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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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

01/10/2020

Not only is it an interesting play, but it also features yours truly performing Susan B. Anthony:

WomanSpeak - February 1 st - 7 pm in the Karen Joy Theater at Upland Hills School

This is our theatre director, Karen Moore’s last year before she officially retires from UHS. She is a founding teacher and has spent her life building UHS through her love of theater arts, literature, writing and so much more. WomanSpeak by Gloria Goldsmith is a play about the lost history of American women. Karen has always been a fierce advocate for equal rights for women and first directed this play in 1980. Originally produced for the California Commission on Rights, it was later presented at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood with Jane Fonda in the leading role. Some of our original cast members are back for this one night, special encore performance.

Please join us in the Karen Joy Theatre on February 1st at 7:00pm. Be prepared for a thoughtful and surprising evening, followed by a lovely "afterglow" with Karen and the cast.
Tickets are $10. Purchase at the door.

* Because of the play's mature theme, we do not recommend that children younger than 12 years old (Dom's Group) attend the performance.

WFMDTE Energy Democracy Organizer Fellowship Program
01/10/2020
WFMDTE Energy Democracy Organizer Fellowship Program

WFMDTE Energy Democracy Organizer Fellowship Program

Soulardarity builds energy democracy in Highland Park and neighboring communities through community-based education, community organizing, and community- driven development of clean energy infrastructure.

01/10/2020
Congratulations to our December graduates!
12/14/2019

Congratulations to our December graduates!

Eleven students from Professor Fails' capstone course presented their research at today's Fall Research Symposium. Congr...
12/06/2019

Eleven students from Professor Fails' capstone course presented their research at today's Fall Research Symposium. Congratulations to all these outstanding student researchers!

Join us for pizza tomorrow!
12/02/2019

Join us for pizza tomorrow!

11/25/2019
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JOB: Full Time Energy Democracy Grassroots Organizer (MI Environmental Justice Coalition)--follow link below for more info.

Great story by the Detroit News looking ahead to tonight's talk by former Polish president Lech Walesa, with quotes from...
11/15/2019
Walesa: 'Underestimating democracy' invites demagoguery, 'trouble'

Great story by the Detroit News looking ahead to tonight's talk by former Polish president Lech Walesa, with quotes from professors Trumbore and Dulio.

Former Poland President Lech Wałęsa said people must be vigilant against demagoguery and should prevent a lack of appreciation of democracy

Congratulations to OU Model UN for bringing back another first place delegation trophy from last weekend's Lake Erie Int...
11/12/2019

Congratulations to OU Model UN for bringing back another first place delegation trophy from last weekend's Lake Erie International Model UN Conference! The team also garnered a dozen individual awards for best delegate. Well done everyone! Looking forward to adding this to the trophy case!

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement
11/07/2019

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement

Next week is Veteran's Week at OU! There are events every day. From Student Veterans Of Oakland University:

Honor our Veterans at Oakland University's Veterans Week November 11-15. Join fellow veterans, community members, and campus students and staff for a week of events designed to inspire, support and commemorate those who served. Events include:
11/11 - Day of Service
11/12 - Resiliency Lunch and Learn
11/12 - Veterans Day Movie
11/13 - Frozen Chosin March
11/14 - Recognition Luncheon (invitation only)
11/15 - An Evening with a Presidential Medal of Honor Recipient

All events are free. Contact [email protected] for more info.

Meeting next week--all are welcome!
11/05/2019

Meeting next week--all are welcome!

Check out this great profile of senior International Relations major Ghazi Ghazi and his recent completion of a US State...
10/30/2019
International relations major studies Arabic in Morocco - 2019 - Office of International Education - News - OU Magazine - Oakland University

Check out this great profile of senior International Relations major Ghazi Ghazi and his recent completion of a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Way to go Ghazi, we're very proud of your accomplishments!

After immigrating to the U.S. from Iraq, Ghazi Ghazi made a conscious effort to assimilate into American culture. For him, that meant eschewing his native language of Arabic in favor of speaking English.

Oakland University
10/24/2019
Oakland University

Oakland University

Lech Wałęsa, the former President of Poland, will be this year’s Varner Vitality Lecture keynote speaker on November 15. Learn more about this event and register below. #ThisIsOU

The newly organized "Faculty Alliance for Climate and Environment" (FACE) is focused on a lot more than ecological anxie...
09/26/2019
Grassroots movement battles ‘climate grief’ on campus

The newly organized "Faculty Alliance for Climate and Environment" (FACE) is focused on a lot more than ecological anxiety/climate grief, but here's an article about Tuesday's event, featuring our very own Alan Epstein!

Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Jamie Margolin and many more individuals across America are speaking out against climate change and the politics behind the detriment of their planet. Now, this movement is coming to OU, and the faculty behind it invited students and staff to their f...

Here's a photo of the audience at yesterday's showing of an Extinction Rebellion video entitled, "Heading for Extinction...
09/25/2019

Here's a photo of the audience at yesterday's showing of an Extinction Rebellion video entitled, "Heading for Extinction and What to Do about It". A link to the video is in the comments. If you missed the event and still want to get on our e-mail list for future faculty/staff/student collaborations around the climate and our environment, send me an e-mail: [email protected]

09/20/2019
Here are some events planned on campus tomorrow marking the anniversary of 9/11. Take time out of your day to participat...
09/10/2019

Here are some events planned on campus tomorrow marking the anniversary of 9/11. Take time out of your day to participate.

Don't forget!
All day tomorrow on OU's campus -- A 9/11 Remembrance, Tribute and Discussion.

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement
09/05/2019

Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement

Here's another upcoming event from CCE. We're delighted to partner with Inforum Michigan for "Oakland University's Women in Legislatures."

This evening of discussion and conversation will feature many of the female federal and state legislators that either represent our campus or attended Oakland University.

This event is fee to attend, but registration is required. You can sign up to come through the Inforum Michigan website:

https://inforummichigan.z2systems.com/np/clients/inforummichigan/event.jsp?event=19136&

October 7, 2019
6:30 pm
Oakland University's Oakland Center
Ballroom B

Address

418 Varner Hall
Rochester, MI
48309

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