UM-Flint Political Science

UM-Flint Political Science Welcome to Political Science at the University of Michigan-Flint. We help students understand politics locally, nationally and globally Find out more about our faculty, and degree offerings at: https://www.umflint.edu/cas/programs/political-science

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Join Turn Up Turnout December 1, 2021 for their final Lunch for democracy event of the fall 2021 semester. This event is...
11/29/2021

Join Turn Up Turnout December 1, 2021 for their final Lunch for democracy event of the fall 2021 semester. This event is virtual only and all students that participate will be able to choose a $15 gift card from a list of restaurants/stores for attending!
Sign up here: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/9355

Join Turn Up Turnout December 1, 2021 for their final Lunch for democracy event of the fall 2021 semester. This event is virtual only and all students that participate will be able to choose a $15 gift card from a list of restaurants/stores for attending!
Sign up here: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/9355

Registration for Winter 2022 is open! Check out some of the great classes being offered in Political Science!
11/17/2021

Registration for Winter 2022 is open! Check out some of the great classes being offered in Political Science!

Registration for Winter 2022 is open! Check out some of the great classes being offered in Political Science!

If you're into the Supreme Court and want to hear from our very own Kim Saks-McManaway and some of her collegues about i...
11/17/2021

If you're into the Supreme Court and want to hear from our very own Kim Saks-McManaway and some of her collegues about it in their yearly roundtable, you are in luck! Join them as they present the can't-miss panel of the year THIS Friday @ 9 am!

If you're into the Supreme Court and want to hear from our very own Kim Saks-McManaway and some of her collegues about it in their yearly roundtable, you are in luck! Join them as they present the can't-miss panel of the year THIS Friday @ 9 am!

Photos from Turn Up Turnout's post
10/31/2021

Photos from Turn Up Turnout's post

10/28/2021

The Winter 2022 course schedule is now available. Check it out at go.umflint.edu/course-schedule and start planning your winter semester!

Photos from University of Michigan-Flint College of Arts and Sciences's post
10/20/2021

Photos from University of Michigan-Flint College of Arts and Sciences's post

10/08/2021

Students—just a reminder that no classes will be held Monday, October 11 or Tuesday, October 12 for Fall Break. We hope you take this opportunity to rest and recharge!

Photos from Turn Up Turnout's post
10/06/2021

Photos from Turn Up Turnout's post

Tomorrow at 1 pm we're talking conspiracy theories and their role in U.S. politics. Join us!
02/16/2021

Tomorrow at 1 pm we're talking conspiracy theories and their role in U.S. politics. Join us!

Tomorrow at 1 pm we're talking conspiracy theories and their role in U.S. politics. Join us!

We hope to see you at the Andrew Highsmith talk later today, 2/11 (virtually). Andrew Highsmith is the author of Demolit...
02/11/2021

We hope to see you at the Andrew Highsmith talk later today, 2/11 (virtually).

Andrew Highsmith is the author of Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (2015). He will be (virtually) visiting the Flint campus for a discussion of his book.

This event is free and open to the public.

In Demolition Means Progress, Highsmith challenges much of the conventional wisdom about structural inequality and the roots of the nation’s “urban crisis," showing in vivid detail how public policies and programs designed to revitalize the Flint area ultimately led to the hardening of social divisions.

Registration: go.umflint.edu/highsmith

Co-sponsors: Urban Institute for Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice; Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice; Department of History; Department of Political Science.
The event is funded by Borders and Crossings: Global Questions at the University of Michigan-Flint, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Questions can be directed to Daniel Birchok ([email protected]) or Jacob Lederman ([email protected]).
We hope to see you there!

We hope to see you at the Andrew Highsmith talk later today, 2/11 (virtually).

Andrew Highsmith is the author of Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (2015). He will be (virtually) visiting the Flint campus for a discussion of his book.

This event is free and open to the public.

In Demolition Means Progress, Highsmith challenges much of the conventional wisdom about structural inequality and the roots of the nation’s “urban crisis," showing in vivid detail how public policies and programs designed to revitalize the Flint area ultimately led to the hardening of social divisions.

Registration: go.umflint.edu/highsmith

Co-sponsors: Urban Institute for Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice; Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice; Department of History; Department of Political Science.
The event is funded by Borders and Crossings: Global Questions at the University of Michigan-Flint, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Questions can be directed to Daniel Birchok ([email protected]) or Jacob Lederman ([email protected]).
We hope to see you there!

