Thursday, November 19, 2015

Austin Scharff's brownbag on Kosovo

This Friday, November 20th, from 4:00-5:00 in Trimble Forum, IPE 2015 Summer Research Fellow Austin Scharff will be presenting his summer research, "The Last Piece of the Balkans Puzzle: International Governance and Political Decay in the Republic of Kosovo." Gourmet cookies and brownies will be served! We hope to see you there.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Professor David Atwill talks about Tibet on November 18th

David Atwill, Professor of History and Asian Studies at Penn State, will give a talk on "Lhasa 1960: Tibetan Muslims and the Emergence of Modern Tibet" on Wednesday, November 18th at 5pm in Wyatt 109.
IPE is a co-sponsor of the talk. Hope you can join us!

Monday, October 12, 2015

David Balgley talk on Morocco

This Wednesday, October 14th from 5:00-6:00 at Wyatt 101, IPE 2015 Summer Research Fellow David Balgley will be presenting his summer research on “Morocco's Fragmented Land Regime: An Analysis of Negotiating and Implementing Land Tenure Policies.” There will be gourmet brownies and cookies. See you there!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday

For those of you interested in studying abroad next year, be sure to check out the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, September 22nd, from 10-2 in the Rotunda. It's a great opportunity to learn about the various programs.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Lauren Bateman talk on September 17th

Hope you'll be able to attend Lauren Bateman's talk on September 17th at 5:30 in Wyatt 109. IPE is supporting P&G in bringing her to campus.

Some background: For the first half of 2015, Lauren Bateman was the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) Delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in Guinea, working intensively to build a data collection system during the ebola outbreak. She has also just completed a short stint in Nepal was the Information Management (IM) Delegate for the IFRC's Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) - again specializing in information dissemination and coordinating remote support for rapid-turn-around mapping. She has an MPH from the University of Virginia and a BA from McGill University.

Friday, August 14, 2015

TEDxTalk from Nicholas Cary

If you're interested in better understanding Bitcoin, check out this new TEDxTalk from Nicholas Cary (IPE '07), co-founder of

Saturday, August 08, 2015

New Book: Money, Taste, and Wine: It's Complicated!

IPE Emeritus Professor Mike Veseth has a new book that's just been published: Money, Taste, and Wine: It's Complicated! You can read an excerpt from the book at Fortune magazine's website:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Arches magazine profile of Michelle Leung (IPE '11)

Check out the new Summer 2015 issue of Arches, Puget Sound's alumni magazine, for a profile of Michelle Leung (IPE '11), who is a channel manager at VICE News. (go to pp. 35-36)

Friday, June 05, 2015

Article on IPE alumnus Mat MacDonald ('01)

 Two Rock Wines owner Mat Macdonald (centre) sorting and selecting Cabernet grapes as they come from the vineyard into the winery at Harvest 2011, an event in Napa, California

Here's a profile of IPE alumnus Mat Macdonald ('01) in Bermuda's Royal Gazette. Mat is owner of Two Rock Wines, an importer, wholesaler, and retailer of fine wine in Bermuda. [Click here]

Monday, May 04, 2015

IPE thesis presentations

Here are some pictures from IPE thesis presentations in April 2015. 

IPE majors must write and defend a senior thesis in which they demonstrate their ability to analyze a complex question, bringing to bear both the depth of their knowledge and the breadth of their liberal arts education.

IPE Commencement Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dear Seniors,

I want to remind you that the IPE Commencement Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place in Kilworth Chapel on Friday, May 15th, 8:00-9:30 pm. Doors open at 7:30, and we start at 8:00 pm sharp. We expect everyone to attend.

At this ceremony, the IPE faculty will give out awards (the Pros Ta Akra Academic Achievement Awards, the Susan Strange Awards, the Distinguished Service Award) and hand out the cords that IPE majors wear during commencement. Refreshments and a reception in the Kilworth basement will follow the ceremony.

This is a special event, especially for your parents, so we encourage you to bring family or friends who are in town for commencement. Please let your family know the correct time, as a university page for commencement receptions has listed the wrong time. Dress is business casual.

If you have any questions, you can contact your thesis advisor or the IPE chair, Brad Dillman. We hope your semester if wrapping up well, and we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jesse Lehrman (IPE '14)

It was nice to catch up with Jesse Lehrman (IPE '14), who was visiting campus today. He has spent the last year teaching third and fourth grade students at a school in northern Thailand as part of Teach Thailand Corps. After a short stay in the U.S., he plans to head back to Thailand for a second year of teaching.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Garden Practices activity course

This year marks the first offering of a quarter-credit activity course called "Garden Practices" (ENVR 356). Led by seniors Rose Hanrahan and Mally Wyld with the help of IPE professor Emelie Peine, Garden Practices introduces students to the basic principles of organic vegetable and fruit cultivation in the Pacific Northwest. Students are learning how to build hoop houses for year-round gardening, how to identify and manage common pests, and how to rotate crops for soil nutrient management. They are even growing kale that will soon be showing up in salads, pasta, and other fare at the SUB, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

IPE Senior Dinner photos

The IPE Program held its Senior Dinner on April 8th. This is an annual event at which we honor seniors and invite several IPE alumni to come. This year we were joined by Sam Riggs ('08), Anna Riggs ('09), and Derek Leuzzi ('08), who spoke about their experiences and career trajectories since graduating.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Professor Ly to be Puget Sound's first exchange scholar at Fujian Normal University in China

Pierre Ly, Associate Professor in the International Political Economy (IPE) program, has been selected to be the first exchange scholar for the Puget Sound – Fujian Normal University Faculty Exchange Program, generously supported by the Charles Garnet Trimble Foundation. Pierre's research, co-authored with his wife, Professor Cynthia Howson from the University of Washington Tacoma, explores the development of the Chinese wine industry. The story of Chinese wine is about politics, globalization, economic growth, environmental challenges, land rights, and governance. In short, IPE! In summer 2013 and 2014, Pierre and Cynthia traveled to major Chinese wine regions to interview winery owners, winemakers, grape growers, journalists, retailers, consultants and experts. They look forward to exchanging ideas with colleagues and students at Fujian Normal University in September 2015, and to discovering the beautiful city of Fuzhou.