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Citadel News Service
30 Jul 2014

The Citadel announces new Head of the Department of Political Science

One of the most popular majors at The Citadel has a new leader. The college has named a new Head of the Department of Political Science, Dr. DuBose Kapeluck. Kapeluck, a scholar, author, researcher and educator, has been a professor at The Citadel since 2002. The department is comprised of 7 full time faculty members as well as the Governor John C. West Chair, Mallory Factor, and The Citadel Fellow, Don Fowler, former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“A Fulbright scholar, a respected author, and popular teacher, DuBose Kapeluck brings a full-range of strengths to the position of Head of the Department of Political Science,” said Bo Moore, Dean of Humanities & Sciences. “Under his leadership, a strong department promises to become stronger still.”

Kapeluck will lead cadets, students and graduate students in the discipline of political science in a quest to develop principled leaders who will be in demand after earning their degrees.  More than 500 cadets have graduated with degrees in political science over the last decade.

“Our graduates build careers in law and government. Whether they work as a diplomat with the Foreign Service, are recruited to join an intelligence agency or transition as officers into military service, a foundation in the discipline of political science from The Citadel enables them to be critical thinkers who are highly desired as members of government, civic agencies and organizations,” Kapeluck said.

The department, a component of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers a political science major which is comprised of 14 courses, as well as a Master of Arts in Social Science through the graduate college. The college also hosts the prestigious Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics every other year, which is the largest and most comprehensive conference for the presentation and discussion of scholarly research on the contemporary politics of a specific region.

Kapeluck has published works in the fields of public finance and southern politics. He is the co-editor of Presidential Elections in the South: Putting 2008 in Political Context, A Paler Shade of Red: The 2008 Presidential Elections in the South, and Second Verse Same as the First: The 2012 Presidential Election in the South. His primary research interests are Southern politics, political behavior, and Congress. He teaches courses in urban politics, legislative process, public opinion, and public policy.  He has earned numerous grants, awards and recognitions including a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012 to teach at the University of Ljubljana.