News and Announcements

New Faculty Member Joins Department

We are happy to welcome Professor Sarah Romano to the department. With a Ph.D. in Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and extensive experience living and conducting research in Latin America, Professor Romano brings expertise in Latin American politics, environmental politics, globalization and social movements to the department. Stop by her office in McKee 301 to welcome her!

Students Attending National Conference

Two of our students, Frank Witt and Aimee Wren, were selected to attend the 55th Annual American Assembly Conference held at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Department to Offer New Classes

The department has added three new classes: Politics of Religion, Latin American Politics and International Political Economy.

Professor Awarded Grant to Publish Research in Nicaragua

Professor Sarah Romano received a grant for the translation, publication, and dissemination of findings from her research on rural water governance in Nicaragua. This grant will allow Professor Romano to share her findings as a published report to researchers, government officials, nongovernmental organizations, international development agencies, and community-based water managers in Nicaragua.

Professors Awarded Grants for Overseas Research

Professor Richard Bownas received a grant to conduct research in Nepal next summer. He will be doing surveys of low caste ('untouchable') communities in rural Nepal, in areas where the Maoist Party was strong during the recent civil war, to try and assess whether the civil war brought about any changes in their socio-economic status in their villages. Professor Christiane Olivo received a grant from the German government to conduct six weeks of research in eastern Germany on the rise of neo-Nazi and far-right extremist movements and efforts to combat this alarming political trend. She will conduct this research for six weeks in January and February 2014 during her spring semester sabbatical leave.

Professor Led Overseas Summer Seminar

With an $109,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Christiane Olivo directed a summer seminar for K-12 teachers in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic in the summer of 2013. Sixteen teachers from across the country spent four weeks learning about “East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions.”

Meet Our Featured Alumnus

Our featured alumnus, Kawika Riley (’05), has used his Political Science degree as a foundation for an accomplished career. Read his story at the Alumni link on the left.

UNC Recognizes Our Students

Two of our students, Lauren Zdanowitz (Political Science B.A.) and Abby Crisafulli (International Affairs B.A.) were chosen as “Faces of the Class of Fall 2013.” Read about their experiences and accomplishments here.