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San Francisco, CA - Political Science

  • Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Join us in San Francisco on Sept. 1 for five true, personal stories from political scientists! This FREE show, produced in partnership with Springer Nature Storytellers, will be held in conjunction with the American Political Science Association 2017's annual meeting.

Doors open at 7 pm; show starts at 7:30 pm. Register below to reserve your FREE spot at this show!

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Shannon Bow O’Brien, PhD is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.  She specializes in American Politics with an emphasis on American presidency and political development.  She has a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Louisville and her PhD from the University of Florida. Her research has two primary areas of focus: presidential speeches and early American development. She teaches a wide range of courses including Urban Politics, Social Movements, and Politics and Film which all look at how individuals shape systems and influence the world around them. She is also an avid genealogist who at times believes she is related to most of southeastern Kentucky and Virginia. She lives with her husband and very spoiled dog in Austin, Texas.  She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also on the board of the Friends of Brush Square which advocates for that park in downtown Austin.


Kathleen Hale, JD, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University where she serves as the Director of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program and the Graduate Program in Election Administration, which offers the nation’s first Graduate Certificate in Election Administration. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public administration and public policy. Her published work includes six books and numerous journal articles and focuses on how to improve capacity and outcomes of through intergovernmental and inter-organizational arrangements. Dr. Hale serves on the Board of Directors for the Election Center, the national professional association of election officials. She directs Auburn faculty in their partnership with the Election Center’s professional certification program in election administration, called CERA. Since 2013, Kathleen has directed the Election Center’s Professional Measurement Project, a data-driven investigation of administrative processes of interest to election officials that has focused on mail ballots and election budgets. At Auburn, Kathleen has published two books on election administration, Why Don’t Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences, with Dr. Bridgett King (2016) and Administering ElectionsHow American Elections Work, with Drs. Robert Montjoy and Mitchell Brown (2015). 


Ethan J. Hollander is a professor of political science at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is also the author of Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe. Hollander’s published scholarship also includes research on democratization in Eastern Europe and on the Arab Spring. At Wabash, Dr. Hollander teaches courses on the Politics of the Middle East, Ethnic Conflict and Genocide, European Politics, and Research Methods and Statistics. He is a native of Miami Beach, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006.


Chiseche Salome Mibenge received her PhD in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University’s School of Law in 2010. She is the author of Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War Narrative’ (Penn Press, 2013). As part of her doctoral research, Chiseche conducted fieldwork in Rwanda and Sierra Leone and clerked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her current position, Director of Community Engaged Learning for Human Rights at Stanford University, is a partnership between the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Haas Center for Public Service. Prior to Stanford, Chiseche was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her community service in NYC included volunteering as an advocate for survivors in emergency departments under the North Central Bronx Hospital Sexual Assault Treatment Program. She is also a creative nonfiction writer and is an awardee of the Bronx Council on the Arts (BRIO 2015), and the Columbia JournalWinter Contest Winner for her story ‘The Protected Party’ (Columbia Journal, Spring 2017).


Hans H. Tung is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2011. He has taught international political economy, political economy of authoritarianism, and Chinese politics at National Chengchi UniversityUniversity of Vienna, and National Taiwan University. He is primarily interested in advancing the study of the politics of economic policy-making in both authoritarian and democratic settings, and has authored and co-authored several articles in both academic journals and edited volumes. More specifically, one strand of his research seeks to uncover the political logic of institutional development under authoritarian regimes and identify their effects on the making of economic policies in China.

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