April 1, 2019 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of April 1, 2019

Advising.  Registration for Fall 2019 opens on April 8 for students intending to graduate in January 2020 and on April 11 for students intending to graduate in May 2020. The registration schedule is available here. Many of our POSC majors and minors have already met with their advisors; those who have not yet done so should make arrangements as soon as possible.

Note that advising for registration coincides, infelicitously, with the professional activities and commitments of our faculty. The International Studies Association meetings took place this past week (March 27-30); next week several of us will be attending the Midwest Political Science Association meetings. As a result, many of us have been or will be unavailable during these weeks, as we travel to present research, discuss collaborative work with our colleagues at other institutions, meet with publishers, and engage in the range of professional activities that advance our research, our teaching, the Department, and the University. As a result, students should plan carefully to meet with their advisor to discuss their course plan for next semester and to review their progress toward graduation. Students may find information about our major requirements helpful.

For those hoping to enroll in POSC 396 Senior Capstone Project in the next academic year, please note that Professors Elliot Posner and Kelly McMann will be returning from sabbaticals, and will be available to supervise capstone projects. Professor Beckwith will be on sabbatical in the Fall 2019 term and hence unavailable for capstone direction, but she will return in the spring term, and will be available then. Our additional happy news is that our Visiting Assistant Professors Matthew Hodgetts, Girma Parris, and Paul Schroeder will continue on our faculty through the 2019-20 academic year; they, too, will be available to work with students enrolled in POSC396.

One of the advantages of a major in political science at CWRU is that all students are advised by regular faculty. The Department of Political Science does not outsource advising. Every regular faculty member has undergraduate advisees, and we work successfully in coordination with the new navigators in Undergraduate Studies. The high quality of academic advising in our Department offers real advantages to our students. Although ultimately students are responsible for their choices in their courses and in their advancement in the curriculum toward graduation, our faculty provide clear and detailed advice about the variety of routes through the CWRU undergraduate curriculum and through the POSC major. Our faculty provide advice about the range of courses and the diversity of courses that construct a meaningful and powerful undergraduate educational experience, and we have knowledge about how to connect extra-curricular, and grants, scholarships, and internship, opportunities to student coursework and interests. We also advise about study abroad programs and opportunities, and we review courses for transfer (in terms of transferability and number of credits).

Finally, I encourage our POSC majors and minors to scan the listings, below, of grants opportunities for which they might be available. The College has identified several new funding opportunities, and our excellent students would be strong candidates for any or all of these. Many thanks to Brook Sabin, our DA1, who compiles this information for us every week.

And just to note, I’ll be at the MPSA meetings, and am looking forward to meeting with our POSC alumni Kevin Reuning (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Miami University) and Sasha Klyachkina (ABD, Northwestern University and, for 2019-20, a post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin at Madison).

With all best wishes,

Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science

General Announcements


Dear Son
April 1, 6:40pm, Tower City Cinemas
April 2, 11:30am, Tower City Cinemas

A bold look at a courageous father’s love for his son, this film reveals a rare perspective from yet another category of victims tragically impacted by terrorism.
Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies. Use discount code NOCMES.

Why and How Americans Should Care about the War in Yemen
April 2, 7:30pm-8:45pm, The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave
For the past three years, civil war has devastated the nation of Yemen and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. As a result of human rights abuses and war crimes, bipartisan efforts are underway in Congress to stop U.S. involvement in the civil war. Stacey Philbrick Yadev, from Hobart and WIlliam Smith Colleges, will discuss the economic and geopolitical implications of continued U.S. involvement. Free and open to the public.

How is Victim Blaming Perpetuated Against Women of Color
April 3, 11am-12pm, Sears Library Building, Room 409
Part of the Monthly Chats with an Advocate series, the lecture will consider how, in an era of #metoo and Surviving R. Kelly, victim blaming is perpetuated against women of color. Megan Long, CWRU Student Advocate, will facility this discussion.

War, Fragmentation, and Reconstruction in Yemen
April 3, 4:30-6pm, Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206
The horrifying human toll in Yemen’s war, and backlash against the Saudi regime for other reasons, have led to both the House and Senate voting to criticize U.S. support for the Saudi role in that conflict. But Yemen has a long history of strife, and needs to be understood in its own terms. Join us as she offers perspective on Yemen’s past, present, and possible future.

Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century
April 4, 11:30am-1:30pm, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 108
Tey Meadow, assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University, will present a lecture titled “Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century” presented by Tey Meadow, assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required. RSVP to Michelle Rizzuto at mrr5@case.edu by April 1.

Global Gauntlet 2019: CCWA’s World Trivia Challenge
April 4, 6-8:30pm, Market Garden Brewery
Teams of up to four compete to answer questions that test your knowledge of international affairs, current events, and foreign policy. Tickets for individuals are $40, tickets for a team of 4 are $140.

Friday Lunch: Budget Blues: Yes, It Can (and Will) Get Worse
April 5, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL LL06A/B/C Lower Level
Join Professor Joe White for a discussion on federal budgeting and which risks are real, which are exaggerated, and what might happen.

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

Internship Opportunities

White House Internship Program
The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump Administration. Fall 2019 applications are due May 3, 2019.

Summer Opportunities
CWRU’s Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
In this 8-week program, interns will take part in professional development opportunities by working alongside Swetland Center team members and through engagement in a weekly colloquium to foster praxis, reflection, and technical skill building.

Western Reserve Historical Society Internships
The Western Reserve Historical Society offers unpaid summer internships in public history and non-profit management. 

Climate Policy Camp
June 5-7, 2019, American University
Students learn about domestic and international climate policies to deepen their understanding of Citizen Climate Lobby’s climate solution. Students can apply for a fellowship that includes waived registration fee and lodging in dorms, and free registration to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate International Conference and Lobby Day, June 8-11. The registration deadline in May 10, 2019.
Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines!

Funding Opportunities
Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship
Scholarships are offered between $500-$1,500. Email studyabroad@case.edu for more information. Applications are due April 1, 2019.

Baker Nord Center Internship Funding
Students must attend one of the Spring 2019 Humanities Meet-Ups in order to be eligible to apply. Applications are due April 15, 2019.

Previously posted funding opportunities can be found here.

Employment Opportunities
Career Peers
The Office of Postgraduate Planning is hiring Career Peers, CWRU student paraprofessionals who guide students on career development issues.

AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement Specialist

Shaker Heights Development Corporation is seeking a self-motivated, resourceful, and personable AmeriCorps VISTA member to work with business owners, property owners, entrepreneurs, residents and stakeholders in the emerging Chagrin-Lee commercial corridor in Shaker Heights to form a merchants’ association and develop a tool-kit of entrepreneurial resources.

A Little Extra…

  • Jacqueline Greene (BA POSC ’07) is representing two of three men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1975 murder that sent them to prison for decades. A federal appeals court ruled last Thursday that three men can now pursue a civil lawsuit against Cleveland police. Read more about the case here.


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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