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February 21st, 2024
Join poli sci and Sumners Scholar alumna Camille Martin ’19 to learn about her career in public media at NPR in Washington, DC, as well as previous roles at Voto Latino and Rock the Vote. Get advice about how you can work using your marketing and communication skills and your interest in public service. Co-sponsored by CCPD and Political Science.
LocationVirtual (register for link)
Date & TimeFebruary 21 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
February 27th, 2024
Interested in grad school in political science? Drop by to visit with SU poli sci and Spanish alum Dr. Marco Alcocer ’14, to get advice about your journey. Currently a Harvard University Academy Scholar, Dr. Alcocer researches violence and crime, with a particular focus on the interactions between the state and criminal organizations in Latin America. Co-sponsored by CCPD, the Department of Political Science, LatinXcel and Captain’s Academy.
LocationProthro Center for Lifelong Learning, 140 (Career Cafe)
Date & TimeFebruary 27 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join the political science department on the library deck for snacks and to learn about the classes we’ll be offering during the 2024-2025 academic year. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and hear from Zoe Moss, who will be joining the department in the fall and teaching political theory courses! After the advising meeting, we’ll head up to the Prothro Room in the library for a talk by Dr. Marco Alcocer (SU ’14) on “From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and the Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico”
LocationA. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, deck
Date & TimeFebruary 27 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
‘From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and the Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico’
Dr. Marco Alcocer, SU ’14
The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Academy Scholar
Lecture Summary: Scholars have long argued that organized crime expansion is extremely difficult and rare since these groups rely on local networks and are unable to operate without some degree of state protection, which they often lack outside their historical strongholds. Yet, Latin America is currently experiencing significant criminal expansion. Why do criminal organizations expand beyond their historical strongholds and what explains where they go? Moreover, what are the implications for democratic accountability and citizen wellbeing? In this presentation I will show that government interventions in the drug market can create incentives for drug cartels to diversify their activities and expand to territories with lucrative new business opportunities. Cartels then seek to gain state protection when entering new political jurisdictions by exploiting electoral cycles to capture local politicians, allowing them to operate with impunity and worsening citizen well-being.
Lecture Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Southwestern University
LocationA. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, Prothro Room, 2nd floor
Date & TimeFebruary 27 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Political Science News
Are you a graduating senior or recent grad (within two years of graduation) entering graduate school in Fall 2024? If so, please apply for this opportunity to earn $3,000 toward the cost of the first year of graduate/professional school study. Application deadline is March 17, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.
Do you vote in Williamson County? Proposition C will fund the expansion of the animal shelter for Georgetown
The Williamson County ballot will include Proposition C, a bond proposal to enable an expansion of Georgetown’s animal sheltering capacity.
Southwestern’s 2022 Distinguished Young Alumna Kadidiatou Magassa ’13 leveraged her SU education into Peace Corps volunteering in Senegal before landing the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State. Now her journey to diplomacy continues in Djibouti, East Africa, as a Foreign Service Officer. And she hopes other SU students will want to contribute positively to the world in similar ways.
Sierra Rupp ’23, SU political science senior, will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to study Russian during summer 2023. Sierra is one of approximately 500 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2023.