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Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon. The department offers a broad range of courses in political theory, United States politics, international relations, comparative politics, and methods of social science research. To add depth and context to academic offerings, the department sponsors an annual series of distinguished speakers—experts in fields such as foreign policy, political theory, and international relations. This level of contact with political leaders makes the UO political science department a unique place to learn and prepare for a variety of careers.

Events and Announcements

Congratulations to two of our faculty members, Karrie Koesel and Daniel Tichenor, who recently had articles published in the new issue of Perspectives on Politics!

- Professor Karrie Koesel's article, "Diffusion-Proofing: Russian and Chinese Responses to Waves of Popular Mobilizations against Authoritarian Rulers," (co-authored with Valerie J. Bunce), graces the cover of the journal and provides answers, by comparing the responses of the Russian and Chinese leadership to the color revolutions and the Arab uprisings, to the following questions: Do authoritarian leaders take preemptive actions to deter their citizens from joining cross-national waves of popular mobilizations against authoritarian rulers? Are they more likely to engage in such behavior when these uprisings appear to be more threatening—in particular, when they take place in neighboring countries and in regimes that resemble their own? The article also finds that leaders introduce a similar set of preemptive measures in order to "diffusion-proof" their rule from popular upheavals.

- One of the defining features of American government in the post-9/11 era is the growth of unilateral power exercised by presidents and the executive branch in the name of national security. Professor Daniel Tichenor's article, "Historical Set Points and the Development of U.S. Presidential Emergency Power," analyzes presidential emergency power over time, focusing on shifting precedents, resources, and expectations. Special emphasis is placed on Lincoln in the Civil War, Wilson in World War I, Roosevelt and Truman in World War II, and Bush and Obama in the War on Terror.

Associate Professor Joseph Lowndes recently wrote a short article for the Huffington Post, Conservatives, the Tea Party and the Shutdown: How We Got Here, that tries to make a little sense of the politics of the government shutdown. Thanks, Professor Lowndes!

Senior Carl Windrup graduated this spring with honors