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September 2011 Volume 15

Political Asylum Letter from your Alumni Liaison Dear SCU Political Science Graduates,

In This Issue: International


Law & Justice










Grad Admissions 7 Faculty & Staff






Greetings from the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Building! We have just finished the years 2009-2011 with gusto, so it is time to communicate with all of you again. Next year will be the third (and she has strongly stated, her last) year of Professor Janet Flammang’s second term as Chair. Thus, the United States, Mexico, China, and the SCU Political Science Department will all choose leaders in 2012. The 2011 class in political science graduated 89 majors, while the 2010 class graduated 117 majors. Both numbers were among the highest in the university. In addition, the quality of the students was superb. For example, there were 14 departmental Phi Beta Kappa winners in 2011 (out of 42 in the entire university) and 12 Phi Beta Kappa (out of 46) in 2010. Department members thus constituted 33% and 26% respectively of these university honorees. At the 2011 graduation two department members stood out. Student Body President and Phi Beta Kappa winner Christopher Mosier ’11 introduced Valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa winner Jessica Cassella ’11 for her speech. Two of the four university Student Life Awards went to Christopher Mosier ’11 and Isabel Durón ’11. In addition, the department won an unprecedented three Fulbright Awards in 2010: Jack Mahoney ’10 to Indonesia; Jennifer Mock ’10 to Germany, and Megan Williams ’10 to Poland. Sam Smith ’10 won the Air Force ROTC American (cont’d on p. 2)

International Updates Kathleen (Katie) Noonan ’93, based in Prague, has joined GE Energy as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for CEE, Russia & CIS. For example, she wrote the press release on the opening of GE’s Kaluga Energy Technology Center 180 km. outside of Moscow. . . .Stephanie Ma ’09 works at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, specializing on the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement. She has also taken recent trips to other parts of Asia in line with her long standing academic interest in Muslims in the People’s Republic of China. . . .Marshall Davidson ’05 is serving with the Peace Corps in Zambia. He reports that his host family includes a “Barack,” that the 47 American Peace Corps volunteers have not distinguished themselves on the football pitch, and that Zambia as a country is also very interested in China. . . .Reinhard Cate ’07 is a freelance photo journalist in New York with credits from ABC News, PBS Frontline, and BBC News. He has worked on projects concerned with Latin America and the Middle East.

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Legion Award for Military Excellence. We also cheered Michael Santos ’11 who contributed mightily to the Bronco basketball team’s CollegeInsider’s national tournament championship. Mike hopes to be playing in Europe next year. Ben Knapp ’12 and Vanessa Quevedo ’12 won Ignatian Center Donovan Fellowships for Arizona and Guatemala respectively. Leading the faculty news are the promotions of Peter Minowitz and Terri Peretti to full professor, and the appointment of Janet Flammang as University Lee and Seymour Graff II Professor. We are very proud that Santa Clara has recognized the high quality of teaching, research, and service of our colleagues. Department graduate Anna Sampaio’92 is also coming back to SCU from the Rutgers faculty this fall as an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. So the human connections across generational cohorts continue. The department sponsored a Young Alumni Career Panel on April 18, 2011. Sharing their wisdom were Caitlin Adair ’10 (Account Manager, Google); Jennifer Babaie ’09 (Case Worker/Volunteer Coordinator, International Rescue Committee); James Driscoll ’08 (Business Analyst, Google); David Eckmann ’06 (Development Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation); Alex Friedman ’09 (Santa Clara Law); Javier M. González ’05 (District Director, Assembly member Nora Campos); Melanie Jimenez ’05 (UASI Project Planner, San Jose Police Department); and Emily Wilcox ’03 (Project Advocate, San Jose Redevelopment Agency). You have undoubtedly noted the extensive national media coverage of department graduates Janet Napolitano ’79, Leon Panetta ’60, and Gavin Newsom ’89. They are our first departmental alumni as Director of Homeland Security; Director of CIA, then Secretary of Defense; and California Lieutenant Governor respectively. But there were also many more alums at various levels throughout the local, state, and federal government structures, and in many other interesting vocations and avocations. This newsletter, edited by Eric Hanson and Julie Wong, will cover some of their comings and goings as it brings you up to date on the faculty.

