Williams College Political Science Department

Williams College Political Science Department We gather the study of democracy, war, law, rights, wealth, and authority, as well as the institutions that shape and secure them.
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Preregister for Political Science courses on October 29th from 6-8 pm in Schapiro 129!
10/17/2019

Preregister for Political Science courses on October 29th from 6-8 pm in Schapiro 129!

Dr. Alex de Sherbinin will be visiting from Columbia University to discuss the Groundswell Climate Migration Modeling pr...
09/12/2019

Dr. Alex de Sherbinin will be visiting from Columbia University to discuss the Groundswell Climate Migration Modeling project on Monday, September 23 at 4:15 PM in Schow 30B. Refreshments will be served at 4 PM. Come by to hear from him!

The 2019 Policy Case Competition is an annual team-based competition which brings together undergraduate and graduate st...
02/24/2019
2019 NYU Policy Case Competition Registration

The 2019 Policy Case Competition is an annual team-based competition which brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation to design and propose policy solutions related to a variety of current issues. Finalist teams have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts, and the winning team receives a cash prize and a paid dinner with the leading minds in public policy. Registration closes on Feb. 28th, so make sure to register today!

UPDATE: Registration extended to Mar. 7!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFPEVDIEuG-jEXLfBiYXDHfb6AgspC7UMFj-v-99fQkd1X3A/viewform

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Thank you for your interest in the sixth annual NYU Policy Case Competition! Hosted by the Politics Society at NYU, the NYU Policy Case Competition brings together undergraduate and graduate students of all backgrounds to think of innovative....

Professor Shervin Malekzadeh from the Williams College Political Science Department wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs. C...
11/26/2018
Foreign Affairs

Professor Shervin Malekzadeh from the Williams College Political Science Department wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs. Check it out!

Iranian voters may doubt the efficacy of their ballots, but they still show up at the polls. Shervin Malekzadeh considers what the United States can learn from elections in Iran:

Alumni Spotlight 💡| Emily Maglio '04 1. What made you choose to major in political science at Williams?I was debating be...
11/12/2018

Alumni Spotlight 💡| Emily Maglio '04

1. What made you choose to major in political science at Williams?
I was debating between philosophy and political science. Ultimately, I chose poli-sci because the political theory classes being offered were more compelling to me than the ones in philosophy - especially as they related to social justice, and racial/ethnic and gender studies. And I really liked my classes with professors Reinhardt, Deveaux, and Kim.

2. What has your career path been like?
I worked at a law firm in DC for 2 years that represented workers bringing gender and racial discrimination claims against their employers. After that experience, I decided to go to law school. I was considering getting a PhD in political theory when I graduated college, but ultimately decided after working at the firm that I preferred working with clients and more directly fighting injustice. I went to law school at Stanford, worked for a federal judge for 2 years, and then ended up at my current law firm. I represent unions and working people. I became a partner in my firm in the beginning of the year.

3. To what extent has being a political science major prepared you for life after college?
The type of thinking and analysis that I learned in political theory and philosophy is very similar to legal analysis. And, the skills I learned in my less theoretical classes form the backbone for how I obtain evidence to put together my strongest case. But, overall, the most important thing is learning to write, learning to analyze an issue and make the most persuasive argument - skills you develop by taking a lot of paper writing classes.

On a different note, the work that I do is driven by my personal and moral commitment to progressive social change. This commitment was shaped and honed throughout my 4 years at Williams, including all the courses I took, including those in my major.

4. Is there anything you would have done differently looking back at your college years?
I would have taken more math and more Spanish classes. Maybe I would have also tried to study abroad for a year instead of a semester.

5. What advice would you give to students at Williams now, especially for political science majors?
Find your passion. Explore and try different things. There isn't one path to success.

LAST CALL for midterm election predictions! Deadline is TODAY!Follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/NV39WjwJVoM3gKgm2Pr...
11/05/2018

LAST CALL for midterm election predictions! Deadline is TODAY!

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/NV39WjwJVoM3gKgm2

Prizes:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards ($100, $50, $25) to various Spring Street restaurants + a random draw of the remaining entries for $10 gift cards to the Log.

Note: There are also paper ballots and a ballot box in the PSCI office, Schapiro 223.

