State Department special representative inspires future diplomats at ASU

October 14, 2016

Shaun Casey, special representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department, offered ways to “be prepared if the lightning strike comes” to a classroom of Arizona State University politics and global studies students. Casey met with ASU professor Charles Ripley's "Professional Career Development" course during his visit to the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict on Oct. 6.

Stressing the importance of getting out from behind the desk and into the communities of the places they would be stationed, he told aspiring State Department workers to not be afraid of looking at posts in places that aren’t well-known. “There’s no magic in opening mail and answering phone calls in D.C.,” he said. U.S. Special Representative Shaun Casey U.S. Special Representative Shaun Casey speaking to politics and global studies students. Download Full Image

He discussed his own fascination with the political implications of religion that stemmed from a sense of conflict he felt filling out his draft card as a teenager who was raised as a pacifist. He also touched on the importance of having a liberal arts degree in the State Department, and the difficulties of the transition from working in an academic field to the federal government.

Casey was at ASU to deliver the 2016 lecture for the Marshall Speaker Series on Religion and Conflict. A video of the lecture is available for viewing on the Center's Vimeo site.

Story and photograph by Sarah Jarvis

Terry Williams

Communication and events coordinatior, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict


ASU political science professors named Foundation Professors

October 14, 2016

ASU political science professors Patrick Kenney and Kim Fridkin have been named Foundation Professors. These distinctions are conferred by the president and provost to honor outstanding faculty.

Kenney, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been a professor of political science at ASU since 1986. From 2009 to 2012, Kenney was the founding director of the School of Politics and Global Studies. Newly named Foundation Professors Kim Fridkin and Patrick Kenney. Download Full Image

Kenney received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Iowa. Kenney has authored and co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics and several other journals. He has co-authored three books with Kim Fridkin, "The Spectacle of U.S. Senate Campaigns" (Princeton Press, 1999), "No-Holds Barred: Negativity in U.S. Senate Campaigns" (Prentice Hall, 2004) and "The Changing Face of Representation" (University of Michigan Press, 2014). His research areas are in campaigns, elections, and voting behavior.

“I am humbled to receive this distinction at Arizona State University,” Kenney said. “I appreciate the recognition. Professor Fridkin and I have collaborated over a long period of time, and we enjoy our research a great deal.” 

Kim Fridkin received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Michigan. She began teaching at ASU in 1989. She has written four books; the most recent book, "The Changing Face of Representation: The Gender of U.S. Senators and Constituent Communications," was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2014. She has published numerous articles, including articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Politics. Her current research interests are negative campaigning, women and politics, and political psychology.

“I am honored to be named as a Foundation Professor,” Fridkin said. “It is very satisfying to be recognized for my research contributions. I am also happy that my co-author for over 20 years, Patrick Kenney, was also recognized as a Foundation Professor at the same time.”

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies