Political Science Summer 2007 News Connecting to the World Professor Bill Miles has taken experiential education well be- yond the classroom – to Niger, in fact. Since spring 2006, Pro- fessor Miles has expanded his courses on development and politics in developing nations to include actual support for a village in Niger and, most re- cently, a study tour to the coun- try. Last year, undergraduate Save the Date! and graduate students in his classes raised over $600, 50th Anniversary of matched by the Political Science the Department of Department, to purchase bulls, Political Science. carts, goats and school supplies for neighboring villages in Ni- ger and Nigeria. October 19, 2007 Continued on Page 3 Professor Miles in Niger Join us for an af- ternoon series of Political Science Joins New School of Social seminars and eve- Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy ning dinner at the Northeastern The Department of Political Studies, the programs in Inter- ate Dean Christopher campus. Science is now part of the new national Affairs and Law, Pol- Bosso, Professor of Political School of Social Science, Urban icy, and Society, and a number Science. Mark your calen- Affairs, and Public Policy, ap- of existing Northeastern re- The broad mission of the dar! More infor- proved in June 2006 by the search centers. The School is School is to promote inte- Board of Trustees. The new led by Dean Barry Bluestone, mation to come. school also incorporates the the Stearns Trustee Professor grated, cross-disciplinary social science research, departments of Economics, of Political Economy and Di- Sociology & Anthropology, rector of the Center for Urban Continued on Page 6 History, and African-American & Regional Policy, and Associ- PhD Program Hits 10 Year Mark The Department’s PhD Pro- thirty-two students engaged in the program provides theoreti- gram – Doctorate in Public coursework and research. cal as well as applied training and International Affairs – During the past academic year, related to the world of public enters its tenth year in the fall five students began studies in affairs. of 2007. Formally launched in the program. Consistent with Continued on page 5 1997 with three students, the Northeastern’s mission of program has grown to include practice-oriented education, PAGE 2 POLITICAL SCIENCE NEWS Note from the Chair. . . Welcome to the Political Science News! In Our work as a department – both in At the end of this newsletter is a section an effort to connect with our alumni research and teaching – goes on. In this focused on charitable giving opportuni- around the country (and world), we are newsletter you’ll read about some of ties. And finally, as noted on the first producing this semi-annual newsletter those activities. From trips to Niger to page, please save the date of October with stories and updates on happenings nanotechnology policy, faculty and stu- 19th for the 50th anniversary celebration and events in the Department of Political dents in the department are busy ex- of the founding of the Department of Science. Down whatever path your life ploring the world of politics and gov- Political Science. We are planning a has taken you, we hope you remain con- ernment. Please take a moment to read great event and hope you can come. nected to the political world around you. about these many activities. And, we As you think back to your days at North- hope you will connect or reconnect eastern University, hopefully we left you with the department. We would like to with the tools and interest to make that hear where your career has taken you, connection. and we hope you will consider support- John Portz ing the activities of the department. Professor and Chair Spring 2007 Events High School Essay Contest from other faculty and students. Pi challenges of working in the judiciary. Sigma Alpha, the national political While noting the difficulties of work- “You must be the change you wish to see science honorary society, provided ing in an environment of budget in the world.” It is with this quotation financial support. shortfalls, she spoke about the satis- from Mohandas Gandhi that Zachary faction and importance of public Maybury, a junior at Chelmsford High Presidents’ Day Speech service. School, concluded his first-prize essay in On February 21st the department the Department’s 2007 High School Es- A number of students were recog- sponsored the 10th Presidents’ Day say Contest. nized at the annual dinner. Forty-one Lecture. This year’s speaker was undergraduate students and thirteen The contest, now in its third year, was Robert S. Robins, Professor Emeritus graduate students joined Pi Sigma initiated to challenge high school stu- of Political Science at Tulane Univer- Alpha, the national honorary society dents to address critical issues in Ameri- sity. Drawing from his experience for political science. Graduate and can politics and government. All sopho- working in the intelligence services as undergraduate paper awards were mores and juniors attending high school well as academic study, Professor Rob- given and three outstanding senior in Massachusetts are eligible to enter. ins spoke on “The CIA Under Ken- awards were presented: Outstanding This year’s essay theme was “Has Some- nedy and Johnson: Lessons from the Senior in Experiential Education to thing Gone Wrong with Politics Today?” Past for the Bush Administration.” A William Durkin, Outstanding Senior Contestants were invited to respond in full lecture hall heard Professor Robins in Cooperative Education to Chris- 1,000 words or less. describe the challenges