Eric Hanson and Amalee Nsour ’11

Brennan Alvarez ’11, James Lai and James Evans ’11

Tim Lukes and Patrick Romey ’11

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Law and Justice Honors and Awards Luis J. Rodriguez ’89, J.D. ’92 serves on the State Bar Board of Governors, co-representing District 7 which includes Los Angeles County. Luis is a county deputy public defender and former member of the State Board of Education. His also a former president of the Mexican American Bar Association and former chair of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness. . . .Robert Greeley ’87, J.D. ’97 received the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Diversity Award in recognition of his commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. His San Jose law firm focuses on the rights of employees. . . .James P. Cunningham ’80 has been appointed partner at Liner Grode in San Francisco. He was also elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Amparo Cid ’06 received the Lorenzo Patiño Memorial Award at her U.C. Davis Law School graduation. Practitioners Patrick D. Gilroy, Jr. ’78, J.D. ’83 is the founding president of The Gilroy Law Firm in Portland. Prior to law school, Patrick studied at Fu Jen University in Taiwan. His brother John Gilroy ’93, J.D. Oregon ’98 cofounded Gilroy and Napoli, also in Portland. Prior to that he had been a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County and is currently Clackamas County Justice of the Peace pro temp. Their father was the late Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge, Patrick Gilroy. . . .Gerard M. Mooney ’99, J.D., Hastings ’02 is a senior associate in the Trial Section of Rutan and Tucker in Orange County. He and his wife Shannon Mooney ’99 have two daughters, Jilian and Brenna Grace. . . .Andy Western ’06, J.D. UCLA ’09 practices business law at Latham & Watkins LLP in Costa Mesa. He lives in Irvine with his wife Catherine (Cochrane) Western ’05. . . .Davina Lam ’04 is practicing labor law in her native Hawaii. . . .Rita C. Rodriguez’04, J.D. N.Y.U. is practicing law in San Diego. . . .Jenica Mariani ’06, J.D. USF ’09 has joined Hanson Bridgett, a general civil litigation firm on Market Street in San Francisco. Jenica was Phi Beta Kappa at SCU and earned many USF honors. She represents public, private, and non-profit employers. Probably unknown to Jenica is that the firm was co-founded by SCU Profs. Kirk (Markkula Ethics Center) and Eric Hanson’s uncle, Raymond L. Hanson (1913-96). . . .Natalie Evans ’06 is a Corporate Paralegal at Fenwick & West in Mountain View. Legal Education Briana (Morgan) Rosenbaum ’00, J.D. Hastings ’04 has left Bingham McCutchen to become a Fellow at the Stanford Law School. Her research interests include civil and criminal procedure and sexuality and the law. After law school, Briana clerked for Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for Judge David F. Levi. See her article “Righting the Historical Record: A Case for Appellate Jurisdiction over Appeals of Sentences for Reasonableness under 28 U.S.C. § 1291” in Hastings Law Journal (March 2011): 865-921. . . .Rebecca Morrow ’00, J.D. Yale ’03 is an associate focusing on family law, estate planning, probate, and tax law at Skellenger Bender in Seattle. She also teaches Estate Tax, Gift Tax, and Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates in the University of Washington’s Master of Professional Accounting Program. As a public interest fellow at Columbia Legal Services, she represented clients seeking third-party custody of children in their care. . . .Megan Coluccio ’08, J.D. Seattle University ’11 has published her first legal article “Where the Supreme Court and Equal Pay Meet a Narrow Legislative Override under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” in the Seattle University Law Review (2010). At Santa Clara Megan was Phi Beta Kappa, and has served as a Law Clerk at Preg O’Donnell and Gillett PLLC for the last eighteen months.

