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2008-2009 Academic Year

  • The prize for the best article in volume 18 (2008) of JEPOP (Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties) was awarded to 'Election pledges and their enactment in coalition governments: a comparative analysis of Ireland' by Rory Costello and Robert Thomson.
  • Dr Clionadh Raleigh has been appointed to a lectureship in Trinity's Department of Geography as from the start of the 2009-10 academic year. We wish her well in her new role and look forward to continued links given the BA in Political Science and Geography, and we are pleased that she will be teaching PO4710 African Politics in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • In September 2009 the department admitted the first students to its two new undergraduate degree programmes: LLB in Law and Political Science, and BA in Political Science and Geography. These programmes add to the new PPES (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology) degree that commenced in October 2008. Full details of how to apply for all courses can be found on Trinity's Admissions website.
  • In June 2009 postgraduate researchers in the department organised a one-day conference on political reform in conjunction with the Political Studies Association of Ireland, which included presentations by members of the department and by academics from other universities on the island. This represented a response by the political science community to the current debates on whether the country's political institutions are 'fit for purpose', and generated significant media interest. Link to Political Reform under Event Archive.
  • In May 2009 Dr Robert Thomson was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in recognition of his scholarship and research achievements and his contribution to College.
  • In November 2008 Professors Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh made a submission and presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution. Their presentation concerned the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the Referendum Commission in informing the electorate about the issues involved in the Lisbon Treaty referendum, and the modalities of referendum campaigning and constitutional amendment in the light of decisions of the Supreme Court in the McKenna (1995) and Coughlan (2000) cases.
  • At the annual conference of the PSAI (Political Studies Association of Ireland) in Galway, 17-19 October 2008, Dr Brighid Brooks Kelly's doctoral thesis on 'An exploration of the relationship between consociationalism and stability in plural societies throughout the world' was announced as the winner of the Basil Chubb prize 2008 awarded by the PSAI for the best politics PhD thesis submitted to an Irish university in 2007. This marks the second time that a TCD thesis has won the prize in three years, Dr Eoin O'Malley's thesis having won the inaugural prize in 2006. (See a list of recent thesis completions.)
  • In the summer of 2008 the department made three new contract lectureship appointments. It is delighted that Dr Clionadh Raleigh (University of Essex), Dr Rene Lindstadt (State University of New York at Stony Brook) and Dr Jonathan Slapin (University of Nevada Las Vegas) joined the department as from October 2008. Rene Lindstadt specialises in political economy, Clionadh Raleigh has particular expertise in the area of political geography, and Jon Slapin's research includes the impact of political institutions upon bargaining power, with particular reference to the EU, and the estimation of preferences from party manifestoes. All three are very active researchers and highly committed teachers. Further details of each can be found on the Staff page.
  • Dr Jacqueline Hayden, who made an outstanding contribution to the department as a lecturer 2004-07, returns to the department for the academic year 2008-09. Her research interests include democratisation and transition, and she is currently completing a book on the trajectory of democratic transition in Poland.
  • Dr Raj Chari and Dr Gail McElroy are on sabbatical in 2008-09. Dr McElroy has secured a prestigious Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
  • Following the completion of Michael Gallagher's term of office, Professor Ken Benoit has been elected Head of Department for a three-year term (July 2008–July 2011).
  • Dr Etain Tannam, a full-time member of the department in 2007-08, took up a lectureship in the Irish School of Ecumenics in October 2008.
  • Three of the Department's part-time lecturing staff of 2007-08 have been appointed to full-time lectureships at other universities for the 2008-09 academic year. Shane MacGiollabhui has joined the Department of Government at University College Cork, while Dr Anna Gwiazda and Ecaterina McDonagh have joined the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.
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