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JMC faculty members participate in panel about 'nature of inequality'

JMC faculty members participate in panel about 'nature of inequality'

December 6, 2022 - Claire Smith

Sharper Focus/Wider Lens, a cross-disciplinary panel series hosted by MSU Honors College, featured faculty members from across campus speaking to the various ways inequality exists domestically and abroad. Moderated by Matthew Zierler, associate professor of international relations in James Madison College and associate dean of the Honors College, “The Nature of Inequality” was held at 7 p.m., Nov. 30 in the MSU Union Ballroom.

Student Spotlight: Abe Frank

Student Spotlight: Abe Frank

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Abe Frank '24

I love working with my peers. JMC students are very collaborative, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for group projects in class. In the lab that collaborative spirit is encouraged and focused in a way which is conducive to bonding over and producing research.

Student Spotlight: Emma Frank

Student Spotlight: Emma Frank

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Emma Frank '23

My favorite part about the work I do in the JMC Human Rights Lab is the ability to hone skills and challenge myself to think in new creative ways. It has given me a lot of perspective on the complexity of issues in the other countries we’ve investigated and increased my awareness on the political climates of these places.

Student Spotlight: Valerie McNamara

Student Spotlight: Valerie McNamara

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Valerie McNamara '23

I enjoy the process of research and taking large amounts of data that our groups find and bringing it together to find a pattern or some conclusion. It really is the most satisfying part.

Murray Scholar’s second visit provides discourse on dating apps

Murray Scholar’s second visit provides discourse on dating apps

November 22, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College’s Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence Matthew Andler visited MSU’s campus for the second time early this month. During Andler’s visit (Nov. 3-8), he presented research that discusses the ethics of dating apps.

Wearing all the hats

Wearing all the hats

November 14, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Brianne Wolf, Ph.D.

I first walked through Case Hall’s doors in Fall 2006 as a student. After taking MC 201, I was sold on the PTCD major and began taking classes in the major. I didn’t discover my interest in political economy until graduate school when I was trying to make sense of the 2008 financial crisis.

Faculty voice: The Surprising Results of the 2022 Midterm Elections

Faculty voice: The Surprising Results of the 2022 Midterm Elections

November 10, 2022 - Jordan Cash, Ph.D.

Over the past 40 years, it has become a truism of American politics that midterm elections are often painful for the president and his party. The past six presidents have all seen their party lose seats in Congress during a midterm, often losing a majority in at least one chamber.

Early Start students return from D.C., program achieves intended purpose

Early Start students return from D.C., program achieves intended purpose

October 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Twenty one first-year students in JMC are poised to check off more items on their Spartan Bucket List than the average Spartan and, without a doubt, they could easily reinvent that list, tailoring it for any student interested in a career in public affairs. Students participating in JMC’s inaugural cohort for Early Start, a bridge program serving first-year JMC students from a variety of minoritized backgrounds, have experienced more in the last two plus months than most students pack into a full year.

DEI in action: Assistant Dean Johnson's yearly update

DEI in action: Assistant Dean Johnson's yearly update

October 28, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

As I near completion of my first year at James Madison College, I am amazed at how quickly the year has come to a close.

Student view: What it means to be ASMSU Chief of Staff

Student view: What it means to be ASMSU Chief of Staff

October 25, 2022 - Jack Harrison

Part of being a successful student is putting coursework into practice through leadership positions, internships and volunteerism. From working on statewide political campaigns and holding leadership positions across the state to reporting for “East Lansing Info” and gaining public relations experience at Martin Waymire — all of these experiences have been valuable.

Alumnus voice: Working toward liberatory pedagogy in American schools

Alumnus voice: Working toward liberatory pedagogy in American schools

October 25, 2022 - Troy Distelrath ('22)

Of all the sociopolitical systems in contemporary public affairs that feel as if they have reached an inflection point, perhaps none is as desperate for subversive change as that of American education.

Faculty voice: Living my passion

Faculty voice: Living my passion

October 12, 2022 - Galia Benítez, Ph.D.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, for a moment, the faces and voices of my diverse people, the Indigenous, Black and the Mestizo, are hopefully seen, recognized, heard and valued. I am optimistic that even during this short month we as Latinos, Latinas, Latines y LatinX can have a voice and are able to express the richness of our cultures, the power of our ancestors and the importance of our ideas and presence in every space we occupy.

