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.

Sunrise Fall Fellowship Application 2019
07/12/2019
Sunrise Fall Fellowship Application 2019

Sunrise Fall Fellowship Application 2019

HELP SUNRISE MAKE 2019 COUNT! APPLY TO BE AN ORGANIZER! ===== FELLOWSHIP VISION ===== We have 11 years to stop the climate crisis. Are you ready to go all-in? We are SO excited to launch the 2019 Fall Organizing Fellowship to grow our movement In four key presidential swing states: Iowa, New Hampshi...

Today Professor Fails and April ‘19 graduate Sophie Marzolf presented the results of a collaborative research project ...
05/23/2019

Today Professor Fails and April ‘19 graduate Sophie Marzolf presented the results of a collaborative research project with Oakland County Parks at the SEMCOG office is downtown Detroit. They shared the results of a service learning project analyzing diversity in parks usage and outdoor recreation, and networked with public sector professionals from the surrounding 7 counties.

Congratulations to all our graduates, and don't forget us when you're world famous!
04/30/2019

Congratulations to all our graduates, and don't forget us when you're world famous!

Another successful day of student research presentations! Congratulations to all the student presenters.
04/16/2019

Another successful day of student research presentations! Congratulations to all the student presenters.

International Relations majors Ghazi Ghazi (at left in the photo) and Brian Quinn recently presented their original rese...
04/10/2019

International Relations majors Ghazi Ghazi (at left in the photo) and Brian Quinn recently presented their original research at the Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union at Scripps College, Claremont-UC in California. Ghazi's paper, "Is Turkey a Rival to the European Union? Neo-Ottoman Influence in the Balkans," was honored with the Outstanding Paper Award at the conference and will be published in the conference journal.

Ghazi has also been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship in Arabic, awarded by the US State Department, which will fully fund his intensive language training in Morocco over the summer. Congratulations, Ghazi, on all your accomplishments this year!

In 2018, Michigan voters and Voters Not Politicians made history by passing a redistricting reform amendment with 61% of...
03/21/2019
Democracy Reform Town Hall - Royal Oak

In 2018, Michigan voters and Voters Not Politicians made history by passing a redistricting reform amendment with 61% of the vote to end gerrymandering.

Join Voters Not Politicians at a Democracy Reform Town Hall on Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Royal Oak to learn more about Michigan’s new redistricting process and how you can participate. The group will also discuss other critical democracy reform issues to strengthen the democratic process through citizen action in Michigan.

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WHEN: Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m

WHERE: Royal Oak Public Library (222 E Eleven Mile Rd Royal Oak, MI 48067)

WHAT: A Democracy Reform Town Hall discussing Voters Not Politicians' work in 2018, Michigan's new redistricting process, and other critical democracy reform issues.

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Admission is free, and all Michiganders are welcome (including young ones)! However, SPACE IS LIMITED, so please RSVP!

To RSVP, please click here: https://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/royaloak44

We look forward to seeing you there!

- The VNP Team

Reforming Redistricting in Michigan

Oakland University
03/09/2019
Oakland University

Oakland University

The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. #ThisIsOU

Tonight, PS 3415: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa welcomed Palestinian author, academic, journalist and hum...
03/07/2019

Tonight, PS 3415: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa welcomed Palestinian author, academic, journalist and human rights activist Ramzy Baroud, as he discussed his latest book and answered questions about Palestinian peoples’ history and other related topics.

03/05/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs scheduled for Wednesday March 6 has been cancelled. We are working on a rescheduled date. Thank you for your understanding.

It's scholarship season! OU Political Science is accepting applications for four scholarships that are exclusively for d...
02/28/2019

It's scholarship season!

OU Political Science is accepting applications for four scholarships that are exclusively for department majors.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 29 March 2019. Mark your calendars!

Congratulations to International Relations major Brian Quinn, who has been awarded the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences...
02/26/2019

Congratulations to International Relations major Brian Quinn, who has been awarded the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award! The award is presented to outstanding students who in their academic activities exemplify the variety and scope of work in the Arts and Sciences. Brian will be honored at commencement in April.

Professors Trumbore and Dulio spent a great evening in D.C. catching up with Oakland alumni.
02/22/2019

Professors Trumbore and Dulio spent a great evening in D.C. catching up with Oakland alumni.

02/14/2019

Hey, Washington, D.C., area alumni, Prof. Pete Trumbore, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Prof. Dave Dulio, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, will be in town next week to host a gathering for alumni. The event will be Thursday evening, Feb. 21. Invitations should be coming today by email from the Alumni Association. If you don't receive one and would like to attend, let us know and we will get you on the RSVP list.

02/11/2019

Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit.

Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion.

Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend.

Free Parking provided in WSU lot 62.

Dates: Feb 7, 14, 21,28; March 21, 28; April 4, 11
Time: 7-9pm

Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.

Sponsors: Semester in Detroit, Detroit Equity Action Lab/Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights, University of Michigan Detroit Center, & Wayne State University Department of African American Studies.

