Oakland University Department of Political Science

Oakland University Department of Political Science The Political Science department has over 350 majors in its three undergraduate degree programs: the BA in Political Science, the BS in Public Administration and Public Policy; and our newest program, the BA in International Relations.
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Climate Justice Academy Spring 2021 Application | Solicitud de Academia de la Justicia Climática - Primavera 2021
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Climate Justice Academy Spring 2021 Application | Solicitud de Academia de la Justicia Climática - Primavera 2021

Climate Justice Academy Spring 2021 Application | Solicitud de Academia de la Justicia Climática - Primavera 2021

We're so glad that you are interested in participating in Climate Justice Academy Spring 2021! Please complete this form to apply -- we look forward to learning more about you and your activism. This form consists of six pages and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Once you have comp...

MEJC is hiring for two positions. Follow this link...
01/19/2021
Michigan Environmental Justice | Home

MEJC is hiring for two positions. Follow this link...

A statewide coalition working to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan's most vulnerable residents in alignment with EJ principles.

Are you looking for an internship opportunity this winter? Check out this great opportunity from Global Ties Detroit! It...
01/05/2021
Global Ties Detroit on Twitter

Are you looking for an internship opportunity this winter? Check out this great opportunity from Global Ties Detroit!

It is a perfect opportunity for International Relations majors or any department major with an interest in global affairs.

“Interested in pursuing a career in international relations? Passionate about citizen diplomacy? We are still seeking interns to support our Communications and Programming Teams! To apply, email your cover letter & resume to [email protected] by EOD on Friday, January 8.”

Congratulations to our students Christina Walker, Ben Hume,  Em Thomas, and Melinda Gaied who all presented their resear...
11/22/2020

Congratulations to our students Christina Walker, Ben Hume, Em Thomas, and Melinda Gaied who all presented their research this weekend at the International Studies Association Midwest conference. Several of our faculty also either presented their work or served as panel chairs and discussants, including professors Cantir, Eldredge, Landolt, Towner, and Trumbore.

Congratulations to Prof. Cristian Cantir, whose new article, "Moldova's Oligarch Mayors Go Global," appears in the lates...
11/19/2020
Moldova’s oligarch mayors go global - New Eastern Europe - A bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs

Congratulations to Prof. Cristian Cantir, whose new article, "Moldova's Oligarch Mayors Go Global," appears in the latest issue of New Eastern Europe. The article itself is currently behind a paywall, but you can contact Prof. Cantir directly for a copy.

The experience of Moldova reveals that in Central and Eastern Europe’s highly politicised and oligarchised environment, city diplomacy can be an easy tool for wealthy politicians suspected of corruption to gain more popularity and shield themselves from the judicial system. Ilan Șor and Renato Us...

Are you interested in international affairs? Do you want to shape the global future? Check out this amazing opportunity ...
11/14/2020
Young Global Professionals Program Internship - Atlantic Council

Are you interested in international affairs? Do you want to shape the global future?

Check out this amazing opportunity at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. Paid internships! Applications are due November 23 for the Winter/Spring term, but there are summer and fall terms too.

Join our cause and apply for an internship! View openings

10/14/2020
Interested in learning more about international language scholarships? Pi Sigma Alpha invites you to join us for a virtu...
09/30/2020

Interested in learning more about international language scholarships?

Pi Sigma Alpha invites you to join us for a virtual panel discussion on October 8th from 6 to 7pm. See you then!

Join an OU Leadership Workshop to see department alum and Chief Assistant to the Mayor of Rochester Maria Willett, and e...
09/28/2020
OU RecWell

Join an OU Leadership Workshop to see department alum and Chief Assistant to the Mayor of Rochester Maria Willett, and enter for a free IPad!

Mistake Monday
Presented by University Recreation and Well-Being and Alumni Relations on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 5-6pm
Let failure be your fuel! Join Chief Assistant to the Mayor of Rochester Hills, Maria Willett as she shares her biggest mistake and reflects on how it ultimately shaped her success today. This will be a candid presentation followed up by a limited opportunity to ask questions and talk further with this OU Alum who has been most recently recognized by Crain's Detroit as a Top 20 in their Twenties. Maria was also recognized with the 2018 class as an Oakland County's Elite 40 Under 40 award recipient. Maria is a three time graduate of Oakland University, completing her MBA in 2018, earning her Master's Degree in Public Administration in 2015, and graduating with BA in Political Science in 2012.