Alumnus voice: The importance of service

Alumnus voice: The importance of service

October 11, 2022 - Charles (Randy) Perkins Jr. (IR '20)

Service has always been an important part of my life. When I was younger, my grandma shared with me the quote: “Service is the rent we pay to live on this Earth.” This stuck with me and has had a major impact on how I live my life. In addition, in high school I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic in partnership with the DREAM Project for a humanitarian effort.

Murray Scholar in Residence delivers first public discussion

Murray Scholar in Residence delivers first public discussion

October 10, 2022 - Beth Brauer

During the Sept. 27 event, Andler discussed why sexual orientation, among various identifying markers, is worthy of public discourse. Exploring the different dispositions and behaviors people possess and act upon, Andler suggests the fact that attractions pertaining to sex and gender are given special social attention need not to be.

Madison students nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships

Madison students nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships

October 4, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Four of seven MSU undergraduates nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships are JMC Spartans.

Student Spotlight: Neely Bardwell

Student Spotlight: Neely Bardwell

September 30, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez

My identity as an Anishinaabe person shapes my experience 100% at this university and in life. The fact that the university is built on stolen land is isolating for me and many other Native students. We have to consistently fight for the right to be here.

Student Spotlight: Emilio Silerio Gonzalez

Student Spotlight: Emilio Silerio Gonzalez

September 28, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The experience so far has been quite eye-opening; I have met so many different people, and have reflected on my privilege heavily. The curriculum at JMC has been very engaging as well, I really appreciate the small classroom discussions and the topics we cover.

Dean's note: Feels like fall

Dean's note: Feels like fall

September 28, 2022

We went from summer weather to the fall season with barely a moment’s notice. Although it is a bit jarring for me still when I step outside, I suspect the chill in the air won’t slow us down. Campus is full of activity and Case Hall is no exception.

MSU learning communities receive top ranking

MSU learning communities receive top ranking

September 26, 2022 - Beth Brauer

In Madison, average class sizes range from 18-24 students. Having the benefits of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a research university are some of the most cited reasons for choosing JMC. The opportunity to connect with faculty and staff regularly aids in students’ learning about research assistantships, career programming and networking events with alumni.

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing 'real' research in Northern Thailand

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing 'real' research in Northern Thailand

September 23, 2022 - Solomon Kronberg

What does it mean to travel to another region and treat its people as research topics? Was my work ever going to benefit or even mean something to the people living the experiences that intrigued me? Why did I deserve to ask them to share their stories with me if I didn’t even know why I needed to hear them?

Student view: Powwow of Love celebrates Native American cultural heritage

Student view: Powwow of Love celebrates Native American cultural heritage

September 23, 2022 - Stevie Quijas

As an Indigenous student, NAISO has been an invaluable resource for academic, cultural, emotional and mental support. While our organization is small, we are mighty. NAISO’s annual Powwow of Love is one of the largest student run events on campus.

JMC alumnus Howard Akumiah to receive MSU Young Alumni Award

JMC alumnus Howard Akumiah to receive MSU Young Alumni Award

September 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Howard Akumiah (IR ’15) is one of two honorees to receive the Young Alumni Award, one of the university’s most prestigious awards bestowed upon MSU alumni under the age of 40 who have achieved a high level of professional success early in their careers.

JMC student and alumnus reflect on their undergraduate research experiences in Cambodia

JMC student and alumnus reflect on their undergraduate research experiences in Cambodia

September 19, 2022 - Katie Chamberlin and Shimon Likhtman

What really set the experience apart from other education abroad programs was the unique set of challenges that come with working in the field, and there were quite a few of them. Having to sleep in a hammock or on a sleeping pad under a mosquito net was difficult at times, and every day began at 4 a.m. with the deafening roar of boat motors as fishers went out on the lake to begin their daily work.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

September 19, 2022 - Beth Brauer

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Nurturing a love for nature and teaching

Nurturing a love for nature and teaching

September 12, 2022 - Beth Brauer

If he wasn’t working his dream job in academia, Daniel Ahlquist, an assistant professor in James Madison College, says he’d likely be living in a cabin in the woods, farming and foraging for his own food. Ahlquist’s deep love for nature and caring for the environment is rooted in his upbringing.

MSU’s Serling Institute celebrates 30 years of the Jewish Studies Program

MSU’s Serling Institute celebrates 30 years of the Jewish Studies Program

September 9, 2022 - Mark Bullion

Michigan State University this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Studies Program, part of The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. The institute prides itself on teaching and mentoring its undergraduate students, as well as providing a rich curriculum and extensive programming — building on strengths in American Jewish history and culture; European Jewish history; Holocaust studies; and Hebrew, Judaism and Israel studies.