of developing tina Mulka, and Outstanding Senior and using intelligence information in a In addition to first-prize winner Zachary in Political Science to Candice Botes. presidential and highly political envi- Maybury, second-place honors went to ronment. James T. Boggie of Boston Latin Acad- emy, and third-place went to Miriam Recognition Dinner Upcoming Fall Events Aczel of Maimonides High School in On the evening of April 20th thede- • Week of Sept. 17 (date TBD)- Brookline. The three students received partment hosted its annual Political $300, $200, and $100 respectively for Constitution Day Lecture Science Recognition Dinner in the their essays. Nine other students were Raytheon Amphitheatre. Highlighting • October 19 - 50th Anniversary chosen for honorable mention. Awards the event was the Honorable Margot Celebration (see p. 1 - Save the were presented at a ceremony convened Botsford, Associate Justice of the Mas- by the department on April 26 at the Date) sachusetts Superior Court. Judge Egan Center. Botsford, an alumnus of the NU Law • October 26 - Homecoming Coordinating the Essay Contest was Pro- School and a member of the NU fessor David Rochefort, with support Board of Trustees, spoke about the Summer 2007 PAGE 3 Connections to the World (continued from page 1) The students discussed how the mate- Dialogue of Civilizations Most of the Dialogue programs take rials should be allocated – an impor- place during one of the summer ses- Professor Miles is not alone. A major tant and delicate subject in the devel- sions and involve a full-time, eight- initiative at the university is to expand opment world – and Professor Miles credit commitment from students. the academic experience to include traveled to Niger during the spring The Dialogue begins in Boston, but learning abroad. Denis Sullivan, Pro- break in 2006 to actually purchase the fessor of Political Science and Director most of the seven-week semester is animals and supplies and deliver them of the International Affairs Program, is spent abroad. Several faculty members to the villages. heading an effort known as the Dia- from the department have led Dia- Last fall, Professor Miles offered a new logue of Civilizations. This is a series logues, including Suzanne Ogden to course that combined a semester of of “global student exchanges" between China, Denis Sullivan to Egypt, and study on Niger with a 15-day trip to students at Northeastern and students Denise Garcia to Cyprus and Ge- the country during the December/ around the world. The goal is to con- January school break. With the assis- nect NU students with their peers in neva. Denise Horn from the Interna- tance of Professor Janet Dewan from different cultural, political, and social tional Affairs Program also has led Bouve College, Professor Miles led environments and to provide NU stu- Dialogues in South Africa and Thai- fifteen students on an experience of a dents with a “global experience" that land. For more information on the lifetime in one of the poorest countries builds upon their academic studies and Dialogues program, visit http:// in the world. They visited several vil- training in Boston. www.iaf.neu.edu lages and traveled in different parts of the country to learn first-hand about the development challenges faced in West Africa. As one student wrote after the trip: “Life altering, gut- wrenching or heart-breaking: any one of these terms could be used to de- scribe this experience. I never, not even for one minute, thought that I would be affected so profoundly from this trip.” For more information, see http://www.polisci.neu.edu. Northeastern Students and Denis Sullivan (bottom, far right) in Egypt. Changes in the Undergraduate Curriculum This past year set the stage for several riential and classroom-based compo- include selections, both required and changes in the undergraduate curricu- nents. It includes reflection on experi- electives, from each of the component lum. Perhaps most prominent is the ential activities as well as research pro- majors. Dual majors provide an inter- introduction of a capstone course, POL jects involving individual or group disciplinary experience for under- U700, as the culminating academic presentations. graduates. course for political science majors. Also during the past year the depart- And finally, the department approved Offered in the fall 2006 as an optional ment approved three dual majors: a dual degree in which students can be elective, beginning with January 2008 Political Science and International admitted to the MA or MPA programs graduates the course will be required Affairs, Political Science and Econom- as juniors and have up to 15 graduate for our majors. The course builds ics, and Political Science and Environ- credits during the senior year count upon concepts and skills developed by mental Studies. In a dual major, stu- towards both the undergraduate and students throughout the political sci- dents complete nineteen courses that masters degree. ence curriculum, including both expe- PAGE 4 POLITICAL SCIENCE NEWS Full Time Faculty Undergraduate Scholarships Amílcar Antonio Barreto Comparative Politics, International Law, Latino Politics Each year the department awards a Also in the fall, eleven students were Barry Bluestone number of scholarships to under- given scholarships ranging from Political Economy, Urban and Social Policy graduate political science students. $200 to $300 from the Michael and Supported by endowments, these Charlotte Baer Scholarship Fund. These Christopher J. Bosso scholarships are awarded based awards were given to students