Political Science Professor's Essay Published

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An essay by Dr. Michael Aleprete, Westminster College assistant professor of political science, has been published in the journal Russian History as part of a two-volume Festschrift (professional tribute) to Dr. Orysia Karapinka.

Aleprete's essay, "Competing Visions of the International System: Role-Identity Incommensurability and U.S.-Russian Relations," reviews the key doctrinal statements produced by the Russian and U.S. governments since 1991 that outlined the assumptions underlying each state's foreign policy.

"Reviewing these documents reveals that the U.S. and Russia's leaderships have fundamentally different views about the basic structure of the contemporary international system," Aleprete said.  "The essay explains how these differences undermine the ability of these governments to sustain cooperation with each other in foreign affairs."

The Festschrift, "Ad Fontes" (Latin for "to the sources"), is a way of expressing thanks and esteem for Karapinka's work as associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh over more than 40 years.  Guest editor for the Festschrift is Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster professor of history and a former student of Karapinka.

Aleprete, who has been with Westminster since 2007, earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact Aleprete at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail alepreme@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Michael Aleprete


Dr. Orysia Karapinka