Baltes ’14 to Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Alexa Baltes ’14, a standout Illinois Wesleyan University student-athlete, will play a vital role in the United States judicial system as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the 2021-22 term.

Zhang '18 Named Global Citizen Programme Scholar

Linda Zhang '18 is the recipient of an Ustinov College Scholarship from Durham University, where she is pursuing a master's degree in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.

Bouras '18 Earns National Pi Sigma Alpha Recognition

Illinois Wesleyan alum and current University of Oxford graduate student Zoe Bouras '18 is one of five recipients of the Howard Penniman Scholarship for Graduate Study.

Ghadiri '10 Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

Chicago attorney and IWU alum Sara Ghadiri '10 expanded protections for survivors of domestic abuse and stalking by revising current laws surrounding legal name changes.

Isani '11 Authors Book on Muslims and International Government

IWU alum Mujtaba Ali Isani '11 delves into Muslim attitudes toward the legitimacy of global government in his book  Muslim Public Opinion Toward the International Order.

Bouras '18 Presents at National Research Conference

“Anti-elite sentiment is a phenomena that is prevalent everywhere,” according to Zoe Bouras ’18, an Illinois Wesleyan University senior and member of Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA), the national political science honor society.

New Book Examines 'Dysfunctional Politics' of Affordable Care Act                                                                                                  A new book by Wesleyan's Grew Shaw brings new understanding of lawmakers' motivations in crafting health care legislation and provides suggestions on how to improve dialogue. 

Student Interns for Member of Scottish Parliament                                                                                                                      Determined to combine a meaningful internship experience with her study abroad, political science and economics major Olivia Heffernan '18 chose the Arcadia program in Scotland with the chance to intern with the Scottish Parliament.  

Research leads to Leadership Conference Invitation to Guzman '16                                                                                                  A politician that Melissa Guzman '16 interviewed for her research on Latino elected officials, later invited her to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Conference. 

Former CIA Officer and Alumnus Speaks on Campus                                                                                                                      Former CIA intelligence officer David Priess '93 spoke on Oct. 3 about his book The President's Book of Secrets, a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the President's Daily Brief.

Professor Kathleen Montgomery Speaks to WGLT

Wesleyan political scientist Kathleen Montgomery sees similarities between presidential candidate Donald Trump's right wing populism and rhetoric used in such movements in Europe.

Shaffer '16 Wins Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grant                                                                                                                      Rachel Schaffer received a grant for her initiative to teach grade schoolers about local food consumption and environmental stewardship.

Munro Part of NSF-Funded Team Studying Food Security in Africa                                                                                                    William Munro, Professor of Political Science, is a part of a research team funded by the National Science Foundation that will be investigating female farmers' participation and how they can boost yields and sales of crops in sub-Saharan Africa.

Montgomery Named Kemp Teaching Award Winner                                                                                                                     Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery was named the 2015 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Four Years Later: Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act
Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw, author of  The Health Care Debate , gives his thoughts about how partisan agendas and consumer-focused attitudes toward health care continue to get in the way of needed reform, four years after so-called "Obamacare" became law.

Professor William Munro awarded Betty Ritchie-Birrer’47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professorship
Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard F. Wilson has announced faculty appointments to three new endowed professorships and one existing position. Endowed professorships and chairs at Wesleyan honor faculty members who have distinguished themselves in terms of teaching and student engagement, scholarship and/or artistic achievement, and service at the very highest levels.  Political Science Professor William Munro becomes the new Betty Ritchie-Birrer ’47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor.  

MLK Teach-In Addresses Prison Reform, Political Prisoners

Martin Luther King Day Keynote Speaker, John Maki, executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of prison as a punishment.  

Casey Plach Wins Gateway Essay Competition
Sophomore political science major, Casey Plach wrote a paper which was chosen as the best essay of her entire class.  

The Department of Political Science Hosts Immigrant Rights Activist
Jennifer Carrillo discusses the human cost of a flawed immigration system with members of the Illinois Wesleyan community. 

IWU City Intern T.J. Luby Studies Condition of Police Building
This is a link to an article in the Pantagraph detailing T.J. Luby reassessing one of the police buildings with structural damage.  

New City of Bloomington Internship Lauded by Argus
The Argus offers a glowing article on the creation of a new internship in which students from Illinois Wesleyan can have a hands-on work experience in the city.  A link to the second page of the article can be found here.  

