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Teaching Constitutional Law Within Political Science Departments: Sacrificing Traditional Breadth to Achieve Political Science Goals

October 19, 2020

Donna K. Axel • New Jersey City University


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator, August 2008.  


The political science major has shifted its focus from “promoter of substantive knowledge to an emphasis on skills, such as …

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Public Administration with a Comparative Focus: Comparison for the Purpose of Identifying Public Purpose

October 19, 2020

Nancy E. Wright • Long Island University – Brooklyn


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2006 edition.


 American university students typically have two paths by which to take courses in public administration—through a department or school …

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Does Your Online Course Perpetuate Institutional Discrimination?

August 21, 2020

Veronica Reyna, Professor & Associate Chair of the Department of Government, Houston Community College

Not me.  Not in my course.  I protest, sign petitions, and even teach about injustice!   Sound familiar?  Many of us would never believe that we …

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The Dewey M. Clayton Collection – Social Movements, Political Discourse & Racial Justice

July 27, 2020

Dewey M. Clayton, professor of political science at the University of Louisville, is an expert on American politics and U.S. social movements. His most recent book is The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama: a critical analysis of a racially transcendent

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JPSE: The Inclusive Classroom Reading List

June 30, 2020

This Educate-JPSE collaboration brings together articles published in the Journal of Political Science Education that discuss classroom approaches related to teaching about race, racism, social justice and civic action. Our reading list offers a range of materials – from

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The Andrea Benjamin Collection

June 30, 2020

Andrea Benjamin, an associate professor of African and African American studies at The University of Oklahoma, is the author of “Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting.” She is also the co-author of …

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Politics, Groups, and Identities: #Black Lives Matter Micro-Syllabus

June 23, 2020

Politics, Groups, and Identities, managed by the Western Political Science Association, is one of political science’s leading academic journals. The journal editors put together a micro-syllabus and an accompanying introduction, published in the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage.” The reading …

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Race, Capital & Empire Toolkit

June 23, 2020

The public outcry following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and countless others, the numerous images capturing police brutality, and the Executive Branch’s activation of the Insurrection Act of 1807 to mobilize federal forces against …

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3 Faculty Takeaways from COVID-Response Legislation

March 30, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides some support for higher education institutions and students. For higher education, notable provisions include:

1.       Funding for Higher Education to Respond to Coronavirus

The legislation …

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