Professors in Calvin Political Science engage many types of people: our fellow scholars, civic leaders, the church, the general public, and so on. But of course the most important group is our students.
In Calvin Political Science, it is not easy to separate how we teach and advise students from our scholarship. In fact, the ideas and institutions we study as scholars – as well as how we study those ideas and institutions – are a crucial part of what we do both within and outside the classroom.
The goal of integrating teaching and inquiry is perhaps best illustrated in the unusual number of opportunities majors in political science and international relations have to work as mentored research scholars themselves. In 2013-14 alone, for example, ten political science students were paid research assistants on projects ranging from charter schools to religious persecution, U.S. elections to international adoption. These opportunities were made possible through Calvin’s McGregor Program, the Henry Institute, and external grants.
One of the reasons we spend a lot of time working with students is to develop skills that matter in their own vocational paths. And we also work with students to put those skills into practice, thanks in large part to the faculty-led Washington, D.C., and other internship programs.
Faculty are also active in engaging other scholars and the public with their work. A few examples of recent publications:
- Mediating Religion and Politics: Political Institutions and the Policy Process (Kevin den Dulk co-editor with Elizabeth Oldmixon). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2014.
- “Three Actors that Vulnerable Children Depend On.” Shared Justice. Center for Public Justice. Web 30 September 2014. http://www.sharedjustice.org/three_actors_that_vulnerable
_children_depend_on by Becca McBride
- "Gentrification and Urban Transformation: A Local Developer’s Perspective" Capital Commentary. August 25, 2014. by Mikael Pelz.
- “Adoption: Redemption or Exploitation?” Shared Justice. Center for Public Justice. Web 23 June 2014. http://www.sharedjustice.org/adoption_redemption
_or_exploitation by Becca McBride
- "An Eclectic Inheritance: Kuyer's Politics Today" Cardus Comment October 25, 2013 by Tracy Kuperus
- Kevin den Dulk along with Jonathan Hill, Calvin Sociology Professor, have published an article "Religion, Volunteering, and Educational Setting: The Effect of Youth Schooling Type on Civic Engagement." in the "Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion" 52 (1): 179-97. March 2013. This article is a result of a study they have done to show that the type of high school a student attends impacts their motivation to volunteer as adults.
- Neil Carlson along with Mark T. Mulder, Kristen Napp, Zig Ingraffia,Kahary Bridgewagter and Edwin Hernandez In 2012 published an article "The Role of the Congregation in Community Service: A Philanthropic Case Study." The Foundation Review (Vol 4 Issue 3), pages 21-41.
- Joel Westra published "Cumulative Legitimation, Prudential Restraint, and the Maintenance of International Order" in International Studies Quarterly (Vol. 54 No. 2, June 2010)
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