Staff Spotlight: Florensio Hernandez

Staff Spotlight: Florensio Hernandez

September 6, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

What I am most excited about in my new DEI role at James Madison College is being able to work directly with students and help guide them through the college process and on to graduation.

Student view: 'What you make of it'

Student view: 'What you make of it'

August 30, 2022 - Ellie Baden

I know it’s cliché, but I truly believe that a college experience is what you make of it. As such, I have done my best to make the most of my time at Michigan State, which has led me to pursue three majors and six minors across four colleges, five on-campus jobs, three years of undergraduate research experience, a summer study abroad, and involvement with more than ten student organizations. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is.

Welcome Home, JMC Spartans!

Welcome Home, JMC Spartans!

August 23, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

While the weather in Michigan continues to feel like summer, Spartans across the country and around the world head to East Lansing this week to begin fall semester. James Madison College will welcome 282 first-year students and approximately 260 returning second-year students to Case Hall this fall.

Dean's note: Saying goodbye to summer

Dean's note: Saying goodbye to summer

August 23, 2022

It is hard to believe the summer is coming to an end. Even though many in the college work in Case Hall all summer long, there’s a distinctly summer feeling that befalls campus. For the most part, it’s a lot quieter and most people will agree the available parking increases tenfold.

James Madison College announces second Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

James Madison College announces second Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

August 17, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Matthew Andler is the 2022-23 Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence, marking the program’s second scholar to assume the role. He earned a Master of Science in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Student view: Increasing fluency and perspective

Student view: Increasing fluency and perspective

August 16, 2022 - Natalie Harmon

As pandemic travel restrictions became more relaxed, I began looking into study abroad programs that would work well for me as a Comparative Cultures and Politics major as well as a Spanish minor. I started hearing about the internship abroad opportunities in Madrid, Paris and Buenos Aires through James Madison. The Buenos Aires program immediately caught my attention as I would be able to improve my Spanish skills and complete my Field Experience requirement.

Student view: Summer on the Hill with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Student view: Summer on the Hill with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

August 16, 2022 - Alexie Milukhin

Being in a place with so much concentrated power and affluence was disorienting. While running errands in the Capitol I (literally) ran into Bill Gates and Matthew McConaughey, got a hug from AOC and spoke with Dolores Huerta on multiple occasions.

Student view: Interning in South Korea

Student view: Interning in South Korea

August 8, 2022 - Carl Austin Miller Grondin

This summer, I have been an intern with the start-up company Globaleur. We focus on using AI-based technology to create the perfect vacation plan for people interested in traveling the world. Before I arrived, I would have said marketing was one of my least desirable areas of interest. However, I am eternally grateful that I was given this position because I made lifelong friends who I know I can reach out to at a moment's notice.

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Snyder

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Snyder

August 5, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Students bring exciting news, interesting questions and sometimes heartbreaking problems into my office. I am honored by the opportunity to help them, in both the good times and the bad.

Meet JMC's 2022 Fulbright student scholars

Meet JMC's 2022 Fulbright student scholars

August 4, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Since 1983, 22 of MSU’s past Fulbright Student Scholars are alumni of James Madison College. This year, JMC alumna Emily McHarg (IR ’20) will continue to represent the college during an English teaching assistantship in Bonn, Germany. Solomon Kronberg (CCP ’22) was named an alternate for a Fulbright to Thailand.

Student Spotlight: Isabelle Borr

Student Spotlight: Isabelle Borr

August 2, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

I am currently on a study abroad in Amman, Jordan, learning Arabic and exploring the country. This past school year, I worked as a research assistant under Professor Norman Graham and developed a UURAF project. I researched China’s global infrastructure plan and its effects on Central Asia.

Staff Spotlight: Jahshua Smith

Staff Spotlight: Jahshua Smith

August 2, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

Often, we task those in the minority with the responsibility of being the change they want to see and, while that approach is still one that I encourage, as a community, it is our collective responsibility to be supportive as students navigate our school and space.

DEI in action: Welcoming 21 students to the inaugural bridge program

DEI in action: Welcoming 21 students to the inaugural bridge program

July 21, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

During the week of August 24-30, James Madison College will welcome its first cohort of students into a new bridge program. The program is possible due to a gift from a JMC alumnus and donor.

MSU Fulbright student scholars named

MSU Fulbright student scholars named

July 18, 2022 - Veronica Gracia-Wing

Nine MSU students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2022-23 academic year, and four additional candidates have been named as alternates. More than 9,300 applications were submitted in this cycle according to the Institute of International Education.