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement
02/09/2019

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement

Political Humor and Its Impact on American Life

The Daily Show. Saturday Night Live. The Colbert Report.

How does political humor and satire impact how Americans feel about politics and government? Do we learn anything from it? How political does humor impact democratic discourse? Are there problems that arise along with any benefits?

Join us for an evening of conversation about these questions and more with Dr. Jody C Baumgartner, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at East Carolina and the expert on political humor and satire in the United States.

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Sitsj1lyxev9f09c2

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society
02/08/2019

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society

The Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference is one week away! Destinee Rule and other students from the Nu Omega chapter at Oakland University Department of Political Science held a special practice session yesterday for their presentations. More than 150 students and faculty will join us next weekend on the campus of George Washington University. With big thanks to our host The Graduate School of Political Management. #PiSigmaAlphainDC #undergraduateresearch

2019 Summer Internship Program Application — NCUSAR
02/05/2019
2019 Summer Internship Program Application — NCUSAR

2019 Summer Internship Program Application — NCUSAR

NCUSAR is an American non-profit, educational NGO dedicated to improving American understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world.

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement
02/04/2019

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement

EVENT REMINDER

Marijuana is Legal. Now What?
Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a conversation about how Michigan moves forward after the legalization of recreational marijuana. Our panel of experts from the Legislature, health care, law enforcement and other areas will convene for a conversation around many important questions and issues about what legalization means for the state and its citizens.
February 11, 2019
6:30 pm
Ballrooms C & D
The Oakland Center
Oakland University campus
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

This was written by one of our recent grads, Adam George. Give it a read.
02/01/2019
The End of Pessimism? Democracy Makes a Resurgence

This was written by one of our recent grads, Adam George. Give it a read.

It is easy to get lost in the details of one’s work. This happens in every field ranging from the neverending rounds made by a nurse to the countless strokes of an artist’s paintbrush. Supporting democracy and good governance is no different – thousands of dedicated activists across the world ...

Marijuana is Legal. Now What?February 11, 20196:30 pmBallrooms C & DThe Oakland CenterOakland University campus312 Meado...
01/24/2019

Marijuana is Legal. Now What?

February 11, 2019
6:30 pm
Ballrooms C & D
The Oakland Center
Oakland University campus
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

Marijuana is Legal. Now What?

Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a conversation about how Michigan moves forward after the legalization of recreational marijuana. Our panel of experts from the Legislature, health care, law enforcement and other areas will convene for a conversation around many important questions and issues about what legalization means for the state and its citizens.

February 11, 2019
6:30 pm
Ballrooms C & D
The Oakland Center
Oakland University campus
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

Mark your calendar for this upcoming program.
01/24/2019

Mark your calendar for this upcoming program.

Marijuana is Legal. Now What?

Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a conversation about how Michigan moves forward after the legalization of recreational marijuana. Our panel of experts from the Legislature, health care, law enforcement and other areas will convene for a conversation around many important questions and issues about what legalization means for the state and its citizens.

February 11, 2019
6:30 pm
Ballrooms C & D
The Oakland Center
Oakland University campus
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

01/18/2019
Kin States in Sub-state Diplomacy Conflict Dynamics- Cristian Cantir

Prof. Cristian Cantir describes his research on sub-state diplomacy and conflict dynamics, which is published in the journal Foreign Policy Analysis.

How and why do diplomatic activities by sub-state units produce conflict with the central government?This article uses insights from the ethnic conflict and ...

Here's an internship for those interested in MENA politics and US relations with the region...
01/17/2019
Summer 2019 Washington, DC Internship Program

Here's an internship for those interested in MENA politics and US relations with the region...

Work experience, DC site visits, and academic seminar over 10-week summer program.

CCE has some great events coming up in the next two months. Check them out.
01/14/2019

CCE has some great events coming up in the next two months. Check them out.

The Center for Civic Engagement is pleased to be able to continue to bring conversations about issues of public importance to OU's campus.

Please mark your calendars for two great events in the coming months. More details about each will be available shortly!

01/09/2019

Congratulations to our majors who are this year's recipients of OU Keeper of the Dream scholarships: Destinee Rule (Political Science); Ghazi Ghazi (International Relations); Flavio Di Stefano (International Relations); Julia Alexander (Political Science); and Gicentroy Henry III (Political Science). Well done everyone!

One of our recent grads, Ryan Dempsey, has just published this article in Global Security Review. Ryan is an M.A. candid...
11/30/2018
On the INF Treaty, Negotiations Can Work | Global Security Review

One of our recent grads, Ryan Dempsey, has just published this article in Global Security Review. Ryan is an M.A. candidate in Security Policy Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

This is not a time for brinkmanship. Thirty years ago, American and Soviet leaders signed a treaty eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons, making the world a safer place while setting the stage for gradual disarmament. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been a staple of the nuc...

Professors Trumbore, Cantir, and students Zack Fincher, Ghazi Ghazi, and Hannah Gorosh all presented their research this...
11/17/2018

Professors Trumbore, Cantir, and students Zack Fincher, Ghazi Ghazi, and Hannah Gorosh all presented their research this weekend at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) Midwest in St. Louis.

