Tag Archives: Political Science

More Cubans migrate to the U.S.

Cuban migrants are flocking to the U.S., a trend experts attribute to fears that changing relations between the two countries could end America’s policy that permits residents of the island nation who reach the U.S. to remain here permanently.

Dr. Paolo Spadoni, a Cuba expert and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia Regents University, was quoted in a Sept. 20 article in the Wall Street Journal on the subject.

“There is sense of urgency to beat any change in U.S. immigration policy toward Cuba,” he said.

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Faculty expert: Supreme Court hears oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans


 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Supreme Court of the United States convened on Tuesday to weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Dr. Martha Ginn, an Associate Professor of Political Science, teaches Constitutional Law at Georgia Regents University. She is available for interviews after the court hears oral arguments in the four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage.

One of the nation’s leading scholars in judicial politics, Ginn’s research interests include judicial selection, Appellate courts decision-making, and public opinion, particularly of the judiciary. Her unique blend of legal expertise and analytical skill, coupled with a passion for the Constitution, make her an engaging professor for students on topics such as Constitutional law, the judicial process, political scandals and affairs, and public administration.

Ginn is available to discuss:

  • Background concerning the four cases in front of the Supreme Court
  • Potential impact for Georgians
  • Next steps following Tuesday’s oral arguments

To schedule interviews with Ginn, contact Kelly Jasper at 706-513-0719.

“Death Stalks Africa” Ebola panel set for Oct. 1

Augusta, Ga. – Death Stalks Africa is the title of a panel discussion on Ebola hosted by Georgia Regents University’s Center for Public Service and Political Science Club.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse, Summerville campus.

A question and answer session will follow the panel. Panelists include:

  • Dr. José Vasquez, Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia
  • Dr. Angela Bratton, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • Dr. Augustine Hammond, Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Steven Weiss, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy

“Faculty from two GRU campuses are coming together to talk about the medicine, history, culture, and politics surrounding the Ebola crisis,” said Saundra J. Ribando, Director of the GRU Center for Public Service. “We’re planning for an engaging event for both students and members of the community who want to understand the current outbreak in context.”

Voter registration will also be available at the event.

Apply now for Summer Internship in Washington, D.C.

Aerial_photo_from_AOC_office_8-19-08Are you interested in a career in politics? Would you like to gain invaluable firsthand experience of the political process and receive course credit at the same time? Consider applying for Georgia Regents University’s Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

What: Participate as a Georgia Regents University intern on Capitol Hill this summer. Several students will be selected and provided with a stipend in addition to course credit in this very competitive opportunity. You can expect to gain knowledge of the federal government, the legislative process, bipartisan and bicameral agreements, committee hearings, the regulatory process, and make lifelong career contacts and friendships. You will be able to receive course credits to be determined by your individual school and program enrollment.

When: The internships will take place over the summer months (June, July, and August), and students will be expected to work 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Individual offices may offer flexibility in work hours.

Where: The internship will take place in House and Senate offices in Washington; students will be provided with assistance in finding housing opportunities but are expected to work logistics and transportation on their own.

Who: You must be a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students are required to enroll in the internship course during the spring semester. Preferred applicants should be trustworthy, professional, polite, and independent, possess great communication skills, a solid work ethic, and have the ability to work under pressure.

Selection for the interview round will be based upon academic qualifications, applicant’s expected potential for professional research, and a variety of other job assignments in connection with the work of the federal government. Students will be charged with representing Georgia Regents University in their nation’s capital city.

How to Apply: Application due Dec. 20, by 5 p.m. Send all application materials via email including a current resume, two letters of recommendation, and a completed Internship Application (can be found on the government relations website gru.edu/gov/) and should be emailed to governmentrelations@gru.edu.


Political Science Department gets students involved

The Federal Government may often have trouble getting things done, but the Department of Political Science on the Summerville Campus  is picking up the pace. The political science faculty does more than teach students the basics; they get the students involved on multiple levels.

“We have an active Model United Nations Program that takes trips to New York, internships at the state’s and nation’s capitals,an active study abroad program, and a very active local Center for Public Service,” said Dr. Sudha Ratan, Chairwoman of the department. “Getting the students involved outside of the classroom gets them excited about learning.”

The department also offers majors in political science, with concentrations in international and legal studies , and has a Master of Public Administration degree program.

“We are a small department, but we have a variety of experts in a variety of topics,” she said. “And that gives the students a lot of different perspectives to learn about, and learn from.”

The Model U.N. Program, has had significant growth in its four years  and is now taking approximately 20 students each year to New York for the national conference.

