News & Announcements Archive

When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History

Throughout American history, some social movements, such as organized labor and the Christian Right, have forged influential alliances with political parties, while others, such as the antiwar movement, have not. When Movements Anchor Parties provides a bold new interpretation of American electoral history by examining five prominent movements and their relationships with political parties. Taking […]


Paul A. McCoy Winner – Nils Kupzok

Congratulations!!   Nils is the winner of the Paul A. McCoy Award for the outstanding graduate student seminar paper in Political Science entitled “Fragile Legitimacy: The Rise and Decline of the EU’s ‘Sustainable Biofuel’ Policy”


Congratulations, Daisy Kim!

Daisy defended her dissertation on May 14, 2015, entitled: “Bargaining Citizenship: Women’s Organizations, The State, and Marriage Migrants in South Korea.”


Dean’s Teaching Fellowship & Freshman Seminar Winners

Congratulations to the 2014–2015 DTF winners Meghan Luhman, Christopher England, Tim Hanafin, Allen Stack, Ayako Hiramatsu, Casey McNeill, and Karyn Wang; and congratulations to the Dean’s Prize Freshman Seminar winners, Ryan Fried, G. W. Jones, Anatoli Ignatov, and Kellan Anfinson!


Political Science Professors to Be Featured on CSPAN2’s ‘Book TV’

Nine Johns Hopkins University faculty authors will be featured on C-SPAN2’s Book TV over the next several weekends, beginning with Lester Spence, an expert on race and politics, who will discuss his 2011 book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. PST. Benjamin Ginsberg will discuss his book The Worth of War on Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m. EST.


Political Science Major Featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine

Carrie Resnick

Political science major Carrie Resnick is studying the campaigns of female gubernatorial candidates in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Texas, and Wisconsin, focusing on the specific challenges these candidates for executive offices face and how women’s issues play in their campaigns.


Bearing Society in Mind: Theories and Politics of the Social Formation

Political and economic models of society often operate at a level of abstraction so high that the connections between them, and their links to culture, are beyond reach. Bearing Society in Mindchallenges these disciplinary boundaries and proposes an alternative framework—the social formation. The theory of social formation demonstrates how the fabric of society is made […]


The Worth of War

Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are […]


The Power of Memory in Democratic Politics

George Orwell famously argued that those who control the past control the future, and those who control the present control the past. In this study of the relationship between democracy and memory, P. J. Brendese examines Orwell’s insight, revealing how political power affects what is available to be remembered, who is allowed to recall the […]


The Lessons of Rancière

“Liberal democracy” is the name given to a regime that much of the world lives in or aspires to, and both liberal and deliberative theorists focus much of their intellectual energy on working to reshape and perfect this regime. But what if “liberal democracy” were a contradiction in terms? Taking up Jacques Rancière’s polemical claim […]