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Amid pandemic and protests, a VCU class on lobbying explores ‘how power gets used and brokered’

August 11, 2020

“When you protest, you have a series of demands. When you write your rep … it’s a chance to give them resources and to lobby your point.”

Q&A with VCU professor Michael Paarlberg, senior Latin America policy adviser for Bernie Sanders’ campaign

July 30, 2020

With fewer than 100 days to the general election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Paarlberg said much is at stake when it comes to U.S.-Latin America relations.

Recent grad awarded Woods Scholarship and and Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship

June 2, 2020

Abegail Anderson is a spring 2020 political science graduate with a concentration in international relations.

Two new faculty members to join the department for 2020-21

May 28, 2020

Jessica Trisko Darden, Ph.D., comes to VCU from George Washington University's Program on Extremism, and Jatia Wrighten, Ph.D., arrives on campus with many years of teaching experience as an instructor at James Madison University, GMU and Northern Virginia Community College.

‘I’m looking forward to … everything’: Amid COVID-19, Richmond native and Political Science alum ready to help patients

May 27, 2020

Bonds with mentors and classmates have helped prepare new family medicine physician Danielle Austen as she and her fellow medical school graduates step “into a very real situation.”

Nguyen wins National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarship

May 11, 2020

The Boren Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests that are underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Expert on Eastern Europe health care voices concern about COVID-19 in Russia and Ukraine

April 22, 2020

“There are real questions about the ability of these health systems to handle something major.”

Political Science student Maryum Elnasseh named Critical Language Scholar

April 16, 2020

The Critical Language Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State for the study of 15 languages deemed critical to the United States’ diplomatic and security interests.

A VCU professor and student are visiting Pacific islands, exploring how they are adapting to the threat of climate change

March 3, 2020

“People are not planning for out-migration,” said Andrea Simonelli, an assistant professor of political science. “They are focused on preserving their way of life for as long as they can.”

Political Science Black History in the Making Award Recipients for 2020

March 2, 2020

Five Political Science students and one faculty member were among those who received the annual Black History in the Making award at a ceremony on Monday, February 24, hosted by the Department of African American Studies.

Professor Andrew Murphy awarded visiting fellowship at the British Library’s Eccles Centre for American Studies

January 24, 2020

The award will support a month of archival research in the British Library related to Murphy’s new project on political martyrdom.

In New Hampshire, VCU students get behind-the-curtain look at presidential primary politics

January 22, 2020

A class of VCU political science students spent 10 days embedded in the New Hampshire primary, and met Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and others.

David Baldacci once wrote stories in secret at VCU. Now he has millions of readers around the world.

December 11, 2019

Bestselling novelist and VCU Political Science alumnus David Baldacci will be the featured speaker at VCU's fall commencement on Saturday.

Faculty profile: Judy Twigg, Ph.D.

December 9, 2019

The country on everyone’s lips these days is Ukraine. That also happens to be one of the countries in which Judy Twigg, professor in the Department of Political Science, specializes.

Alumni spotlight: Laura Bryant, class of '18

December 6, 2019

As a student, alumna Laura Bryant was preoccupied with state and local races in Virginia rather than federal elections. But that all changed in 2016 when she participated in an intersession class titled Political Campaigns and Communication taught by Professor Allie Reckendorf, Ph.D.

Class of 2019: James Grubb is driven by a passion for political science and serving fellow veterans

December 5, 2019

James Grubb found a community of friends and fellow veterans at VCU. Together they launched the Student Veterans Association.

The House has opened an impeachment inquiry. What’s next?

September 25, 2019

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump could reshape American politics, says Jason Ross Arnold, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science.

Political rhetoric blows MS-13 violence out of proportion, VCU research finds

August 29, 2019

A new study by VCU researchers examined 20 years of violent crimes linked to MS-13 and found that political rhetoric greatly exaggerates the size of threat posed by the gang.

Professor Paarlberg conducts field work in Colombia

August 19, 2019

Professor Michael Paarlberg traveled to Colombia in August to do field work for a project about that country’s civil war.

Recent alumnus to serve in the Northam administration

August 19, 2019

Nathan Dowdy ('19) will serve as special assistant to the secretary of finance.

Student spotlight: Marie Divine (class of '19)

August 7, 2019

Don’t be surprised if you see Marie Divine (class of '19) appear on your ballot someday.

New podcast “Civil Discourse” features John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D.

August 7, 2019

Many people are tired of partisan bickering and overheated, even mean-spirited, political discourse. Into that fray steps VCU Public Affairs Librarian Nia Rodgers with a simple idea: a podcast that explores how government can and should work without the rancor of partisanship but rather with understanding and expertise. Most of the conversations are with VCU political scientist and regular co-host John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Arnold named chair of the VCU Department of Political Science

August 1, 2019

Jason Ross Arnold, Ph.D., has recently accepted the position of chair of the Department of Political Science. He is replacing Ravi Perry, Ph.D., who left VCU at the end of the year to serve as chair of political science at Howard University.

RVA My Way: Nikki Wilkins

August 1, 2019

How a nature newbie went from having zero outdoor experience to being a river-loving whitewater rafting guide.

Faculty featured in recent press releases

July 12, 2019

Political Science faculty have been featured recently in three well-known media outlets.

Being there: A weeklong trip along the Civil Rights Trail helps VCU students connect history with the present

June 27, 2019

For Virginia Commonwealth University student Jordan Moye, visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama — where civil rights marchers calling for voting rights legislation were attacked by law enforcement officers in 1965 in what came known as “Bloody Sunday” — was a powerful experience.

Political science student named PACME award recipient

April 24, 2019

Taggart, a junior studying gender, sexuality and women's studies and political science in the College of Humanities and Sciences, was one of four honored at Tuesday’s annual event celebrating those who advance equity and inclusive excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In Memoriam: Herbert Hirsch, Ph.D.

March 1, 2019

Dr. Hirsch's family and colleagues invite students, alumni and community members to celebrate his life and his dedication to the cause of human rights at an on-campus memorial service on Thursday, March 28 from 7:00-9:30pm in MCALC 1107.

Douglas Kimemia, Ph.D., named VCU Globe Faculty Fellow, Black History in the Making Award Recipient

February 28, 2019

The Department of Political Science would like to congratulate our very own Douglas Kimemia, Ph.D., for being accepted as a VCU Globe Faculty Fellow through the university’s Global Education Office. He was also named a recipient of VCU’s Black History in the Making Award for his initiative crafting a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning study abroad course on African politics.

Faculty Spotlight: Judy Twigg Explains the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Russia

February 27, 2019

Judy Twigg, Ph.D., presented a forthcoming policy memo at a policy conference of the Project on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia, hosted by George Washington University and attended by more than one hundred U.S. government diplomats and analysts.

Paarlberg monitors the presidential election in El Salvador

February 25, 2019

On February 3, voters in El Salvador elected 37-year old Nayib Bukele to be president. Michael Paarlberg, Ph.D., was on the ground to witness the historic election, and recounts his experience.

Where in the world?: POLI faculty trot the globe

February 25, 2019

Our Political Science faculty have been busy this year! Check out this feature that illustrates all the cool places they’ve been and why they were there.

For billions, clean water is scarce. For one week, it was for these VCU students too.

February 18, 2019

To gain insight into life where clean water is not easily accessible, students in a VCU political science class were put on a tight water diet last week.