October 24, 2012
While election season was in full swing, Alison Staudinger, class
of 2005, was busy settling into her first year at the University of Wisconsin –
Green Bay. The Honors
Program graduate had just joined the faculty in Democracy and Justice
Studies, an interdisciplinary program encompassing history, political science,
sociology, law, and economics.
As an undergraduate
Staudinger was immediately challenged by the rigorous environment of the Honors
Program. Faculty encouraged her to intern with the U.S. Department of State at
the embassy in Prague. Students in her cohort created a safe space for vigorous
debate, critical analysis, and lasting friendship. When History Professor David
Madsen recommended a course in political theory, she found her niche.
Staudinger majored in both political
science and English
literature with minors in medieval history
After a brief stint in Boston working for a nonprofit
grant-making agency focusing on health disparities in women and girls, she
headed to the University of Maryland to pursue her doctorate in government and
“I always felt like teaching was what I was
supposed to do,” she said.
She joined the ranks of academia
as an instructor in the Honors Program class at Loyola Chicago while finishing
her dissertation on women, work, and democracy.
assistant professor in Green Bay working with many first-generation college
students, she more fully appreciates her experiences at Seattle
“My liberal arts education gave me skills to
read and think analytically, to walk through an argument and break it down and
analyze it,” she said. “I hope to encourage and
motivate my students to be fully engaged in society, just as I was encouraged at
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offeres 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.
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