• 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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    Barkun quoted in New Yorker article on constitutional policing

    Michael Barkun was interviewed for the New Yorker article "The Renegade Sheriffs." Barkun comments on William Potter Gale who proposed the idea of a constitutional sheriff in the 1970s. According to Barkun, Gale's message was, "We know what the law really means. It’s all those lawyers who have erected a kind of apparatus of deception."

    Keck paper on assessing judicial empowerment published in Laws journal

    Tom Keck, Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics, examines the free expression jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada and the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to assess the political beneficiaries of judicial empowerment. His paper, "Assessing Judicial Empowerment," was published in Laws.

    Reeher quoted in Wash Examiner article on timing for Trump's agenda

    "I'm not sure Trump is wired to do what Obama did," says Grant Reeher. "Certainly, he won't be shy about using executive powers — that will be the same — but Obama also used his remaining time, especially in his second term, to exercise the rhetorical presidency." Read more in the Washington Examiner article "Trump's window for legislative achievement is closing."