About the Department

Charles Merriam

Charles Merriam

From the very beginning, the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago has been a pioneer in the development of social scientific understandings of government and politics. Harold Gosnell, Harold Lasswell, Grant McConnell, Duncan MacRae, Charles Merriam, Hans Morgenthau, Herbert Storing, and Quincy Wright all taught at Chicago.

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Politics @ UChicago News

Professor Charles Lipson criticizes lack of transparency in passing Obamacare. Read it here

Professor Charles Lipson expounds Obama's post-election policies. Read it in the Wall Street Journal.

Assistant Professor Paul Staniland discusses electoral violence. Read it here.

Professor Charles Lipson writes about losing faith in Obama. Read it in the Chicago Tribune..

Political Science News

The APSA's Annual Meeting & Exhibition will take place August 28-31, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Click here for more info.


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