Politics of Poverty and Inequality & Literature and Composition Classes
Politics and Literature Classes Visit Montgomery AL Museum and Memorial

November 11, 2019
Dr. Paige Schneider's Politics of Poverty and Inequality class partnered with Dr. Jennifer Michaels Literature and Composition class and traveled to Montgomery, Alabama on November 10 2019, to visit the Legacy Museum, and the Peace and Justice Memorial.

Aaron Gold Publishes Article

November 4, 2019
Professor Aaron Gold has a forthcoming article, "Moral Hazard at Sea: How Alliances Actually Increase Low-Level Maritime Provocations," in International Interactions.

Jessica Mecellem Washington Post blog article

April 29, 2019
Jessica Mecellem, visiting assistant professor of politics at the University of the South, Sewanee, specializing in human rights and post-conflict justice in the Middle East and North Africa, had an article posted on the Washington Post's politics blog on April 26, 2019.

Lecture on Angela Davis

March 13, 2019
Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones, Prof. of English at Wright State University will deliver a lecture entitled Encountering Gender, Class, and Race: Literary and Cinematic Representations of Angela Davis and the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium: Dr. Jones is the author of Conversations with Angela Davis (forthcoming with University Press of Mississippi) and Rereading the Harlem Renaissance: Race, Class, and Gender in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, and Dorothy West. This event is sponsored by the following departments: American Studies; Center for Speaking and Listening; English; German; History; Politics; Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation; University Lectures Committee; and Women's and Gender Studies.

Student Activities in Ghana, Easter Semester 2017

September 21, 2018
Professor Patterson and Sewanee students studied in Ghana during the Easter semester of 2017.

2018 Summer Student Activities

September 21, 2018
Students were in Uganda, Croatia, China and other countries participating in research and studies abroad in the summer of 2018.

JoyAnna Hopper Publishes Several Articles

August 20, 2018
Dr. JoyAnna Hopper has completed several articles during 2017-2018. These include: JoyAnna Hopper, "A Mixed-Methods Approach to Analyzing Environmental Enforcement in the American States." SAGE Research Methods Cases. Forthcoming. JoyAnna Hopper, "The Regulation of Combination: The Implications of Combining Natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection." 2017. State Politics and Policy Quarterly 17(1): 105-124. Lael Keiser, Susan Miller, and JoyAnna Hopper. "The Social Safety Net for Disabled Persons." 2017. In Disability and U.S. Politics: Participation, Policy, and Controversy. Vol. 2. Ed. Dana Lee Baker. Praeger. 

Student Activities Summer 2018

August 16, 2018
Twelve Sewanee students from various disciplines—Politics, IGS, WGS, Biology, and History--completed internships in Africa during 2018. Also three Sewanee Students presented their research at the 2018 Midwest Political Science Conference—Georgia Konstam, Alexa Ewan and Emily Donkervoet.

Amy Patterson Publication and Research

August 16, 2018
Amy Patterson published Africa and Global Health Governance: Domestic Politics and International Structures (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) and conducted research in Uganda during summer 2018 on the influence of Christian institutions on citizenship norms and behaviors among youth in slum communities.

Mila Dragojević Completes Final Revisions of the manuscript, Amoral Communities: Collective Crimes in Time of War

August 16, 2018
Mila Dragojević completed the final revisions of the manuscript, Amoral Communities: Collective Crimes in Time of War, which will be published by Cornell University Press next year.

Scott Wilson (Politics) and Deborah McGrath (Biology) Lead Students on a Field Study of Chinese Water Pollution

August 16, 2018
Scott Wilson (Politics) and Deborah McGrath (Biology) led seven students on a field study of Chinese water pollution management and citizen participation.

Rae Manacsa and Jessica Mecellem Co-Teach POLS271 Summer 2018

August 16, 2018
During summer 2018 Rae Manacsa and Jessica Mecellem co-taught a course (POLS271) on International Law and Justice.

Carrie Skulley joins the Department of Politics!

August 16, 2018
Carrie Skulley has two recent publications. The first (from 2017) is entitled "'You Should Smile More!' Gender and Press Coverage of Candidates During the 2016 Presidential Primary" in Unconventional, Partisan, and Polarizing Rhetoric: How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage, and Communicate, ed. Jeanine Kraybill. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. The citation for Dr. Skulley’s second publication is: Silva, Andrea, and Carrie Skulley. 2018. "Always Running: Candidate Emergence among Women of Color over Time." 2018. Political Research Quarterly.

