YC and Stern College Political Science Departments To Offer More Courses, New Professors

Jun 9, 2004 — The political science departments of both Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women have been revamped for next fall to include more course offerings and programs, and three new full-time professors.

In the wake of the upcoming presidential election, Yeshiva College will offer a solid core of American politics courses in the fall, said Ruth Bevan, David W. Petergorsky Chair in Political Science at YC.

At Stern College, classes about terrorism, American and Israeli politics, and media and politics will be added, said Joseph Luders, assistant professor of political science at Stern College.

Bryan Daves will teach courses in Middle East politics, Israeli politics, and comparative politics. Prior to joining Stern’s faculty, he was a lecturer at Princeton University, Carlton College in Minnesota, and the University of Denver. He was also an adjunct assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark, and a visiting senior member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Enrollment in political science courses at Stern has doubled, said Dr. Luders.

“To me it signals not only a dramatic surge in general interest in the outside world, but also a growing awareness that exciting things are happening at Yeshiva University,” he said.

And with the support of Karen Bacon, PhD, the Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern, a Public Affairs Summer Fellowship for Stern College students is set to begin this summer. Two awards of up to $2,000 will be granted to students who complete public affairs and political internships. A Stern College social sciences journal, Insight, a collaborative effort of Stern’s social sciences departments, will also be published to enable students to write essays and receive publication credit.

At YC, Stephen Pimpare, PhD, previously a visiting professor at Hunter College and adjunct assistant professor at Brooklyn College, was appointed assistant professor.

Dr. Pimpare has taught courses in American government and politics, public policy, and the politics of poverty, welfare, and criminal justice. This fall, he will teach Media and Elections and Constitutional Law.

YC also hired Evan Neil Resnick, who is completing a doctorate in American foreign policy and securities studies at Columbia University, as visiting assistant professor in international relations for the 2004-2005 academic year. He will teach American Foreign Policy this fall, as well as a new course “Strategy,” which will have a sequel in the spring on strategic “hot spots” across the world.

More interdisciplinary courses will also be added. Dr. Bevan will co-teach the H-1 honors programs course this fall with Joan Haar, professor of English at YC. Also in the works is a public policy course, taught by Dr. Pimpare with Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and another course on criminal justice in conjunction with the sociology department.

YC will also commence a search this fall for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in international relations.

As director of the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs, which was inaugurated in March, Dr. Bevan said she will work to bring notable guest speakers on campus.

“We anticipate having conferences and lectures that emphasize the health/medical, legal, political, and social and humanitarian aspects of international relations,” she said. “Furthermore, student intellectual needs remain at the heart of the center’s objectives, and we intend to create student internships and programs that complement our curricula.”

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