“We are very proud of our Model U.N. students,” Ratan said. “Over 1,500 schools attend the national conference, and our team has always placed; they bring back multiple awards for their work. They do incredibly well, and they are often going up against much larger schools.”

For students interested in domestic issues, the department has developed internships in Washington, D.C., and in Atlanta,  offering students the opportunity to obtain first-hand  government experience.

“We have been working closely with the GRU Government Relations Department, and they have been very helpful in working with us to develop internship opportunities,” she said. “We just had three students who went to D.C., and they were very excited about the opportunity. When they got back, they couldn’t wait to go back up and get a job.

Ratan hopes these internships will lead to jobs for the students which would allow the department to  have an even larger footprint in the nation’s capital for future opportunities.

The students are also afforded opportunities with the department’s Center for Public Service and Research. The center provides services such as polling, data collection, statistical analysis, economic forecasting, producing reports, and more for the city of Augusta.

“We often have contracts with local and federal government to conduct studies,” Ratan said. “And it’s a great experience for the students, to get involved in real research that has a real-world purpose, not just an exercise out of a book. And it’s also great for the community, as there aren’t a lot of programs that do this kind of work here.

The department also has a strong Political Science Club that is student run and well-attended. It’s not just open to political science majors, but to all students on campus who have an interest in politics.

“The club holds brown bag events and forums on hot-button issues like Syria, and they are often casual but informative,” Ratan said. “They are very well-attended and even the non-political science students really seem to enjoy them.”

The club also performs public services, such as voter drives, and invites area candidates in to speak during election cycles.

The department has much planned for the future, as political science faculty are working on developing a new master’s program in security studies with a focus on the Middle East. The program has a built-in demand with Fort Gordon soldiers requesting the degree.

The department is currently working on a joint degree for public health and public administration.

“The consolidation opened up this option for us with the public health section of the Health Sciences Campus,” Ratan said. “There are several schools that already offer this degree, and there is a high demand for it.”

Albert receives GCIS award

Craig Albert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, is the recipient of the Junior Faculty Award in Internationalization by the Georgia Consortium for International Studies (GCIS). The award honors outstanding faculty in supporting, developing, and researching in international studies.

According to Debra Denzer, Chair of the Consortium for International Studies, it was because of Albert’s dedication to the National Model United Nations program, study abroad, and the internationalization of his curriculum that he was selected to receive the award.

“His understanding of the nature of comprehensive internationalization for his college is evident, and his colleagues clearly appreciate the work he does for both the campus and the university system,” added Denzer.

Each year, GCIS recognizes and rewards a junior and senior faculty member who has made significant contributions to internationalization at their university or elsewhere. The junior faculty member award is presented to an individual who has no more than seven years of full time teaching experience with at least three years of service at a GCIS member institution. The senior faculty member award is presented an individual who has more than seven years of full time teaching experience with at least five years of service at a GCIS member institution.

GCIS Inc. is a collaborative partnership of 17 Georgia institutions of higher education aimed at promoting intercultural understanding and fostering faculty international development.

GRU students receive awards at National Model United Nations Conference

Twenty-five Georgia Regents University students competed among more than 5,000 college students from across the world at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City last month and received awards in every possible category. The conference meets each spring to allow students to discuss current global issues on 20 selected committees. This year’s theme was “Change Your World.”

Three GRU students won individual awards: Heather Ross, a junior, received a position paper award for her committee; and both Casey Ratliff, a sophomore, and Fady Tawadrous, a senior, received the Best Delegate Award in their committee. The GRU team also received honorable mention as an overall delegation.

The students attended the conference as part of the Model United Nations class, a semester-long political science course open to all majors. Students learned about the Islamic Republic of Iran, which they represented in mock debates at the conference, and received three hours of credit. Coursework included research papers, book summaries and weekly readings and practiced debates throughout the semester.

“It’s a really intensive workload, so it’s an academically rigorous challenge for the students. They really feel accomplished once they complete the course because it’s just a demanding experience for them,” said Dr. Craig Douglas Albert, an Associate Professor of Political Science, who taught the course along with Political Science Lecturer Dr. Lance Hunter. “More importantly, I see it as the internationalization of the university. Most students in American universities aren’t really exposed to foreign cultures and foreign ways of thought. Through the Model United Nations, they have to stay in character acting out the role of an ambassador from another country. It really enhances their diversity, multiculturalism and internationalization, which I feel is very beneficial for their future careers.”

GRU students also had the opportunity to meet the actual Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations during the conference.