History & Politics

History & Politics
College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg Dav 100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727 873-4156

Maintained by L.F. Mantilla
Last updated 6/10/14


News & Events

1 June 2014

Congratulations to our very own Sheramy Bundrick, who was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. With this award, Dr. Bundrick spent last year studying ancient Mediterranean trade between Italy and Greece. She recently gave an interview in which she discusses her research, her experiences in Rome, and its consequences for her future endeavors. To read the full interview, please click here.

8 January 2014
Hugh LaFollete, Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, will be presenting a book in progress on the topic of gun control to a general audience. Meetings will last an hour and a half, with Dr. LaFollete presenting the main ideas of a chapter during the first 45 minutes and then responding to questions and objections from the audience.

The first meeting will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 15 in room 113 of the Science and Technology Building on campus.

Subsequent meetings will take place on the second Wednesdays of each month, at 6:30pm. Each meeting will discuss a chapter in the book, and participants are encouraged to attend all meetings in order to avoid missing key steps in the argument.

8 January 2014
Three History and Politics faculty members, Dr. Ray Arsenault, Dr. Thomas Smith, and Dr. Felipe Mantilla, will be participating in the second annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which will take place at the USF St. Petersburg Student Center on February 13-15, 2014. The event features fourteen panels in which distinguished practitioners and academics will discuss key topics in international affairs. For further information, including the program and speaker list, please click here.

11 September 2013
Dr. Ajay Verhese was invited to do an interview with an online journal, World Politics Review. The subject of the article focused on the upcoming elections in India.

26 August 2013
History and Politics welcomes three new professors! Adjunct Professor, Dr. Hope Murray and Assistant Professors, Dr. Felipe Mantilla and Dr. Ajay Verghese will begin teaching classes Fall 2013. You can learn all about them on the Full Time Faculty page.

13 February 2013
Dr. Arsenault recently appeared on Bay News 9 to speak about his book on the Freedom Rides during the Civil Rights Movement. To learn more about the Freedom Rides, please check out the PBS website for the "American Experience" documentary based on Dr. Arsenault's work: Freedom Riders

20 May 2013
Thomas Smith, Ph.D., Director of the University Honors Program and USF St. Petersburg associate professor of political science, made a presentation in South Korea during an international conference on human rights in North Korea. The Seoul conference, “International Solidarity for North Korean Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities,” included ambassadors and representatives of non-governmental organizations dealing with human rights. You can watch his presentation here.

21 December 2012
The complete list of substantive courses taught in the Department of History and Politics for Spring 2013 is now posted. To go directly to the page, click here or go to "Courses" and then click on "Spring"

20 December 2012
Political Science majors, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Mirjam Allik. She recently earned her Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin and is an expert on Comparative Politics. In Spring 2013, we are fortunate that Dr. Allik will teach two courses: CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics and CPO 4930 Comparative Electoral Systems. Comparative Electoral Systems is an excellent course for anyone interested in learning about the different institutional arrangements for determining political leadership across countries. Especially interesting are the various voting systems that different nations use to select their leaders. If you want additional information on Dr. Allik and the courses she is teaching, then please view her profile under Part Time faculty or e-mail her at: allikm@mail.usf.edu

18 December 2012
For students interested in working abroad, consider the Spring 2013 online course being offered by Dr. Ruby Qin: GEB 4935 Doing Business in China. For more information, please contact Dr. Qin at: qin@mail.usf.edu

12 November 2012
Congratulations to Political Science major Debra Buschman, who won election as Commissioner of the Palm Harbor Fire District on November 6, 2012.

16 October 2012
Effective today, Dr. McKee is no longer Chair of the Department of History and Politics and the Interim Chair, Dr. Arsenault, is now the Chair of the Department of History and Politics

8 October 2012
For those who missed it, Dr. Gary Mormino had a wonderful retirement send-off party last Friday in Harbor Hall. Dr. Mormino is now officially Professor Emeritus but far from giving up his research. Please see the excellent story on Dr. Mormino in last Sunday's Tampa Bay Times by clicking here

8 October 2012
Political Science majors, please see the message below by Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan:

Dear Colleagues

I wanted to let you know that we have the website ready thru USFSP Study Abroad for students to get more information and to apply for my CPO Moldova course for the Spring:


I am also attaching the flyer about the course.  Could you please post to your Blackboard pages and help me spread the word?  We are having an info session on Friday, October 26 at 10 am at COQ Club. (The course info session will be preceded by a presentation about the history and culture of Moldova, given by Larisa -- there will be another flyer for that event that I will share with you as soon as it is ready)

Thanks so much!  Please direct any interested students to me. Best way to reach me is via email.

