Wheeling Jesuit University

WJU Grad Offering Public Lecture on Elections & Foreign Policy

Joan Doverspike Davison, Ph.D. chosen 2012 Alumni Scholar in Residence

WHEELING, W.Va. - Florida political science professor and Wheeling Jesuit alumna will discuss the role of elections on foreign policy at a public forum set Oct. 4 at the University.

Joan Doverspike Davison, Ph.D. ’78, will present ‘Do elections matter for U.S. Foreign Policy?’ during her talk set for 7 p.m. in the Discovery Center, located in the Center for Educational Technologies building. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Davison, a professor of political science and the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rollins College, is this year’s WJU Alumni Scholar in Residence. In addition to her public lecture, she will lecture in several classrooms as a visiting professor during her week on campus.

“Dr. Davison’s presentation topic is timely with our presidential election so near. Many foreign policy issues are based on reactions to world events and out of the control of the president, so it will be interesting to see what information she will share,” said John Poffenbarger, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science and program coordinator.

Launched last year, the Alumni Scholar in Residence program allows one WJU alumni each year to share his or her knowledge and vision with students, faculty and the community. Born from the alumni association's 50-Year Club, the program began with the assistance of Academic Vice President Stephen Stahl, Ph.D., University Vice President the Rev. James Fleming, S.J. and Dr. Ed Shahady ‘60, president of the 50-Year Club.

“Having alumni such as Dr. Davison share their knowledge and expertise is one more way that our alumni give back to Wheeling Jesuit – that is the main premise on which this program was founded,” said Shahady, last year’s Alumni Scholar.

Davison’s research interests include foreign policy, democratization, and ethno-religious politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while she focuses her teaching in the areas of international relations, European politics and American foreign policy.

In addition to receiving her bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit, Davison was recognized at WJU for her academic and athletic achievements with numerous awards and honors. She also earned a master’s and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

For more information about the public lecture, contact the WJU Office of Alumni Relations at 304-243-8166 or alumni@wju.edu.

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