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Political science chair elected president of Midwest association

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Rodney Hero, department chair and Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, will become president of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) at the group’s annual meeting Thursday to Sunday (April 12 to 15) in Chicago.

President-elect for the past year, Hero will serve a one-year term as president and then remain an officer of the association for another year as immediate past president.

The MPSA is an international organization with a membership of more than 3,000 political science professionals and students and public administrators from some 80 nations. Its annual conference attracts almost 4,000 presenters from the U.S. and around the world. The MPSA publishes the American Journal of Political Science, a premier journal for research in all major areas of the discipline.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Hero specializes in U.S. democracy and politics with a focus on Latinos and other ethnic and minority groups, state and urban politics, and Federalism. He is the author of “Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism” and “Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics.”

Hero earned his doctorate from Purdue University and previously taught and conducted research at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Colorado Springs) and Arizona State University.

Originally published by Dennis Brown at on April 11, 2007.