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O’Keefe Discusses the Need for Civil Service System Reform in Washington Post Article

“We think the current civil service system is badly in need of reform. But the blueprints offered by both left and right are problematic. One side is firmly rooted in a status quo that (inadvertently or otherwise) impedes accountability, and the other could end up politicizing the very civil servants who should be politically neutral,” writes University Professor Sean O'Keefe and his co-authors.

June 22, 2024

See related: Congress, Federal, United States

Williams Quoted in National Magazine Article on Conscription in Canada

“The U.S. and Canada will do anything possible to avoid a draft,” says Michael Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs. If war breaks out, a coalition force of North American professional military personnel would likely do the fighting, alongside existing European troops, he says.

June 21, 2024

Matthew Ross Wanetik Memorial Scholarship Honors ‘Admirable Life’

Zoe Tatum Best, a rising senior majoring in political science, is the recipient of this year’s Matthew Ross Wanetik Memorial Scholarship, which honors the life of a Maxwell School student who passed away from an undetected heart ailment while studying abroad in 2008. 

June 21, 2024

Alumna Pia Rogers to Offer Keynote at MPA Convocation

Latest cohort of graduates receive degrees as Maxwell celebrates its centennial. 

June 20, 2024

100 Together: Alumna Rosalind ‘Roz’ Rudolph Shares a Special Birthday With the Maxwell School

Born on July 30, 1924, she was just three months old when the school was founded by entrepreneur George H. Maxwell. Some 18 years later, Rudolph—whose maiden name is Millinger—left her home in New York to attend the school, which fostered her lifelong interest in world affairs, politics and government.

June 20, 2024

See related: Centennial, School History

Racial-Ethnic Gaps in Pandemic-Related Economic Hardship: Age Differences among Older Adults

Emily E Wiemers, I-Fen Lin, Anna Wiersma Strauss, Janecca A Chin, V Joseph Hotz, Judith A Seltzer

“Racial-Ethnic Gaps in Pandemic-Related Economic Hardship: Age Differences among Older Adults,” co-authored by Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, was published in Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

June 18, 2024

Remembering a Maxwell Torchbearer: Michael O. Sawyer

The late professor was instrumental in shaping citizenship curriculum and impacted thousands of students in his more than 40 years on the faculty. 

June 18, 2024

See related: Centennial, School History

Maxwell’s First Female Full-Time Professor Was an ‘Indomitable Presence’

Marguerite J. Fisher was a revered teacher known for her international scholarship and activism for domestic social issues. 

June 17, 2024

See related: Centennial, School History

White Comments on Kari Lake Campaigning Under a Confederate Flag in Arizona Republic Article

“As a candidate, she’s not someone who’s really made an effort to go to the center. She’s really tied more to the Trump style of right-wing politics," says Steven White, associate professor of political science. "My sense is this kind of thing helps her appeal to a certain part of the base maybe, but probably is not great for swing voters.”

June 17, 2024

McCormick Talks to NewsNation About Mexico’s New President, Ability to Deal With Drug Cartels

“When she [Claudia Sheinbaum] comes in, she is inheriting this mess, but she doesn’t necessarily have the charisma that (López Obrador) does,” says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. “So it’s going to be a tall ask.”

June 14, 2024

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