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Honors Fellowships program sees overwhelming demand

More than 80 undergraduates have applied for Charles Center Honors Fellowships for summer ’24, marking surging interest in a program that provides up to $4,000 to rising seniors to conduct ten full-time weeks of research.

Congratulations to the Fall 2023 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

In the Fall 2023 semester, several Government Department students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Alpha Society. The Alpha Chapter of Virginia was founded in 1776 and is the nation’s oldest and largest academic honor society. Please congratulate the following students: Dylan Abrokwa-Jassor, Caleb Fulford, Mujia (Ariana) He, Sa’nia Heckstall, Andrew Hoffman, Johanna Pellegrino, Daniel Posthumus, Aaron Tavel, Alison Trahan, Cecilia Weaver, Amy Weitzman, and Jonathan Wilkins These students should be commended for their outstanding academic achievements and unique contributions to their community.

Meet the 2023-2024 McGlennon Scholars

The McGlennon Scholars are a small group of hand-picked students who are each pursuing an individual research project with funds provided by a generous, anonymous donor. Keep reading to learn about the scholars and their research endeavors.

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A decade of inspiration: Woody Museum Internship enters 10th year

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Dr. Carol Woody '71 and Robert Woody, William & Mary has been preparing undergraduates for careers in museums since the path-breaking Charles Center summer internship program launched in 2015.

Meg Schwenzfeier '14 named as Chief Analytics Officer for 2024 Biden Campaign

Meg Schwenzfeier, Class of 2014, was recently appointed as Chief Analytics Officer for Biden's presidential campaign. She previously served as the Data and Analytics Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Read about her new position in the attached Washington Post article.

Remembering David Dessler

The Government Department recently learned of the death of our former colleague, David Dessler, in April 2023 in Bryan, Texas. He was an extremely kind, generous, and charming person who always went out of his way to welcome new faculty members to the department and college.

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Students Put Their Class Knowledge to the Test in DC

Last semester, a senior seminar class had the unique opportunity to learn from Professor Stiefel, the Director for Biodefense on the National Security Council. The course was entitled "Politics of Global Health," and after accumulating knowledge over the semester, students traveled to DC for their final, which was a tabletop simulation modeled on the work of the NSC.

Remembering Professor Emeritus of Government Roger Smith

The Department of Government recently learned of the death of Professor Emeritus of Government Roger Smith on November 28, 2022. Roger attended Harvard University before receiving his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of William & Mary in 1967 and taught for 34 years before retiring in 2001.

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Interview with Professor Mark Deming

The Department of Government welcomes Professor Mark Deming and thanks him for taking the time to speak with us.

Falling Through the Social Safety Net: Professor Howard discusses his new book with the “No Jargon” podcast.

Professor Howard spoke with “No Jargon: Scholar Strategies Network” about the safety net provided by the U. S. government and other organizations to help bring relief to the millions of Americans who are poor, food insecure, housing cost-burdened, or medically uninsured. How comprehensive is this social safety net? What strategies exist to improve its effectiveness?

Government Department alumni receive Roberta Sigel Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) for Best Conference Paper

Dr. Allison Anoll ‘09, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Drew Engelhardt ‘13, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, received the 2022 ISPP award for their paper, “A Drop in the Ocean: How Priors Anchor Attitudes Toward the American Carceral State.” Their award-winning ISPP conference paper, currently under review for publication, helps to explain both race and gender gaps in evaluations of the police, prisons, and American court system.

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In Memoriam Zhykierra Guy ’23

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Government are saddened to learn of the death of Zhykierra (“Zhy”) Guy ’23. On August 5th, Zhy was found in Henrico in the passenger seat of a car that had been struck by gunfire. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Build Back Better: The Challenge of Selling a Hybrid on Capitol Hill

In an op-ed for The Hill (January 26, 2022), Chris Howard, the Harriman Professor of Government & Public Policy, highlighted the hybrid design of Build Back Better. It is financed like public assistance but distributes benefits widely like social insurance. If advocates want Build Back Better to have a fighting chance in the Senate, they need to explain why the country should adopt this new approach to social policy. You can read the piece on The Hill website.

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Dr. Rani D. Mullen Writes a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times

In a January 20, 2022 letter to the editor of The New York Times, Associate Professor of Government Rani Mullen argues that the choice between collaborating with the Taliban and facilitating Afghanistan’s collapse is a false one; the United States should pursue a more nuanced foreign policy that includes targeting Taliban leaders who are terrorists while providing humanitarian assistance. You can read her letter on The New York Times website.

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Interviews with the Student Diversity Fellows

The Government Department's Diversity Committee recently hired five students to serve as Student Diversity Fellows for the department. They spoke to us regarding their experiences as Diversity Fellows.

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Tribefunding Campaign for Student Diversity Fellows

Join our Tribefunding Campaign! On November 1, 2021, the Government Department began raising funds to support our new Student Diversity Fellows Program. Funds raised will be used to provide a stipend to each student fellow.

Interviews with 2021 VA Government Fellows

Last year, five William & Mary alums were selected to participate in the 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Department of Government at W&M had the pleasure of speaking with three of the five alums to discuss their experiences in the Fellowship program this past summer.

Phil Roessler on Facebook’s Recent Outage

Professor Philip Roessler, Associate Chair of the Government Department and co-director of the Digital Inclusion and Governance Lab, spoke to ABC News about Facebook’s recent six-hour outage and its immense significance for our society.