to American and Legislative Politics, Environmental Policy upon academic achievement, finan- help cover expenses related to over- L. Gerald Bursey cial need or competitive applica- seas work or study abroad. Political Theory, Revolution, Terrorism tions. And finally, in the spring and fall, William Crotty In the fall of 2006, six students seven students were given scholar- Political Parties, Electoral and Political Behavior received scholarships ranging from ships ranging from $300 to $450 Michael S. Dukakis $2000 to $6000 from the Sean Pat- from the Robert L. Cord Endowed Public Policy, Health Care Policy, American Politics rick O’Rourke Scholarship. These Book Fund. These awards help stu- awards were given to juniors and dents cover book and related course Denise Garcia International Relations and Security, Comparative Politics seniors who have financial need expenses for classes at NU. and high grade point averages. Robert E. Gilbert American Politics, Presidency, Mass Media Minton F. Goldman Undergraduate Spotlight: Comparative Politics, Russian and East European Politics Christina Mulka Kirstin L. Rodine Hardy Comparative Politics, International Relations Among the many political science Ronald D. Hedlund coop success stories, that of Christina American Politics, State Legislatures, Methodology Mulka stands out. A spring graduate, William D. Kay Christina was in her final co-op in Public Policy, Organizational Theory, Technology Policy Washington, D.C. working in the of- William G. Mayer fice of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin American Politics, Public Opinion, Media, Parties when a position opened in the sena- Eileen L. McDonagh tor’s office. She moved quickly, and American Political Development, Gender, Methodology successfully! On March 5th, even be- fore graduation, she started her new William F. S. Miles Comparative and Developmental Politics, Religion job as Senator Durbin’s press secretary for his home state of Illinois. Richard L. O’Bryant Technology Policy, Urban Politics, Public Administration Christina Mulka in Washington D.C. Suzanne P. Ogden Comparative Politics, East Asia, International Relations More on Co-ops John H. Portz Public Policy, State & Local Govt, Education Policy This spring one student was awarded There may be other opportunities David A. Rochefort the Michael Dukakis Scholarship, to support the co-op program. Public Policy, Health & Social Welfare, Methodology which provides a stipend for students Does your employer have interest- David E. Schmitt doing a co-op in state or local govern- ing and challenging projects or Comparative Politics, Irish Politics, Ethnicity, Violence ment. The scholarship makes it possi- work that could be done by a Denis J. Sullivan ble for students of any economic back- Northeastern co-op student? Help Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics ground to gain direct experience in your company, organization, state or local government. We are cur- agency, or school while also con- Michael C. Tolley rently seeking contributions from tributing to the experience and Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Comparative Law alumni to grow the number and education of current Northeastern Bruce A. Wallin amount of Dukakis Scholarships students. Contact Co-op Advisor American Politics, Budgeting and Finance awarded. Please contact John Sarvey, Bill Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or (617) 373-4049 (617) 373-4210 to learn more and for more information. make arrangements. Summer 2007 PAGE 5 Graduate Programs Continue Strong As the PhD program celebrates its gram. Professor Ron Hedlund serves serves as chair of the MA and PhD tenth year, both of our masters-level as the chair of the program. programs. programs continue to attract top- The Master of Arts program also remains As a measure of program success, the quality students. The Master of Public active. The program continues to offer university recently started a revenue Administration program will enter its a range of courses and allows students sharing program in which graduate 38th year this fall. The conversion to to concentrate in one of four areas: programs with significant enrollment semesters four years ago resulted in a U.S. Politics and Public Policy, Interna- increases receive a portion of the addi- number of curricular changes in the tional Relations, Comparative Politics, tional revenues for discretionary uses. program, including the introduction of and Political Thought. Recently, the In the last two cycles of this program, a capstone course as the final academic MA program has provided an entry the Department of Political Science experience for MPA students. The point – and testing ground – for several rated first in the College of Arts & program remains accredited by the students who later joined the PhD pro- Sciences among all graduate depart- National Association of Schools of gram. Currently, there are twenty stu- ments. For more information on the Public Affairs and Administration. dents, both full- and part-time, in the graduate programs, visit: http:// Currently, there are thirty students, program. Professor Amilcar Barreto www.polisci.neu.edu/graduate/ both full- and part-time in the pro- PhD 10 Year Mark (continued from page 1) The program blends political science • Michelle Lee (2006) - "The and the study of public policy to pre- Rhetoric of Nationalism in Alumni -- Keep in pare students as practitioners, research- ers, and teachers. Public Policy: Immigration and Touch! Indigenous Land Rights Poli- Students in the program are