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Security at all Levels

We continue to get help from our graduates. Susan Banducci ’88 Professor and Associate Dean of Education at Exeter University in England, talked to the International Relations class of Dr. Dennis Gordon on April 6, 2011. . . . The Political Science Department and the Ethnic Studies Program have long and cooperative relations. Professor James Lai continues to direct the program. Participating in the 40th anniversary Ethnic Studies panel, “Transforming the Individual, Campus Politics, and Campus Space was Paul Correa ’96. After Santa Clara, Paul received a Masters degree from Harvard and has been elected to the San Jose Planning Commission and the Gilroy City Council, among other posts. . . Congratulations to Sekou Franklin ’94 for being promoted to Associate Professor in the Political Science Department of Middle Tennessee State University. Sekou received a Masters from San Francisco State University and a doctorate from Howard University. He teaches American Government Politics, Civil Rights Policy and Practice, Municipal Government, and AfricanAmerican Politics. . . .Kate Long ’91 was chosen Lasallian Educator of the Year in 2010 at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. Kate has been very active in discussions about the future of institutions affiliated with the Christian Brothers. Kate is director of special programs and chair of the social studies department. She also teaches World History, AP World History, and AP US Government and Politics. . . .Christopher Lee ’08 and two partners from Hastings Law School defeated a field of 36 competitors from 25 countries to win The 2010 Negotiating Challenge at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. In the preliminary rounds they defeated Harvard among others. They received significant media coverage in Germany after the victory in the final round at the German Administrative Supreme Court. . . .Andrea Cairella ’01 opened her own private counseling practice in Phoenix and will open another center in Milan this fall.

In addition to Napolitano and Panetta, we feature the following three department graduates: Mike Lynch ’60 writes that he graduated with the class of Leon Panetta. Like Leon, he remains active in foreign affairs. He has recently participated in the State Department Inspector General’s team examining security at the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. . . .Karl Schmae ’88 has spent most of his career, with the exception of a couple of years in Washington, in the Salt Lake City Division of the FBI. He was kind enough to send on a commemorative pin at the time of the Olympics, which, of course, offered a significant security challenge. . . .The August 30, 2010 San Jose Mercury News carried a long article on two Santa Clara police officers responding to a shooting and arresting a man on suspicion of murder. The two officers were Travis Niesen ’05 and Josh Higgins’08. The article mentioned that the political science graduate Niesen had scored 26 points in the great 2004 SCU basketball game upset of North Carolina, then ranked No. 4 in the nation.

ALUMNI SHADOWING PROGRAM Do you recall what it was like to be in college and not know what you wanted to do with your life? If you'd like to help our current students with their career quests, please consider volunteering for the SCU Alumni Shadowing Program. It provides undergraduates an opportunity to shadow Bay Area alumni at their workplace for a half- or full- day. Find out more about the program and register by going to shadowing/alumni/index.cfm. If you have questions about the program, you can contact Anne Oja in the SCU Career Center at 408-554-4860 or

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Publications The last Political Asylum announced 2009 books from faculty Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society); Peter Minowitz (Straussophobia: Defending Leo Strauss and the Straussians against Shadia Drury and Other Accusers) and Farid Senzai, (with Yvonne Haddad and Jane Smith) Educating the Muslims of America. All three, we are happy to report, have received superb reviews. Now we add more recent excellent works: James S. Lai, Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformation. Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner, 2010. The book analyzes successful Asian-American political strategies in diverse suburban gateways in states as different as California, Texas, Wisconsin, and Maryland. James has become the Bay Area’s preeminent commentator on Asian American politics for serious media. Jane L. Curry and Sharon L. Wolchik, eds. Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, second edition. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011. The very positive response to the first edition made the second a “no brainer.” James Cottrill reports from the March 2011 MPSA Conference, at which he and senior Jessica Cassella jointly presented their paper “Staff Organizational Structures and Legislative Productivity: Exploring the Link Between Staff Organization and Bill Sponsorship Activity.” University of Virginia grad student Molly Scudder ’07 also presented her paper on aesthetics and politics in Heidegger and Habermas. Another presenter was Beth Simas ’05 who received her doctorate from UCDavis in June and has accepted a position at the University of Houston in the fall. Professor Cottrill’s work “The Effects of Non-Legislative Redistricting Approaches on Competition in Congressional Elections” will appear in the January 2012 issue of Polity. Greg Corning’s paper, "Trade Regionalism in a Realist East Asia: Rival Visions and Competitive Bilateralism" appeared in the journal Asian Perspective. A second paper, "China, Japan, Korea and Investment Agreements in East Asia," was presented at the International Studies Association annual convention in Montreal. Peter Minowitz’s article, “What Was Leo Strauss” will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Perspectives on Political Science. Terri Peretti published two papers since our last communication. “Constructing the State Acstion Doctrine 1940-1990” appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, and “The Political Construction of Human Rights in the United States” was published in Comparative Constitutional Review. Teresa Wright ’88, Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China’s Reform Era. Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press, 2010. This is a superb treatment of Chinese society from the point of view of the possible democratization of the country. If China’s economy has imitated the West, why hasn’t its politics? Terri Wright is a Professor and the Chair of the Political Science Department, California State University, Long Beach. Michael Lynch ’07, an associate at the Rand Corporation, wrote a Mercury News op-ed, “U.S. armed forces still using outdated equipment” in March 2010. KQED featured an op-ed by José Ivan Arreola ’10 in its highly-esteemed Perspectives series in July 2011.

