News and Announcements

Legal Studies Minor Now in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs
The Legal Studies Minor is now housed in our department. It provides students with the theoretical foundations of law as well as its role in government-society relations. Some of those who minor in legal studies go on to law school, while others use it to round out their liberal arts education. Political Science also coordinates pre-law advising, designed for students contemplating law school. For more information, click on Legal Studies and Pre-Law or e-mail Prof. Williams at

New Student Lounge Opens
All students in Political Science & International Affairs are invited to visit our new student lounge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in McKee 325. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a  comfortable place to hang out between classes.

Professors Present Research at National and International Conferences
Our professors are busy presenting their research to audiences in the United States and abroad. Professor Sarah Romano presented her research on grassroots responses to hydraulic fracturing in Colorado at a conference in Tampa, Florida last spring and a paper on rural water committees in Nicaragua at a conference in Valencia, Spain. Professor Christiane Olivo will present her research on right-wing extremist movements in Germany at two conferences in June, one at the University of Split in Split, Croatia and one at the Free University of Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Last fall Professor Richard Bownas presented his research on the aftermath of the civil war in Nepal at a conference in Madison WI. Professor Greg Williams presented his research on international transformation at conferences in Seattle and Pittsburgh last spring and will do another presentation this April in Las Vegas.

New Course Approved—Drug Wars
Professor Sarah Romano developed a new course, PSCI 260: Drug Wars, which she will teach for the first time during spring semester 2016.

Professors Awarded Grants for Research in Nepal and Nicaragua
In summer 2014 Professor Richard Bownas received a grant to conduct field research in mid-western Nepal, looking at the aftermath of the civil war of 1996-2006 and the effect of that war on lower caste Nepalese (Dalits) in two villages. In summer 2015 he will return to Nepal to extend his post civil war research into new areas of Nepal. Professor Sarah Romano received a grant to conduct field research in Nicaragua last summer on a new law recognizing rural water committees. She also received a grant to translate her dissertation into Spanish in order to distribute it next year in Nicaragua.

Meet Our Featured Alumna—One of Colorado’s Most Influential Women
Our featured alumna, Janice Sinden (’97), has used her Political Science degree as a foundation for an accomplished career. Read her story at the Alumni link on the left.

Political Science Alumna Returns to UNC
Lyndsey Crum (’05) is now the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at UNC. Welcome back to UNC, Lyndsey!

Students Win Awards at Model Arab League
Our student delegation to the Model Arab League this spring won four awards: Anthony Scaduto, Honorable Mention-Joint Defense Council; Amanda Onorato, Honorable Mention-Environmental Affairs; David Berry, Honorable Mention-Palestinian Affairs; and Lexie Varney, Chair Honorable Mention, Environmental Affairs.

Students Attend National Conference
Two of our students, Jamie Mack and Matt Bernal, represented UNC at the 56th Annual American Assembly Conference held at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Political Science Student Wins Prestigious Award
Nate Natale received UNC’s Robert Longwell Student Veteran of Excellence award. Congratulations, Nate!