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Politics Forum


The TCNJ Department of Political Science’s Politics Forum presents analytical and/or empirical research concerning political power, institutions and choices.  Students and faculty from diverse departments join to learn and comment on the presenter’s current research projects, which may be in completed or just in beginning phases.  Projects that cross disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome.  Contact Dr. Nicholas Toloudis ( with questions or if you are interested in presenting your work.

Due to covid-19, Politics Forum will be held virtually until further notice.  Zoom links are posted below. 

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Fall 2021 Presentations

Celebrate Constitution Day with Politics Forum!

On Constitution Day, on September 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm, Andrew J. B. Fagal, Ph.D., Associate Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and Craig Hollander, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the TCNJ History Department will present “’A Terror to Others’: Thomas Jefferson, the Constitution, and the Suppression of the Slave Trade Before 1808” on Zoom

In 1787, the framers of the Constitution struck a bargain to prevent the new federal government from abolishing the transatlantic slave trade until 1808. However, in the two decades following the adoption of the Constitution, there were a number of attempts to limit American participation in the traffic. The Jefferson administration seemed especially willing to push the limits of the Constitutional ban in order to suppress the slave trade. But the administration’s legal and political actions backfired, triggering a massive resurgence of the slave trade to the United States.

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Andrew J. B. Fagal is an associate editor with The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University. He has served as an editor since 2014 and has participated in compiling volumes No. 42, onward. A political historian, he completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at Binghamton University, State University of New York. 

Craig Hollander graduated from Columbia University in 2004. He then received his Ph.D. in 19th-century U.S. history from The Johns Hopkins University in 2013. University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the TCNJ faculty, Professor Hollander was the Behrman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Princeton University. His dissertation, titled “Against a Sea of Troubles: Slave Trade Suppressionism During the Early Republic”, won both the 2014 C. Vann Woodward Prize from the Southern Historical Association and the 2014 SHEAR Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. 

Politics Forums presents Danielle A. Harms, Diplomat in Residence for NY Metro (NY, NJ & PA), U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Global Talent Management, as she discusses Careers, Internships, and Fellowships with the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday September 14, 2021 from 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm on Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link.

The State Department seeks to recruit a highly-qualified and diverse workforce for a variety of positions within the United States and abroad.   Students from a wide variety of majors can find an exciting fellowship or career helping people from the all over the world.  Whatever your major, you may have an important role to fulfill with the U.S. State Department. Join us to learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

Danielle Harms is the current Diplomat-in-Residence for the NY Metro (NJ. NY, PA) area. She joined the Foreign Service in March 2003 and is a public Diplomacy Foreign Service Generalist. Her domestic assignments include service as the Senior Advisor to the Office of Eastern European Affairs covering Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, the Senior Israel Desk Officer in the Office of Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and the Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for 10 countries in central Europe. Ms. Harms is an honors graduate of both American University’s School of International Service and the Washington College of Law. Her language experience includes Swedish, Dari, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, French, and Finnish.

Opportunities include:


Foreign Service Officer
Foreign Service Specialists (Administration, IT, Engineering, English language instruction, others)
Consular Fellows
Domestic Civil Service (HR, Legal, Administration, Management, Legal, others)


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship (FAIT)
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program
Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
The Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship

Pathways Internship Programs
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program