We are thrilled to report that Dr. Emily Sydnor has accepted our offer for the tenure track position in American Politics! We are so fortunate to have her on our faculty and look forward to continued excellence from her as a teacher, scholar, and colleague. Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Emily Sydnor!

Don't forget to come to the Paideia Connections lecture today at 4 pm in Olin 105! Dr. Mariotti will be presenting her work on the politics of meditation and mindfulness, alongside Dr. Pierce's (Biology) work on the Georgetown salamander.


Tomorrow, join us at 4 pm in Olin 105 for the fall Paideia Connections event, featuring our own Dr. Mariotti!

Dr. Mariotti will present "The Experience of Democracy: The Politics of Meditation and Mindfulness" in conjunction with Dr. Pierce (Biology), who will speak about "Biodiversity: The Ecology and Evolution of the Georgetown Salamander." After their presentations, President Burger will lead a discussion with members of the campus community and general public.

Reminder: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will be on campus TODAY to discuss Texas politics with Southwestern students. Come join us at 1 pm in the Prothro room of the library!

Want to learn more about Texas politics and ask questions of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus? Speaker Straus will be at Southwestern tomorrow for a question and answer session with students and a conversation with President Burger. Join us at 1 pm in the Prothro room of the library!

Capstone students from this semester's seminar: "Liberalism and Neoliberalism: Critical Perspectives." They really rocked their presentations!

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To women in our major who are interested in electoral politics and representation: see below!

NEW Leadership™ Texas participants presenting their Political Action Project
If you are interested in having a greater representation of women in elected office and/or are considering a career in politics, policymaking, or public service, please apply to this weeklong residential summer institute.

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Come to this semester's political science Capstone presentations!

Liberalism and Neoliberalism: Critical Perspectives

a political science capstone


Tuesday November 29th, 4-7pm in Mood Atrium


Introduction and Welcome (4:00-4:10pm)

Righting Wrongs? (4:10-4:40pm)

Grace Atkin's "Analog Government in a Digital World: Civic Technology, Digital Engagement, and Participatory Budgeting"

Marisa Sanchez's "Mexican Migrant Workers: Reconstructing the Neoliberal Concept of R.O.I. (Return on Investment)"

José Cisneros's "Working Without Rights: The National Labor Relations Act and Undocumented Workers"

Alexandria Colurciello's "The Ban the Box Movement: Equal Opportunity for Convicted Felons?"

questions for the panel (4:40-5:00pm)


Non/Western (5:00-5:15pm)

Katie Temple's "Buddha in the Business World: The Neoliberalization of Meditation and Mindfulness in Corporate America"

Kyle Anderson's "The False Promise of Democracy: Rhetoric vs. Reality in the 2003 Iraq War"

questions for the panel (5:15-5:25)


Pizza and Refreshments 5:25-5:45pm

Popular Culture (5:45-6:05)

Andrew Cobble's "Flippin' the Neoliberal Hustle: Alexander Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton"

Abby Nash's "Artrepreneurism and Creative Capital: Neoliberalism, Art, and the Artist"

Stone Lawson's "Technical Cashmere™ and Ath-leisure: The Neoliberal Turn in Fashion"


questions for the panel (6:05-6:20)


Theory & Practice (6:20-6:40)

Sarah Coe's "Harm and Rationality: Liberal Rhetoric and the Vaccination Debate"

Savannah Medley's "Anarchism and Kant's Essays: Decolonizing Liberalism's Racial-Gender Binary"

Meredith Murphy's "Critiquing the Invisible: Tactics and Strategies from Feminist Consciousness-Raising"


questions for the panel (6:40-6:55)


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Internship opportunity:

Senator Kirk Watson is seeking highly motivated and responsible individuals with a strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality and professionalism to assist with operations in his capitol and district offices. Candidates must possess strong organizational skills.

Interns will support legislative and district staff by researching issues and policies, writing policy memos and constituent letters, and performing general office duties. Interns who d...emonstrate particular competencies may be assigned to special project assignments such as serving as the primary staffer on a particular policy area or committee, preparing Senator Watson for committee hearings and floor debates, and other duties as assigned.

Positions are unpaid, part-time, and hours are negotiable. The internship dates are for the 85th session, January 10th to May 29th, 2017. Interns are expected to commit to 15-20 hours per week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interns will set a regular schedule of hours in that time frame in blocks of at least three hour increments. Both offices are located in the Capitol complex in downtown Austin. Start and end date are flexible. We will work with your college or university to earn course credit for your internship, if applicable.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg
Sen. Kirk Watson's Office

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Dear Political Science alumni who are attending Homecoming: Just to let you know, all the political science faculty will be attending the Homecoming picnic on Saturday Nov. 5th from 5-7pm. Come find us at one of the tables and say hello!

Dear political science majors and interested majors or minors: please join the department for a pre-registration lunch TOMORROW, from 12-1 in the Mood Atrium/

Yummy lunch from somewhere special will be served. And please spread the word to your friends and people you know who may be interested in majoring or minoring in Political Science. Our major is structured and so you will benefit from learning about which courses to take when and we will dicsuss what is on offer for next semester!

Another opportunity for interested students: see below.

