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Politics & Government

Jake LubenowSummer 2017

Jake Lubenow x’18 With more than 300 dues-paying members, the College Republicans of UW–Madison is one of the organization’s largest chapters in the country. Chair Jake Lubenow x’18 is tasked with navigating the group through a time of heightened political tension. Despite bringing in…

Politics & Government

Dorri McGhee McWhorter ’95Winter 2016

Photo by Alissa Pagels As the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Dorri McGhee McWhorter ’95 is garnering headlines for reimagining the 140-year-old nonprofit’s business model with new ideas and technology. The group’s mission is to empower women and eliminate racism, and providing jobs…

Politics & Government

John Woolley MA’74, PhD’80Fall 2016

Matt Perko John Woolley MA’74, PhD’80 was 12 when he stood at a Nashville, Tennessee, curb watching President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade scoot past him en route to the airport. The chief executive was in Woolley’s hometown on May 18, 1963 — just months…

Business & Entrepreneurship

Steven DurlaufFall 2016

Bryce Richter In 2014, an exhaustive book about income inequality — French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century — became a New York Times bestseller. According to a review in the Guardian, “Many of the book’s 700 pages are spent marshaling…

Social Science

Locked OutFall 2016

In an excerpt from his best-selling book, Matthew Desmond MS’04, PhD’10 sheds new light on the harsh realities of housing and poverty.

Science & Technology

The AnalystFall 2016

Elan Kriegel ’03 runs the data shop for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. After the election, he and his team will use their algorithms and their passion to help other causes.

Campus History

Campaign RoadshowSummer 2016

UW–Madison Archives S08042 UW–Madison loves politics and, from time to time, politicians even return that love. During this campaign year, we look back to one of the first occasions when a presidential candidate visited campus. In October 1911, Woodrow Wilson (seated at right…


The Warlord’s BiographerSpring 2015

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

The Arts

It Was a Very Good YearWinter 2014

In 1964, the university was marked by rising interest in civil rights, a legendary live music scene, and such a large incoming class that officials considered banning student cars and bicycles and building a campus subway or monorail.