First Coffee and Conversation of 2021 is today at 1pm! Are you ready? Link in comments.
01/27/2021

First Coffee and Conversation of 2021 is today at 1pm! Are you ready? Link in comments.

First Coffee and Conversation of 2021 is today at 1pm! Are you ready? Link in comments.

TODAY! Last Coffee & Conversation of 2020. 1 pm. We hope to see you there!
12/09/2020

TODAY! Last Coffee & Conversation of 2020. 1 pm. We hope to see you there!

The last Coffee & Conversation of 2020 is coming up on Wednesday at 1 pm. Join us as we discuss COVID from a global pers...
12/07/2020

The last Coffee & Conversation of 2020 is coming up on Wednesday at 1 pm. Join us as we discuss COVID from a global perspective. Link in comments.

More election talk coming your way next week at November's Coffee & Conversation. We'll have a discussion of the outcome...
11/05/2020

More election talk coming your way next week at November's Coffee & Conversation. We'll have a discussion of the outcomes, the still unsettled, and everything in between. Wednesday, 11/11 @ 1 pm.

If you need a place to discuss and debrief election results, today's Virtual ICC has you covered. Dr. Saks McManaway wil...
11/04/2020

If you need a place to discuss and debrief election results, today's Virtual ICC has you covered. Dr. Saks McManaway will be there to help provide insight as well. Link in UM-Flint email.

Where should you go for your post-election discussion? The day-after-the-election breakdown courtesy of the ICC, CGS, an...
10/30/2020

Where should you go for your post-election discussion? The day-after-the-election breakdown courtesy of the ICC, CGS, and POL. Join us! Info for link in UM-Flint email.

Here are some recommended readings based on today's Coffee and Conversation. For an overview on how criminal justice pol...
10/14/2020
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Here are some recommended readings based on today's Coffee and Conversation.

For an overview on how criminal justice policies impact vulnerable populations, check out Marc Lamont Hill's 'Nobody'. https://www.amazon.com/Nobody-Casualties-Americas-Vulnerable-Ferguson/dp/150112496X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R2TUHEZ8KP6T&dchild=1&keywords=marc+lamont+nobody&qid=1602698753&sprefix=marc+lamont%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1

For a look at police militarization and overcriminalization, Radley Balko's 'Rise of the Warrior Cop' https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Warrior-Cop-Militarization-Americas/dp/1610394577/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1A96YC2AQ993O&dchild=1&keywords=radley+balko+rise+of+the+warrior+cop&qid=1602698723&sprefix=radley+balko%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-2

And a classic on race and the criminal justice system, Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow' https://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-Colorblindness/dp/1620971933/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3TG9LZID8ZSG6&dchild=1&keywords=michelle+alexander+the+new+jim+crow+book&qid=1602698701&sprefix=michelle+alex%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-3

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Our second Coffee & Conversation takes place this coming Wednesday, October 14 @ 1 pm via zoom. We're talking police ref...
10/09/2020

Our second Coffee & Conversation takes place this coming Wednesday, October 14 @ 1 pm via zoom. We're talking police reform in the Black Lives Matter era. What does that mean? What are the obstacles? What are the goals?Link in comments!

Don't forget to join us tonight. Email kimsaks@umich.edu for the passcode.
09/29/2020

Don't forget to join us tonight. Email [email protected] for the passcode.

Mark your calendars for the presidential and vice presidential debates and watch them with the Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha - University of Michigan-Flint, and University of Michigan-Flint Master of Public Administration Program, and the UM-Flint Office of Engaged Learning via zoom. Password information in university email and available by emailing [email protected].

Mark your calendars for the presidential and vice presidential debates and watch them with the Department of Political S...
09/25/2020

Mark your calendars for the presidential and vice presidential debates and watch them with the Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha - University of Michigan-Flint, and University of Michigan-Flint Master of Public Administration Program, and the UM-Flint Office of Engaged Learning via zoom. Password information in university email and available by emailing [email protected].

Pi Sigma Alpha is having their first general membership meeting of the semester this coming Monday, 9/21 @ 1:45 pm. Lear...
09/15/2020

Pi Sigma Alpha is having their first general membership meeting of the semester this coming Monday, 9/21 @ 1:45 pm. Learn how you can get involved in this organization by joining us! Information on the flyer below.

Today's the first day of a new semester. Here's to the best one yet...even if it looks different than the ones in the pa...
08/31/2020

Today's the first day of a new semester. Here's to the best one yet...even if it looks different than the ones in the past.