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W&M 2021 Governor’s Fellows Accept Jobs in State Government

Last year, five William & Mary alums were selected to participate in the 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Department of Government at William & Mary is delighted to announce that all of them have accepted positions in the Office of the Governor, the administration, and within the Virginia State government.

Dr. Stephen E. Hanson Publishes Opinion Piece about the Resistance to COVID Mandates

Dr. Stephen E. Hanson of the Government Department recently co-authored an opinion piece titled “Why can’t we mandate anything” with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kopstein for The Hill. In this article, Dr. Hanson and Dr. Kopstein describe the drive behind the resistance against the COVID vaccines and other COVID mandates as “[t]he resistance to standard health measures is part of a broad global decline in how people see the legitimacy of apolitical, rational state bureaucracies.”

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U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: A Q&A with Rani Mullen

Rani D. Mullen is an associate professor of government at William & Mary. Her research and teaching focus is on democratization and development in South Asia, and democracy and state building in India and Afghanistan in particular.

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Interview with Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo

The Department of Government welcomes Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo as its newest Assistant Professor and thanks Dr. Zvobgo for taking the time to speak with us.

Dr. Jaime Settle Offers Insight on "Outrage Politics" in NPR Interview

Dr. Jaime Settle, Associate Professor of the Department of Government, spoke with NPR's All Things Considered on outrage politics as a business model. More specifically, the story focused on Ben Shapiro, a conservative podcast host, and the success and popularity his website, The Daily Wire, has found on Facebook.

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W&M alumnae draw on Chi Omega sisterhood to excel in public policy roles

If you walked inside the Chi Omega sorority house on a typical afternoon in the early 2000s, you probably would have seen sorority sisters gathered in pajamas on the couch with hot drinks and snacks, watching C-SPAN or White House press conferences.

Government Majors Lead Student Assembly Efforts on Renaming

It’s not uncommon for William & Mary’s Student Assembly to be staffed and led by women and men studying government. But few SA administrations have drawn more government students—or had an effect as welcome—as that led by government major Anthony “A.J.” Joseph ’21. His leadership, and that of his team, encouraged the university to rename several buildings on campus this academic year—including the Government Department’s home.

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W&M campus structures named for trailblazing alumni

Following a consultative and thorough process established earlier this year, William & Mary’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to rename two campus buildings and name one campus structure to honor trailblazing alumni who helped open the door for marginalized people at both the university and beyond.

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Q&A on Arab Spring 10 years after

Sharan Grewal is an assistant professor of government at William & Mary and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research examines democratization, religion, and civil-military relations in the Arab world, especially Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Statement of Support - APIA Community

A statement from William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe and Provost Peggy Agouris in support of members of our Asian & Pacific Islander American community.

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Zvobgo on ICC Investigation

The ICC says it can investigate Israel’s alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories. Netanyahu and Biden object.

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On the national stage: W&M alumni join Biden-Harris administration

William & Mary alumni have a long history of service at the highest levels of government — a legacy stretching from George Washington (who received his surveyor’s license at William & Mary in 1749) to our current Chancellor, Bob Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98, former Secretary of Defense.

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Running milestone earns W&M professor audience with popular comedian

W&M Associate Professor of Government Marcus Holmes has run more than 8,000 miles since joining online physical training program Zwift in 2018, an accomplishment that opened an opportunity for him to chat with British comedian/actor Eddie Izzard during a recent virtual marathon.

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Meet the 2021 Alumni Medallion recipients

The Alumni Medallion is the highest award the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate of William & Mary.

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The First Amendment: freedoms and limitations

In the wake of last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, William & Mary News spoke with Timothy Zick, nationally recognized free speech expert and John Marshall Professor of Government and Citizenship at William & Mary Law School.

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The science of political polarization and social media

To better understand how politics play out online, W&M News spoke with Jaime Settle, associate professor of government at William & Mary. She is the director of the Social Networks and Political Psychology Lab and her book, Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

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W&M alumni coordinate vaccine distribution with Operation Warp Speed

When the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the first coronavirus vaccine, Operation Warp Speed’s distribution plans sprang into action — and so did two William & Mary alumni.

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Minor in Educational Studies offers undergraduate students a new dimension to their major

When he started at W&M as a freshman with an interest in government, Aidan Gosset ’22 had no idea he’d end up creating his own major focused on education. It soon became his goal as he began taking classes within the interdisciplinary Minor in Educational Studies offered by the W&M School of Education.

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Ask an election expert: What happens now?

Rebecca Green, co-director of W&M's Election Law Program, explains what comes next in the American democratic process.

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W&M establishes Social Justice Policy Initiative

William & Mary students and faculty have formalized and expanded several programs focusing on equity issues in the local community, and added new ones, with the establishment of the Social Justice Policy Initiative in the sociology department.

Government Faculty & Former Students Publish in CSAE

Professor Phil Roessler + former students publish "Cash Crop Revolution, Colonialism and Legacies of Spatial Inequality: Evidence from Africa" via Centre for the Study of African Economies.

Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence

Established in 2009 by Joseph J. Plumeri II '66, D.P.S. '11, the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence recognize and cultivate core virtues that distinguish outstanding faculty members and define excellence at William & Mary.