Refugee Camp Simulation

February 28, 2018
On February 23rd, 2018, Sewanee and St. Andrew’s Sewanee students of migration, politics, and human rights, faculty, staff, and members of the Catholic Charities of Tennessee from Nashville, BRIDGE from Chattanooga, and Catholic Relief Services participated in the refugee camp simulation “Seeking Refuge, Forced to Flee.”

The Cost of Doing Politics? Violence and Harassment against Women Politicians

February 22, 2018
Dr. Mona Krook, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and 2017-2018 Carnegie Foundation Fellow will speak in the Mary Sue Cushman room of the Bairnwick Women's Center on Wednesday February 28th at 4:30pm. Her talk is entitled, "The Cost of Doing Politics? Violence and Harassment against Women Politicians."

Symposium on Borders and Human Rights, March 7-9

January 26, 2018
The symposium will be held March 7-9 in Gailor Auditorium and will include a keynote address, as well as presentations by practitioners who work in related fields and Sewanee faculty and students.

Professor Amy Patterson Receives Grant

January 15, 2018
Amy Patterson, Professor of Politics at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, has received a grant from the Global Religion Research Initiative at Notre Dame University (funded by Templeton Foundation) to study how churches shape citizenship norms and behavior among youth in Africa.


November 28, 2017
In collaboration with the Wick, SGA, and Sewanee Slavery Project, there will be a White Lives Matter Panel Discussion on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Social Lodge.

Transitional Justice Poster Presentation

November 14, 2017
On Tuesday, December 11, 2017, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Torian Room, the students in the Transitional Justice class present their poster presentations of the group's conclusions as their final project.

Huma Khan C'08, Presents Two Lectures On Gender Equality and Behavioral Economics

September 18, 2017
Huma Khan C'08, will present two lectures on Thursday, September 28, 2017 on Gender Equality and Behavioral Economics.

Professor Andrea Hatcher Publishes New Book

August 3, 2017
Unlike their American counterparts, British Evangelicals have no discernable ideological or partisan affiliation, and they pursue their political interests through civic and social organizations rather than electoral influence. In Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals (Palgrave, 2017), Hatcher explains that Evangelicals in the U.K. lack a social identity necessary for politicization.

Sewanee students at the University of Ghana-Legon
Professor Amy Patterson and four Sewanee students spent spring 2017 in Ghana

June 5, 2017
From January through May 2017, four Sewanee students and Amy Patterson, professor of politics, participated in a semester abroad program in Ghana.

Amy Patterson Recognized with the annual Dean's Award for Scholarship

May 4, 2017
On April 25, Professor Amy Patterson was recognized with the annual Dean's Award for Scholarship. Her latest book, Dependent Agency in the Global Health Regime: Local African Responses to Donor AIDS Efforts, was published this year by Palgrave MacMillan.

Christianity, Youth, and Democratic Citizenship in Africa CCCU Grant—Amy Patterson

May 4, 2017
In April 2017, Amy Patterson received a planning grant from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) for a collaboration project with Megan Hershey (Whitworth College) and Tracy Kuperus (Calvin College) that will investigation the role of Christian organizations in fostering citizenship among African youth.

Senior Politics Majors Present Research at the MPSA Conference

April 28, 2017
Two Politics Majors were selected to present their research at the 2017 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago this April.

Professor Amy Patterson publishes article in the Washington Post

March 22, 2017
Professor Amy Patterson explains what Trump's budget proposal to cut foreign aid means for global health.

Professor Andrea Hatcher Selected To Attend Presidency Seminar

March 3, 2017
Professor Andrea Hatcher has been selected to participate in the seminar on The 20th Century Presidency that will be led by Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C., in July 2017.

Virag Tucson C'17 participates in Student Conference on National Affairs

March 2, 2017
Virag Tucson, C'17 attended the 62nd meeting of SCONA - Student Conference on National Affairs - from 2/14-18/2017 at Texas A&M University and gave this report.

Model United Nations

December 15, 2016
From November 19 until November 22, 2016, seven Sewanee students attended the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference in Chicago. They were Ben Barton, Kipling Klimas, Luke Peglau, Daniela Cubillo, Trever McNeal, Joe Randazzo, and Liz Arza.

Dr. Amy Patterson publishes new book

November 14, 2016
In the book "Dependent Agency in the Global Health Arena", Dr. Amy Patterson and her co-author Dr. Emma-Louise Anderson (University of Leeds, UK) examine how local people in Malawi and Zambia react to the massive infusion of donor funds to fight AIDS in the mid-2000s and the subsequent retraction of that funding after 2011. The book questions how donor programs create opportunities for local individuals to act as agents, not beholden to donors but able to work within their own contexts of poverty and aid dependence to gain benefits, opportunities, and status. Using fieldwork conducted between 2007 and 2014 among people living with HIV and AIDS, donor representatives, and government officials, Patterson and Anderson highlight the performances of compliance and strategies of resistance that local people use in the broader arena of AIDS programs.