Our Coffee & Conversation series is going virtual for Fall 2020. Mark your calendars. We'll have PLENTY to talk about.
08/27/2020

Our Coffee & Conversation series is going virtual for Fall 2020. Mark your calendars. We'll have PLENTY to talk about.

Our very own Samantha Uptmor (political science major and international relations minor) outlines her agenda as student ...
08/24/2020
New UM-Flint Student Government president focuses on engagement, DEI and sustainability

Our very own Samantha Uptmor (political science major and international relations minor) outlines her agenda as student government president for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her extensive experience in civic engagement will serve her well.

With aims to make a difference for fellow students, Samantha Uptmor has stepped into the role of University of Michigan-Flint Student Government president for the 2020-2021 school year.

Congrats, Prof. Derwin Munroe! This recognition is well overdue.
06/16/2020

Congrats, Prof. Derwin Munroe! This recognition is well overdue.

Fact: #UMFlintCAS faculty are some of the best in the world 🌎 Stephanie Irwin-Booms (University of Michigan-Flint English Department) and Derwin Munroe (UM-Flint Political Science Department) earned the Collegiate Lecturer Award for their commitment to student success! They're both teaching classes this fall, too.

For the first time in history, you can be (virtually) in the room where it happens as the Supreme Court livestreams oral...
05/04/2020
Listen Live: Supreme Court Arguments Begin Monday

For the first time in history, you can be (virtually) in the room where it happens as the Supreme Court livestreams oral arguments. They don't allow cameras so this is as close as you'll get for now. Will you be listening?

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/03/848317039/listen-live-supreme-court-arguments-begin-monday

The high court begins two weeks of oral arguments — the first time the proceedings will have live audio and the first occasion on which the arguments themselves will be conducted by phone.

Don't forget! Tomorrow @ 1:45 pm--PSA Virtual Coffee Hour
03/29/2020

Don't forget! Tomorrow @ 1:45 pm--PSA Virtual Coffee Hour

Missing your Political Science classmates? Pi Sigma Alpha is hosting a virtual coffee hour this MONDAY, 3/31/20 @ 1:45 p...
03/27/2020

Missing your Political Science classmates? Pi Sigma Alpha is hosting a virtual coffee hour this MONDAY, 3/31/20 @ 1:45 pm (normal universal break time). Log in info is in comments below. Join us on Google Hangouts.

Some awesome data visualization about the COVID-19 pandemic. Helpful data for analyzing the policy problem. What other t...
03/15/2020
COVID-19 Dashboards

Some awesome data visualization about the COVID-19 pandemic. Helpful data for analyzing the policy problem. What other things have you found useful

https://covid19dashboards.com/

A site that displays up to date COVID-19 stats, powered by fastpages.

TODAY! Coffee & Conversation @ 1 pm in 329 French Hall. We'll be talking about health insurance in the U.S. Join us!
02/19/2020

TODAY! Coffee & Conversation @ 1 pm in 329 French Hall. We'll be talking about health insurance in the U.S. Join us!

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About the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Flint

The Department offers several concentration programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree: The General Program in Political Science; the Honors Program in Political Science; the Joint Program in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Political Science (see Social Sciences). Two minors are offered, a Minor in Political Science and a Minor in International Relations.

In addition, the Department provides pre-law advising for all University of Michigan-Flint students, regardless of major. It also offers an Internship in Public and Community Affairs open to a wide range of students, not just political science majors.

We offer a wide range of programming year round about political and social issues, including a monthly discussion series called Coffee & Conversation.

Find out more about the Department, our programs, and our faculty here: https://www.umflint.edu/polsci/

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I hope Democrats take the threat of a coup in 2024 seriously. There has been much commentary—and fear—that Republicans will stage a coup if a Democrat wins the 2024 election for president. Recent actions by Republicans give credibility to that possibility. While General Mark Milley has expressed the traditional hands-off policy of the military in political disputes, the Jan. 6th insurrection only lasted a number of hours. But If there is an actual coup attempt the military will act—one way or the other! If Republicans Go Full Fascist the Military Will Determine the Outcome
Thanks to all of our speakers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and the University of Michigan-Flint for helping make LSEM's Inaugural Fair Housing Conference such a fantastic event-we can't wait until next year! U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ACLU of Michigan University of Michigan-Flint Master of Public Administration Program UM-Flint Political Science Department Michigan Department of Civil Rights Samuel Bagenstos for Justice The United States Department of Justice Michigan Advocacy Program Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness