End of Semester Spring 2017

Two sections of GLS102 Comparative Politics & Government, A section of GLS101 Globalization, an the Honors Research Capstone Seminar made up my Spring 2017 semester. It went by incredibly fast.

Honors Conference 2017

Today twelve of my students – graduating honors students – presented their research during the annual honors conference at Bentley University. These students took my honors research capstone seminar this spring semester. Though it wasn’t always an easy process for some of the students, or for me, I am quite pleased with the results!

‘My Brother’s Black Body’ – Photographs by Malakhai Pearson

We are showing an exhibition of photographs by our talented senior student Malakhai Pearson. The exhibition called ‘My Brother’s Black Body’ shows powerful work with an important message. It’s on display in the RSM Gallery at the Bentley Library until April 21, 2017. I am really pleased to have helped organize this beautiful exhibition and proud that we have such a talented pool of students at Bentley University.

End of the Fall 2016 Semester

As we finish our semester, we took the last class ‘series’. The semester went well. Even the incidental 60 student class did fine. I’m pleased with the results.

The 2016 US Presidential Elections made for challenging times in our field. Traditional observations about the continuity of institutions, the strengths and legitimacy of the electoral process, the durability of democracy, and many more concepts and ideas came under new scrutiny. It took me a while to adjust!

Fall 2016 semester

The new semester has started with a lot of energy – 120 new students, plenty of new freshmen, advisees, and ‘service’ committees.

My Monday ‘night bomb’ is currently working on an in-class group assignment on global economic and financial organizations.

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The last two weeks I spent traveling with a group of students through Europe – visiting the Hague, the city of global peace and Justice; Brussels, the European and NATO capital; and Geneva, home of the United Nations ‘Palace of Nations’ and many other inter- and nongovernmental organizations. It was quite an experience. See our blog at:

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Honors Conference April 2016

During the Fall 2015 semester I oversaw the capstone research projects of nine Bentley University Honors students. The students are required to set up and execute an original research project in the very short time frame of just a single semester. I was impressed by the results the students presented in an article-style paper and a presentation.

Yesterday all Bentley University Honors students presented their work in the annual Honors Conference, where students, parents, faculty, and other interested people can come and listen to the presentation. With great pleasure, I moderated two of the sessions. It was an inspiring event with impressive work presented.