Alumni and Friends


Purdue Alum, Maya Rockeymore President and CEO, The Center for Global Policy Solutions, Washington, DC will host the 2017 Future Wealth Summit: "Technology, Inclusion, and Social Change" April 26-28, 2017 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. CGPS President/COP Dr. Maya Rockeymore describes the upcoming event.

New journal article by Purdue PhD Terri L. Towner and Department Head and Professor Rosalee A. Clawson: A Wise Latina or a Baffled Rookie? Media Coverage of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Ascent to the Bench

Purdue Alum Tiffini Grimes, BA 2006, Political Science, Assistant Director of Enforcement - Football, National Collegiate Athletic Association among the 2016 Emerging Voice Award recipients honored Friday, September 23, 2016.

Congratulations to Purdue Political Science PhD alum, Stephen Maynard Caliendo named Dean of the College of Arts and Science at North Central College


2016 Distinguished Alumni

CLA Annual Awards Banquet honoring the 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Seniors  Friday, April 15, 2016, 5:30-9 p.m. Political Science Alumni 2016 Awardees:

MELISSA STAPLETON BARNES, BA  1989, Political Science; JD 1992, Harvard Law School Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

KEVIN SPEER, BA 1986, Political Science; JD 1989, Valparaiso University Chief Executive Officer, Hendricks Regional Health

Purdue Alum Scott Keller to argue a major abortion case before the Supreme Court

Tipping the Scales of Justice Srikanth Srinivasan Shyam Sriram (B.A., Political Science '02) and Stonegarden Grindlife (B.A., Political Science '00) co-authored this op-ed on the likelihood of President Obama nominating Judge Sri Srinivasan to fill the SCOTUS vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This piece is based on research that they presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Sriram is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Grindlife is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Evelyn Simien's (Purdue University, Ph.D. 2001, Political Science) commentary, "African-American women could be decisive on Super Tuesday," from The Conversation.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted their annual Excellence in Diversity Scholarship Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Dr. Dwaine Jengelley and Dr. Jason Ware (pictured here with Political Science Department Head, Dr. Rosie Clawson) were awarded a Faculty Incentive Seed Grant for their proposed project, “Developing Conditions for Underrepresented Minority Student Retention: Beginning with Student Perspectives.”  Dr. Jengelley is a recent graduate of the Political Science Department and we wish him a hearty congratulations for the award!

New Rising Professionals program to bring young alumni to campus

Students gain networking opportunities with CLA influentials

Congratulations to Meredith Conroy, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino on publication of her new book, Masculinity, Media, and the American Presidency, Palgrave Macmillian. September 2015. Meredith Conroy received her M.A. from Purdue University in 2007.


Renu Khator, PhD, Purdue University, Political Science and Public Administration, MA Purdue University, BA Kanpur University, and President of the University of Houston will be recognized by the Office of the Provost and the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at a reception for: 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars, Monday, March 9, 2015, 1:30 PM in the Anniversary Drawing Room of the Purdue Memorial Union.

September Meet and Greets with Purdue Alumni:


The Department of Political Science hosted a Meet and Greet for Ed O'Rourke, Purdue University, BA 1985, Political Science, Vice President of Procurement for Knowledge Universe, Portland, OR, Friday, November 22, 2013, 1:30-2:15 PM in BRNG 2243.

Students and professors met with Purdue Alumnus Matthew Miller, BA 2000 Political Science, Vice President Business Roundtable, Washington, DC at a Meet and Greet held in BRNG 2243, October 25, 2013, 1:30-2:15 pm, hosted by the Department of Political Science. 

October 18, 2013, Purdue Alumnus Harold Bickham, BA 1970 Political Science, and Partner, Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis, IN, met with faculty and students at a Meet & Greet hosted by the Political Science Department in BRNG 2243. Harold Bickham was also a featured Fall speaker for GS 300 LA Influentials.

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