Past Events

Past workshops, discussion forums, or activities that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science & Law. 


Law Admissions Day  - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trump's 100 Days Panel - Monday, January 30, 2017

Election Night Viewing Party - Tuesday, November 8th

Democracy in Crisis  Friday, October 7

Panel Discussion:  Immigrants and Immigration  Monday, October 24


The social unrest and instability of institutions in many regions of the world have had massive ripple effects on democracy. Most recently, leaders have been suspended, impeached, and removed. What does this mean for democratic governance? 

Please join our “Democracy in Crisis” workshop on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., where we will investigate the challenges and promises in democratic politics. The workshop will include the presentation of research and the subsequent demonstration of review/critique sessions featuring top scholars in comparative politics.  Both the commentators and presenters will share insights on democracy, populism, and Latin America amongst other things. We will close our workshop with a keynote address by Philippe Schmitter, one of the founders of democratization studies who will be discussing the  contemporary challenges for democracy. This may be a great opportunity for the red hawk community, and students both graduate and undergraduate interested in research and scholarship.  All faculty and students are welcome.  Below are brief bios of our guests, and a schedule for the event, save the date!

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Download Poster Schmitter Philippe Flyer

Download Democracy in Crisis Agenda

Our Scholars and Participants are listed below:

Dr. Philippe Schmitter is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute.

Dr. Robert Friedman is the Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University.

Professor Jack Baldwin-LeClair MA, JD, EdS. specializes in regulatory law, human rights law, and technology and law.

Dr. Pierre Ostiguy is a Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Catholic University of Chile. .

Dr. Francisco Panizza is a Professor of Latin American and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Anthony Spanakos is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University.

Dr. Alejandro Velasco is an Associate Professor at New York University.

Dr. Taylor Boas is working on his next field experiment, "Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast."

Dr. Matthew Cleary is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University.

Dr. Eduardo Moncada, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College – Columbia University. H

Dr. Robert Kaufman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.

Dr. Zsolt Nyiri, he was co-author of “Yin and yank? Public opinion in Europe toward the U.S. and China” published by Comparative European Politics (2016).

Dr. Benjamin Goldfrankis an Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. 

Ms. Mishella Romo is a graduate student studying Law and Governance at Montclair State University.

For brief Bios of each scholar or participant please click here: Scholars and Participants