News & Events

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.

Congratulations 2021 graduates! Special congratulations to the winners of our concentration awards--Emily Resko: Law & Politics; Olivia Donia: International Politics; Alma Mamani: American Politics--and to our two Webb Award winners as top graduates: Trey Houk and Anastasia Petrak. Good luck to everyone, and stay in touch!

Political science major Jessica Schmitz has won a 2021 Rangos Prize for her project, "The Effects of Social Media and Microtargeting on Political Polarization."

Dr. Sheahan to appear at Manhattan Institute symposium on Strengthening Community: Law, Policy, and Voluntary Associations. Free registration here.

Dr. Rubin publishes article promoting space exploration.

Dr. Haas wins the College's Excellence in Scholarship Award and a Presidential Scholarship to complete his book on population aging and war.

Dr. Bob wins Fulbright Global Scholar Award to study Covid's effects on transnational activism in Brazil, India, and South Africa.

The 2020 Election and Its Aftermath. A Student-Led Panel Discussion/Q & A with Political Science faculty. Wed. Nov. 18, 5pm on Zoom.

Book launch for Dr. Luke Sheahan, "Why Associations Matter: The Case for First Amendment Pluralism" (University Press of Kansas), Fri., Oct. 23, 3-4:30pm.

Congratulations to 2020 graduates! Special congratulations to Webb Award winners, Antonia Gelorme and Kelly Myer!

Student forum on U.S. Foreign Policy with Drs. Haas, Sawicki, and Bob, Mon. Apr. 13, 6-8pm on Zoom. Video here (email for password).

Dr. Bob's book, The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics, wins Best Book of the Decade Award from the International Studies Association.

Congratulations Model UN Club for four best delegate awards at the North American Model UN competition, Toronto, Canada, Feb. 2020!

Dr. Bob speaks with Ambassador Sarah Mendelson about his new book, Rights as Weapons, at City of Asylum Pittsburgh (Video courtesy CoA).

Congratulations to political science major, Megan Toomer, who has been selected as the Undergraduate Speaker for the College's December Commencement!

Congratulations to the Model United Nations team for winning 2nd Place in the Lake Erie International Model UN conference!

Debating U.S. Foreign Policy with Dr. Haas and Dr. Bob. Tues. Nov. 5, 6pm, Power Ctr. C.

Dr. Bob participates in Georgetown University forum on Russia's links to conservative American activists and its role in the global culture wars.

American Foreign Policy After Trump: Pitfalls, Challenges, and Opportunities. Dr. Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. Thursday, October 3, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Lecture Hall 3, Rockwell Hall.

Congratulations 2019 graduates! Special congratulations to Webb Award winners, David DeFelice and Nikola Ranick

Dr. Schulze's book, Strategic Frames, wins Honorable Mention for Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Dr. Bob's new book, Rights as Weapons, published by Princeton University Press (30% discount; code C234).

"So you want to work for the Department of State? Reflections on my time in Jordan and Cote D' Ivoire" Alex Taylor, Mon April 15, 4:30-5:30.

Anti-Semitism and the First Amendment symposium, Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm. Union Ballroom, reception following.

Rights as Weapons, book launch of Dr. Bob's new book, Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:00pm, College Hall 104, reception following. Signed books available for sale!

Dr. Rubin appointed as the Marie-Clement Rodier C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair.

Congratulations to Megan Toomer ('19) for winning a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership scholarship for study in Ghana!

Duquesne United Nations Club Wins Best Small Delegation Award at Regional Model UN Competition

"Women's Rights in Iran," Delaram Farzaneh, J.D., Scholars at Risk Fellow, Thurs., Nov. 29, 6-7:30, Pappert Room, Bayer Hall.

Dr. Coopie provides insights and analysis about midterm elections on WTAE-TV.

Professor Lewis Irwin on leave to serve as Commandant of Joint Forces Staff College.

Congratulations 2018 graduates! Special congratulations to Webb Award winners Sydnie Pennington and Kayley Szymanski. View photos of Senior Celebration!

