Political Science Professors Discuss the 2016 Election


Prof. Julia Azari has become a regular contributor to the popular political news site fivethirtyeight.com. In addition to participating on the site’s liveblogging in the evenings of primaries, caucuses, and candidate debates, she has written a number of articles for the site. These include "The Democratic Platform Is Unusually Focused On Trump,""The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates," "Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience," "A FiveThirtyEight Guide To Veepstakes Speculation," "Sanders Shouldn’t Drop Out For Clinton's Sake,"

"Thinking They're 'Unqualified' Is A Big Reason More Women Don't Run For Office," "From Wallace To Trump, The Evolution of 'Law And Order'," "When Parties Splinter," and "The Supreme Court Fight Probably Won’t Define The Election For Voters." Additional articles from Prof. Azari on fivethirtyeight.com are available here.


Prof. Azari has also been quoted in stories on the 2016 election in The New York Times, National Public Radio (and here), and Wisconsin Public Radio.



Prof. Paul Nolette commented on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's statement that he would not chair the Republican convention if presumptive nominee Donald Trump objected to him doing it. "If he's willing to step down from that ceremonial but nevertheless important role in the convention, then that indicates to me that his lack of embrace of Trump is real in many ways," Nolette said. The story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), on the local CBS affiliate, May 9, 2016.


He also discussed the considerable role in the results of talk radio in Wisconsin’s primary election. "Conservative talk radio was pretty much united against Trump," Nolette said. "I think it had a very large impact, actually. These stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), April 6, 2016. Prof. Nolette had previously discussed the results of the March 15th primaries during an in-studio appearance on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 15, 2016.



Prof. Amber Wichowsky discussed the turnout for the Wisconsin primary, which was the highest in a primary since 1972. Wichowsky said the increase in voter turnout at the polls was likely due to the races in both parties still being contested and Wisconsin's presidential primary being the only one in the country held that day. The story aired on the local NBC affiliate, WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), April 6, 2016.


Prof. Wichowsky also commented on the political impact of the changes for unions brought on by Act 10. "Union revenue is down considerably and as a result their spending is also down quite considerably," she said. "In the legislative session before Act 10, the Wisconsin Education Association Council spent just over $2 million. During the 2013-14 legislative session, the WEAC spent less than $200,000." The story appeared on WUWM-Radio (FM 89.7), March 8, 2016.




Prof. Ryan Hanley in Documentary on Adam Smith


Prof. Ryan Hanley, who holds the Mellon Professorship in Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science, is featured prominently in a documentary that focuses on Adam Smith as a philosopher and political economist. The documentary, "The Real Adam Smith: Morality and Markets," is a two-part look at how understanding Smith requires one to examine both his moral philosophy and his economic analysis. It aired on PBS stations this past summer and is available for viewing online. The segments of the documentary involving Prof. Hanley were filmed on the Marquette campus last fall.



Prof. Paul Nolette Discusses VW Lawsuit


Prof. Paul Nolette commented on the lawsuit filed against Volkswagen in Oklahoma County district court, alleging it misled consumers over the attributes of its "clean diesel" line of engines. "Using outside law firms on consumer settlements is a practice increasingly used by state attorneys general, both Republican and Democrat," said Nolette. The story appeared on Story appeared on the Bloomberg website, News OK, and the Times Record, June 30, 2016.



Prof. Karen Hoffman Named New Associate Director of the Les Aspin Center


Prof. Karen Hoffman is the new Associate Director of the Les Aspin Center. Based at Marquette’s campus in Milwaukee, she will oversee the Milwaukee-based state and local internship program created to complement the Washington, D.C. internship program. She will also serve as the point person for Marquette students interested in the Center’s D.C. program. She will continue to teach on a part-time basis in the Department of Political Science, offering courses in American Politics.


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           Alumni Profiles:

              Allyson Azar





        Allyson Azar graduated in 2015 with

        a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from

        Marquette University. She double

        majored in Political Science and

        International Affairs.


        Allyson currently works as the Manager

        for State Affairs & Political Mobilization

        at the American Chemistry Council. In

        this position, her duties include

        legislative reporting and advocacy on

        key industry issues, generating weekly

        reports for stakeholders on bill activity

        in all 50 states. She also manages the

        advocacy activities and political

        mobilization efforts in six states in the

        Mid-Atlantic region, including

        communications with state coalition

        allies and legislators. She engages

        public policy groups and advocates on

        industry issues, which at times involves

        coordinating informational presentations

        for state lawmakers. She also assists in

        the management of the Chemical

        Industry Council of Delaware and

        handles membership relations and

        advocacy outreach as well. During the

        Summer Congressional recess, Allyson

        facilitates tours and site visits with

        Members of Congress at chemical

        manufacturing facilities in their home



        During her time at Marquette, Allyson

        served as the president of Marquette’s

        Epsilon Omicron chapter of Pi Sigma

        Alpha, the national political science

        honor society. She also worked as an

        intern at Milwaukee’s Institute of World

        Affairs and was the vice president of

        Marquette’s chapter of the Alexander

        Hamilton Society.