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Maxwell / Department of Political Science
  • The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of politics and government, domestically and abroad. This includes the study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts, and administrative agencies; political organizations through which individuals and groups seek to reshape the political landscape, including parties, interest groups, and social movements; public policies that reflect governmental efforts to regulate the actions of individuals and corporations, including civil rights, immigration, and environmental policy; and the interactions between and among nation-states and transnational organizations that shape patterns of trade and development, conflict and cooperation, war and peace.

    At the undergraduate level, political science majors will be exposed to political inquiry across a broad array of substantive topics, while also concentrating in one of the following areas: American Politics & History, Law & Politics, Political Economy, Political Participation & Mobilization, Global Governance & Foreign Policy, Political Violence & Conflict, Public Policy, Parties & Elections, Comparative Politics, Citizenship & Democracy, or Political Thought & Philosophy.

    At the graduate level, doctoral students receive broad training in quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research, while also concentrating in two of the following substantive fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration & Policy, Law & Courts, or Security Studies.

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    Reeher comments on health care reform, bipartisanship in The Hill

    Grant Reeher was quoted in The Hill article, "The Memo: Trump tries to bend Congress to his will." "I don’t think this looks all that unusual,” says Reeher. “Presidents often have trouble getting things, even with [majorities for] their own party."

    Elman quoted on proposed Israeli academic ethics code in Algemeiner

    Miriam Elman commented on the Israeli academic ethics code and how it compares to that of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in the Algemeiner.

    Logan Strother article on Confederate symbols published in LSE blog

    Logan Strother '13 MA (PSc), a PhD candidate in political science at the Maxwell School, co-authored an article on the relationship between support of Confederate symbols in public spaces in the South and knowledge of Civil War history that was published in the London School of Economics U.S. Centre's daily blog, American Politics and Policy.