introduced cies in Australia" In future newsletters, we would like to to international/comparative study as Advisor: Professor Barreto feature more activities and updates from well as U.S. politics and policy making, • Petra Polaskova (2007) - alumni. although they typically concentrate in “Institution-Building and Sta- one of these two fields. Recent gradu- biligy in Post-Conflict Socie- Meanwhile, go to the new alumni sec- ates include: ties” tion of the Political Science Department • Philip D'Agati (2006) - Advisor: Professor Crotty website at www.polisci.neu.edu/alumni "Nationalism on the World Stage: to find out what other alumni are doing Cultural Performances at the Mod- and to submit a note on what’s happen- ern Olympic Games" ing in your professional or personal life. Advisor: Professor Barreto Graduate Student Awards To support graduate students in their been distributed from this fund. for dissertation support and expenses academic pursuits, the department related to internships. A second award opportunity, begun in recently institutionalized two awards 2006, is the Graduate Student Award. The department hopes to continue programs. For political science con- These competitive awards are made to both of these awards programs, but ference-related activities, the depart- support research-related activities of our must rely upon revenue sharing de- ment started the Political Science Gradu- graduate students. In 2006, $3,800 was scribed above and the availability of ate Student Fund for Conference Participa- awarded to four students. Rachel Ellett, other discretionary monies. The de- tion. Students are provided up to $500 whose research is featured on the next partment funds these programs out of to help cover expenses related to con- page, was one of the recipients. In its limited discretionary funds, so sup- ference participation. In the last two 2007, $5,150 was awarded to five stu- port from alumni is particularly wel- years, between $1500 and $2500 has dents. Monies were awarded primarily come PAGE 6 POLITICAL SCIENCE NEWS Graduate Spotlight: Rachel Ellett Reports on Research in Africa Correspondence from Rachel Ellett:: Thanks to generous grants from the Na- tional Science Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and Northeastern’s Depart- ment of Political Science, I have spent the last nine months conducting fieldwork for my doctoral dissertation in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. The title of my disser- tation is “Building the Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in sub-Saharan Af- rica: Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.” Un- der the direction of Professor Tolley, I am examining how the upper level courts re- spond to changes in the political environ- ment from independence to the present. Rachel Ellett with women from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania From the weather to political culture, field- the judiciary. It is also turning into one interviews, I realized that this was not work is a challenge. It is like entering a of the biggest obstacles to the effective the case. As a non-African female parallel universe, where nothing ever seems deployment of my meticulously planned PhD student asking questions of in- to get done very fast, if at all. Being Brit- dissertation methodology. Flexibility terviewees in a highly patriarchal soci- ish, I wholeheartedly blame this on the and adaptability are keys to survival. ety, it was clear to me that the re- weather. It is incredibly hot, humid, and sponses were shaped, at least in part, currently very rainy and muddy as well. As part of my research, I have attended by my identity. I am certain that the a number of conferences where I have Still, I set out on my research trips, diving same interviews conducted by native collected valuable information, both into the world of dusty libraries and court researchers, or older male researchers, through formal proceedings and infor- archives, ready to do battle with secretaries would generate different responses. mal conversations. In Malawi, for ex- and assistants to secure interviews, and ample, I recently attended the Second Let me leave you with my favorite trying to meet as many people as possible. Constitutional Redrafting Convention. quote. In response to proposed con- Navigating the records system is always a Expecting a dry and boring legal confer- stitutional amendments by a Parlia- challenge. At the High Court in Kampala, ence, I witnessed instead passion and mentary Women’s Caucus, a male MP for example, I discovered a room so full of enthusiasm from the delegates. It was declared: “The bible says that files that you couldn’t open the door. In more like a rowdy session of parliament women must not wear men’s another court, the response to my question at Westminster than a legal conference. clothes.” A female MP stood up, on the number of cases filed was a hand- speaking loudly, referred to the Right written note on a crumpled piece of paper. Let me end with a note on gender and Honorable Gentleman as a Right A computer was nearby, but I was told that research. Before I began my research I Honorable “dinosaur.” I remained in it was used only to play solitaire. Records was working under the assumption that my chair shifting uncomfortably in management is one of the biggest obstacles my identity as the researcher was neu- my trousers. to the efficient and effective operation of tral. However, as I began to conduct Political Science Joins New School (continued from page 1) policy-relevant and professional training, Current initiatives