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department news for the 2006 - 2007 academic year

Dr. Elizabeth Dahl conducts field research in Beijing, China.

Professor Dahl spent nearly two months in Beijing, China, this past summer conducting follow-up research to her dissertation and more general exploration of topics relevant to her upcoming fall course, PSCI 3640: Politics of the P.R.C. and the Pacific Rim.

Beijing, as China's capital, is of particular interest given its preparation for the 2008 Olympics and prominence in international politics. The city's current population is nearly fifteen million (in comparison, Greece, the host country of the 2004 Olympics, has a total population of under 11 million).


The 2007 British Study Tour, May 7-23, was another big success. Please see more pictures from this year's trip.


Graduation Day, December 15, 2006. Drs. Greg Petrow, Loree Bykerk, Randy Adkins and Meredith Bacon congratulate Pete Catalano, the first to receive a Master's degree under Political Science's reinstated graduate program.


On Thursday, November 16, 2006, the Political Science Department was recognized with a UNO Departmental Teaching Award at the first Fall University Awards Presentation.
L-R are Drs. Jody Neathery-Castro, Steve Bullock, Meredith Bacon, Jim Johnson, Elizabeth Dahl.


Pi Gamma Mu Fall Banquet and Initiation, November 9, 2006 at Lo Sole Mio Restaurant.


Alyson Westby, winner of Menard Scholarship, with Darlene and Orville Menard, August 18, 2006.


Dr. Chung begins partial retirement. After 35 years of outstanding service to the Political Science Department and UNO, Dr. Joong-Gun Chung will begin partial retirement this academic year. He will teach 3 courses this fall and none in the spring. Dr. Chung will continue his half-time status the next few years. We’re sure he’ll enjoy the opportunity to play more golf!


Dr. Elizabeth Dahl joins the Political Science faculty this fall and will be teaching many of the courses taught by Dr. Chung who is beginning partial retirement. Dr. Dahl received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C. Previously, Dr. Dahl received her M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Grinnell College. Outside of work, Dr. Dahl enjoys playing with her nephew as well as such activities as movies, photography, and horseback riding (when possible). She looks forward to getting to know students at UNO and visiting Asia next summer.


Dr. Holloway returns. Dr. Carson Holloway is returning this fall after having spent last year as a research fellow at Princeton University. During the 2005-06 academic year Dr. Holloway was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in Princeton's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He used his fellowship year to work on a book on modern political philosophy and the social thought of Pope John Paul II. His stay at Princeton also led to a new service commitment: Dr. Holloway has been made the Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Free Institutions and Free Societies. He is excited to be returning to the classroom, and this fall he will be teaching Introduction to American National Government, Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties, and Classical Political Thought.