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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.