' choices of allies and enemies, as well as efforts to spread their ideological principles abroad as a key means of advancing their interests. The purposes of the book go beyond advancing theoretical debates in the international relations literature. It also aims to provide policy guidance on key international security issues. These prescriptions are designed to advance America's interests in the Middle East in particular, namely how U.S. leaders should best respond to the ideological dynamics that exist in the region.
Congratulations to Dr. Moors on his new book, The Vega Factor, Oil Volatility and the Next Global Crisis.

 

Dr. Lew Irwin has been promoted to Brigadier General, Commander of the 926th Engineer Brigade, a combat engineer unt of the U.S. Army Reserve based in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Mark Haas wrote a chapter, "America's Golden Years?  U.S. Security in an Aging World which appeared in:  Political Demogrphy:  Interests, Conflict and Institutions, edited by Jack Goldstone, Monica Duffy Toft, and Eric Kaufmann (Paradigm Press, 2011).

Congratulations to Dr. Haas who won the Fr. Richard V. Paluse Mission-Related Research Award for 2011-2012.

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