Dr. Guerra Publishes Book

Guerra BookDr. Darren Patrick Guerra, Political Science professor, has written a book “Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for the Article V Amendment Process” (Lexington Books, June 2013).  This book shows that Article V is a unique and powerful extension of the American tradition of written constitutionalism.




History & Political Science Award Recipients

The History & Political Science Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the departmental honors at the Awards Chapel on April 25, 2013.

Colin Moore HistoryThe Phi Alpha Theta Award for theChris Jonker Political ScienceOutstanding Student in History was given to Colin Moore (left).

And the Pi Sigma Alpha Award recognizing the Outstanding Student in Political Science went to Christopher Jonker (right).

Both students are pictured with Dr. John Wilson, History & Political Science Department Chair.  Congratulations!

Spring Colloquium 2013

Two History & Political Science majors were selected to present their papers at the 23rd Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on Monday, April 15, 2013.

2013 Colloquium 016 - 4Christopher Jonker presented the paper he 2013 Colloquium 021 - 2wrote for his Twentieth-Century Europe class titled “The Soviet Crusade Against Religion: Soviet and Russian Orthodox Relations.”  Jennifer Manning represented Political Science with the paper she wrote for her Film & Politics class titled “Elizabeth.”




Like the Movie “42”?

The big spring movie is “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and paved the way for the civil rights movement over the next two decades.  The movie focuses on about 18 months of his life.  For the full story, Vanguard professor John Wilson has written “Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma” (Longman’s, 2010).  A brief, accessible survey of Robinson’s life designed as collateral reading in college courses, the book emphasizes the impact of Robinson’s Christian beliefs on the “great experiment” and its success. If the movie piques your interest, check out the whole story!Jackie Robinson

2013 Spring Colloquium

You are invited to the 24th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall.  Students will present exemplary research papers in Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, and Psychology.  Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Kevin Walker Presenting at MPSA

Dr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, will be presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference on April 11, 2013.  His paper is titled “When Progress Had an End:  Happiness and Historicism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.”  This paper is an exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the relationship between the principles of the Declaration of Independence and his vision of human perfectibility.  For those who are interested in reading his paper, click on the link below.


Con Law Class Judicial Simulation

On March 13, 2013, Dr. Darren Guerra’s Constitutional Law class participated in a judicial simulation of the United States Supreme Court case Snyder vs. Phelps.  Students were assigned a role to serve as either an attorney or as a judge on the court and had to write an oral argument or a decision depending on their role in the simulation.Snyder v Phelps

Dr. Kevin Walker to Present Paper

Dr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, will be presenting a paper on “Education in the ‘Strenuous Life’: How American Progressives Rejected Liberal Arts Education and Ended up with Militarism” at Westmont College for the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts on Friday, February 22.  For those who are interested in reading his paper, click on the link below.


Guest Lecturer from AEI

The History & Political Science Department will be hosting a lecture by Josh Good, Program Manager for the Values & Capitalism Project at the American Enterprise Institute, on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Needham Chapel.  He will be speaking on the topic “Helping the Poor Without Hurting: How Free Enterprise Reframes Social Policy.”

History & Political Science Induction Ceremony

The History & Political Science Department will be inducting students into their honor societies on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall.

Phi Alpha Theta is the international history honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  Being inducted into Phi Alpha Theta are Jonathan Beck, Vasili Brasinikas, Tyler Briscoe, Karina Contreras, Rebecca Dattilo, Tyler De La Houssaye, Christopher Jonker, Yaroslav Klyonov, Michael Lamb, Audrie Maynard, Adrian Michael and Kevin Paschall.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society founded to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Vasili Brasinikas, Tyler Briscoe, Rebecca Dattilo, Christian Fulmer, Christopher Jonker, Michael Lamb, Adrian Michael, Kevin Paschall and Alex Pass will be inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha.

Congratulations to all of these students!