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Inaugural Lynch Scholarship awarded to Political Science senior Liz Armstrong

Inaugural Lynch Scholarship awarded to Political Science senior Liz Armstrong

February 14, 2024 - Karessa Weir

MSU PLS senior Liz Armstrong is the first recipient of the Lynch Family Scholarship. She is studying Political Science and minoring in Law, Justice, and Public Policy, and also in her first year of the Linked Master of Public Policy program.

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Alexis Ramirez

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Alexis Ramirez

February 12, 2024

ALEXIS RAMIREZ is a first-generation college senior studying Political Science at Michigan State University with a minor in Business and Law, Justice, and Public Policy. He is from southwest Detroit and is a proud Latino. Alexis is passionate about giving back to the community, having volunteered at Cadillac Urban Gardens and Gleaners Food Bank in the past. He has previously interned with State Representative Tsernoglou and is now interning with US Congresswoman Slotkin. Alexis plans to have a public service career in government. He enjoys reading about current affairs, gaming, watching films, and sports. Alexis was a recipient of the Michigan Government Semester Program Scholarship for 2024.

Two PLS Scholars nominated for prestigious Truman Scholarship

Two PLS Scholars nominated for prestigious Truman Scholarship

February 7, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Josie Danielkiewicz and Jerome Hamilton Jr., both third-year Political Science Pre-Law students, have been nominated for the Truman Scholarship.

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Kendall Jones

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Kendall Jones

February 7, 2024

Kendall Jones is a senior studying Political Science - Prelaw with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy. She plans to attend law school in the Fall 2024. Kendall is from Muskegon, Michigan. She transferred to MSU from Muskegon Community College, where she spent two years playing college soccer. Kendall enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering at the Kids' Food Basket in Muskegon and the Greater Lansing Food Bank. She enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family in her free time. She is beyond excited to be a part of the MGSP this semester and to intern with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. Kendall was a recipient of the Michigan Government Semester Program Scholarship for 2024.

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Souad Bazzi

MGSP 2024 Spotlight: Souad Bazzi

February 5, 2024

SOUAD BAZZI is a rising junior at Michigan State University, studying Pre-law and Political Science with a minor in law, justice, and public policy. Growing up as a first-generation Lebanese American from her hometown, Dearborn, Michigan, Souad is deeply committed to inciting change in areas such as immigration rights, reproductive freedom, and bottom-up political advocacy. With a background in a grassroots political campaign, she gained experience in networking with a diverse range of people, directing community engagement, and navigating the complexities of local-level policy processes. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career as a public defender and, someday, the House of Representatives to be an unwavering advocate for marginalized groups and the voice for the underrepresented. Outside of her academic endeavors, she enjoys yoga, reading, and playing with her two goldendoodles. Souad was a recipient of the Michigan Government Semester Program Scholarship for 2024.

Alumni Spotlight: Malik Washington

Alumni Spotlight: Malik Washington

February 2, 2024

Malik Washington currently serves as City Council Liaison for the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office. Prior to his current role, he worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to support a variety of tasks related to statewide transit policy, travel trend analysis, and project development. Malik earned a Master of Public Policy degree from MSU in 2020. He also has a bachelor’s degree in public policy at MSU.

Why Trump’s control of the Republican Party is bad for democracy

Why Trump’s control of the Republican Party is bad for democracy

January 30, 2024 - Dr. Erica Frantz

MSU PLS Associate Professor Erica Frantz wrote for The Conversation about former president Donald Trump and democracy.

PLS students shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

PLS students shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

January 25, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Students from MSU Political Science in the College of Social Scientists brought home awards at this year’s Diversity Research Showcase hosted by MSU Honors College. This annual university-wide showcase features MSU undergraduate student work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion.

MSU PLS expands methods teaching with new assistant professor hire

MSU PLS expands methods teaching with new assistant professor hire

January 24, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Marco Morucci has accepted an offer for a new position in computational social science with the MSU Department of Political Science.

Ask the expert: What an earlier primary means for Michigan and the 2024 election

Ask the expert: What an earlier primary means for Michigan and the 2024 election

January 24, 2024 - Jack Harrison

Matt Grossmann is the director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, as well as a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Social Science. Grossmann is an expert in both state and national politics. He answers questions about how to understand different systems and the role Michigan will play in 2024.

MSU PLS sophomore is one of three award winners of a national social justice scholarship

MSU PLS sophomore is one of three award winners of a national social justice scholarship

November 28, 2023

Michigan State University sophomore Elaina Rankin’s interest in becoming a public defender bloomed when she was just a freshman at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills.

