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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.

Assistant Professor of Political Science George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, gave two guest lectures this past week in Paris at Sciences Po. Ciccariello-Maher spoke first on “Decolonizing Anarchism,” and second on “Ten Theses on Political Identities in Contemporary Venezuela,” [PDF] joining with several other professors in exploring political identities, inequality, and the lingering effects of “Chavismo.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Erin Graham, PhD, was recently cited in a Washington Post article discussing why the global health regime handled the Ebola crisis so poorly. Graham’s research, originally published in the European Journal of International Relations, argues that the World Health Organization (WHO) is too decentralized to act on its agenda, contending that the organization is too loosely organized to effectively control its many semi-autonomous offices. The result? A weakened WHO, ill-equipped to tackle crises like the Ebola outbreak.