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Thinking about the Peace Corps?

March 23, 2023

Peace Corps recruiter Verlisha Brandon provides an info session for students.


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Democracy and Diplomacy: Cultivating our Future

March 20, 2023

Dame Karen Pierce DCMG discussed US/UK relations in a VCU event co-sponsored by VCU Political Science and the VCU Wilder School.

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Is Russia Losing Its Grip?

March 14, 2023

A full year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Amb. Godfrey (Ret.) discussed Putin's motivation and worldview with Professor Judy Twigg.


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Ukrainian Resilience

February 27, 2023

Dr. Oleksandra Keudel discussed crisis response during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


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What can you do with a POLI degree?

February 21, 2022 

Melinda W. Snyder, MEd. with VCU Career Services recently spoke to VCU students about career options in political science.

Download a PDF copy of the POLI_degree_career_options slideshow.

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Memories of January 6th

January 19th, 2023

The VCU Department of Political Science co-hosted a townhall discussion with Randolph Macon College's Department of Political Science featuring two police officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th, Harry Dunn and Danny Hodges.

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A Career in the State Department

November 3, 2022

VCU Political Science hosted Carolyn Coberly, who shared what it's like to work for the Department of State.

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Foreign Affairs and Working at the State Department

October 26, 2022

The VCU Department of Political Science hosted a panel featuring Ambassador Nina Hachigian to discuss foreign affairs and life inside the State Department.

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Dr. Michael Paarlberg featured on Tangled Roots podcast.

July 31, 2022

In the episode, Paarlberg discusses "the origins and operations of the gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (18th Street Gang) from the streets of Los Angeles, California to the prisons of Central America. As an unintended consequence of the growing deportation system, the United States has slowly fueled the region's deadly gang problem for the last thirty years."


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Panel Discussion with the US State Department

April 28, 2022

The VCU Department of Political Science hosted representatives from the United States State Department to discuss data driven approaches to global conflict.

The panelists were: Matthew Steinhefler (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stablization Operations); Elizabeth Hume (Executive Director, Alliance for Peacebuilding), and POLI professors Michael Paarlberg and Jessica Trisko Darden.


Careers in Public Service: A POLI Townhall Event 

April 20, 2022

The VCU Department of Political Science hosted a virtual townhall event with three former alumni to discuss careers in public service. The panelists shared their experiences at VCU and how they prepared for the job market.

The panelists were:

Megan Rickman Blackwood
PhD Student, University of North Carolina
Legislative Director, Office of Senator Mamie E. Locke

Aisha Kamara
Program Manager-Africa, Bureau of Weapons Removal and Abatement
U.S. Department of State

Aja E. Moore
Government Relations Analyst, Reed Smith LLP


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Dr. Judyth Twigg discusses Ukraine on PBS

March 7, 2022.

An interview with Dr. Twigg was featured on Focal Point, a news program produced by VPM News, a PBS affiliated in Central Virginia.


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Dr. John Aughenbaugh talks SCOTUS on FM radio

March 4, 2022

Dr. John Aughenbaugh joined the Jeff Katz show (News Radio WRVA 96.1FM) to discuss the Supreme Court nomination process.


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Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of European Security

March 1, 2022

Political Science professors Judyth Twigg, Bill Newmann, Chris Saladino, and Christopher Burdett discussed the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine in a townhall event hosted by the VCU Department of Political Science.


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Dr. Cherie Strachan featured on State of the Union

February 21, 2022

Dr. Cherie Strachan discusses immigration and President Biden's first year in office on State of the Union

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Dr. Michael Paarlberg featured on The Racket podcast

February 15, 2022

Dr. Paarlberg discussed America's historic "sphere of influence" through the lens of Jonathan Jakubowicz’s 2016 drama Hands of Stone.

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Podcast featuring Dr. Judyth Twigg

November 4, 2021

POLI Professor Judyth Twigg was featured in an interview with PRI's The World, in which she discussed the rise of COVID-19 in Russia.


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Meet VCU Authors: Alex Keena, Assistant Professor of Political Science, VCU

November 1, 2021.

Alex Keena discussed his book at an event hosted by the Humanities Research Center at VCU.


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VCU professors Dr. Amanda Wintersieck, Dr. Alex Keena, Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and David Kerr discussed the 2021 Virginia Gubernatorial Election with Prof. Allie Reckendorf moderating on October 20, 2021.


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Season 8 of Civil Discourse podcast.

Fall 2021

Civil Discourse is a podcast produced by VCU Libraries hosted by Political Science professor John Aughenbaugh and Public Affairs Research Librarian Nia Rodgers, which uses federal documents to spark conversations about the workings of government.

Season 8 of Civil Discourse features episodes on the Supreme Court of the United States, the 2021 elections, and the criminal case against R Kelly.



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On April 21, Dr. Judy Twigg and several colleagues participated in a University of Chicago webinar event about “China, Russia, and the Global Politics of COVID-19 Vaccines."

Video from the event, which was hosted by University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), is available on Youtube. 



The VCU Department of Political Science hosted a panel discussion unpacking the events of January 6th, 2021, when insurrectionist stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election. The discussion featured VCU POLI professors John Aughenbaugh, Bill Newmann, Michael Paarlberg, Allie Reckendorft, and Amanda Wintersieck, and was moderated by Alex Keena. 


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Dr. Michael Paarlberg discusses El Salvador’s state of exception and the gang pact on KBS news (in Korean)

August 10, 2022