• 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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    McDowell discusses China's growing financial power in Washington Post

    "Beijing is taking on a broader financial role. Here’s why that matters," written by Daniel McDowell, associate professor of political science, was published in the Washington Post. McDowell examines what China's growing role as an international financial stabilizer means for the U.S. and the IMF.

    Reeher talks with WRVO about split primary in NY State

    Grant Reeher was interviewed on WRVO for the segment "The calendar may be the biggest foe in this month's federal primary." "It is kind of an old story of New York politics where they couldn't come up with a compromise. So the result of this is we have two separate primaries," says Reeher.

    Boroujerdi discusses new book, Postrevolutionary Iran, in Jadaliyya

    Merhzad Boroujerdi was interviewed by Jadaliyya regarding his new book "Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook", co-authored with Kourosh Rahimkhani. According to Boroujerdi, "Our fundamental purpose in compiling this compendium was to address what we perceived to be an enormous gap in the otherwise large corpus of scholarship on contemporary Iranian politics."