Explore MSU’s campus during Green and White Days

Explore MSU’s campus during Green and White Days

July 15, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University is hosting its largest open house for prospective students and their families July 22, 25-29.

Alumnus Voice: How JMC prepared me for a career in academia

Alumnus Voice: How JMC prepared me for a career in academia

July 13, 2022 - Kyle T. Mays (SRP '09), Ph.D.

It feels like just a few years ago when I entered the back of the (was it Wilson, Wonders; I can’t recall) auditorium early, walking slowly to sit in the front row of a MC 201 lecture, carrying my iPod Shuffle, bumping Common, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye (yes, I want the old Kanye back!), Jeezy and Mariah Carey, and even a lil bit of autotune.

Student Spotlight: Ellie Friedman

Student Spotlight: Ellie Friedman

July 11, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

JMC’s content has given me the tools to not only analyze social issues through a variety of lenses but also to articulate my learning in a concise and analytical way.

Student view: Traveling the Golden State

Student view: Traveling the Golden State

July 7, 2022 - Noah Scudder

The California cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are two of the last places I would expect to find professionals with a degree in public affairs. With Silicon Valley tech dominating the Bay Area’s professional scene and Los Angeles seemingly saturated with TikTokkers and movie stars, I never thought of California as particularly hospitable to JMC grads. Yet, I found that California is home to countless Madison alumni who work in nearly every field imaginable.

Staff Spotlight: Karissa Chabot-Purchase

Staff Spotlight: Karissa Chabot-Purchase

June 24, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Working in higher education offers me the chance not only to assist students as they navigate a challenging time in their lives but also normalize asking for help — things I needed as a college student!

Student Spotlight: Alissa Hakim (she, her, hers)

Student Spotlight: Alissa Hakim (she, her, hers)

June 24, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

I have met some of my best friends through James Madison, and doors that were previously shut for me opened up. I was able to do research, find internships, make connections with faculty and students alike, and learn more about myself in the process.

Dean's statement: Response to overturning Roe vs. Wade

Dean's statement: Response to overturning Roe vs. Wade

June 24, 2022

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Center. The outcome of this opinion overturns Roe vs. Wade, the legal precedent set in 1973 affirming the American constitutional right to abortion. The situation is evolving and is quite complex, as state-by-state implications vary, and many laws or bans will not go into effect immediately. 

Student view: All the possibilities

Student view: All the possibilities

June 16, 2022 - Maddie Pugliano

During my time in California, however, my perspective about careers in public affairs dramatically changed. By meeting with JMC alumni pursuing careers from technology entrepreneurship (Douglas Breckenridge IR ‘86) to program and data management at Netflix (Daniel Feenstra IR' 17), I now understand the career possibilities for Madison grads.

Student Spotlight: Abigail Bies

Student Spotlight: Abigail Bies

June 16, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The availability of my JMC professors has single handedly been my biggest support in my academic journey. I always can count on office hour appointments or prompt help over email with professors who truly care about me.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ students, MSU resources Spartans ought to know

Supporting LGBTQIA+ students, MSU resources Spartans ought to know

June 8, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Natalie Harmon says she chose MSU’s James Madison College because she liked the idea of being part of “a tight-knit community,” while also having opportunities that exist at a larger university. Harmon, a rising junior majoring in comparative cultures and politics, or CCP, explains how the residential college community has fostered her own acceptance of who she is.

Building community is key for Chicago alumnus

Building community is key for Chicago alumnus

June 7, 2022 - Beth Brauer

When Troy Calkins (IR ’88) was an elementary school student in Holt, Michigan, his class took a field trip to the Michigan State University Planetarium. Following their visit, they toured parts of campus and ate lunch in one of the nearby dining halls. One decade later, during the fall semester of 1984, Calkins entered Case Hall as a first-year student in MSU’s James Madison College. Overcome with a feeling of déjà vu, Calkins realized he had previously dined in the Case cafeteria.

Student Spotlight: Jacob Pepper

Student Spotlight: Jacob Pepper

June 1, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The residential college community helped me find LGBTQ+ friends my first year. Through these friendships, I have been able to talk about subjects that I was unable to before because of where I grew up, and it is liberating to relate to a larger community of people with similar experiences.

Madison students honored for MSUFCU Paper Competition

Madison students honored for MSUFCU Paper Competition

May 31, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Four JMC students were selected for the MSUFCU Paper Competition for best paper in public and international affairs. The award recognizes students whose writings showcase JMC’s mission to produce graduates who are well prepared to engage in cultural, political and social analysis; evaluate public and foreign policies and practices; and suggest creative strategies for addressing pressing issues in public life.