Pre-registration is required for each workshop.

Register at https://myrecwell.oakland.edu by logging in with your OU NetID.

Select the wellness icon button and then click on student wellness to read more about and register for all workshops.

The virtual workshop link will be sent to you upon registration as well at least 5 minutes before each workshop starts.

Oakland University's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has received the "Best Cha...
09/25/2020

Oakland University's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has received the "Best Chapter Award" for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Congratulations to our Pi Sigma Alpha Grizzlies for their outstanding efforts!

#ThisIsOU

Our very own Prof. David Dulio was live on CSPAN's "Washington Journal" program this morning talking about the importanc...
09/25/2020

Our very own Prof. David Dulio was live on CSPAN's "Washington Journal" program this morning talking about the importance of Michigan as a battleground state and fielding questions from callers.

Another opportunity to simultaneously serve your country and earn money as a poll worker.
09/24/2020
POLL HERO

Another opportunity to simultaneously serve your country and earn money as a poll worker.

We're recruiting thousands of young people to be poll workers so the 2020 Election can be a success.

09/21/2020
New Van Sell application - 2019-2020 - Lynn Bernardi.pdf

Seeking applications for our Women and Gender Studies awards: Due November 6 2020
WGS majors, minors, and LGBTQ minors should consider applying for the Mary Van Sell award - worth $2000! They need to have taken at least 2 courses in WGS at OU (or be in second course currently), and to have an overall GPA of 3.0 and of 3.5 in WGS courses. Students submit the application form (link at end of this paragraph) and write a 1-3 page statement about why feminism is important to them. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1STpeEOuk1kQcAjNOtDoxf3VPjkW8AMoz/view

WGS majors, minors, and LGBTQ studies minors should also consider applying for the WGS Scholastic achievement award - worth $50 and wonderful on a resume! No GPA is necessary, just a 1-2 page statement describing some academic work they have done that they are proud of while at OU - a course paper, presentation, etc.

And any student at OU (does not need to be a WGS/LGBTQ studies student) should consider applying for the Barbara Hamilton Leadership and Service Award - worth $50 and also terrific on a resume! No GPA is necessary, just a 1-2 page statement about the work done as an officer in a feminist organization, as someone involved in grassroots feminist organizing, or as a volunteer in a community agency.

Check out this great opportunity at Global Ties Detroit!Several OU political science and international relations student...
08/05/2020
Global Ties Detroit on Twitter

Check out this great opportunity at Global Ties Detroit!

Several OU political science and international relations students have worked here over recent years. They are a great organization forging connections between international professionals and leaders and their local Detroit counterparts.

“Calling all college students! We are seeking Fall interns to support our communications and programming teams! Email [email protected] with questions. Applications are due by August 21!”

07/10/2020

The Faculty-Student-Staff Association on Climate and the Environment (FSSACE) is having an online meeting on July 14 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Political Science Professor Alan Epstein will make the keynote presentation:

"Reconsidering Time: Tipping Points, Authoritarianism and Compensatory Consumption"

If you'd like to attend the meeting, e-mail Laura Landolt: [email protected]

06/18/2020
Oakland University

Oakland University

Student body vice president, Annabella Jankowski, urges you to learn more about financial aid and emergency funding available to current students at https://bit.ly/2N6AhoC

Calling all PS Grizzlies! The Department has organized a virtual discussion series so we can stay connected during the s...
06/10/2020

Calling all PS Grizzlies!

The Department has organized a virtual discussion series so we can stay connected during the summer months. We miss you!

For our first event, Dr. Alan Epstein and Dr. Cody Eldredge will lead a discussion on US-China relations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual discussion will be held on Tuesday, 16 June at 3:00pm.

All are welcome! To obtain a link to join the meeting, please RSVP to [email protected].

We may away from campus now, but we still keep tabs on the amazing accomplishments of our current and former students. C...
05/25/2020
China’s Failed Pandemic Response in Africa

We may away from campus now, but we still keep tabs on the amazing accomplishments of our current and former students. Check out this great article recent International Relations grad Adam George wrote for Lawfare!