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Tradition of Service Linda Brughelli ’70 has followed a 26-year career with the California Attorney General’s Office with her current part-time assignments chairing a paralegal training and development program and chairing the Green Office-Department of Justice initiative to advance sustainable business practices. In March 2010 she launched a website for the Conference of Western Attorney Generals at While at the Attorney General’s Office, she was chief of HR for five years and state division chief over legal support and technology for twenty years. Linda received a MPA from USC in 1983. . . .Joseph Khanh Bui ’01 is a Corporate Philanthropy Manager for Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In addition to his SCU Political Science degree, he attained a B.A. in Religious Studies from SCU, a Masters in Public Policy, concentrating in information technology and human resource management, from Carnegie Mellon, and was a Coro Fellow in ’02. Khanh works closely with corporations to meet their philanthropic goals by providing research, planning, evaluation, and grantmaking services. His volunteer work includes serving on the Boards, among others, of Gardner Family Health Network, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana/MACLA, Digital Media Academy, and Wireless Neighborhood. Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2007, Khanh was staff director for San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo. . . .Briar Goldberg ’04 has served as a Case Manager and Community Liaison for the International Rescue Committee since graduation, managing over 1,400 cases during that time. Her work has provided legal representation, advisory, and case management services to the immigrant community in matters

pertaining to United States Immigration Law. In providing these services, she has been responsible for the approval of over 1,000 immigration benefits. . . .Margaret Pinard ’03 is an Associate at the Keystone Center in Washington, D.C., focusing on Energy and Climate-change related projects, including those with the DOE and the EPA. Margaret studied in Turkey prior to getting her Masters at John Hopkins-SAIS. She also served in Americorps San Jose for one year. . . .Kelly Flanagan ’08 is working in Washington, D.C. with AMIDEAST, an organization which provides educational and intercultural and exchanges between the United States and the Middle East. She is Program Assistant for Fulbright students from Jordan, Libya, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Her own study in Jordan has been helpful and she sent a photo of herself with Queen Noor at a Capitol Hill briefing. . . .Eric DeBode ’88 continues his service with the Catholic Worker. The summer 2008 Santa Clara Magazine described his prison ministry. . . .Burga Santiago ’83 directs the Lt. Jose A. Santiago Foundation scholarships for college students interested in public community service. . . .Richard Lumley ’04 just finished his first year as Director of Service and Social Justice Ministries for the Office of the Chaplain at Providence College. This followed two years in a similar ministry at Santa Clara. Richard has developed many national immersion experiences for Providence students, and will be adding an international one this year. Richard has a MTS in Ethics from the Jesuit School of Theology. . . .Annie Selak ’05 has served as a rector at Notre Dame University after receiving her MDiv. Degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

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Some Recent Admissions John Amann

