News & Events

Congratulations 2022 graduates! Special congratulations to the winners of our concentration awards--Samantha James: Law & Politics; Nicholas Eliason: National Security and Civil Liberty; Marissa Collura: American Politics--and to our Webb Award winner as top graduate and winner of the College General Excellence Award: Bella Biancone. Good luck to everyone, and stay in touch!

Congratulations to Dr. Rubin for being named Professor Emeritus by the President of the University.

Dr. Bob had an opinion article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Fr. Sawicki had an opinion article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Political Science Club Presents: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis Roundtable: A Look Into Current Events, a panel discussion and Q&A with Drs. Haas, Irwin, and Schulze. Thursday, February 24th, 5-6:30 pm. Rockwell Hall, Lecture 3.

Dr. Schulze discusses her research on minority integration in the European Center for Minority Issues in Europe "Conversation with the Experts." Dr. Schulze discusses the role of EU conditionality and its impact on minority protection in Central and Eastern Europe, what previous rounds of EU enlargement can teach us about democratic backsliding in the region and prospects for future enlargement, how we should measure minority integration and what we can learn from quantitative projects like "The Integration of the European Second Generation" project, and the different challenges for integrating different types of minority groups based on insights from her research on refugee resettlement.

Congratulations to Dr. Schulze for winning the Russo Family Faculty Development Fellowship to work on her book: Cities of Bridges: Receiving Refugees in Times of Crisis.

The Political Science Department presents: The Afghanistan War and the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Retrospective and Look Forward. Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A with Drs. Bob, Haas, and Irwin. Wed., September 8, 6-7:30pm. Wolfe Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center. Co-Sponsors:
Politics & Political Science Club and Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society.

Dr. Haas was quoted in a New York Times article about his research on demographic change and international security.

Dr. Schulze has been appointed Director of the University's new Center for Migration, Displacement and Community Studies.

Dr. Bob had an opinion article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was interviewed by NPR-WILF about Pennsylvania's May 18 ballot referendums on emergency powers.


Dr. Charles Rubin has published a new book, Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress (Encounter Books 2014)
The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East (Westview Press 2012, co-edited with David Lesch).
The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with largely peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes Rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the causes and immediate and long-term consequences of the revolutions in the region and internationally. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations.
Dr. Lew Irwin has published, Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning From America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation
Dr. Clifford Bob has published, The Global Right Wing and The Clash of World Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, 2012).
Dr. Mark Haas has published a co-edited volume, The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies (5th edition), published by Westview Press. The co-editor is David Lesch. Dr. Haas also contributed two chapters to it: The Introduction (co-written with David Lesch) and "Ideology and Iran's American Policies, 1997-2008."
The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security (Oxford University Press, 2012).
This book examines how leaders' ideological beliefs have shaped America's relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey since the end of the Cold War. Most notably, the book demonstrates how ideologies have greatly affected policymakers' choices of allies and enemies, as well as efforts to spread their ideological principles abroad as a key means of advancing their interests. The purposes of the book go beyond advancing theoretical debates in the international relations literature. It also aims to provide policy guidance on key international security issues. These prescriptions are designed to advance America's interests in the Middle East in particular, namely how U.S. leaders should best respond to the ideological dynamics that exist in the region.