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Political Science Department at UW Oshkosh


A UWO Political Science degree prepares you for tomorrow’s careers by focusing on critical transferable skills, such as: writing, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, analysis, and leadership. The Political Science department will get you there with engaging  courses, internships, study abroad/away and research opportunities.

Faculty Friday -- here we go again!

PROMPT: Which person from your subfield (alive or dead) would you most like to talk to or meet if you had the chance?

James Krueger: "Alexis de Tocqueville. I spend a fair bit of time thinking about how to make American politics feel exciting, exotic, and interesting. Perhaps being able to see our country in that moment from his perspective would help me make the case."

Tracy Hoffmann Slagter: "Jean Monnet (died in 1979) for a long discussion on European integration -- I'd love to know what he would think of the EU as it is now and where he sees it going in the future. I wonder if he'd see limits to integration? And definitely Marion Nestle from NYU because I think we would have a delightful time talking about the intersection of food and politics and hatching new projects. Her experience in the field of food politics is unparalleled. Someday I might just show up to her office hours..."

David Siemers: "Michael Walzer. Just a hugely smart man who writes things that change people's minds and elucidate and defend positions that we often take for granted. He is best known for two things: 1. reviving just war theory, a set of ideas that talks about the rules of war and what is ethically permissible and what is ethically prohibited. 2. defending the modern state with its variety of programs and introducing the idea of 'blocked exchanges,' a list of things that cannot or should not be bought, like political offices and love."

Jerry Thomas: "Larry Kramer. His writings inspire me. His work as an AIDS activist inspires me. When the country turned its back on men dying of AIDS, Larry Kramer forced people to listen and respond. I am told that despite his 'angry' activism, he is a gentle, gentle person. I am currently working on a paper about the 'softening' of the body politic. I want to interview him."
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