The logo of the International Political Economy Program at the University of Puget Sound is the image of a beaver in the style of the Native American artists of the Pacific Northwest. The logo was designed by Elena Moon, a 1995 graduate of the University of Puget Sound. The image of the beaver was chosen in homage to the London School of Economics and Politics (LSE), where the modern development of international political economy was in spearheaded and encouraged through the work of Susan Strange and many other scholars. A more realistic beaver image appears on the LSE's crest. Why does the LSE have a beaver on its crest? According to the LSE Web site the reason is ...
The LSE Beaver
"The idea of the School needing its own coat of arms first came up towards the end of the 1920's. A committee of 12 members including 8 students was set up to search for ' the figure of some animal which would be emblematic of the work of the School.'
"The committee decided on the Beaver as in its view it is known for foresight, constructiveness and industrious behaviour. In 1925 a carved wooden beaver presented by four professors was officially named 'Felix Q' and enrolled as an honorary student. Since then the Beaver has been one of the most well loved characters amongst students at LSE with the student newspaper pertinently named after him."
Puget Sound's IPE Beaver
We think that it is important to be thoughtful, constructive and industrious, too. Busy as beavers, as they say. Our logo beaver is rendered in the style of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest in part to indicate that our vision of IPE is distinctly our own and does not strictly follow the outlines developed at the LSE or anywhere else. Puget Sound sports teams are traditionally called the "Loggers" and the beaver is nature's logger, so the label comes naturally.
The beaver is also an appropriate symbol for an IPE program in the Pacific Northwest because so much of the economic, social, and political history of this region has been rooted in issues involving natural resources in general and even the beaver and its pelt in particular. In many ways, the political economy of the Pacific Northwest is the history of the political economy of the beaver.