Alumni Spotlight 💡| Nicholas Tortorello '71Mr. Tortorello graduated in 1971 as the top of his class for political scienc...
11/02/2018

Alumni Spotlight 💡| Nicholas Tortorello '71

Mr. Tortorello graduated in 1971 as the top of his class for political science majors. He was always interested in political science from a young age due to his fascination with debate. He was intrigued by the different viewpoints along the political spectrum, asking the question “Why do people behave the way they do?” Political science seemed to be the intersection of everything, and as a political science major, Mr. Tortorello was able to develop critical thinking skills that have helped him throughout his career.

Mr. Tortorello has a career in public opinion research, marketing, and consulting. His job involves using research and polling methods for various goals, from advancing a company’s brand reputation to proving the effectiveness of medicine for patients with multiple sclerosis to the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Tortorello is currently Executive Vice President at TMG Partners, a company combining scientific survey research with strategic and financial planning to serve a broad array of industries.

According to Mr. Tortorello, one of the most important skills a college student can have is networking. He advises students to attend as many lectures and events offered by the college, taking the mindset that anyone could be a future employer. “Learn as much as you can from people,” he said.

Currently, Mr. Tortorello and a group of other alumni are trying to increase internship opportunities for Williams students. These alumni aim to offer students internships to work with congressmen over the summer in order to increase interest in public service.

Images Cinema
11/01/2018
Images Cinema

Images Cinema

Special event — Free admission!
Bobby Kennedy for President: Archive to Screen
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8pm

Area filmmaker Rich Remsberg will discuss his work as an archival producer on Bobby Kennedy For President with Williams College's Shawn Rosenheim.

"Without question, the most difficult part of the project was the effort to get footage from archives that would not grant access or made it difficult. There were several, with varying reasons and importance to the project, and they resolved in different ways. For political and politeness sake, I won’t go into details, but it was extremely stressful and we lost a lot of sleep over it. My hair was actually falling out in clumps." — Archival producer Rich Remsberg

Presented on our Main Screen

Thanks to the Williams College Department of English, Williams College Political Science Department, the Program in American Studies, the Lecture Committee, and the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Science for their generous support of these events.

Come join the political science professors TOMORROW, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 to discuss the courses offered in the departme...
10/31/2018

Come join the political science professors TOMORROW, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 to discuss the courses offered in the department for spring 2019 and meet other political science students. There will be FREE PIZZA from Hot Tomatoes 🍕, and it will be in Schapiro 129 at 6 pm.

The Political Science Department at Williams is holding a competition to see who is able to most accurately predict the ...
10/24/2018

The Political Science Department at Williams is holding a competition to see who is able to most accurately predict the results of the US midterm general elections that will be held on November 6, 2018!

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/NV39WjwJVoM3gKgm2

Prizes:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards ($100, $50, $25) to various Spring Street restaurants + a random draw of the remaining entries for $10 gift cards to the Log.

Deadline: November 5, 2018 11:59:59 PM
Winners announced: November 13, 2018

Note: There are also paper ballots and a ballot box in the PSCI office, Schapiro 223.

Marking a century since the end of the First World War, Remembering the Great War features two lectures as well as an ex...
10/10/2018

Marking a century since the end of the First World War, Remembering the Great War features two lectures as well as an exhibition in Special Collections named "The Great War at 100: Williams College and Beyond".

[Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Department of German and Russian and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with generous funding from the Williams E. Kimberly Family Endowment]

Yesterday, the PSCI 202 Introduction to International Relations class had a great lunch discussing the recent Kavanaugh ...
10/03/2018

Yesterday, the PSCI 202 Introduction to International Relations class had a great lunch discussing the recent Kavanaugh hearings with Professor Phoebe Donnelly. Thank you to all who came by!

Come join Steven Pinker as he comes to Chapin Hall this Thursday at 7:30 pm to discuss his new book, Enlightenment Now: ...
09/17/2018

Come join Steven Pinker as he comes to Chapin Hall this Thursday at 7:30 pm to discuss his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

History is hosting a talk on Monday, September 17 at 4:15 pm in Griffin 6 on American Student Revolutionaries in Britain...
09/13/2018

History is hosting a talk on Monday, September 17 at 4:15 pm in Griffin 6 on American Student Revolutionaries in Britain’s “1968”. Dr. David M. Fowler, from the University of Cambridge and Amherst College, will be focusing on American students active in UK protest movements, especially at the LSE in 1968.

