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Department Welcomes Five New Faculty

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce five new tenure-track faculty hires for the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • Justin Gross, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Gross' research focuses on mass media and political communication, public opinion, and public policy. He works on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and is especially interested in methods that put statistical and computational tools to use in assisting in our ability to achieve rich qualitative insights. He holds a PhD in Statistics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. 
  • Rebecca Hamlin, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. Hamlin's expertise lies at the intersection of law and immigration politics. She explores how administrative agencies and courtes adjudicate migration and citizenship questions, as well as the political response to judicial involvement in those matters. She holds a PhD in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
  • Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. Kawar's research examines how the work of lawyers, judges and other legal experts shapes our understandings of social issues. She focuses especially on migration, citizenship and labor. She holds a PhD in Law and Society from New York University.
  • Robert Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Commonwealth Honors College. Musgrave's research explores power dynamics of Congress and the Presidency with regard to US foreign policy decisions. He holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University.
  • Jamie Rowen, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. Rowen's research focuses on international criminal justice, social movements, and international and comparative methods, especially efforts to establish truth commissions in the Balkans, Columbia and the United States. She holds a PhD and JD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

"We are excited to welcome these faculty to the Department," says Brian Schaffner, Department Chair. "These hires allow us to greatly expand our legal studies program and fill important gaps in international relations and computational science." The new faculty will teach a variety of courses this fall semester; students should check Spire for specific course listings.

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