MSU PLS senior honored for his leadership skills as a first generation college student

MSU PLS senior honored for his leadership skills as a first generation college student

November 22, 2023 - Karessa Weir

MSU Political Science Scholar Malcom Charles was recently awarded a First Generation Leadership Award.

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, to speak at Michigan State University’s Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, to speak at Michigan State University’s Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum

November 1, 2023 - Becky Jensen

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation will be former Governor Jim Blanchard’s special guest at his upcoming MSU Public Service Forum on November 29, 2023 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Voting Guides to East Lansing and Lansing elections created by Urban Politics students

Voting Guides to East Lansing and Lansing elections created by Urban Politics students

October 30, 2023

Dr. Sarah Reckhow's Urban Politics class puts together the latest editions of their local voting guide.

MPP alumna to lead Michigan’s State Budget Office

MPP alumna to lead Michigan’s State Budget Office

October 26, 2023 - Karessa Weir

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Jen Flood, who earned her Master of Public Policy in the MSU Department of Political Science in the College of Social Science, will lead the State Budget Office as its new director beginning in mid-November after Chris Harkins accepted a new position outside of state government.

Deadline approaching for Washington D.C. internship program application

Deadline approaching for Washington D.C. internship program application

October 25, 2023

MSU has partnered with The Washington Center (TWC) to provide students with hands-on experience in politics, policy, and governance during a semester-long internship spent in Washington D.C. This is a perfect way to apply your knowledge outside of the classroom and to make connections for your future career. Final application deadline is Nov. 1!

Advertising rental housing in Spanish puts off many potential renters

Advertising rental housing in Spanish puts off many potential renters

October 16, 2023 - Sophia Vento

Publishing an ad for an apartment or rental home in Spanish may seem like it would broaden the pool of potential renters, but new research by PLS assistant professor Dr. John Kuk shows it can harm rental-seekers’ perception of the property and its neighborhood.

MPP grad wins University Alumni Service Award

MPP grad wins University Alumni Service Award

October 5, 2023 - Emily Jodway

Sarah Cantwell, along with her husband Matthew, received the Alumni Service Award, given to alumni who have demonstrated service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Sarah earned her master’s in public administration from the Department of Political Science in 2005, while Matthew is a 2004 graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business. They are known as dedicated community leaders, philanthropists and Spartans.

MSU PLS student nominated for the Marshall Scholarship

MSU PLS student nominated for the Marshall Scholarship

September 26, 2023 - Emily Jodway

Political Science Scholar Megan Smejkal is one of 10 MSU students nominated for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Megan is majoring in Political Science, Economics and History in the College of Social Science. She is a graduate of Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

College of Social Science Young Alumni Award presented to Chayse Hurley and Elias Kokaly

College of Social Science Young Alumni Award presented to Chayse Hurley and Elias Kokaly

September 21, 2023

Detroit InnovateGov Program Coordinator Chayse Hurley and Elias Kokaly, an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, are this year's Young Alumni Awards from the College of Social Science.

College of Social Science alumni use scholarship to promote civility in public discourse

College of Social Science alumni use scholarship to promote civility in public discourse

September 20, 2023 - Karessa Weir

When Tina and Jon Lynch were dating as undergraduate students at Michigan State University, they used to wander along the banks of the Red Cedar River and talk about their future and how they would give back to the university where they met. “Back then we would take walks in the neighborhood across the street from Rather Hall and along the Red Cedar, dreaming about what life had in store for us. Even then we hoped to one day give back to the place that had given so much to us,” Tina said. “For our family, Michigan State is more than a school - it’s our home.” More than 30 years later, the Lynchs, both College of Social Science alumni and residents of Midland, have have fulfilled that dream when they endowed the Jon & Tina Lynch Family Promoting Civility Scholarship fund.

MSU PLS well represented on Homecoming Court

September 20, 2023

Alyssa Konesky, Political Science major, and Devin Woodruff, Public Policy major, have been selected as members of the MSU Homecoming Court for 2023.

MPP students awarded Ira Polley Memorial Scholarships

September 1, 2023

Three MSU Political Science Master of Public Policy students have been awarded Ira Polley Memorial Scholarships for their exceptional work both inside and outside the classroom.