Williams College Political Science Department's cover photo
09/12/2018

Williams College Political Science Department's cover photo

04/05/2018
03/29/2018

Peter Krause at The Williams Bookstore
Monday, April 2nd at 5PM, join us for a book talk and discussion with Peter Krause on his new book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win. Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public, from The Williams Bookstore

04/20/2017

Join NLG for a roundtable discussion tomorrow, Thursday (April 20), at 7pm in Hollander 241 with Professor Bernhardsson, Professor MacDonald, and Professor Nassif about the Syrian conflict. We will discuss Trump's recent military decisions within the historical context of American involvement in the conflict, in order to better understand what these decisions mean for the future. However, the format is an informal discussion, so bring your comments and questions! There will be pizza!

http://workforprogress.org/apply/?pos=Policy+Associate&org=Frontier+Group&id=101Frontier Group uses the power of ideas a...
02/16/2017
Let’s Get Started – Work for Progress

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Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society.
We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

As a policy associate, you will:
Write compelling reports on social problems and solutions, using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
Help advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
Write op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
Participate in trainings, presentations and panels.
Learn the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and run a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
Learn recruiting skills and participate in recruiting new Frontier Group staff

Location: Denver, CO, Boston, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA

Apply Today! Go to http://workforprogress.org/apply/?pos=Policy+Associate&org=Frontier+Group&id=101 to submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample. In your cover letter, please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and what location you are interested in.

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Here's a great opportunity to help facilitate discussion of important public policy issues on campus, coming to you from...
10/26/2016
Apply for a 2016-17 Executive Council position

Here's a great opportunity to help facilitate discussion of important public policy issues on campus, coming to you from the American Enterprise Institute:

"The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC, is home to some of America’s most renowned economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy experts. A nonpartisan public policy research organization, AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of a free society through independent thinking, open debate, and reasoned argument. It does this in part by providing educational and career development opportunities at the undergraduate level to the next generation of leaders through its Executive Council Program.

What do Executive Councils do?
- Host events with AEI scholars; private dinners with business professionals and government officials; student debates; reading groups; and film and debate viewings.
- Attend exclusive gatherings for public policy discussion and leadership training at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and other locations around the country.
- Connect with former students and alumni of AEI’s Academic Programs to explore career opportunities in the world of public policy.
- Write op-eds and articles in national publications and students newspapers.

Apply here: http://www.aei.org/academic-programs/executive-council-application/ .
For more information, visit aei.org or send us a note at [email protected]."

Lead AEI’s campus outreach at your college or university and participate in exclusive events by applying for a position on an AEI Executive Council.

10/04/2016
The Foresight Project

Looking for ways to test your political knowledge? The Foresight Project is conducting a political forecasting tournament starting on October 25th. There is prize money for the top participants! Learn more and sign up at http://www.foresightproj.com.

Sign up to participate in a new forecasting research project, building on the ground-breaking research by the Good Judgment Project, led by Barbara Mellers of the University of Pennsylvania.

If you're a politically minded student looking for post-graduate work, check out the Public Interest Research Group (PIR...
09/25/2016
Jobs with U.S. PIRG

If you're a politically minded student looking for post-graduate work, check out the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)! Their fall application is October 2, and here's what they're looking for:

"We’re hiring people to help us win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives — someone to stand up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.

Fellows
Our fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Digital Campaigners
Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

To learn more and apply, visit http://jobs.uspirg.org/.

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My latest piece for Foreign Affairs, a love letter to my parents and the earliest members of the Iranian diaspora who remember what life was like in America before '79, whose memories of an imagined Iran I tried in vain to make my own. On the edge of war once again, I hope that you'll see why this essay matters so much to me. "In a wonderfully reported piece in the Los Angeles Times on the history of the Iranian diaspora in 'Tehrangeles,' Melissa Etehad quotes longtime resident and dual-citizen Sadra Ford: 'I wish I could go back to Iran and see my real identity.' The sentiment, I suspect, has it exactly backwards. Our truer selves are made here, by the second and third generations, the native-born Americans who have the ability and the desire to go beyond forgetting and remembering in order to imagine new communities and new memories. We become better Iranians by becoming Americans. America gives us that."
Don't miss the Tuesday Teas with professor Laura Ephraim, who will discuss writing her book "Who Speaks for Nature? On the Politics of Science". Tuesday May 1. Sawyer Library - Stetson Reading Room. 4-5 PM.