Pi Sigma Alpha

Formed in 1920, Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. Students who a) have completed at least 12 credits of politics and international affairs courses at Wake Forest, excluding AP and transfer courses, b) have a 3.5 GPA in those courses, and c) have a 3.3 GPA overall are eligible for membership. Wake Forest’s Nu Zeta chapter has been active since 1981, acknowledging academic achievement while also furthering the interests of its members and the Department of Politics and International Affairs through a variety of activities.

Each year the society hosts a variety of events. Past events have included forums on graduate school and internship opportunities, receptions welcoming newly declared majors and encouraging faculty-student interaction, and panels featuring discussion of political issues and developments.  Every spring, Pi Sigma Alpha holds an induction ceremony to honor new members and present them with their certificate of membership.

The officers for the 2018-2019 academic year are Dalia Namak (president), Meryl Fiore (vice president), and Sanaa Jain (secretary).

The officers for the 2019-2020 academic year will be Ellie Bruggen (president), Lizzie Pittinger (vice president), and Izzi Einhorn (secretary).

The faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha is John Dinan who was featured in the March 2018 Pi Sigma Alpha newsletter. Please click here to read the article.

Abigail Tubin presents paper at national Pi Sigma Alpha conference

Abigail Tubin, a senior politics major and member of Pi Sigma Alpha presented a paper at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference held at George Washington University in Washington, DC on February 16, 2019.  Her paper is titled: “Israel as Both a Jewish and Democratic State: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Israel’s Democratic Institutions in Ensuring Arab Minority Representation in the National Government.”

Pi Sigma Alpha holds Political Internship Forum

Pi Sigma Alpha officers organized a Political Internship Forum held on October 8, 2018 and featuring a panel of WFU politics majors who shared their experiences in their politics-related internships and offered advice about how to land internships and make the most of the experience.


First 100

Pi Sigma Alpha organizes panel on Trump presidency

Wake Forest’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter organized a panel in spring 2017 analyzing the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, featuring politics professors Kathy Smith, Sara Dahill-Brown, and Katy Harriger analyzing developments and expectations regarding communication and leadership, policy-making, and the Supreme Court. (Read more…)



Pi Sigma Alpha holds panel on Immigration and U.S. Politics

Wake Forest’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter organized a panel in fall 2017 analyzing Current Issues and Debates about Immigration in U.S. Politics, featuring remarks by politics professors Betina Wilkinson and Peter Siavelis. (Read more…)


2019 Pi Sigma Alpha Reception and Induction Ceremony


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