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Political Science Graduate Student Association

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The Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) is an organization geared towards graduate student advocacy, news, and assistance for the Department of Political Science and International Relations. The Fall 2020-Spring 2021 office holders are: 

President: Kevin Dwyre

Vice President: Sümeyye Mine İltekin

Secretary/Treasurer: Jiwon Nam

First Year Mentor Coordinator: Amara Galileo

The Director of Graduate Studies serves as the PSGSA’s faculty advisor. PSGSA always welcomes any graduate student in the Department who wishes to help out in organizing and undertaking its activities.

Our mission, as stated, is first and foremost graduate student advocacy in the Department: giving a voice to student concerns, prerogatives, and achievements. In service of this mission, the PSGSA will hold a number of town hall-style meeting open to student discussion throughout the fall and spring semesters.

PSGSA places at the top of its agenda the construction of a mentorship program for first-year students and assistance in designing a graduate student professionalization seminar for first and second-year students.

The PSGSA mentorship program aims to better integrate first-year graduate students within their new environment, concentrating on the team of graduate students, the Department, the University of Delaware and the city of Newark. The program intends to match each first-year student with a senior graduate student (in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year) according to similar academic interests. The main role of the mentor is to answer the new students' questions and guide them throughout the first months of the program. Mentorship activities, once students have been admitted, will also serve as a further recruitment tool; new students are given an orientation in acclimating them to the Department, the University and Newark. Incoming students are able to come on campus, visit the Department and have lunch or contact their mentor if they have any questions regarding their future life in Newark.

By extension, the mentorship committee also ensures that  former graduate students of the Department continue to mentor current students, encouraging alumni to come home and share with us their professional experience and advice for our own career development.

The PSGSA will also provide advice to the Department about designing a graduate student professionalization seminar. This course will be required for first year graduate students as a means of informing them of the many nuances to success in graduate school and the career of an academic. Furthermore, PSGSA will provide assistance to the Department for any revisions to the graduate student handbook, curriculum, and/or clarifications of the requirements of the graduate program.

With these efforts, the members of the PSGSA hope that this organization will effectively advocate and express the needs and wishes of the Department's graduate students. We hope these efforts will spark interest and greater involvement among the Department's graduate students in crafting their experience at the University of Delaware.

For more information on PSGSA, please contact:

For more information on the mentorship program, please contact:

Meet the Board

President Kevin Dwyre
I am a fourth-year PhD student from Providence, Rhode Island. After serving in Peace Corps Ecuador from 2014-16, I joined the POSCIR department in 2017. My research seeks to situate the role of both human agency and power at the center of technological development in order to challenge depoliticizing discourses of technological determinism, especially as regards structural unemployment and the contemporary nature of work. My dissertation concerns the struggle over automation between capital and labor in the U.S. during the post-war era.

Vice President Sümeyye Mine İltekin
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student from Turkey. My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political theory and focuses on immigration politics in liberal democracies. My research interests include the politics of race and ethnicity, political economy, and social theory. 

Secretary/Treasurer Jiwon Nam
My name is Jiwon Nam. I'm a second year PhD student from South Korea. My research focuses on the politics of climate change. I am interested in the debates among countries on the responsibilities of combating climate change. I am also researching how a state's political system affects their policies and their representations at international climate change conferences. 

First Year Mentor Coordinator Amara Galileo
My name is Amara Galileo and I am a second-year PhD student. My research interests concern Sub-Saharan African politics, particularly the processes of democratic erosion, development, and Africa’s diplomatic strategies with the U.S. and China.

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