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Department News

  • ​​​​​​​April 6, 2021  Professor Dominic Tierney explains how “negativity bias” affects international relations. Listen here
  • March 31, 2021  Visiting Assistant Professor Osman Balkan spoke about border deaths and the politics of commemoration at Harvard University as part of the Bold New Voices in Migration: Understanding Displacement, Hope, and Resistance conference. More information available here.
  • March 17, 2021   Visiting Assistant Professor Osman Balkan participated in a book launch panel for "At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion" at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University. More information available here
  • January 22, 2021   Professor Nackenoff was interviewed by KYW 1060 (local CBS affiliate) regarding the second Trump impeachment. Listen here.
  • December 16, 2020  Political Science Honors Major, Matthew Salah ’21, was named a Marshall Scholar. Read about it here
  • November 30, 2020 Two Political Science faculty share their post-election thoughts in the latest Swarthmore News: Minding the Light. Read about it here.
  • November  3, 2020  POLS 022 Election Map Project The information for this map was provided by students in Professor Nackenoff’s Fall 2020 American Elections class at Swarthmore College (POLS 22). Each student was responsible for researching changes in election laws affecting registration, early voting, absentee voting, mail-in voting, voter ID, and felon disenfranchisement from 2004 forward. Questions or comments may be directed to

  • August 25, 2020   Visiting Assistant Professor George Yin ’09 published a new piece in The National Interest on Chinese economic espionage and why US countermeasures are often counter-productive.  Philip Hou ’23 provided research assistance. Read it here
  • July 16, 2020   Visiting Assistant Professor Osman Balkan spoke on a panel organized by The Collective for Radical Death Studies entitled "A Crisis Within a Crisis: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality During a Pandemic." Available here.
  • Natasha Markov-Riss ’20 and Professor Carol Nackenoff published a book chapter, "McGirt v. Oklahoma: On Native Rights," in the forthcoming volume SCOTUS: Major Decisions and Developments of the U.S. Supreme Court 2020.  Markov-Riss also recently won a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to the Canary Islands next year.
  • May 8, 2020  Samantha Barnes '22 won a Mellon Mays Fellowship.  Barnes is interested in researching how Négritude, a French literary and social movement developed in the 1930s, can be further applied in the Hispanophone Caribbean under a Black feminist framework to explore how multiculturalism and colonialism influence the formation of the Black Latina identity and consciousness.