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On this date, 1495, the King of Spain (Ferdinand II) and the Queen of Portugal (Isabella) signed a compact dividing the ...
05/07/2020

On this date, 1495, the King of Spain (Ferdinand II) and the Queen of Portugal (Isabella) signed a compact dividing the New World between the two. It is due to this treaty that Brazil would end up Portuguese and the rest of Latin America Spanish. At least until the 2 powers were sufficiently weakened that the the English and Dutch could intervene. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/15th_century/mod002.asp

Today marks the 138th anniversary of the signing of the Chinese Exclusion Act by President Chester Arthur (R). The law b...
05/06/2020

Today marks the 138th anniversary of the signing of the Chinese Exclusion Act by President Chester Arthur (R). The law banned Chinese immigration and classified Chinese immigrants currently in the US as permanent aliens, barring them from ever attaining citizenship. It was not repealed until 1943. Illustration is from political cartoonist Thomas Nast. You can discover more of Nast's work in "Battle Lines Drawn" one of the new courses we offer. Read the act here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/chinese_exclusion_act.asp

As part of a module on "Who Governs in America?"  the students in Professor Stanton's POLI 140--American Politics sectio...
04/16/2020

As part of a module on "Who Governs in America?" the students in Professor Stanton's POLI 140--American Politics section are doing research on the interest group of their choice. Today and tomorrow , they are meeting virtually with the staff of the Center for Responsive Politics, aka opensecrets.org, to learn best and effective ways to navigate their databases. Contact Prof. Stanton if you're interested in joining in the session.

Studying political science at NJCU is more than an academic exercise. Nice story today on our colleague James Solomon, a...
04/14/2020
Jersey City councilman wants to expand freeze on rent hikes

Studying political science at NJCU is more than an academic exercise. Nice story today on our colleague James Solomon, an adjunct professor and Jersey City city councilperson discussing his efforts on rent control during the pandemic. Picture accompanying the article includes NJCU alum and Pi Sigma Alpha inductee Laura Bustamante, his office manager. https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/04/jersey-city-councilman-wants-to-expand-freeze-on-rent-hikes.html

Ward E Councilman James Solomon wants to amend the city’s freeze on rent increases to include most buildings throughout the city.

04/07/2020

The Department would like to remind our students that the University is still functioning, albeit in a "virtual" fashion, so courses are running and programming continues. For instance, this week, Professor Stanton, in her Judicial Process class, is hosting NJCU alumni who have gone on to practice law. Today, Jeremy Sullivan, Esq. met the class in a Zoom meeting and on Thursday, Sandra Barsoum, Esq will meet with the class. The class meets at 2:10--3:25 and interested students should contact Prof. Stanton for log in information.

Current students...scholarship funds available from your SGA.  Application deadline looms.
03/31/2020

Current students...scholarship funds available from your SGA. Application deadline looms.

Just a reminder that the University announced that regular face-to-face classes will not be resuming on Monday, as origi...
03/27/2020
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Just a reminder that the University announced that regular face-to-face classes will not be resuming on Monday, as originally planned. The campus is essentially closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 and state mandated guidelines. To help you follow along on the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University is maintaining an excellent database: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

03/18/2020

Just a reminder for our current students to check email and Blackboard. Classes have moved to online instruction, but there are a variety of ways to do that. Some faculty are using Zoom and are holding virtual classes at the regularly scheduled time; others are doing "asynchronous" assignments where you log in when you can and complete the work. In either case, it is important for you to stay current and complete your assignments. The online environment is tricky for everyone at first (faculty and students), but hang in and we'll all get through this. Stay safe!

03/11/2020

Attention current students: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University announced today that beginning on March 16, all classes will move to online format. Regular in class sessions are set to begin on March 30. Sign up for Gothic Alerts to keep up with the latest developments. And check your official NJCU email accounts for course specific info from your professors. Thanks and be careful.

