A Summary of the Fall Semester


Dear Friends of the Politics Department,

Now that another semester has come and gone, I’d like to share with you some of our recent events as well as accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. You can learn more on our news and events page and on our X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram feeds.

A number of these events and achievements were made possible by 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.

I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year’s! As always, if you have any items to contribute to our next newsletter, please do not hesitate to send them to me (greenm@cua.edu). Spaghetti the cat will help me organize them once he has finished his morning stretches.


Matthew Green
Vice Chair
Department of Politics  

New Addition to Our Faculty



Dr. Bianca Adair joined the Politics department in September as the new Director of Intelligence Studies, taking over from Professor Nicholas Dujmović who retired in May. A former CIA officer, Professor Adair received her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama and was most recently the Resident Intelligence Officer at The University of Texas at Austin. We are thrilled to have Dr. Adair as a member of our department!


Our Faculty

Recent faculty achievements include:

  • Jon Askonas and Justin Litke hosted a series of workshops for faculty on how artificial intelligence and modern technology are shaping university education.
  • David Walsh gave a paper on "History is Christ Written Large" as part of the December meeting of the Eric Voegelin Gesellschaft, hosted by the Ludwig Maximillien Universitaet, Munich, Germany.
  • Matthew Green was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition discussing the threat of a government shutdown and the internal GOP rebellion that would eventually topple Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

Campus Events

  • Daniel Nielsen, Director for Africa for the Counterterrorism and Crime Directorate at the National Security Council, spoke in September about domestic and foreign threats to the country’s national security.

  • The Center for Academic and Career Success hosted a networking night for politics majors and CUA alumni in November.

  • The 5th John Oh Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 6th by Victor Cha, Distinguished University Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Vice-President at CSIS.


Student and Alumni Achievements

  • Van Jackson (Ph.D. 2014) published two new books, Grand Strategies of the Left (Cambridge University Press) and Pacific Power Paradox (Yale University Press).

  • John McCarthy (B.A. 2013) was promoted to deputy assistant and senior adviser for political engagement for President Joe Biden.

  • Politics major Gabriel Molini published an article on the rising threat of cyberweapons with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

  • Victoria Perrone (B.A. 2012), owner of Spruce Street Consulting, was awarded the 2023 Idea Awards in the category of Legal and Compliance Consultant.



Helping Our Students


Are you an alumnus who would like to meet other alumni, or want to help a current politics student figure out their career options? CUA’s new networking service Cardinal Connect allows students and alumni to connect, share their expertise, and help achieve their career goals. To learn more, click here.