Political Science

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

July 2018

  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder presented a paper titled “Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Japan: The Constraints of Party Strength and Organization” at the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference July 35, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. She also was one of four scholars invited to participate in a featured roundtable on “Asia’s Democracies” at the same conference.





June 2018

  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin presented a paper titled “The Legacies of 1968: Social Movements & Revolution in the Austerity-Security State Era and Age of Authoritarian Revanchism” at the conference “1968-2018, Fifty Years After: Where is the Social Movement Field Going?” in Florence, Italy, May 23–25, 2018. The conference was sponsored by the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore), the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Participation & Mobilization, and the European Sociological Association Research Network 25. He also attended the annual Latin American Studies Association meeting to meet with young faculty and graduate students about small liberal arts colleges (SLACs) and conducted research related to the 1939 Retirada (the flight from Spanish fascism across the border) and the 1940 death of Walter Benjamin.





May 2018

  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti was invited to serve as a Guest Editor for the journal Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy. She will edit the journal’s new “Guide to the Archives” on the topic of political theory and American literature.





  • Political Science major Elizabeth Wright, class of 2018, published her fall 2017 Senior Capstone project, “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me. Understanding the Authoritarian Tendencies of the U.S. National Security State,” in Politikon, the peer-reviewed, flagship publication of the International Association for Political Science Students. Wright is currently a Fellow at the Muslim Public Affairs Council and will remain there while starting an MA in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School in the fall.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin spoke on “Nicaragua’s Crisis and/in the Regional Political Landscape” as part of a Foro Urgente Nicaragua at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.





April 2018

  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin was a participant on a roundtable organized by Cynthia Enloe titled “Diversifying the Discipline: Problems, Policies, and Prescriptions” and served as a mentor for ISA’s Taskforce on the Global South’s “Mentoring Café: Strategies and Support for Global South Scholars” at the 2018 International Studies Association meeting. In addition, as associate editor he co-convened the 2018 International Studies Perspective’s Editorial Board Meeting and chaired the annual meeting of the New Millennium Books in International Studies series of which he is co-editor. Finally, as part of the ISA’s Taskforce on the Global South as well as the nascent South-South Educational Scholarly Collaboration and Knowledge Interchange Initiative, Selbin was invited to attend conferences in the coming year in Quito, Ecuador, and Guadalejara, Mexico.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor presented two papers at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting. The first, “What’s your excuse? The Effects of Personal and Political Justifications for Flip-Flopping,” demonstrated that constituents are more effectively persuaded by explanations for a Congressman’s position shift when they are grounded in public opinion or personal experience, rather than party politics. The second, “Creating Trust in Government,” investigated whether local governments could increase citizen trust by emphasizing the participatory nature or policy successes of the government. Two current political science students, Emily Tesmer,class of 2020, and Camille Martin, class of 2019, presented posters analyzing survey experiments they are conducting on the SU campus.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti presented a paper titled “Zen and the Art of Democracy: Sensory Perception, Aesthetics, and the Political Value of Buddhist Modernism” on the panel “Mindfulness and Politics: Embodied Social Change” at the Western Political Science Association conference in San Francisco, Calif., on March 30, 2018. She also presented a paper on her experiments with mindfulness and meditation as pedagogical practices in the political science classroom at a roundtable titled “Staying Centered with Too Much To Do: The Possibilities and Dangers of Mindfulness in the Neoliberal University.”





March 2018

  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti was invited to give a lecture at The University of Texas at San Antonio on Feb. 22, 2018. Her talk to the department of Political Science and Geography drew from her current book project and was titled “The Experience of Democracy and the Politics of Buddhist Modernism.”





February 2018

  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder’s article titled “‘Madonnas,’ ‘Assassins,’ and ‘Girls’: How Female Politicians Respond to Media Labels Reflecting Party Leader Strategy” was published in the most recent issue of the interdisciplinary U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal.





January 2018

  • Professor of Political Science  Shannon Mariotti  was invited to contribute the essay on “Adorno and Democracy” to the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to  Adorno , edited by Peter Gordon, Max Pensky, and Espen Hammer.





August 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor published an article titled “Easing Political Digestion: The effects of news curation on citizens’ behavior” in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. The article is coauthored with Danielle Psimas, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Politics Honors Program.