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2010-2011 Academic Year

  • On 2 July 2011 the School held an alumni reunion, to which all past Political Science graduates were invited.
  • Courses taught within the Political Science department in 2010-11 were among the most positively evaluated by undergraduate students in the School; see details on the School’s website.
  • In May 2011 Christian Houle's PhD thesis, 'Inequality, Economic Development and Democracy', submitted in 2010, won the University of Rochester's Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences Award 2010–11.
  • In May 2011, Prof Michael Marsh, who became pro-Vice-Provost in November 2010, became Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer in Trinity College Dublin. He is the 70th holder of that distinguished position and the first political scientist to take on the role.
  • In April 2011 Dr Gail McElroy was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in recognition of her scholarship and research achievements and her contribution to College and to the School.
  • Several members of the department were involved in media coverage of the Irish election that took place on 25 February 2011. Michael Marsh, Elaine Byrne and Michael Gallagher all contributed to discussion of the campaign and/or of the election results, including interviews with media from a range of countries, and MG established a web page on the topic.
  • The award for the best article published in Political Research Quarterly in 2010 has gone to Gail McElroy and Michael Marsh for their article 'Candidate gender and voter choice: analysis from a multimember preferential voting system' in vol 63:4. The committee said 'We were struck by the importance of the questions you addressed and the quality of the data you gathered to answer them' and described the article as 'a great model for how to do high-quality social science'. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in April 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The Kellogg / Notre Dame award for best paper in comparative politics at the 2010 Mid-West Political Science Association conference has been given to Christian Houle. It was presented at the MPSA's 2011 conference in Chicago.
  • On 1 January 2011 Dr Tim Hicks joined the department, and he is teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dr Hicks holds a PhD from Nuffield College Oxford and has previously spent a year in Trinity's IIIS. For full details, see Staff page.
  • On 31 December 2010 Prof Ken Benoit moved to the London School of Economics, where he is head of the Methodology Institute. Ken has been an outstanding colleague since his arrival in the department in 1998. He has made his mark as a leading researcher, with a consistent output of books and articles in high impact journals; as a teacher, with a strong commitment in particular to the department's PhD programme and to his students; and as an administrator, having served as head of department and graduate director. He has made a great contribution to the department and we wish him every success in London. Despite the move, Ken retains his membership of the Department of Political Science and is a frequent visitor.
  • On 31 December 2010 Dr Rene Lindstadt moved to a new position as senior lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. We appreciated his commitment during his two and a half years in the department and wish him well.
  • On 1 November 2010 Prof Michael Marsh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, was appointed pro-Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Trinity College Dublin.
  • Dr Eddie Hyland retired on 30 September 2010 after over 33 years of service. Fortunately, his experience and his outstanding teaching are not lost to the department, as he is teaching course PO2610 in the current academic year. A reception to mark his contribution to Trinity was held in the Common Room on 15 December 2010.
  • The department is pleased to welcome a number of new contract staff. Dr Christian Houle, Dr Koji Kagotani and Dr Jeffrey Weber all joined the department in September 2010 and are teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Full details can be found on the Staff page.
  • Dr Elaine Byrne, who is completing a book on political corruption in Ireland and who is a frequent contributor to public debates on Irish politics and political reform, is teaching a final-year course on Comparative Political Reform. Dr Irene O'Daly, who completed her PhD at Cambridge in 2009, is teaching a final-year course on Contemporary Political Theories.
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Last updated 7 July 2015 polsci@tcd.ie.