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Department of Political Science
Political Science Department News Archive
Archived March 2018:
, co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020 and founder of the Mormon Women Project, spoke at the Public Affairs Lecture Series on February 8. She said the most important thing students can do in order to become a professional is to learn to write well.
The February 1 Public Affairs Lecture Series featured
Taryn Davis Holland
, senior associate at Development Gateway. Taryn's address focused on the importance of transparency when working with clients.
Prof. Adam Dynes spoke with Julie Rose on BYUradio's Top of Mind on January 31. He discussed
President Trump's first State of the Union address
and how the president defined his first year in office.
Over 50 BYU students met with 44 professionals in January for the
annual BYUPAS Speed Mentoring Event
at the Utah State Capitol. Each student received hands-on mentoring as well as advice on education plans and career goals.
Prof. Quinn Mecham appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose.
Prof. Mecham evaluated several of his predictions from 2017 and made some new ones for 2018
The Winter 2018 edition of the Political Science Post
features Canadian Studies, in honor of Prof. Earl Fry, who will retire later this year. Learn more about current students, faculty, and alumni in this exciting edition of our department newsletter.
Archived February 2018:
Rich McKeown of the Leavitt Partners Board of Directors
came to BYU in January to share career lessons as part of the Public Affairs Lecture Series, which is offered during Winter semester for the first time this year.
Prof. David Magleby
spoke with Julie Rose on BYUradio's Top of Mind
this past January. He discussed Senator Orrin Hatch's legacy and what Hatch's retirement plans will mean for Utah and for the US Senate.
December 2017 saw the
First Annual Political Science Poster Conference
. Over 60 students presented research on topics such as financial aid, African poverty, gun control, and China. Awards were given to the top three students. We look forward to hosting this event again in Fall 2018.
Archived January 2018:
Meet Alessandra Carbajal
, a Political Science junior, who recently attended the Future Women in Government Conference in Washington, D.C. Alessandra was given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thanks to generous college funding.
BYU Women in Politics was very active in Fall 2017.
Learn more about
their opening social as well as their featured event, "Women On Politics," a TED talk-style gathering held in October, featuring faculty from all over BYU campus.
Fall 2017 edition
of The Political Science Post, our department newsletter, focuses on the Middle East. It also features information on faculty research, department and club activities, and both student and alumni spotlights.
Thomas B. Edsall of
The New York Times
the research of Professors Mike Barber and Jeremy Pope
regarding their paper, "Does Party Trump Ideology? Disentangling Party and Ideology in America."
Read more here
Congratulations to Davin Guinn for his selection as the Political Science Valedictorian for the August 2017 Convocation! Davin is now attending BYU Law School.
Learn more about him here
Prof. Donna Lee Bowen was the featured speaker at the August 2017 FHSS Convocation. Her remarks focused on how strong leadership can confront tyranny.
Read a summary and also find a link to her full address here
Archived December 2017:
We are pleased to welcome new assistant professor John Holbein to our faculty this Fall semester. Prof. Holbein has already received mention in
New York Magazine
The Washington Post
he published in the
American Political Science Review
Read more about Prof. Holbein here
Prof. Earl Fry published an article in the
International Negotiation Journal
"The Role of U.S. State Governments in International Relations, 1980-2015."
Archived October 2017:
Read more about
the annual WomanStats Investigator meeting
held at BYU in July 2017. The event was hosted by our own Prof. Donna Lee Bowen and by former faculty member Valerie Hudson, now at Texas A&M. The WomanStats Project is the largest compilation of data on women in the world.
Archived August 2017:
Prof. Quinn Mecham has recently spoken with BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose twice, once in June about
the UK elections, Qatar, and the IS attacks on Iran
, and then in July regarding
Macron's France, the new Saudi prince, and the recent outbreak of cholera in Yemen
A recent New York Times article entitled "
The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women
" referenced Prof. Chris Karpowitz' book, "The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberations, and Institutions."
Spring 2017 newsletter
features news about women in politics, events from the Winter 2017 semester, student achievements, and both faculty and alumni spotlights.
Read about this year's Beyond BYU program
, in which over one hundred students from BYU, BYU-Hawaii, and BYU-Idaho went to Washington, D.C for a two-day career and networking event.
Congratulations to Soren Schmidt, who was chosen as the April 2017 Valedictorian. He and other students were recognized at the BYUPAS Closing Banquet this past March.
Archived June 2017:
New presidents have been selected for three of our alumni chapters of BYUPAS!
Meet Skye Herrick of the new Bay Area Chapter, Stephan Puhlmann of the New York Chapter, and Chip Yost of the Washington, D.C. Chapter
The Washington Post Monkey Cage published an article entitled "
Americans love to hate foreign aid, but the right argument makes them like it a lot more
," written by our own Professor Darren Hawkins.
Congratulations to senior Laura Boyer, who received the 2016 MPSA award for Best Undergraduate Paper in a Poster Format! Laura was honored at the 2017 MPSA Annual Meeting in Chicago in April.
Political Science faculty appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose throughout the Winter 2017 semester. Listen to
Prof. Michael Barber
Prof. Quinn Mecham
, who spoke twice (
second link here
Archived May 2017:
The BYU Political Affairs Society student chapter organized its
annual Utah State Capital Trip
this past January, where students met with state legislators and became more acquainted with state and local government.
The annual G. Homer Durham Lecture took place in January 2017, with guest speaker Hannah Smith of Becket Law.
Read more about her topic of religious liberty and the promise of American pluralism.
The January 2017 department newsletter
features a wide range of articles, including an overview of the 2016 Thailand Mentored Research Program and the coverage of the 2016 election by the Utah Colleges Exit Poll.
Archived April 2017:
Three department faculty recently appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose:
Prof. Quinn Mecham
discussed the 2016 World Events in Review.
Prof. Eric Hyer and adjunct professor Robert Griffiths
discussed Taiwan and US-China relations.
Archived February 2017:
Alumna Luisa Patoni-Rees (BA '14), a current BYU Law student, spent a week volunteering at a detention center for women and children fleeing violence in their home country and seeking asylum in the U.S.
Read about her experience here
Meet Jordan Rogers (BA '12). Jordan worked for TargetPoint Consulting in Washington, DC and now works with O.C. Tanner in SLC. He is also doing an online masters program with Northwestern.
Two department faculty appeared on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose in December 2016:
Prof. Mike Barber
spoke about gerrymandering in light of the SCOTUS arguments.
Prof. Josh Gubler
discussed the latest development in Syria's civil war and how Israelis and Palestinians have reacted to the election of Donald Trump.
2016 News Archive
Historical Political Science Department Newsletters
(last updated September 2014)