Intern Spotlight: Matt Sigers

Intern Spotlight: Matt Sigers

August 18, 2023

As part of the Flint Study Away program, Matt Sigers has been working out of Flint City Hall since June 1. Among his favorite parts of the program has been the chance to get out into the community of Flint. He worked the City of Flint booth at this summer’s Harmony Festival, passing out information about different city programs and items like water filters.

Intern Spotlight: Jacob Pickett

Intern Spotlight: Jacob Pickett

August 11, 2023

"Political science student Jacob Pickett has been interning in the Office of Genesee County Clerk/Register of Deeds and is gaining firsthand knowledge of county government at work. Through his internship he is helping to revitalize the office of County Clerk/Register and put new practices in place to make residents experiences easier and more user friendly.”

Intern Spotlight: David Luc

Intern Spotlight: David Luc

August 4, 2023

Senior David Luc is interning with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as part of the Flint Study Away program.

Rate hikes may have slowed inflation in the US – but they have also heightened the risk of financial crises for lower-income nations

Rate hikes may have slowed inflation in the US – but they have also heightened the risk of financial crises for lower-income nations

August 2, 2023 - Dr. Cristina Bodea

Dr. Cristina Bodea has written an article on the negative effects of the Federal Reserve's most recent hike has on developing countries.

PLS students share their research at Mid-SURE

PLS students share their research at Mid-SURE

August 1, 2023

The 2023 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences was held July 26 in the STEAM Teaching and Learning Facility with more than 330 students presenting their research including several from the MSU Political Science department.

Research shows knowing personal details of politicians may reduce partisanship

Research shows knowing personal details of politicians may reduce partisanship

July 10, 2023 - Karessa Weir

Will sharing a hobby or favorite movie make you like a politician more? The chances are pretty good, and it might even lead to a decrease in partisanship and division between political parties, found MSU Political Science Professor Jennifer Wolak.

PLS Professor and co-founder of LeFrak Forum, Dr. Arthur Melzer retires

PLS Professor and co-founder of LeFrak Forum, Dr. Arthur Melzer retires

June 20, 2023 - Dr. Dustin Sebell and Dick Zinman

Eminent political philosopher Dr. Arthur M. Melzer has retired from his positions of Political Science Professor and co-director of the LeFrak Forum Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy.

PLS Faculty Earn Promotions

June 20, 2023

MSU Department of Political Science is pleased to share that two PSL professors earned promotions that were approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at their June meeting.

Student view: Summer, Juneteenth and family

Student view: Summer, Juneteenth and family

June 14, 2023 - Angela Solomon

Angela Solomon is an undergraduate student pursuing dual degrees in broadcast journalism and political science pre-law. Currently serving as the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Associated Students of Michigan State University, she actively works toward creating an inclusive campus environment. Solomon also designed the 2023 artwork, “A Summer of Freedom,” for the third annual MSU Juneteenth Celebration.

PLS Spring Grad Reception 2023

PLS Spring Grad Reception 2023

May 31, 2023

The MSU Political Science Department honored students at their Spring Graduation Reception at the Broad Museum on May 5, 2023.

MGSP Spring Reception 2023 honors interns and celebrates supporters

MGSP Spring Reception 2023 honors interns and celebrates supporters

May 26, 2023

MSU’s Department of Political Science and Michigan Government Semester Program celebrated the 22 students participating in the intensive internship program this Spring semester and thanked supporters of the program. We were delighted to have Senate Majority Leader, Winnie Brinks, join us as our Keynote Speaker.

PLS senior awarded College of Social Science Humanitarian Award

PLS senior awarded College of Social Science Humanitarian Award

May 16, 2023

World Politics senior Zachary Zahrt has been awarded the College of Social Science Humanitarian Award for "providing support, aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of crises."

Two PLS graduates receive Public Service Awards

Two PLS graduates receive Public Service Awards

May 10, 2023

MSU PLS is pleased to announce recent graduates Zachary Crawford and Daria Lindquist have been presented with the first Public Service Award by the department.

PLS faculty, PhD student win All-University Awards

May 10, 2023

Two faculty members from the Department of Political Science have been honored with All-University Awards by Provost Thomas Jeitschko.

Media freedom and democracy: Africans in four countries weigh up thorny questions about state control

Media freedom and democracy: Africans in four countries weigh up thorny questions about state control

May 10, 2023 - Dr. Jeff Conroy-Krutz

Political Science Chair Dr. Jeffrey Conroy-Kurtz authored this article in The Conversation about governments imposing limits on media.