10/12/2018

Talk by Dr. Juan Cole "Beyond the Clash of Civilizations: Muhammad, Prophet of Peace" on November 1 7-9pm in Banquet Room A (OC).

Juan Cole is a collegiate professor of history at the University of Michigan and the editor and creator of the award-winning "Informed Comment" news and commentary site. He is the author of "Napoleon’s Egypt," "Engaging the Muslim World," and "The New Arabs." His latest book is "Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires."

In the West, the Prophet Muhammad is typically characterized as a war-monger whose teachings fashioned Islam into a religion of violence and intolerance. University of Michigan historian, scholar and author of the weblog "Informed Comment.," Juan Cole challenges this conception in his most recent book, “Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires.“ Professor Cole’s talk will clarify the misperceptions of Islam and how they continue to complicate constructive engagement with the Muslim world.

The event is sponsored by the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Endowment as well as Modern Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, Criminal Justice, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and International Studies.

10/09/2018
08/13/2018
VOA - Zëri i Amerikës

Joana is one of our accomplished graduates, now working for Voice of America.

Këtë vit, supremacistët e bardhë planifikuan një protestë për të shënuar mitingun e vitit të kaluar edhe në Uashington. Protesta do të mbahet pasdite, nën masa të forta sigurie. Kryetarja e Bashkisë së Uashingtonit nënshkroi një urdhër për shkallëzimin e operacioneve të emergjencës në përgatitje të mitingut që do të mbahet në Sheshin Lafayette, një park përballë Shtëpisë së Bardhë.

08/05/2018
06/24/2018

We are hiring!
Breathe Free Detroit Campaign Organizer

Breathe Free Detroit Campaign Organizer
The Ecology Center is seeking a talented organizer to work on the Breathe Free Detroit campaign in Detroit and Southeast Michigan area. This is a full-time staff position with benefits that will be located at our Detroit office. This position is a grant-funded position, with funding available through April 30, 2019, with the potential to be extended.

Working closely with the Ecology Center’s Detroit staff – as well as with our Breathe Free Detroit campaign partner organizations – the Breathe Free Detroit Campaign Organizer will create and carry out public engagement, public education, and community action campaigns in Detroit and surrounding communities in support of the Breathe Free Detroit campaign to shut down the Detroit trash incinerator.

On-the-ground community organizing in Detroit communities impacted by the incinerator will be an essential element of this position and will include tactics such as one-on-one outreach, community meetings, townhall meetings, tabling at events, etc. The position is responsible to and supervised by the Detroit Community Health Director.

Organization
Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led campaign efforts to expand transit service in southeast Michigan. We employ place-based strategies, market campaigns, policy initiatives, educational programs, and social enterprise to address our top priorities: Climate & Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, Safer Materials, and Zero Waste. The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Ecology Center is a founding partner of the Breathe Free Detroit campaign.

Responsibilities
Work with Ecology Center staff and Breathe Free Detroit campaign partners to coordinate outreach and organizing efforts.
Manage canvass and outreach activities to affected communities in Detroit and strategic suburban constituencies to create a robust community presence in campaign activities.
Organize and manage campaign volunteers.
Recruit new organizational endorsers/partners to the Breathe Free Detroit campaign.
Organize Breathe Free Detroit community meetings, and support all campaign activities, including core team meetings, community-based research, meetings with decision-makers, etc.
Engage and organize public input in MDEQ public engagement opportunities related to the incinerator.
Support Breathe Free Detroit communications, including email list and social media
Elevate the public knowledge and spark grassroots discussion of the implications and importance of community action on the incinerator, clean air, zero waste and related topics.
Participate in key conferences and gatherings.

Minimum Qualifications
One year or more of experience in community organizing, campaign organizing, or related jobs, with a preference for organizing in Detroit or other communities of color
Excellent “people skills” and a track record of using said skills in prior capacities.
Strong social networks in, and knowledge of, Detroit. Work in Metro Detroit is a plus.
Ability to work respectfully across race, class, gender, religious and other differences.
Experience with project management.
Solid knowledge of basic computer skills.
Strong organizational skills and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Willingness and ability to travel in Detroit and Southeast Michigan (travel is reimbursed).
Fast learner—able to quickly synthesize information about new topics and new tools.
Adept at figuring out creative ways to engage and empower the public.
A comfort and willingness to work both proactively and independently in achieving a regular schedule of deliverables.
Ability to work irregular hours as some weekend and evening work will be required.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with Drupal or other website platforms, MailChimp, Salsa Labs or other email list management, and social media platforms.
Experience with volunteer management.


Salary and Benefits

Salary $36k -$38k, commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, 403(b) retirement, ongoing training, and growth opportunities. Upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented office atmosphere.

The Ecology Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our internal practices and opportunities, and in how we fulfill our mission of working for healthy people and a healthy planet. For more about our values and work in this area, see the Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references via email to [email protected]. Please include where you heard about the position.

Application Deadline

Applications received prior to July 7 will be given priority, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.





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