April 24, 2017 Newsletter

Meet and Greet with Ambassador Wendy ShermanThe Department of Political Science, in partnership with the Center for International Affairs, is sponsoring a “meet and greet” for political science students with Ambassador Wendy Sherman, on Thursday, April 27, from 2:00-3:00pm, in the Linsalata Alumni Center Boardroom.  Ambassador Sherman was the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and the Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration.  Refreshments will be served.  Répondez, s’il vous plaît (rsvp), to Ms. Anna Conboy at axc702@case.edu
Additional Possible Courses for Fall 2017.  The Department is in the happy position of being able to search for three new Visiting Assistant Professors, for Fall 2017, and these searches are already in progress.  We are seeking VAPs in these three general areas: comparative politics and international relations, East Asian politics, and US politics.  As we move to hire excellent new faculty members, we anticipate that they will be able to offer a range of new courses.  These may include courses in international security, race and ethnic politics, the politics of mass media, Chinese politics, American political thought, environmental policy, and/or the politics and government of south central Asia.  We will post these course opportunities as soon as possible; please check on SIS from time to time to see these forthcoming opportunities.
So Many ElectionsBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election in Britain for June 8, an election that has the possible outcome of confirming a Conservative Party majority in the House of Commons.  If this is the electoral result, look for the Labour Party to replace its current party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and for the Scots to consider again a referendum on independence from Britain – as well as for the Conservative Party to move quickly toward a “hard” exit from the European Union.  Students can attend the Foreign Policy Forum on Britain, Brexit, and the US, at the Union Club of Cleveland on May 16, 2017 at 5:30pm.  The speaker is Ambassador Charles Ries.  Ries was U.S. Ambassador to Greece (2004-2007), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs during President George W. Bush’s first administration (2000–2004).  “Ries oversaw economic sections at U.S. Embassy London and the U.S. Mission to the European Union” (https://www.rand.org/about/people/r/ries_charles_p.html).
Student tickets are only $5.00 (or £3.91).
The first round of French presidential elections will be held this Sunday.  The French use a first ballot majority, second ballot plurality electoral system for presidential and National Assembly elections.  Major candidates in the complicated, amorphous French party system include Marine Le Pen for the National Front; Emmanuel Macron, a pro-Europe independent candidate; François Fillon, for the centre-right; and Jean-Luc Mélenchon for the far left (among others).  Polls suggest that no candidate will win a majority of the vote in the first round, and hence it is likely that French voters will return to the polls for a second round of voting on May 7.
You can learn more about the French elections this coming Tuesday, April 25, when Professor Vincent Michelot, Emeritus Director of Science Po, Lyon, France, will speak on “The French Presidential Election.”  Professor Michelot will give his lecture in the Senior Classroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center, April 25, at 4:30pm.  This event is free and open to the public.
Internships.  This is the time of year when many students are considering their work plans and additional educational opportunities for the summer.  The Department posts new internship opportunities in this Newsletter (and on the department homepage at http://politicalscience.case.edu/internship-opportunities/).   Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.
Senior Capstone Presentation Evening.
Congratulations to our students who presented their senior capstone work-in-progress on Wednesday. Seventeen POSC students presented their research on a range of topics, from judges’ perspectives on the bail system in the US, to new media and the 2016 presidential election, to the politics of German reunification, to mobilizing alliances within the Women’s March, to South Africa and the International Criminal Court.  As always, it was a pleasure to see such good work presented, and to enjoy the company of our students, friends, and colleagues at our celebratory dinner.  Many thanks to our generous friends and alumni donors, whose contributions to the Department of Political Science make this event, and so many others, possible for us. 

Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University


General Announcements


  • Congratulations to all of the Political Science and International Studies majors who presented their research at Wednesday’s Senior Capstone Colloquium.
  • As you register for fall semester courses, take a look at the Political Science courses offered by our department.
  • Stay up to date with the department by following our Twitter feed! Check it for day to day opportunities and information!
  • Like us on Facebook! Our department will be regularly posting events, opportunities, and general information to our page!




Friday Lunch: New Research on Police Use of Deadly Force
April 21, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
CSU Urban Studies Professor Meghan Rubado joins us to discuss both her own study and the overall state and results of research about shaping policing practices.

The French Presidential Elections
April 25, 4:30p.m., TVUC Senior Classroom
Professor Vincent Michelot will speak about the first round of the French presidential election, as well as the upcoming run-off and legislative elections.

Aliens with Extraordinary Skills
April 21 & 22, 7:30-9:30p.m., Eldred Theater
A clown from the “unhappiest country in the world” moves to America, where the reality of immigrant life is not what she had dreamed of. Student tickets are $5.

March for Science!
April 22, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m., Public Square
Join this march to show support for the scientific community.

