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Congratulations Class of 2015!

June 15th was a special, sunny day for UO grads and their families. Political Science students celebrated at an afternoon ceremony held on the east lawn of the Knight Law Center. Doctoral candidates, undergraduate honors students, and all Political Science graduates from this academic year were recognized and their hard work applauded.

Congratulations graduates!

Faculty greet the graduates with high-fives and handshakes.

… a few happy doctors ready for their hoods.


“Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.

‘Cause I’ll always remember you the same.”




Professor Lowndes featured on MSNBC’s “Nerding Out”

Professor Joe Lowndes sat down with Dorian Warren, Ashley Yates, Jamil Smith and Matt Bruenig on MSNBC’s “Nerding Out” to discuss the role of different social movements in current political campaigns.

To view these segments, see “Movements in mainstream politics,” “How should politicians address racial justice?” and “Are race and class struggles separate?

AroundtheO and our Facebook page also feature Professor Lowndes and this engaging discussion.

Congratulations, Joe!



Superhero Scholarship: Doctor Plencner Earns His Cape

Joshua Plencner

Dissertation: Four-Color Political Visions: Origins, Affect, and Assemblage in American Superhero Comic Books

Chair: Joseph Lowndes

Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota

“…and yeah, sure, some of us really do talk like that.”

Recently hooded Joshua Plencner’s research is anything but drab and dusty. Instead, it’s shiny, innovative scholarship that packs a superhero punch. Doctor Plencner took a moment to share more about his dissertation, the graduate school experience, and his thoughts on Spider-Man’s alter ego …

What made you decide to