The End of Another Academic Year
Dear Friends of the Politics Department,
Greetings! As we finish the spring semester and another successful academic year, I wanted to share with you some recent department events and 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 events (such as a Presidents Day student-faculty mixer) 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.
This year marks the end of my term as chair. It has been a true privilege to serve as head of the best department at Catholic University! I look forward to working with my successor to build upon our achievements over the past three years.
I also want to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of Professor Nicholas Dujmović, who is retiring from the university this semester. Dr. Dujmović founded our incredibly successful Intelligence Studies program, one of the fastest-growing academic programs at the university. He is a wonderful instructor and a deeply valued colleague, and his presence on campus will be sorely missed.
Photos from a April reception honoring Dr. Dujmović, sponsored by the Catholic University Intelligence Club.
If you have any items to contribute to future newsletters, please do not hesitate to send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Spaghetti the cat has already begun his summer vacation by taking a well-deserved nap.
Professor and Chair
Department of Politics
Helping Our Students
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Recent faculty achievements include:
- Maryann Cusimano Love contributed chapters to two new books, The Vatican and Permanent Neutrality and Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis’ Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons, and discussed the former book at a December panel at Georgetown University.
- Matthew Green wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the challenges facing Republicans after the 2022 election and appeared on podcasts from the National Constitution Center and The Nikasen Center.
- Jonathan Askonas published an essay entitled “How Gamers Eclipsed Spies as an Intelligence Threat” in Foreign Policy Magazine.
- Jakub Grygiel published a new book Classics and Strategy and contributed essays to the Witherspoon Institute’s “Public Discourse” and Hoover Institution’s “The Caravan” blogs.
- Jonathan Askonas and Justin Litke were awarded faculty fellowships from the Center for Teaching Excellence.
- David Walsh was honored at a March conference entitled “Continuity Amid Crisis: The Person in the Philosophy of David Walsh” featuring scholars from around the world, organized in part by Ph.D. candidate Thomas Holman.
- Maryann Cusimano Love appeared at the panel discussion “Nuclear Reset: From Nuclear Threats to Nuclear Peace” in March at Curley Hall.
- The department hosted a Presidents Day student-faculty mixer, which included various refreshments and a presidential trivia game.
Student and Alumni Achievements
- A number of politics majors designed a new Politics Department T-shirt for students and friends of the department. Proceeds go towards departmental activities and events. Bravo to our students for creating new departmental merch!
- CUA alumnus John W. McCarthy, Senior Advisor to the Counselor to President Joe Biden, received the department's inaugural Pi Sigma Alpha Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding achievements after graduating from Catholic University.
Rep. Brendan Boyle presents John McCarthy with the Pi Sigma Alpha Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Several politics students presented their research at CUA’s annual Research Day, including Matthew Drauschak, Juline Horan, and Alaina Smith.
- Doctoral student (Clark) Aoqi Wu published “To reassure Taiwan and deter China, the United States should learn from history” in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.