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  • Bauer Directs Africa Institute
    POSCIR Professor Gretchen Bauer directed a summer institute on civic leadership for 25 young African leaders at UD during June and July. UD was one of the 20 universities to host the YALI Washington Fellows program.
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  • Ba in Japan
    POSCIR Professor Alice Ba traveled to Japan as a guest of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships (CGP) in spring 2013. Professor Ba has served as Director of Asian Studies at UD.
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  • POSCIR Majors Study Abroad
    During winter session political science and international majors participate in study abroad trips all over the world. In January 2014 POSCIR Professor Dan Green took students to Spain and Italy. The group is pictured here at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
  • Palley's New Book
    POSCIR Professor Emerita Marian Palley has published a new book that contributes to rethinking women's health issues. Professor Palley taught classes in public policy and women and politics for many years at the University of Delaware.
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  • POSCIR Major Wins Award
    Political Science major Simone Austin won a prestigious Gilman Award to help fund her study abroad in Brazil. Around 700 Gilman Scholars are selected from across the USA each year.
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  • Kaufman on Nobel Prize
    POSCIR Professor Stuart Kaufman participated in a College of Arts and Sciences evening to explain the 2013 Nobel Prizes. Professor Kaufman spoke about the Nobel Peace Prize.
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  • Stellar seniors
    CAS seniors Ryan Leonard and Brielle Gerry have been selected for awards honoring the outstanding man and woman of the 2014 graduating class.
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  • Africa today
    The 2014 Global Agenda speaker series opened with a talk by policy expert Emira Woods on Africa's key global role in the 21st century.
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  • Alumna shares expertise
    CAS alumna Liz Ann Sonders, who has a notable career on Wall Street, spoke at Winter Commencement and participated in a campus panel discussion.
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  • Oct. 1st, 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Faculty Research Colloquium @236 Purnell 
  • Oct. 1st, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: National Agenda 2014: Political Film Series "Dr. Strangelove" @Mitchell Hall: Free and open to the public. 
  • Oct. 8th, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM: National Agenda 2014: Delaware Debates @Mitchell Hall: Doors Open at 6:00 pm Free tickets are required for this event. See for details 
  • Oct. 9th, 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM: McNair Graduate Fair @Trabant 
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  • Sydney Bopp (Schneir)
    Special Advisor US Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office

    Sydney Bopp is a Special Advisor at the US Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, which currently supports a portfolio of more than $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments covering more than 30 innovative energy and advanced vehicle manufacturing projects across the United States. 

    After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Political Science and French, Sydney went on to earn a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from Northeastern University. While finishing her Master’s, she began her career in public service with the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change in the Massachusetts State House. Sydney then went on to receive the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to work at the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Energy, and for the Federal Environmental Executive at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

    As a student, Sydney took advantage of UD’s study abroad program, traveling to London, Martinique, Greece, and Turkey. These experiences abroad exposed her to some of the challenges and opportunities citizens were facing in different regions of the world in comparison to the American experience. Sydney attributes many of her successes to date to her political science education, specifically through lessons and mentorship from Professors Gretchen Bauer and Ralph Begleiter. Her unwavering work ethic and commitment to public service developed in large part due to her time at UD.

  • Rashad T. Goldsborough
    Graduate Student

    Rashad T. Goldsborough's favorite quote, from the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is to first "have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve those ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end."

    His primary goal is to use the mediums of television and film as platforms, to articulate arguments, which critique institutional dysfunction and comment on why it affects people's everyday lives. Through his University of Delaware degrees in Political Science, with a concentration in Global Studies and English, with a concentration in Film Studies, Rashad has acquired the skills to research institutional problems, examine the specific flaws creating those issues, and finally discuss his speculations about them through filmmaking and TV production.

    Recently, Rashad was able to accomplish his objectives through his summer internship with the CNN Newsroom, where he worked with Mr. Wolf Blitzer and his television news production team in Atlanta, Georgia. While interning, he wrote segments for Mr. Blitzer's show, Wolf, and provided the writers and producers with in-depth research behind the scenes. He also had the opportunity to further understand what it takes to create content for film and television, with his internships for Mr. Spike Lee, Delaware 28, Nickelodeon Development, Comedy Central Production and Nickelodeon Programming.

    Currently, Rashad is pursuing his Master's degree in Administration of Justice, with a concentration in Homeland Security, at Wilmington University, while interning for the HLN Talent Relations Department in New York City. He is very thankful to have earned his undergraduate education at UD. His political science degree gives him a unique perspective in the television and movie industry. It allows him to take mediums, which are traditionally seen as platforms for entertainment, and use them to encourage his audience to survey the effectiveness of the social structures impacting their world.

  • Kevin Sun
    Social Studies Teacher

    Kevin Sun is a Social Studies teacher at Ka’u High School located in the rural south of Hawai’i Island. He currently teaches courses in United States History, Modern Hawaiian History, Economics, and Democracy to students 9th through 12th grade. After graduating from UD with a BA with Distinction in International Relations, he joined Teach for America where he received his placement in Hawai’i. The district of Ka’u is the poorest on Hawaii Island with 90% of students coming from low-income families. Working within this exceptionally diverse community comprised of primarily of Hawaiians, Micronesians, and Filipinos has provided Kevin insight to the unseen challenges that have long plagued Hawaii.

    Kevin also serves as assistant coach of the cross-country team at Ka’u High and is working towards starting a Youth in Government and Model United Nations program at the school. Along with teaching full-time, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education from the Johns Hopkins University and aims to have a career focused in education policy after he leaves the classroom.

