Simmons Hosts Post-Election Panel

November 08, 2016

Denise Horn

Professor Denise Horn gave us all the details on the post-election panel at Simmons!

What department do you teach in at Simmons?

This is my second year teaching in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. I have amazing colleagues!

What made you make the move to teach at Simmons?

I taught at a large university for ten years, which meant teaching really large classes where I couldn't know all of my students. At Simmons I have so much more contact with my students, and can get to know them on a more personal level. I also wanted to be part of a strong, women-centered community that values and celebrates social justice. 

What's your favorite class to teach?

I really enjoy teaching the Introduction to International Politics course, because the class is mainly made up of first year students. I love introducing them to new ideas and ways of looking at the world — and introducing them to college life. In addition, I'll be leading a travel course to Indonesia this spring, where we'll explore community development and social entrepreneurship with our Balinese peers. It's an exciting and rewarding program. 

Tell us about the post-election panel at Simmons.

This election season has been interesting to monitor as a political scientist, but it has also been stressful and rancorous. We're going to try to unpack some of the rhetoric and think about the implications of the election itself — not just the presidential election, but down-ballot winners and losers, too.

What topics can students expect to be covered?

We have a wide range of expertise on the panel, so we'll likely discuss the psychological effects of the election season, the political and economic ramifications of the election, the effects of foreign policy and the effects of race and gender. It will be a fascinating discussion. 

Why should students attend the panel?

This panel will give students the opportunity to explore the meaning and impact of this election season — and help us think about how we can start to move forward, and what work needs to be done by our newly elected officials.

Why should students get out and vote?

It's so important. When you vote, you reaffirm your commitment to your country, as a citizen. It means you care about your future and your country's future. It may seem like a small gesture, but voting is an important part of the foundation of our democracy.

What does your research focus on?

I'm a Feminist International Relations scholar. I look at women's roles as citizens in newly democratizing states and the effects of U.S. foreign funding on women's lives and on civil society. My current project examines family planning policies and politics in Indonesia and how U.S. foreign policy and foreign aid laid the groundwork for those policies. I also work on issues of development and social entrepreneurship and their relationship to citizenship. 

Have you traveled for your research?

Yes! That's one of the perks of my job! My original research was in Eastern Europe, so I spent time doing field research in Estonia and Moldova. My research and the travel courses I've developed over the years have taken me to India, Thailand, South Africa, Laos, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Turkey and Brazil. I lived in Thailand in 2008, and in Indonesia in 2014 as a Fulbright Scholar. I've also participated in international conferences in Latvia, The Hague (in the Netherlands), India, Hong Kong, Kenya and elsewhere. 

And I travel a lot just for fun!

Fill in the blank: When I'm not teaching I'm          

Working on my own research, cooking for a Cookbook Club I belong to, walking my dog, hanging out with my partner and our great family and friends. We try to take long camping and hiking trips, so we can climb mountains and unplug from the world.

What's your Simmons Moment?

I've had lots of moments in my time here. I'm particularly moved by our students' commitment to social justice and the conversations I've had with them on issues of human rights, justice and activism. Those are things I value deeply.

"What Just Happened," the post-election panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. in SOM M222. This event is presented by the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Simmons Diversity and Inclusion and the Warburg Program