Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science


  • Political Science Honors Award Ceremony

    Congratulations to Political Science Students Receiving Honors in 2018!
  • Meet Our Newest Professor: Olivier Henripin

    Olivier Henripin is the Helen Houlahan Rigali Endowed Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. He specializes in international relations, with a special focus on China’s foreign relations and international security issues. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Professor Henripin joined Loyola’s Department of Political Science in fall 2015 after completing his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. He is teaching courses this semester on Chinese foreign relations and the globalization of international relations.
  • Political Science alumna receives prestigious Ronna Jaffe Award

    Loyola alumna Mara Naselli recently received the 2014 Ronna Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. The former graduate student is one of six recipients of the prestigious national literary award, which includes a $30,000 grant.
  • Alumni Spotlight

    Lifetime Loyolans

    Marty Lane (BS '65) and Bob Ward (BS '65) both worked at Loyola University Chicago, were classmates in college, and are celebrating their 50th reunion this year. In the interview here, they reflect on their time at Loyola as students, staff members, and alumni.
  • Faculty Spotlight

    Faculty Highlights: John Allen Williams receives Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award

    Loyola’s resident expert in Military Science, John ("Jay") Williams, Political Science, was awarded the distinguished Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award in fall 2013, underscoring his teaching and professional contributions to the study of US national security and civil-military relations.
  • Student Spotlight

    Graduate Student Investigates Disappearances in Turkey

    Jessica Mecellem’s research has taken her all the way from Loyola to Turkey. The political science graduate student is conducting her Ph.D. dissertation research abroad to investigate mass human rights violations in the country and the mechanisms to prosecute government officials who commit them.
  • Professor Molly Melin Goes Beyond Lectures to Engage and Intrigue Students

    Political Science Professor Molly Melin does more than just lecture. From board games to Facebook groups, she’s finding new and creative ways to engage her students in politics and international relations. In fact, Dr. Melin has recently been awarded with the Provost’s Award for Teaching Freshmen. The award seeks to highlight instructors who teach 100 level classes and demonstrate a high level of commitment to building community among freshmen students.
  • Student Spotlight

    Political Science Student Brings Women Together for Change

    Aubrey Dvorak is igniting change on campus by putting women’s issues in the spotlight. The political science student started The Women’s Project at Loyola this semester as a way of uniting women to discuss and create solutions to pressing social issues.