Government and Legal Studies Department

Helping Refugees on the Front Line: Former Government Professor Swaps Classrooms for War Zones

Shelley Deane left academe with an expert knowledge of the Middle East to go and work in the hands-on world of conflict resolution and risk assessment. In effect, she swapped the classroom for the frontline and admits to coming under fire on at least one occasion.

Six Government Professors Speculate on the Trump Presidency

Two student political groups on campus — the Bowdoin College Democrats and Bowdoin College Republicans — recently organized a panel of government professors to speak about President Donald Trump’s rise to power and how his presidency might change the US and shift the world order.

Students Debate Ideological Diversity in ‘What Matters’ Campus Conversation

The issue of political diversity on campus, or the lack thereof, was the subject of a student debate February 3, 2017.

Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67 Warns of 21st Century Security Risks

Pope warned of the dangers of abandoning established international alliances and drifting towards a policy of ‘America-first’-style isolationism.

Jackson ’07 Explains How Philanthropy Fits into the World of Investment Banking

“The role of a foundation in the non-profit world is the same as an investment bank in the corporate world. Investment banks provide financing for corporations to fund growth, and foundations provide financing to nonprofits to build capacity.”

Does the Trump Presidency Impact the Teaching of Politics and Economics?

Three government professors weigh in with their thoughts on how a Trump presidency might affect the way they teach some US politics classes.

Rudalevige on Reining In Presidential Power — And Its Consequences

Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige writes in the political science blog Monkey Cage, “Inside the shiny ‘stick it to Obama’ wrapping paper is an attack on executive branch autonomy.”

The Difficulties of Predicting an Election

“One of the difficulties with polling nowadays is the huge decline in the number of people of who respond to polls. Going from a high in the 1970s of around 80 percent, we’re now down to single digits.”

Ty Johnson ’15 Conquers His Fear, Goes Back Home to Help

Addressing their fear became part of their new organization’s identity and name. The two students filed for 501(c)(3) status for their nonprofit, Konquered Fear Xchange, or KFX, for short. “Once you conquer your fear,” Ty Johnson said recently, “and you are passionate, you can bring positive change.”

On The Air: Bowdoin Students and Professor Rudalevige Participate in Election Coverage

As election results were reported Tuesday night, nearly a dozen Bowdoin students were part of the action on WGME/CBS 13.

#BowdoinVotes: Students, Professor Rudalevige To Participate in WGME Election Coverage

Look for familiar faces on WGME/CBS 13 election coverage and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtags #BowdoinVotes and #BowdoinWatches.

For Suffrage Week, Prof. Martin Talks to Students About Women in Politics

Last week was Women’s Suffrage Week, and tomorrow voters will decide whether to elect the country’s first female presidential nominee. In light of this, students organized a few events to note the important role of women in politics.

Conservative Commentator D’Souza Discusses Clintons, Corruption, Own Incarceration

D’Souza was harshly critical of the Democratic party in general and the Clintons in particular, comparing them to gangsters Bonnie and Clyde.

Two Faculty Debate Gun Control Ballot in Maine

Quinby House hosted a discussion last week between government professors Jean Yarbrough and Jeffrey Selinger about a referendum on this year’s ballot asking whether Maine should require “background checks before a gun sale or transfer between people who are not licensed firearm dealers.”

At Bowdoin, Sen. Susan Collins Talks Trump, Climate Change, Political Polarization, Liberal Arts Colleges

Susan Collins, a Republican senator known for her bipartisan efforts in Congress, came to Bowdoin October 25, 2016, for a discussion of current issues. In the hour-long event, Collins answered questions from a packed audience in Pickard Theater, explaining her lack of support for both her party’s presidential nominee and for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. She also spoke about climate change, the future of the Republican Party, political polarization, the Middle East, and other topics.

Two Government Professors Discuss the Unprecedented 2016 Election

Before packing into the Helmreich House common room to watch last night’s final presidential debate, students attended a pre-debate panel on the state of the election. Moderator Liam Gunn ’17 started off by asking what makes this election different from previous ones. One professor responded: “This is the most important election that I will ever vote in in my life.”

Chomsky on ‘Bought’ Elections, ‘Superficial’ Media and Other Threats

The controversial linguistics professor and political commentator took aim at US foreign and domestic policy, describing America as the most white supremacist nation in the world.

Michael Franz Discusses Political Advertising on Television

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been described as one unlike any previous campaign; Mike Franz says that’s true of political advertising, as well.

First-Years Examine the Supreme Court and Social Change

The U.S. Supreme Court hands down rulings that affect us all, but does the high court impact social change directly?

Janet Martin Discusses New Book, ‘The Gendered Executive’

The book is a collection of thirteen essays examining the impact that female executives have had, and are having, on political life both in the United States and beyond.