A Message from the Chair

Michael Nelson
Dr. Patricia Rachal

Thank you all for your interest in and support of the Department of Political Science. We do indeed live in exciting times, with compelling ideas and debates ensuing on all sorts of policies and approaches-- cutting across all of our sub-disciplines: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and of course Political Theory (our course “Democracy” is ever popular!). As in the past, but especially in today’s environment, we remain committed to our mission of preparing our students to become engaged, aware, and leading citizens in our global society. We are most grateful...Read more

Faculty News

Here are some brief updates of what we are doing inside and outside the classroom:

Prof. Jorge Alves has recently published articles analyzing the local roots behind the collapse of left parties in Brazil (Journal of Politics in Latin America) and how the relationship between state and local governments tends to hurt public health services...Read more

Recent & Upcoming Events

We have hosted a series of exciting events this year. Our Political Science Alumni Reception was held on campus last September, where we honored our award-winning Model United Nations students and Prof. Alves spoke about the old patterns and new trends...Read more