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Politics News

  • 2018

  • 2017

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      Investigating the Ethics of Autism Research

      November 08, 2017

      Autism spectrum disorder is a complex issue historically, culturally and scientifically. The broad definition of autism — which encompasses a range of symptoms related to communication, social responsiveness and behavior — raises unique challenges for scientists, many of whom may not have the tools to anticipate the ethical implications of their research.

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      Fall Courses

      September 25, 2017

      Students still looking for classes to fill their fall schedules can explore workplace identity, comparative social movements, citizen science and more in these fall courses.

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      Drexel Researcher Makes Air Pollution Data User-Friendly

      August 17, 2017

      If you live in a town or city where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me?

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    • Drexel Professors Phillip Ayoub and Alison Kenner

      Drexel Political Science Assistant Professor Receives Awards

      July 17, 2017

      Political Science Professor Phillip Ayoub recently received two awards: the Drexel Career Development Award (CDA) and first annual Best Article Award from the Gender and Sexual Research Network of the Council for European Studies (GSRN)

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      Fall Courses

      June 27, 2017

      Learn to think like a publicist, understand what it means to be a citizen scientist, and examine the idea of peace in these fall courses.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 26, 2017

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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  • 2016

    • Mario the Dragon Drexel University Statue

      STAR Scholar Q&A with Ejaz Momen and Professor Lloyd Ackert

      November 08, 2016

      Ejaz Momen, Politics '20, has a very full schedule, including an accelerated BA-JD with Drexel University’s School of Law, minors in Arabic and History, and keeping up with his favorite British television shows (imports only – no substitutions!). But in addition to all of his scholarly work, Ejaz took his first summer at Drexel University to participate in the STAR Scholars program with Lloyd Ackert, PhD.

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    • Building Drexel the University and its City-1891-2016

      "Building Drexel the University and its City: 1891-2016"

      October 06, 2016

      The first comprehensive history of Drexel University in Philadelphia will be published in conjunction of Drexel’s 125th anniversary. “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016” traces Drexel’s founding in 1891 all the way to today, using illustrations and firsthand accounts to tell the story of Drexel’s 125 years.

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      Public Lecture Series Launched to Celebrate Drexel’s 125 Years

      September 07, 2016

      This fall, Drexel will hold a series of free lectures dedicated to telling certain chapters of Drexel’s history.

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    • Giancarlo Stefoni

      The Money Man

      August 29, 2016

      The individual who manages fundraising for Hillary Clinton for all of Pennsylvania was just a student volunteer at a Democratic debate rehearsal a few years ago.


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    • Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan.

      Drexel Sends First Dragon to Kazakhstan

      August 03, 2016

      Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan when she spends a year studying Russian in the country as a Boren Awards honoree.

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    • Drexel Political Science student Allie Serdaru

      Political Science Major Explores the Inefficiencies of International Institutions

      July 27, 2016

      Allie Serdaru, Political Science'15, was reluctant to try out for a research assistant opportunity. One article later, she loves digging through data.

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    • College of Arts and Sciences student Greta Jusyte interned with the Philadelphia Host Committee to help put on the Democratic National Convention.

      Drexel Dragon Helps Bring Democratic Delegates to Philadelphia

      July 18, 2016

      Political science and international area studies double major Greta Jusyte lent a hand in putting on the Democratic National Convention through an internship with the Philadelphia Host Committee.

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    • When States Come Out: Q&A with Phillip Ayoub, PhD

      June 27, 2016

      Phillip Ayoub's new book, "When States Come Out: Europe's Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility", has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Ayoub's research agenda exams comparative social movements and LGBTQ politics, as well as the politics of visibility. We sat down with him to chat about "When States Come Out", the dynamics of challenging and contesting norms, and his upcoming projects.

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      Graham Wins APSA Grant & Ayoub Comments on Brexit

      June 23, 2016

      Erin Graham, PhD, was recently awarded a research grant from the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Phillip Ayoub, PhD, recently authored an article "Would Brexit Help LGBT People in Britain? Be Skeptical" for Washington Post political news blog The Monkey Cage.

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      Q&A With CoAS Boren-Award Winners

      June 21, 2016

      College of Arts and Sciences students Alexandra Pickens, BA international area studies ’17, and Caitlin Walczyk, BA international area studies and political science ’18, each received the 2016 David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. The scholarship, which provides funding to students studying abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests, sent Pickens to Jordan this May, while Walczyk heads to Kazakhstan in the fall.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 19, 2016

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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      Fall Courses

      June 18, 2016

      Students will explore the origins of language, learn about Drexel's 125-year history, and discover the ins and outs of running a student newspaper in these fall courses.

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    • Alison Kenner, PhD

      Ali Kenner Receives Career Development Award and the CoAS Teaching Excellence Award

      May 31, 2016

      Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of politics and science, technology and society, has received two Drexel University faculty awards: a 2016-2017 Career Development Award and the 2016 CoAS Teaching Excellence Award. 

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    • Chloe Silverman, PhD

      Q&A with Professor Chloe Silverman

      May 11, 2016

      Drexel University's Chloe Silverman, PhD, will serve as co-principal investigator on a recently funded grant for autism research. Silverman will work as part of a research team which includes Drexel Professors Paul Shattuck, PhD, and Collette Sosnowy, PhD, and Connie Anderson, PhD, from Towson University. This research is funded through the Organization for Autism Research.

