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New Wason Center Poll Finds an Independent on 2020 Ballot Would Tip Election for Trump

  Monday, February 25, 2019
— Five times as many voters would defect from the Democratic nominee to an independent presidential candidate in 2020 as would abandon Donald Trump for an independent, according to a national survey of likely voters by the Wason Center for Public ...

Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

  Thursday, December 13, 2018
— A leading teacher and scholar on U.S. national security and political philosophy, Dr. Nathan Busch takes a Socratic approach in the classroom, encouraging thought-provoking discussion and never shying away from contentious topics. Read the full ...

CNU Forecaster Says Negative Partisanship Will Decide 2020 Election

  Wednesday, November 07, 2018
— Fresh off predicting the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections months ahead of other forecasters, political scientist Rachel Bitecofer says the same factors driving Democrats’ 2018 success will be in play for 2020 so long as Donald ...

Alumni Profile: Ali Nayeff

  Monday, November 05, 2018
— For Ali Nayeff '17, the road to Christopher Newport began in Iraq. Now a U.S. citizen, Virginia Army National Guard member and CNU alumnus, he proudly calls America home. Read the the full story below.

A Captain in the ’People's House’

  Thursday, October 18, 2018
— For as long as she can remember, senior Cassidy Hutchinson has admired the men and women who enter public service. A former intern for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Senator Ted Cruz, her latest stint on the Beltway took her to the ...

Dr. Suparna Chaudhry Wins Best Dissertation Award

  Wednesday, October 03, 2018
— The American Political Science Association has recognized Dr. Suparna Chaudhry with its Best Dissertation Award in Human Rights. Chaudhry is assistant professor of political science, and the director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and ...

Alumni Profile: Kris Ward

  Tuesday, July 24, 2018
— Sgt. Kris Ward feels called to police work. “With this job, you don’t do it for the money,” he says. “You do it because you want to serve a purpose in the community.” Employed by the ...

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Ojeda

  Thursday, April 26, 2018
— After finishing his PhD in political science at Penn State in 2015, Ojeda moved on to Stanford University to work as a postdoctoral scholar and was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in 2017. “The University ...

Rachel Bitecofer To Publish New Book on 2016 Presidential Election

  Wednesday, October 04, 2017
— Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has written The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election, which explains the 2016 presidential election through a strategic focus. Bitecofer specifically addresses ...

Faculty Excellence Awards for 2017 Announced

  Monday, August 28, 2017
— Four faculty members are the recipients of the 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards. Established in 2011, these awards honor exceptional achievement by faculty in teaching, scholarship and service. Each winner received a certificate and a $2,000 cash ...

Committed to Public Service

  Monday, July 17, 2017
— Despite a vast knowledge of the issues, sophomore Thomas Cannella believed youth might hurt his candidacy for the Poquoson City Council. Ultimately, that wasn’t the case. “At most homes I visited, people were thrilled a ...

A Captain Goes to Washington

  Wednesday, March 08, 2017
— When James Dennehy became a Christopher Newport Captain, he never imagined becoming a White House intern as well. “I tell my parents that the day I walked into the White House was the day I grew up,” says the political science ...

A Passion for Politics

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Late this summer Carolina Hurley (’14) began serving as director of television for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In this role she pitches RNC staff, surrogates and content to TV producers, reporters and anchors to garner ...
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