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  • POSCIR in Istanbul
    POSCIR Professor Muqtedar Khan and three graduate students, Xinhui Jiang, Cheryl Mariani and Busra Soylemez presented papers at the Third Muslim World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in October. Professor Khan delivered the conference keynote address.
  • Markell Gives Soles Lecture
    Delaware Governor Jack Markell delivered the fourth annual James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship on October 14th at the Roselle Center for the Arts. The annual lecture honors Alumni Distinguished Emeritus Professor Jim Soles.
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  • Mycoff hosts DE Debates
    POSCIR Professor Jason Mycoff was one of three University of Delaware faculty to host the Delaware Debates at Mitchell Hall in October. Candidates for two Congressional races in the state took questions from the moderators and students.
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  • POSCIR Grad Wins Awards
    POSCIR graduate student Faith Okpotor has won two prestigious awards to support her dissertation research on electoral violence in Africa. Okpotor is conducting field research in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
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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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  • Biden hosts reception
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who graduated from UD in 1965, hosted a reception at his home to celebrate his upcoming 50-year reunion.
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  • Nobels cross disciplines
    UD faculty members with expertise in the areas of study that won this year's Nobel Prizes discussed the winners’ work at a recent symposium.
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  • Celebrating public service
    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell delivered the annual James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship, named to honor the late professor of political science.
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  • Nov. 24th, 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM: Women and Post-Conflict Justice: Reporting and Prosecuting Rape in Cote d'Ivoire @111 Memorial Hall: Professor Peace A. Medie - University of Ghana Legon 
  • Dec. 3rd, 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Faculty Research Colloquium @236 Purnell 
  • Dec. 3rd, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: National Agenda 2014: Political Film Series: "Thank You for Smoking" @Mitchell Hall: Free and open to the public 
  • Dec. 24th, 12:00 AM to Jan. 2nd, 11:59 PM: University Closed 
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  • Sydney Bopp (Schneir)
    Special Advisor U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office

    Sydney Bopp is a Special Advisor at the U.S. 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 U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. 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.

  • Conor Leary
    Princeton in Asia Fellow

    Conor is a Princeton in Asia Fellow with the social enterprise Digital Divide Data living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    During his time at University of Delaware, he found himself repeatedly drawn to the political science and international relations department. Conor took advantage in the array of global studies courses, explored a semester abroad in London, England as well as a cultural exchange in Dubai, UAE, interned with Senator Christopher Coons and founded an on-campus chapter of the ONE organization fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease. He studied with and was mentored by Dr. James Magee, Dr. Gretchen Bauer and Ralph Begleiter who guided him to and supported him in the variety of participatory experiences UD has to offer.

    After witnessing how each of these opportunities opened one unexpected door after the next, Conor decided to utilize his degree in Global Studies abroad. He spent the year Teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand where he learned the values and processes of cultural immersion, communicating across language barriers, effectively ordering bubble tea and avoiding dirty water puddles (often while holding bubble tea). He was introduced to a variety of UN, Embassy and NGO workers during the year who inspired him further to pursue organizational development fieldwork.

    After applying to a variety of fellowships, Conor was accepted into the Princeton in Asia program. He is currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is ecstatic to have returned to Southeast Asia. His post with Digital Divide Data, a digital content social enterprise providing access to education and work for low-income youth, has proved to be his most interesting and exhilarating challenge yet. While his path has been somewhat atypical from the 9 to 5 grind, Conor attributes a great deal of his confidence in success to the unwavering support and reliability of the network, opportunities and education he found through UD.

  • Kenneth Altman
    Professional Staff, US Senate Committee on Appropriations

    Ken Altman is a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. In this role, he oversees several operating agencies of the US Department of Transportation and various program offices within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ken helps draft and negotiate the annual appropriations bills for these departments and works to ensure that federal funding and agency programs are administered effectively and efficiently. In particular, Ken focuses on the federal investment in rail and transit, as well as in housing counseling and foreclosure prevention efforts. 

    Before joining the Appropriations Committee, Ken worked for two years as Appropriations Director and Legislative Assistant for US Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Prior to that, Ken worked for seven years for US Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. During this time, Ken was Senator Specter’s Appropriations Director and a Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC, and before that he was Deputy Director in Senator Specter’s Philadelphia district office. While working in Philadelphia, Ken earned a Master of Governmental Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. He also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Politics through Fels and received the university’s public leadership award at graduation. 