Spring Break is underway. The Department wishes that all of our students enjoy a relaxing and productive week. It’s a go...
03/09/2020

Spring Break is underway. The Department wishes that all of our students enjoy a relaxing and productive week. It’s a good time to recharge the batteries for the crunch ahead or to catch up on the work left behind.

Consensus predictions for today’s Super Tuesday results from students in Prof Moran’s “Parties & Elections” class. Stay ...
03/03/2020

Consensus predictions for today’s Super Tuesday results from students in Prof Moran’s “Parties & Elections” class. Stay tuned.

Share with your colleagues.
03/02/2020

Share with your colleagues.

Happy President's Day.  University is closed and classes are not in session. This is probably not the holiday envisioned...
02/17/2020

Happy President's Day. University is closed and classes are not in session. This is probably not the holiday envisioned at the founding, where the office was looked at with much suspicion during the ratification debates: "Your President may easily become King: Your Senate is so imperfectly constructed that your dearest rights may be sacrificed by what may be a small minority; and a very small minority may continue forever unchangeably this Government, although horridly defective: Where are your checks in this Government? Your strong holds will be in the hands of your enemies: It is on a supposition that our American Governors shall be honest, that all the good qualities of this Government are founded: But its defective, and imperfect construction, puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs, should they be bad men: And, Sir, would not all the world, from the Eastern to the Western hemisphere, blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad. Shew me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty? I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt. If your American chief, be a man of ambition, and abilities, how easy is it for him to render himself absolute..." -- Patrick Henry

Presentations about to start. Opening session of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, Adrian and Hay...
02/15/2020

Presentations about to start. Opening session of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, Adrian and Haydee getting ready to roll.

Majors Haydee Soriano and Adrian Ghainda attending the opening reception of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors ...
02/15/2020

Majors Haydee Soriano and Adrian Ghainda attending the opening reception of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society undergraduate research conference. They are the first NJCU students to present their work at this conference.

Students in Prof. Moran's History of Political Thought were warned ahead of time. Stay focused.
02/06/2020

Students in Prof. Moran's History of Political Thought were warned ahead of time. Stay focused.

Studying politics also has its lighter moments.
02/06/2020

Studying politics also has its lighter moments.

Our chapter will be sending 2 of our best to the conference: Haydee Soriano and Adrian Ghainda will be presenting their ...
01/31/2020

Our chapter will be sending 2 of our best to the conference: Haydee Soriano and Adrian Ghainda will be presenting their research on the de-legitimization of US hegemony in world politics.

The countdown is on! Just two weeks from today more than 200 Pi Sigma Alpha members will arrive in DC for the 2020 National Student Research Conference. We have some pretty cool SWAG to throw around, including the awesome #PiSigmaAlpha phone wallet .. and some surprises not seen! Conference participants will be headed back to campus loaded. #undergraduateresearch #PiSigmaAlphainDC

The Department would like to welcome back all our returning majors and minors for the spring 2020 semester... nothing bu...
01/22/2020

The Department would like to welcome back all our returning majors and minors for the spring 2020 semester... nothing but blue skies ahead.

"Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the ...
01/20/2020

"Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail. Photo courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Full text of the Letter here: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Friendly reminder... winter break is nearly done.
01/15/2020

Friendly reminder... winter break is nearly done.

Majors/minors interested in covering the election cycle, Take note of a wonderful opportunity.  WNYC is just across the ...
01/14/2020
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)

Majors/minors interested in covering the election cycle, Take note of a wonderful opportunity. WNYC is just across the Hudson from campus. The Department will also be running courses and programming on campus around the election.

OPPORTUNITY ALERT

Two award-winning, youth-led national media outlets, WNYC's Radio Rookies in New York and YR Media based in California are seeking young, diverse contributors across the country to tell stories about what youth have at stake in the 2020 election.

