This post is the second of our new season, For Times Such as This.  If you have not yet done so, please read this introduction for some brief context.  If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face? asks Alan Alda throughout his narrative of experiences with scientists and the lessons about […]

(What is From the Field? Read our series welcome post to learn more!) Welcome to the new season of From the Field, our program’s student blog series!  For this segment we will feature analyses of four books engaged in our major capstone.  As we move to different books across the semester, I will add an editorial post to […]

  This post is the fourth of our spring segment, Digging In.  If you have not yet done so, please read this introduction for some brief context.  Rising sophomore Bella Farrington dug into the research on the Philippines for her case study of its state of democracy for Comparative Politics this year.  This post features […]

This post is the third of our spring segment, Diggin In.  If you have not yet done so, please read this introduction for some brief context.  Rising sophomore Bella Farrington dug into the research on the Philippines for her case study of its state of democracy for Comparative Politics this year.  This research will appear […]

This post is the second of our spring segment.  If you have not yet done so, please read this introduction for some brief context. In the current COVID-19 era, every other click-bait headline screams “mandatory jabs,” “anti-vaxxers this” or “anti-vaxxers that.” The issue on mandatory vaccinations has been brought to the forefront as government and […]

(What is From the Field?  Check out the introductory post for the series here.) This spring’s segment features posts sampling the work and experiences of a first year student in our program, Isabella Farrington.  Over the course of the segment, you will have the opportunity to read her academic analysis of the debate over mandatory vaccines […]

  (From the editor, Dr. Robin Lauermann: This post is a stand-alone entry in the From the Field student blog series.  Autumn shares insights about the experience writing her department honors project for the Politics and International Relations major, for which I served as faculty advisor.  Once available, a link to the thesis on Messiah’s […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) When I traveled to Ecuador this Spring Break, I was not sure what to expect. How different would the social norms and customs really be? Would I be expected to act or behave in ways that I had never […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) Over spring break my United States and Latin American Relations course had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador as part of our studies. As with any trip, you never know just what to expect and actually being in another […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) Reflecting on my time in Ecuador is like reopening a favorite book or having a conversation with a friend that you haven’t seen in forever. We were only there for a week, but that time was so rich, each […]

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