October 23, 2017 Newsletter


This past weekend the Department of Political Science celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Department’s Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program. Our friend, double alumna Elizabeth Hill (CWR POSC BA ’97, GRS POSC MA ’97) endowed the program to commemorate her grandfather, Wellman Hill. Since its founding in 2007, the Department of Political Science has awarded fifty internship grants. This past summer, our Wellman Hill Interns engaged in public service in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, working in nongovernmental organizations, in district attorney’s and attorney general’s offices, for a Member of Congress, and as a case worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

This range of public service is typical of what Wellman Hill Interns undertake – as well as what our students generally engage in, in terms of public service. Two of our recent graduates are teaching English in Japan and in Korea; one is working with the Global Health Corps; another is working in the International Republican Institute. Our Department encourages public service and public engagement. You can find more about the range of Wellman Hill-funded interns and their experiences here.

Part of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Wellman Hill internships involves the institution of a new fund to support an additional internship. The Friends and Alumni of the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program Fund is an opportunity to join with others to help fund an additional student, annually, beyond the original gift of the program – and to honor Elizabeth Hill, whose foresight and commitment to public service and to Political Science at CWRU, led to this wonderful program and opportunities for our students. If you would like to join us by contributing to this fund, you can do so here.
And, as always, we are grateful for contributions directly to the Department; the link for donations can be found here
President Snyder and an Inclusive University.   The Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program is the signature program of the Department of Political Science.  As a department, we have a commitment to public service and to public engagement that is foundational and inclusive.  We endorse President Snyder’s statement yesterday, issued first in August 2017: 
“Case Western Reserve embraces people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds. We support diversity of thought, pedagogy, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, political affiliation and disability.”
You can read more about President Snyder’s statement here

Fall Break. Fall Break begins tomorrow. I hope all our students and faculty enjoy a happy and relaxing fall break. I’ll look forward to seeing everyone back on campus next Wednesday.

Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
[B]igotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.

 – George W. Bush, speech at the Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The Worldevent in New York, October 19, 2017



General Announcements


  • November 13th is the first day to register for Spring 2018 classes. See what the Political Science Department is offering here.
  • 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: Students, Stress and Sickness: Are There More Problems, and, If So, Why?
October 20, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
The New York Times Magazine this week asks, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” Meanwhile, many professors perceive that, over recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of students with Accommodation Memos.
So, what’s going on? How big a change have the university staff who observe it most directly, in the ESS and Counseling offices, seen? Join us as Professor Joe White poses these questions and more to Judith Olson-Hammer, Director of ESS, and Richard Pazol, Director of Counseling.

The European Union: Past, Problems, Prospects
October 20, 12:00-1:30p.m., Landmark Center, Room 105, Beachwood
Join Kenneth Ledford, Chair of the Department of History, CWRU in a discussion about how Americans can grasp this unique political structure of the EU, even as our own key democratic traditions seem under attack. Lunch is included. Tickets are $25 and registration is required.

The Making of the Balfour Declaration
October 23, 7:00p.m., Landmark Center, Room 105, Beachwood
Georgia Tech History Professor Jonathan Schneer will explain why the British issued the Balfour Declaration, which promised to support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, and the historical impact of this commitment. Tickets are $5 and registration is required.

Unequal Opportunity: Overcoming Educational Inequality
October 24, 12:00p.m., The City Club
A conversation with John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust and the10th U.S. Secretary for Education, on the progress being made to reduce educational inequality. Tickets are $35.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy
October 24, 5:30-7:30p.m., The Union Club
Join this discussion with Ambassador Charles Shapiro, former U.S. Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, for a discussion on the uncertainty surrounding the future of U.S.-Cuba relations and what it all means for travel and doing business in Cuba. Student tickets are $5.

Ohio Ballot Beat: Issue 2
October 25, 12:00p.m., The City Club
A discussion with Dale Butland, spokesperson for Ohioans Against the Deceptive RX Issue, and Dennis Kucinich, spokesperson for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, on Issue 2 and its implications for Ohio voters. Tickets are $35.

