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!
Department to Offer New Classes
The department is adding three new classes. Politics of Religion and Latin American Politics are being offered during fall semester 2013 and International Political Economy will be offered next year.
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 Alumna
Our featured alumna, Tracey Meyer (’92), has used her Political Science degree as a foundation for an accomplished career. Read her story at the Alumni link on the left.
UNC Recognizes Our Students
Three of our majors were selected as featured May 2012 graduates: Courtney Kranz, Ben Schiffelbein and Will Schiffelbein. Read about their experiences at UNC and their advice to current students at: www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=3943