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JU’s Dr. Paulina Rippere awarded APSA Congressional Fellowship

Dr. Paulina Rippere, JU Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been selected for a prestigious Congressional Fellowship for 2014-15 with the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Paulina Rippere

Congressional Fellows are announced after a rigorous selection process and learn about the legislative process through direct participation. Over their nine-month fellowship that begins each November, they work with congressional staffs, securing their own office assignments and interacting with members of Congress to learn about their governance and electoral roles.

“Working as an APSA Congressional Fellow is an invaluable opportunity for me to learn about Congress from the inside,” said Rippere. “This experience will help me bring the institution to life for students in my political science classes. It will also aid me in my research on bipartisanship and networking in Congress by giving me the opportunity to observe real-life interactions among legislators.”

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) has said that few other Washington mid-career programs have admission standards for awarding fellowships that “come close to those set by the American Political Science Association.”

“Paulina came to JU last fall as a new assistant professor after completing her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Florida,” added Dr. Sherri Jackson, Chair of Social Sciences and Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “This is a huge accomplishment and a great honor for both Paulina and JU.”

Here’s a video with more on the Fellowships:


More on the fellowships can be found at http://www.apsanet.org/content_10184.cfm.