Professor Hatcher works with students interested in representing Sewanee in statewide trial simulations.  Students prepare for arguing cases in front of expert panels of judges in Nashville.   The faculty advisor for Sewanee's Appellate Moot Court team is Professor Hatcher.  For information, click on AMC in Nashville.





Students may join the Model U.N. team and plan to participate in simulations.  In advance, the Sewanee team prepares to represent an assigned country at the simulated sessions of the U.N.  Professor Patterson advises Sewanee's Model U.N. team. Students receive 2 hours of credit through POLS 446- Political Simulations.



The Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) hosted its Training and Conference Workshop on “Human Rights, Armed Conflict, and the Struggle for Peace” at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom last March 14-20, 2022. The sessions focused on the varied approaches to international human rights, humanitarian legal instruments, and the impact of community action on global politics.


Lakeisha Phillips, Michaelyn Preston, and Lucas Carvalho were selected to represent Sewanee for their training and interests in international security, human rights, and international law. Dr. Rodelio (Rae) Manacsa of the Department of Politics headed the Sewanee delegation in Oxford. The participants deepened their understanding of international human rights and humanitarian work, learning from experts and practitioners from academia, international organizations, and other student participants from various academic disciplines and life experiences. It was a significant, valuable, and remarkable experience!



 Students are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha based on their overall GPA, GPA in politics courses, and class rank.

Requirements are established by the national office. Induction occurs each spring. Advisors at Sewanee are Dr.

Carrie Skulley and Dr. Amy Patterson.



TISL involves delegations from colleges and universities from across the state in a mock legislative experience. The General Assembly meets each November in the state capitol in Nashville. Students join committees, write bills, engage in debate, and exercise parliamentary procedure to take on some of the most important political issues of the day. In addition to joining their college’s legislative delegation, students may also participate as lobbyists or media. If you’re interested in joining Sewanee’s delegation, please contact Professor Hatcher.


Margaret Dupree, C’19, served two years as Sewanee’s senator, winning Best Senator award after the 2016 General Assembly, and here is what she said about the experience: 


“TISL has helped me understand the process of lawmaking in a unique way which has made my political science studies more profound and dynamic. I have watched college students from across the state tackle issues in a measured and passionate way all while being respectful. TISL is what you make it. You can write as many or as few bills as you would like, speak as often as you like, lead as much as you see fit. You can focus on topics you find important. Personally, health services and accessibility has been a focus, but I have been asked to edit and sponsor bills that range from increasing the minimum wage to reform safeguards for suspects during police interrogation. Partisan influence can make it is easy to forget that there are people out there who work and fight for their fellow citizens- who want to make the world a better place. TISL is an environment where these people can get better equipped to make the change they want to see.”