Dr. Cristina Bodea to speak at Central Banking Training May 18

Dr. Cristina Bodea to speak at Central Banking Training May 18

May 9, 2023

Dr. Bodea, Professor of Political Science, is speaking on Leadership and Management: Managing Change, Culture and Diversity in a volatile environment

Undergraduate Assistant Award goes to Eleanor Nagel-Bennet

Undergraduate Assistant Award goes to Eleanor Nagel-Bennet

May 9, 2023

Eleanor Nagel-Bennett is the inaugural recipient of the Political Science Undergraduate Assistant Award.

MSU PLS senior Jillian Jezak receives first Undergraduate Research Award

MSU PLS senior Jillian Jezak receives first Undergraduate Research Award

May 8, 2023

MSU Political Science is pleased to announce the recipient of the first Undergraduate Research Award goes to senior Jillian Jezak.

Political Science Graduate Awards for Spring 2023

Political Science Graduate Awards for Spring 2023

May 5, 2023

MSU Political Science PhD students Alejandra Lopez-Villegas and Jonathan King were given the annual graduate student awards at a reception May 5.

Mikayla Stokes named 2023 PLS Outstanding Senior

Mikayla Stokes named 2023 PLS Outstanding Senior

April 27, 2023

Political Science Scholar Mikayla Stokes has been named the Outstanding Senior for 2023.

PLS students receive awards for 4.0 GPA

PLS students receive awards for 4.0 GPA

April 21, 2023

This semester, a record-breaking 206 graduating students were recognized by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees for achieving the highest scholastic average — a 4.0 GPA. Each semester, students graduating with a 4.0 GPA are presented with the Board of Trustees’ Award for their academic excellence. Additionally, each awardee will be acknowledged during their individual commencement ceremonies in May and will receive $1,000 from the university in recognition of their accomplishment.

MSU PLS and African Studies Center offering Roger Meece Internship Awards

MSU PLS and African Studies Center offering Roger Meece Internship Awards

April 5, 2023

The MSU Political Science Department, together with the African Studies Center, is pleased to offer two annual scholarships to qualified MSU students to cover the program costs for a six-week internship in Lusaka, Zambia from June to mid-July 2023. The program is based at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, with affiliations to the University of Zambia’s Institute of Economic and Social Science Research.

PLS PhD student awarded scholarship

PLS PhD student awarded scholarship

March 24, 2023

Erika Vallejo is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies. She has been selected to receive the Julian Samora Graduate Endowed Scholarship for Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 from the Julian Samora Research Institute.

Dr. Erica Frantz publishes paper on how Putin continues to benefit from the war with Ukraine

Dr. Erica Frantz publishes paper on how Putin continues to benefit from the war with Ukraine

March 23, 2023

Dr. Frantz's article "Putin’s Forever War" was co-authored by Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Paper by MSU PLS professor cited by President Biden

Paper by MSU PLS professor cited by President Biden

March 22, 2023

A paper in the Journal of Public Policy by Associate Professor Nazita Lajevardi was cited in President Joe Biden’s 2023 Economic Report.

Racial minorities can win elections. Here’s what’s holding them back.

Racial minorities can win elections. Here’s what’s holding them back.

March 20, 2023

MSU PLS Professor Matt Grossmann, director of @IPPSR and a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center in Washington, DC, interviewed fellow PLS Associate Professor Dr. Eric Gonzalez Juenke about what could be holding back non-white candidates for office in this Niskanen Center podcast.

Spring Semester '23 Career Fairs start March 13

Spring Semester '23 Career Fairs start March 13

February 27, 2023

Students from all majors have a wide variety of opportunities to check out careers in many fields over the next month. Registration available through Handshake.

InnovateGov Deadline Extended until March 1

InnovateGov Deadline Extended until March 1

February 13, 2023

InnovateGov Summer 2023 has extended its application deadline until March 1.

MSU PLS junior David Koster nominated for Truman Scholarship

MSU PLS junior David Koster nominated for Truman Scholarship

February 10, 2023

MSU Honors College announced this week that David Koster, an Honors College junior majoring in Political Science-Prelaw, and Economics with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy in the College of Social Science, is among the five nominees for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

Diversity Focused Research Paper Contest

Diversity Focused Research Paper Contest

February 8, 2023

We are excited to announce that the Political Science Graduate Student Association will host a Diversity Focused Research Paper Contest for PLS undergraduate and graduate students.