Teaching in LA through PLACE (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education) while earning his master’s in education. Melissa Ardo Pepperdine Law School (Scholarship) Jennifer Babaie George Washington Law School David Bass London School of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy Austen Brandford Columbia Law School Kazimir Brown MPP at UC Berkeley (Scholarship) Michael Chiang MA in Social Sciences at University of Chicago Briana Daley Thunderbird School of Global Management Karla De La Torre Santa Clara Law (Scholarship) Amber D’Ercole Golden Gate University Law Morgan Dyrek Gonzaga Law School (Scholarship) Julianna Flores Teaching in Chicago through Inner City Teaching Corps while pursuing her Master’s in Ed and Teaching Credential at Northwestern University Alexander Gilbert University of Texas Law School Kathleen Grohman University of Washington Law JT Harechmak MPP at University of Texas Christilei Hessler University of Hawaii Law (Scholarship) Sean Hind Master’s in IR at Bond University, Queensland Jennifer Hinds Loyola Law School (Scholarship) Eileen Jao Santa Clara Law Sean Lawrence M.A. program in UNESCO World Heritage Site Management at Brandenberg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany Jaison Mathew University of San Francisco Law Bridgette McMahon George Washington Law Sean Murphy MPP at Georgetown Casandra Parada Master’s in Education and teaching credential at Santa Clara Diana Pillsbury George Washington University Law Gariety Pruitt George Washington Political Management Program Saul Ramirez-Mondragon Teaching in Chicago through Inner City Teaching Corps while pursuing his Master’s in Ed and Teaching Credential at Northwestern University Simon Root Northwestern Law School Nim Ruparel MPP at UC Berkeley Kevin Schmitt Hastings Law Sandra Sosa Loyola Law School Lauren Suhl Santa Clara Law Monique Teixeira Tulane University Law Sara Vakulskas University of Minnesota Law Maria Vazquez Hastings Law The usual suspects at the 2010 banquet: Ken Faulve-Montojo, Greg Corning, James Lai, Dennis Gordon, and Peter Minowitz

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Faculty and Staff Leslie Bethard continues to enjoy retirement, not the least when she runs into alumni around town. She also continues to take various cultural and educational tours, recently, for example, to the performance of the Blue Man Group, and separately, to the Mint, in San Francisco; to the CHP Academy and Folsom Prison Center in the Sacramento area; to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna; and to the Palm Spring Follies. Leslie is still waiting for a Cubs’ win in the World Series, but has a secondary interest in the Giants. She and her son attended the Cubs’ visit to San Francisco in August. Elsa Chen has been making final revisions to two journal articles on the influence of the political and social environments on prosecutors' and judges' decision-making, and has made progress on new research on homelessness prevention for released inmates. She has been serving on the Steering Committee of the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Affordable Housing and Homelessness Issues for the past two years, as well as volunteering in the classroom at her kids' elementary school. She enjoyed a wonderful, eyeopening immersion trip to El Salvador last summer, and has also traveled to Mexico each of the past few years. Stateside, she and her husband Ken spend much of their time cheering on their two sons, KC (10) and Owen (8), as they play hockey at Sharks Ice and Little League baseball. Greg Corning: It's been a busy year. My paper "Trade Regionalism in a Realist East Asia: Rival Visions and Competitive Bilateralism" appeared in the journal Asian Perspective. I also presented another paper, "China, Japan, Korea and Investment Agreements in East Asia" at the International Studies Association annual convention in Montreal. And, after spending more than six years in the Dean's Office, I'll be returning to the classroom in January 2012. I'll be teaching Intro to IR, International Political Economy and East Asian International Relations. I have a lot of course prep to do in the next few months! On the home front, my wife and I finally bought a small house. If anybody out there is in the roofing or plumbing business, and offers a generous poli sci discount, please let me know. Jim Cottrill had a busy year of teaching, research and service in 2010-11. In November 2010 he brought Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) in as a guest speaker for his POLI 1 and POLI 151 students, giving students the opportunity to ask their local representative questions about U.S. politics and public policy. In March 2011 he and class valedictorian Jessie Cassella presented the results of a joint research project on congressional staff organizations at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Cottrill also provided expert political analysis for numerous media outlets during the year, including KTVU-2, KRON-4, and NBC Bay Area. Jane Curry: It’s been a busy year. I was chair of the Executive Task Force for Governance Reform. It began as a use of all that research I have done on the 1989 roundtables and mediation and ended up being a passion. I also have an article in Communist and Postcommunist Studies on the People's Revolutions and how we can better understand them and a section in the International Encyclopedia of Political Science. My travels were to DC to lecture and to Salzburg and Munich for conferences. Of note too, two of my favorite grads did their alumni weekend from my house... good fun for me. And, my son Andrew got married in California this summer. So, one could say it’s been a really good year as well as a busy one. (Ah, yes, and there is a new and very spoiled Polish cocker in my life, Sunflower.) Ken Faulve-Montojo has been happily spending quality time with his family and fixing up his house. To round off his summer, he had been teaching summer school and revising his articles on the International Monetary Fund and the Philippines and political struggles and monetary policy in Southeast Asia.

