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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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Political Science News and Faculty in the Media

8/4/16 Congratulations to Paul Staniland! His book Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse has been awarded the 2016 Myres McDougal Prize for the best book in policy sciences from the Society of Policy Scientists. It previously won the Joseph Lepgold Award for outstanding book in international relations and the Peter Katzenstein Award for best first book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy.

6/10/16 Please join the department in congratulating Assistant Professor Mike Albertus! His book “Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform," published at Cambridge University Press, received the 2016 Gregory Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics published in either 2014 or 2015.

4/20/16 Prof. John Mark Hansen examines impact of Bernie Sanders on Hilary Clinton's campaign here.

4/20/16 Prof. William Howell describes 'perfectly legitimate' rationales behind use of closed primaries here.

4/13/16 See here for the Op-Ed in the Washington Post by Professor Mike Albertus.

3/24/16 Prof. Paul Staniland's book Networks of Rebellion is part of a Critical Dialogue in the March 2016 issue of Perspectives on Politics.

3/24/16 Prof. Robert Pape on the terrorist attacks in Brussels in the Boston Globe.

3/24/16 Prof. Robert Pape on the terrorist attacks in Brussels in The Atlantic.

2/11/16 Prof. Robert Pape and Dana Rovang of Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism examine familiar Hollywood narratives used in ISIS propaganda videos

2/10/16 Susanne H. Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph Obituaries and Tributes

1/19/16 It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Lloyd I. Rudolph.

1/11/16 Chicago Magazine (January 2016 issue) interviews Professor Robert Pape "How Likely is a Terrorist Attack in Chicago." Please see the interview here.

1/11/16 Professor Robert Pape on WGN: "Research team in Chicago analyzes patterns of terrorists as part of War on Terror." See the video here.

1/7/16 The Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new section of its website devoted to Equity and Inclusion in Political Science, featuring a library of resources and reading, as well as a message from our Director of Equity and Inclusion. You can find it here

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