MGSP Spotlight: Jolie Lawrence

MGSP Spotlight: Jolie Lawrence

February 7, 2023

MSU PLS is pleased to announce the runner up of the 2023 MGSP Scholarship is senior Jolie Lawrence.

Dr. Erica Frantz discusses "Personalist Strongmen: Challenges and Trends"

Dr. Erica Frantz discusses "Personalist Strongmen: Challenges and Trends"

February 7, 2023

Dr. Frantz and co-author Andrea Kendall-Taylor have contributed to the blog Democracy Paradox.

MGSP Spotlight: Hannah Hall

MGSP Spotlight: Hannah Hall

February 6, 2023

MSU PLS is pleased to announce another winner of the 2023 MGSP Scholarship is Hannah Hall.

MGSP Spotlight: Liz Armstrong

MGSP Spotlight: Liz Armstrong

February 1, 2023

MSU PLS is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 MGSP Scholarship is junior Liz Armstrong.

MSU PLS students shine in the 6th annual university-wide Diversity Research Showcase

MSU PLS students shine in the 6th annual university-wide Diversity Research Showcase

January 19, 2023

Four undergraduate researchers from Political Science were awarded prizes at this year's research showcase, hosted by the MSU Honors College.

MSU PLS announces the latest class of Michigan Government Semester Program for Spring 2023

MSU PLS announces the latest class of Michigan Government Semester Program for Spring 2023

January 12, 2023

Welcome to 22 new participants enrolled in the Michigan Government Semester Program for Spring 2023.

MSU PLS professor discusses the US-Africa Leaders Summit in the Washington Post

MSU PLS professor discusses the US-Africa Leaders Summit in the Washington Post

December 12, 2022

Dr. Carolyn Logan published highlights from the new Afrobarometer R9 for the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

MSU PLS professor participates in "The Nature of Inequality" discussion

MSU PLS professor participates in "The Nature of Inequality" discussion

December 7, 2022 - Claire Smith

MSU PLS Dr. Ana Bracic participated in the Sharper Lens Wider Focus panel discussion on "The Nature of Inequality," organized by James Madison College.

Student view: The importance of academic research, alumni connections

Student view: The importance of academic research, alumni connections

December 7, 2022 - Ryan Weinberg

Ryan Weinberg is a dual political science and criminal justice senior in the College of Social Science where she is a Social Science Scholar and a Political Science Scholar.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urges young people to become active in their communities and their government

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urges young people to become active in their communities and their government

November 30, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta shared stories from his four decades of public service as a soldier, Congressman, budget officer, intelligence head and leader of the armed forces at this year’s Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum hosted by the College of Social Science.

PLS senior Macken Keefe named Mitchell Scholar

PLS senior Macken Keefe named Mitchell Scholar

November 21, 2022

Keefe is the sixth Mitchell Scholar from Michigan State University. He is pursuing a joint Master of Public Policy degree in the College of Social Science, with minors in peace and justice studies, and law, justice and public policy.

MSU senior Macken Keefe named national finalist for Mitchell Scholarship

MSU senior Macken Keefe named national finalist for Mitchell Scholarship

November 14, 2022

Macken Keefe is a finalist for the Mitchell Scholarship. He is an Honors College senior majoring in political science and global and international studies in social science, with minors in peace and justice studies, and law, justice and public policy. He is also pursuing a joint Master of Public Policy degree in the College of Social Science. Keefe is a member of Social Science Scholars and Political Science Scholars. His research mentors are John Waller, Ph.D., Brendan Mullan, Ph.D., Heather McCauley, Ph.D., and Ryan Black, Ph.D. Keefe graduated from Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, California.

How to Inspire the Next Generation: Social Scientists Examine Motivation among Minority Groups to Run for Office

November 14, 2022 - Emily Jodway

It’s a phrase heard often this time of year: “Your vote matters.” But the words ring true, and now more than ever we are seeing the emergence of an increasingly diverse pool of political candidates, because for some, voting isn’t enough. There is an impassioned rise in the number of minority candidates throwing their hats into the political ring. these individuals are stepping up to fight and push for legislation as a voice for those who may not have one.

Men don’t trust female central bankers on inflation or the economy, survey data shows

Men don’t trust female central bankers on inflation or the economy, survey data shows

November 1, 2022 - Drs. Cristina Bodea and Andrew Kerner

Americans are less likely to trust statements from the Federal Reserve about interest rates when a U.S. central bank official portrayed as a woman delivers the information as opposed to a man, according to a new study by Drs. Cristina Bodea, Professor of Political Science and Andrew Kerner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University.