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2018-19 PSC Student Representatives

Hadiya Afzal

Hadiya Afzal
I’ve been working in politics for years, first as an election judge, then as an elected precinct committeeman, and now as a current candidate for DuPage County Board! As a Friend of the Pod and previous intern with the DuPage County Democrats, I’m all about civic engagement and fostering community. Getting DePaul political science students more involved in the department and their professors as a student representative is exactly what I’d love to do! As a political science student representative, I’d also work to host events on campus like political speakers and candidate debates, get students involved in the department’s social media with things like Instagram takeovers, and sponsor other fun activities to create a tight-knit political science community for both students and faculty, regardless of party!

Doug Klain

Doug Klain
I have taken political science classes since I started at DePaul and love our department just as much you do. Over the last few years, we’ve seen DePaul’s administration have serious issues with transparency and communication with the student body, and that’s why I believe it is essential that political science students have peers willing to act as advocates for them. I want to work together with you to make sure that the university community is as welcoming for you as possible, and that we continue to make our department one of the best places to study at DePaul University.

Nerija Vietaite

Nerija Vietaite
I am a third-year political science and economics student. Throughout my academic and professional career, I have been actively engaged in the exploration of political science and a vast number of opportunities offered by this field. This past year, I interned at the global anti-corruption organization Transparency International and the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago. These two extraordinary opportunities to work alongside passionate activists, foreign leaders, and representatives of international organizations have helped me define and understand the necessity of effective and just leadership in any field. I want to join the team of student representatives because I believe that my professional focus on integrity, teamwork, and empowerment is essential in order to unify and strengthen the relationships within the political science department. We are a group of passionate, intelligent, and caring individuals. I believe that with the right guidance and productive cooperation with our professors, we can create a highly effective and powerful learning environment for us all.

Emma Nippe  (alternate)

I am a rising junior, double-majoring in political science and economics with minors in German and mathematics. I have so enjoyed my experience as a PSC student and my time at DePaul in general and I would be thrilled to serve as a student representative for the department! My academic interests include comparative politics, urban development, transportation, economic and political history, and foreign policy. I am interested in serving as a PSC Representative because I love to get involved with my instructors and I want to help the Political Science program be as great for everyone as it has been for me!

Irese Obasuyi  (alternate)

Irese Obasuyi
I am originally from Michigan. I am a junior and a political science major with double minors in Spanish and economics. I want to be your political science representative because I truly love this department and all it has to offer us. However, I would like more student engagement and would love to help bring your voice to the faculty. I want to ensure that policies enacted are not just good for us at the current time but will continue to grow the reputation of our department in the future, while keeping a focus on what matters: the students.

New Books

Williams book

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Fundamental Political Writings.
Edited by David Lay Williams and Matthew W. Maguire; translated by Ian Johnston.  Published by Broadview Press.

Ben Epstein Book
The Only Constant is Change:  Technology, Political Communication, and Innovation Over Time.
Written by Ben Epstein.  Published by Oxford University Press.

DePaul Mock Trial Teams

January 22, 2018

The Mock Trial Team competed at an Invitational hosted by Central College in Pella, Iowa.  They placed 2nd with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss!  Juliana Arruda and Cole Craghan won Best Attorney awards.

November 6, 2017
At an Invitational competition hosted by the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, DePaul University earned 6th place.  Cole Craghan won a Best Attorney award; Hannah Hyman and Joe Marasco won Best Witness awards.

November 1, 2017
The Mock Trial teams competed at an invitational at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, this past weekend.  Cole Craghan won a best attorney award and Mary Erskine won a best witness award.