Villanova Political Science Welcomes Dr. Sara Newland!

The Department of Political Science at Villanova University is proud to welcome Dr. Sara Newland to the faculty. Dr. Newland specializes in comparative political economy and the politics of China. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 2015, and is nonresident fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Welcome, Dr. Newland!

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Dr. Kerbel’s Guide to the Elections

Are you worried about the upcoming 2016 elections? Concerned? Not sure how to make heads or tails of what’s going on this political season? Or worried that whatever you find online is written by some biased political hack? Well, not to worry–Villanova has got you covered! Dr. Matthew Kerbel–Chair of the Department of Political Science and renowned expert on American elections and cyber politics–has recently launched his own blog for objective political analysis and commentary from beyond the Beltway. His page is at Check it out!

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Dr. Colleen Sheehan Publishes a New Book!

Dr. Colleen Sheehan’s recently published book through Cambridge University Press entitled The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism has been getting glowing reviews among scholars of early American political philosophy for highlighting Madison’s merits as a true political theorist. Why not order your copy here?

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Dr. Barrett Presents New Research at APSA

Professor David M. Barrett presented a paper, “JFK and the CIA: Playing Hardball Over an Intelligence Leak to the New York Times, 1962” at the recent annual meeting of the American Political Science Association” in San Francisco. While the research will be incorporated into Dr. Barrett’s next book project, more information on the topic can be found here.

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Professor Schrad Discusses Syria Following the Obama-Putin UN Meeting

Courtesy of the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Access the interview here.

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Dr. Mark Schrad’s Very Personal Take on Ohio’s Down-Syndrome Abortion Debate in the New York Times

The state of Ohio is currently debating legislation that would outlaw abortion in the case of an in-utero diagnosis of Down syndrome. Since Professor Schrad and his wife, Jennifer, have encountered the heart-wrenching decisions associated with that situation firsthand, their experiences and insights–published in The New York Times–are especially relevant to contemporary debates.

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Dr. Jennifer Dixon comments on genocide survivor’s testimony

The Shoah Foundation is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by showcasing, over thirty days, some of the hundreds of survivor testimonies. Prof. Jennifer Dixon, an expert on the politics of genocide and mass killings, was invited by the Shoah Foundation to write an introduction for the testimony of Haig Baronian. Read her introduction and Mr. Baronian’s video testimony.

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