Congratulations Adam!

China has tried to build goodwill with its "mask diplomacy," but its efforts are backfiring.

Thanks to Georgetown University Professor Elizabeth Saunders for delivering the 2020 Meadow Brook Lecture in Internation...
03/06/2020

Thanks to Georgetown University Professor Elizabeth Saunders for delivering the 2020 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs. Good foreign policy might be largely invisible, but it is one area where Presidents truly matter.

We are fortunate to have Professor Saunders share her expertise with our Oakland University Department of Political Science community.

Hey Political Science Grizzlies! It's scholarship time! The Department of Political Science is now collecting applicatio...
03/02/2020

Hey Political Science Grizzlies!

It's scholarship time!

The Department of Political Science is now collecting applications for four awards. Applications are due on March 31! Mark your calendars!

Congratulations to OUMUN for another great showing!
03/02/2020

Congratulations to OUMUN for another great showing!

Yet another great year at NAMUN with multiple delegates from OU winning awards! We can’t wait for our own conference, OUMUN, in three weeks and we will be sharing more pictures then!

Deadline extended to March 4!
02/25/2020
Michigan Student Power Fellowship Application

Deadline extended to March 4!

Welcome! We appreciate you dedicating time to complete the Michigan Student Power Fellowship Application. By doing so, you continue to demonstrate your commitment to further justice, solidarity, and radical love in our state. The MSP Fellowship Program is a year long stipended fellowship ($350/month...

Oakland University International Relations majors had a chance to meet with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright...
02/20/2020

Oakland University International Relations majors had a chance to meet with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and current Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin ahead of their campus event today.

There were some great questions and interactions with these two outstanding public servants. Special thanks to the Center for Civic Engagement for facilitating this opportunity to talk about national security, national service, and the lasting value of mentorship.

Reminder: Ramzy Baroud is speaking strength Oakland University this Tuesday in the OC! All are welcome to attend this ta...
02/16/2020

Reminder: Ramzy Baroud is speaking strength Oakland University this Tuesday in the OC! All are welcome to attend this talk.

I look forward to my visit and talk at Oakland University on Feb 18. For more information click here: https://buff.ly/2UrdOHS

02/12/2020
02/07/2020

Be a Poll Worker!

I'm working with the ACLU of Michigan to recruit poll workers for Detroit for the upcoming March presidential primary, and I thought some of Oakland University's poli sci students might be interested.

As you may know, there have recently been a bunch of positive changes to Michigan's voting laws, and the City of Detroit is trying to recruit hundreds and hundreds of poll workers to make sure that everything runs smoothly during the upcoming primary.

The city is recruiting for two positions: (1) Electronic Pollbook Inspectors, who will do things like confirming a voter's registration and assigning the voter a ballot number, and (2) Absentee Counting Board Inspectors, who will be responsible for processing absentee ballots at the TCF Center. Both positions are paid about $200 for the day, plus a mandatory pre-election training, which poll workers are required to attend.

https://www.michiganvoting.org/be-a-poll-worker

Internship opportunity:
01/29/2020
Operation 2020 - Democrats

Internship opportunity:

The Operation 2020 digital organizing fellowship is a paid opportunity in which fellows will be fully trained on digital organizing best practices and then have the opportunity to apply what they learned to organize in their community.

See Professor Landolt perform as Susan B. Anthony this Saturday! Tickets are $10 at the door.
01/29/2020

See Professor Landolt perform as Susan B. Anthony this Saturday! Tickets are $10 at the door.

Happening tomorrow:
01/20/2020

Happening tomorrow:

Great looking group of editors!
01/15/2020

Great looking group of editors!

Over the past seven years the Nu Omega Chapter at Oakland University Department of Political Science has hosted the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. The Spring 2020 issue, along with a Centennial issue to come this summer, will mark the conclusion of their two terms. Under the leadership of faculty advisor Terri Towner and a group of amazing student editorial board members the journal has become the premier outlet for student research in political science. The national office is proud of all they have accomplished and thankful for the years of hard work! #PiSigmaAlphaStrong #PSA100

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