Want the opportunity to win money while sharpening your analytical and political knowledge? Want to distinguish yourself from other college students when applying for government and private sector jobs? Then join us at “The Foresight Project” as we conduct a political forecasting tournament, starting on October 25th and lasting for about 8 months. To sign up, go to

The rewards... Each year:...
The top 2% of participants will each be awarded a $500 Amazon gift card
The top 2% of participants will be featured in The Washington Post, Monkey Cage.
100 other people will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card (with more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).
200 other people will have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card (with more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).
The top 10% of forecasters will be featured on the Foresight Leaderboard
Participants will be asked to:
Complete a 45-minute battery of political and psychological tests to predict forecasting accuracy.
Take a 10 min training module about forecasting accuracy.
Make predictions about questions throughout the year whenever you wish! We will post a few questions online each week, for example, "Will Donald Trump win the 2016 US Presidential Election?" Select at least 30 questions and update them until the question closes.
After each question closes, you will receive feedback to improve the accuracy of your forecasts.
If you are interested, please go to to sign up.

Please don’t join if you have already participated in GJP or GJ Open.

Do you have questions? Feel free to email us at

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Sign up to participate in a new forecasting research project, building on the ground-breaking research by the Good Judgment Project, led by Barbara Mellers of the University of Pennsylvania.

Check out our Alumni Stories page to see all the wonderful things our majors go on to do after graduating! And if you are a political science alum, please send Dr. Mariotti your story and a picture at…/…/aftersouthwestern/alumni.php

Please come to this important panel discussion!

FYI students, from Texas A&M's Bush School:

The Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University started five years ago to increase awareness of public service and international affairs. We began our efforts by holding an annual Public Service Institute (PSI) on the College Station campus and began recruitment efforts at Texas A&M System Schools. In its fifth year in 2015, we hosted 27 Fellows from nine universities because of advisors’ efforts at these universities. This we are opening enrollment to additional Central Texas institutions as well. While we will keep enrollment to about 30 students at the PSI, we hope to find more candidates interested in SERVICE (since 75% of our graduates go into employment sectors of nonprofits, all levels of government, private contracting, and more). The Bush School will sponsor between 1-5 students from your campus to attend our Institute, but we need your help in announcing this opportunity and/or in identifying students on your campus.

Will you please help spread the word at Southwestern U (Georgetown), particularly with liberal arts/honors programs and related clubs about this funded opportunity? Students will learn more about the public and international affairs fields, as well as service/leadership opportunities, how to prepare for graduate school, funding opportunities, what it takes to succeed, and more. Students will interact with staff, faculty, and current students for a late Friday afternoon through Saturday event, networking with those who share their interests.

WHAT: Bush School Public Service Institute
WHERE: Texas A&M University campus in College Station
WHEN: November 4-5 (Fri-Sat), 2016
APP DEADLINE: Tues, October 11. We will review as many applicants as apply, but we aim to accept those with the closest aligned interests with a max of 5 per campus. We will fund travel, lodging, and meals at the event for those who are chosen.

QUALIFICATIONS: Students should have at least 45 credit hours completed at the time of the application. They need to have a 3.0+ GPA, be involved on campus, and submit their application and support pieces by the deadline.

Students can apply online and will email support materials by October 11.


Stacy Hayes
Bush School Admissions
Texas A&M University
(979) 862-8841

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Bush School, Texas A&M University, Request for Information

More internship opportunities for our majors! These 4 are with State Representative Ryan Gullen. Read on: there are 4 internships listed here.

SKILLS: Government or Business Major preferred who has good phone skills and works well directly with others. Sales or management experience is welcomed. Degree completion is not required. Other majors are welcomed.

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Dear majors: please see below for an excellent internship opportunity. You can speak with Grace Atkins ( if you have specific questions: she's one of our majors who has worked very closely with this organization.

Glasshouse Policy
Glasshouse Policy is a nonprofit policy crowdsourcing and community engagement organization that functions to remove the gap between citizens and policymakers. Glasshouse Policy designs and executes online and in-person engagement opportunities to support the public and policymakers working on critical issues at the local, state, and national levels. The internship will not only offer exposure to the full spectrum of experiences related to our small, startup policy shop, but will also offer the opportunity to meet policy makers, advocates, and stakeholders from across the Texas political ecosystem. The intern will work directly with the co-founders of Glasshouse Policy, as well as with the communication and strategy team of the organization. Outstanding interns will be well-versed in the state legislative process, excellent communicators and quick learners. Past experience with bill analysis, policy research or political advocacy desired, but not required for the right candidate. Students from all majors and departments are encouraged to apply. Credit is not only available but encouraged for all interns. Interns will be expected to work 10 hours a week during the legislative session. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Manage and execute a communication and research program surrounding the Texas Capitol Project and other projects perform outreach to, and communicate with policy and community stakeholders from around the state Managing relationships with stakeholders and lawmakers to track the success of Glasshouse Policy recommendations. Moderating Glasshouse Policy’s online crowdsourcing platform. Grassroots outreach to stakeholder groups. Coordinating stakeholder attendance of Glasshouse Policy’s policy roundtables. Imagining, researching and writing original content to be shared across Glasshouse Policy’s network.
Application Instructions: Students interested in an internship should submit: Resume, cover letter and a writing sample academic or otherwise of no more than three pages.
Current Student
Thomas Visco,
Thomas Visco
Monday, August 1, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016

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