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CarlPressprichsmallCarl Pressprich

Continued the 3+2 Program at:
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Focus: Electrical Engineering

PatrickWagnersmallPatrick Wagner

Continued the 3+2 Program at:
University of Michigan - Dearborn

Focus: Electrical Engineering

Victoria Slater, '14

Victoria Slater, Albion College Class of 2014Major: Economics and Management (graduated December 2013)

Activities: Intern, Level One Bank, loan and deposit operations; study-abroad, London School of Economics, 2012-2013 academic year

Current: Candidate, MSc, Economic History, London School of Economics (2014-2015)

How did Albion help you pursue your path to London?

Albion has a very strong relationship with several study-abroad programs, one of which is LSE. I was able to study at LSE for one year during undergrad because of these ties that gave me an advantage in applying to postgraduate programs. The Economics and Management Department really prepared me with challenging courses and amazing professors who were always available to help with course work and general advice. I was able to learn study and organizational skills from them that will make grad school a lot easier.

For me, Albion ...

... has been a crucial part of my overall education, allowing me to be a competitive candidate for grad school and future jobs. Albion has offered so many opportunities that I would not have gotten from a larger school or a school without so many important ties to other universities and alumni.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Like everything, college is what you make of it. It is entirely possible to be successful in college and have a great time in the process.

Carrie Booth Walling, Associate Professor and Chair

Carrie Booth WallingCarrie Booth Walling is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Associate Director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Walling teaches courses in international politics and human rights. Her research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials; and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations. Walling is author of All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013). To learn more about her book and how the stories we tell each other about violence and civil war affect UN Security Council decision-making, listen to this podcast from the genocide prevention series as part of the New Book Network.

Walling has published articles on ethnic cleansing, humanitarian intervention, transitional justice, and international human rights trials in the Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Human Rights, Civil Wars, PS: Political Science & Politics, and New Global Studies. Working collaboratively with Susan Waltz (University of Michigan), Walling has launched a website on human rights advocacy and the history of international human rights standards - which she describes as is a free, online text book. She is active with the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Project at Albion College, served on the Executive Board for the International Studies Association Human Rights Section, and is the former editor for the human trafficking blog, Voices of Change for the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.

Walling was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award in 2015 and the New Development Fellowship in 2014 for her scholarship. From January - August 2017 Walling will serve as a Visiting Research Scholar with the International Policy Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School for Public Policy. Walling's current research focuses on the relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court.

Walling holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Albion in 2011, Walling was a postdoctoral fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2008-2011). She also holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College, Michigan State University and Masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Political Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and University of Minnesota, respectively. Walling's previous professional experience includes program and development work for Women for Women International - a non-governmental organization serving women affected by war and conflict.

Walling was awarded the Student's Choice Teaching Award by the Albion College Student Senate for excellence in teaching and advising in 2014. Learn more about Walling's teaching on human rights in this feature article, "A Matter of Conscience".

Walling teaches the following courses at Albion College:

  • PLSC 103: Introduction to International Politics
  • PLSC 207: Transitional Justice
  • PLSC 237: Controversies in Global Politics
  • PLSC 256: Human Rights
  • PLSC 301: International Organizations
  • PLSC 357: International Law and Politics
  • PLSC 372: Gender, Sex and International Politics
  • PLSC 404: Causes of War

Academic Publications:

  • "Contentious Politics in the United States: What Role for Political Scientists?" PS: Political Science & Politics (forthcoming October 2017), 1-4.
  • "Syria and the Responsibility to Prosecute: Norm Promotion in the UN Security Council," in Kurt Mills and Melissa Labonte, Human Rights and Justice (Routledge Press, forthcoming).
  • "Human Rights Norms, State Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention," Human Rights Quarterly, 37 (2015), 383-413.
  • "The UN Security Council and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights," in Joel Pruce ed. The Social Practice of Human Rights (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), 143-165.
  • "Putting the Pieces Together: Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards," (with Susan Waltz) Human Rights Quarterly, 36 (2014), 909-915.
  • All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
  • "Decision-makers in the Dock: How International Law, Trials and Human Rights Activism are Shaping the Justice Norm," New Global Studies, December 2012
  • "The Impact of Human Rights Trials in Latin America," Journal of Peace Research, 44:4 (July 2007), 427-445, co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
  • "Global Trends in Transitional Justice and Transitional Justice in Argentina," in Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena (eds.) Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Beyond Truth and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
  • "Ethnic Cleansing" in Ken Booth (ed.) The Kosovo Tragedy: Human Rights Dimensions (Frank Cass Publishers, 2001), 47-66.
  • "The History and Politics of Ethnic Cleansing," International Journal of Human Rights, 4:3/4 (Autumn/Winter 2000).
  • "Intervention, Emancipation and Kosovo," Civil Wars, 2:3 (Autumn 1999), 65-88.

Opinion Editorials:

Dyron K. Dabney, Associate Professor

Dabney will be on a leave of absence from January 2017 - April 2018.

Dyron Dabney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests include campaigns and elections, political parties, political participation and elite politics. While specializing in Japanese politics, Dabney's research and teaching interests invite comparative analysis of East Asian politics and culture and American politics. Dabney' present-day research is motivated and informed by interdisciplinary studies that bring into focus gendered differences in political participation and behavior. His current research projects include an examination of spousal participation effects on election campaign outcomes in Japan and the U.S., and gender and election campaign corruption in Japan and the U.S. Dabney was awarded the Professor of the Year Student Choice Award by the Albion College Student Senate in 2013.

Dabney holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He currently serves as an ASIANetwork Board of Directors member and a Japan Study Advisory Committee Member. Dabney also recently served as the Resident Director for Japan Study at Waseda University, Tokyo in 2011-2012.

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