News, Events and Awards in 2014

Janelle Harris (Class of 2011) Admitted to the California Bar

Janelle Harris (Class of 2011) graduated from University of San Francisco law school in May of 2014 and has just passed the bar exam and has been admitted to the California bar. We are thrilled for her and for how much she has achieved since graduating from Dominican. We wish her all the best and many, many successful years ahead!

Panetta Internship Alumni Reunion

Political Science department with Leon Panetta 2014-ILS lecture seriesWe were thrilled to welcome back to campus Political Science alumni who participated in the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program on October 17th when Leon Panetta, former United States Secretary of Defense spoke was on campus as part of the Institute for Leadership Studies' fall lecture series. To read more about our alumni click here



National Voter Registration Day: Students Signed Up New Voters!

National Voter Registration Day 2014 Political Science
The Political Science and International Studies Department participated in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23rd and successfully signed up new voters! With the midterm election fast approaching our student volunteers worked hard to get students informed about registering to vote, reminding them about deadlines, and providing resources for students to use to get information about the upcoming election. A big thank you to those who volunteered!



Brandon Ernst, Class of 2012, Selected For The Peace Corps

We are pleased to announce Brandon Ernst (class of 2012), who graduated with a double major in political science and business, has been invited to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Brandon will be serving as a Secondary Ed English Teacher in Thailand starting January 2015. Since graduating from Dominican Brandon started his own web development business, participated in Middlebury College’s Chinese Immersion program through the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, and for the past year with Engility/International Resources Group he has held a position in USAID Asia Bureau in Washington, DC. As an undergraduate Brandon was selected for the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP), studied abroad at ESCEM School of Business and Management in France, and received invitations to participate in the World Affairs Council Annual Conference, the International Studies Association Annual Convention, The Clinton Global Initiative, and United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program through the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Brandon is also a co-author of “The Economic Impacts of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Growth versus Level Effects,” with R. Sooreea, G. Gokcek, and D. Spain, International Journal of Public Policy vol. 10, nos. 1/2/3: 100-117, 2014.

World Affairs Council Lecture at Dominican: Thursday, September 25, 2014

The World Affairs Council presents Canada: Our Most Important Trading Partner with the Honorable Cassie Doyle, Consul General of Canada. Click here for more details.

Daniela Leyva, Class of 2014 Political Science major, Spanish minor Hired as a Staff Assistant in Senator Barbara Boxer's Oakland Office

Daniela Leyva has been hired as a staff assistant in Senator Boxer's Oakland office and will start her full time position immediately after graduation this May. Daniela spent the fall 2013 semester in Washington, DC in Congresswoman Doris Matsui's office as part of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Internship program. Daniela is very excited to begin her career in public service. Daniela has been very active and committed to public service throughout her four years at Dominican. The Department is extremely proud of all she has achieved and we wish her the best as she leaves Dominican and embarks on an exciting future!

Political Science Major Carson Niello (Class of 2014) hired as a Staff Assistant in Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco Office

Carson Niello has been hired as a staff assistant in Senator Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco Office and will start his full time position immediately after graduation this May! Carson's previous internship experiences in Washington, DC in Senator Barbara Boxer's office and throughout his senior year with Congresswoman Jackie Speier in her district office played an important role in helping him decide that he wanted to pursue a career in public service. We wish Carson much success as he begins what will no doubt be a very exciting and promising future!


Monterey Institute of International Studies Logo.jpgStephanie Morse (BA international studies, ‘08) and Farah Mohsen (BA international studies, ‘12) have been accepted to the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) for graduate study. Both alumni will be enrolling in the Master’s in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies starting fall 2014. Since graduating from Dominican, Stephanie has started her own business Bow Wow Bows, worked for ELS Language Services, and has spent time living in Russia. Meanwhile Farah has stayed politically active working on the Private Manning Support Network as a campaign organizer. Both women plan to continue their advanced language study in Arabic while at MIIS. Bravo!



Dominican’s Alpha Delta Omicron chapter for Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science National Honor Society) initiated five new members on April 2, 2014. The new initiates include Dr. Crystal Chang, Jennifer Chappell (BA political science, ’15) Magdalena Fitipaldi (BA political science and international studies, ’15), Melissa Graveson (BA political science, ’15), and Meghan Nelson (BA political science and business, ’15). We congratulate our new members and wish them continued academic success!



Congress to Campus and Dominican University

February, 2014 -- Two former members of Congress, Frank Riggs (R-CA) and Brian Baird (D-WA, spent two days on the Dominican campus, meeting with students to share insights and experiences with the goal of encouraging civic literacy and participation among youth. The duo visited Dominican as part of the national Congress to Campus program, created by the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and run in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service in order to encourage youth to consider careers in public service.congress_to_campus_penguin_radio_riggs&baird_2014.jpg

During the visit Penguin Radio hosted the former members on the air: Penguin Radio - Congress to Campus Podcast


Emma Anderson, Class of 2014 Accepted into PhD Program in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara

ucsb logo.jpgWe are very pleased to announce that Emma Anderson (Political Science and International Studies double major, honors) will be pursuing her PhD in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara this fall. When asked why she wanted to attend a PhD program in Political Science she explained: "I wanted to be challenged in my work and in life to constantly improve; learning, researching, and teaching in the field I am most passionate about will give me the opportunity to do just that." Emma has been an outstanding student and has participated in numerous activities on and off campus (too many to list!) during her time at Dominican. She has been a research and teaching assistant, peer adviser, and most recently a student representative on the Physical Campus Task Force where she was inspired to organize a petition drive for a student union! We are excited for her new adventure and wish Emma all the best in the future!


Kelsea Vaughan selected for the 2014 Leon and Sylvia Panetta Congressional Internship in Washington, DC

Panetta Institute Logo.jpgWe are very pleased to announce that Kelsea Vaughan (Political Science and International Studies double major, English Literature minor class of 2015) will be heading to Washington, DC this fall to participate in the Panetta Institute's internship program. Kelsea is a double major in Political Science and International Studies with an English Literature minor. Kelsea will spend the fall semester in Washington, DC as an intern for a member of California's delegation. She will be able to continue her already impressive commitment to public service. Kelsea has been very involved on and off campus with spear-heading voter registration drives, Constitution Day events, and most recently helping with the Congress to Campus program. We know Kelsea will have a fantastic experience and we look forward to hearing all about her time in DC!


Dominican joins the Washington Semester Program as a Member School

Washington_Semester.jpgWe are very excited to announce our partnership with the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington, DC. The program has many opportunities for internships in various governmental and non-governmental agencies/organizations along with taking courses at American University with a variety of well known scholars and practitioners. If you are interested you are welcome to stop by my office to talk to me, Alison Howard, about the program in more detail or you can check out the guidelines for participation here.


Students Invited to Present Their Research at the SWPSA 2014 Conferencesouthwestern_polysci__logo.jpg

The department is pleased to announce that two students have been invited to present their research at the Southwestern Political Science Association's Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in April 2014. Isabel Duarte, senior international studies and political science major, will be presenting her paper on "Left Behind: The Impact of Parental Migration on Salvadoran and Mexican Children" and Gabi Linares, international studies and communications major, will be presenting her paper on "The Use of Marketing Techniques via Social Media by Terrorist Organizations."