    As an undergraduate student at UD, Ken took advantage of the many opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. He was a research assistant for two professors and a teaching assistant for a political science course. Ken also studied political science in London, through UD’s study abroad program. Yet, what had the biggest impact on Ken during his college years were the internships that the department helped him secure with two US Senators; it is evident these real world experiences put Ken on his current trajectory in public service. 

  • 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
    Director at Delaware Department of Education

    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 where I serve as Director of Talent Management, Educational Effectiveness and Analytics. 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

  • Dr. Juliette Tolay
    Assistant Professor

    I am assistant professor of Political Science at Penn State Harrisburg. As a tenure-track professor, I regularly teach introductory and advanced international politics courses such as Comparative Politics, International Relations, US Foreign Policy, International Law, Middle East Politics and European Politics. As the Political Science program here is relatively small, it is a wonderful feeling to get to know closely the students and follow them throughout their career at Penn State. I also get to spend a lot of times with students as the advisor of the student club International Affairs Association and the co-director of Penn State Harrisburg Model United Nations. We organize the Model UN every year for over 300 high school students and learn a lot each time about the workings of international politics!

    My research agenda focuses on Turkey and the issue of immigration, and as part of my research I usually travel to the region at least twice a year, to conduct further fieldwork, network and present at conferences. Among other things, I have recently been working on Syrian refugees. I indeed remain very much connected with the policy world with whom I had a fellowship (the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund) while a graduate student at UD.

    Penn State Harrisburg provides me with wonderful research support and I am able to work with several research assistants (graduate and undergraduate) who help me in my different projects. For our latest project, we have been working on a discourse analysis of social media, looking at how the Turkish public refers to Syrian refugees in their social interactions on Twitter.

  • Dr. Osman Antwi-Boateng
    Assistant Professor

    A doctorate in political science from the University of Delaware has opened incredible international career opportunities for me.  As a former international student from Ghana, I take pride in the fact that the academic training I received in UD’s Department of Political Science and International Relations graduate program enabled me to work both in the US in a visiting faculty position at St Lawrence University, one of the most reputable liberal arts universities in the US, and eventually at my current position in United Arab Emirates University, a pre-eminent research university in the Middle East.

    I credit the teaching apprenticeship that my Graduate Assistantship afforded me for honing my teaching and pedagogical skills and the mentorship I received from my Dissertation Chair, Professor Gretchen Bauer, herself an eminent scholar of African Politics, for instilling in me the zeal for research. I have since published research on African and Middle Eastern issues in peer reviewed journals such as Africa Today, African Studies Quarterly and Journal of Refugee Studies. My professional academic successes in both the US and the Middle East are a testament to the University of Delaware Political Science and International Relations graduate program's focus on global governance which prepares students for a life-time of global citizenship and professionalism.

  • Dr. Atsuko Yokobori Geiger
    Director of Operations

    I work at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) in New York City. JCIE/USA is a small policy research institute, focused on promoting US-Japan relations and Japan’s contribution to global issues. The organization conducts political exchange programs for American and Japanese policymakers, carries out policy research with in-house as well as outside experts, and undertakes programs designed to promote the development of civil society and philanthropy in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

    As Director of Operations, I oversee the organization’s overall operations, from managing finances to setting long-term goals and strategies with other senior staff.  I have also been involved in a number of programs. I was the US liaison for the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Award for Japanese Traditional Culture and Contemporary Society, responsible for facilitating the corporate foundation’s philanthropy program in Japan. I have also been working on disaster relief–related programs since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, including managing a grant-making fund and carrying out research projects. My colleagues and I are currently writing case studies on non-profit organizations that are undertaking innovative projects on the ground for Tohoku’s reconstruction. We are also conducting a survey on US-Japan grassroots exchange programs in order to examine broader impact of the disaster on the two country’s relations.

    It is a unique place to work. Our affiliate, JCIE/Japan in Tokyo, is one of the few truly independent think tanks in the field of international affairs in Japan, and there are not many institutions in the US that are specialized in bilateral relations with Japan since the 1970s. I enjoy getting hands-on experience in managing an organization, while being closely associated with and professionally involved in what is going on in Japan’s civil society, which was my main focus throughout my academic years.

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