The CSU Political Science Alumni Newsletter

We are excited to welcome back the PoliGRAM Alumni Newsletter! Below you will find content from the Fall 2023 newsletter. We look forward to reconnecting with our alumni, and share department happenings.

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Message From the Chair

Fall 2023 Alumni Newsletter

On behalf of my colleagues in the Department of Political Science, I am delighted to present the return of our alumni newsletter, The PoliGRAM. The newsletter captures many of the events and happenings of this past year—including faculty activities, awards and outstanding students.  

We started off the fall semester with our first in-person department event of the year — Polarization and Depolarization — which featured our own Professor Dominik Stecuła along with Professor Martín Carcasson and Professor Katie Knobloch from the Center for Public Deliberation and special guest Professor Matthew Levendusky from Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I was encouraged by the number of students, faculty, staff, and community members who were able to attend. If you are interested in watching the recording of the event, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. 

We are always interested in hearing about you and your many accomplishments since graduating. If you have any news or stories that you would like to share with us and that we may include in future newsletters, please email them to our communications coordinator, Elise Dietrich. We also encourage you to stay connected via our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter).  

Lastly, our successes would not be possible without our incredible alumni and friends. Your support is essential to the continued growth of our department. We particularly appreciate your contributions to scholarships that support our students.

Robert Duffy,
Department Chair


Feature Stories

2023 Outstanding Students

By Elise Dietrich | September 15, 2023

Leticia Madrigal-Tapia — a third-year political science student — has been selected to receive the Voyager Scholarship, formally known as the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service. Madrigal-Tapia is part of the scholarship’s second cohort and is the first student from CSU to earn this prestigious honor. The Obama Foundation made the announcement on Aug. 22. […]

Distinguished Alumni Awards

By Elise Dietrich | September 15, 2023

The Distinguished Alumni Awards program recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the University and their community. These alumni represent the very best of the values we hold dear – extraordinary achievement, selfless public service, and a lifelong commitment […]

Faculty Awards and Recognition

By Elise Dietrich | September 15, 2023

Two political science department professors were recently recognized in the 2023 Celebrate! Colorado State Awards and 2023 Celebrate! Provost Awards. Assistant Professor Dominik Stecuła was recognized in the 2023 Celebrate! Colorado State Awards with an Honorable Mention for the Provost Research Scholar award. Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the MPPA, Allison White, received the […]

Faculty Notes

By Elise Dietrich | September 15, 2023

We are excited to officially introduce the newest faculty members to the Department of Political Science. Professor(s) Clare Brock and Kristin Olofsson recently joined the department in August 2023. Professor(s) Iasmin Goes and Daniel Weitzel have been with the department since August 2022. 2023 New Faculty Members  Clare Brock (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, […]

Legislative Internship Program Celebrates 50 Years

By Elise Dietrich | September 15, 2023

For hundreds of Colorado State University students, their college experience was highlighted by early mornings piling into a van headed for Denver, the hum of debate in the House and Senate chambers, the connections built in legislative offices, and the memories made over lunch during their time as legislative interns.  This year marks the 50th […]


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