Political Science

Alumna hired as Illinois governor’s chief of staff

Kristina Rasmussen (photo from Illinois Policy Institute)

Kristina Rasmussen ’04 was recently named chief of staff for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Rasmussen previously served as president of the Illinois Policy Institute. She joined the policy institute in Springfield in 2009, following three years of work for the National Taxpayers Union in Washington, D.C., where she was director of governmental affairs. After earning... READ MORE >>

Randolph honors students with 2017 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College students were recognized on Wednesday with numerous academic and leadership awards. This annual event honors students who have excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. SEE PHOTOS ON THE RANDOLPH COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE FACEBOOK PAGE Academic Departmental Awards included:   Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis... READ MORE >>

Randolph students inducted into international, national honor societies

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On Tuesday, Randolph students from a variety of academic departments were officially inducted into international, national, and College honor societies. Randolph’s 2017 inductees are:   Psi Chi (psychology) Melissa Hussey Sydnee C. Waller   Iota Sigma Pi (women in chemistry) Drucilla A. Williams Tetiana Poliakova Sophia S. Dill   Lamda Pi eta (communications) Jordon Long... READ MORE >>

Randolph professors co-author chapter in new book on political messaging

Political Communication & Strategy Book

Vincent Vecera, a political science professor, and Danielle Currier, a sociology professor, have co-authored a chapter in the book, Political Communication & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections, which will be published by University of Akron Press this fall. The chapter was based off of Vecera’s research project, “The Social Construction of Women’s Interests... READ MORE >>

Randolph students engage in political debates at VFIC Ethics Bowl

(From left) Christian Ridenour '18, Danish Roshan '18, and Katya Schwab '17 deliberate during the 2017 VFIC Ethics Bowl.

A team of Randolph College students traveled to Virginia Wesleyan College this weekend to debate issues of “U.S. Presidential Election Politics” in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 18th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl. Randolph’s team, which consisted of Katya Schwab ’17, Danish Roshan ’18, and Christian Ridenour ’18, competed against teams... READ MORE >>

Randolph students to deliberate ‘Ethics and U.S. Presidential Politics’ in statewide Ethics Bowl

Members of the 2016 Ethics Bowl team discuss their answer to a question.

Three students from Randolph College will participate in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 18th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on February 12-13 on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. The Randolph College team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges... READ MORE >>

Summer Research explores links between food access and incarceration

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For two years, communication studies professor J. Nikol Beckham has helped inmates earn their associate’s degrees at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. This summer, she and two Randolph students are combining her interest in food deserts and her passion for helping those who are incarcerated with a Summer Research project looking at nutritional education... READ MORE >>

Alumna shares research on Latino diversity and politics at campus lecture

Tia Stokes-Brown ’97 goes over data from her research, entitled “The Increasing Significance of Race: Exploring the Development of Latino Racial Group Consciousness and the Link to Political Participation.”

Tia Stokes-Brown ’97 returned to campus this week to share her research on diversity within the American Latino population and the impact of Latino voters on political elections. Brown, who majored in dance and political science, is now a political science professor at Bucknell University and a faculty fellow for the Office of the Associate... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor is featured speaker for Great Decisions Lecture Series

Jennifer Dugan

Randolph political science professor Jennifer Dugan is the first speaker in Lynchburg Public Library’s 2016 Great Decisions Lecture Series. Dugan will deliver the presentation, “Advancing the UN Mission: The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect,” in the Community Room at Lynchburg Public Library on Thursday, February 4. Light refreshments will be served at... READ MORE >>

International Law class issues verdict for alleged war criminal

Judges (from left) Tahan Menon '16, Donald Saltmash-Lubin '16, and Vanessa McBean '16 are sworn in on day one of the pre-trial.

After a three-day pre-trial held on the Randolph campus, three judges ruled that there was enough evidence to continue prosecution of Colonel Igor Girkin in International Criminal Court. Girkin was allegedly connected with the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 near the Ukraine-Russia border July 17, 2014. After the ruling, the judges, prosecution and defense... READ MORE >>