Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

The SPGS Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series hosts at least one speaker per year.  The series serves a variety of goals, including honoring outstanding alumni for their accomplishments, raising the visibility of SPGS to both internal and external audiences, educating undergraduate and graduate students about career possibilities associated with our degrees, and learning from honorees about ways we might improve our degree programs.

Alumni of any of our degree programs are eligible for consideration for this speaker series.  Generally, we expect that we will invite alumni who are at least five years past their degree, though this may vary with their accomplishments and potential contributions to the School.

Please direct submissions to CAMERON.THIES@asu.edu

See Seng Tan | 2018

Dr. Tan See Seng is Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at RSIS. He is the author/editor of 15 books and monographs, and has published over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters. His latest books include Multilateral Asian Security Architecture: Non-ASEAN Stakeholders and The Making of the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Brokers and the Politics of Representation.

During his time visiting his alma mater, Tan spoke with the SPGS faculty and graduate students about some of his research and findings. Tan was also joined by his former dissertation chair, Sheldon Simon, for a joint lecture co-hosted by the Center for Asian Research. The colloquium featured each colleague covering topics relating to the origins and possible solutions of the South China Sea conflicts. Read more.

Thom Brooks | 2017

Thom Brooks is the Dean of Durham Law School and a graduate from ASU with a MA in Political Science (‘99). Brooks has held visiting positions at the universities of Oxford, St Andrews, Uppsala and Yale and has been active in public engagement.

After he sat the British citizenship test first-hand, Brooks published the only comprehensive report into the U.K.’s test which has been cited repeatedly in the U.K.’s Parliament. In it, Brooks considers the lessons in how not to test for citizenship and how might the U.K. look to improve their test. Read more.

Lynn Vavreck | 2016

Vavreck received her B.S. in Political Science in 1990 and her M.A. in Political Science in 1992, both from Arizona State University. Her expertise is in campaigns, elections and public opinion. Vavreck has published four books, including " The Message Matters " and " The Gamble ," and is also a contributing columnist at the New York Times.

Vavreck’s lecture focused on the data-journalism she has done through THE UPSHOT . She presented some of the findings of her research on campaign advertising and the perceptions of voters. Read more.