• 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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    Taylor explains why Putin is holding Russia back in OUP blog

    "Now, Russia’s World Cup has come and gone, but stability has given way to stagnation," says Brian Taylor, professor and chair of political science. "Putin’s obdurate mentality and an outmoded governance model are holding Russia back." Read more in Taylor's article "Putin’s stability becomes Russia’s stagnation," published in Oxford University Press's OUPBlog.

    Boroujerdi quoted in NYT article on Iran's supreme leader, president

    Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science and expert on Iranian politics, was interviewed for the New York Times article "Iran’s Top Leader Faults Rouhani for Crisis, Saying He Crossed ‘Red Lines’." "My sense is that [Ayatollah] Khamenei is throwing [President] Rouhani under the bus, in a number of ways,” says Boroujerdi.

    Reeher weighs in on race for governor, health coverage in NY in PR

    Grant Reeher was interviewed for the Press-Republican article "Single payer measure sparks jockeying in governor's race." According to Reeher, the push for a single payer health system has gained traction as a "symbolic" issue for some Democrats who want to have a "positive alternative message" to efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to dismantle Obamacare.