"...I called up Duke University's Michael Munger, a political science professor and head of the school's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program to chat about what a Biden candidacy might look like. Munger gave me his thoughts on what America's avuncular VP might have done if he'd been handed the keys to the Oval Office...." Read More Here read more about President Joe Biden? - Vice News interviews Michael Munger »

David Sparks graduated from Duke with a Ph.D. in Political Science. While he was a graduate student he practiced statistical modeling on basketball data sets - he is now the Director of Basketball Analytics for the Boston Celtics. He returned to his alma mater recently to talk with undergrads about their career goals and how statistical competence played such an important role for him on the job market. And he is among a few uniquely qualified to discuss the history of statistical modeling in the NBA. read more about Director of Basketball Analytics for the Boston Celtics returns to Alma Mater »

Anoop Sadanandan, assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University and Duke Ph.D. (2011), returned to campus to present his current research.  "Ethnic minorities face a dilemma: should they retain their cultural uniqueness or assimilate into the dominant cultural group? Studies argue that factors such as the strength of ethnic affinities, the group size, and migration influence individual and group decisions to differentiate and assimilate. This talk moves in a different direction to examine… read more about Anoop Sadanandan presents research at his alma mater, Duke »

Thomas J. Christensen is William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Before arriving at Princeton in 2003, he taught at Cornell… read more about "China's Rise and Deterrence Theory" - Princeton's Thomas Christensen presents research at Duke »

As a Political Science major, who participated in the Duke in Russia Summer 2014 program, I strongly encourage other students in the department to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities that Duke offers. As Duke students we like to think of ourselves as open to views different from our own, but how can we truly know unless we actively expose ourselves to other cultures? Studying abroad in Russia, where the customs, the people, the language, the food, and just about everything else are completely different from… read more about Lili Ramirez in Russia »

The six weeks I spent in Geneva as a part of the Duke in Geneva program offered some of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences of my life. Although I had been out of the country before, this was the first time I had ever visited Europe or spent an extended period of time abroad. One of the most memorable moments of my trip was hiking in the Alps with our program directors—an experience that embodies the challenges I faced and the worth of it all. I believe that our weekend hiking trip in the Alps is analogous to the… read more about Seth Johnson in Geneva »

This short documentary highlights a few participant voices in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute experience.  The APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) was founded in 1986 to enhance diversity within the discipline of political science. Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the RBSI program goal is to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue academic careers in political science.   read more about 2015 RBSI Interviews and Photographs »

The 2015 RBSI program concluded with an evening banquet at Parizade. The evening helped hallmark the conclusion of the RBSI program for the students and staff, providing the organizers a moment to celebrate the student's successful completion of the program. The President of the American Political Science Association, Rodney Hero, attended and provided final remarks and advice for the students. Perhaps most exciting for the students, the evening concluded with Dr. McClain providing the students their final grades and… read more about President of the American Political Science Association, Rodney Hero, addresses Duke hosted RBSI Institute »