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Janet Flammang has been speaking about her book, The Taste for Civilization: Food Politics and Civil Society, in various venues (San Francisco Commonwealth Club, Albany Roundtable, and Humanities Tennessee in Nashville). Check out the book's website at, where there is a link to Michael Pollan's review in the New York Review of Books. Alex is finishing Santa Clara law school and Jacob is caretaking a farm near Ashland Oregon and composing music soundtracks for student films. Dennis Gordon continues in his role as an academic domestique in support of the University's goals, creating two new classes: Global Environmental Politics and a senior seminar The United States in the World. Dennis also created a new Experiential Learning for Social Justice class focused on Aboriginal communities in Australia. Eric O. Hanson continued to focus on Religion and Politics and on Politics in China. For those like Eric who have been at Santa Clara University for awhile, graduation sometimes offers a chance to congratulate graduates whose parents were also their students, e.g., Christopher Harnett ‘11. Both father and son took lower-division comparative politics and entered Canton in October 1949 with Ye Jianying. POLI 002 (now POLI 003) has been reworked to include China, India, and Mexico, along with a mandatory Arrupe Placement with a Confucian, South Asian, or Latino client. But Ye still shows up once per quarter. Richard Izquierdo has just earned his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and is in the process of finishing a book on the effects of the Supreme Court's famous "switch in time" in 1937 on the jurisprudence of natural rights in effect since the American Founding, entitled Progressive Originalism: Understanding the Conservative Defense of the New Deal Constitution with publisher Rowman Littlefield. Richard will also be looking to publish his dissertation, Rethinking Presidential Constructions of Constitutional Regimes: The Inverse Dynamics of Leadership and Historical Context, later this year. James Lai just finished his first 3 year term as the director of the Ethnic Studies Program. This position has been keeping him very busy in addition to keeping up with his 9 and 6 year old boys. One of his biggest highlights of this past year has been co-coaching his youngest son’s t-ball team, the Wolves, to the best record in the division. Looking for inspiration, he required each member of the team to recite after each game the team motto from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: “For the strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf.” While he wishes life was always fun and games, Professor Lai recently published Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformation (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2010), and he has been giving community book talks whenever he can find the time. Naomi Levy just finished her second year in the department. So far, she has developed three courses: Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM), Political Psychology, and her senior seminar on comparative identity politics. She looks forward to teaching Introduction to Comparative Politics for the first time this fall and to shepherding many of our majors through AQM in the winter and spring quarters. In addition to teaching, Dr. Levy is hard at work on her book manuscript on the role of schools in post-conflict peace-building in the Balkans. She also has two articles on related topics in the works, one of which she presented at the Association for the Study of Nationalities meeting in April 2011. More importantly, since arriving at Santa Clara, Dr. Levy has successfully indoctrinated Devon (6) and Sophie (3) into Giants fandom for perpetuity. Tim Lukes will be delivering an essay on Locke, Shaftesbury, and Burke in September at the annual convention of the American Political Science Association, as part of a larger project on beauty in the American experience.