Remembering Vincent Chin: Oral history project explores the aftermath of racially motivated murder in Detroit 40 years later

Remembering Vincent Chin: Oral history project explores the aftermath of racially motivated murder in Detroit 40 years later

May 31, 2022 - Henry Mochida

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legacy of Vincent Chin’s case that ultimately expanded civil rights laws to include Asian Americans and led to other tidal shifts, such as the teaching of Asian American history in higher education.

DEI in action: 'Angelic troublemakers' and the intersections of Civil Rights

DEI in action: 'Angelic troublemakers' and the intersections of Civil Rights

May 26, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

During the month of June, we celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth. Pride Month recognizes the progress of LGBTQ+ rights and provides a time to reflect upon the continued progress which must occur. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

May 24, 2022 - Beth Brauer

From March 25-30, 2022, Race in 21st Century Americas Conference held a hybrid event for the first time. The biennial conference was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the uncertainty of a potential surge in COVID cases, the Race Conference committee opted to make the March 25 student day in-person and the two half-days, March 29 and 30, virtual.

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

May 12, 2022 - Kim Ward

MSU economist and professor Lisa D. Cook was confirmed earlier this week by the Senate Banking Committee to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Cook is the first Black woman to serve on the board in its 108-year history.

Student view: What now?

Student view: What now?

May 12, 2022 - myrah rafiah beverly

I believe, as writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Meaning, self-care is a form of activism and rebellion that we can all do to create new ways of approaching crisis and injustice. It is a way to counteract the strikes of internalized doubt, hate and restrictions.

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

May 11, 2022 - Anna Pegler-Gordon, Ph.D.

We have also spent a good amount of time looking back. As you know, I am a historian of public policy, so I love looking back and thinking about how the past has shaped the present. I’d like to take a moment to revisit some of our guiding questions from your first class at James Madison College, Introduction to Public Affairs, or MC201. And I’d like you to think about how these questions and your answers to these questions have shaped you over these last four years.

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

May 11, 2022

We’ve had many reasons to celebrate over the last couple of weeks. From the numerous awards announced  within the college to various events to the wrap-up of final projects, papers and exams. And most recently, James Madison hosted spring commencement exercises at the Wharton Center.

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

May 10, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College students are known as leaders both in the classroom and beyond. This year’s spring and summer graduates continue to set the bar high for current and incoming JMC students. The college gave 10 students a total of 11 Outstanding Senior Awards.

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

May 6, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University will host ceremonies for 9,601 students this weekend at Jack Breslin Student Events Center, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU Auditorium. Most individual colleges will host their own commencement ceremonies May 6-8. Of the total 6,917 undergraduate degree candidates, JMC will confer the degrees of 204 students this spring and an anticipated 32 students following the summer sessions.

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

April 25, 2022 - Amy Simon, Ph.D.

A few months following the completion of my undergraduate studies, I began working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The date I began is significant, September 10, 2001, as it preceded a lifechanging event: 9/11.

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

April 21, 2022

On April 7, JMC’s College Inclusion Committee revealed a working draft of the college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan. The document represents two years of planning, collaboration and goals for advancing DEI and moving the college forward. We encourage you to view the working draft.

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

April 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer

MSU was busier than usual last weekend as MSU’s Office of Admissions hosted an Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 16. The event was tied to the spring football game, allowing prospective families to experience firsthand the campus spirit.

DEI in action: Semester in review

DEI in action: Semester in review

April 21, 2022

As we approach the end of semester, it is helpful to reflect upon the DEI advancements we have accomplished, while also looking forward to much more work that is ahead of us. Within the past three months, JMC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming has accomplished a great deal.

Student view: Dream big

Student view: Dream big

April 21, 2022 - Rosa Razmi

When I was 17, everyone had told me they were jealous that I had known what I wanted to do next, but all I really knew was that JMC was the program for me. I was going to figure out everything else from there.  

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

April 20, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College is pleased to announce a new summer bridge program designed to better acclimate JMC students to Michigan State University and to the college itself.

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, or IPPSR, and James Madison College hosted the 2022 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Awards ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 13.

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

The rise in anti-Muslim and antisemitic attacks over the last several years has prompted two campus leaders and faculty members to join forces to educate the Spartan community about the harm caused by Islamophobia and antisemitism.

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

April 18, 2022 - Veronica Gracia-Wing

James Madison College, International Studies and Programs and the College of Arts and Letters collaborate to facilitate multi-faith engagement.