    As a student at UD, Kevin credits Alternative Breaks (UDaB) for providing him the experience of seeing up-close the institutional political and economic marginalization that minority Americans face. His experience on the Mock Trial team helped him develop on-the-spot acting skills which have been exceptionally useful in facilitating student engagement in the classroom. The numerous political science and international relations courses Kevin took, along with researching his senior thesis under the direction of Dr. Gretchen Bauer, provided him with strong political, economic, social, and cultural awareness that he draws upon each day when teaching down in Room 20 at Ka’u High.

  • Dr. Vittorio Nicholas Galasso
    Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam America

    I have put my global governance PhD to good use in the service of the global poverty and justice INGO, Oxfam. In 2012, I came to Oxfam by winning a two-year fellowship funded by the America Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The purpose of the fellowship is placing recent PhDs with institutions and organizations in the humanities field. Oxfam is one of the few explicitly political organizations to become a recipient of an ACLS fellowship. At its core, the idea of the fellows program is bringing together PhD's with organizations seeking to enhance their research capacities. My fellowship expired this past July; however Oxfam hired me as a full-time staff person upon its termination.

    At Oxfam, I am a research and policy advisor on issues of economic inequality and governance. Oxfam is a policy oriented and campaigning organization. We are equally engaged in the hard work of humanitarian relief resulting from climate related disasters and political violence (however, I do not work on these issues). As a policy driven organization seeking to combat poverty and injustice, we require solid evidence, based in high quality research. My job is providing that evidence through writing papers, commissioning research (when appropriate) and influencing the research of large International Financial Institutions, particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. I also serve as a public face and advocate for Oxfam’s inequality work by speaking at events and working with the media.

    I am most proud of influencing how Oxfam is working to address the problem of rising extreme inequality. As a political scientist, I understand this issue as fundamentally about power imbalances within countries (and among transnational global actors). While inequality may look like a problem of economics on its surface (since we’re looking empirically at how income and wealth distributions are skewed), the processes producing such outcomes often boil down to rigged rules favoring some groups and individuals over others. Hence, it is inherently a political problem.

    A colleague and I captured this understanding of the problem of extreme inequality in a briefing paper last January on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The paper became an overnight sensation because of a staggering figure we calculated for the paper. Using the Forbes Billionaire list and Credit Suisse’s Annual Wealth report, we determined that the richest 85 people on the planet have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity. It’s a staggering figure (which Forbes reassessed a few months later and discovered the number was closer to 66 given changes to billionaire fortunes).

    The report generated more media attention than anything Oxfam had accomplished hitherto. As a result, I appeared on a couple big cable news shows and was interviewed for numerous print, web, and radio pieces. Every major newspaper in nearly every country covered the story of the ‘Richest 85’ stat and the paper.

    I mention this to highlight the impact researchers can have when working for large INGOs. Oxfam has the brand recognition and platform (plus a talented media team) capable of generating significant attention. Gaining this much notoriety for one’s work can be more difficult in academia.

  • Dr. Sara Parker
    Associate Professor

    ​I am associate professor at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. As a tenured faculty member I work collaboratively to oversee the Political Science and International Studies programs. This includes designing curricula, organizing speaker series and major events, forming community partnerships, and supporting students achieve their transfer, workforce, and personal development goals. I love being able to spark a passion in students - most of whom are the first in their families to attend college - to participate in politics or to pursue political science and international studies majors and careers.

    At Chabot I co-founded our Law and Democracy Program, instituted a Student Research Symposium that integrates library support and research skills into general education political science courses, and helped develop a voter outreach initiative ( and a Community College Pathway to Law School. I am a passionate proponent of active learning in the classroom and enjoy writing about and presenting ideas and techniques. A second edition of my Mock Congress classroom simulation was published in 2014.

    My current research focuses on civic and global engagement, particularly contemporary trends among young adults. I will have the opportunity to delve more deeply into this research in spring 2015 as a Fulbright Scholar to Beijing, China. While teaching at the China Foreign Affairs University I will undertake a project titled, "Cross-Cultural Political Conversations," in order to examine American and Chinese students' perceptions of one another and compare their views on international politics, global culture, and foreign policy. I will be joined by my husband (MA, Political Science, 2005) and our three children.

  • Atnre Alleyne
    Graduate Student

    The courses I completed and skills I have been able to develop while completing the UD Political Science and International Relations PhD have presented me with a wide array of career options. While in the program I had the opportunity to teach courses at UD, Towson University, and Rutgers University on topics including data analysis, research methods, African Politics, and civil society. As a college instructor I was able to develop my pedagogical skills while also gaining a deeper understanding of racial and socio-economic disparities in college readiness, enrollment, and completion. In 2009, I launched a social-impact organization-- TeenSHARP-- that prepares students of color in grades 6-12 for leadership and college success. TeenSHARP has reached hundreds of students through its college awareness workshops and college tours since its inception. TeenSHARP students have also gained admission into some of the nation's most selective colleges. 

    The methodological training I received while in the department as well as the expertise developed in politics and governance have positioned me well for my current role at the Delaware Department of Education. After being nationally selected in 2012 as a fellow with the Harvard Strategic Data Project, I was placed at the Delaware Department of Education to lead the state's human capital and college-going research efforts. In this role, I manage a research team of employees and contractors and a human capital research and evaluation budget of over $1 million. I oversaw the research, stakeholder engagement, and public release of the Delaware Human Capital and College Going Diagnostic studies, which analyzed five years of teacher effectiveness and college readiness/enrollment data to answer mission-critical policy questions. Findings from this study have informed the passage of educator preparation program reform legislation and major college access interventions. Our work to create a culture of data-driven decision-making has also been highlighted by the Data Quality Campaign and documented in a Harvard Center for Education Policy Research case study

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