Zirakzadeh on Springsteen

Prof. Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh gave a paper on the politics of Bruce Springsteen. A story here. Congratulations!

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Pressman on Confederalism and Israel/Palestine

Over at the blog Political Violence @ a Glance, Prof. Jeremy Pressman published a post entitled, “Israel-Palestine: Questioning a Confederal Solution.” Congratulations!

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Thank You

Many thanks to Matthew Kosior ’16 who worked on the blog this spring and has just graduated from the University of Connecticut. We at POLS appreciate all your help, Matthew!

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POLS Newsletter Released

The latest POLS Newsletter for the Spring 2016 semester has been published! Find out about the recent events as well as student and staff achievements here!

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Adam Kuegler ’17 Elected into Board of Trustees

Political Science major Adam Kuegler ’17 has been elected as the
Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees. Congratulations!

We asked Adam a few questions about his Political Science interest.

How did you become interested in Political Science?

I became interested in politics after my 5th grade teacher recommended that our class watch CNN and learn about our world. In the years that followed, presidential elections pulled me in and I gradually became more involved in town, state, and national politics. Public service has been an important part of my life since a young age. Boy Scouts and church were always a major part of my life, so public service has always been a duty for me. I love the fact that I can be involved in something that interests me, while still serving the public. I’ve also been called a “policy wonk” more than a few times in my life. I love researching policy and looking for common sense solutions to important problems.

What do you plan to achieve as the undergraduate representative of the Board of Trustees?

As a Trustee, I want to work with others to work towards more transparent, efficient, and accountable governance. This should be a focus of any governing body. I plan to work with the Graduate Trustee and other trustees to make sure that we are always looking towards how resource allocation will benefit students. Additionally, I will be forming an informal group of student advisors to discuss issues that the Board is discussing or should be discussing.

More details about the election here!

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International Studies Association Annual Conference, 2016

Prof. Jennifer Sterling-Folker (POLS) offers highlights of the recent 2016 ISA meeting:

The 2016 ISA Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, March 16-19, was the first run by ISA staff based here at UConn and was attended by a large number of UConn POLS faculty and graduate students.  The POLS faculty who presented at various panels and roundtables included Professors Alex Anievas, Zehra Arat, Stephen Dyson, Betty Hanson, Shareen Hertel, Jennifer Sterling-Folker, and Christine Sylvester.  A number of current graduate students presented and/or worked at the ISA registration desk, including Youssouf Bellamy, Thomas Briggs, Sercan Canbolat, Carol Gray, Alex Kriedenweis. Shawna Lesseur, Erica MacDonald, Matthew Parent, Gabriela Lafoya, Corrine Tagliarina, and Robert Wishart.

In addition, many graduate student alumni attended an informal UConn reception hosted by Jennifer Fontanella on Wednesday evening, including Jack Barry, Doug Becker, Benjamin Carbonetti, Natalie Hudson, Li Li, Zsolt Nyiri, Marc O’Reilly, Andrew Pieper, and Brian Urlacher.  Some recently graduated POLS Honors undergraduate students also participated, including Briana Bardos (now a graduate student at Emory) and Abdullah Hassan (now working in the White House Communications Office).  Apologies to anyone who was missed in these listings.

More photos here.


The ISA Governing Council, March 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia


Professors Arat, Hanson, Graduate Student alum. Li Li and Professor Sterling-Folker at UConn’s ISA reception


UConn Graduate Alumni Brian Urlacher, Michael O’Reilly, and  Zsolt Nyiri at UConn’s ISA reception..


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Attorney Carol Gray to Share Experiences From Tahrir Square

Carol Gray (JD, LLM) will be hosting a talk on Monday March 7, from 12:15-1:30pm in room OAK438  to discuss her accounts in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring (2011). Please come join us


Attorney Gray was an investigator with the Federal Defender in Washington DC; a staff attorney in public defender offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and a National Association for Public Interest Law fellow at a non-profit organization which represented Georgia’s Death Row. She is also a PhD Student at UConn.

The Event is sponsored by the POLS Department and co-sponsored by Middle East Studies


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