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

April 11, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Not only does Melissa Green’s surname suggest her Spartan identity runs deep, one can’t help but feel energized and hopeful upon meeting her. Green (PTCD ‘01), who is assistant general counsel for the American Medical Association, is someone you feel you’ve known forever and simultaneously want to know better.

Dean's note: Marching into April

Dean's note: Marching into April

April 6, 2022

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the horrific news out of Ukraine. I know this has personally affected some members of our community who struggle to make sense of the invasion and its brutality. We are doing our best as a community to support each other, and recently had a panel discussion about the conflict in Ukraine with Professors Garnett, Graham and Olcott. I learned a lot from their expertise, as well as the insightful questions from students.

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

April 5, 2022 - Linda Sayed, Ph.D.

When I am asked where I am from, I naturally respond, “New York. Queens to be exact.” That’s where I consider home; although, I was born in Michigan and moved back and forth between New York and Michigan for the early part of my childhood. When I am asked where I am from, the expected response isn’t either of these places. I’ve lived much of my life viewed as someone who doesn’t belong.

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

March 28, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D. and Rosa Razmi

In honor of Women's History Month, James Madison College is spotlighting faculty, staff, students and alumni who have made, or are making significant contributions to the college. We recently spoke with Rosa Razmi, president of James Madison College Student Senate.

Staff Spotlight: Emelia Hammond

Staff Spotlight: Emelia Hammond

March 25, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Emelia Hammond

In honor of Women's History Month, we are spotlighting members of the JMC community. Emelia Hammond is the recruitment coordinator and an academic adviser in James Madison College since August 2015.

Student view: Pursuing cross-disciplinary research in public health as an undergrad

Student view: Pursuing cross-disciplinary research in public health as an undergrad

March 25, 2022 - Zahra Ahmad

Dr. Mieka Smart in the College of Human Medicine told me about a campaign called #8cantwait that advocates for eight key police policy reforms. These reforms, when implemented, have been proven to show a decrease in police-related mortality. Dr. Smart suggested we compare police policies in the state of Michigan with the #8cantwait guidelines, and then compare them to police-related mortality statistics. This was an idea that hadn’t been explored for the entire state of Michigan. 

Student view: Connected to food

Student view: Connected to food

March 17, 2022 - Spencer Good and Aditi Kulkarni

The Spartan Food Security Council is hard at work this year to fulfill its mission. Last semester, we began navigating the complex food security landscape at Michigan State, namely by connecting with other organizations. Professor Rashida Harrison, chairperson of the Race in the 21st Americas Conference, has entrusted us with the opportunity to showcase the keynote address centered around this year’s theme “Race and Rights: Empowering Our Communities.”

Student view: Creating a space for all

Student view: Creating a space for all

March 17, 2022 - Siham Hassan

As a survivor of the Darfur Genocide, I remember a time when I didn’t know what it was like to dream. I was 5-years old when our home was burned, and we were forced to flee our land.

How a JMC education fosters a love for learning and global awareness

How a JMC education fosters a love for learning and global awareness

March 17, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Madison gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about more about the world around me. Teaching me how to think critically and analytically about current events and history and why people live and think the way they do. We’re all shaped and molded by our experiences and the world around us and being able to recognize those differences sometimes helps us to find common ground. Those skills have served me in nearly every opportunity I’ve pursued.

DEI in action: Women's History Month

DEI in action: Women's History Month

March 17, 2022

During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, noting just a few of the vast contributions of James Madison College (faculty, alumni and students). We reflect upon the contributions of Dr. Barbara Steidle, the first and only permanent woman dean of James Madison College. We also honor Dr. Katherine O’Sullivan See, who was the first female tenured professor, and helped shape JMC’s Social Relations and Policy, and Comparative Culture and Politics majors. In addition, we acknowledge Mary Kay Henry, the first woman president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Student view: So many international experiences

Student view: So many international experiences

March 11, 2022 - Ellie Lico

Since I was 10-years old, I dreamed of studying abroad. My cousin, who is an alumna of Michigan State, participated in a study abroad program that took her all around Europe and, to me, that was the coolest thing I could imagine. Learning, traveling AND creating lifelong memories… What could be better than that?

Scholar in Residence delivers first public lecture about Stephen O. Murray

Scholar in Residence delivers first public lecture about Stephen O. Murray

March 3, 2022 - Beth Brauer

From Jan. 27-Feb. 9, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, the Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence in James Madison College, was on MSU’s campus for the first time to begin exploring the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, housed in MSU Libraries.