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    • Summer Courses

      April 22, 2016

      Students will witness the power of poetry firsthand at CHOP, understand the significance of the U.S.-Mexican War, and explore the human mind and consciousness in these summer courses.

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    • Oil Refinery

      Professor Gwen Ottinger on Air Monitoring Data

      April 21, 2016

      What's in the air in the neighborhoods closest to oil refineries? In general, according to Department of Politics Professor Gwen Ottinger, we don't know, and even when we do know, remarkably little meaningful change happens with that data.

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    • Q&A with Professor Gwen Ottinger

      April 13, 2016

      Gwen Ottinger, PhD, has an impressive research agenda based on questioning the environmental justice implications of current modes of science and technology. For her current project, she has been traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to do social science research in communities next to oil refineries, where residents are concerned about toxic chemicals in their air. We caught up with her to ask her about her research, her workshop and the virtues of inquiry that engages with communities’ real-world problems.

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    • Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth

      Employee Spotlight: Scott Knowles & Richardson Dilworth

      February 04, 2016

      Professors Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth are reliving Drexel’s entire 125 years of existence in a new book and online oral history that will be unveiled later this year, to coincide with the anniversary of Drexel’s founding in 1891. 

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    • New Spring Courses

      January 05, 2016

      Students will lead fiction writing exercises with patients at CHOP, discover the therapeutic potential of philosophy, and learn about the millions of species of insects that co-inhabit our planet — for better or worse — in these spring courses!

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  • 2015

  • 2014

    • Political Science Profs Ciccariello-Maher and Graham Take on Global Questions

      December 19, 2014

      Drexel University’s political science professors finish out the year on a high note. In Paris, France and Washington, D.C., our professors have been contributing to important conversations, from forging new political identities in Venezuela to explaining the slow and faulty response to the Ebola crisis.

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    • Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Receives CAREER Award from NSF for Project on Air Monitoring and Environmental Justice

      September 30, 2014

      Gwen Ottinger, assistant professor in the Center for STS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for her project, "Environmental Justice and the Ethics of Science and Technology."  The study focuses on the efforts of community groups, non-profits, regulators, and oil companies to expand ambient air monitoring at refinery fencelines, asking: does the choice of monitoring technologies and/or the structure of collaboration among these groups affect the ethical claims that are made?

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    • Gwen Ottinger, PhD, to Co-host NSF-funded Workshop on Civic Science

      September 29, 2014

      On October 2 and 3, academics, foundation and non-profit leaders, and high-level policy makers will convene in Washington, D.C. to advance "civic science". Civic science addresses the most important, intractable challenges of our age-including health care, education, and the environment-through transdisciplinary, participatory research that advances knowledge and democracy simultaneously.

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    • Meet STS Professor Chloe Silverman

      September 25, 2014

      Chloe Silverman, PhD, joined the College last fall as an associate professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society. In this Q&A, the social scientist reveals why she's recently been sporting a beekeeper suit and what she hopes to add to the CoAS community.

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    • New Winter Courses

      September 25, 2014

      Study the history of witchcraft, understand the politics of disability, or learn about sleep and its disorders in these new courses.

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    • New Faculty in the Department of History & Politics

      September 22, 2014

      The Department of History and Politics welcomes its new faculty members! Please join us in giving a warm greeting to the following individuals.

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    • History Faculty Awarded NIST Grants for Projects on Global History of Standards

      September 19, 2014

      With recent funding from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (the federal agency founded over a century ago as the National Bureau of Standards), four Drexel historians—Scott Knowles, PhD, Sharon Ku, PhD, Tiago Saraiva, PhD, and Amy Slaton, PhD—have begun a set of new teaching and research projects centered on the global history of standards: the practices and protocols that hover behind nearly every aspect of our modern lives.

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      A Bachelor's Degree at Your Own Pace for $10,000: Too Good to Be True? A Q&A With Amy Slaton

      May 14, 2014

      DrexelNow talked with Amy Slaton about "competency-based" programs, which The Atlantic called a "top trend" in education.

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    • The Supreme Court

      'Race Matters': A Q&A With Drexel Prof André Carrington

      April 30, 2014

      Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on the topic of affirmative action in college admissions, ruling 6-2 that voters can ban state colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admitting students. André Carrington was paying close attention.

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  • 2013

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      Q&A With Daniel Friedheim: U.S. Policy in Syria Today

      September 13, 2013

      With a heated debate raging over what actions should be taken in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected chemical attack thought to have killed more than 1,000 civilians—including hundreds of childrenDrexelNow checked in with Daniel Friedheim to hear his thoughts on a possible military strike against Syria.

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    • 'We Created Hugo Chávez'

      'We Created Hugo Chávez'

      August 30, 2013

      In this excerpt from his recently released book, Drexel political science professor George Ciccariello-Maher argues that discussions about Venezuelan politics far too often focused on Hugo Chávez, the man who sat in the president’s office, rather than the movement—and the people—who put him there.

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      Q&A with Scott Barclay: The Future of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

      May 15, 2013

      Minnesota recently became the 12th state to pass a same-sex marriage bill in the United States—now one third of the nation is making strides toward gender and sexual equality. Drexel’s Dr. Scott Barclay, head of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History and Politics, weighs in on this trend and the remaining states hanging in the marriage-equality balance.

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  • 2012