Transition from Volume to Value: The Future of Value-Based Care
October 26, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM, Co-Founder and CEO at Aledade, Inc. and the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss the future of value transformation in healthcare.Tickets are $35.

Friday Lunch: Patenting Pot
October 27, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
As Professor Craig Nard has written, “it’s hard to make sense of cannabis regulation” Under federal law, Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, comparable to LSD and heroin. But it’s legal in eight states for recreational use and in 29 (plus D.C.) for medical purposes. Please join us as Professor Nard discusses a curious issue at the intersection of law, economics, and politics.

Emerging Trends and Unique Approaches to the Enforcement of U.S. Customs and International Trade Laws
October 27, 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m., Moot Courtroom
This conference will examine the impact of the recently enacted trade statutes on Customs and International Trade Law practitioners, and what can be inferred about the predictability and finality of international business transactions in this new period of heightened private and public enforcement. This is a free event, but registration is required.

Women of Achievement Luncheon
October 27, 12:30-2:00p.m., Thwing Center Ballroom
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Office of the Provost have announced this year’s recipients of the Mather Spotlight Prize for Professional and Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service to Faculty Staff and Students. The Women of Achievement awards honor women faculty’s achievement of tenure, promotion and outstanding accomplishments of the past two years as well as a Notable Woman of the Year. RSVP to the above link.

Lunch with SJI – Learn about the Social Justice Minor
October 27, 12:45-2:00p.m., Mather House 100
Join SJI Academic Coordinator John Flores for an informal lunch and conversation about SJI and the social justice minor. RSVP to Lisa Kollins.

The Wedding Cake Divide: At the Intersection of Gay Rights, Free Speech, and Religious Liberty
November 3, 12:45-2:00p.m., Sears 357
This event will feature Jessie Hill of the School of Law. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Dr. Terri Mester.


Career Opportunities


The Congressional Research Service
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division is seeking an Analyst in American National Government to analyze public policy issues related to the regulation and administration of elections and voting in the United States. The focus of the Division’s work in this area is on the role played by various institutions, policies, and procedures in shaping electoral processes and practices. The issues may include, but are not limited to, election administration, voter registration and turnout, apportionment and redistricting, voting rights, and other election policies and practices.
The ideal candidate will have experience conducting policy analysis in these areas and must be able to work as part of a collaborative team. Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential.

Ohio Citizen Action
At Ohio Citizen Action, (OCA) you will learn what it takes to be a community organizer. You will be joining a team of dedicated and like-minded individuals in the fight to protect our environment, public health and our communities at large. As a member of our campaign team, you will have the opportunity to influence the ever expanding environmental and social justice movement in Ohio.


Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Dettelbach for Ohio Campaign
Interns will assist Democratic Candidate and Former US Attorney Steve Dettelbach’s 2018 campaign for Ohio Attorney General. Interns will help with policy research, volunteer management, fundraising, administrative staff support, and traveling with campaign staff within the campaign jurisdictions. To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Millie Vaughan at millie@steveforohio.com.

Ohio Citizen Action Environment and Social Justice Internship
Ohio Citizen Action is seeking activist minded individuals to join our campaign staff. At OCA you will learn what it takes to be a community organizer. You will be joining a team of dedicated and likeminded individuals in the fight to protect our environment, public health and our communities at large. OCA provides the opportunity to make real environmental change stemming locally and reaching out globally.

Carnegie Mellon University Summer Security Boot Camp
IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive is a paid seven-week fellowship where participants can earn credit in security technology, analytics, and policy and gain real-world experience through client-based projects. The early application deadline is December 1.

Stanford Law Research Fellowship
Several Stanford law professors are seeking full-time Research Fellows to begin work in the summer of 2018. This is a unique opportunity for graduating seniors and recent college graduates to participate in groundbreaking empirical legal and social science research. The first round of applications are due October 30.

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

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