University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

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Alec Ewald: Spring 2016, "Rights Restoration and the Entanglement of US Criminal and Civic Law: A Study of New York's "Certificates of Relief." Law & Social Inquiry 41 (1): 5-36.

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Spring 2016 Political Science graduate, Sammie Ibrahim, is currently in Kazakhstan on a Fulbright Scholarship, and was in Russia on a Critical Language Study Award this past summer.

Teaching Politics in an Election Year

Election years are particularly exciting for students of American politics, and this presidential election cycle, as we have all become aware, is a unique and dramatic one: on the one hand, we have the first woman nominated by a major political party; on the other, a candidate who comes from outside the political vocation altogether and is running as much against his political party as a representative of it. Making sense of this election is no small task; how do we get away from the 24 hour news cycle and think of this political season in ways that place it within the context of what we learn from political science, our nation's political history, and the broader political trends throughout the world?

This semester the department sponsored a two-day event in October putting the 2016 election and political reporting in perspective with two distinguished political journalists: Adam Clymer, former New York Times national political correspondent, and Jon Margolis, former national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

"Election 2016 Panel Discussion," with Professors Melissa Willard-Foster, Lisa Holmes, Alec Ewald and Anthony (Jack) Gierzynski on October 24, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the John Dewey Lounge sponsored by the UVM Political Science Club.

Introduction to Political Science

The Political Science Department at the University of Vermont offers courses across the discipline, taught by scholar-teachers with outstanding research records and national reputations. Whether you are interested in American politics, law, women's issues, political theory, international relations or the politics of different world areas, you will find members of the department teaching courses and doing cutting-edge research in your field of interest.

Why Study Political Science at UVM?

UVM's Political Science Department offers its students the best of both worlds: a department exclusively focused on undergraduates, on the model of a liberal arts college, and a faculty with research and publication records comparable to those found in major research universities.

World-Class Faculty and Programs

From pre-law advising to the departmental honors program to internships in Vermont and Washington to study abroad, the Political Science Department offers its students an array of programs to supplement their course work and get them ready for life after graduation. These programs complement the teaching and research of our distinguished faculty, providing our students with a political science education second to none.

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