Thanks again

8 October 2012
Students interested in International Relations should consider attending the following event: Hello Professor McKee, I wanted to invite you, your colleagues and any interested students to participate in our annual UN Career Day being held at the University of Tampa on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  This is a great event for students who are interested in working in the field of Politics and/or International Relations. They will receive first-hand knowledge from professionals on how to obtain these types of careers as well as resume building and interview skills.

Thank you in advance for helping disseminate among your students as we know from the past that students have walked away from this event with more knowledge and understanding of Working in the World of Global Affairs.


Sara McMillan
UNA Tampa Bay

1 October 2012
A Conversation with Philosophy Professor Hugh LaFollette: "Collateral Sanctions on Former Felons." USF St. Petersburg Humanities Forum. For more information: www.hughlafollette.com/HF
4:00-5:30 PM, in the Williams House Conference Room (between the dorm and parking garage).

20 September 2012
Political Science majors: Please consider applying to the "American Political Science Association's 2013-2014 APSA Minority Fellowship Program": www.apsanet.org/content_3284.cfm

30 August 2012
Republican National Convention "Watch Party" at USFSP's Harbor Hall Gallery 1000 3rd St. South from 7 to 11 PM. Free and open to the public and hosted by Dr. Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan.

30 August 2012
DEPARTMENT MEETING: To all full-time faculty and adjuncts affiliated with the Department of History and Politics: The first department meeting will be held in the Snell House seminar room on Friday, September 21 from 9 to 10:30 AM. Dr. Ray Arsenault, Interim Department Chair, will preside over the meeting, so please send any agenda items to him.

30 August 2012
Do you like politics and also find it to be at times amusing and entertaining? If so, then you should definitely attend the presentation "Why We Hate Politics," by USFSP Professor Emeritus Darryl Paulson at the Blur Nightclub in Dunedin on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 PM.

15 August 2012
Students, especially Political Science majors, please see Dr. Deni Elliott's announcement below of a very interesting and politically germane course being offered this Fall 2012 through the Department of Journalism and Media Studies:

"I wanted to let you know about an exciting course open to all students this fall, Media and the Elections. We have just opened a graduate section of the course. Both grad and undergrad sections are open to students from around campus. The course is being taught by long time Tampa Tribune reporter Mary Sheddon. (The grad section lists me as Instructor of Record, but content will be delivered by Mary). No permit is needed for students to enroll.

This is a terrific way to help students become more analytic and less cynical about coverage of this fall’s campaigns.

MMC 4936 Section 601, CRN 84192; meets in PRW 118N, M/W 3:30-4:55 p.m.
MMC 6936 Section 603, CRN 85473; meets in PRW 118N, M/W 3:30-4:55 p.m.

Thanks for passing the information along to interested students."

16 July 2012 See 10 News Ashley Porter's report on Florida's voter purge, including commentary from Dr. Seth C. McKee here

21 June 2012 See 10 News anchor Reginald Roundtree's interview with Dr. Seth C. McKee regarding the Florida U.S. Senate race: www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/260264/8/Analysis-George-LeMieux-and-the-US-Senate-race

1 June 2012
Congratulations to Professor Ray Arsenault for winning a prestigious Peabody Award for the PBS Freedom Riders film based on his 2006 book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Read the USFSP press release here:www.usfsp.org/inews/view.asp?ID=744

20 May 2012
The Tampa Bay Times conducted a Q&A with Professor J. Michael Francis and you can read it here: www.tampabay.com/incoming/it-happened-right-here-a-long-time-ago/1230833

16 May 2012
Congratulations to Professor Gary Mormino, who earned the high honor of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Mormino will be officially retired this October but of course this is a retirement in name only. Dr. Mormino has led an extremely productive academic career that will continue to prosper sans teaching and service duties. Considered one of the foremost experts on Florida history, Dr. Mormino's classic work on Florida, Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida, should be required reading for anyone who wants to learn more about our unique state.

19 April 2012
Yesterday the department received the great news that Professor J. Michael Francis, currently at the University of North Florida (www.unf.edu/~jfrancis/), has agreed to join our department this fall. Professor Francis is a first-rate scholar and a true gentleman, so please welcome him to the department!

6 April 2012  
Political Science Associate Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan was awarded a returning Fulbright grant to conduct research in Moldova this summer. She will also make final preparations for CPO 4930: Comparative Politics and Government: Moldova Study Abroad course for Spring 2013 (an alternative Spring Break course). If you have an interest in McLauchlan's travel to Moldova, please visit her blog. www.jainmoldova.blogspot.com On the blog you can also learn more about McLauchlan's Fall 2011 Women and the Law course, in which students from her class at USFSP worked in groups with students at Moldova State University in Chisinau to conduct research on human trafficking.


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