Deborah Seligsohn was the Environment, Science Technology and Health Counselor at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2003 to 2007. She began that position in the midst of China’s SARS outbreak and then worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to greatly increase US-China health cooperation, particularly on emerging infectious diseases. She then left the State Department to develop the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy work in Beijing and subsequently pursued a PhD at the University of California San Diego before joining the Villanova Faculty. During the present COVID-19 pandemic she has been writing and speaking about the SARS experience, the health cooperation built under Presidents Bush and Obama and its current state. The links are below:
Dr Malcolm Harvey is a lecturer in Politics at the University of Aberdeen, an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and a Fulbright Scholar for 2020-21. His research interests include constitutional change, public engagement, referendums, party systems and nationalism. He currently teaches courses in both UK devolved politics and American politics, and his Fulbright award is designed to allow for a teaching and knowledge exchange in both of these areas. Bringing his expertise in Scottish and UK politics, and the politics of Brexit, he will provide some up-to-date analysis on contemporary issues in European politics, while learning up-close how American politics is taught in the US. He is particularly excited about being in Pennsylvania during the 2020 Presidential election and keen to experience everything that goes along with it first hand.
Dr. Jennifer Dixon’s book, Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan (Cornell, 2018) has been selected as a co-winner of the 2019 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies! Dark Pasts investigates the sources of stability and change in states’ narratives of past atrocities. Drawing on in-depth analyses of the post-World War II trajectories of Turkey’s narrative of the 1915-17 Armenian Genocide and Japan’s narrative of the 1937-8 Nanjing Massacre, the book unpacks the complex processes through which international pressures and domestic dynamics shape states’ narratives and the ways in which state actors negotiate between domestic and international demands in producing and maintaining such narratives. The Sona Aronian Book Prize is awarded annually by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and recognizes “outstanding scholarly works in the English language in the field of Armenian Studies.”
The Law School and Political Science Department are pleased to be hosting Ellen Weintraub, the Chair of the Federal Election Commission, for a visit to Villanova on Thursday, October 3 at 12:15pm in Room 202 of the Law School. Chairwoman Weintraub will speak about the role of the FEC and election law and campaign finance issues relating to the 2020 election, and the event will be moderated by Dean Mark Alexander.