Case College Republicans Fundraiser Dinner
April 22, 7:00p.m., Angelo’s Nido Italia
This five course dinner will benefit the Case College Republicans, a group of students at Case Western Reserve University committed to supporting Republican ideals on campus and furthering our political education. Tickets are $50.

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport!
April 24, 5:30-7:30p.m., Market Garden Brewery
Former State Senator Nina Turner will speak about impacting public policy, multiplying your clout, and making fair districts a reality.

Slavery and Human Trafficking in Supply Chains
April 24, 5:00-6:00p.m., Moot Courtroom
This lecture will examine what companies can do to address the risks of human trafficking in their own operations and supply chains, the types of disclosures businesses have to make about the contents of their products or working conditions of their employees, and the impact of these requirements.

Rising from the Rubble: Creating a Museum of the History of Polish Jews
April 24, 7:00p.m., Temple Tifereth Israel
This lecture will explore the creation of POLIN Museum’s multimedia narrative exhibition, “A Journey of a Thousand Years,” and its role as an agent of transformation. This is a free event.

Listening with Love Lecture
April 25, 9:00-10:30a.m., TVUC
NYU Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will discuss her collaboration with her father to tell his childhood story of growing up in Poland before the Holocaust. RSVP by April 21.

Assessing and Treating Exposure to Violence and Trauma in Juvenile-Justice Involved Youth
April 25, 11:30a.m.-12:45p.m., Crawford Hall A13
An overview of the findings from the Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice Initiative, the impact of trauma on juvenile justice-involved youth and implications for treatment.

Life, the Universe, & Hot Dogs: Building a Wind Industry in the Great Lakes 1 Megawatt at a Time
April 25, 7:30p.m., Happy Dog Detroit Ave.
Dr. Lorry Wagner will speak on building a Vibrant Wind Industry in the Great Lakes.

Student Meet & Greet with Ambassador Wendy Sherman
April 27, 2:00-3:00p.m., Linsalata Alumni Center Board Room
Meet Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State in the Clinton Administration and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama Administration prior to her speech at the International Achievement Dinner. RSVP to Anna Conboy.

Documentary Screening of Pushkin is Our Everything
April 27, 6:00-8:00p.m., Guilford House 323
Documentary filmmaker Michael Beckelhimer travels throughout Russia to explore the legacy of one of Russia’s most famous poets.

Friday Lunch: Putin’s Russia
April 28, 12:30-1:30, KSL Dampeer Room
Professor Kelly McMann, an expert in both Russia and democratization, addresses the questions of what Putin has meant for both foreign policy and domestic life, as well as other questions about Putin’s Russia.

100 Days into the Presidency
April 28, 6:00-9:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
Join the Social Justice Institute for an evening of sharing in “Three Parts” on the critical times we are facing. Light refreshments will be served.  Reservations requested to socialjustice@case.edu

Combating Human Trafficking: A Discussion on the Second Largest Criminal Enterprise
April 28, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m., Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
Led by Professor, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the CWRU School of Law’s Human Trafficking Law Project Maureen Guirguis, the discussion will shed light on the important topic of human trafficking, which is now the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Tickets are $10 and include lunch.

Britain, Brexit, and the U.S.
May 16, 5:30-7:15p.m., The Union Club
Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, will join CCWA to discuss the future and stability of the European Union and the status of the vital transatlantic relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. Student tickets are $5. Registration is recommended.

Employment Opportunities

Campaign Manager for Cleveland City Council Candidate Daniel Graves
Check out this opportunity to manage a campaign with a young, progressive candidate and through the campaign build a neighborhood movement that will be sustainable after the

PhD/Research Associate with the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) Project in Germany
In close interaction with an international team at multiple sites, the successful candidate will spend 25% of their time pursuing a PhD using the CSES data, either in a comparative Political Science topic or in a methodological, data quality-related topic. The remaining work time is taken up as a member of the CSES Secretariat (http://www.cses.org). Applications are due May 23.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities


National Italian American Foundation Congressional Fellowship
During the Fall 2017 Semester, the Foundation will place outstanding Italian American college students, graduate students and recent graduates in offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. Applications are due May 1.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.

If you happen to be in New Zealand!
The Labour Party Campaign Fellowship is a unique opportunity to witness how democracy functions firsthand. The fellowship is based in Auckland which is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

V-Dem Internship
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is seeking interns to work in Sweden Fall 2017 for academic credit. V-Dem is a global research collaboration to measure democracy in all countries of the world from 1900 to the present using more than 350 indicators. More information can be found at https://www.v-dem.net/en/v-dem-institute/internships/. Initial questions can be directed to V-Dem project manager Professor McMann, kelly.mcmann@case.edu.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines!

A Little Extra…


  • In honor of Earth Day on April 22, learn more about the mission and history here. While you’re at it, check out the different Earth Day activities happening around CWRU!


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