November 26, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of November 26, 2018


Next Step for Capstone Papers?  Now that fall capstone presentations have been completed for this semester, our capstone students might want to consider submitting their capstone papers for potential presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association meetings in Chicago in April. The MPSA has long welcomed undergraduate research presentations. To quote the MPSA, “if you have undergraduate students who are writing capstone research papers, please let them know about the two undergraduate poster sessions at the MPSA.” The deadline for proposals is fast approaching: December 7. For further information, see; students should also confer with their capstone director and/or academic advisor. The Department has funding to support any student whose paper is accepted for presentation at the MPSA meetings this spring (April 4-7, 2019).

Good News.  It is my pleasure to share that news that our Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Jonathan Entin, David L. Brennan Professor Emeritus of Law, had been appointed as the University’s new Conciliation Counselor. Professor Entin was appointed by Provost Ben Vinson, and the appointment was confirmed by a vote of the Faculty Senate. Congratulations to Professor Entin!

Congratulations as well to our former colleague, Professor YuJung (Julia) Lee, for her article, “It’s World Toilet Day. Why do so many people lack adequate sanitation facilities?”, published in The Monkey Cage in the Washington Post. The article is based on Professor Lee’s dissertation and the field research she undertook in India.

Departmental Productivity.  The Department of Political Science, with few faculty, is nonetheless a highly productive faculty. We present scholarly papers at national and international conferences; we publish articles in highly ranked disciplinary journals; we give interviews to the media; we publish blog posts (on our own blog sites or for well-known disciplinary sites). Our research is also published as books, and in this regard, we are impressive as a faculty. The following lists the books published by the POSC faculty since 2003; it does not include other work in progress that is likely to be forthcoming as books in the next two years. The quality of our work is evidenced by the quality of the presses that publish our work; see here for a ranking of presses that publish in political science. I was pleased to share this information with Provost Vinson in our recent meeting.

Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday, and the Department offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. Thanksgiving Day was not always celebrated as a national holiday, recognized intermittently until it was confirmed by Congressional legislation, with a permanent date, in 1941. Despite the multiple controversies around Thanksgiving, it strikes me that a national myth celebrating peace and mutual assistance amongst diverse peoples is not a bad thing to celebrate this year. As displaced persons seek refuge and asylum from war, violence, hunger, and disaster, around the world, the United States has, for all its real ills and challenges, a history of welcoming the displaced and those seeking asylum here is worth acknowledging and celebrating.

With all best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving,

Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
                               Emma Lazarus, “New Colossus”

General Announcements

  • Check out the Political Science Department spring courses here!
  • Stay up to date with events happening on and around campus at our new Political Science Events page!
  • We’ve recently redone our Internships and Careers webpage! Check it out for updated internship, fellowship, funding, post-graduate, and career information!
  • Stay up to date with the department by following ourTwitter 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!


Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare
November 27, 12-1:30pm, Robbins Building, E401, 2210 Circle Drive
This documentary presents a troubling portrait – and indictment – of the U.S. government’s dismal failure to provide health care in fulfillment of federal treaty and trustee obligations with American Indian nations. A discussion will follow. Free and open to the community. RSVP to

Combating Eviction: The Role of Right to Counsel in Housing
November 28, 12-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Leaders of the right to counsel movement in New York will talk with Cleveland City Council members on the role of these programs in decreasing eviction rates and homelessness and limiting the financial burden carried by cities. Nonmember tickets are $35. Live stream the event here.

Reflections of a Resolute Radical
November 28, 6:30-8:30pm, Linsalata Alumni Center
Join us as activist, author, editor and scholar Don Freeman (CWR ’61) reads from and discusses his autobiography, Reflections of a Resolute Radical. A lifelong Cleveland resident and graduate of Glenville High School and Case Western Reserve University, Don will share thoughts about the civil rights movement, the rise of radicalism, and the community’s responses to both. Free and open to the community; a light reception will follow. Reservations requested to

Hummus Wars: Food, Identity and the Middle East Conflict
November 28, 7pm, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Food is for eating. But it also provides a vehicle for expressing ethnic pride and national identity. Sometimes food articulates conflict, and other times it serves to foster coexistence.
Ari Ariel, adjunct assistant professor at University of Iowa, will discuss how these dynamics play out. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers. Register here.

Leaving Yemen and Becoming Israeli
November 29, 10-11:30am Landmark Centre Building
Jews began leaving Yemen to immigrate to Ottoman Palestine (later Israel) as early as the 1880s, and their migration continued until recent years. In this lecture, Ari Ariel examines the strategies this group has used to maintain a connection with Yemen, and to resist pressures to assimilate into the wider Israel society, while also working to integrate into their new homes. Nonmember cost is $10. Register here.

Friday Lunch: Just How Powerful is Putin?
November 30, 12:30-1:30pm, Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room
Join Professor Stephen Crowley, Chair of the Oberlin College Political Science Department, for a conversation on Putin’s power.

Periods for Peace
November 30, 1pm, FSM Center for Women
Join undergraduate students Hannah Clarke and Geneva Magsino as they share their successful experience with Projects for Peace and learn how to apply for the award! Unopened boxes of tampons, pads, and diva cups are being accepted for donation.

Science Policy 101
December 1, 10am-12pm, Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom
Participants will learn the basics science policy on the federal level. We will start with how the federal budget and appropriations process directs science policy, how to identify relevant stakeholders and decision makers in the policy process, and how to craft a message for your target audience. Please bring a computer and be ready to engage. Register here.