Politics of Immigration class helps refugee children.

Students lobby for financial aid in Harrisburg.

New! National Security & Civil Liberty concentration for majors and minor for non-majors.

"Realist Explanations for Trump and the Future of Sino-American Relations," Dr. Randall Schweller, Ohio State University, Wed. Apr. 25, 4:00 - 5:30, Fisher 719.

"Bringing Democratic Ideals to Foreign Policy: Is It Possible? Is it Desirable?" Dr. Raffaele Marchetti, LUISS University, Rome, Tues., Apr. 24, 4:15-5:15, Union 608.

Dr. Haas wins Duquesne's Presidential Scholarship Award.

Dr. Schulze named Aryeh Sherman Volunteer of the Year by Jewish Family and Community Services. Dr. Schulze's class supports refugee children; featured in multiple news stories.

Model United Nations Club takes honors at North American Model UN in Toronto, Feb. 18-21, 2018.

Book launch of "Strategic Frames" by Dr. Jennie Schulze, Thurs. Mar. 15, 4:30pm, Union 608.

Junior David DeFelice stands in for PA Rep. Rick Saccone in mock debate for WTAE-TV.

Congratulations to Alexa Brightman ('20) for winning a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership scholarship for study in Jordan!

"The Iran Nuclear Deal and What It Says About How Foreign Policy Is Made," Amb. Dennis Jett (ret.), Thurs., Jan. 25, 4:30-6pm. Rockwell Hall, Lecture Hall 3.

Dartmouth's Dr. Stephen G. Brooks to speak on "American Abroad: The United States' Global Role in the 21st Century," Wed. Nov. 8, 4:30, College Hall 105.

Duquesne Political Science is co-sponsoring a film and panel discussion on Gentrification, Race and Class in Pittsburgh, Thurs., Sept. 28, 5-8pm, Union Ballroom.

Dr. Irwin promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Haas named next Raymond J. Kelley Endowed Chair in International Relations.

Fr. Sawicki wins College Service award.

Dr. Haas challenges realism in top international relations journal.

Dr. Rubin on transhumanism in the Washington Post.

Duquesne Model UN team wins Best Small Delegation Award.

Congratulations to the Duquesne Model UN team who won the Best Small Delegation Award at Lake Erie international Model United Nations (LEIMUN), held at Sawmill Creek Resort on Nov. 5-8, 2015. Lillian Younkin and Luke Stegeman also won Excellence Awards for their representation of Portugal in the Council of the European Union.

From L to R: Luke Stegeman, Lillian Younkin, Natalie Lemmo, Rianna Lee, Henry Silbert. Not pictured is Stephanie Warner.

Political Science Student Shares Melady Scholarship Experience

Political Science StudentMy name is Janae Staicer and I am a junior Political Science major here at Duquesne. This fall, however, I am studying and interning at American University in Washington, D.C. This is made possible by American University's Washington Semester Program. This is a very well developed program in which you get to choose from 12 different programs of study and apply for an internship.

The program seminar in which I am participating is Justice & Law: Public Law. This is unlike any class I have taken before. The professor, a lawyer and former staffer for several committees in the House of Representatives, has a plethora of connections and many years of experience on the Hill and in D.C. Some days we will meet in a classroom on campus for lectures, but most days we spend out in the heart of D.C. meeting important lobbyist, Congressman, and taking site visits to rare-privileged locations.

Once you're admitted to the program, you have access to a database with literally thousands of organizations in D.C. and surrounding areas looking for interns. These postings include law firms, think tanks, governmental agencies, news stations, lobbying firms, and many more. After much consideration, I am doing my internship at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Colombia.

This is truly an amazing experience. There is an assumption that the price is costly, but since Duquesne is a member school there is a large tuition adjustment as well as financial aid available. In fact, I am the first recipient of the Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at

"LinkedIn Group"

The department has created a LinkedIn group for alumni.  Find it on LinkedIn by searching for "Duquesne University Department of Political Science Alumni."


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.