include new graduate fundraising effort is underway to se- and sustained community involvement, all programs in urban studies and plans for cure funds for program development aimed at making Northeastern the premier an array of cross-cutting core centers and the construction of a new build- university-based social science research and designed to enhance student training in ing to house units in the School. policy innovation laboratory for the Boston statistics and methodology, promote More information on the School can region with strengths in local, national, and interdisciplinary policy research, and be found at http:// global policy studies. provide opportunities for close interac- www.policyschool.neu.edu/. tion among students, faculty, and policy professionals. A general planning and Summer 2007 PAGE 7 Faculty Grants & Research Bosso and Kay Receive NSF Grant Sullivan and Northeastern Receive provided $13,000 in support. Federal Department of Education In September 2006, an interdisciplinary Funding will be used to improve and Grant team led by Professor Christopher expand CBRI applied social research Bosso and including Professor Professor Denis Sullivan, through the projects. CBRI includes a four-credit Woody Kay was awarded a four-year, Middle East Center for Peace, Culture class for students who work with com- $1.4 million National Science Founda- and Development, along with the munity partners to develop a research tion grant to assess the regulatory and School of Professional and Continuing project and report that serves the governance challenges posed by Studies at Northeastern, recently re- needs of the partners. Recent CBRI nanotechnology for local, state and ceived a two-year, $200,000 Title VI reports covered cuts to public library federal governments. grant from the U.S. Department of services in Mass. and the erosion of Education. The grant will be used to employment-based health insurance Nanotechnology, which involves the expand the Arabic language program at coverage. More information on CBRI manipulation of matter at the molecu- the university, as well as Hebrew in- is available at www.cbri.neu.edu. lar level, is widely expected to be the struction, and it will support the transformative technology of the 21st Other NU research grants include: planned development of a new major in Century. The Northeastern project, Middle East Studies. Richard O’Bryant – Scholarship De- titled “Nanotechnology in the Public velopment – “Camfield Estates Interest: Regulatory Challenges, Ca- Rochefort Receives Foundation and (Revisited): Community, Technology pacity and Policy Recommendations” University Support for Community- and Citizen Participation” ($11,000) will encompass a broad array of stud- Based Research ies, workshops and outreach efforts Denise Garcia – Faculty of Color – Professor David Rochefort received a related to the development of “The International Arms Trade as an $7,500 award from the Corporation for nanotechnology. As Bosso notes, Obstacle to Peace” ($5,000) National and Community Service Learn “Can government promote the devel- & Serve America to support the com- Bill Miles – Faculty Development – opment of nanotechnology and also be munity-based research initiative (CBRI). “Human Dynamics International equipped to deal with the potential In addition, Northeastern University’s Training Program” ($5,000) negative side effects?” Additional College of Arts and Sciences provided a information on the project can be $3,750 match, and the Provost’s Office found at http://nsrg.neu.edu. Faculty Transitions New Faculty Member – Denise published by Routledge. In this book Other Faculty Transitions Garcia she analyzes how new international In other changes in the department, norms develop to deal with illicit arms In the fall trafficking worldwide. In future pro- Kirsten Rodine Hardy will join the of 2006, department in the fall of 2007 as a jects, she plans to address other major Denise tenure-track appointment. A graduate themes in international security, includ- Garcia of the University of California- ing international energy security and joined Berkeley, Professor Hardy will add the dimensions of transnational organ- the de- international and comparative politics ized crime. partment expertise to the department. She will as a ten- On the teaching side, Professor Garcia be featured in the next newsletter. ure-track already has created a new course on Andy Baker, an assistant professor in appoint- international security and will teach the department for the last three years, ment other courses in this area, including is leaving to join the Political Science with joint international law and, as noted else- Department at the University of Colo- teaching where in this newsletter, in the Dia- rado-Boulder. We will miss him as a responsibilities in the department and logue of Civilizations program. A truly colleague and contributor to the work the International Affairs Program. Her international addition to the depart- of the department. And finally, De- areas of expertise include international ment, Professor Garcia is a native of nise Horn, formerly a visiting profes- and comparative politics, with a focus Brazil and completed her doctoral sor in the department and the Interna- on security issues. In October, her studies at the University of Geneva in tional Affairs Program, is now in a first book, titled Small Arms and Security Switzerland. tenure-track position in International – New Emerging International Norms, was Affairs. Congratulations to Denise. 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