Lauren Contorno '12 Named Lincoln Laureate
Senior Lauren Contorno has been selected as Illinois Wesleyan University’s recipient of the 2011 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award.  The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college seniors

Munro Book Awarded Caldwell Prize
A book co-authored by Professor of Political Science William Munro has been awarded the Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize by the American Political Science Association, for the best book in environmental politics published in the past three years.

Narita to Intern at United Nations
Senior Mana Narita from Tokyo, Japan, has accepted a summer internship at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

Munro Wins Teaching Excellence Award
Professor of Political Science William Munro was named the 2012 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan's annual Honors Convocation.

Ryan Lambert '10 Conducts Crime Survey
As part of an internship with Wesleyan's Action Research Center, Ryan Lambert '10 canvassed Bloomington's west side about neighborhood crime, on behalf of the Bloomington Police Department.

Political Science Major, Alumnus Receive Rotary Scholarships
Megan Winkeler '11 and recent graduate Charlie Sell '10 are recipients of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, a $25,000 grant to complete post-graduate studies and become goodwill ambassadors in another part of the world.

New Book From William Munro Looks at Genetically Modified Foods
Wesleyan's William Munro and a co-author explore the fight over genetically modified foods in a new book, Fighting for the Future of Food: Activists Versus Agribusiness in the Struggle Over Biotechnology.

Recent Graduate Earns Prestigious Dunn Fellowship
Charlie Sell '10 has been admitted into the prestigious James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program, and is the second consecutive Wesleyan grad to land the program's coveted Washington, D.C. slot.

Student Takes Seat on County Board
Political science major Scott Black '10 is putting his passion for serving the community into practice as a newly appointed member of the McLean County Board.

Junior Selected for Internship With National Opinion Research Center
Junior Jennifer Biess was selected as one of four undergraduate students to participate in the Summer Internship Program at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Book Explores Health Care Debate
A book by Wesleyan's Greg Shaw explores the longstanding debate over the role of U.S. government in health care.

International Students Help Peers in China
Illinois Wesleyan students from China have volunteered with the Peer Experience Exchange Rostrum in their homeland, helping to bring educational opportunities to children in rural and impoverished areas.

Students Receive Fellowship for Community Work
Illinois Wesleyan seniors Lindsey Haines and Kenny Woodard have received the Weir Fellowship in recognition of their deep commitment to volunteering in the community.

Vock Named Lincoln Laureate
Emily Vock '10, a double major in political science and history, received the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award.

Cross-Cultural Visit a Family Affair
Visiting professors Saloua Zerhouni and Driss Maghraoui are bringing knowledge of the Arab world to Illinois Wesleyan, while their young family gains experience with American culture.

Alumnus Explores What Makes National Constitutions Work
Iraq's new constitution might last 59 years; the Afghan document only 14, according to predictions drawn by James Melton '03 and his co-authors in The Endurance of National Constitutions.

Student Witnessed Iran Election
A student who witnessed firsthand the disputed election in Iran this summer is continuing her analysis using campaign materials she collected there

Illinois Wesleyan Welcomes Fulbright Scholar
Political scientist Saloua Zerhouni joined the faculty this fall as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Morocco. She is teaching courses on Arab history and Women, Gender and Politics in North Africa.

Recent Grad Receives Coveted Government Fellowship
As the winner of a James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship, Christine Gibbs '09 will work in Washington, D.C., helping to represent the interests of the state of Illinois at the federal level.

Political Internships Offer a Proving Ground
Illinois Wesleyan students are gaining first-hand insight into politics with summer internships, while several alumni have entered political careers.

Alumna Pursues Passion for Girls' Education, Healthcare in Africa
Shannon O'Rourke '07 has returned from six months in Senegal on a Rotary scholarship, which she extended with an internship benefiting girls' education.

Students Named Peace Fellows
Marie-Claudine Villacorta '09 and Monica Shah '10 have already learned much about the pursuit of peace in other parts of the world, and will continue this study as Peace Fellows at Illinois Wesleyan.

Political Science Students Traveling to Greece to Present Research
Seven Illinois Wesleyan students will attend an international conference in Greece to present their political science research about "The Disparity of Knowledge in a Global Context."

Rincker Wins Prize for Research on Women's Political Influence in Developing Democracies
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Meg Rincker was awarded a Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for her collaborative research on women’s pathways to political influence in new and developing democracies.

Professor's Book Shines Insight on Welfare Debate
In his book, The Welfare Debate, Associate Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw examines the centuries-long controversy over how to help poor people in the United States.