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Forum on the Future of Higher Education

20th Anniversary, MA in Government program


To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the MA in Government program hosted a forum on the future of American higher education. The esteemed panel featured Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg, Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies; Benjamin Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race; Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of College Unbound (and a 2001 alumnus of the program); and Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The Faculty Lounges…And Other Reasons You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For.

Read more about the event here.


Ben Ginsberg Publishes How the Jews Defeated Hitler

How the Jews Defeated Hitler Cover

Ben Ginsberg, Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, published How the Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Race of Nazism. The book was featured in the Johns Hopkins Arts & Sciences Magazine. You can read an interview with Dr. Ginsberg about the book here.

MA in Government Students Travel to Scotland and France

Government Students in Scotland

In May 2013, students participated in the study abroad course, “Europe and the Birth of Modern Democracy: Scotland and Paris.” The above picture features students from the trip during a tour of Edinburgh Castle. Read more about the course here.

Congressman Joaquin Castro Speaks to Students

Congressman Joaquin Castro

The Center was honored to welcome Representative Castro (D-TX) to speak about comprehensive immigration reform, gun control and developing a balanced solution to address the nation’s fiscal deficit. Read more about the event here.

Eileen Sullivan Speaks to Students

Eileen Sullivan
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eileen Sullivan spoke to students about the nation’s pressing homeland security issues. Further, she examined some of the threats to civil liberties posed by government surveillance efforts. Read more about the event here.

MA in Government Students Travel to India

Students in India
In January 2013, MA in Government students participated in the study abroad course, “Politics, Culture and Security in India.” During the course, students visited the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, toured the Jama Masjid mosque and Golden Temple, dined with a New York Times correspondent, participated in an ecotour of Delhi and examined critical issues related to India’s environmental, energy and security challenges with top leaders and scholars. Read more about the trip here.

Twitter and the Presidential Election

Social Media in Elections Panel
JHU alumni and faculty examined the role of Twitter and other social media in the 2012 election. The panel featured Dr. Jen Bachner (faculty in the MA in Government), Kristen Soltis Anderson (Vice President of The Winston Group), Sarah Lovenheim (Deputy Director of New Media for a congressional office) and Tom Hannon (Former Political Director at CNN). Read more about the event here.

David Brooks Speaks at the Center

The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies was pleased to host David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, for the inaugural lecture in the JHU Leadership Lecture Series. Mr. Brooks spoke about the shift in political culture over the past several decades; he observed that there is diminished trust in government and less tolerance for opposing viewpoints. You can view video clips from the lecture here.

Research in Governmental Studies Symposium


Each semester the Center hosts a symposium that features students’ thesis and capstone research. Recent honorees include Dustin Todd, “All Politics is Local?” (MA in Government, 2011) and Jaime Lander, “The Impact of Sociological Norms on an Individual’s Decision to Join a Terrorist Organization” (MA in Global Security Studies, 2011).

Michael Siegel’s Negotiation Class Featured in Alumni Magazine



The Fall 2012 edition of the JHU Arts and Sciences magazine featured one of the Center’s most popular courses, Michael Siegel’s “Negotiation as a Leadership Skill.” During the course, students learn various negotiating skills and then apply those skills in simulated negotiations. The simulations require students to assume particular roles, such as a representative of a teachers union or school board.

MA in Government Students Attend Popcorn and Politics Event

Over 30 students recently attended a screening of “The Candidate” held at the Center. The screening was part of the Center’s Popcorn and Politics series. After the movie, students discussed how actual political candidates compare with Robert Redford’s character, Bill McKay.

Ben Ginsberg Publishes The Fall of the Faculty

Ben Ginsberg, Chair of the Center and the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, published The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters (Oxford University Press, 2011). The book examines the fallout of rampant administrative blight that now plagues the nation’s universities. The book received a glowing review by the Wall Street Journal.

MA in Government Students Participate in Study Abroad Course


In Summer 2011, students from the Governmental Studies degree programs participated in the course, “Political, Culture and Security in Israel.” As part of the course, students traveled throughout Israel to meet with citizens, members of the Knesset, Israeli mayors and Palestinian leaders. In the picture below, students are standing on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. Additional pictures and details about the trip are posted on our blog.