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

Assistant Professor Michael Albertus discusses land ownership and conflict in Brazil. Read it here.

Professor John Mearsheimer argues why the Ukraine Crisis is the West's fault. Read the article here.

Professor and Department Chair Cathy Cohen comments on Black youth and their trust in the police. Read the article here.

Professor Charles Lipson comments on increased regulations in Chicago. Read the op-ed here.

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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