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Eric Hanson

Remembering Eric Hanson

Eric O. Hanson, the Patrick A. Donohoe, S.J., Professor in Political Science passed away on July 7, 2017 after a short illness. Eric anchored the Political Science Department for more than four decades. Deeply committed to the values of a Jesuit education, he was a passionate and award-winning teacher as well as a pioneer in the use of experiential learning placements in the many communities that make up Silicon Valley. He was also a respected scholar of Chinese politics and of the ways that religion and politics intersect. Read more about Eric’s life and legacy.

In honor of Eric’s memory and commitment to our students, we are establishing the Eric Hanson Alumni Speaker Series.


The Political Science Department blends traditional academic coursework with experiential learning opportunities like public and private sector internships, study abroad, and a Washington Semester Program where SCU students combine classroom learning with work at places like the Justice Department, international NGOs, the White House, and elsewhere.
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      Huda Navaid '19

      Junior political science major named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

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      Stopping Gang Violence in Capetown

      Last summer, Jack Herstam worked as a Jean Donovan Fellow in Capetown, South Africa. Jack spent six weeks interning for The Message Trust, an organization that works with at-risk youth.


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      On the Road to a Career in Public Policy

      Annie McDonald graduated from Santa Clara University in March 2016 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in English. She is now working in the district office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA 15th district) as a Constituent Services Representative. 

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      Sophie Meyer '17 heading to Oxford University

      Sophie is pursuing a master’s degree in international and comparative education at Oxford University. After that, she plans to apply for a fellowship with the California State Assembly. While at Santa Clara, Sophie interned in the California State Assembly and served as a research assistant in the Political Science department, working on both criminal justice policy and the impact of recidivism. The recipient of the Michael Shallo Prize for outstanding achievement in political science, Sophie graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She plans a career in education reform.

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      Areli Hernandez: Summer 2017 Undergraduate Fulbright Fellow

      One of four U.S. students selected for an Undergraduate Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of London, Areli will study the Politics of Protest & Change focusing on Social Movements. She hopes to further research London's race relations and the rise in hate crime post-Brexit; all paid for by the Fulbright Commission.