Congratulations to Danielle Kutner, a senior majoring in Philosophy and Political Science, won the undergraduate paper award at the Oklahoma Political Science Association's annual conference. Kutner made a presentation at the conference recently in Norman. Political Science professor and department Chairman, Richard Johnson was her advisor for the paper titled "From Third Power to Great Satan: a Neorealist Analysis of U.S. - Iran Relations 1920-2012."
Kelsey Ricks, a junior majoring in history and political science with a minor in Spanish, will spend the fall semester at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. Ricks was awarded a $1,000 study abroad scholarship from Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines in the U.S.
The Phi Kappa Phi study abroad scholarship requires students to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 and attend an institution that has an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Fifty scholarships are awarded to students from across the U.S. Oklahoma City University’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter was chartered in 2004.
Ricks also received a $1,000 Affiliate Scholarship from Academic Programs International, the university’s program provider for the Pablo de Olavide University program in Seville, Spain.
Political science professor Mohamed Daadaoui was invited to speak at the sixth annual Muslim Studies Program Conference at Michigan State University next month. Daadaoui’s speech is titled “It’s Good to be the King: Morocco’s ‘Spring’ & the Monarchical Advantage.”
Student Jalisa Ross (Political Science major) is featured on the United Methodist Church website in a series titled “Women making history” in honor of Women’s History Month. Read her interview here.
Jeff Riles joined the Phillips Murrah law firm. He is a transactional lawyer whose primary focus is the alternative-energy industry.
11/1/2012Watch a U.S. Foreign Policy discussion with Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Mohamed Daadaoui.
10/12/2012Political Science professor, Dr. Mohamed Daadaoui, is a panelist for the Oklahoma City UN Day Luncheon Oct. 20:
Political science professor Mohamed Daadaoui contributed a chapter in a book titled “Contemporary Morocco: State, Politics and Society under Mohammed VI.” The book was recently published by Routledge. Read more about it at the link:
DeEtta Cravens, an Honors student who graduated summa cum laude with a triple major in political science, philosophy and Spanish was one of two Petree College of Arts and Sciences alums to be named a Fulbright Scholar.
Cravens earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to teach English in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She also hopes to establish a Girl Scout troop within a secondary school, as well as research the rehabilitation of repatriated Thai human trafficking victims at one of Thailand’s 99 state-sponsored shelters.
Cravens’ interest in foreign travel began when she was 12 and, as a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer team, traveled to Australia and New Zealand to play in an international soccer tournament, the Kanga Cup II. Later, she twice represented her junior high school as an exchange student to its sister school in Costa Rica. Upon graduating high school, she represented the U.S. as a Girl Scout Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia.
Cravens continued to pursue educational opportunities abroad as a student at Oklahoma City University. She studied Spanish and international relations at a university in Chile and received the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship through the National Security Education Program to study Portuguese for eight months in Brazil.
In addition to her travels abroad and her language acquisition, she spent her college summers in Washington, D.C., where she studied at Howard University as a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs scholar and at John Hopkins University through the Washington Center Program, and interned for Black Women United for Action and Unified Industries, Inc. After completing her 13-month grant in Thailand, Cravens plans to complete master’s degrees in international public policy and security studies before joining the foreign services as a public diplomacy officer.
“I feel very privileged to have had such incredible opportunities to travel the world and gain first-hand knowledge of, and exposure to, foreign cultures, languages and people,” Cravens said. “Many of my life’s greatest moments have occurred abroad, and I appreciate how much I have grown intellectually, culturally and spiritually as a result of my travels.”