Dean's note: A round of applause

Dean's note: A round of applause

March 3, 2022

As a recent transplant from Arizona, I’ve been anxious for months about the Michigan winter. After the storm that brought us a foot of snow in one day, I can safely say I’ve learned to embrace it. That doesn’t mean I’m not desperately looking forward to spring though!

Deans' message to faculty, students and staff

Deans' message to faculty, students and staff

March 2, 2022

The countdown to spring break is upon us. And while it may not feel quite like springtime weather, the sun is shining more and most of the snow and ice is melted (for now). As you prepare to return home, travel or stay close to campus, we want to emphasize the importance of taking time for yourselves.

Four residential college students receive essay awards for inclusive excellence

Four residential college students receive essay awards for inclusive excellence

March 2, 2022 - Blythe White

Four MSU students whose research and creative activity supports the ideals of inclusive excellence through topics of inclusion, diversity, marginalized populations and civil rights, have received the Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award.

JMC Spartans nominated for prestigious national scholarships and awards

JMC Spartans nominated for prestigious national scholarships and awards

February 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Ten MSU students are nominated for 12 prestigious national awards this year. Four out of 10 are students in the James Madison College.

Race in 21st Century Americas broadens scope, examines health, land usage and food sovereignty

Race in 21st Century Americas broadens scope, examines health, land usage and food sovereignty

February 25, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University is pleased to welcome the return of a time-honored event to campus this year. Race in 21st Century Americas is a biennial event hosted by James Madison College that began in 1999 under the leadership of its founder Professor Emeritus Curtis Stokes, who retired from James Madison in 2019 after 36-years of scholarship and teaching.

Madison faculty member receives Teacher-Scholar Award

Madison faculty member receives Teacher-Scholar Award

February 23, 2022 - Beth Brauer

As a young girl growing up in a Houston suburb, Amy Simon loved to play school, pretending to be the teacher. Simon no longer imagines her vocation as she’s been making an impact as both a teacher and scholar since joining Michigan State University in August 2016.

DEI in action: 'Lifting every voice'

DEI in action: 'Lifting every voice'

February 16, 2022

As we celebrate Black History Month, I reflect upon and honor rich contributions that African Americans have made to the field of higher education within Michigan State University. At the institutional level, I honor Dr. Cliff Wharton, Michigan State’s first Black president, Dr. David Dickson, MSU’s first Black faculty member and William Thompson, the first known Black student to graduate from Michigan State University.

Student view: Reflecting on my time in JMC

Student view: Reflecting on my time in JMC

February 14, 2022 - Emma LaRocca

JMC is a small community within a large university, and I realized that I was able to get the best of both worlds. I walked into my first MC201 lecture with all 250 of my fellow freshmen, a number of students higher than my entire grades 7-12 high school, and realized I had an opportunity to start fresh.

Faculty voice: Our continuous movement

Faculty voice: Our continuous movement

February 8, 2022 - Rashida Harrison, Ph.D.

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black studies, initiated the first “Negro History Week,” which would evolve into Black History Month here in the United States in 1976. For many people, it is an important commemoration of the long-standing contributions of African Americans in this country. However, one month cannot capture the myriad of ways that Black people continue to serve, create and drive the country forward. Our continuous movement cannot occur without the historical relationships built with other ethnic and racialized communities that continue to resist white supremacy as a frame for how we live our lives.

Student view: Floating in the space between

Student view: Floating in the space between

February 8, 2022 - Myrah Rafiah Beverly

I knew Dubai for its opulent and luxurious lifestyles decorated with skyscrapers and private beaches. Women wore black niqabs for modesty but still wore the newest Versace and designer bags. Men wore headscarves like the Bedouin nomadic sand-dwellers but went home to mansions with a Rolls Royce in the driveway. As someone from more than humble beginnings in a mobile home and wearing second-hand clothing, I was afraid to touch such shimmering creations, in case it breaks or it is all a mirage.

Madison alumna pursues MPP in Erfurt, Germany

Madison alumna pursues MPP in Erfurt, Germany

February 8, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Molly Hall graduated from JMC with a degree in international relations in 2012. Upon graduation, Hall worked in Lansing as a staffer in the Michigan Legislature and then pursued work in Washington D.C. in public affairs for six years. In 2020, Hall made the decision to return to her studies and is in her first year pursuing a master’s in public policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.

