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Melina Juárez Pérez was Published in the Policy Studies Journal

In her first journal publication since joining the PLSC faculty, Dr. Juárez Pérez explores the assumptions made and measurement approaches used in enacted state immigration policies and how the outcomes affect Latino immigrant communities. The article, entitled "Do Perceptions Match Reality? Comparing Latinos' Perceived Views of State Immigration Policy Environments with Enacted Policies" was co-written with Vicki D. Ybarra and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 

Dr. Medina Vidal Announced as 2018 Connor Faculty FellowXavier Medina Vidal

This year, eighteen outstanding faculty members were selected as part of the 2018 class of Connor Faculty Fellows at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, among them Dr. Xavier Medina Vidal, an assistant professor of political science.  The fellowship was established in 2004 to provide essential faculty development opportunities to rising academic experts in the college. 




PLSC Alumnus Robert Lee Named 2018 Thomas L. Shaffer Fellow

Honors PLSC alumnus Robert Lee is one of two Notre Dame Law School's Class of 2018 students named as a Thomas L. Shaffer Fellowship winners. The fellowship is designed to assist fellows in creating their dream jobs by covering the cost of salary and benefits for graduates to work for two years at a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low-income or other underrepresented populations. Mr. Lee will be completing environmental law projects at Midwest Environmental Advocates in Madison, Wisconsin.


"Rise in Globalism Doesn't Mean the End for Nationalists" by Burcu Bayram Published in The Conversation

Burcu BayramExcerpt: "Recent events suggest that a nationalist backlash is on the rise. The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, Donald Trump's win in the U.S. presidential election and the growing popularity of right-wing parties in France, Austria and Germany attest to this. 

Liberals in particular are puzzled by the spike in nationalism on a global scale. Some may wonder where have all the global citizens gone? The answer, I argue, is nowhere. The confusion comes in because the ideal of a selfless global citizen, someone who puts global issues above national interests, does not really exist."

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PLSC Alum, Autumn Lewis, Joins the College of Engineering Development Team

Autumn Lewis, Ethan Hayman Engineering Dev TeamAutumn Lewis  began working as the assistant director of development at the College of Engineering June 19, 2017. She is responsible for relationships with alumni and donors and assists the director of development and external relations in the management of alumni gifts and fundraising efforts. 

Previously, Lewis has worked for the National Council on Teacher Quality in D.C. and as a staff assistant in the Office of Senator Mark Pryor after graduating summa cum laude from the U of A political science department. 

Lewis is one of two new development officers joining the engineering team. She is joined by Ethan Hayman, formerly a development officer in the College of Science and Health Professions at Northeastern state University.


 Pearl Dowe and Brinck Kerr Receive 2017 Rodney Higgins Faculty Paper Award

Best Faculty Paper Award WinnersDr. Dowe and Dr. Kerr received the award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.  Their paper, co-authored with Grace Kerr and Will Miller, entitled "What are the Determinants of Interethnic Competition for Principal Positions in Multiethnic U.S. School Districts?" explores the limitations of previous research on interethnic competition for public sector jobs.

Pearl K. Dowe is an associate professor, vice chair and graduate coordinator in the PLSC department. She has published extensively on African American political behavior and has served as director of the African & African American Studies program. 

Brinck Kerr is a professor in the PLSC department and director of the interdisciplinary Public Policy Ph.D. program. His work has appeared in many political science and public administration journals.