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PhD Student Publishes Article in Foreign Affairs Journal

January 28th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Yasser El-Shimy, of the Ph.D. program, has (with Professor Nathan Brown of George Washington University) just published a most impressive article in the influential journal Foreign Affairs.

The essay is: “Did Sisi Save Egypt? The Arab Spring at Five.”

Here is a link to the article:

Professor Crawford’s timely opinion essay on WBUR’s cognoscenti

January 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized

WBUR’s cognoscenty recently featured an important and timely piece by Professor Neta Crawford. A link the the article can be found below.

Join Us at the BU Data Science (BUDS) Day

January 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Data Science Initiative at the Hariri Institute for Computing is proud to announce the inaugural BU Data Science (BUDS) Day on January 22nd, 2016.


Co-Chaired by professors Christenson (Political Science) and Ishwar (ECE), the day will feature talks from researchers across BU — from social sciences, humanities, law, business and medicine — to engineering, computer science, and statistics – BUDS Day aims to spearhead a greater understanding of data science and forge interdisciplinary connections and future research collaborations.

We are excited to kick off the 2016 Spring semester with this symposium, and we hope you’ll join us in growing a data science community that fosters learning and building connections across Boston University.

Registration is required and FREE for the entire BU community:

More information is available on the BUDS website:

BA/MA Student Article Publication

January 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Alison Dorsi, a BA/MA student in last year’s class, has published an excellent article in the Journal of Politics and International Affairs: “Remedy’s Rhetoric: Differences in the Banking Crises of Ireland and Cyprus.”

PO Grad Student publication

January 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Ahmet Tekelioglu, one of PO’s outstanding graduate students, has had an article published re. religious pluralism and relations between Muslim, Catholic, and secular communities.

This important article is featured on the Contending Modernities Project blog.

The article nicely summarizes Ahmet’s research in Los Angeles (alongside Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area) for the Contending Modernities Program at Notre Dame University.

New faculty publication

November 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Professors John Gerring and Max Palmer have just published this important article in the American Political Science Review.

“Demography and democracy: A global, district-level analysis of electoral contestation” – pdf

Professor Martin’s book published

November 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Political Negotiation


Professor Cathie Jo Martin’s most recent book has just been published by Brookings Institution Press.  This important work (coedited with Professor Jane Mansbridge of Harvard) is Political Negotiation: A Handbook.

Fall 2015 Department Newsletter

November 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Click here for the latest issue of the Political Science Department Newsletter featuring articles from Judith Swanson, Efraim Inbar, Helen Knowles, Irene Gendzier, Doug Kriner, and Katherine Einstein.

Professor Cathie Martin Interviewed in Washington Post on Denmark, Socialism, and Bernie Sanders

November 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Bernie Sanders invoking Denmark and Democratic-Socialism has been a prominent part of the Democratic Party primary. Recently, the Washington Post devoted substantial attention to the question of whether Denmark is “socialist” or “business friendly.” To do so, it interviewed (at length) Cathie Jo Martin, a Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department (along with her colleague Kathleen Thelan from MIT). Professor Martin is an authority on Denmark. Much of her research, including her book The Political Construction of Business Interests (Cambridge University Press), focuses on relationships between business, labor, and government in Denmark.  In the interview Martin highlights the potential for collaboration between business and big Government that Denmark exemplifies and concludes that it is not “socialist.”

PO 313 — The Politics of the Wire — Named “Coolest” Class at BU by

October 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Recently, in its back to school guide on Boston University, named the Political Science department’s “The Politics and Policy of HBO’s the Wire (PO 313) the “Coolest Class to Take” on campus.  The class, co-taught by professors Katie Einstein and David Glick combines watching HBO’s show about urban life with readings from political science and other disciplines.

The back to school “Cheat Sheet” featured the class along with other distinguished awards for best late night food, best student discount, and best make-out spot.