They will TRAIN and PAY this cohort of youth to report stories.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GcpktWMtz4U_b9BR8FutOWi0aTHhFbbFtuMcnfRCoDM/viewform?ts=5df7fc2c&edit_requested=true

We have one open seat left for our National Model United Nations delegation. Under the leadership of Prof. Liao, our del...
01/09/2020

We have one open seat left for our National Model United Nations delegation. Under the leadership of Prof. Liao, our delegation has garnered awards. It's a wonderful course and a wonderful opportunity. Contact Prof. Liao if you are interested in participating.

Spring semester is just around the corner and we still have some seats open in a few of our courses, including "Parties ...
01/09/2020

Spring semester is just around the corner and we still have some seats open in a few of our courses, including "Parties and Elections" (POLI 201; sec 2264). Rise and shine Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:45. Impeachment! Primary elections! Great time to study. Register ASAP before the goodness is gone.

If you have a research project that you have completed that you may be interested in submitting, contact one of us in th...
01/09/2020

If you have a research project that you have completed that you may be interested in submitting, contact one of us in the department and we'll get the ball rolling (comments, suggestions, and the like).

Call for Papers! It is Oakland University's LAST semester as host of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. We want to go out strong so submit and publish your best research paper, honor thesis, or senior seminar paper by February 1, 2020. All submitted work undergoes a peer review. https://www.psajournal.org/

#research #undergraduate #pisigmaalpha #publish #journal #pisigmaalphaindc #politics #policy

As those of you who have taken Prof. Moran's History of Political Thought course already know, and those about to take i...
01/09/2020
Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization

As those of you who have taken Prof. Moran's History of Political Thought course already know, and those about to take it will learn, Aristotle defined us as "political animals." While most of our course work in the department is given over to the adjective, it is worth noting that another subfield of political science -- biopolitics -- explores the latter. That is, examining the extent to which our political behavior is rooted in nature (particularly Darwinian evolution). Here's a taste of the sort of work done: https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ants-men-ant-behavior-mirror.html

Could the division of labor in an anthill be driven by the same social dynamics governing the gap between liberals and conservatives? That was the surprising question tackled by Princeton biologists Chris Tokita and Corina Tarnita.

If you're looking for something to occupy your time waiting for the new semester to start, this is a perfect time to pic...
01/06/2020

If you're looking for something to occupy your time waiting for the new semester to start, this is a perfect time to pick up a good book. We'll weigh in with some suggestions over the next week or so. To kick things off, Prof. Stanton recommends Richard Powers' "The Overstory" and "Good Economics for Hard Times" by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

Happy New Year! The Department wishes all our students, alumni, and friends a very Happy New Year.
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! The Department wishes all our students, alumni, and friends a very Happy New Year.

The Department would like to wish our students, alums, and friends a safe and happy holiday season.
12/24/2019

The Department would like to wish our students, alums, and friends a safe and happy holiday season.

We are excited and proud to note that two of our faculty members— Prof. Louise Stanton and Prof. Fran Moran — received e...
12/18/2019

We are excited and proud to note that two of our faculty members— Prof. Louise Stanton and Prof. Fran Moran — received excellence In teaching awards today, the only faculty so honored at today’s induction ceremony of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

For students and friends of the Department. The event is being organized by our student newspaper staff at The Gothic Ti...
12/16/2019

For students and friends of the Department. The event is being organized by our student newspaper staff at The Gothic Times.

12/14/2019
Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program

Not a bad way to spend your summer... for those interested in pursuing a law school option after graduation.

If you're interested in law school but feel intimidated, let our program help pave the way! Don't miss your chance - apply today! law.fsu.edu/slp ❤️💛 #SUG2020

Finals week continues...Another inside tip...when the final exam is distributed, before diving in and attacking it, take...
12/13/2019

Finals week continues...Another inside tip...when the final exam is distributed, before diving in and attacking it, take a few minutes to read through it first. This helps get the mind focused (it gets the neurons involved in the subconscious firing) and it helps avoid any nasty surprises at the end. Good luck to all so engaged.

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Ben Jones and NJCU Student Cesar Omar Sanchez with Cuba's Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuban-FM-Slams-US-Over-Economic-Blockade-and-Venezuela-20190928-0006.html