he faculty, staff and students of the Department of Political Science appreciate your interest in who we are and what we do.
As you browse this website you will see that we are a diverse group of people with a wide range of interests and skills. What we share, however, is a commitment to inquiry and a passion to find out how our world works. As faculty, we aim to stimulate the curiosity of our students by posing fundamental questions about the political character of society. You will discover that answers to these questions are difficult to come by. You will also discover that inquiry is a collaborative exercise involving not just the members of the faculty but your fellow students, your friends, family, and just about anyone else you might engage in conversation. And, of course, you will discover the necessity of committing yourselves to a process of inquiry built upon a body of knowledge that has accumulated over many centuries of thinking and reflection.
We hope we take up this challenge. Feel free to stop by my office and ask me more about the department, who we are and what we do.
Steve Hoffman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Political Science Highlights
UST Political Science professors Renee Buhr and Steven Hoffman, along with coauthor Marharyta Fabrykant of Belarusian State University, recently published an article entitled “The Measure of a Nation: Lithuanian Identity in the New Century,” in the Journal of Baltic Studies. The article will appear in the June 2014 issue of the journal.
UST Political Science professor Renee Buhr recently published an item on the London School of Economics’ British Politics and Policy Blog. The topic of the blog was the recent “success” of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and its anti-European Union appeals.
Political Science professor Dr. Steve Hoffman will present a paper entitled Cutting the Cord: Motivations Regarding Participation in Shared Solar Programs at the upcoming Solar Powering Minnesota conference. The paper discusses the preliminary results of a research project recently initiated with his departmental colleague Dr. Angela High-Pippert being undertaken in collaboration with a number of local non-governmental organizations. The research builds upon an almost decade-long project that examines a number of issues surrounding community energy and the transition to an alternative energy future. A copy of the paper can be obtained by contacting Dr. Hoffman.
Political Science professors Dr. Steve Hoffman and Dr. Renee Buhr recently co-edited a book entitled Lithuanian and Belarusian Identity in the Context of European Integration, published by Vytautus Magnus University Press. Contributors included individuals from Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus) and Vytautus Magnus University (Kaunus, Lithuania). An e-version of the book is available at http://vddb.library.lt/obj/LT-eLABa-0001:B.03~2013~ISBN_978-9955-12-948-6.