Dr. Amy Patterson Publishes New Book

November 14, 2016
Dr. Amy Patterson Publishes New Book

Dr. Amy Patterson Presents to the Royal Society of Medicine

November 10, 2016
On November 1, 2016, Dr. Amy Patterson, Professor of Politics at The University of the South, presented her research at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The Society, which was established by Royal Charter in 1905, is composed of over a dozen medical specialty colleges. Patterson was invited to speak to the annual conference of the Royal College of Pathologists, during the College’s meeting on the theme “Pathology Is Global.”

Daniela Cubillo with students in Uganda
Sewanee connections deepen in Uganda and Tanzania

October 20, 2016
Fourteen Sewanee students and recent graduates, and seven faculty members, ventured to Tanzania and Uganda during the summer of 2016.

Sewanee hosts “Incorporating Equality: The First 150 Years of the Fourteenth Amendment”

August 31, 2016
In September, Sewanee will host a symposium marking the 150th anniversary of Tennessee’s landmark approval of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Politics Professor Amy Patterson publishes article in the Washington Post

August 9, 2016
Sewanee Politics professor discusses how global communities can fight Ebola outbreak

Faculty member Mila Dragojević publishes article in the Slavic Review

July 22, 2016
Politic professor's "Violence and the Production of Borders in Western Slavonia" reflects her ongoing wartime violence research.

scott wilson
Scott Wilson to lead Office of Global Education

June 15, 2016
Scott Wilson, the Alfred Walter Negley Professor of Politics, was named this spring as Sewanee’s new associate dean of global education.

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Amy Patterson studies Ebola response in Liberia

May 26, 2016
Earlier this month, Professor of Politics Amy Patterson visited Liberia to conduct research on community responses to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak.

Paige Williams Wins First Place for Best Poster in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Scholarship Sewanee

April 27, 2016
The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce this year's McCrady Prizes for poster presentations at Scholarship Sewanee. The high quality of the posters led to some very difficult decision for the judges to choose the top three in each category.

Amy Patterson Publishes Op-Ed in Washington Post

April 5, 2016
Professor Amy Patterson recently published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on the different international reactions to ebola and zika.

Lettre, C '94 Confirmed as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

February 2, 2016
In December 2015, Marcel Lettre, C '94 accomplished something that few can in Washington, DC these days. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a position in the Obama Administration.

Uganda Field Study 2016

November 17, 2015
Human Rights focused Study Abroad Opportunity in Uganda East Africa. Beginning in Easter semester 2016 the Politics department will offer a series of two new two credit courses on human rights, one with a study abroad component.

Dr. Carrie Wickham
The future of democracy in Egypt - Dr. Carrie Wickham

October 14, 2015
The University Lectures Committee, Mellon Globalization Forum, and departments of Politics, and History welcome to campus Dr. Carrie Wickham, Professor of Political Science at Emory University. Dr. Wickham will give a talk entitled, Islamism, Authoritarianism, and the Future of Democracy in Egypt on Friday, October 16th at 4:30pm in Gailor Auditorium.

Robert P. George
“Constitutional Structures and Civic Virtues”

September 23, 2015
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Convocation Hall. The talk is entitled “Constitutional Structures and Civic Virtues,” and the community is invited.

Commencement Ceremony - Politics Students Honored

May 15, 2015
On May 8, 2016, The University of the South's 2015-16 academic year came to a close with Commencement marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. The final Convocation of the academic year included the naming of various awards and prizes including two Politics students as a recipients.

Senior Majors Awarded at Scholarship Sewanee

April 27, 2015
Senior majors Kiela Crabtree, James Szewczyk, and Taylor Yost awarded at Scholarship Sewanee.

Senior Jimmy Szewczyk Publishes Research

April 27, 2015
Politics Department senior James Szewczyk has published a paper in the online Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society. In this paper, Szewczyk uses national public opinion survey data to explore how religious identity and religiosity affect Americans’ opinions on gay rights issues.

Tigers Without Teeth book cover
Scott Wilson: Faculty publication in the Library

April 15, 2015
The Library has recently received the following book by Scott Wilson, Alfred Walter Negley Professor of Politics. Tigers without teeth : the pursuit of justice in contemporary China Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, c2015.

The Supreme Moot Court of Sewanee Takes Place on April 21 and April 23 in Convocation Hall

April 15, 2015
Students in Professor Hatcher’s Constitutional Law: Civil Rights course invite you to attend The Supreme Moot Court of Sewanee, where students assume the roles of counsel and Supreme Court justices as they argue and judge cases.