Student view: A trip of a lifetime

Student view: A trip of a lifetime

February 4, 2022 - David Tran

Since the pandemic restricted many opportunities for me to explore the world, I was eager to find another study abroad program before I graduate this spring. Dubai was one that stood out to me the most since I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Middle Eastern realm, and it is a global city that not many have a chance to explore in their lifetime.

Dean's note: Live from Case Hall

Dean's note: Live from Case Hall

February 3, 2022

As I sit in my office, it’s nice to hear the familiar hum of activity returning to Case Hall. I know many in our community are anxious about the return to in-person teaching, but I am happy to see everyone’s masked faces again! I am very hopeful that as the Omicron variant recedes, much of our collegiate life will return to some sense of normalcy.

Welcome back, students

January 31, 2022

As we resume in-person classes this week, we understand the potential anxiety and spectrum of emotions this may bring. The transition will require patience, consideration and an understanding that we are all dealing with the adjustment differently.

Student view: Learning to become me

Student view: Learning to become me

January 25, 2022 - Jesus Hernandez

When I first applied to college, I felt lost. You see, I come from a family of immigrants who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. My parents did not know how the college application and selection process worked, so they were not able to offer me any assistance.

Student view: Transforming

Student view: Transforming

January 24, 2022 - Raven Nelson

I came to MSU wanting to go to law school and, now (after many changes), I’ve decided I want to become a professor. I want to educate and engage with students in a similar way that JMC professors do.

Student view: Finding my way to Madison and beyond

Student view: Finding my way to Madison and beyond

January 24, 2022 - Kacey Collins

I did not discover James Madison like the typical student does during their college application journey. I had one serendipitous moment that sparked the beginning of everything.

JMC and MSU Libraries welcome Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

JMC and MSU Libraries welcome Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

January 19, 2022 - Beth Brauer

2022 marks the inaugural year of the Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence Program at Michigan State. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, an associate professor at American University, whose scholarship focuses on the intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, is honored to be selected as the first scholar to explore the archives and raise the torch that bears Murray’s name.

Deans' message to JMC community

January 18, 2022

This weekend’s hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas was frightening and traumatic to members of our community. Each instance of violence that appears to target a specific community can send shockwaves that are felt by many — particularly those who identify with the victims closest to the tragedy.

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

January 14, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D. and Beth Brauer

February 11th will mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to MSU. How much has changed since that day? How has Dr. King’s vision for America materialized?

MSU's Lisa Cook nominated to Federal Reserve board

MSU's Lisa Cook nominated to Federal Reserve board

January 14, 2022 - Kim Ward

MSU economist and professor Lisa D. Cook today was nominated by President Joe Biden to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed, Cook will be the first Black woman to serve on the on board in its 108-year history.

International relations expert and economist elected to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago board

January 12, 2022 - Kim Ward

James Madison College's Lisa D. Cook has been elected to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Recognize International Human Rights Day by Supporting the Work of the JMC Human Rights Lab

December 10, 2021

December 10th is International Human Rights Day. JMC celebrates this day by recognizing the work of the JMC Human Rights Lab

Matching Gift Received to Boost Support for Career Exposure Programs

December 3, 2021

JMC has launched a fundraising campaign to the Career Exposure program. Gifts made in December will be matched one to one by an anonymous donor until a $3,000 campaign challenge is met.

Giving Tuesday: JMC Career Exposure Program Campaign

November 30, 2021

JMC’s Career Exposure Programs bring current students face to face with alumni to see the potential and power of their Madison degree. Please make your most generous donation to support scholarships for students to attend a Career Exposure Program.

Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Reflections

Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Reflections

September 14, 2021

Jesús Arzola-Vega (IR, Economics ‘15), Kenya Sanchez Vicarte (IR '17), and David Treviño (SRP '12) provide a glimpse of their lives post-Madison and reflect on some of their fondest JMC memories.

Interview with JMC New Dean Dr. Cameron Thies

Interview with JMC New Dean Dr. Cameron Thies

August 16, 2021

Dean Cameron Thies provides some background on himself and his vision for JMC in the coming years.

Dr. Cameron G. Thies recommended as dean of James Madison College

Dr. Cameron G. Thies recommended as dean of James Madison College

June 8, 2021

Michigan State University Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., is recommending Cameron G. Thies as the next dean of James Madison College. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2021, pending approval by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

Professor Louise Jezierski Receives Urban Affairs Association’s Distinguished Service Honor Roll

May 7, 2021

Professor Louise Jezierski was recently named of one of sixteen inductees into the 2021 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Distinguished Service Honor Roll. Since 2013, UAA has awarded the Distinguished Service Honor Roll to the most impactful leaders who have contributed outstanding service to the association.