Finishing the Fall
Dear Friends of the Politics Department,
Greetings! As we wrap up the fall semester, I wanted to share with you some recent department events as well as accomplishments by our faculty, students, and alumni. You can learn more on our news and events page and our Twitter and Instagram feeds as well.
Many of these were made possible by alumni donations to the department’s Annual Fund. If you are interested in supporting the Fund or helping the department in other ways, you can learn more here.
May you all have a restful Christmas and a happy New Year’s. If you have any items to contribute to our spring newsletter, please do not hesitate to send them to me (email@example.com). As always, Spaghetti (studying hard for his finals) wishes everyone Season’s Greetings!
Professor and Chair
Department of Politics
Helping Our Students
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Recent faculty achievements include:
- Matthew Green published a new biography of former Speaker Newt Gingrich with department alumnus Jeff Crouch and was interviewed by numerous news outlets on the 2022 midterm elections.
- John White published a new book on American political parties with Matt Kerbel.
- Jon Askonas was appointed non-resident senior fellow with the Lincoln Network and published “Reality is Just a Game Now,” an essay in the New Atlantis.
- Maryann Love represented the Holy See at a Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
- Nicholas Dujmovic, director of the University's Intelligence Studies Program, spoke at a conference on the 75th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency sponsored by Harvard University’s Belfer Center.
- William Nolte, an adjunct professor in the University's Intelligence Studies Program, posted a review in The Cipher Brief of Nicholas Reynolds' Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence.
- Andrew Yeo appeared on Voice of America's Washington Talk to discuss North Korea security tensions and also appeared on CNN to discuss North Korea missile tests.
- Dorle Hellmuth published a review in H-Diplo of former CUA professor Wallace Thies’ last book, Why Containment Works.
- Professor Maryann Love was one of several panelists at a September panel entitled “Can America’s wars be just?” at Curley Hall.
- Professors Andrew Yeo and Maryann Love participated in a campus conference in October entitled “Breaking the Impasse to Advance Peace on the Korean Peninsula,” which included a visiting delegation of bishops and government officials from South Korea.
- Former CIA director Michael Morell offered insights from his extensive CIA career at a talk in October at Heritage Hall.
Student and Alumni Achievements
- Kristin Davison (B.A. 2009) was awarded “Most Valuable Player of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for her work as senior strategist on the Glenn Youngkin campaign for Virginia governor in 2021.
- Chris Pierno (B.A. 2011) was featured in the CatholicU magazine as the new president of the Alumni Association.
- Politics major Margaret Kelly was selected for the Spring 2023 Stipend Internship Program with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- David Sollenberger (Ph.D 2018) joined the Philosophy Department at Penn State as an Assistant Teaching Professor.
- Doctoral student (Clark) Aoqi Wu published “What a Cold War crisis over Taiwan could tell us about China-Russia relations today” in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and presented research at the Hoover Institution’s Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown workship.
- Kate Cunningham (B.A. 2009) and Hannah Chauvin (M.A. 2017) were featured in the CatholicU magazine for their successful pursuit of political careers in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Catholic.