New Politics Department Faculty Member

April 9, 2015
The Department of Politics is pleased to announce that Adam Dahl will be joining the department in the fall in a tenure-track position. He earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, his M.A. from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Manseau
Rebecca Manseau, C'15, receives Fulbright Study/Research Grant

April 8, 2015
Rebecca Manseau, C’15, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant for the 2015-16 academic year. She will be doing research under the guidance of Dr. Sabine Kropp, who is a professor of German domestic politics at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of Political Science at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

Senator Bob Corker to Speak on "Why U.S. Leadership is Still Needed Around the Globe"

April 1, 2015
Senator Bob Corker to speak on “Why U.S. Leadership is Still Needed Around the Globe”.

Scott Wilson in China
Professor Scott Wilson publishes book, conducts research and gives lectures in China

March 30, 2015
Scott Wilson, Alfred W. Negley chair in the Department of Politics, has recently published a book titled "Tigers without Teeth: The Pursuit of Justice in Contemporary China," analyzing how Chinese pollution victims and AIDS carriers have attempted to protect their rights and interests. Wilson is currently in Wuhan, China, on a Fulbright research grant. He has delivered a number of guest lectures at institutions throughout China.

Gen. Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to visit campus February 26

February 9, 2015
On February 26, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will visit campus. From 2005-2007, Gonzales served as head of the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush. His legal career began in Texas where he worked in private practice until he became General Counsel to then-Governor George W. Bush.

Study in Zambia

November 5, 2014
Professor Patterson will take students to Zambia for 6 weeks (June 1-July 10, 2015) to study political, economic and social development. Coursework will examine the role of politics, social norms, gender, religion, health, and environmental issues in Zambia’s development. Courses will include site visits, speakers, discussions, and travel throughout Zambia.

Dragojevic Authors Book on Ethnic Relations

October 9, 2014
In May 2014, Assistant Professor Mila Dragojevic published a book titled, The Politics of Social Ties: Immigrants in an Ethnic Homeland with Ashgate Press.

The Politics of Memory in Transitional Justice: Lessons from Rwanda

September 11, 2014
Timothy Longman, Associate Professor Political Science and Director of the African Studies Center, Boston University, will give a presentation entitled "The Politics of Memory in Transitional Justice: Lessons from Rwanda" on October 23, 2014 at 4:40pm in Gailor Auditorium.

Awards Announced at Commencement 2014

May 12, 2014
At Sewanee's 2014 Commencement, held May 11, an extraordinary class of 26 political science majors graduated and received numerous honors. Eight of the majors received honors in the department, which requires the completion of an honors project, distinction on the comprehensive examination, and a 3.40 departmental grade point average.

Politics Major Granted Best Undergraduate Poster Award at MPSA Meeting

March 13, 2014
Brittany Macon (Politics, C '14) was given an award for the best undergraduate poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Macon's poster presentation was selected from among hundreds of students who attended the conference to present their work. Macon researched the topic of racial and gender identifiers and how they affect voter behavior. Formal presentation of the award will be made during the April, 2014 annual meeting of the MPSA in Chicago.

Sewanee Model U.N. Club Participates in MTSU Event

March 10, 2014
On March 1, 2014, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) hosted Sewanee's Model United Nations (MUN) team to discuss a crisis situation regarding Nigeria. Crisis simulations within MUN often take an issue that is already sensitive in the international community and provokes the delegates to think about possible future outcomes if it is not addressed.

Politics major receives Honorable Mention for CUR “Posters on the Hill” submission

February 24, 2014
Senior Politics Major and Posse Scholar Anna Alikhani received an Honorable Mention from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the poster she submitted to their Posters on the Hill session. This honor indicates that Anna's work was among the top 10% of the more than 600 submissions received from undergraduate researchers across the U.S. in every discipline imaginable.

McCrickard Grant to Support Collaborative Project in Uganda

January 14, 2014
A proposal authored by Professor Amy Patterson with visiting Brown Foundation Fellow Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha was awarded a grant from Sewanee's McCrickard Fund for the year 2014-15

Patterson Edits Special Edition of Journal on Religion and AIDS in Africa

January 12, 2014
Recently, Professor Amy Patterson edited a special edition of Canadian Journal of African Studies 47, no. 2 (2013), titled "The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements: Religion and AIDS in Africa."

Dragojevic Receives Guggenheim Grant

January 9, 2014
Professor Mila Dragojevic has been awarded a grant by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to research on variation of local violence against civilians in Croatia. Dragojevic will conduct interviews and archival research in Croatia during the spring and summer of 2014. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation supports research that addresses questions related to violence, aggression, and dominance.