Check out our Political Science Events page for additional events happening on and around campus!


Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Funding for Unpaid Internships
The Baker-Nord Center and the Career Center have teamed up to offer scholarships to support undergraduate humanities majors working in unpaid internships.

C-Span Summer Internship
The C-SPAN Internship Program seeks to utilize the talents and education of students like yourself who are interested in communications and politics. During your internship you will become familiar with the workings of a cable television network and you’ll get a front row seat to the political process. Applications should be submitted at the earliest possible date.

Latin American News Digest
The Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Spring 2019. Student writers and researchers contribute to weekly issues by aggregating and writing condensed versions of news articles found in Latin American sources. Contact for question. Applications are due November 26.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
This is an intensive language and cultural immersion program that allows students to pick one of 15 languages to study overseas. Applications are due November 27.

Center for Strategic & International Studies Internships
Paid part-time and full-time internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Applications for available internships are accepted on a rolling basis.

United Nations Foundation Internships
Applications for full-time and part-time internships are being accepted. Check online for the current open positions.

Rumi Forum Internships
Rumi Forum is offering unpaid, flexible internships this spring. Contact for more information.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships
Applications for Spring Internships are now being accepted.

Teach Abroad with CIEE
CIEE offers multiple programs of varying lengths to teach English in nine different countries. Applications have varying deadlines, check online.

Victims of Communism
The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C. Click here for the available internships and how to apply.

InterReligious Task Force on Central America
Internships are available at this Cleveland-based interfaith group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia. Apply online.

Governmental Affairs Internship
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) offers Washington, DC-based, unpaid internships for students with an interest in politics and the political process, and especially for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy. Applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships are due one to two months prior to the internship start date. To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability, along with your resume to

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Contact Karin Wishner at (216) 781-4560 ext. 5010 or for internship opportunities.

UST Internship Opportunity
UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. Interested students can apply here.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Graduating college seniors can apply for a $15,000 stipend to pursue a year of public service anywhere in the world. Application is due January 18, 2019.

Boren Scholarships
Scholarships for varying lengths of international study are available for students interested in national security. Applications are due February 7, 2019.


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


Volunteer Opportunities

Ohio Office of the Public Defender
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities. We accept applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis, so interested parties may apply at any time.

Volunteer for MedWish International
MedWish repurposes discarded medical supplies to developing countries and relies on volunteers to sort supplies. Contact Caley Haehn with questions: or 216-692-1685.


Summer Opportunities

FU-BEST Internship
Students interested in doing an internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). Apply online by December 1.

Amigos International Summer  Program
Spend 4-8 weeks volunteering in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Panama. The summer 2018 application deadline is December 3.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The Cleveland Fed is offering a variety of summer 2019 internships. Search intern job openings and apply online. Applications are due December 7.

Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute
The CDO is seeking applications from advanced Ph.D. students and early career researchers and organizers for participation in a summer training institute focused on the study of democracy and organizing. Summer 2019 applications are due December 17.

Armed Conflict, Peace Processes and the challenges of Peacebuilding in Colombia
Applications are being accepted for this 3-week academic program which is open to undergraduate students with an interest in international relations and conflict resolution. Applicants seeking funding for the program must submit the completed scholarship application form, the accompanying academic reference, and the general program application form by December 12. Contact for more information.

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp
HISPBC is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results. Early Bird Registration & Letters of Recommendation are due January 1, 2019. Submitting later results in a $100 application fee.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program
This five-week program at Duke University is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance. Applications are due January 18, 2019.

Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program
The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors. Applications are due January 21, 2019. 

Teach English in Poland
Students are invited to apply for this 3-week summer cultural exchange program. Applications are due February 1, 2019.

Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program 
The eight-week Summer Research Program enables students from any university to develop expertise in one of two tracks: Public and Global Health Track and Aging and Neurological Diseases Track. Students may apply to one or both programs for which they qualify, but may only be accepted into one program. Applications are due February 1, 2019.

IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive
SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector. Priority applications are due February 1, 2019.

National Academy of Social Insurance
Applications for this twelve-week, paid, summer internships are now open. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’snationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization. Applications are due on February 1, 2019.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
This six-week program offers students a greater understanding of careers in international affairs. Applications are due February 5, 2019.


Graduate Opportunities

PhD Studentship at Loughborough University London
Exceptional candidates who want to enrich the field of contemporary French, British and/or European studies, with an approach that is pluralistic, inclusive and interdisciplinary are invited to apply for this program. 


Career Opportunities

Campaign Legal Center
The CLC has an open position for General Counsel. Contact Debbie Tang or Tory Clarke for more details about this opportunity. 

City Club of Cleveland
The City Club of Cleveland has two open positions: part-time Office and Customer Experience Coordinator (applicants should send resume and cover letter to CFO Julie Kelly, and full-time Membership and Advancement Manager (applications should send their resume and cover letter to Director of Advancement Noelle Celeste,


A Little Extra…

  • Professor Elliot Posner participated on an international Roundtable Panel on Brexit: Fin du partie? at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix, France, on November 15, the day British Prime Minister Theresa May held a major press conference concerning the results of the UK’s negotiations in regard to leaving the European Union.


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.

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