Activities & Events

Political Science Research Workshop

The Political Science Research Workshop is a venue for graduate students and faculty to present and receive feedback on work in progress. Dissertation chapters, article manuscripts and dissertation proposal drafts comprise the bulk of our presentations. Students who are on the job market and anticipate interviews in the near future may also present a practice job talk.

The PSRW provides a venue to learn critical skills for practicing political scientists. Presenters and discussants learn to give and receive constructive feedback and to utilize this type of intellectual exchange to improve the quality of their written research. Additionally, attendance allows students and faculty to become familiar with the work of their colleagues.

Please join us most Fridays from 12:00-1:30 pm via Zoom (Meeting ID: 959 7357 2469, Password: 948251). No RSVP is required, but all attendees are expected to read the paper before the workshop session and to come ready to offer constructive feedback.
If you have any questions, please contact Simon Weschle.

September 4
Michael McCall
“Core-Periphery Hierarchy in the International Visa-Free Travel Network”
Discussant: Ugur Altundal

October 2
Tae Hyun Lim
Practice Job Talk
“Embedding Party Competition into Electoral Institutions: Family Policy Development in South Korea”

October 16
Steven White
“The Political Influence of the Police in American Cities”
Discussant: Joel Kersting

October 30
Jenn Jackson and Ana Jones
“How Race and Gender Shape Young People’s Attitudes about Belonging and Citizenship”
Discussant: Amr El Afifi

November 6
Future Professoriate Program
“The Non-Academic Job Market”

November 13
Erin Hern
“Between Customary and Colonial: Women and the Law in Colonial West Africa”
Discussant tba.

December 4
Robert Demgenski
Practice Job Talk
“Counterinsurgency & War - Organizational Adaptation in Military Effectiveness”

Comparative Politics/International Relations Series

All talks are from 12:00-1:30 pm via Zoom. For details and to sign up for talks, please see

October 9
Jeremy Wallace (Cornell University)
“Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China”

October 23
Abigail S. Post (Anderson University)
“A Point of Principle: The Role of Rhetoric in International Bargaining”

November 20
Lamis Abdelaaty (Syracuse University)
“Discrimination and Delegation. Explaining State Responses to Refugees”

Sovereignty, Order, and Conflict 

For details, please see:

September 14
Margaret Hermann (Syracuse University) and Heidi Stallman (Syracuse University)
“Toward Mapping Global Insecurity: Rethinking Sovereignty and the Global Economy”

September 25 
Alexander Cooley (Barnard College) and Daniel Nexon (Georgetown University)
“Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order”

October 8
Jacob Mundy (Colgate University)
“Making Hegemony in the Middle East”

October 19
Anna Stilz (Princeton University)
“Redistributing Territory?”

November 6
Hendrik Spruyt (Northwestern University)
“The World Imagined: Collective Beliefs and Political Order in the Sinocentric, Islamic and Southeast Asian International Societies”