Politics & International Affairs  Greg Domin
 February 2010 (#11)  politics.nau.edu
Grad Conference was a Huge Success
"Intellectual Intersections," the multidisciplinary graduate student conference, was held last Friday, January 29, 2010. The conference was a huge success. Organized by GAPS, the Graduate Association of Political Science students, the conference featured 17 panels and a poster session. Sixty five students, half of whom are Arizona State University or University of Arizona graduate students, presented their current research projects. Dr. Miguel Vasquez, Professor from NAU's Department of Anthropology gave a rousing keynote presentation at the lunchtime plenary session. The conference concluded with an evening reception sponsored by the Department of Politics & International Affairs. Everyone had a fantastic day. Students enjoyed the opportunity to present their work in a professional conference setting. They also enjoyed meeting other graduate students from a variety of disciplines and being exposed to new and different ways of looking at the world. Thanks goes out to all the graduate student organizers, as well as all the faculty members serving as panel chairs and discussants. Click here to see pictures from the conference.
Politico: New Undergrad Student Seminar
Politico Flyer
Undergraduate students in the Politics & International Affairs department are initiating a new student-oriented seminar this semester. The seminar will regularly bring undergraduate students and faculty together to highlight the work of department faculty. Faculty members are asked to present a summary of their current research and to then be interviewed by the students. The inaugural event features Dr. Joel Olson talking about his current research on fanatics, zealots and extremists. The event is organized for Friday, February 19, and will be held in SBS 213. All students are encouraged to attend.
Carlton Griffin named Cadet of the Year
Carlton GriffinCarlton Griffin, a 2009 graduate of the department's International Affairs program, was recently recognized as the outstanding cadet graduate of the year. Griffin successfully competed against 4,500 graduates throughout the nation for this honor. Department faculty who had Carl in class know him fondly as a very bright, motivated student. We all take pride in Carl's achievements. (Click here for more information)
Faculty Profile: Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner
Dr. Joe Gardner came to NAU as an Assistant Professor after earning his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Drawing on normative theories of deliberation, Professor Gardner's research focuses on decision making in institutional settings. He has conducted research on congressional deliberation and aims to answer why Congress is unable to effectively deliberate. A second research focus looks at deliberation by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Joe regularly teaches courses in American Government, Congress, Political Parties and Political Institutions. He is highly regarded by undergraduate and graduate students alike as an effective, dynamic instructor. Joe also serves as an active member of the department's Undergraduate Program Committee.

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