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Peter Minowitz had an eventful year. On the down side, his mother—Joan Robins—died at 81 of pancreatic cancer. Although a few of you may have read Straussophobia and/or his book on Adam Smith, others may have read one of his mother’s Addie books, and many have read the Shel Silverstein books she helped to edit. On the academic side, Minowitz wrote an article, “What Was Leo Strauss?” that will be published shortly in Perspectives on Political Science. On the personal side, Max Minowitz, inspired by the awesome Broncos (Veronica Davey, Kelly Dao, Cynthia Schmae, and Adriel Harvey) he encountered as babysitters, enrolled at SCU and is pursuing a double major in political science and economics. Empty Nest Syndrome in the Minowitz household, finally, has been alleviated by the arrival of Puddles, a mega-adorable Shih-Tzu puppy. So far, she’s been living up to her name. Diana Morlang continues to teach comparative politics classes and work in the Drahmann Center advising. These are exciting time for those who study the EU! Diana is also preparing a new class to meet the new Political Science economics requirement: the Politics of US Economic Policy. Again, a timely topic! Terri Peretti is in her third and final year in the Dean’s Office and will be returning to the classroom and her Law, Courts, and U.S. Politics courses in Fall 2012. She had two publications in 2010---one on human rights in Comparative Constitutional Review and another on the 14th Amendment’s state action doctrine in Law & Social Inquiry. She also presented papers on the Supreme Court selection process (one of which was coauthored with Jim Cottrill and Alan Rozzi) at two political science conferences. Her daughter, Rachel, graduated in June from Cal State-East Bay with a B.A. in Psychology and begins graduate school in Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College in New York. In her spare time, Terri enjoys endless hiking and biking opportunities in California with her husband, Jimmy, a jazz musician. Farid Senzai continues to teach U.S. Foreign Policy and Middle East Politics. It is an incredible time to be teaching about the Middle East in light of the transformational changes taking place in the region. I was especially grateful to my students in the Senior Seminar class and the wonderful discussions we had about the Arab spring. This summer I have been busy on my research projects including a couple of papers on Muslim political participation and a new book project on political Islam. The book is an attempt to conceptually define political Islam and the more contemporary notion of Islamism. It will also examine the historical evolution of political Islam in several Middle Eastern countries. I continue to travel to Washington DC for policy discussions at various think tanks including recent meetings at the State Department. William Stover was re-elected to the Advisory Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Section on Armed Forces and Society, meeting in Ankara, Turkey, where he chaired a panel about Terrorism and Legal Considerations and presented a paper dealing with the control of armed force by political authority in conditions of disputed sovereignty such as civil war, insurgency, and terrorism. His most recent simulation involves NGOs operating in Darfur that was used to prepare faculty and students at Fordham, Georgetown, Santa Clara and Saint Joseph’s University (Beirut) for the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network biennial meeting. A report and analysis of this was published as “Educating for Global Solidarity”, in the fall 2010 issue of Explore. Professor Stover continues working with Los Medicos Voladores, helping to recruit physicians and pilots for humanitarian trips into Mexico and occasionally flying missions for the group. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Julie Wong is excited to start job-sharing this fall. Her youngest is starting kindergarten, so she’ll have more time to spend shuttling kids to practices, cracking the whip over homework, and goofing off with her family. She’s excited about expanding alumni relations with a Poli Sci open house at the grand reunion this fall, quarterly alumni discussions led by department faculty, and more. Stay tuned!

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Government Marc Hanson ’98 has served on the staff of Representative Sam Farr (D-Ca.) since August 2007 as a legislative assistant for foreign policy and international development. Prior to that appointment, he received a Masters in the UCLA Latin American Studies Program along with an emphasis in Urban Planning. He then served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, and has made support for the Peace Corps an emphasis on the Hill. . . .Graphic designer Jennifer Greeve ’00 served as 2010 AIGA Design for Democracy Fellow for Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed. . . .Jill Fitzsimmons ’09 works in Washington, D.C. for Strategies 360, a Seattle-based political consulting firm. She serves on their federal relations team. . . .Sean McGlynn ’04 has jointed the law firm of K&L Gates in Washington, D.C. He follows issues pertaining federal appropriations defense, biodefense, energy, and nanotechnology, among others. He wrote Professor Lukes to say how important political philosophy was in conceptualizing his work. . . .Javier Gonzalez ’05 is District Director for California Assemblymember Nora Campos, who represents the 500,000 residents of a significant portion of San Jose. . . .Adrian Morales ’11 won one of eighteen statewide fellowships for the California State Assembly. . .Jenna Torosian ’10 joins the Washington Office of Senator Diane Feinstein in the fall. . . .Jessica Cassella ’11 joins the San Francisco Mayor’s Office as part of the City Hall Fellows Program.

Bill Stover and Jane Curry at the 2011 banquet


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Business Michael Blach ’85 is President and CEO of Blach Construction, which was ranked No. 1 in the “Best Places to Work” (100-499 employees) by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. After Santa Clara, Mike attended Cal Poly SLO (MBA) and became General Manager of all company operations in 1989 at age 26. Mike has also served in many industry posts, for example, chairman of the statewide Associated General Contractors’ Building Division. . . .In another age cohort, Dan Erwin ’06 received his master’s degree in marketing from Loyola University Chicago this year. Prior to his graduate studies, Dan worked as a legislative aide for San Jose Councilmember Forrest Williams.

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