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Political Science Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by the Foster Political Science Speaker Series Endowment


Upcoming speaker

(Additional information forthcoming)

January 22, 2013 at Noon
Dr. Gary W. Cox. William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University


November 30, 2012: Noon, Lillis 185
"Parties and the Problem with Pluralism: How Parties Stifle Cross-Cutting Issues in Europe and the US," a talk with Craig Parson

Craig Parsons is Professor of Political Science, Director of European Studies, and a specialist in the politics of the European Union. His talk will discuss how political parties in both Europe and the US Congress face challenging trade-offs in representing multiple issues in their societies. In order to construct unity on certain issues, they
demonstrably suppress debate and representation on others---raising questions about how well electoral democracy is suited to represent pluralist societies with many cross-cutting concerns.

February 7, 2013: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
"Boxing Out: Chicago and the Politics of Race, Labor and New City Trenches," a talk with Dorian T. Warren

You may recognize Dorian from his regular appearances as a commentator on television and radio networks including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, Democracy Now!, GritTV & NY1, among other outlets.  Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, with a focus on labor organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, and  urban politics and policy.   Warren has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice, AFL-CIO, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, and the NGLTF Policy Institute, among others.

April 8, 2013: Noon - 1:30 p.m., Walnut Room, EMU
"Imagining International Relations as a Pluralistic Social Science" featuring Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is a Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilization in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, science fiction, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere. He is the author of Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West (University of Michigan Press, 2006), The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations (Routledge, 2011) and many journal articles.

For decades, IR scholars have labored under a delusion: that there is One True Scientific Method, and that strict adherence to that method will guarantee the scientific status of their empirical researches and pronouncements. Even a cursory examination of the literature in the philosophy of science shows us that this is simply not the case -- and yet the cultural valence of the notion of "science" remains, making it imperative that the field have some kind of answer to "the science question." I present a pluralistic solution, one that acknowledges the existence of significant differences between philosophical ontologies (ways of thinking about the mid-world hook-up) and the methodological perspectives to which they give rise, but organizes that diversity so as to promote internal consistency, public discussion, and worldly insight as the hallmark of a scientific study of world politics.

May 1, 2013: 4 - 6 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
Confronting Revolutions Abroad: US Involvement in Vietnam and Afghanistan, featuring Tuong Vu, UO Political Science.

May 10, 2013: 11 a.m., Clinical Services Building, Room 250
Brussels Bound: Candidate Selection in European Elections, featuring William Bernhard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


October 5, 2011 - Wayne Morse Center Colloquia
"Mobilizing the Welfare State" featuring UO Political Science Doctoral Candidate, Jeremy Strickler