Katie Boruff | February 4, 2018
Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science has added four new faculty members, bolstering its expertise in international relations issues.
The new faculty — Eugene Gholz, Joseph Parent, Rosemary Kelanic, and Jazmin Sierra — join an elite group of academics advancing research and teaching in a vibrant department.
“International relations remains one of the most important areas of political science with direct relevance to the challenges of peace, prosperity, and trust among nations,” said Luis Ricardo Fraga, acting chair of the department, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science, and the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership.
“Understanding these challenges in today’s ever-changing and complex world of politics requires analyses that are nuanced, evidence-driven, and grounded in the development of new theory. Professors Gholz, Parent, Kelanic, and Sierra are at the forefront of this important work. We are delighted that they chose to join our faculty.”
Gholz, an associate professor hired as part of a major expansion of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC), is an expert in national security policy who previously served as a senior advisor at the Pentagon. He comes to South Bend from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
With research at the intersection of political economy and national security, Gholz focuses on the United States’ grand strategy as well as military innovation and business-government relations related to defense spending.