Bequest to Support Teaching and Research in Political Science
Release Date: 10-07-2010
The estate of Louis Rakin has awarded the Political Science Department a grant to support research and teaching on governance in transitional states, reflecting Rakin's concern for how nations move responsibly and effectively from authoritarian to democratic rule.
The project approved by the Rakin Foundation includes a competitive grant that will be awarded to a faculty member working in the field in a transitional state, ideally in the summer of 2011. The recipient of the Rakin Grant would then be obliged to teach a senior undergraduate seminar in the following academic year, incorporating insights gained from the research into the course curriculum, as well as present the work in a public lecture. UVM's political science department includes a substantial number of faculty whose research deals with governance in transitional societies. They will be invited to submit proposals for the grant to the department chair in the spring.
Professor and Middle East expert Gregory Gause will teach the first Rakin Seminar, "Oil, Politics and Governance," in spring 2011.